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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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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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SJA: The Man Who Never Was (spoilers)
Tuesday 18th October 2011 9:56 pm

Spoilers for this week's (last ever) episode.

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SJA: The Curse of Clyde Langer (spoilers)
Wednesday 12th October 2011 8:24 pm

Spoilers for this week's SJA.


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SJA: Sky (spoilers)
Thursday 6th October 2011 9:17 pm

Spoilers for this week's SJA.


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SJA: Goodbye Sarah Jane
Wednesday 17th November 2010 9:29 pm

The end of the series! Which is just as well now that Edwardian Farm has started on Wednesdays and what with SJA as well I haven't had time to watch it until the weekend. SPOILERS Read more...

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SJA: Lost in Time
Wednesday 10th November 2010 8:58 pm

The good part about watching SJA on a Wednesday is that I got to see part 1 with no annoying CBBC logo, which was a definite improvement. SPOILERS

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SJA: The Empty Planet
Tuesday 2nd November 2010 7:52 pm

After having yesterday off it was so weird to be at work while it got dark - whereas everyone else had had that weirdness yesterday. And then I had to drive home in the dark and I'm not used to driving in the dark. And the small car park we have where the likelihood of hitting someone is about 90% has no lights. So that was fun. But then tonight's social got cancelled, so I watched SJA. And now there be SPOILERS.

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SJA: Death of the Doctor
Wednesday 27th October 2010 7:13 am

I was going to write a review of this episode when I saw it, or last weekend, but didn't get to it. And I've been writing an episode tag and I wanted to check a few details, so I re-watched bits of this Monday and Tuesday night. And now I'm awake stupidly early, I thought I'd write it up now. And include the odd detail that came out of the BFI panel which I couldn't say before because they would have been spoilers. SPOILERS. Read more...

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Part 1 of an SJA episode (no spoilers)
Monday 25th October 2010 7:19 pm

Today I did something I hadn't done since the second episode of the first series of SJA - I watch part 1 of an episode without watching part 2 straight after. Well, I say watching, I watched a few bits out of order since I remembered what went in between given that I only saw it two weeks ago. I just wanted to check I remembered some stuff.

Overall, the whole episode is great, I loved it. But part 1 on its own is merely alright. All the good stuff happens in part 2. Out of curiosity I watched the part 2 trailer too and I'm very glad I don't usually do that. After seeing that I can't believe anyone needs to watch part 2 - they've given it all away! Maybe that's just because I know what they're hinting at, but now I'm very glad I stop the video before the trailer can manage more than a word.

I stopped watching SJA in two parts when there was a week between the two. I wondered if it wouldn't be so bad when there's only a day between them - I have time for one part of an episode on Tuesdays, but both is pushing it. Now I know - don't do it. And since Spooks is already making Mondays less bad, it'll be good to have SJA to make Wednesdays less bad (I hate Wednesdays, nothing good ever happens on Wednesdays).

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SJA: The Vault of Secrets (spoilers)
Tuesday 19th October 2010 8:49 pm

A rare Tuesday in for me, so I got to watch this week's SJA tonight. Review of this week's episode, so spoilers for it: Read more...

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SJA: The Nightmare Man (spoilers)
Wednesday 13th October 2010 12:37 pm

Funnily enough, there are spoilers for The Nightmare Man in this post.

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SJA preview: Death of the Doctor (spoiler free)
Wednesday 13th October 2010 12:00 pm

Yesterday I went to London to see a preview of the third SJA story, Death of the Doctor. Without spoilers for any of series 4, with the exception of the two people in this episode. Even though I'm avoiding spoilers this one is impossible to avoid - and will be even more so in a week's time when doubtless it'll be all over all the TV guides.

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No work for me today
Tuesday 12th October 2010 11:38 am

Today I am not at work. This is because I'm off to London this afternoon. This evening is the SJA episode Death of the Doctor featuring Jo Grant. And the Eleventh Doctor. And Lis Sladen and Katy Manning are going to be there, which is very exciting. Originally I had been going to work today and I'd have 15 minutes between getting home and catching a train. But then I rearranged my days off, so I have to be ultra organised tomorrow as I'm going back to London tomorrow afternoon, getting back late at night, going to work the next morning and then going to ballet straight after.

I almost don't quite know what to do with my morning, but I have been distracted watching Armstrong and Miller videos on their website (and then discovered they have a whole load more on their youtube page). But I am not going to see them until November.

But I have finished the first draft of my ficathon walks into a bar story, which has Elrond and Maria from SJA meeting. Although not in a bar. After effectively taking September off writing it was so hard to get started - I spent the whole of the weekend procrastinating about it. But I feel much better now I have a first draft, even if it is awful and without any actual emotion. I have a few weeks to get it finished in.

I lay in bed this morning, refusing to get up before 9am after I slept for a whole 15 minutes later than I would have done if I'd been going work. I was trying to decide what to do in London. I remembered my sister told me there are lots of second hand bookshops in Tottenham Court Road, but the trouble with those is they involve spending money, carrying round books and standing with my head on one side looking at bookshelves makes me dizzy. So instead I googled London museums and upon seeing the list it came up with I immediately remembered one I wanted to go to: the Imperial War Museum.

I was working through London museums, but it got put on hold a bit while I've been ill. At least they're free, so it doesn't matter if I don't finish any of them in one go. I originally had no interest at all in this one until I went to the War Museum in Ottawa as I had a day left and had run out of other places to go. And I unexpectedly enjoyed it. I didn't know much about wars between Europeans and the natives and hearing about WWII from the Canadian perspective was so different to what you hear here. The Imperial War Museum is just down from Westminster, which is near where the BFI is and I have two hours between the museum closing and the screening starting. Even I can't get that lost that it'll take me that long to get between the two. And the BFI is next to the place where I saw ISIHAC back in the summer. Tomorrow I have to find the Bloomsbury theatre to see Chris Addison, which will be a whole new adventure as I've never been to that area at all...

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42 Day
Sunday 10th October 2010 5:33 pm

It is 10/10/10, an exciting date. There won't be another exciting date until 12th November, and that's not nearly as exciting.

I meant to post a few times this week and then it just didn't happen... Mostly because I've been spending my time working my way through the Commonwealth swimming. I tape what's on BBC1/2 during the day, then watch it in the evening. So then I can fast forward through everything that isn't an actual race, which is a vast improvement. Although sometimes I miss bits and only discover which stroke they're doing and how far they're going once they've started the race. It just makes it more exciting!

I got very excited this morning when I went up the road to Sainsburys and discovered the old Woolworths is turning into a Currys/PC World. Playing with an iPad is only ten minutes walk away!

This week I'm off to London to see the third Sarah Jane Adventures episode (ie the one with Jo Grant in). And then back again the next evening to see Chris Addison, which I'm really looking forward to. I will definitely write up the SJA thing, and depending on whether I can make it spoiler free or not, I'll either post it next week or in a couple of weeks time.

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The Bill
Friday 8th January 2010 9:26 pm

I had a really surreal moment at the end of The Bill last night when, in the trailer for next week, I could have sworn I saw Tommy Knight (Luke in SJA, although I was too tired to remember the actor's name at the time). I contemplated rewinding - I don't watch live because I refuse to watch adverts. I've been on The Bill website a lot recently to try and learn some of the names because I don't recognise most of the regulars any more, so I know they don't have credits or tell you about the guest stars (not when they're not that big, anyway). But what I did find were more trailers and clear evidence that it is Tommy Knight 30 seconds into this video and a photo that tells me he's playing Greg. Although I am more excited that Terry was in it - I hadn't seen him yet, so I didn't quite believe the website when they said he was still in it.

I am enjoying The Bill at the moment, despite its lack of theme tune and pullover, and I am getting used to the incidental music. I can even name some of the new characters. Not that I can necessarily recognise them first off, mind you, even though they have their names on their uniforms these days...

I stopped watching in June 2005, I discovered from looking through my blog. And started again in October 2009. Thanks to the magic of YouTube I've been watching some old stuff and I can honestly that what I've missed has been utter rubbish, for the most part. And it's obvious from the synopses too, which consist of a lot of sentences about the character's personal lives back then. These days it's a couple of sentences about the crime, which is what I'm watching for. I don't mind them having personal lives, as long as it's a background to the crime and isn't the main focus.

Now I might go and put on an early half hour episode from the Volume Two DVD I got for Christmas and see who I recognise...

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SJA: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith (spoilers)
Saturday 31st October 2009 11:16 am

This post contains spoilers for the latest SJA episode, but nothing else.

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SJA (spoilers for series 3 and audios)
Sunday 25th October 2009 7:31 pm

I am very behind in talking about SJA, not surprisingly given that I was at the gymnastics when the first one was broadcast and my copies of the audios had only just turned up that day.

There are going to be spoilers here for Prisoner of the Judoon, The Mad Woman in the Attic, The White Wolf and The Shadow People in that order.

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Lis Sladen in panto
Sunday 11th January 2009 10:25 pm

I was in the vicinity of Slough twice this weekend, but on Monday it was to see Lis Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) in panto along with a group of people from . She was only in a scene at the start and the end as Mrs Darling and one in the middle as a mermaid. The panto being Peter Pan.

Now, I don't know if I ever knew the story of Peter Pan because I feel like I knew bits and not other bits. But now I understand why people say Wendy had a crap deal - who in their right mind would want to be mother to a load of Lost Boys when still a child herself? That's the sort of thing children don't really notice, but given they can get the credit crunch into the panto you'd think they'd update that bit too.

There were some other famous people in it, but I'd never heard of them.

In general, it wasn't a great panto. I think the local amateur one is better. Peter Pan was played by a man, not a girl, which I'm sure isn't right. There was a scene with Ice the Dog and some girl doing tricks, although I don't think anyone had told the dog that. Lis's mermaid scene mostly involved her waving her arms around and looking like a bit of a prat, frankly. Her last scene as Mrs Darling mostly seemed to involve making sure the kids were in the right place. But she was great, obviously.

But the highlight of the whole thing was the pantomime Dame and the comedy bloke and two pirates doing an alternative 12 days of Christmas, which mostly involved them throwing each other's props around. They had to hold their props up when they sang the words, for every fourth present for each of them. Buy the end they were scrambling round the stage and having to get the audience to throw them back to them!

The second funniest bit was when they had some kids on stage and the comedy bloke couldn't understand that one of the girls was called Ferrari!

But it didn't really matter what the panto was like because I still had fun with , , Sasha, , , , , and her friend.

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SJA: Why I’m hopping mad about tonight’s episode
Monday 8th December 2008 7:48 pm

Funnily enough, this might just contain SPOILERS....

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