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Doctor Who
Saturday 11th June 2005 8:06 pm

Because now I've seen the episode I want to watch Confidential (before I forget to watch it) and I can't because it's not up yet 🙁

Tonight's episode was good. I thought it was going to finish about halfway through though - it looked like they were all going to be in mortal danger which is pretty standard for Doctor Who cliffhangers. Also, I think I've got used to cross stitching again and now I can't watch anything without getting bored if I'm not cross stitching at the same time. While I was resting my thumb there were quite a few episodes of The Bill I didn't quite watch because I got distracted by the first set of adverts.

Back on the subject, I love Captain Jack. It's impossible to call him Jack, though, I suspect Pirates of the Caribbean might have something to answer for there. A question though - what was the programme he was in? They never told us the title. Is it something along the lines of What Not to Wear?

The internet is a wonderful thing: I've been finding out all sorts of things about the Doctor & Ace's story. Or stories, since there is more than one and they all differ. I realised why I love them. Partly because Ace is totally my role model as a child. Regardless of whether I actually saw it or not I definitely knew who the doctor was (Sylvester McCoy) and I knew who Ace was. So it's sort of like re-discovering my childhood.

And it's also their relationship. It's been interesting seeing how it is between the Doctor and Rose, and Captain Jack. But the one between Ace and the Doctor seems a bit like a father/child relationship to me. From what I've found she didn't know her father, hated her mother and pretty much had no time for authority figures. Okay, so she didn't always do what the Doctor told her (which is, after all, the role of the companion) but they looked after each other and worried about each other. They were certainly friends (when he introduces them he always says, 'my friend, Ace') but because she's so young I think it makes it a different slant on their friendship.

And I seem to love those sorts of relationships. Parent & child ones, whether not related or are related and are dysfunctional. So it explains Elrond & Aragorn, Clark Kent & his parents, Sydney & Jack, Sirius & Harry, Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan & Anakin.


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Weekend
Monday 30th May 2005 8:55 pm

Why can't all weekends be bank holiday weekends?

I had a good time this weekend. Saturday we had shots, cocktails, dinner at Nando's and lots of cleavage. And Annie freaking me out by ringing me and saying 'Are you my mummy?'. Which was very cool, but I'm so glad she didn't just put the phone down because mine didn't recognise the number and it probably would have been more scary. This was before Doctor Who as well.

I saw the first 20mins of Doctor Who Confidential, as the friend I was staying with has Sky. I don't really feel a need to watch the last 10. Although it was really strange to see the BBC3 logo so close to the corner of the screen - watching on the BBC website, it's in the centre.

I finally saw Kill Bill. There was more blood etc than strictly necessary, but then it is a Quentin Tarantino film. But I really enjoyed it, it was good.

We managed to spend an hour on Sunday afternoon cooking a fry up that ended up being breakfast, lunch and dinner combined, being as we ate at 3.30. Which is pretty much an essential component of a lazy weekend. I saw Superman, which was amazingly boring.

I also got to see the first series of Coupling. I was a bit sceptical about it but it was funny - it got funnier as it went on. Now I have to go back to see the rest.

I wasn't terribly impressed, in Comet and PC World, at their collection of DVD+Rs because they were all 8x. I've got a 16x DVD writer though! It's just as well I still have 22 left really. I will have to get some more over the internet, which at least saves carrying them.

I also went to the Tesco free from section which was bad because I now have chocolate muffins and chocolate cake. To add to my chocolate brownies and raspberry ripple ice cream from Waitrose (I had the chocolate before the raspberry ripple). And I still haven't finished my stamp collection bunny (it's quite bitter chocolate so it's taking a while - which is probably a good thing).


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Enterprise rant
Sunday 22nd May 2005 8:32 pm

I have been good and updated my website, and more importantly, written up my Australia diary (beware of loading times, there are 46 photos on that page).

I am confused though, due to watching The OC and Enterprise on a Sunday afternoon (usually while doing other things). From the first episode of The OC, Ryan really reminded me of Trip Tucker. For no reason at all. But when I watch one after the other I can't quite get it into my head which character I'm watching.

I'm also very glad last night's Doctor Who was early because I got to watch it just before I went out. On the one hand I kind of don't want my phone to ring now - last night's episode was a bit scary. But I'd kind of like to ring someone and say 'are you my mummy?'. Which would only work on someone who'd seen it and had the right sense of humour. Or at least, my sense of humour. Which pretty much narrows it down to my dad.

I also have a big Enterprise rant. Or at least, an Enterprise fan fiction rant. NOTE: THIS RANT CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR POTENTIALLY EVERY EPISODE OF ENTERPRISE EVER. See, the thing is I've been reading some Enterprise fic recently (well, Trip/T'Pol) and it hasn't improved. I read some when the series first started and I was disappointed at the quality but it was a new series and a minority ship. So you'd think that four years later and a canon ship would help but it hasn't seemed to. Perhaps I've only found the bad stuff, I don't know, I would love to be disproved on this.

Admittedly, a lot of my problems with it are found generally in ship and slash. There's a lot of cutesy living happily ever after in there that you need a sick bucket to wade through. I checked the Star Trek Encyclopedia (which came free with one of dad's computer magazines) because I felt sure Spock was the first Vulcan-human hybrid and Sarek and Amanda the first inter-species marriage. Except that I couldn't find any evidence for this beyond a post on a message board where someone said that Gene Roddenberry always assumed this to be the case.

So, canon isn't entirely against Trip and T'Pol marrying and living happily ever after, it's just unlikely given the xenophobia on Earth (and Vulcans aren't too keen on hum


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TV and Real Life
Sunday 15th May 2005 4:42 pm

TV

I thought last night's Doctor Who was sad, but not sad enough to make me cry. It didn't help that Rose's eyes looked so black I couldn't help but wonder at the amount of make-up she was wearing when I should have really been being sad. And the Doctor's smiles are getting distinctly Avon-esque - I get worried when he smiles now.

I also saw the last ever episode of Enterprise. I got all nostalgic and actually sat through the theme tune without muting it, for possibly the first time ever since they changed it for the beginning of season 3. I enjoyed it, it made me cry. Although whether the episode was any good I can't tell yet - I wasn't expecting to miss Enterprise at all. It didn't help that it managed to make me miss Star Trek. Although as I haven't seen all of the original series, it's not finished yet.

Alias has been interesting although I can't quite work out whether Jack likes Sloane or hates him. It's all got a bit confusing.

Real life

I managed to stay up till 2.30am election night, which was just after my constituency, Mid Dorset and North Poole (I'll have forgotten what it's called in a few months) announced. It's gone from a 392 Lib Dem lead over Conservative to a 5000-odd lead, mostly from Labour. Although it's impossible to tell how much that was people switching allegiance and how much was tactical voting to stop the Tory getting back in.

Interestingly, the constituency I'm actually living in now has a 8000-odd Tory majority over Lib Dem. Up till now Labour and Lib Dem have been equal, but the Lib Dem's edged ahead this time. It will be interesting to see what happens in 4/5 or however many years time.

I also opened my presents and got: rabbit socks, chocolate bunny, rabbit cross stitch, a rabbit hot water bottle type thing and a photo album. And a contribution to my DVD writer, which arrived last week and is very cool. I wrote a CD on it in two minutes. I now have six CD players, three CD writers and three DVD players. And technically, a DVD recorder as I also have a TV card.

I'm in the process of writing up my Australia diary but it's going to take a while, as I also need to sort out the tenses in it, explain a few bits, put it into HTML and sort out some photos to go with it. And find some time to fit that all in.


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Hitchhiker’s, Conference and a bit of Doctor Who for good measure
Monday 2nd May 2005 7:44 pm

I should really post this when I'm feeling more awake but I just won't get round to it otherwise. I'm tired because I've just been at Rotaract National Conference. Which was really good fun. Except for the lack of sleep part - that's the lack of sleep in the week preceeding it, not during.

I got up at 6.30am(!) on Saturday and failed to follow the instructions on how to get there. They mentioned a big roundabout - we found a big roundabout but sadly not the right one. So we drove round Bristol a bit, went round a few roundabouts more than once and eventually made it early. Which turned out to be handy because they let us go in for (second) breakfast. Where I put scrambled eggs on my plate because I realised that would not be a good idea and completely failed to find the toast. I was tired - it was still pre 10am at that point.

Anyway, Saturday morning there were Conference sessions. People spoke. Probably about something, not sure what. Wasn't really awake, oddly enough. I found biscuits with the coffee and biscuits I could actually eat but very nearly didn't have any lunch. One of the hotel employees seemed to think that cheese didn't contain milk. Which was a tad worrying.

In the afternoon we did a spot of karate and then were actually allowed to check in (yay!). At which point lying down sounded like a good plan while we watched Charmed, Buffy and made me a mask for dinner. I'd read the 'Masked Ball' part of the info and failed to read the word 'mask' at any point. It was just as well as they were trying to fine anyone who wasn't wearing their mask as we walked into dinner. At 7.30. We left the room before 7pm to avoid temptation. Although later in the night someone took wine1 with anyone who considered, even for a minute, coming down to dinner late to watch Doctor Who. Quite an alarming number of people stood up but we were all very good and were actually there.

We were, though, on a table with nine girls and one bloke. Who was married. Which really was quite poor planning (we fined the person who planned it). Although the single men who stood up for take wine didn't look worth bothering with to me anyway.

I was so tired I was dead to the world at 12.30 (I didn't even hear my roommate come in or the big thunderstorm in the night), quite depressingly. 14 people made Wide Awake club, which although really hard is great fun and a good way to meet people.

Sunday was more conference sessions. I was still tired, even after eight hours sleep. Lunch was much better and we made the most of our free time by going ice skating. And getting lost in Bristol. We did make it back in time to finish off my roomate's fancy dress costume. The fancy dresses were interesting, as always, although was interrupted by the fire alarm (the thing that people took out first was their drinks).

I did dance in the disco, drink lots and stayed up till 1.30. I would have stayed up later but most people had gone to bed, from staying up late Saturday and having to drive the next day.

The Monday morning sessions were quite good. They consisted mostly of giving out awards. Our district did quite well out of them, and we won the anagram competition by being the only people to actually answer all ten questions. The auction was much funnier than most I've been to - the signed Colin Baker pictures ended up going to someone who didn't actually bid (Colin Baker being a Rotarian, hence the reason we had them).

We were let out on our own for lunch, which actually turned out to be quite stressful.

On the whole, though, I really enjoyed myself. It's always good to hear what other clubs get to up to, outside of our district. And talk to different people, some of whom I haven't seen for a year. Now I just need some sleep in preparation for Thursday.

1 Take wine is where you pay �1 to take wine (ie stand up and have a drink) with a person, or group of people, at the conference.

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I got back and watched Doctor Who. It was the second episode I didn't like. Warning: there is bit of a spoiler here

I really liked the Dalek, and admired the way it manipulated people and killed rather a lot in one go (didn't looke like 200 though). On the whole it just seemed a bit cliched and bored me, really. Anyway, I'd already had a Cyberman and a dalek this weekend (there are apparently photos of the dalek in bed with someone).

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And Hitchhiker's. Warning: there are more spoilers here

I didn't like it. Although I did think it was a good film and there were definitely bits I liked, some old and some new. I liked Stephen Fry, I hated Trillian saying Zee Zee 9 Plural Zee Alpha, that's just not right. I'm not convinved Marvin sounded depressed enough and I didn't like his look - you couldn't tell how he felt from the suit. I actually quite liked Zaphod's second head and his third arm looked really real. I loved the little things they put in but didn't explain like the sign telling us Arthur lived in Cottington, the jeweled crabs, and never explaning why towels were so important.

I wasn't entirely convinced by the point of view gun until Marvin used it. I was really sad when it looked like he was dead, although I couldn't quite believe they'd done that. I liked Ayers Rock being painted and I thought Bill Nighy was a good Slartibartfast. I spotted Marvin in the queue and Simon Jones as the answer machine. I think they really missed a trick though when Slartibartfast (which really is a bugger to type) asked Arthur if there was anything he wanted changing and he looked out across the fields. I thought he'd say no, it's perfect and we'd get some Louis Armstrong. At least they had Journey of the Sorcerer, although not for long enough.

I can kind of see how they're going to do a sequel although not how they'll get Zaphod into it.

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I am really looking forward to the radio series tomorrow, specially as they're actually putting it up after the first episode rather than the repeat, so I can listen to it when I get back from Rotaract rather than while I'm trying to eat and write the agenda. I listened to the trailer - there are some things in there I recognise from the books and some other bits I don't but sound like they follow on from the Secondary Phase.

I also had a look at the Serenity trailer. Which was quite impressive - I wasn't certain whether I wanted to see the film before I saw the trailer. Now I definitely don't want to see it. So good trailer there.


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Hitchhikers, Doctor Who and DVDs
Thursday 28th April 2005 10:43 pm

I have just booked tickets to see Hitchhikers tomorrow night. I've read a couple of reviews of it and neither were particularly excited, so I'm not expecting much. At the moment I can't stop seeing Martin Freeman as Vila - Blakes Junction 7 and Love Actually are the only things I've seen him in so far.

I was reminded at the weekend that Christopher Eccleston was in Shallow Grave. So I dug out my video and watched the beginning (I had to switch it off or I'd have wasted an evening watching the whole thing - it's a good film and I haven't seen it for a while). Now that I know he's not Scottish, I can spot his accent slipping. He looks completely different - the longer hair hides his ears. Although in all fairness it did come out eleven years ago, and Ewan McGregor looks completely different in it as well.

I found out at the weekend, as well, that he's only doing one series of Doctor Who. I am so behind on my news. So I watched Casanova, which was good, and I quite like David Tennent. So the news doesn't seem quite so bad.

I also decided I'd quite like to see Second Coming and some old Doctor Whos. I can't remember whether I've actually seen any Sylvester McCoy or merely knew it existed. Although he is, to me, The Doctor. And I'm going as Ace to Conference this weekend, so it would be good to see some stuff with her in.

So, I thought I'd go to the Blockbusters website, where you can rent DVDs by post. Except that you only can for some of them - ie the ones you'd find in the shop anyway. If you want anything elsse you have to pay per month. Which is the same on every other site I looked at. Trouble is, I'd never watch enough DVDs in a month to make it cheaper than buying them! So I am unimpressed by that.

In other news, I voted today. So anything any candidate does now cannot influence my vote as my envelope is sealed. I also had my presidents meeting on Thursday cancelled as it clashes with my birthday the election. So I am going to stay in, open my presents, play in the Dairyfree arcade and stay up until they announce Mid Dorset and North Poole.

(Tonights Bill was dire. I would say they've hit a new low but I feel sure it can get worse.)


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Australia
Sunday 24th April 2005 2:45 pm

Australia was fantastic. I will be writing it up and putting my diary on my website, along with some of my photos.

Meanwhile, I'm loving the new Doctor Who and the latest episodes of Alias that have revealed so much more about Jack.

I'm at home this weekend for Passover. At the moment, though, I'm watching Enterprise and writing this on dad's new toy. And I mean the writing part literally. Me and dad have discussed Hitchhiker's to death - I'm going on Thursday, he's going on Friday. It doesn't really matter what the reviews say it's not as if were not going to go. Me and mum have had a Peter Davison trivia session, which was started when we were trying to establish whether he did Doctor Who before or after All Creature Great and Small (it was after, but he'll always be Tristan to us).


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