I'm on a roll...

Friday, 5 June 2015 08:06 am
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Anybody remembering my Big Moping Weekend in 2010?

The universe clearly loves me, because on Friday evening I had an e-mail in my inbox from my trusted ticket provider, saying that A-ha have reunited and are going on tour again next year. I guess I should feel cynical about artists doing Farwell Tours and then popping back up 5 years later, but I just don't have it in me. It's not that A-ha are my most favorit band - that would be Depeche Mode, if you must know - but they've written consistently good pop for ... let me see.......OH FUCK .....30 YEARS!!!! Okay, And' now I'm feeling very old and depressed.

For those of you who appreciate that sort of thing - first time a-ha (well, any Norwegian band, actually) made it to #1 on the UK charts. Proper 80's nostalgia - look at that hair, and the fashion assesoirs (leather band wrist bands) and those 1000 m of cable. (And Morten's face - I think my teenage self can be forgiven for going a bit weak in the knees.....). Unfortunately they 'dressed up' for the occasion, though you can marvel at the waist hight jeans, the socks-over-trousers-thing and the men-scarfs and headbands. Just use your imagination.

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I found out yesterday that Sergei Polunin will be dancing Giselle at Naples San Carlo Theatre in August (yay for facebook on this count). And managed to get A) tickets (for peanuts, compared to Royal Ballet prices), B) a flight and C) a travel companion. I'm so stoked, you wouldn't believe it.

Polunin was the Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet in London (youngest ever, at 19), and I'd heard (and seen) so many great things about him, but I kept posponing to go and see him because I was holding out for the perfect role, maybe Spartacus, or Romeo in the Nureyev choreography. And then he Polunin left the Royal Ballet 'over night' in 2012, to dance in Russia. And then he left there and announce that he might quit ballet altogether. So now I'm wiser, and I take what I can get, while I can get it, Well, given his track record, he might drop out last minute, but if not at least I've seen him live once. And on top of that I get a long summer weekend in Italy, and hopefully can swing by Pompei as well. Total win!

For all of those who won't be making the tip to Naples (yup, I'm gloating just a tiny little bit) I'm leaving you with this:

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Okay, I've now succumbed and seen the 50 Shades movie with some girl friends (we all blamed each other for going - ah, is't peer pressure a wonderful thing).

main  points:

The ads before the show were the best! We had condoms, cherry flavoured lube, lingerie & perfumes. Funniest though was an informercial about Premature Ejaculation from the aptly named Fire Too Quickly campaign.

Movie previews were really depressing. Man, are there many horribly bad movies around. We had Melissa McCarthy in a housewife as Bond comedy, something truly awful involving an American girl band battling it out with a German band at some competition, and something with lots of explosions and nothing much else. Will Smith is still looking good at 46, though. The UK was represented with the usual mild-mannered and whimsical fair (something involving gardening & Alan Rickman, and a sequel to the Marigold Hotel feat. Richard Gere.) At least the trailers didn't make me cringe....

As to the actual film.... )

In a nutshell, it's a perfectly okay film given what it aims to be, and even enjoyable, if you watch it with that in mind (and in the right company)

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I am considering to run another Eurovision vid show at this years vidUKon. (See here & here for previous ones if you've not been around my journal that long).

Here is the place where you can brainstorm ideas for Premieres, sign up to making a Premiere or nominate already existing vids that fit the theme.

The idea is to showcase European vidders, European source and European music. I'd also love to have have a meta vid with a 'European twist'. I am therfore looking for:

  1. Vidders who would want to make a Premiere for the show. This could be vidding a European source, a European song, or both.  You do not necessarily have to be a European vidder as long as you chose an appropriate source and/or song.

  2. You are a European vidder and don't want to participate, but would be happy for me to look through your back catalogue so see something I might like.

  3. You are aware of any brilliant vids of European source that have come out over the last 12 months in particular, that you think should be included in the vid show.

  4. You have ideas for European source that totally should be vidded but you don't want to do it.  as inspiration for other vidders.

Last years suggestions included.... )

If you can help with any of the above, please pm or comment.
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Anybody else on my flist watching Broadchurch (S2) and Agent Carter who's not noticed this?

I have been watching both shows concurrently (e.g. the same week they air), and on at least one occassion one right after the other. But I never noticed that one actor was showing up in both shows, it's only when I took a stroll along down imdb.com that I saw thatif you don't wanna know don't click )

Please tell me this is a sign of good acting.....and not early onset dementia?
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This might be of interest to any flisters who enjoy Lewis and Downton Abby. Those shows had a steamy affair last year, and their love child, which aired in the UK last autumn  is now visiting the USA, as part of PBS Masterpieces. It's call Grantchester and it's first episode airs today.

As you would expect from it's heritage, it includes:
A sleuthing vicar and his northern detective sidekick....
Very pretty Cambridgeshire scenry....
Set in the jazzing, post-war 1950's...
A big dollop of man pain...
English restrained version of bromance...


As many UK series it's rather short, only 6 episodes, but it's been renewed for a second season.
This will not be for everybody, the crimes are more of a foil than centerstage, it's got a kind of museumy feel at times, and it's gentle rather than suspensful or exciting, very much like Lewis. I enjoyed it for the escapism, the great ensemble cast including the cranky housekeeper and bumbling curate and, because it's me, all the manpaining and bromancing in georgeous locations with ALL THE period props one could ask for.  If that's your thing, check it out.
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If you got X-mas cards from me in the past, there is nothing you need to do, unless you moved in the last 12 months. Anybody new to these shores, or those who have not given me your address yet, this is your oportunity! Just leave your address in the comments (sceened) or PM me, and I shall oblidge.
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(or "evidence that I live under a rock")

On the way home from work I caught BBC4 Front Row on radio, with an interview of Benedict Cumberbatch.
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Last year there was an extremely helpful list of festivids requests available (compiled by the extraordinary [livejournal.com profile] jetpack_monkey [livejournal.com profile] thirdblindmouse, I belive). Has anybody seen something similar available anywhere, or is aware of plans to do this? I'm considering not signing up and just doing treats this year, and for that havig a list of requests available would be really nifty, there might be people out there who want excactley what I want to vid, but I don't know about it...Half the fun about festivids is meeting new people and broadening one's horizon....
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A question to all the festividders on my flist; Can I do treats if I'm not participating? I thought I had vague recolaction that you could, but now I'm thinking about it I've got doubts. Anybody knows the answer, or can link to the relevant post with minimal effort?????

*blush* I realize I'm being very lazy, but I've just come off a Trans-Alantic flight with a very economic economy carrier, in economy. Basically, I'm knackered. Need slep, but have not yet reached final destination bed....

Random movie rec

Sunday, 5 October 2014 11:40 am
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Went out last night for meal, some shopping and a movie with friends. We decided on What We Did on Our Holiday, a family comedy with Dave Tennant and Rosemary Pike. We had a hoot. They did something quite magical with the kids - they filmed most of the set pieces as improv - telling the kids what was happening and what the scene should be about, but not scripted (other than certain 'punch lines'). Maybe it's not 'big cinema', but it's charming and heartwarming and had us giggling from start to finish.

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...as in Hamlet as a man played by a woman (Maxine Peake - you might have seen her if you watch UK TV shows).


There is also some other gender swapping going on, including the gravedigger. Reviews are generally good, though not stellar.

Unfortunately I've picked up on it too late, so I'm unlikely to get tickets.
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Claire: Doesn't it bother you that I'm not a virgin?
Jamie: No, as long as it doesn't bother you that I am.

Shame on me - I didn't see that one coming... :P

Though the next line was even better...‘I reckon one of us should ken what they’re doing.'

Great episode, very intense, tight story, great acting, though rather stomach-churning. Glad that it ended on a lighter note...
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#1 I got myself a yummy Cafe Latte Caramel and butterscotch cookies from our volunteer coffee shop on my way back from a meeting. Spoiling myself because I'm worth it!

#2 Love the idea of the volunteer coffee shop - it's a charitable organization that employs Mental Health Service Users alongside other staff to aid recovery. Since they've opened even the surgeons are coming down to the Mental Health Unit because it's got the best food and coffee in the hospital. The equalizing power of food!!!

#3 Only one more day at work, and then I'm off for a VERY LONG WEEKEND! 5 days, to be precise. And again, I so deserve it!
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If you write historical fanfic (or fic) this is for you!

Voices from the Old Bailey on BBC 4 - a great series that uses 17th century court cases to bring history to life. The last two seasons are still available via the bbc 4 webstite, check out 'Smuggling' or 'Murder' in season 3 for the more gruesome aspects of the Georgian era, or 'Sexual Subcultures' and 'Servants' for a look at Gorgian society. Fascinating stuff.

If you don't like listening to podcasts (or they don't work for you) - you can actually check out the records of the Old Bailey yourself, as well as a number of church, hosiptal and graveyard records. If you are interested in a different period - the Connected Histories website has resources covering 1500 - 1900. All databases are fully searchable. I'm telling you - for me this a black hole worse than youtube, I can spend hours reading case files, verdics and testimonies. Some of the stuff is very moving, other things can be rather distressing, but it's such a great way to bring history alive, and gives a voice to the 'ordinary folk' that is not often heard, though they don't necessarily got what we would consider justice nowadays.

Fascinating stuff.

Random movie rec

Monday, 1 September 2014 08:34 pm
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If you're in the market for a rom com type movie and don't mind a movie that is aimed at teen (I know, those are two pretty big IFs) than you will enjoy The First Time, I think.

I checked this out really only because I like both Dylan O'Brian and Britt Robertson on TV, and because I'm a sucker for fluff on a Friday evening. I had little expectations (always a good place to start), but this was a real pleasure to watch, and pretty much consistently side-stepped all those boring, horrid rom-com tropes that most these movies realy on. You know, like people making stupid choices (I love you but I think you don't love you so I'll go and snog some other bloke to show you how much I'm hurting), silly misunderstandings (I saw you doing XYZ and instead of asking you what that was all about and giving you a piece of my mind I am just going to assume that it was because you do not love me) and forced fall outs 10 min before the end (I love you so much and therefor I think we must break up because XYZ) somebody racing in a taxi to the airport to declare endless love. And every time this movie got to a juncture where this would have been the expected outcome, they just totally side-stepped it and the teens behaved in a mature and rational manner. They communicated about stuff. They resolved issues fairly. The got back on track. Also, the most realistic deptiction of the 'first time' I've seen in a long while in this kind of movie. Most of this is obviously down to the writing, but the two leads really pulled it off perfectly and gave nuanced performances. Reminded me a bit of John Hughes movies.

This is not mind blowing by any strech of the imagination, but a perflectly good take on this genre, and a pleasant way to spend an evening. Also available on youtube

Happy B-Day!!!

Saturday, 30 August 2014 07:33 pm
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Guys, guys, guys - did you know what happened on this auspicous date at some point in the past?

King Theoderic the Great died of dysentery at Ravenna in 526
Frankenstein" author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in London in 1797
The city of Melborn was found in 1835
The Moscow–Washington hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union went into operation in 1963
Cameron Diaz was born in 1968
Canadian Ben Johnson runs 100 m in world record 9.83 sec in 1987
"The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered on CBS in 1993

But that is not the best thing that happened on this day - no, sir. On this day today, not that many moons ago, [livejournal.com profile] serrico was born, somewhere in the Canadian wilderness, where she now haunts a hotel by night and enjoys the Canadian country side by day.

Dearest Jane, hope you're having a good birthday, just the way you like it, with some good food, and presents, and people congratulating you from all over the world. Like me, and Sir John:

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... in no particular order:

Being gifted a pair of socks that were made at the previous VidUKon by [livejournal.com profile] charloween. :)

Lithy doing her best impersination of a drug deal, just that she was peddling Banshee episodes instead of drugs. You know the type. It starts of all inocently by mentioning it in passing, then you sneak a vid into the first vid show of the con, all finished off by mentioning, in hushed tones and with a conspiratorial smile, that she's got All THE EPISODES on her computer and offering a taster download. Oh, and Doccy all inocently mentioning man pain and PTSD, during dinner. I should have seen it coming. Only upside is, I was not the only victim - I'm pretty sure anybody with sufficient storage capacity on their Laptop ended up with Banshee on it.

Getting to meet [livejournal.com profile] condnsdmlk in person and her being even more awesome than I tought she would be. She is so much fun to hang out with, guys.

Hanging out in Lithy's room, having lazy conversations, cup cakes & drinks and watching vids.

[livejournal.com profile] charloween and [livejournal.com profile] condnsdmlk sharing their collection of remarkable cover versions of various songs that need to be vidded.

Getting to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] isagel and [livejournal.com profile] spankulert (who only made it to the con due to Neptunes timely intervention) again. [livejournal.com profile] jagwriter78 was there, too, but we didn't get an aweful lot of time to talk, somehow. I love how many people from overseas made the effort this year, it made the con really special for me.

Me accussing [livejournal.com profile] fray_adjacent12 of being German in lieu of a greeting and her being all chillaxed about it. And her turning out to be a very awesome lady, and much fun to hang out with.

The panel on the beginnings of video remix culture, with 3 accademics from 3 countries (how awesome is this con?). So much food for though, so many great examples (I actuallly got to see some more outside of the panel, since char had to many to show them all). Great stuff!

Sans mots....

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 09:00 am
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