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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 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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Busy week
Sunday 7th October 2012 5:52 pm

I have been busy this week. Monday I felt great and stayed up until 11pm. Then Tuesday I went out to Rotary, post about that to follow, but I couldn't sleep for all the things I was thinking about. Wednesday it all went horribly wrong at work, so then I was worrying about that. Thursday I stayed up late after choir to watch Red Dwarf X. Friday I was too tired to do anything.

Yesterday I spent four hours in the afternoon cutting things in the garden. It is now done, although I could cut ivy forever and never finish, I think. But I have at least thinned it out and chopped the long bits that were making their way across the ground. I now have 25 big bags of garden waste to take to the recycling centre when I have the energy.

I was going to write a post about Red Dwarf, but it's not a programme that needs (or wants) analysis. Did I like it: yes, did I laugh: yes. Job done. It was better than Back to Earth and felt like series III. Which considering only Doug Naylor wrote it, is pretty good, because he's just not that funny on his own. Hopefully the rest of the series will be more of the same.

I also signed up for the [info]dw_femslash ficathon. I tend to like gen when it comes to Doctor Who, but it at least is a fandom with plenty of women in it to choose from and it'll be a different writing challenge. And will hopefully get me writing - I stopped for the summer of sport and haven't started again yet, despite having the time to.

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A catch-up
Sunday 30th September 2012 10:13 am

Every day this week I've got into work, thought I've not got much on and ended up being really busy. So by Friday when I went to see Alan Davies I spent the second half alternating between laughing and yawning.

This week I'm hoping won't be as busy as I'm out three nights in a row. And then I get to spend Friday avoiding the internet so I don't see any Red Dwarf spoilers.

But I did find the time to do my Yuletide nominations (Sarah Jane Smith audios, Sadler's Wells, Big Finish: Counter-Measures). But what I'm most looking forward to in this year's Yuletide is being able to write Treats and offering to write fandoms that I'd have to do some research in before I write because there's actually time to do that this year.

Last night I thought I was awake enough to stay up and watch The Thick of It. Although I still managed not to get to it before the PVR started taping it. And then when I watched it I thought it had started a minute early and when I came to watch it on the iPlayer I found I'd actually missed the first seven minutes. It did make so much more sense once I'd watched the first seven minutes (especially the reminder of what happened two weeks ago).

Edit: After a few minutes work I now have an entirely appropriate Thick of It icon The Thick of It
although that text looks better on my computer. What's that font that looks good at size 6?

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Tuesday 19th April 2011 8:33 pm

I am, amazingly, up to date on Midsomer Murders! Well, until tomorrow. I struggle to get round to watching it because I have to cross stitch while it's on (or watch it in bits) because it's just so slow. I wish they only had an hour and Taggart had their two hours back. But aside from that I am liking the new bloke. Although the last episode was like a Drop the Dead Donkey reunion - it had Alex (with dark hair), George Dent and Dave in it.

Then Lewis, of course, keeps on having people in who've been in other things. I spent the whole of the last episode going mad over the psychiatrist's assistant. It was only after I'd finished watching it that I looked it up on imdb, which thankfully is up to date on the cast per episode. So then I found out she was Jasmine in the new Reggie Perrin.

On the subject of murder mysteries, on the advice of [info]hhertzof I think it was, I tried an episode of Castle. And it turned out to be good! This is unusual because American cop shows spend too much time on soapy stuff and not enough on the crime. But Castle have got the balance just right - which is quite impressive given that they have 10 minutes less than an hour long program on ITV.

And lastly, Red Dwarf is coming back. I'd be excited about it if I knew it was going to be good. But the three episodes they did at Easter a couple of years ago were not that great. I can't decide whether I want more Red Dwarf, or I'd rather it died if it wasn't going to be good. Although it is going to be on Dave, so it will be shorter by definition. Mind you, I'd love to go to a recording, even if it wasn't very good.

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Red Dwarf: Back to Earth and Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead
Monday 13th April 2009 2:37 pm

I enjoyed both Red Dwarf and Doctor Who this weekend. The former more, of course, since it is Red Dwarf and the first new Red Dwarf for ten years.

However, I have a big, major, non-spoilery problem with each of them. In Doctor Who's case it's the swirly vortex thingy they have in the background of the beginning and ending credits that I couldn't watch because it made me dizzy. In Red Dwarf's case it was Dave's tendency to launch straight into adverts without the usual putting up the logo to warn you. Once I thought something had gone horribly wrong with the signal and once I thought the episode had gone a bit bizarre. It's bad enough watching Red Dwarf with adverts as it is, but that was a bit much.

But, in more spoilery thoughts:

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Red Dwarf
Thursday 5th February 2009 10:10 pm

First picture for special

Wow, they look so old. Well, Danny John-Jules has got wrinkly and Chris Barrie has not a lot of grey hair. I know it's been ten years since the last one, but I was at uni then and it really can't be that long ago, can it?

My cautious optimism of the initial announcement has been replaced by excitement upon seeing this photo because now it seems real.

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Wednesday 17th October 2007 8:54 pm

I clearly have no clue what's going on in the world because my dad just pointed out there's a new channel called Dave. It shows comedy, which I'm interested to see includes The Apprentice. According to the TV guide it's on channel 19, which means it's on channel 12.

There's rather a lot of Top Gear and Whose Line is it Anyway? on it, so I might not get quite as much work done any more...

But they're also showing Red Dwarf. I don't know if they're going through VI, but tonight was Psirens. It's been a long time since I saw any Red Dwarf. I really need to get it on DVD because all my videos are at home. So it was interesting to see. Since this episode was first shown in 1993 I've grown up and watched other sci-fi stuff. The story was something that wouldn't be out of place in something like Star Trek or Farscape. It's just the way it's handled that is.

I've definitely got the script in my memory, even though I thought I might have forgotten some of it by now, because I was anticipating most of the jokes - more as the episode went in and I got back into it. Some of them still made me laugh out loud though.

The adverts in the middle threw me, though. Red Dwarf with adverts in just isn't right. However, I really enjoyed it - I'd forgotten how good it is. Mind you, I'm saying that because it's VI they showed, if it had been VII I might not have been quite so enthusiastic...

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Weight, The West Wing, Stargate, Red Dwarf
Wednesday 20th August 2003 7:19 pm

So many things to talk about, so little time...

I don't understand this dieting thing and I suspect I never will. To people trying to lose weight, then good on you and good luck. I certainly couldn't do it, I don't have the willpower. I looked through the Weight Watchers book of food the other day. They didn't have most of the stuff I ate in it and it was so hard to find anything but doing some converting I reckon I eat 17 points a day. You're supposed to eat 22. I should be a stick by now.

The West Wing
Watching the episode on Sunday and the one on Tuesday I ask myself where's all this Josh/Donna coming from? Okay so simultaneously watching season 2 I can understand but why am I reading it? It's a lot like Sam/Jack with the forbidden romance thing. And there are only so many ship cliches I can cope with. I think I've exhausted Jonathan/Martha for a bit, I might have to go back to Clark/Lex (or maybe try Chloe/Lana now that I've seen it). I had an idea for a Smallville fic as well which is a very bad idea given that I don't have the time, haven't seen all the episodes and haven't seen any of the Superman films all the way through. I think I've only seen the odd episode of Lois and Clark all the way through as well.

Avenger 2.0 - I liked it. It wasn't perfect but it was good.
Space Race - I thought I dislike it when I heard what it was about (okay, saw the title) and I was right. It would have been nice to have been surprised though.
Birthright - Why am I not surprised that Chris Judge wrote himself a snog?

Red Dwarf
I love Red Dwarf. Series 1 to 6 anyway. I couldn't help thinking about how bad VII and VIII were on the way home. Please let the film be good. When it eventually (ever) gets made.

I keep forgetting how fast the internet is when you're not downloading anything. It'll seem so much faster when I go home this weekend. Not when I'm downloading though .

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Pooh Sticks
Sunday 16th March 2003 8:52 pm

What I want to know is: who were the blokes with the suitcase of money in Auf Weidersehen, Pet in Comic Relief on Friday? I can't help feeling I should know, but I think they probably used to be big. Plus I never know what any musician (if that's the right word) looks like anyway. I now have a hole in my inflatable chair that I can't fix. I think I'll have to buy a new one next week. Just as well I picked up a new Argos catalogue last time I was in Oxford.

Slept till noon yesterday, which was good. Went to bed at 1am though cos my feet were cold. And I was bored. Still haven't watched the Angel episode I finished downloading on Friday. Might do that after Cold Feet if its finished virus checking. But probably not as I have loads of mp3s filling up my hard drive. I'm trying to get enough to fill a CD, so far I have just under 400megs worth, which lasts about 6 hours. I've got a few more ideas of songs to download yet though. Should keep me going at work and at home when the radio's really annoying me (so always then).

Very nearly have the final version of Dropping Eaves done (go me!) and managed to write another 1000 words of Isildur/Haldir. The latest bit is angsty though, which is my forte. Love writing angst, its so fun to do nasty things to the characters.

Spent most of today helping out at the world pooh sticks championships. I got to sort the sticks out again as I did it last year. But the marshalling of people went much better this year with more people. And I got time to have a go myself. I did spend the day facing the sun though, so it seemed really dark when I got in. Plus my face feels hot and looks a bit red, so think I have got myself sunburned already! And technically its still winter - although explain that to the daffodils.

Went out for milk and a pizza yesterday and came back with three books as well. Damn those charity shops! Although I don't have to worry about not having anything to read now, specially as I don't think I'll be going home before Easter to get my books and doubtless borrow one of mum's. Very annoying - they're resurfacing the hall at the lesiure centre so no Tae Kwon Do on a Monday for a bit. Now that Farscape's finished. I won't know what to do with myself - although I should really finish the LOTR DVD. And then start working through another one.

I actually remembered to watch Red Dwarf on Thursday. I thought it wouldn't be that exciting as I've seen it so many times before and it was only series 1. But it was great - I haven't seen any Red Dwarf for so long I'd forgotten how go it was (prior to series 7 of course). Must watch some more soon, I think. Blogger template still a pain in the arse, surprise, surprise.

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Red Dwarf, Stargate, Alias
Sunday 15th December 2002 12:41 pm

I've found out what a meme is, according to the LiveJournal Meme Repository it is:
"an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture".

After I did one topic yesterday it must be time for more than one today.

Red Dwarf:
I watched Future Echoes on Friday, as it was on a DVD that came with a DVD magazine. Its only when you don't watch something for so long that coming back to it, it surprises you how good it is. I've only just found out that Samantha Robson was in Psirens. I've seen the episode since she started in The Bill as well, so there's no excuses there. I will have to watch it again, now that I know.

I'm going to miss Jonas if he's not in season 7 much. Yes, there are elements of him that are contrived - he learns quickly and does Daniel's job. But the rest of him is interesting, I think. Trying to earn Jack's friendship, learning about Earth from Teal'c. Speaking of which I love Teal'c this season (6). The whole team dynamic has changed, which is interesting to see, but I think Teal'c is loving not being the only alien. And having lived on Eaerth for five years he's a lot less alien than he was previously. He does jokes, sarcasm and interacts with humans without them realising he isn't.

Having just seen Passage part 1 I really feel for Jack. Having been betrayed by Irina he finds it hard to trust anyone or get close to them since. Maybe he and Sydney not speaking for many years was a part of that. As a result he really hates Irina, doesn't trust her and doesn't know what her motives are. And maybe a little scared that she'll betray Sydney the way she betrayed him. But even with all that he still loves her. I think pretending to be a family must have been really hard to do. We have no way of knowing though what Irina thinks. We can be fairly certain she doesn't love Jack, but she either loves Sydney or is pretending to. She must have been a very good actress to fool Jack for over seven years. Who knows what's really going through her head?

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