[Error: unknown template qotd]I am a Fire Horse, my husband happens to be a Water Mouse (we joke that he should have run away as soon as we met).
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Well, the one we baked last week qualifies, since after trying it we chose it as the 'family pizza'.

Home-made dough (medium crust, not too thick, not too thin), tomato sauce with Parmesan cheese and chopped capers mixed in, mozzarella cheese, anchovies and pepperoni slices (the really hot Italian kind).

Note on language: over here, in Italy, peperoni means sweet peppers, the hot, dry sausage is salame piccante, if you ask for pizza ai peperoni you'll get this one: http://www.donnamoderna.com/cucina/ricette/pane-pizze-e-derivati/pizze/Pizza-ai-peperoni-25
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My first language is Italian, I'm fluent in English and Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese), I know French and have a smattering of German and Spanish.
I can also read (and translate) classical Greek and classical Latin.

I'd love to improve my Spanish, learn Hebrew, Japanese, Scottish Gaelic and Old English
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Well, not everybody is from the US on Live Journal, you know?

One favorite only is impossible, I'd say: Babette's Feast (Danish), Red Cliff ( the original, full lenght Chinese version, please, not the butchered one shown in cinemas over here) and Hero (China).

Remakes? Never, please!
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Bookshelf? It's more like books on every avalable surface (according to some, they reproduce).

First thing people notice is that I've books in 5 different languages lying around and that I'm a multi-reader (never reading just one book at any given time), and then, I guess they 'll conclude that I'm an eclectic geek with a classical education given that they'll find books on classical literature, history, art, China, languages, animals, travel, poetry  fantasy and SF as the'main' categories.
[Error: unknown template qotd]That's no choice, marriage is through thick and thin. Besides my husband, [livejournal.com profile] thaldiris my best friend.
[Error: unknown template qotd]In keeping with the tradition of using the names of Roman deities it would be 'Minerva', I always found somewhat disappointing that my favorite goddess was left out of planet-naming. 
[Error: unknown template qotd]...I've quite the list, really, depending on the situation and the time:

Brother Cadfael (Ellis Peters)

Sherlock Holmes and dr. Watson (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Father Brown and Flambeau (Chesterton)

R. Daneel Olivaw and Elijah Bailey (Asimov)

Qwilleran and his two siamese cats, Koko and Yum-yum (Lilian Jackon Brown)

Judge Dee  (R. Van Gulik from Chinese stories)

Mma Ramotswe (A. McCall-Smith)

Benjamin Janvier (Barbara Hambly)
[Error: unknown template qotd]Definitely R. Daneel Olivaw and  Andrew, the bicentennial man (I'm referring to the novella, not the movie)

Note for those who keep pointing out that Data (or Daneel for that matter) are androids: an android is simply a robot built in human shape, not all robots are androids but androids are robots.
A cyborg integrates mechanical and electronic components with biological ones, a robot (no matter if android or not) doesn't : Andrew, in his quest to become human, turns from robot to cyborg.
[Error: unknown template qotd]If marriage is a legal contract with legal consequences then the government has every right to define what constitutes a valid marriage according to the law.  

In my country I could have chosen, if I wanted, to be married only in church, not undergoing the 'civil wedding' part. In that case, for the state, I and my husband would have been living together with none of the consequences that come from a legal wedding. Some people do it, for a variety of reasons.
It is strange how people seem to react to this question with ' the govenment has no place in telling me what to do with my life', one can do whatever s/he wants with his or her life so long as nobody else suffers for it, but what about this sort of norms existing for the protection of the citizens so that for instance no 8-year old is sold as a bride (it happens) or no people who are incapable of understanding what a marriage is are tricked or forced into it?  
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Not really, I'll go for 5-7-5 only if I were writing in classical form and in Japanese (a language I sadly do not know) or, sometimes, in Italian. English has a more spare structure, most 5-7-5 written in English sound bulky or awkward.

Forgotten chores,
In the Christmas sky
first-burning star.



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