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Strictly
Monday 11th September 2017 7:43 pm

I watched Strictly at the weekend. Well, judging by how long it took me to get through the episode, I actually watched less than a third of it. I can't watch all the celebrities, the same way you get to know the comedians on Taskmaster. But I'm permanently behind on TV and can't watch that much dancing without getting dizzy and/or bored. So I just watched Susan Calman, Richard Coles and Jonnie Peacock.

I found the part where they were drawing out who their partner was quite dull, because the only Pro dancer on there I've heard of is Anton Du Bec. I liked Richard Coles introducing himself because he was hilarious. Does not take himself seriously in the slightest, which I loved. I didn't intend to watch him at all, but him and Susan have been hilarious on Twitter.

I watched the Footloose dance and it ruined my night by making me dizzy. I didn't remember it being that bad, when I tried watching a dance a few years ago. I tried the dance again in the morning on my iPod and I was fine... but I looked away when they spun the camera round. I'd got complacent and forgotten I needed to do that. In future I will watch the dances on my iPod and then skip through the rest of the episode on my PVR.

But of the dance itself, I liked Richard Coles. He looked like he was enjoying himself really hamming it up. And Susan looked like she was just having a really good time. So I am really looking forward to seeing them dance.

On YouTube I found that Claudia Fragapane had been on it. Which I knew at the time and had forgotten. So I watched some of her dances. They did really use her flexibility and she did lots of lifts, because of course she has the balance* to do it. Her dancing generally was pretty good, which is what you'd expect from a gymnast. And yet I preferred Judy Murray's dancing - she might not have done much, but the dances were more fun.

The last one I watched was to Shut Up and Dance - which was the first song I did at Rock Choir. It was a great, fun song and we all loved it. We'd sing it in the breaks. At the end of term we sang through all the songs we'd done that term, and started and ended with that song.

*One of my ballet teachers once told us that lifts weren't about strength they were about balance, and as long as you have that anyone can lift anyone else.


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SJA Reunion
Monday 14th August 2017 9:23 pm

A couple of weekends ago I went to the SJA Reunion one-day convention in Cardiff. I wasn't too sure about it, I had a bit of "who are these people, how do I know they know what they're doing" as if I know everyone in the world. But Katy Manning (Jo) was going to be there and I've never met her, so I went. If I'd been the sort of person who'd go up to her on the street (or train station platform) I'd have met her at Cardiff station where we were waiting for the train to the tiny little station that was just round the corner from the con. But I wasn't, so I didn't. But since I'd already planned to be a bit late (given that I got up at 6am!) and the train was late, I felt better knowing that at least I wouldn't be later than one of the guests. Incidentally, I ended up getting the same train back as John Leeson. Read more...


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Fic what I wrote (DW spoilers)
Sunday 2nd July 2017 3:17 pm

(I haven't posted a Never Seen Star Wars post for July yet because everything stops for Wimbledon. I'll post one in a fortnight.)

I wrote some fic! I started a Librarians fic a while ago because I realised that I wanted to write more Flynn and Cassandra friendship. And because I have post-ep fics for two other season 3 episodes, I clearly needed another one. And then last night's Doctor Who prompted me to write a fic related to it.

There are spoilers for The Librarians 308 And the Eternal Question, and last night's Doctor who below. Read more...


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What I’ve been listening to
Friday 30th June 2017 7:42 pm

I seem to always have more Big Finish audios to listen to than I have time to listen. I tend to listen to them on the way to work and since my journey is 20 minutes long it takes three or four days to get through one CD.

They've just done three CDs that are two one hour stories, rather one two hour story. Which, annoyingly, they're not planning to do often because people prefer the longer stories. I prefer the shorter because I can get one story listened to in one week. And I don't have to remember back so far as to what's happening. And it just zips along faster. I liked these.

The one I've just finished is Shadow Planet/World Apart, which is a Seven, Ace and Hex. As part of me going through my stuff and working out what to get rid of, I looked at my Big Finish CDs and thought, given that I've always got some to listen to, and a backlog of podcasts (which I listen to while cooking), am I ever going to listen to these again? I haven't answered that question, but listening to the latest audio made me realise how much I missed the Seven, Ace and Hex stuff and I want to re-listen to it.

And then there was the latest Short Trip, How to Win Planets and Influence People. I'd been looking forward to it for ages because it's Four, Sarah and Harry (finally!). And I'm sure it was originally due to come out much sooner. And then I was disappointed because Sarah and Harry barely feature in it, although they are important in the scenes they're in. But, despite that disappointment, I really enjoyed it. Rufus Hound was better than I expected as the Monk, mainly because I liked Graeme Garden better (mainly because it's Graeme Garden). The way it was done was good and I liked the story.


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Star Trek (again)
Sunday 14th May 2017 1:20 pm

I must have coped back before LJ improved the subject lines in their notifications, but now I'm getting more from DW than LJ, I'm completely confused by which entry "Reply to your entry" is actually referring to and then lose track of which I've replied to (or need to reply to). So for now I am purposely not posting very often. In an ideal world I'd just get everyone to comment on my blog, but that would require some effort to make sure OpenID is working and the whole comment page isn't crappy, and it's just not top of my list. I haven't even put Windows fonts on my new computer yet.

I discovered that between the Horror Channel and Pick, on a weekday morning you can watch Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Star Trek (Original Series) and Stargate Atlantis. I worked from home and my morning went very quickly with all that on. Although they put them all into an hour, so with the exception of TOS, the adverts go on forever. Read more...


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Star Trek
Wednesday 5th April 2017 8:12 pm

Re-watching bits of ST:TNG for my Het Swap fic got me all interested in Star Trek again. To the point where I now own all of it on DVD except the Animated Series and Voyager. The only reason I don't own the Animated Series is because it's expensive (ie over £10). I've only seen it once, when the BBC used to show a few episodes in half terms and school holidays during the day.

When I re-watched bits of TNG, I went for the Riker/Troi bits, since I was mostly writing them. But I got distracted by Patrick Stewart. I briefly thought "why is a Frenchman being played by a Yorkshire man?" and then remembered we'd done this in the 90s and I'd just have to live with it. Although then I thought that if he was French he wouldn't pronounce it Picard.

And then I got distracted by something that really annoyed me. The Enterprise D bridge is very pretty. Doesn't need a seat just for the counselor, but I didn't see any episodes where she stated the obvious, so I let that go. It does have plenty of seats... except for Worf. When I started watching it, back in the 90s, it was in series 5. At the time I had no idea Tasha Yar existed and just accepted that Klingons are happy standing for their whole shift when everyone else gets to sit down.

(As an aside, maybe they should have all had sit-standing/treadmill/some sort of crazy futuristic work stations)

Except that what sort of designer thought that was a good idea?

I'm still not over that. But I went and looked at Star Trek books. And there are loads. There's a series set on Picard's old ship, Stargazer, there's a series set between Insurrection and Nemesis to explain the inconsistencies (none of which I noticed). It's pretty much a case of you name it, there's a series of books about it.

The amazing thing are the number of Star Trek books I found in the county's libraries. I've seen one or two in my local library, but it is only small and it never occurred to me that there might be more out there. Obviously they only have recent ones, but it's the recent ones I'm interested in. I read enough TOS and TNG books in the 90s and I want to see how they've carried things on since the end of TNG & DS9.

And then I made my most exciting discovery - there's a Kirk autobiography. Suddenly £1 to get it from another library in the county seemed like a small price to pay and when I eventually got it, I read it in a day. I loved it. They described why certain things happened the way they did in various TOS episodes - or at least I think they did. It's been a while since I've seen any of them. Amusingly, they made The Final Frontier fictional. But I discovered how much I've forgotten even of the films - although I remember the line "Everyone remember where we parked" from The Voyage Home, I didn't remember that was in a Klingon ship.

I ended up rewatching it. And it wasn't as good as I remembered. I think part of the excitement at the time was seeing the crew in the present. But now the 80s is a long way away. And wow. I'm used to seeing 80s fashions from Press Gang, but TNG and The Voyage Home shows how America took that to a whole new OTT level. I just can't get over the size of the hair.

But I did like seeing Sulu in his element flying a helicopter, Scotty showing how good he was at his job, and Chekov's "nuclear wessels". According to Kirk's autobiography Scotty ate most of Kirk's pizza, which doesn't surprise me.

I had a moment of being convinced I must be going mad when I recognised one of the Starfleet personnel - and then when I looked it up I discovered he was Sisko's father.

I found that Picard's autobiography is out in the autumn, so I am really looking forward to that. And in the meantime, catching up on other Star Trek books the library is providing me with.


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Five Things
Sunday 8th January 2017 5:27 pm

1. I finally got round to seeing which Gen Prompt Bingo squares my Yuletide fics might fit on. And I now have four lines with three squares filled. You think it would be easy to get a line from there...

2. Looking through the Chocolate Box requests I found a person who has loads of the same fandoms (and likes the same relationships) as me. I sort of hope I get matched to them, but also sort of not because how will I decide which to write? Chocolate Box is a min 300 word exchange based on relationships - but unlike Public Call it splits them into gen and ship. If anyone wants to write treats the requests are at http://archiveofourown.org/collections/chocolatebox2017/requests

3. After [info]lost_spook mentioned it, I have now watched all four episodes of Timeless that are on Channel 4's catchup. I like it so far but it feels a bit formulaic. So, for example, my favourite character is Wyatt (despite hating his name) because he's a good looking hero who's been hurt emotionally. Which makes me feel like I'm being emotionally manipulated into liking him because of this past hurt. I want to dislike it because of this, but I don't.

4. I have so many Big Finish audios to listen to at the moment. November and December were months with a lot of good releases. I saved The Avengers (Steed & Peel vol 2) for Christmas and I loved it. I like how silly they make it. I know they were based on old comics and they've done them all now, but I am hoping they'll do some more anyway.

I'm onto Counter Measures now which I love. At least now they've back to doing individual stories again. I only got into these audios because they brought the first one out as I was writing a story where Ian and Barbara land just after they left, rather than in 1965, and get caught up in the events of Remembrance of the Daleks. I'm glad I did - they might be my favourite Big Finish audios.

I also have the latest UNIT box set, which will be tough straight after Counter Measures. Much as I love Kate, I love Rachel more. Plus I don't care that much about the other UNIT characters (even Oswald - I don't like her nearly as much as the rest of fandom does).

5. So far all the Fandom Snowflake things have been repeats from previous years, so I haven't been that excited about doing it yet. I may change my mind, but going back to work last week was just so hard (but it got easier to wake up before dawn as the week went on). I usually go back to work on the first working day of the year because no one wants to work. And this year we spent most of the day chatting and talking about how unmotivated we are were. By day 2 anyone who's had an extra day off gets no sympathy.


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Names are important
Monday 12th December 2016 8:25 pm

This is the post that I haven't had time to write, but have been reminded about by The Librarians and reading a whole lot of Stargate Atlantis fic for SGA Secret Santa.

Names are important. What names people use to call each other, more so. This was interesting when I was in LOTR fandom and read and wrote Aragorn, aka man of many names. For the first two years of his life he is Aragorn. For the next eighteen he is Estel. After that it all gets a lot more complicated. Read more...


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Distracted by sport
Wednesday 24th August 2016 7:51 pm

I might have been a bit distracted by the Olympics and not posted. And by might I mean was. And still am - since it finished I've watched the men's triathlon, diving, BMX. I still have plenty to catch up on - I should be finished by the time the Paralympics start...

I have managed some non-Olympics things in the past couple of weeks. The weekend before last I went to the Nine Worlds convention. Last year I generally wasn't impressed with it, but loved the Whedon Singalong enough to go back. This time they only sang a selection of songs in the Whedon Singalong, which didn't include my favourites. And I liked the rest of the con less. So next year I might just be going to the Whedon Singalong, if they return to singing all the songs.

While I was there, Missy was having a holiday with my sister. They both enjoyed it, except for when my sister had her in-laws round and Missy wasn't happy that there were people in the house and she wasn't being played with.

I went through a whole load of my cards. Back in uni, when we had Wednesday afternoons off for sport, I spent it playing the Star Trek customisable card game. I haven't played it since I left, but I have a lot of cards. Also, quite a few Magic cards, Young Jedi (which I don't even remember playing), Attack of the Clones cards, the Dilbert card game (which at least is just a normal card game), a pack of Original Series Star Trek cards. And a booster pack of Harry Potter cards. The TOS cards are confusing because they're in a box that states it contains 65 cards including Kirk, Spock, McCoy & Enterprise + a rulebook. It actually contains more than 65 cards, none of which are Kirk, Spock or McCoy and no rulebook. I don't remember playing this one either.

Going through my Star Trek cards brought back memories of playing it. I'm pretty sure in one of the boxes was the deck I last played at a tournament where I assimilated Earth. Which is pretty much all I remember of how to play it. I just have to decide, with all of these cards, whether to sell/get rid of them, keep them as a collection (and get rid of the duplicates) or keep them and play them. But right now I'm enjoying cataloguing them and putting them in order. And trying to convince myself that I don't need to buy any more...


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Science geeks in media
Sunday 31st July 2016 6:08 pm

This is sort of the opposite to my last post. I've been listening to Big Finish's UNIT box set and it just annoyed me as the episodes went on. I know lots of people like Osgood, but I've never been that much of a fan. One of my problems is her asthma, which is never that well portrayed in TV anyway. The other problem is her glasses. It's as if there's a rule that says that any scientist must wear glasses. The asthma's a bonus. It's like being a scientist must mean there's something wrong with you.

The other reason it's been grating recently is I had a sudden urge to rewatching some Wizards vs Aliens. Benny is a scientist, which means he wears glasses (the actor does not). And when there's an episode with one of the alien scientist appearing human, he wears glasses.

Stop it with the glasses. It doesn't automatically mean they're clever. It means they can't see very well. The two things are not linked. Well, as far as I know. But unless someone's done some counting and worked out the percentage of glasses wearers is much higher among clever people, I'd expect to see the same number of clever glasses wearers and less-clever glasses wearers. And there's not many non-scientists wearing glasses on TV...


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Lis Sladen in The Bill
Friday 13th May 2016 7:42 pm

Thanks to one of Network's sales, I have a whole lot of late 80s half hour episodes of The Bill on DVD. And I realised that one of them has Lis Sladen in it. In one scene. But I took screencaps aka photos of the telly. The quality isn't brilliant because it's from 1989 and goes a bit fuzzy when I pause it. Read more...


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The Avengers and The Guild
Sunday 1st May 2016 6:32 pm

Game of Thrones started again last week and I still haven't seen the last series. But instead I've been watching two old things with 'The' in the title.

The Avengers
I went to my parents last weekend and Dad mentioned The Avengers is on weekdays. So we watched a couple of Steed & Peel episodes. They were the beginning of the colour ones, which I have seen all of. I can't remember which black & white ones I have seen any more - and sometimes looking at the descriptions on the backs of the DVDs makes me want to rewatch ones I know I have seen, which isn't helpful for getting through them.

It was well timed because I've just been listening to Big Finish's audio adaptations of Steed & Peel comic strips. Which were good and gloriously ridiculous and whimsical, which is what I like about The Avengers. The first one was (sort of) a follow up to an episode that I didn't remember. And then I discovered that's because I've seen the other two episodes on the DVD, but not that one. Or I hadn't at the time - I've seen it now.

They're also showing Tara King episodes, which I would tape, since I've only seen a few of those. But there are two every weekday and I'd just never get through them. I already have a load of stuff I haven't watched.

The Guild
I'd heard of this - I knew it was a web series that Felicia Day had done, but nothing else. But then I read her book and found out it was about people playing an MMORG and it sounded interesting. I've never played one myself because I know I'd get sucked into it, but I have some idea of what they involve. Not that it mattered much for watching The Guild. Which I got through the whole of in less than a week. It was good - I liked it. And now I'm trying to stop myself from re-watching it all with annotations (which are interesting).


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TV watching
Monday 4th April 2016 8:48 pm

I've been gradually working my way through all the stuff I have taped on my PVR. I've done all the hour long documentaries and now just have the TV series to go. Which feel like the harder bits...

But then I got distracted yesterday and watched an episode of Quantum Leap - The Americanization of Machiko. It had been on my mind after I'd watched a documentary about time travel in sci-fi that mentioned Quantum Leap. The episode is about a sailor who returns from two years in Japan, with a Japanese wife. Who his mother doesn't approve of. Because it's Quantum Leap of course it all turns out all right in the end.

It just reminded me how good Quantum Leap was. And how much I should resist the urge to watch (nearly) all the rest of the episodes (I've never felt the need to rewatch Lee Harvey Oswald, the Evil Leaper stuff or the last episode).

It is a lot easier to have time to watch these things at the weekend. Partly because I can watch them during the day, while Missy is asleep. In the evenings she wants to play (and I want to play with her too) or she'll be noisy drinking or chewing the bars. Sometimes it can take me a whole evening to watch something an hour long.

But I can't blame her for building up a massive load of things to watch on my PVR because most of it was from last year (and some from the year before), and I only got Missy after New Year.


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Fandom snowflake day 7
Monday 8th February 2016 8:29 pm

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

When thinking about what to do for these, the piece that stood out for me was the first scene of the first episode of The Librarians. Which I managed to find on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNdBKqjPprc

When I first saw it I knew very little of what it was about. The first couple of minutes of this are not that exciting, with some military people and bad guys shooting at each other. And then the Librarian falls into the scene (literally). And is unconcerned about all the people standing around holding guns and is more worried about a magical artifact. At the end of the scene he introduces himself and I wanted to know more about what a Librarian did. And what sort of person he was.

There are some TV series it can take a while to get into it. Having watched all thirteen episodes of Dark Matter, I still can't decide if I like it or not. But with The Librarians, I knew I was going to like it by the end of that scene. Which is why it stands out so much.

And as a bonus, here's a [info]festivids fanvid for the first two series of The Librarians:

http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/273911.html

It shows how fun The Librarians is, but also fits the action to the words (which is how I think all fanvids ought to be). (warning: it is set to a Taylor Swift song - although I enjoyed it anyway)


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More things
Saturday 3rd October 2015 5:24 pm

I didn't mean to go a week between posts, but I've had the lurgy. Still got it, really, but at least some of the symptoms have gone. I was off work with it, which meant I had lots of time to watch stuff and read books and then discovered I didn't have enough energy for it. In this week I have watched:

The Thick of It
This would be because Doctor Who is back on. I went for the episode where Malcolm Tucker was very unlike himself after getting fired. It turns out that Thick of It is really hard going.

Wimbledon
I wanted to re-watch this after Wimbledon and didn't get to it. A bit on the long side, but much more my brain-level last week. It was so weird seeing Centre Court looking like it did in 2004(!) - no hawkeye, digital scoreboard (rather than screen), no roof. What's amusing is that back then the whole idea of a British man in the final at Wimbledon was a fantasy...

Downton Abbey
I wish there'd been more of this than just the two episodes I needed to catch up on. It was just right for mindlessly watching without making me tired. Plus the usual complete and utter ridiculousness you expect from Downton Abbey.

Humans
I got a bit behind on this after the first two episodes (of eight, I think). I ended up watching about five this week, I think. I enjoyed it, although I had to watch it with the subtitles on because they keep whispering. At the end it looked like they were saying there's going to be another series, which I don't think there should be. It's the sort of thing that works great for one series, but can go OTT if they try and spin it out.

Stargate: Atlantis
Turns out this was about my brain-level too. Although having seen it before could have helped with that. At least watching bits of it made me feel like I was doing something towards my SGA Santa fic. It reminded me how much I like Elizabeth's hair in season 3.


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Tennis (and a bit of Doctor Who)
Sunday 20th September 2015 10:33 am

I say things, it's going to be mostly tennis, let's be fair. This weekend is the sort of time we're used to seeing Davis Cup matches. What usually happens is we lose in the first round of the World Group in March, then play in September to try and get back in the World Group. Except that somehow (James Ward unexpectedly beat John Isner in the first round) this is our third match this year and it's the semi-finals. The team that wins the world group wins the Davis Cup proper.

Getting this far has meant that all the media are basically assuming we're going to win. Which is a bit counting chickens/crossing bridges/too many eggs. At both press conferences so far they've asked Andy Murray how he'll feel at getting into the final and not unreasonably he's replied that he'll answer that if and when we do.

(To any Australians reading this, ignore the above paragraph: we're going to thrash you this afternoon and there's never been any doubt about it)

Yesterday was the doubles. I like doubles - it tends to have more exciting points where players are volleying on reflex and rallies are shorter. This was one of those matches where you couldn't tell who was going to win until someone did. Which is exciting in a grand slam final where you don't care too much who wins. It's agonising when the players are representing their country. Good tennis, though. Lleyton Hewitt might have been around for a while and past his best, but he still knew his doubles. And it once again confirmed that Jamie is my favourite of the Murray brothers.

Doctor Who was back yesterday, but frankly, after four hours of exciting, agonising tennis, 45 minutes of half a story can't compete. I don't like two parters - I'd have saved it until next week if I could, but then I'd have had to avoid the whole internet and whole world and that's just not possible.


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Ficathon season
Friday 11th September 2015 8:22 pm

It must be autumn... Sign ups for people wanting to write a remix are open in [info]dw_remix, [info]sga-secretsanta has sign ups open and Yuletide has started discussing nominations. I haven't written anything since Remix, so being forced to do it will get me back into the habit.

The trouble I have at the moment is that watching things leads to me watching other things. I have seen Dark Matter, which I think I have finally decided I like (except for the first two cliched episodes and a few boring ones). It had Torri Higginson in a couple of episodes, which made me miss Elizabeth (from Stargate Atlantis). Just as I was thinking about it, [info]sga-secretsanta popped up. With a two a half month writing period, which I'll probably need, if last year is any indication.

I watched some Star Trek: Enterprise, which made me want to watch Quantum Leap. And now Quantum Leap is on my potential nominations list for Yuletide.

Since I was thinking about The Librarian/The Librarians for Yuletide, and getting excited about season 2 starting in November, I watched a few bits. Which made me want to watch Ugly Betty. Which was why I ended up rewatching it earlier this year (I am not rewatching it again).


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What I’ve been up to
Sunday 31st May 2015 7:54 pm

Working mostly. This week had four working days in it and I did more than five days worth of hours just in those four days. That sort of thing doesn't really leave much time or brain for anything else.

I have been watching Red Dwarf, on the basis that it's short, doesn't require too much brain (since I know it all already) and it's funny, so cheers me up. I actually started with X - Lemons to be specific, because the Jesus joke is still funny. Then I went onto IV, V and VI. Which was the right way round to do it. And then I decided to watch some of them with the commentary turned on instead.

The commentaries seem like they put the actors in a room and left them to it. They mostly discuss the guest actors and the lighting. They do sound like they're having a fun time watching them together. It turns out that Chris Barrie doesn't remember most of the episodes, apart from being oiled in Terrorform.

I also rewatched a one-off thing from 1999 called Hunting Venus. When I originally saw it I liked the music so much I bought the soundtrack (I've never really bought much music). But I bought it on tape, since I didn't own a CD player at the time (I've also always been behind the times on music formats). I wanted to get it on CD, but it was long since discontinued. And then earlier this year I looked it up on eBay and found it cheap. Listening to it in the car made me want to rewatch it. It's not out on DVD (unsurprisingly) but various people have put it up on the internet.

It's about a band called The Venus Hunters who had a hit in the early 80s. Fifteen years later they're brought together to perform one last time. It's full of 80s music and I really like their hit (which was written by Jools Holland). It stars Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey, which was probably why I watched it at the time. But it also stars Ben Miller, who I'd never heard of back then. Oh, and Neil Morrissey plays a woman, which I'd forgotten. He's very good at it as well. It was a fun thing that doesn't require a brain either.


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Red Dwarf and fanfic
Saturday 16th May 2015 2:33 pm

I just read today, in the TV guide of all places, that Red Dwarf has two more series! One next year, one the year after. I am very excited about that because X was good. Theoretically I have the reddwarf.co.uk news feed in my RSS reader, but it's refused to update since February. And the twitter account hasn't been updated since 2012.

Remix ([info]remixers_lounge) is happening. Well, sign-ups are happening until the end of the weekend. I like that they have the signup and request summaries visible, so you can see who you're likely to be remixing. It will only finish two months before [info]dw_remix starts, but I can't move that any later, as otherwise it ends up clashing with Yuletide.

Starting this weekend is [info]lost_spook Obscure and British commentfest. Obscure and British is what most of my fandoms are, so hopefully I will manage some fills this time round.


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Elections and Spooks
Saturday 9th May 2015 7:56 pm

On Thursday night I stayed up for two and a half hours. By the time I went to bed the birds were singing and there were so few seats declared it was obvious nothing was going to happen for a while. Annoyingly I still woke up at 7am, despite having the day off. I could have slept all night and got up at 4am - I'd have had more sleep and seen more excitement. Still, it was exciting that we were down to the last 7 seats, near lunchtime, before there was a result. Even if it was a depressing result. To make it worse, one of my local results was all Conservative and the other was six-sevenths Conservative. But the UKIP candidates on the first all came bottom. And, for once, considering that I live in a Conservative safe seat, I actually felt like my vote counted.

I decided to go and see the Spooks film yesterday, to cheer me up. Then I realised that wouldn't work, so I went to keep myself awake and take my mind off things. It did, but it was depressing. It was good though. I liked that the main character was a 60 year old man - how many films can say that? And it had Harry being Harry, only without Ruth, even more so.

One of the things that depressed me was that they'd changed the Grid. I'd been watching series 10 to remind myself of the non-Harry and Ruth characters and in the film it has a completely different atmosphere. But then I watched some earlier series and it has a completely different atmosphere in those too. So it is very Spooks-like in that everything changes (except Harry).

I was going to say that watching older Spooks is less depressing because you can choose what to watch. So in series 10 I skipped all the Elena bits and both the deaths. And fell in love with Dimitri and watch series 9, minus the Lucas secret bits and deaths. But then I decided to go back to my favourite episode, I Spy Apocalypse. And now I'm depressed. It's such a good episode - I know it's not the end of the world, but it still feels like it.


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