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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars November wrap-up
Sunday 1st December 2019 7:36 pm

This month I watched How to Train your Dragon.

Before I saw it I knew nothing about it, except for the title and that it was animated. And it wasn't what I expected at first. Not least because the beginning of the film had a lot of loud battles and mumbling. But eventually it got onto some dragon training and I liked it.

I don't really have anything more than that to say. It wasn't that deep - it was a nice film you watch for an hour and a half without needing to engage your brain.

I don't feel the need to watch the sequels, though. I felt it ended in the right place and doesn't need any more story than that.

I'll give it a 9/10.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – November
Monday 4th November 2019 7:02 pm

We're down to the part of the year where I have no time, so this month I am going to watch a film: How To Train Your Dragon.

I don't know anything about it beyond the title, which sounds good, and that my sister told me I forget how many years ago to watch it because I'd like it. And I never got round to it. So this month, I will.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – October wrap-up
Sunday 3rd November 2019 4:02 pm

This month I learnt how to do stand-up comedy. Well, I went to a workshop on it. Which was four hours and I thought at first that was a long time. Turned out it was a very short time. The person who taught it usually does six week workshops and it would have been good to have gone home to write some jokes. Being given ten minutes to come up with some on the spot is quite hard!

In other words, I enjoyed it.

I particularly enjoyed learning about how jokes are constructed, It's a lot simpler than I thought it was. To understand, at any rate. Writing them is a bit harder.

I was less interested in the performing aspect, but then I am just less interested in performing anyway. But what we learnt in the workshop was backed up by something I read the other day in Jo Brand's autobiography where she said that people she knew on the circuit would do terribly and then suddenly break though. They didn't change their material, just the way they delivered it.

Since the workshop I have been working on my jokes. Maybe I'll inflict them on people sometime. If there's another (longer) workshop I'd probably do it.

I give the experience 10/10.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars October
Tuesday 1st October 2019 6:20 pm

This month I am going to learn how to do stand-up comedy.

I am not going to do any stand-up and I have no intention of doing it for real. But I do love stand-up comedy and it's an opportunity to understand how to write jokes and how to perform them. And maybe end up with a greater appreciation of stand-up.

I am sort of regretting booking it because I know I will be so nervous as I am terrible at writing jokes and hate doing presentations. I am just reminding myself that a) it's non-refundable and b) at least I'll be a bit less crap at the end of it.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars September wrap-up
Monday 30th September 2019 7:37 pm

This month I went to a murder mystery.

I really enjoyed it. It was science-based, so we got to do some forensics (although I was disappointed when I found the microscopes were fake). We saw some statements and there was some digital evidence. Then we had to work out whodunnit. Which was the hard part.

We got whodunnit right, but the people behaved in such odd ways that we thought that maybe the victim had been trying to kill the murderer. I'm still puzzling over some of the odd decisions. Although deciding to kill someone is also pretty odd.

When we left we got goody bag (like going to a child's birthday party, only with no cake). It included whodunnit and details of all the evidence. And it does all makes sense. But still doesn't make sense of some of the odd behaviours.

But I really enjoyed it anyway and would definitely do another one sometime. So 9/10.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – September
Wednesday 4th September 2019 7:20 pm

This month I'm going for another experience - this time a murder mystery evening. I've always wanted to do one because it sounds fun. I don't hold out much hope of working out whodunnit (I'm better at coming up with ridiculous theories than the actual murder when I watch murder mysteries) but we will see.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars August wrap-up
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 7:12 pm

This month I tried glamping.

It was over the bank holiday weekend and I was really lucky with the weather. It was hot in the day and not too cold at night (for the end of August) so it was the best weather for camping really. And I... survived it.

Some aspects of it were good. I was at a folk festival and it was good to be on the festival site so I didn't have to worry about getting back into town at night. It was good to be close to the rest of the team I was dancing with who were camping. And interesting to see how they did it and all the stuff they brought.

But I hated the change in temperature and how cold it was in the tent (colder than it was outside) and yet how hot I was when I woke up despite it being so cold I put gloves on to read in bed in the mornings while I warmed my clothes up in bed. I really hated the 15 minute round trip to the toilet at 5:30am while knowing I was never going to get back to sleep (dawn was pretty, but I'd rather have had more sleep). I hated listening to people in other tents snore, and the generator I could hear at night when the music stopped. And having to listen to music almost constantly.

I'm glad I've had the experience, so now I know what it's like. But I am happy not to do it again.

I'm giving it 3/10.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – August
Thursday 1st August 2019 7:54 pm

This month I am going glamping. Something which I am curious about but never done.

I've never even been camping, unless you count sleeping in someone's garden once as a child. Or going camping for the day (it was August, it was freezing).

I suspect that my enjoyment of it will depend a lot on the weather.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars July wrap-up
Wednesday 31st July 2019 7:54 pm

This month I was reccing at [info]tardis-library. I have done six recs, which is more than one a week, so that's pretty good.

At first I thought I'd rec some old favourites. And then discovered I couldn't remember any authors or titles, only bits of what might have gone on in them. But then I discovered I have favourited some stories on Teaspoon. So long ago that I've forgotten the stories completely, so I have really enjoyed re-reading them (they're still good!). So I have plenty of recs to keep me going.

I also managed to get three in a row on my bingo card, which is generally as much as I get on a row. We'll see if I manage to get a bingo.

I'll give this 10/10 and keep reccing - maybe try and post one a week. At that rate I have enough favourited stories on Teaspoon to keep me going for the rest of the year.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – July
Monday 15th July 2019 8:14 pm

Now that Wimbledon is over I have time to do something new this month. And it's going to be reccing something for [info]tardis-library. I have a bingo card, so I will rec things to fill squares on it. I'm not going to say I'll get a bingo by the deadline because it's me and I do anti-bingos. But I will rec something.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars June wrap-up
Sunday 30th June 2019 2:38 pm

This month I've been trying pilates.

I started by going to youtube and trying something that was popular and not too long. And the first one I did bored me so much that I didn't want to do any more. It was just the sort of exercises I've done before and made me feel like I'm stretched now, time to do something proper.

But I tried again and was looking for videos that don't involve lying down (I don't know what I have against lying down exercises, but I just don't like them). I came across Cassey Ho. I like that she acknowledged that the exercises she was doing hurt after a while. And that she counted down to when we were going to end them - without that I tend to find that I give up just before the instructor does. She's also really positive and acts like she's in the room with you, saying that you're doing well. But manages for that not to be eye-rolly (which is a very fine line). I did also discover that the 3 minute workouts might be short, but are hard...

In conclusion, I ended up enjoying it and will continue to do it. It's just a case of choosing what exercises I want to do.

I'll give it 8/10.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – June
Sunday 2nd June 2019 2:11 pm

This month I'm going to try pilates (from YouTube videos).

This is mostly because I read an article back in winter about yoga and pilates and it said that they do similar sorts of things for you, but certain types of people tend to like yoga and certain types tend to like pilates. I was in the second group (I can't remember any more details than that). Since I tried yoga a couple of years ago, I thought I'd try pilates to see if I like it any more.

The only thing I know about it is that there are some similarities to ballet, based on discussions with my sister, who does pilates.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – May wrap-up
Friday 31st May 2019 7:36 pm

This month I was watching The Orville. I saw the first episode, which I didn't think much of. Although I introduced the characters I immediately forgot everything about them. And also I was distracted by one of them being Kasidy Yates from DS9. And Sydnay's dad from Alias being an admiral.

And then I watched episode 3 (About a Girl) which I did like. I laughed at one point, which was unexpected. I still wasn't sure about some of the humour. I couldn't really bring myself to care about the characters. But maybe that's just because I haven't watched many episodes.

I quite fancy watching some more, but not enough to a) pay for them or b) give up time to watch them. It's the sort of thing where, if it was on TV, I'd record it all and get round to watching it eventually.

I'll give it 7/10.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – May
Thursday 9th May 2019 7:13 pm

This month I'm going to watch The Orville. I keep seeing it mentioned, so I am curious. I am not hopeful though, because I watched a trailer a while ago and it wasn't funny, but I thought the programme is supposed to be funny. Which doesn't bode well. But the first episode is only 10p (even if first episodes are never a good way to judge a series).

But if anyone has any suggestions of good episodes to start with, let me know - I won't get to anything before the weekend.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars April wrap-up
Tuesday 30th April 2019 7:58 pm

This month I watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

I looked through the episode descriptions (which Netflix likes to make difficult) and chose one that seemed most relevant to me (ie didn't involve small children). The format was that it introduced you to the people who were getting tidied up and why they were doing it. And how American houses have so many cupboards. And then they are inspired to tidy up, with some cut-aways to Marie Kondo giving us tips.

It was interesting to see how she inspired them to get rid of things and interesting to see different people's lives and American houses. I just didn't feel the need to watch any more - I feel like if you've seen one you've seen them all. And also you can find similar videos on YouTube for free (although it turns out if you don't have Netflix for a year you get another month free).

So I'll give it a 7/10.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – April
Monday 1st April 2019 7:11 pm

This month I have Netflix, to watch Discovery, since it finishes later this month (and why pay for three months when you can pay for one). So I am going to watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, because I'm intrigued to see what it's like.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars March wrap-up
Sunday 31st March 2019 8:09 pm

This month I've been doing 100 days of code. The idea with the 100 days things is that it gets you into a habit. Except that it's a habit that requires having an hour free each day and I just don't have that. I tried squeezing it in and made myself ill, which is not great. I think it would be better if it was 10 minutes, but I can't see how you wouldn't get much done in 10 minutes for many of the 100 days challenges.

It has been good for getting me doing it, I just need to not overdo it again. So I am carrying on doing it, as I'm a fifth of the way there and doing it will be achievement. I'm just going to do the more relaxed version where days don't have to be consecutively and a day can be less than an hour.

I'm going to give it 6/10.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars March
Sunday 3rd March 2019 7:23 pm

This month I'm going to do 100 days of code. Obviously not all 100 days in March. Not even all 31 days in March because there are some days when I'm only in the house long enough to eat and sleep. And I already missed yesterday's because I was reinstalling my operating system.

But I will do some of the 100 days of code and doing that this month should then keep me going to finish it - which will probably be around the end of summer (depending on how hot this summer is).


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars February wrap-up
Wednesday 27th February 2019 8:51 pm

This month I've been reading Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. On the whole, I enjoyed it, although if it was made into a TV series or film I would definitely not watch it.

It was a murder mystery with magic and I like both of those things. I didn't like the gory bits or the sex-related bits (I am generally not interested in reading either of those). I did find the plot got a bit convoluted and I wasn't quite sure how exactly the whole thing ended up being solved. But that might have been a side-effect of me reading more than one book at a time and taking a while to read this one. I spent a lot of the book trying to work out why it was called Rivers of London and eventually worked out it referred to the B plot. It was really specific about London and Covent Garden, which I liked.

However, there was one massive thing wrong which annoys me every time I read/hear it, and that is the police caution. It's not specified in the book, but at one point one of the characters arrests another. The arrested character carries on talking and the police officer then points out that she just said that anything this character said would be used in evidence against them. That's not how it works, it just isn't. For a start, the caution just says that anything they say will be taken down and used in evidence. Full stop. And logically, anything they do say could be used for, as well as against. It's lazy research - the caution is literally written on the government website.

I'll give it 7/10.


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Books
Wednesday 30th January 2019 8:16 pm

Reading Wednesday and I've Never Seen Star Wars in one post again.

What I Just Finished Reading
Fanfic. I've had so much marked to read for a while and then in December there were about ~30 SGA Santa fics. And SGA Santa fics tend towards the long. So I've put a load on my ebook reader and am reading through them in alphabetical order.

What I'm Currently Reading
Along with the fanfic, Dune and a Jeeves and Wooster book I can't be bothered to look up the title of, but the cover is green. For Dune I struggled to make it to page 50 - my copy has 561 pages, so I thought I should at least make it a tenth of the way through. But I heard it improves and I wanted to give it a go, but when I'm tired the fanfic and Jeeves & Wooster is so much easier. They have finally made it to Arrakis and it is picking up, so I haven't given up on it yet. Although I think I may have done it the wrong way round and should have watched the film first.

What I'm Reading Next
Rivers of London. Because it's come up a few times recently in different places and it sounds interesting.

I've Never Seen Star Wars January: this was Dune. I might update the score once I've read it some more, but for now it's 4/10.

I've Never Seen Star Wars February: I am going to read Rivers of London for this. Since I'm getting an actual book (rather than an ebook) from the library, I will therefore have to finish it or give up on it three weeks after I get it!

In other book news, I signed up to [info]ljbookbingo. It'll be a little while before I get a line because Dune, assuming I finish it, would qualify for six squares: sci fi, ebook, one word title, made into a movie, a new-to-you author, and a book that is part of a series.


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