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Ewan McGregor
Monday 25th July 2005 9:27 pm

Ah, Ewan McGregor. But he was Saturday night, so first I should talk about Saturday in the day when I went to see the Hitchhiker's exhibition in the Science Museum. It was handily free last weekend. I was quite impressed by the exhibits and they way they were arranged. Although the Vogons are still not green. Although I noticed some of the drawings of the Vogon ships were yellow.

Anyway, most of the information boards in there either printed bits of the Guide, which I know anyway, or the real science involved, which I also know. What was good, though, was seeing the little things they'd put in there that are in the book or radio series but not in the film.

The best part was that you come out near a different set of stairs to the way you go in and they had the clock there. Which is the only thing I remember from the first time I ever went to London - we went to the Science Museum for an hour before there was a bomb scare (of the IRA variety). The clock tells the time using a pendulum with a very long string and is just very cool.

Guys and Dolls actually turned out to be a good play, once it got going. One of the leads was played by an understudy that evening, one of the others was Ewan McGregor, one of the others was in Ally McBeal, and the other I'm sure I recognise from somewhere but can't work out where. I did remember to take my binoculars so I could spend time studying Ewan McGregor (and some of the other cast as well). Although there were times I couldn't because you really needed to see what was going on on the rest of the stage.

The part where we were cringing and dying of embarrassment on behalf of the cast was when Ewan McGregor first came on stage and a few people clapped. Which I just thought was uncalled for and rude to the rest of the cast. Apart from that I really enjoyed it. I'd like to go to the theatre more often, but it's quite expensive.

Tonight I was watching a Doctor Who quite happily and one of the cast was really bugging me because he looked familiar. I had just about convinced myself this was because the science lab looked like it was straight out of Blakes 7 then I realised I'd noticed some time before that this was the episode with Simon Rouse and Jeff Stewart in. I know it was first aired in 1982 but Simon Rouse looks so young! (No sign of Jeff Stewart as yet) There was a bit at the end, though, where he shouted and that was definitely Jack. I know Graham Cole was a Cyberman but I must found out how many other Bill cast have been in it, it could be interested to see them looking younger. Incidentally, the episode I'm watching now is Kinda, and I'm looking forward to the other three episodes now.


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Wimbledon and Hitchhiker’s
Tuesday 21st June 2005 9:46 pm

It stands to reason that after a fairly boring day, today would be quite exciting. It's easy to forget from one year to the next just how much Henman is really annoying and keeps us on the edge of our seats. But at least he's through, unlike Justine Henin-Hardenne, who is my most expensive player. Andy Murray is my star player though, the only one through in straight sets, which gets him bonus points.

I've swapped Henin-Hardenne for Maria Sharapova now, which gives me enough money to swap Henman for Hewitt if he doesn't buck his ideas up. You only get two transfers, so I will wait and see.

I listened to the last ever episode of Hitchhiker's tonight. Which was quite sad. I wasn't convinced at the new ending at first - I knew they were changing it but nothing more. But it made me laugh. I'll be buying the CD anyway.


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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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Hitchhiker’s Guide
Friday 29th April 2005 10:15 pm

I've just got back from seeing Hitchhiker's. More on that later because I have to get up ridiculously early tomorrow and I haven't packed yet. But I put Radio 2 on and they were playing So Long and Thanks For All the Fish and talking to Bill Nighy about it!


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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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Blogging, ironing and fasting
Thursday 23rd September 2004 10:42 pm

The BlogThis! button on the Google toolbar is great. I'm at a site I want to mention in my blog, so I just press the button and save it as draft. Then come back to my blog a few days later, decide I can't be bothered and delete the post.

In other news: I ironed tonight. I think the last time I ironed was last winter. I actually quite like ironing. It's not as bad as other housework-type jobs (like dusting - I haven't dusted for a month and I can see fingers marks on the video and stereo). But when I say I like ironing, I mean I like ironing, I don't like getting the ironing board out, putting it up, finding the iron from where it's buried under a pile of stuff, finding some clothes that need ironing. Then putting it all away afterwards, after giving the iron plenty of time to cool down. I'm also slow at ironing, although it's probably not helped by me watching TV at the same time.

I still haven't put the iron away and I finished at 9 o'clock.

It's quite weird how work can change so quickly. This time last week I was buried under it. Today I did about an hour of my job, the rest of it was spent helping other people because I had nothing else to do. It is nice to be quiet for a change because I have a load of adminy things to catch up on but it would be nice if it was a bit more even sometimes.

I listened to Hitchhiker's on Tuesday. Live, as well. It was a bit surreal to hear the usual music and then listen to something I hadn't heard before. I liked the way it followed the book, had a few extras in, explained the plot for people who were trying to work out how you got there from the last episode, and for people who hadn't listened so far. And the Eddies in the Space-Time Continuum joke still makes me laugh as much as the first time I read it.

It also made me think of something I could ask for for Chanukah, since up to this point the only thing on my list is a potato peeler (mum's got a cool, new one, I want it) and I only have the radio series on tape. It might even be something my grandmother can be trusted to buy.

I am going to Cadbury World on Saturday. And possibly the new Bullring shopping centre, depending on traffic. Saturday just happens to be Yom Kippur. You can tell I'm religious 🙂

And because I know I'm going to get questions on this, Yom Kippur is the most holy day in the Jewish calendar where you're supposed to fast from sunset to sunset and spend your whole time in synagogue. And not watch telly or use the computer. And that's all I remember. I hate it when I was younger because it was another night of no TV not long after two no TV at New Year. Although my parents don't really do that now. I started it - I got my e-mail address at uni sorted out the day before the first night of New Year, so they had to go on to read my e-mail. And I joined J-Soc to meet people and get apple and honey. There were two people there who weren't religious and they knew more than me. And the apple and honey was a piece of apple dipped in a jar of honey, which isn't nearly enough honey.

And that was supposed to be an aside. I'm going to listen to Hitchhiker's (again - novelty value) and do the puzzle. Or play Gryffindor Mah Jongg, which is horrible but addictive.


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I don’t like Wednesdays
Wednesday 7th July 2004 10:07 pm

Arthur Dent never could get the hang of Thursdays and there's someone at work who hates Tuesdays. Everyone hates Mondays. So it's only fair that Wednesday gets a look in. It's not close enough to the weekend coming up to look forward to it and it's too far from the one just gone to remember it. It doesn't help that I don't do anything on a Wednesday. Or that I woke up Monday morning and wondered if it was the weekend yet. That's really not a good start to the week.

Plus the weather is really foul and some bugger drove through a puddle on my way home, soaking my trousers. And The Bill was crap, although I think [censored] is the serial rapist. There weren't half some big clues tonight. Although it could all be a red herring. But then the serial killer was someone we knew.

I was browsing through GAFF and some people were talking about how bad the Hitch-hiker's film will be (pretty much purely based on the TV series, as far as I can tell). And then I read MH, where it was enthused about. But frankly, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks or what any reviews say because I'm going to see it. And it will be one of those rare films I have to see on opening weekend.


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Bureaucracy
Wednesday 29th January 2003 9:08 pm

Been playing Bureaucracy. Its hard (and not just to spell either). The trouble is that unlike Hitch-hiker's (or the beginning at least) if you go wrong you don't die. You just wonder around a lot not being able to do stuff. I had a look at the clues when I got stuck and found I'd gone wrong on the second move. I suppose while my download's not doing anything I should restart and see if I can convince my printer to print. And watch last weeks Angel.


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Beeblebears Picnic
Sunday 28th July 2002 8:33 pm

I was sitting in the shade yesterday so I thought it was a bit chilly, but today was definitely very hot! Yesterday was the Beeblebears Picnic in Battersea Park, which was fun. Everytime I go to one I think I must get a Beeblebear, but haven't quite managed it so far. Then I met up with some friends from uni, so it was good to catch up. Its quite refreshing to spend time with them because nothing much has changed since we left, unlike people at work who are all boring and getting married etc.

Went to Reading today and got, among other things, a bigger blow-up chair. Its really comfortable to sit in, even if I am a bit too close to the TV when I'm in it. Sadly, there's no space for it in my room! Its sitting at one end at the moment, so I can't get to my clothes rail or the bookcase with my food on.

So glad I only have a 2 day week, specially if it'll be hot. Looking forward to going to The Bill studios, and should be going to see some other friends in London while I'm there. Its quite strange going from having your friends within walking distance and seeing them nearly every day, to only seeing them every couple of months. Although if I go travelling I'll see them even less during that time.


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