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The Persuaders!
Wednesday 27th January 2021 6:05 pm

This is all [info]liadtbunny's fault. A small mention in a post sort of comparing it to The Avengers and the next thing I know I've watched all the episodes (at one a day - there's only 24) and have bought the DVD.

It did seem like The Avengers at the beginning with the Judge in a wheelchair giving them a mission. But he gets up out of the wheelchair and isn't in that many episodes (which is a shame, I'd have loved to have seen more of him being all manipulative). But it's more ridiculous than The Avengers (this is not a complaint). Wikipedia describes it as action comedy, which explains why one of the fight scenes is basically slapstick. In the same way The Avengers aren't avenging anyone, The Persuaders aren't really doing any persuading.

It's all about two rich men, played by Roger Moore (pre-Bond) and Tony Curtis. After being brought together by the Judge they investigate criminals and megalomaniacs, sometimes by assignment, often by accident. Also they become best friends who always have a go at each other. And there are fist fights and car chases. The plotters generally make everything far too complicated, so it's not a surprise they get caught. It's good to watch when you don't have too much of a brain and a good idea not to try and think it all through logically.

And this is the early 1970s, so all the car scenes have a background that is clearly not there. And sometimes clearly not right. And on one occasion managed to make the car almost disappear. It's endearingly old-school.

There's an episode with fencing in it, albeit sabre. But they were (more or less) properly fencing (followed later on by a combination of fencing and fist fighting). I felt a bit sorry for Tony Curtis after it because he was so sweaty afterwards - he had been properly kitted up and wearing a thick jumper. He must have been roasting.

Also guest stars all sorts of people who were around in that era. I was excited to spot Inspector Wexford. Richard Vernon made me reach for IMDB because I couldn't place him. I was thinking Yes, Minister, but when I scrolled through his filmography I managed to completely miss his entry for Yes, Prime Minister and Yes, Minister, and spot right below the Yes, Minister entry, that he was Slartibartfast in Hitchhiker's. It was days later when I realised he was Sir Desmond.

So, I enjoyed it. It was fun.


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Steps to clean out hamster wee
Saturday 16th January 2021 9:02 pm
  1. Change water
  2. Shake sand bath/hamster bathroom and pick out lumps
  3. Open food box
  4. When hamster appears at door of his house, offer him some food. When he sniffs it, but turns his nose up at it offer him the piece of veg you've been saving for him from dinner and is right by his cage so he can smell it
  5. Open lid of house and watch as hamster takes veg to his ensuite and sits there to eat it
  6. Wait for hamster to move
  7. Pick up handfuls of substrate, put it to your nose and sniff it to see if it smells of wee
  8. Regret it
  9. Remember that you made a mental note last time not to sniff so hard or put it so close to nose
  10. Make mental note not to do that next time
  11. Fill nappy sack with smelly/wet substrate
  12. Wash hands
  13. Return to find hamster sitting in space where en suite was
  14. Throw fresh substrate on hamster
  15. Watch hamster go to bed
  16. Go to put lid on
  17. Find hamster has got out of bed and is sitting on edge of house walls
  18. Offer hamster food
  19. Hamster takes food
  20. Hamster wants more food
  21. Give hamster an entire day's worth of food
  22. Watch hamster add food to pantry/en suite
  23. Put house lid back on
  24. Put everything away and wash hands again
  25. Return to find hamster has investigated the food that magically appeared in his bowl and is now disappearing down the top entrance of his house, giving you a good view of his balls

Merry in his house


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