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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 22nd July 2020 4:57 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
A whole lot of fanfic. I put a load on my ebook reader and worked through it. In the meantime I've bookmarked more, but at least my AO3 reading later page is only one page. Because I've been catching up on stuff from a while ago, it's been interesting to see who replies to comments. Some authors reply to all, some reply to none, some reply for a while and then stop (sometimes that's years sometimes that one day of replying and then stop). I know there are lots of reasons authors don't always reply to all comments, but when I see that none have been replied to and I'm not sure I liked it or it was just ok I tend to veer on the side of just ok and not leaving a comment.

What I'm Currently Reading
Back on the non-fiction: Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes by Virginia Nicholson. I've enjoyed two of her other books, on women after WWI and during WWII. This one is about women in the 50s. It's strange because it's so recent but so different. We had two world wars where women worked and the 'surplus women' after WWI meant marriage wasn't the be all and end all for women. And yet the 1950s might as well be the 1900s for all that's changed. At least so far, we're only on the early 1950s.

There was a chapter on the queen's coronation and I knew it rained that day but I didn't know it had only been 12C! And to think I thought this June had some cold weather, it wasn't that bad during the day.

What I'm Reading Next
The book I'm currently reading is 500 pages, and heavy to read in bed, so it's going to take me a while. I don't know, I'll see what I fancy off my to read shelf.


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Whose Line is it Anyway?
Sunday 12th July 2020 12:17 pm

Back in December, when I was ill, I started watching Whose Line is it Anyway? on All4. Earlier this year I got into a pattern of watching it at lunchtimes when I worked from home. This week I finished all 136 episodes.

I did enjoy it, but sometimes it got samey. Watching a lot in a short time would expose the times they repeated a joke. Authors was good for being able to make lunch while watching it, because there wasn't much to see, but I often wouldn't know the authors they were spoofing and it was only really funny when someone did a silly author. And Film and Theatre Styles got old quickly, especially when they did it twice per episode. That was also not helped by me not knowing some of the styles. Hoedown/Gospel/March gets old after a while too.

My favourites when I watched when it was first on were Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery and Ryan Stiles. They're still my favourites, but to that list I add Sandi Toksvig, who is really funny and really quick. I was pleasantly surprised this week to find her in an episode I watched, because I thought I'd seen them all (she wasn't in many).

There was a surreal point where I watch the What's the Matter with Tony Slattery? documentary and they showed some Whose Line clips, all of which were from the first series, which I'd just been watching that week.

During this time I also saw The Comedy Store Players, who had an hour's worth of one evening's performance that you could pay to watch in a 3 day window. All but one of those had been in at least one episode of Whose Line. That made me laugh so much it set my asthma off. It helps that they've been doing it a long time so they keep getting better at it and also that I'm not struggling for 20-30 year old references. And they had different games, so it felt more interesting.

As to what I'm going to watch during my lunchtimes now, I don't know. I've reduced them to 30 minutes, so I can just about get Whose Line in, but anything longer is trickier. Although I could made my lunchtimes however long I want at the moment, as long as I get 7.5 hours of work in each day. Or I could watch half of something at lunchtime and the other half after work when I need a lie down before starting on something else (watching something helps better than reading). I don't know.


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Yes, Minister
Wednesday 8th July 2020 7:49 pm

I've been thinking about Yes, Minster recently.

Yesterday I read a headline that said one-sixth of British people wouldn't take the Covid vaccine when we have one. At first I thought this is just clickbait, but it was The Guardian and I was curious, so I read it. And it was all about how people who get their news from social media rather than traditional channels are the ones who won't have the vaccine. It told me how many people the survey asked, but not anything else. Like what question did they actually ask.

It reminds me of a scene from Yes, Prime Minster where Humphrey demonstrates how to get specific answers out of people in surveys.

Leading questions

I've also been rewatching The West Wing. I got through series 1-3 and then stopped three and a half years ago. I re-started from the beginning of series 4 and am now halfway through series 5. There was recently an episode talking about the muclear threat. Which reminds me of this scene where we prove that Hacker would never press the button (it's the way he says "Picadilly?!" towards the end that really gets me)

"Would you press the button?"


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