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What I’m Reading Wednesday on a Thursday and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – January
Thursday 17th January 2019 4:05 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
The Book of the Year 2018 by No Such Thing as a Fish. Having read The Book of the Year 2017 I knew what to expect with this one and it was just as I expected. Interesting, informative and a bit silly. Only trouble is that I've forgotten all the facts I read.

The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov. This was a re-read for Redemption, where I volunteered to be on a time travel panel. I knew this one was interesting, but couldn't remember the ending. The first time I read this I wanted to go back and read it again because everything that happens is a clue to the ending. But I didn't. This time I read it carefully and the ending still came as a surprise. It's a good book and throws up some interesting morals about messing with history.

What I'm Currently Reading
Nothing because I just finished those two.

What I'm Reading Next
Dune by Frank Herbert - for I've Never Seen Star Wars. Because I've never read it. I have the film on DVD - it was free - and I've kept it thinking I'll watch it one day. So now I'm going to read the book. Depending on how it goes, I'll try the film once it's been long enough for me to have forgotten the book. Getting hold of this is the reason this post is on a Thursday, rather than a Wednesday.


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Andy Murray
Monday 14th January 2019 8:26 pm

So Friday was a bit of an unexpectedly big news day. To the point where I wasn't at all surprised at the end of an item on 5 Live with kids paying tribute that they clarified he wasn't dead. As sad as it is that he's having to retire rather than deciding to, I still prefer his brother. And there are plenty of other British players around - it's looking a lot better than it has for years. And I realised last year that although I'll miss the Big 4 and the ones below them, I'm ready for the next batch to come through.

I have two Andy Murray memories that are not at all like anyone else's that have been retweeted on Twitter.

The first time I saw him play was at an exhibition. They were trying to do things to pep the sport up a bit. This was to have just one set - an idea that didn't catch on. We saw a few matches and Tim Henman was due to play in one. But he was injured, so he commentated and a 17 year old Brit who I had never heard of called Andy played John McEnroe. He lost 6-1.

Afterwards McEnroe said that Andy was going to be good one day. I didn't believe him, partly due to losing 6-1 (although in retrospect a 17 year old losing 6-1 was not a surprise) but mostly because he was British. And British players never do well.

Then there was the 2012 Olympics where I didn't see him win a gold medal. I was in Court 1 watching the bronze medal match between Del Potro and Djokovic. We were sitting at the back where there was a gap between the side and the roof and it was freezing cold. It says something about how long ago it was that the crowd were all supporting Djokovic. We were supporting Del Potro, partly to be contrary. At Wimbledon, during the sit downs, they show you the scores from other courts. But not at the Olympics. We were following the progress of Murray vs Federer via the live scores on my sister's phone. And updating the crowd in our vicinity, mostly due to our surprise at the scoreline.

The bronze medal match finished and unlike at Wimbledon we couldn't get on Henman Hill (it was manned and ticketed) and there were no screens around anywhere else. We ended up stood watching a scoreboard while my sister ate ice cream (it had warmed up a lot). I've been to Wimbledon before on the final Sunday, sat on Court 1 and had no idea who had won the men's final. There was clearly no point in bothering this time, as God Save the Queen was a bit of a dead giveaway.

Speaking of not knowing results: when Andy won the US Open I had no idea until I finished listening to the match the following evening. I'd gone to bed after the first set. At the time the only way of following it was on the radio and it's really hard to listen to that and not fall asleep. As I remember from listening to Greg Rusedski in the US Open final. People were amazed that I managed to have no idea he'd won (I avoided all internet, TV, radio, shop and told people at work I didn't want to know).


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Car
Monday 7th January 2019 10:20 pm

I have solved all my car problems (and I realised I have four things about it that aren't quite right) by buying a new car. It's the same as my old car, only newer and a model up. And still red, of course (I have found that it's not just me who finds having a red car makes me invisible on the roads, but how can I have a car that's not red?). Which is about the only thing I didn't compromise on when I bought it.

Toyota seem to have decided, in updating their cars, to make them 20 cm longer. That 20cm is in the boot, which is fine. But then to make up for that they made it so the back seats don't go forwards. And I think they made it so there's less leg room in the back, but it's hard to tell because I test drove a car where you could raise the front seat, so then I had to have it further back. I really wanted a car where I have to move the seat all the way forward, but it seems that the only way to do that is to buy a car for tall people, in which case I can't reach the pedals. Or chop my legs off, but that seems a bit drastic.

They have removed a lot of storage from inside the car. According to the salesman this is to accommodate air bags. A comparison of the car I sat in and my car tells me this is completely and total rubbish. The trouble is that I have a lot of stuff in the car. On the other hand, I might not need it all in there. I opened a compartment I hadn't opened for ages and found, among other things, an ice scraper. I own four ice scrapers, in various sizes. Last winter I used one once to remove snow off my car. I think it's safe to say I don't need four of them. Especially as the new car will have heated wing mirrors. Although I have no way of knowing if they ever work because I haven't seen my wing mirrors with ice on them since before I moved to a house with a garage.

I have got a hybrid. They are more expensive, but you save on petrol. I reckon by the time it dies I should break even on that... Annoyingly hybrids only come in automatic (which are completely unintuitive to drive - and since the left foot isn't doing anything, why not have some controls down there? It would be the perfect place for the radio volume controls). The only thing that reconciled me to the automatic is some research that tells me that's how hybrid/electric cars are going, so by the time I need another new car manual won't be an option any more, so it won't matter that I've forgotten how to drive it.

And it's a 1.5. I currently have a 1.0 which is enough power 99% of the time. It's possible I won't notice the extra power because I've never had a car which can pass a lorry while going up a hill on the dual carriageway, so I'll probably forget that it's a possibility with the new one. Although in the new car I won't be able to go down to fourth gear to try it. (The more I think about it the more crazy it is that there's nothing for my left foot to do)

The hardest thing to figure out will be the lack of CD player. I had to compromise on that to get a digital radio (for 5 Live Sports Extra tennis listening purposes) and more important a digital speedometer (and not to end up with a car that felt like a downgrade from my last one. I tend to listen to all the Big Finish CDs (and sometimes some music CDs) in the car. The new car does have a USB port, so I can always put whatever I want to listen to on my mp3 player, if it doesn't work with my iPod. But I have a load of CDs hanging around and I like the CDs. Even if they take up space, I still like them. But when I get round to getting rid of my old computer I'll only have two CD players in the house (and I did look into plugging a CD player into the USB port of the car and it can't be done due to lack of power).

(I know I need to do a Never Seen Star Wars post for this month, but I'm still deciding what it should be - and have spent a lot of my free time lately researching cars).


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2018 fic roundup
Wednesday 2nd January 2019 8:00 pm

Summary: The year of the long (for me) fic.

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Yuletide 2018
Tuesday 1st January 2019 12:05 pm

When coming up with what I wanted for Yuletide I hesitated to put The Avengers on it, despite having rewatched some recently and wanting it. My first Yuletide I got an Avengers fic and it was perfectly tailored to what I asked for. I thought what are the chances of getting something like that again? Turns out, the answer is 100%.
Must Be Tuesday (2959 words) by rabidsamfan
Fandom: The Avengers (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Emma Peel, John Steed
Summary: Steed Takes a Fall
Mrs Peel Rises to the Occasion

Then despite being busy I somehow managed to write three fics. The first was Galaxy Quest, which I saw in the tag set, thought maybe I'd like to write that, rewatched it during sign ups, then decided I would like to write it, so offered it. And ended up being assigned it. For some reason it ended up taking four drafts before it got to what I was trying to do with it, but I still really enjoyed writing it. And doing a lot of rewatching.
Willing to Walk Away (4610 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gwen DeMarco/Jason Nesmith
Characters: Gwen DeMarco, Alexander Dane
Summary: Life on the new Galaxy Quest series is better than on the original series. But it's still not good enough for Alexander.

And then I really liked dbskyler's Randall & Hopkirk prompt. I had the beginning in mind for a while, and once I'd written my assignment and had a lot more time at home than I was expecting due to my car not starting, I ended up writing the rest.
More Trouble Than They're Worth (3436 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Marty Hopkirk, Jeff Randall
Summary: It's just a simple divorce case, until it isn't. As usual for Randall and Hopkirk.

I wanted to write Belinda Blinked and I had an idea as to how to start the story. Then we finished book 4 and I realised I could use my start to take it in a slightly different direction. And then it turns out to be harder to write like Rocky than I expected and I just couldn't work in any semi-colons. But I did manage to have Giselle blinking.
Giselle's Honeymoon (585 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Belinda Blinked Series - Rocky Flintstone
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Giselle Maarschalkerweerd de Klotz/Tony Sylvester, Tony Sylvester/Original Female Character, Giselle Maarschalkerweerd de Klotz/Tony Sylvester/Original Female Character
Characters: Giselle Maarschalkerweerd de Klotz, Tony Sylvester
Additional Tags: badly written sex, No semi-colons
Summary: Giselle's on her honeymoon with Tony, but she's not satisfied yet. Spoilers for book 4.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars December and 2018 wrap-up
Monday 31st December 2018 5:59 pm

This month I was practising standing on the tiptoes of one foot. I thought things would calm down this month and this wouldn't take long. I was right about it not taking long - I've either been busy or dizzy or both and ended up hardly doing it at all. I did do it a few times, but that was it. I know it's better than nothing, but it doesn't really feel like I've done it at all.

But here's a summary of the year:
January: My Dad Wrote a Porno 10/10
February: Podfic 7/10
March: AngularJS 6/10
April: The Death of Stalin 5/10
May: Jeeves and Wooster 10/10
June: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack 8/10
July: The Americans 6/10
August: Trying hair styles 10/10
September: Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) 10/10
October: The Martian film 7/10
November: Swimming with Men 10/10
December: Practising standing on the tiptoes of one foot not rated

In summary, I've watched/read/listened to a lot of great stuff this year - five of them were rated 10/10. I'm still listening to My Dad Wrote a Porno and went to the live show. I'm still working my way through the Jeeves and Wooster books. I'm still trying out hair styles.


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Comedians
Friday 28th December 2018 7:23 pm

At the end of last year I was lamenting about how few comedians I'd seen. This year I set about changing that. As a result this year I have seen:
Dara O'Briain
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
Lucy Porter
My Dad Wrote a Porno
No Such Thing as a Fish
Sara Pascoe

Which doesn't seem like that many now I write it down. But I enjoyed all of them.

This year I have already booked to see:
Ellie Taylor
James Acaster
Josh Widdicombe
Lucy Porter
Mark Watson
No Such Thing as a Fish
Rhod Gilbert
Rob Beckett
Romesh Ranganathan

Which doesn't seem like that much either written out, but it looks like more in my diary. Mostly because thy are quite bunched up - to the point where I'm seeing one on a Friday and another the day after!


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 26th December 2018 3:21 pm

I updated WordPress, found the new Gutenberg editor confusing, then the template I have for this post wouldn't load. So back to the classic editor it is... until 2023.

What I Just Finished Reading
Love and Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser. This was all about the women in Louis XIV's life. I didn't know much about him or this time, at least in France. His reign coincided with that of James I of England (VI of Scotland) who came up quite a bit in Edinburgh (albeit just called James VI). So bits would be mentioned about what was happening in England (and other parts of Europe) and I'd think ah-ha - I know about that. But even apart from that I found it interesting to see how the women in hi life affected him and how he affected them. And it's made me want to go to Versailles, since the book talked about what was being built and what it looked like.

The Boss of Bethnal Green by Julian Woodford. This is about a man called Joseph Merceron who was in local government in Bethnal Green in the late 18th and early 19th century. He was the original Godfather, controlling everything and stealing from the poor and ending up the equivalent of a multi-millionaire (while the poor died of starvation). It was interesting to hear about him and what he got up to, and also what else was going on in England and Parliament and the amount of corruption going on. In complement to the last book, the French Revolution happened during this time.

Terms and Conditions: Life in Girls' Boarding Schools 1939-1979 by Ysenda Maxone Graham. This book starts from a position of what we know about girls' boarding schools coming from books like Mallory Towers and the Chalet School and then we learn how different it was in reality. There are a lot of differences between schools, but a lot of them didn't really teach girls anything much academic, some of them had incredibly strict rules, horrible bullying, but most meant the girls formed close, life-long friendships. There were bits that were some bits that were similar to the stories, but I definitely learnt how idealised they are.

What I'm Currently Reading
Diary of a Wartime Affair by Doreen Bates. This has the tiniest text I've ever seen. It also starts in 1934, so it's going to be a while before it's very wartimey (I'm currently in 1937). But it's the diary of a woman who is having an affair with a married man she works with. Which is not exactly accepted these days, but really not in those days. I can't decide if I like it or not because it's a bit samey. It all depends a bit on what happens.

What I'm Reading Next
I haven't decided yet, but it will be one of the following:
The Book of the Year 2018 by No Such Thing as a Fish (I read the 2017 one last year and enjoyed it - but it is in hardback, so a pain to read lying down)
The Chalet School Annexe by Adrianne Fitzpatrick (Chalet School written by someone else and set in the Austrian era so I am looking forward to it)
Joy in the Morning by PG Wodehouse (next Wodehouse borrowed from my sister)


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Why I’ve not been posting
Sunday 23rd December 2018 5:00 pm

I have all sorts of things I've been wanting to post about, but haven't had the time or the energy. Work always gets busy around November/December, but this year it started right on 1st November. It usually gets so quiet the week before Christmas that I have plenty of time to write Yuletide treats. So far it's only calmed down to normal busy levels. We are all tired and ill.

And I've had trouble with my car, which has not been helping. Despite the bus service around here having improved massively, it's merely gone from completely useless to pretty useless.

As a result all I've really been doing is reading and catching up on TV. I shouldn't need to work on Wednesday, so hopefully I'll manage a reading Wednesday post because I've been reading some interesting books.


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Sammy
Saturday 8th December 2018 12:00 pm

Sammy is as cute as ever.

Sammy and a cube

The good news is that he's no longer scared of me! It used to be that he'd hide when he heard me - unless he decided to come out, in which case he was quite happy taking food with his two front feet on my hand. Now, though, if I talk to him he'll come out and ask for food. Last night I was watching The Last Leg and he got up, so I spoke to him. He gave me a look that said "You're talking to me but not offering me food". So I offered him some food.

He is, generally speaking, very laid back. It takes him a while to get round to chewing up cardboard with treats in because there's food in his bowl, so why go to the effort? Although he does go round his cage looking for the food I hide. And if it's not the bits he's so keen on, I sometimes find those bits when I clean him out.

He has been out of his cage once. He ran around on the sofa investigating his toys, but after a minute he decided he didn't like it and hid down the back of the sofa cushions. Bum side up. Fortunately he was willing to use my hand to get himself the right way up and into his travel cage, so I could put him back in his cage and he could hide.

He also makes happy noises. I've been wondering what they were, but I would describe it as snuffling and apparently it's actually chirping. Hamsters make those noises when they're happy. The loudest he's made them was when he found half a walnut in his cage.

I did have to buy him a new wheel recently. He had a wooden one which was so quiet all you could hear was his feet padding on it. Sadly, even coating it in pet-safe varnish was not enough to deal with all the wee on it, nor the poos that he'd ground into it. He's now got a more expensive, slightly less quiet, plastic wheel. It is a lot easier to wash. But at least he runs on his wheel (unlike Missy) - he loves it.

Sammy


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars December
Tuesday 4th December 2018 8:08 pm

At some point work/life will stop being it's usual stressy self at this time of year and normal service will be resumed. This is not that time, but at least I am (mostly) keeping up with I've Never Seen Star Wars.

This month I am going to practise standing on the tiptoes of one foot. This is partly because I realised it's been a year since I did ballet (my last class was the day after Missy died). I intended to practise it, but I always intended to practise.

I can stand on the tiptoes of both feet and I can stand on one foot, those are easy. It's standing on the tiptoes of one foot that's hard and I'm hoping if I practise (nearly) every day I'll get better at it.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – November wrap-up
Friday 30th November 2018 8:00 pm

This month I watched Swimming With Men.

I saw them the actors do some synchronised swimming on Sport Relief last year and it looked interesting. I saw some reviews when it came out at the cinema which sounded disappointing. So I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I sat down to watch it.

And then I really enjoyed it. It was really uplifting at the end. It was really interesting to see all these men doing synchronised swimming (and everything you see was done by the actors). And I learnt afterwards that the Swedish team in the film were played by the original men this film is very loosely based on.

It's about eight men who all come together on a Thursday evening to do some synchronised swimming to forget their crappy lives and to make friends. I could relate to that because it's the same reasons I do the things I do.

I give it a 10 out of 10.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 14th November 2018 9:19 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills. I was waiting for this to come out on paperback, but I saw it in the library and got it anyway. And then read it in about two days. It was interesting to read about how he got into stand-up and how it was getting started. But mostly I just found it very uplifting.

What I'm Currently Reading
Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens. A first for me in this series - it's an actual book, rather than an ebook. So it took me a while to find it in the library - it was in the children's section which is another room. It is short non-murder case files and things from the Junior Pinkertons and others as well. I'm enjoying it - especially as I like the stories set at Deepdean best and some of these are set at Deepdean.

What I'm Reading Next
I should really read the next Jeeves and Wooster book that I've borrowed from my sister.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – November
Monday 12th November 2018 8:39 pm

I didn't intend to post this a third of the way through the month. But I had intended to watch The Last Jedi, but it's been so long that you can no longer rent it, only buy it, and I don't want to buy it. I had an alternative, but then I didn't put writing this post on my to do list, so it didn't get done.

What with this month being a busy one at work, I'm going to watch another film this month. It's going to be Swimming with Men. Which I meant to see at the cinema, but it didn't make it to any near me at a useful time. My TV in my lounge, one weekend this month is a much easier time and place.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – October wrap-up
Wednesday 31st October 2018 7:59 pm

This month I watched The Martian. I read the book in February last year, so I thought I'd forgotten enough to watch the film.

I think I timed it just right - I'd forgotten a lot of the details, so I was still entertained, but remembered enough that it explained the bits of the film that didn't get explained. The film was good enough that during the "will he get rescued" ending I was on the edge of my seat, even though I remembered how it ended.

I had no idea that it had Sean Bean in it and he was one of the people explaining why a secret meeting had been called "Project Elrond", which I found amusing.

I liked that the film helped me picture everything, because I am terrible at reading description and some of it I just hadn't got my head round at all. But on the whole I preferred the book - it felt like you were more inside Mark's head and it explained more of what was going on. Although if I hadn't read the book, I might not have spent the film going "but th4ey haven't explained why that happened" or "they missed that bit".

I give it a 7 out of 10.


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Silly things
Sunday 28th October 2018 8:57 pm

1. A few weeks ago I lost the part of my sat nav lead where you plug it into the car charger. I had it on the way and on the way back it wasn't in my bag, wasn't in the car and wasn't in the hotel room. I suspect it's in the same place missing pens go.

When looking up where to buy a new one from I discovered Halfords sell general USB to car adaptors, so I bought one, tried it and it didn't work. So I took it back and bought a branded one for twice the price, which also came with two cables. I assume one of them is for something different and I assume I have one of those in my sat nav box that I've clearly never needed. Well, now I have a spare.

I plugged the sat nav in one morning when I went to work and it charged. I unplugged it, it told me it was switching off, so I put it back in its bag and set off. It waited until I had set off to tell me to turn right (my sat nav not only doesn't know where I live, it doesn't even believe my house exists). I then had to listen to it telling me to turn round at every roundabout until I had the opportunity to stop and turn it off.

What made it all the more annoying is that usually as soon as it finds satellites it forgets the route I have planned. I hadn't used it for a couple of weeks and yet the one time I would have been happy for it to forget, it remembered.

2. On the subject of my sat nav, I discovered it really doesn't understand a big roundabout near me. As I neared it it told me there was a right turn ahead...

3. Gone to the same lost pen place, is my fiddle ring. I had it on when I left the house and then later I didn't. I don't think it helped that it was a bit big and now it's colder my fingers are smaller. I have bought some more (so this time I have spares) half a size smaller, so they still fit on the fourth fingers of both hands.

(I read somewhere that the fingers on your dominant hand are slightly bigger than the fingers on your other hand. For me it's the other way round)

4. I've already written the first draft of my Yuletide fic. I read my assignment on Monday morning and had the basic idea by the time I left for work. But I need to get it done soon as work goes crazy in November, until a week before Christmas, and when it does I won't have the time or energy for writing. Or anything.

5. I accidentally ended up completely happily on GMT today. I overdid things a bit the past few days and stayed up too late. Then at 5:30 this morning I was woken up by my neighbours slamming their back door a few times (not the first time I've heard them do that in the middle of the night, I have no idea why). Having been woken up I was therefore really hot*, so got up to go to the toilet to cool me (and the bed) down a bit.

And then I thought that it was really cold and the heating should be on by now. My heating is set based on when the house is coldest and stopping Sammy from getting too cold, rather than when I might need it. At which point I realised that although my clock said it was 5:30, it was actually 4:30 and my heating knows when we change the clocks. So I ended up having to go downstairs to turn the heating on, because there wasn't much point in it coming on just before dawn on a day that was due to be sunny.

I took a while to get back to sleep after that (not least because I was still hot, despite having gone down to the kitchen, which is the coldest room in the house). When I woke up it was a lot later than I usually wake up, although I usually wake up earlier than I want to.

I tried feeding Sammy an hour earlier, as it might mean he is still on BST and would get up an hour earlier, but I think it's on whatever time zone I am.

*I remember learning in biology at school that when you sleep your temperature goes down. Mine really doesn't.


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Things
Sunday 21st October 2018 2:23 pm

I have totally got out of the habit of posting and commenting. I must try and get back in it. So here are some things I've had going on recently.

1. I had a flu jab at the start of the month. Usually it just makes me feel like I've been punched in the arm. This time my arm swelled up and was hot to the touch and hurt so much that I really didn't want to be using or moving it at all. It also made me feel really ill, so I spent some time catching up on TV. I caught up on Midsomer Murders, which included an episode about a small pet show and was all about the rabbits. Obviously I loved it, aside from the rabbit cages being too small, and for some reason they were kept in a tent on site overnight, which makes no sense. But now I am being stalked by the murderer - he popped up in Doctor Who and then in Johnny English. He's everywhere!

2. I've been watching a lot of hamster videos and got into the crafty DIY side. It's possible to make nearly everything in a cage with wood and lolly sticks - and if you're good with DIY you can even make a cage. I'm not quite that good, but I did make a log cabin (out of 15 toilet roll tubes), a small rainbow bridge (that isn't rainbow because I couldn't be bothered to pain it) and a climbing frame. Now I've got the hang of the glue, and a lot more lolly sticks in three sizes, I might try making more things.

3. Sammy is still cute. He'll happily put two feet on my hand (even if there's no food) but won't put a third on (even for a treat). I've got into the habit of giving him some of my boiled egg at breakfast at weekends (sometimes in bed, sometimes he gets out of bed for it).
Sammy

4. I had the last big thing done on my house (where big means getting workmen in to do things). All(!) I have left is getting rid of stuff and deciding which cross stitches to put on the walls where.

5. Dancing - but I've been meaning to write a whole post about that for the past couple of months, so I will save all of that for its own post.


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Dear Yuletide Writer
Monday 15th October 2018 8:25 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer,

This year this letter is just a copy of my sign up, in case it helps to have it in this format. Fandoms I have requested are:
Belinda Blinked (Any: Belinda Blumenthal, Bella, Giselle)
Daisy Dalrymple (Any: Daisy Dalrymple, Alec Fletcher)
The Avengers (John Steed, Emma Peel)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (Any: Jeff Randall, Marty Hopkirk, Jeannie Hopkirk)

Read more...


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – October
Monday 1st October 2018 7:00 pm

This month I'm going to do something that doesn't take up as much time. I'm going to watch The Martian (film). I read the book last year, for Never Seen Star Wars, happened to notice this was on Film 4 a while back and it's now sitting on my PVR, taking up space. So I will watch it this month.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars September wrap-up
Sunday 30th September 2018 12:17 pm

This month I've been watching Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Last time when I watched something for Never Seen Star Wars I watched one episode and decide that was enough. This time I watched an episode of the original and an episode of the Vic & Bob remake, bought both sets of DVDs and watched all 26 episodes of the original and 13 episodes of the new. This, and work being crazy, is the reason I haven't posted much this month.

In other words, I liked it. I liked both, in fact.

Going between them, it was obvious how much more dizzying camera movement is in the remake. I think it's more obvious when going from old TV to new, but is also something my dizziness makes more obvious.

There's all sorts about the famous people in the remake, but there are some really famous people in the original too. I knew David Jason was in one, but failed to recognise him at first. He looked the same, just younger, but was doing an RP accent, which I was not expecting. I also failed to recognise Brian Blessed. I had to look up the name of his character and then pay attention to see who he was. Even then, I could sort of agree it was him only when his character started shouting, and I paid attention to the sound and not how he looked.

Nicholas Courtney and Roger Delgado were easy to spot. I spent most of an episode (When the Spirit Moves You) thinking one of the characters looked familiar. And when I looked him up on imdb I found he was Anton Rodgers - who I know from Fresh Fields/French Fields and May to December. Although these were twenty years later, and I haven't seen either since they were on TV, there was still something about him that was recognisable.

And then there's Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave. Wikipedia tells me exactly who Andrew Sachs plays, but he's just so different from Manuel that I wouldn't be surprised if that wasn't Andrew Sachs. And the gardener turns out to be Onslow from Keeping Up Appearances. Once I knew I could see a resemblance, but he doesn't look different in a shirt.

Famous people aside, I just generally enjoyed it. Quite a few of the plots were a bit samey and I liked when Marty got Jeff out of trouble by some means other than finding someone who could hear him. I liked that the remake did more interesting things with the whole ghost idea. Of course, it helped that by then they could do more special effects. I liked that the remake went a bit silly with the plots - but I also liked that the original was more sensible.

I found the friendship between Jeff and Marty was easier to believe at first in the remake, but that's because I know Vic & Bob are friends. I've seen them do Shooting Stars together. But I could see it in the original too, after a while.

I like that the remake gave Jeannie more to do (in the making of, Annette Andre does point out that The Avengers was the exception in those days). At first, I disliked having the whole thing about whether she'll get together with Jeff. But then I was reminded of something in the first episode of the original, where Jeannie says she doesn't see Jeff because Marty gets jealous (it sounds to me like Jeff and Jeannie are friends outside of their relationship with Marty). That would be really iffy in 2000, so I don't mind that they kept Marty's jealous side, but gave him a respectable 21st century reason for it.

In common with everyone else, it seems, I also really love the music.

So, 10/10. I wish I'd seen the original earlier.


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