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What I am reading Wednesday and what I’ve been watching
Wednesday 19th May 2021 7:31 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
No Job for the Little Girl by Rosemary Scadden. This was a pretty short book that I picked off my to read shelf when I was trying to read the book below. It's about Welsh girls that went into domestic service, mainly in London, in the 1920s and 1930s. And when I say girls, I mean 14 year olds. It's interesting, but it didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know.

What I'm Currently Reading
Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon. I started this a while ago, picked up again to carry on and struggled both times. I'm on page 77 out of 430 ish, so I've given myself until about page 100 to decide whether to continue reading it or not. I feel like I could enjoy it once I got into it, but I'm struggling to get into it.

What I'm Reading Next
I don't know. Whatever I pull off the to read shelf.

What I've Been Watching
I've just spent about six weeks watching Line of Duty. Because I never had time to watch anything new. But now I do and the iPlayer had the whole thing. I nearly stopped a few times during the first series, at the end of the first series and at the end of second. It took me until the third episode to care about any of it at all. I enjoyed it in the end, it just took a while to get used to the idea that it was all one story and none of it was ever going to be wrapped up. And they're never going to fix the ergonomics - all their computer monitors are too low so they're always leaning over them.

I'm now watching Killing Eve, which I liked after 7 minutes. It helps that it's amusing. There's 24 episodes of that, so that'll keep me going for a few weeks.


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Crime drama again
Saturday 1st May 2021 3:17 pm

It's really all gone crime around here. After reading one Daisy Dalrymple book I somehow ended up taking another off the shelf when I put that one back. I still like the time before they get married the best. And as much as I like Sakari, I miss Lucy.

I'm still watching Line of Duty - I'm up to series 4. But I have a big problem with it: ergonomics. They all have their monitors so low down/chairs so high up that they're all leaning over to look at stuff on the screen or read documents laid out on their desk. They really need someone to go in there and sort them out.

I'm also still watching The Bill. It's alternately good and frustrating. It really is better when it's an hour long, but some of the half hours are really good and some are a bit nothing. The trouble is, even when they're good, is that they're determined to have a B story. They're better off devoting the whole time to one story, but the biggest problem with the B story is that because the episodes are so short the B stories only get about three scenes. Which isn't long enough for them to be anything interesting. They either need to be a whole story or not in there at all.


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It’s gone all police dramas around here
Saturday 17th April 2021 9:42 am

I completely missed out on The Line of Duty thing. I'd heard of it, knew it was a police drama and I like that sort of thing, but just had too much to watch to bother with something new. But now I don't have too much to watch and the whole thing is on the iPlayer. So I gave it a go. And nearly gave up halfway through the first episode.

It seems to be a thing about that era of telly where they can't keep the camera still even for a second. It makes it hard to tell what's going on and it's very distracting. It also makes me dizzy. I tried watching an episode after I'd been to the shops one evening and could only manage five minutes at a time.

It also took me until episode 3 to care about any of it at all. And then I didn't really care about AC-12, it was the other crimes that were keeping me interested. In fact the most interesting bit was the first 5 minutes of the first episode, which barely gets mentioned again. I carried on because it was all right and I hoped the camera work would improve in series 2 (it does) and because there wasn't much else on. And I wondered why people were so obsessed with it. I still don't know the answer to that.

I've also been watching The Bill from 1990, thanks to UKTV Play having all the episodes from the beginning to 1995 (when I'd definitely started watching it because some of the thumbnails have Jaye Griffths in and I remember her starting).

I have the DVDs with all the episodes from the beginning until halfway through 1990, so I started where they stopped. I am enjoying the nostalgia of a simpler time. And it's just easy watching. For one thing, they are yet to discover all the camera trickery.

If someone forced me to pick either The Line of Duty or the 1990s The Bill, I'd choose The Bill.


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