Welcome to the Mansion!

Welcome to Beyond the Sphere!

My name is Tom, and I shall be your host for the next 24 hours. In a roundabout way, that is. I won’t actually be getting onto the blog until just after 19:00 UK time, Friday evening, as I have real life stuff to do in the hours in between (sleep / eat/ stroll around the Lake – those kinds of things!), but this is a party for everyone. And not in a political way, I’m pleased to add.

Firstly, thank you for calling by. If you’ve been here before, you know that you are always welcome, and I am really grateful for your visits. If you haven’t been here before, then hello! Pleased to meet you! Please pop a comment below with a link to your blog if you have one, and I shall call by over the weekend. There’s a lot going on this weekend, but I will endeavour to fit everything in.

There are many posts on this blog – I’ve done a fair bit of writing over the past few years. And some of it actually makes sense! There are some corkers of bad posts as well, if you happen to stumble across some of those (if you go for a look around, that is!) either ignore that you’ve seen it, or just pretend it’s the best thing you’ve ever read and move on swiftly. I won’t mind either way. There are some menu options up there, at the top of the blog, which lead off in various different avenues. The Mansion section (within the Features menu) is currently a work in progress, so there aren’t many links in there at present, although there are loads of posts tagged or categorised ‘The Mansion’ which will give you a brief understanding of just how crazy things are around here at times. And believe you me, they are.

Now, this is a blog party with a theme, which will become clear as time moves on. The theme is (see – I told you it would become clear!) Party Like It’s 1999! In the comments, if possible, add something linked to 1999. If not possible, just comment. And comment on other’s comments. And visit those other commenter’s blogs. I’d like this to be a really interactive experience if possible, bringing new bloggers together all over the world, and beyond.

I’m hoping things will get going a little. Or a lot. We’ll see… short notices tend not to work very well.

Ah. I feel a musical interlude coming on (although this is from a few years before 1999 (1994 actually) it fits in rather well):

If you’re feeling rather shy, or can’t think of what to write in the comments, don’t worry! I came up with a quick list the other day for some theme-based ideas, but you may have something better… if not, I’ll add the list again here. You could comment on…

  • 1999 music – pop on a quick link to a music video if you so wish

  • 1999 food – a quick and easy recipe idea so we can all make something quick and tasty whilst we’re at the virtual party

  • 1999 tale – a quick and comical anecdote from 1999; or perhaps a 1999 joke (there has to be one!)

  • 1999 art – perhaps you have a piece of art related to 1999 you’d like to share – or create, even!

  • 1999 poetry – someone must have a poem related to 1999, surely!

  • 1999 – anything. And if you don’t have anything 1999 related, don’t worry – pop along anyway.

  • Or bring a friend – if you think a friend from another blog you follow may be interested in calling by the Mansion – mention the party to them so they can call by and say Hi, if they so wish (and recommending one of their favourite posts on their blog is an easy way to introduce themselves). I shall be switching off the comment moderation thingy for the party, so the door will be open, so comment, Comment, COMMENT! I will reply (I promise – and I shall be catching up with all of the comments shortly as well… I’m nothing if not busy these days!)

Just have fun. Make like it’s 1999.

In some ways, it actually is!

I shall see you later!

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

46 Comments

  1. I see I’m the first guest to arrive, Tom ! Did you know that Star Wars Episode One, The Phantom Menace, was released in 1999? I tried to add the link but it went on FOREVER…. so just trust me, I found it on Google 🙂 I’ll be back later to check what’s happening – my door’s open too, if any of you party goers want to visit – .https://soulgifts.com.au/

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    1. Seems to be you’re the only one to arrive so far, Raili! Ah well, still plenty of time, I suppose! Isn’t it strange how time gets distorted? I would have said The Phantom Menace would have been later than 1999! That’s a good 1999 fact! Thanks for popping by! 😀

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  2. Oh..I went to the wrong post! I am here tooooo!!! Yay!! Hi Soul Gifts and Tom!

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    1. Hi Shree! Glad you could make it – although I apologise for being over-fashionably late! 😀

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  3. Ring…Ring…Ring…I’m at the door TL…Where’s the butler? I tried to bring food but it wouldn’t let me copy and paste 😦 Bummer. I was hungry…Well lets get down and gets things humming….Please come open the door….VK

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    1. Hi VK… please forgive me! I’ve been terribly under-staffed today and then I got stuck in the Cellar. It always happens, doesn’t it? I also hope the food was good – I’m sure it was.
      Thanks for providing a little burst of Prince here – definitely ties in with the 1999 theme! 😀

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  4. Hello party people! I see Prince showed up

    http://giphy.com/gifs/prince-fnQVq7adaZZRu/fullscreen

    and he brought his friends

    http://giphy.com/gifs/prince-fnQVq7adaZZRu/tile

    and so I’ll be right back with refreshments (party people get thirsty). 🙂

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    1. Not sure what time zone this mansion inhabits, but I’m gambling it’s afternoon here now, and so here’s a Sour Patch Kids Vodka Shots recipe: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1126342/sour-patch-kids-vodka-shots My interporter is experiencing technical issues, so perhaps the ingredients may be found in the dungeon vault labeled “1999.” Assuming there’s a dungeon vault labeled “1999.” 😉

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      1. Ah. CM, this may explain the strange ‘pull’ I had to go down to the Cellar earlier, where I’ve been locked in for the last few hours. I found the ingredients, I’m pleased to say. They’d ended up in the 1666 vault. I’m not a very good cook, but the recipe seems easy enough. I’ll see what I can do! 😀

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    2. Hi CM! Thanks for bringing all those Princes! It isn’t only party people who get thirsty… those trapped in a Cellar for numerous hours get a little dry too! 😀

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  5. Hello, Tom, and thank you for the fabulous music! I loved it – what’s the name of the group?

    I’m only popping in for moment between the interludes of craziness that comprise my life these days, but I hope to be back a little later (and maybe I’ll manage a 1999 reference by then). Party on! 🙂

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    1. Hi Diane! From out of the Frying Pan of Craziness into the Fire, hey? Hehehe! Thanks for calling by. 😀
      The group were called Mekado, I don’t know if they are still together, and they represented Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994. I thought it would be a fitting song for this little select gathering! 😀

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  6. The joke of 1999 was the Y2K scare http://www.vpcalendar.net/the-y2k-disaster-that-never-was.html . The punchline was on January 1, 2000, when the world didn’t immediately descend into darkness and anarchy… it’s been more of a gradual descent…

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    1. Ooo, remember that, CM? I can’t believe two bus ticket terminals failed in Australia because of the Millennium Bug – I thought we’d all gotten away scot-free.
      We are on the cusp of darkness and anarchy in some areas now, CM, I agree there! 😀

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    2. BEST comment EVER ..ahahahhahaha. Ok..maybe best punchline ever! Or..best Y2K joke ever!!! lol

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      1. Hehehe! We aim to please, Shree! 😀

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  7. It may be 1999 in the mansion, but it’s also Black Friday (in the USA at least, I don’t know about the civilized areas of the world). And so I took the liberty of bringing this party favor: https://youtu.be/I0QhaBW73Sk 🙂

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    1. More music!
      Thanks, CM. Never heard this one. Being stuck in the Cellar was like being in a hole on Black Friday…! We’ve started having Black Friday here in the UK now as well, but none of the companies have yet used this as a jingle to their commercials yet. Oh no. I’ve now put the idea out there… I wonder if they give ideas royalties?!

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  8. The Amazing Math Trick of 1999 ! (adapted from http://mahgiaz-myne.blogspot.com/2011/04/amazing-math-trick-of-1999.html )

    First of all, pick the number of days a week that you
    would like to eat out.
    Multiply this number by 2.
    Add 5.

    Multiply it by 50.

    If you have already had your birthday this year . . .
    add 1749.
    If you have NOT had your birthday yet this year . . .
    add 1748.
    Last step: Subtract the four digit year that you
    were born.
    You should now have a three digit number:

    The first digit of this was your original number (i.e.
    how many times you want to go out to eat each week).

    The second two digits are your age in 1999 !

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    1. You’ve been working very hard with these party pieces, CM. I’m promoting you to my new Head of Entertainment! Thank you for this.
      I stopped aging at 24, so this trick doesn’t work with me, although I think if I hadn’t stopped aging, I may have been the number I reached at the end. 331. 😀

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      1. Head of Entertainment? Wow! I’m gonna put that on my resume. Thanks, Tom! 🙂

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  9. Continuing the playlist with an international smash hit of 1999…

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    1. Good one, CM. And here’s another, also from 1999…

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  10. This was an 80s song, but the lyrics reference 1999:

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    1. Talking of going back in time, back in the 1970s, there was an excellent (in my opinion) sci-fi series called Space: 1999. Set in space, in and after 1999. Back in the 1960s, Star Trek began, which wasn’t set in 1999, but they had a catchy little song created about them, I can’t find one for Space: 1999… but, I dare you not to hum this one later. Hehehe…

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  11. Fun / scary fact: In 1999, the Earth’s human population reached 6 billion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_milestone_babies#Six_billion

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    1. I remember that like it was yesterday, CM. And now, here we are almost double that! 😉

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  12. In 1999, we had a total eclipse of the Sun:

    And sixteen years earlier, Bonnie Tyler sang…

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    1. Bonnie Tyler! Arrrgh make it stop! (runs screaming from the mansion) XD

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      1. CM, it’s… CM?! CM!!! Come back! It’s stopped!!!

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        1. Sorry! Bonnie Tyler flashbacks. XD

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  13. MCMXCIX or MIM? You decide!

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    1. I prefer 00110001 00111001 00111001 00111001.

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      1. That’s easy for you to say! 😀

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    1. Slight technical glitch, CM… this video is not available… 😦

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      1. Hmm that’s weird; it plays every time I click it from the comments. It’s “Edge Of The Century” by Styx. 🙂

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        1. I hope this…
          1) works
          2) is the one
          Hehehe! 🙂

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  14. I know I’m late, so I brought along a group of guests to help with the party. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyPDQpel8bI

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    1. Thanks, Frank… and you brought the Piano Guys with you as well! Can’t go wrong with those guys! 😀

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      1. They are quite the entertainers.

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        1. I’m pleased you introduced me to them, Frank.

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  15. Looks like you had fun! 🙂

    Glad you guys enjoyed yourselves!!! 🙂

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

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    1. Thanks, Prenin. It was a fun 24 hours! 😀

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