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Law and Order:

When a system upgrade gets you arrested - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38153992

THE REAL SPECTRE - https://www.1843magazine.com/features/the-real-spectre

Miscellaneous:

Korean grandfather's long-distance Instagram story-telling - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-38153553

Barbados at 50: Home of Rihanna, cricket and coucou - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37078244 Bajan friend is ridiculously proud of Rihanna. And the cricketers. Sometimes. Not as often as he'd like to be.

New five pound note: Not suitable for vegetarians - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38144598 and Hindus urged not to donate new fivers at Leicester temple - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-38156650

The thing that gets me about this is that the government doesn't seem to get the number of people that don't use animal fats, for a variety of reasons. How no-one in the decision-making process didn't go "wait a minute!" is beyond me.

Ben Carter's Tommee Tippee cup search 'incredible' success - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-38141319

On The Navajo Nation, Special Ed Students Await Water That Doesn't Stink -
http://www.npr.org/2017/04/12/523303559/on-the-navajo-nation-special-ed-students-await-water-thats-doesnt-stink?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170413

Time's "The Most Influential Images of All Time" - http://100photos.time.com/

Politics:

Hong Kong's rebellious lawmaker Yau Wai-ching - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-38129773

YOUR FILTER BUBBLE IS DESTROYING DEMOCRACY - https://www.wired.com/2016/11/filter-bubble-destroying-democracy/

How to Talk to Someone You Hate - https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/gqymzx/how-to-talk-to-someone-you-hate

Science:

The many ways lasers help us see the world more clearly - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38130375

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself - https://www.wired.com/2015/10/margaret-hamilton-nasa-apollo/

Sport:

Serena Williams pens open letter: Dream big with steadfast resilience -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tennis/serena-williams-pens-open-letter-dream-big-with-steadfast-resilience_sto5965399/story.shtml From 2016

The other lives of England's netball team - as they fit work around practice -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38136075/the-other-lives-of-englands-netball-team---as-they-fit-work-around-practice

Cricket:

Phillip Hughes' death: Have attitudes to the bouncer changed? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/37883388

Football:

It’s not the Ronald Koeman derby, Southampton v Everton is a clash of contrasting ideas -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2016-2017/its-not-the-ronald-koeman-derby-everton-v-southampton-is-a-clash-of-contrasting-ideas_sto5960789/story.shtml

Snooker:

UK Championship 2016: Mark King talks about gambling addiction and recovery - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/38097569

Television:

30 Years Later, 'The Simpsons' Are A Part Of The American Family - http://www.npr.org/2017/04/19/524542090/30-years-later-the-simpsons-are-a-part-of-the-american-family?utm_source=tumblr.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170419
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Animals:

New Zealand town builds underpass for march of the penguins -
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/11/new-zealand-town-builds-underpass-for-march-of-the-penguins-oamaru-otago

Food:

Kinky Cakes: Inside The World Of Adult Bakeries -
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/04/08/522489528/kinky-cakes-inside-the-world-of-adult-bakeries

Healthcare:

The GP surgery that treats patients no-one else can cope with - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37898130

History:

Important moments in the fight for equal pay - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37899167

Miscellaneous:

Why does this woman think she is ugly? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37923088

Killed by Jutting and forgotten by Indonesia - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37845487

Politics:

Whistle blown on MSP Douglas Ross's refereeing clash
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-38078341 Although this really could have gone into the football section as well, given "A leading Scottish Conservative MSP missed a parliamentary committee to referee a Champions League match in Portugal."

US Election 2016: A survivor's guide to unexpected voting results - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37921356

US election: America the beautiful's ugly election - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37903384

Sport:

Cricket:

ECB’s Kolpak clampdown is the latest gambit in cricket’s hundred-year war
- https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/11/the-spin-ecb-kolpak-kyle-abbott-rilee-rossouw-billy-midwinter

Football:

Howard Webb reveals players asked to be booked to have Christmas off -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/howard-webb-reveals-players-asked-to-be-booked-to-have-christmas-off_sto5958796/story.shtml

Besiktas fans use sign language for ‘world’s first silent cheer’ to inspire team -
http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/video-besiktas-fans-use-sign-language-for-worlds-first-silent-cheer-to-inspire-team-22230/?_ga=1.32916278.904648745.1479987725

The match that pitted white players against black players - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37924448

I only used the ‘hairdryer’ six times in 27 years, claims Sir Alex Ferguson -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/i-only-used-the-hairdryer-six-times-in-27-years-claims-sir-alex-ferguson_sto5944583/story.shtml I don't believe him either.

Dresden fined 60,000 euros for severed bull's head - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/dresden-fined-60000-euros-for-severed-bull-s-head_sto5942888/story.shtml In which everyone hates Red Bull Leipzig. I suspect Dresden hate them more than usual because of proximity, a suspicion strengthened by the signs says "without Red Bull you are nothing" and "you can't buy tradition".

Formula 1:

Williams chief - Rivals better at exploiting rules - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-1/williams-rivals-better-at-exploiting-rules_sto5958806/story.shtml Dear Pat Symonds. Really, given that you used to work with Flavio Briatore, you ought to know that if you ain't cheating, you're not trying hard enough.

Williams to run special Massa livery in Brazil - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-1/williams-to-run-special-massa-livery-in-brazil_sto5945220/story.shtml Late, and somewhat overtaken by later event, but this was a lovely touch.

Rugby union:

Sonny Bill Williams: Auckland Blues and New Zealand grant kit request - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39577166 Because Money Bill, not matter how much I mock him, is love.

Snooker:

Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and a magical 24-year rivalry unique to sport -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/snooker/ronnie-osullivan-john-higgins-and-a-24-year-rivalry-unique-to-professional-sport_sto5948321/story.shtml

Theatre:

Shakespeare's Tempest gets mixed reality makeover - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38000619
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History:

A United Kingdom: The interracial marriage that made front page news -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37368941

The man stuffed and displayed like a wild animal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37344210

Miscellaneous:

Jackie Chan Hasn't Seen His Original Stunt Team In Decades. Then Realizes They're All Standing Behind Him -
http://www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/5652/Jackie-Chan-Hasn-t-Seen-His-Original-Stunt-Team-In-Decades-Then-Realizes-They-re-All-Standing-Behind-Him#ugifL6ClkjGbLl85.99

Why is the US 'tampon tax' so hated? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37365286 Ever get the feeling the headline was written by a man? There is trying to remain impartial and then there's this.

World's oldest man, Yisrael Kristal, 113, to hold bar mitzvah - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37375629

Music:

These are the last 10 tracks Carl Cox played at his Space residency in Ibiza -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37417532/these-are-the-last-10-tracks-carl-cox-played-at-his-space-residency-in-ibiza

Skepta: Seven things you should know about the 2016 Mercury Prize winner -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37381581

Science:

Is India in the throes of a fever outbreak? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37415781

Sport:

Rachel Atherton: 'I don't need an Olympic medal' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37362656

A fresh chance to banish the curse of Mayo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37378935 Of course they lost, because they are Mayo.

Football:

Head injuries: Football's continuing failure highlighted yet again by treatment of Anthony Martial -
http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/head-injur_sto5863136/story.shtml

Naismith earns Goodison cheers despite helping sink Everton - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/naismith-earns-goodison-cheers-despite-helping-sink-everton_sto5867173/story.shtml

Olympics:

Rio Olympics 2016: How last-second gold changed taekwondo fighter's life -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/taekwondo/37428292

Paralympics:

Gold medallist welcomed back from Rio – with gold wheelie bin - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/all-sports/le-buzz/2015/gold-medallist-welcomed-back-from-rio-with-gold-wheelie-bin_sto5863226/story.shtml

Rio 2016: The people who fix broken legs at the Paralympics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-37385671

Rugby League:

Women's Rugby League World Cup to be held alongside men's - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37348745

Leigh Centurions: Journey from despair to Super League delight - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37350474

Rugby Union:

Saved from the dark side: how Hong Kong’s rugby ‘Pigs’ are giving Philippine street kids a chance -
http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/2020234/saved-dark-side-how-hong-kongs-rugby-pigs-are-giving-philippine-street

Snooker:

German Masters: Anthony Hamilton beats Ali Carter to win first title -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/snooker/38874907 Yay! and Finally!

Writers:

My grandfather Roald Dahl, the magician - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/13/my-grandfather-cast-a-spell-over-my-childhood

Links

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Books/TV:

Game of Thrones: Discover the real Westeros - http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-04-29/game-of-thrones-discover-the-real-westeros Or the Northern Ireland tourism board now has consultant dragons. Link care of [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte.

Films:

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan Speculate On Their Characters' Futures 25 Years after 'When Harry Met Sally' - http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/billy-crystal-and-meg-ryan-speculate-their-characters-futures-after-when-harry-met-sally

Science:

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder (and other tales from the UK Forensics service) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26324244

Antibiotic resistance now 'global threat', WHO warns - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27204988 That sound you can hear is lots of scientists going "we've been trying to tell you this for years."

History:

The Man Who Made South Africa's Flag - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27155475

Music/Music Industry:

Cee-Lo Green Originally Recorded 'Happy' (and other could have beens) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/27234842

Politics/Economics:

Legal aid row leads to halting of serious fraud trial - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27238201 Where the Prime Minister's brother is on the side of right and good.

UK Cost Of Living Changes Over 10 Years - http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/97214/cost_of_living_.html

Sport:

World's oldest surviving Olympian, and sharp-shooting FBI agent, dies aged 106 - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/olympic-games-worlds-oldest-olympian-sharp-shooting-fbi-112828806--spt.html

Snooker:

World Snooker Championship: How to survive Crucible marathon - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/27048713

Football:

Crystal Palace: How Tony Pulis achieved Premier League survival - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27253266

Footballer Fabrice Muamba launches defibrillator campaign - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27237737

Rodney Marsh cleans Stoke City players' boots after losing online argument - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-27210196

Formula 1:

Senna's death: Hill still full of disbelief 20 years on - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/formula-1-sennas-death-hill-still-full-disbelief-074615188--f1.html The whole article is worth reading, because Damon Hill is honest and capable of great insight.

Senna's death: The practical joker whose laughter is still missed - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/formula-1-sennas-death-practical-joker-whos-laughter-074245068--f1.html

Formula 1/Football:

Brazilian footballers pay tribute to Ayrton Senna by wearing helmets - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/brazilian-footballers-honour-ayrton-senna-wearing-yellow-helmets-031717505.html
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The bit about Ronnie O'Sullivan on now makes me like Jack Lisowski and Mark Davis more than I had done. They seem to be the only one that get that there are things more important than snooker in this world.

Also snooker seems to be turning into tennis.
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In which I try not to be that fan but TNA is really not helping itself )

Snooker is proceeding is a reasonably pleasing manner (other than Ding going out in the first round. Look, I know you can play, why don't you do that). The important detail is that neither the foetus Judd Trump (with his terrible fans), nor the racist Mark Allen (I'm sorry, he is, and I think it would pass a libel trial. Seriously dude, WTF is your problem with Chinese people.) can win.

Admittedly as it stands now I'm cheering for Neil Robertson and Mark Selby (and hoping for Matthew Stevens but there is only heartbreak there) which will make me very unpopular at home.
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There's a reason this is my RL icon.

Avengers, X-Men: First Class and half a dozen other reviews forthcoming once I'm able to do anything that involves thought without cussing at PhD students. Or particular student.

It's either that or marveling at Ronnie O'Sullivan's snooker playing. When he's got his brain in gear he really is fantastic to watch.

Or cursing luck on behalf of poor Colin Edwards (MotoGP: Colin Edwards to have surgery on broken collarbone - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motogp/17973497). The worst of it (other than this is the second time in two years) is that it wasn't even his accident. I shall allow Steve Parrish to explain: "Edwards was on a slow lap during qualifying but he did everything right as he got way off the racing line and he didn't even see Randy de Puniet coming.

De Puniet then unfortunately fell off and skittled Edwards with him. Edwards' first words to the marshals when they helped him were unprintable, but along the lines of "what was that?" He didn't even know what had happened."


(full article here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motogp/17974736)

Shakespeare Meme - Day #18: Your favorite dialogue

The bit I'm about to mention is my actual favourite, despite the temptation to say everything that comes out of Mercutio's mouth.

Henry V, act 3 scene 7 - http://www.shakespeare-literature.com/Henry_V/16.html

or from the start, to minute 7 of this



And yes, that is Julian Glover playing the Constable.

There's so many things I like about this dialogue. One is the word play, which is bitchy and funny, and actually quite caustic give that the only way for stuff to fall off armour in battle is if the person wearing it gets hit.

The second is that the Dauphin gets the verbal smackdown (to his face) that he's been deserving throughout the play. And the Constable gets to do it :)

I love the repetition of 'would it were day', because, well I certainly get like that between rounds in fencing so I can't imagine how much worse it would be for something that could lead to your death. It makes it seem more real.

Other Days )
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So, on Tuesday, I ended up watching TNA. This is because, and this is a damning statement about the state of British TV, it was the least bad thing on. (In BBC2's defence, Stephen Hendry losing is not their fault)

Spoilers )

I've just seen the Jeremy Brett version of 'The Final Problem'. Wibble!!
Then, of course, they stuck closely to the story and the proper final words.

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The Prometheus trailer looks awesome. And terrifying. I am really annoyed that I won't be able to watch it but it will not be worth 20 years of nightmates, which is what I'll get if I do watch it. (And no, sadly, I'm not exaggerating. I really don't do horror movies)

Dark Knight Rises - I think they must have listened to the complaints because I was watching the trailer (the football stadium one) and they've really cleaned up Bane's voice. I can hear what he's saying now.

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Avengers report coming this weekend. I have many opinions.
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There will be a much longer post all about Stephen Hendry, because the greatest snooker player I have even seen play gets his own post when he retires.

In the snooker, it appears to be the year of the underachiever, what with Ronnie who has never won as much as his talent ought to have done, Matthew Stevens and Stephen Maguire who've never won the World Title, which if I'd said that 10 years ago, I don't think anyone would have believed, and Ali Carter who is just unlucky.

It could be interesting.

Come on, Matthew!

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Council elections - Luckily the Green Party were standing so I didn't have to spoil my ballot. I agree with most of their policies most of the time, and it might stop the bickering in my ward.

I do love poor David Dimbleby pointing out exactly how confusing the mish-mash of council elections is with some places (Brum) voting for 1/3 of their councillors, other places voting for 1/2 of the council seats and others doing all.

The poor little Tories are feeling a little got at by their voters switching to UKIP. I cackle, for all that I despise UKIP.

Actually, the problem is that I dislike their policies and their views and everything, but I approve of them existing because more parties means that people have someone they want to vote for because they like the party's policy, not because they hate or dislike another party.

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They were doing the West Midlands round up just as my ward declared. So excited. I think it might have been Labour that took it.

Bloody hell, I've just seen the St. Helens results. Now, while obviously a Labour stronghold, within living memory the council has been hung. Now, it's 40 Labour councillors, 5 Lib Dems and 3 Conservatives.

I like our Shadow Business Secretary (this chap - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuka_Umunna). He's smooth and politely vicious.

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So, in the gaps between snooker I tried to watch TNA, to see what the new scheme wrought )

And, of course, because there's a match I want to see, TNA decide to do something that annoys me immensely. Dear TNA, I thought we'd discussed this. No ad breaks in matches.

And because of that, back to the snooker. Because, let us be honest, Stevens vs Hawkins is good fun to watch, even if the snooker isn't brilliant. And it has Terry Griffiths on commentary, which is always good.

It is not Jamie Jones's fault, but because of the rugby, I keep pining Buchanan at the end of his name. Not that they look in anyway alike. Jamie Jones (http://preview.tinyurl.com/bofqutv) and Jamie Jones-Buchanan (http://preview.tinyurl.com/jamiejonesbuchanan).

Linking to his opponent, because he's from Widnes, Andrew Higginson is introduced as 'the Widnes Viking'. Also, he comes out to 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. I love him.

Although Willie Thorne's commentary might well drive me back into TNA's arm.

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I've de-clunked some of my queerfest fic, which is good, except I've now spotted a different problem, which will involve a re-write of the start, which I've had set since I first read the prompt. Still, onwards, ever onwards.

That being said, if anyone doesn't mind beta-ing a 1500 word X-men First Class fic, I would be very grateful.

Back when [livejournal.com profile] angstbunny was answering the 30 days of fic meme, I mentioned that I had a 'complete but not ready' folder, for fics that I'd finished but just weren't right in some way, but I can't put my finger on why. I put them in storage in the hope that eventually I will see what's wrong. A couple of weeks back, I was putting a couple more fics into said folder, when I had a moment of illumination about one of the fics already in there. Admittedly, knowing why it doesn't work is a different kettle of fish to fixing the problem, but it's a start.
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Friends-list, I am sadly unlearned in the ways of poetry, particularly non-English poets. If you were to make a list of poets famous for their love poems, who would you include?

Unfortunately this question brings up nothing but the GCSE anthology for me, and this was deliberately the section I didn't answer questions on. Thankfully, our other poetry option was 'Poems From Other Cultures' which was far more interesting.

Heine springs to mind but that's about it.

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Dear TNA, just so you know, I'm watching the snooker instead of you. This is for 2 reasons:

1 - In snooker, no one is responsible for my favourites losing, other than they themselves.

2 - with the exception of when I came into the room to see Kazarian and Daniels grinning gleefully in anticipation, every time I wandered into the living room from the kitchen, my screen, when you were on, was filled with 'do not want'. This included more Bischoff nonsense when I thought Lockdown was supposed to be the end of it, not-Abyss getting into it with Gunnar, and Hogan about to start the old man hour.

The only hight points were aforementioned evil glee (and subsequent pay-off *) and Storm's post-match interview from Lockdown, which was less a high point more 'gah' and possibly 'hnung' because well, incoherently upset ** James Storm counts as things which I do not wish to see because he is my present favourite. And I didn't want to see him on Impact, especially not when they'd done the whole 'not here yet' thing, because he was going to apologise for not winning and then I would be disconsolate ***.

On less emotive points spoilers )

Spoilery footnotes )
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Big news first, once again, one of the British women's foilists has qualified by right to the Olympics. That's two Olympics in a row where they've managed that. Remind me again that we're the "worst" weapon.

Take that, the rest of British fencing, and suck it.

More reasonable response here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/17808274

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In other sporting news, Stephane Guintoli won in the Superbikes. Yay!

Mark Allen, you know what, you too can go suck it. Well done Cao Yupeng.

A baby Belgian (well, he's 17) is also in this year's Snooker World Championships - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/17805483 Unfortunately, he's playing an in form Stephen Maguire.

Stephen Hendry managed not to suffer a bout of the yips and did win his match. He's through to the second round. Yay! - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/17809013

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I also love Terry Griffiths on commentary, he's such a little ray of sunshine. He and Willie Thorne were commentating on the start of the Gould vs Gilbert match, and Thorne said "they're both playing wonderfully well."

And Terry replied with "give them time, they'll fail like everyone else."
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Saw Dragonball Evolution. It is merely bad as opposed to abysmal. Justin Chatwin is hopelessly mis-cast, but appears to be trying, ditto Emmy Rosum. I refuse to believe that there aren't two Asian-American actors (if there have to be Americans in there for it to be made, I can live with that) that couldn't have produced equally good performances.

One of the fight scenes (oddly enough, the one without super-powers) was well done, the rest, not so much. You could tell which member of the cast was actually a Dragonball fan (he's the one in green) and Chow Yun-Fat totally stole the film, which was not unexpected.

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Other than that, I've mostly been avoiding the snooker because I can't abide the idea of watching Shaun Murphy win, even if he's losing at present.

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I've finished one fic, which will probably be posted in a couple of weeks, and I'm doing background reading/research for another. Is there any consensus on how canon DVD extras are? There's a character who is described in one as a Republican senator but for my own evil purposes I'd prefer him to be a Blue Dog Democrat. I'm going to re-watch the film and if it's mentioned in-text, as it were, I'm fine with him being a Republican, but if it isn't do you think I have leeway on the matter?
redfiona99: (films)
I will have intelligible Sherlock thoughts eventually that day is not today )

Sadly I fear those thoughts will come before my X-Men: First Class ones, which now take up 6 sides of A5, and I haven't even reached the stage where Xavier and Magneto meet. I can't help it, I have many, many thoughts about that film.

It should be helped by it arriving in the post any day now.

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Both the snooker and the tennis results are annoying me. I think I'm already down to just Neil Robertson in the Masters and Dolgopolov in the men's in Oz.

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TNA:

Spoilers )
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Hello Gladiator.

And the Alistair Sim version of A Christmas Carol. And the Muppet version. Basically, a good version of A Christmas Carol will make me cry.

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I have no idea who to cheer for in the snooker. I think it's come to something when the last person left in that I actively cheer for was Neil Robertson.

I think I'll probably cheer for Mark Allen, because he's brash and chippy and so very right about Barry Hearn. Of course this will cause rucktions with the family. This, however, is nothing new - I was the Hendry fan in a family full of Jimmy White fans.

The best thing about the later stages of competitions nowadays is that I get Stephen Hendry on commentary. I mean, I'd rather him still be in and winning things, but it is greatly soothing to my ears after Willie Thorne. I mean I like Terry Griffiths and Dennis Taylor but I keep turning the sound off to avoid Thorne.

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Re: EU / Eurozone mess - other than the more I read, the more Cameron sounds like that *^(^^ing person at every committee meeting who chooses to drone on about something that is only tangential to the agenda, I'm mostly annoyed by the British press (with the usual exceptions) and how skewed they are. If you take them as the baseline, I'm a raving Europhile, when I'm pro-EU with reservations at most.

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Football:

Those new statues at Arsenal look nothing like the people they're supposed to be.

Dear John Motson, McAleny and Makalele shouldn't sound the same. I keep looking up and wondering why one of my favourite players is suddenly playing for Everton.

Dear Steve Claridge, as long as Craig Bellamy, Robbie Fowler, Robbie Savage and Joey Barton exist, you can't say that British players aren't wind-up merchants.

A happy-making story, kind of, Rochdale 'keeper collides with one of his own players and gets knocked spark out. The Sheffield United player nearby immediately put him into the recovery position - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/16130981.stm And this is why everyone should learn first aid.

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Book Meme - Day 21 - Favourite Childhood Book

In an answer which I believe may explain a lot about me, or at least the pub quizzes, I'd like to say the Oxford Children's Encyclopaedia. Someone, probably my Mum, bought me a set when I was ~4/5 and it's 9 books contained all the knowledge in the world.

It's killer app, as it were, were the little 'see also' boxes at the bottom of every article. I got stuck in wiki loops years before Wikipedia even existed. I remember one time I sat down to read it from A-Z. I hadn't even reached as far as the end of the 'An...'s before I got distracted.

The Other Days )
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I have recently been introduced to a concept which greatly amuses me - deja moo, the feeling that you have heard this bullshit before.

Other than that, Birmingham city centre in the run up to Christmas is the very definition of too many people.

Covert Affairs:

It passed the German test. After far, far too much bad German on TV I have three categories:

Ultimo-fail - which is basically 'cherman' accents in non-comedy programmes.

Minor failure - Grud-awful German passed off as good German.

Pass - all parties have at least attempted German, in-character excuses are made for the people who can't quite manage it.

Alias, despite some of the most awful German I've ever heard is only a minor fail. Covert Affairs gets a resounding pass. Actor who can't quite speak German gets given an in-character reason why people are accepting his German as German as it is spoken (plus, it was Oded Fehr trying to seduce someone into dancing, I think he counts as a distraction from his own German). Character who is supposed to be able to speak German speaks something that is actually half decent German.

It's totally not their fault that all the Swiss characters were speaking German German, in a situation where they probably wouldn't. And that this viewer happens to know that that's not what Zurich airport looks like ;) But I think if a TV programme was actually able to get German-speaking Swiss characters to actually speak Swiss German, I'd have to produce another category of ultimate pass.

But yes, anyway, any episode that features Oded Fehr as a slightly dodgy secret agent, and Auggie lying to a lie-detector machine and making it quite clear he was lying because he was annoyed by the whole damn thing, and Annie being the kind of compassionate awesome that is becoming her thing is a good episode.

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Football

Like everyone who watched football in the last 15 years, I'm still in shock about Gary Speed. I think it's because, for so long, it was his name and 10 others on any given team sheet.

I think it's that that's causing the mass and heartfelt reaction, because every team has someone who played with him, or managed him, or played under him.

It's been a bad week on the sporting legends with the death of Arthur Betson, one of the great Queensland, Australia and rugby league greats, and someone, who more importantly than that realised that being a great sportsperson is good, being a good person is better.

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Dear less fun Mourihno - stop calling the referees by their first names only, it's rude.

Dear commentator, if you're asking 'could Knight have got there?', the answer is always 'no'.

Anyone know why it's Lindegaard in the net not de Gea?

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Snooker
Stephen Maguire is looking healthier.

Barry Hearn is trying to turn everything into speed snooker, and short matches and generally ruining everything I like about snooker.

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Gratuitous Misuse of Music

On the 'wrong music usage' front, I'd like to report two Christmas howlers:

1 - Tesco - 'Fairytale of New York' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwHyuraau4Q) is not something to be playing, even in a nice tinkly, twinkly arrangement, over your Christmas adverts. This is a song that goes 'merry Christmas, your arse, I pray God it's our last'. It's is not the 'family friendly' Christmas tune of choice.

2 - Various stores - I get it, 'Do They Know It's Christmas Time' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5cX_ncZLls) just happens to be on the Christmas tunes CD. However, when I'm doing my best to stir myself into a orgiastic frenzy of shopping, it's somewhat off-putting. I tend to want to turn around and go, 'stuff it all, I'm giving all my money to charity instead'. While this is probably a better thing than spending the money on presents, I can't see it being good for shop profits.

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CSI
Things that never stop being fun, when CSI mentions a brand name for equipment in particular. I'll give them this much, they get those details right.

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Rugby Union
Does Chris Ashton lack all common sense, or is he trying to get punched by every Tuilagi brother? I ask after the 8 man brawl he started by pulling Alessana Tuilagi into touch by his hair.

It was the most ridiculous thing, you can tell by the fact that Geordan Murphy got involved. And it managed to literally engulf one of the pitchside cameramen!
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Happy Easter to those that celebrate it. Happy Sunday to anyone that doesn't.

The snooker has been a mixture of fun and not fun, in that people I like keep playing each other (Mark Selby vs Stephen Hendry being the major case in point).

Saints lost the Good Friday game. I was travelling back up, so I caught the last of the crowd. I <3 rugby league crowds, because you had all these big, bladdered, skinheaded, tattoos and gold-chained men, whose team had just lost the big local derby in the last minute of the match, and there wasn't a hint of trouble and I didn't feel in the slightest bit threatened.

Saw bits of the wrestling. The thing that excited me the most was seeing the trailer for Awesome Kong. I did the happy dance.

It remains the best thing despite several things I liked )

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Jan. 29th, 2011 04:25 pm
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Ice Dance

I like one of the Italian couples (Testa and Mior), who I feel have been hideously undermarked, even if I think I know why. People may also be pleased to know that Maurizio Margaglio was not murdered in his bed by Barbara Fusar-Poli after Turin. He's coaching Testa and Mior.

Saw the short programme - really like the Frenchies in the lead, and feel v. sorry for the senior Italians.

The less said about what Zhiganshina and Gazsi (senior German couple) were wearing, the better. Even if I really liked their routine.

I muchly like the Hungarians. I have suspicions that Nora Hoffman used to skate with the poor, maligned Attila Elek. It was not Attila's fault that he was less muscular than his dance partner. It tended to go horrible wrong at least once a routine.

Well, we now have proof that you can't skate to the Rolling Stones, but you can skate to Muse.

I am aware of how subjective it is, but I love the baby Russians (Ilinykh and Katsalapov) who were dancing to Don Quixote. And I know it really is me liking the old fashioned style, but them I really did like.

Totally think the Frenchies were the right winners though.

I also got to see the top 3 in the ladies short programme, Kiira Korpi's routing is lovely - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnU_j_ZA-tc

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I disapprove of the new 'speed snooker'. I know what they're trying to do, but it won't work. 20/20 Cricket, the founder of this rush for mini versions of sports, has stopped being such a big hit now that the rush of shiny new-ness has gone.
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Snooker - much is being made of this being the first all-Chinese final of a major. I live in hope this means that there will be a minimum of the kind of commentary that verges on 'jolly inscrutable, these Orientals'. The advantages of Stephen Hendry being on commentary is that, as Marco Fu was his training partner for a while, he just commentates on the snooker. It's mostly the older commentators who cause me to face-palm, but they do get pretty chronic.

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On to happier matters (because I will be sad no matter who loses the snooker), a meme pinched from [livejournal.com profile] saruwatari.

Tell me a pairing (current fandoms, former fandoms, whatever), and I will tell you:

1. When or if I started shipping them:
2. What I think their challenge is:
3. What makes me happy about them:
4. What makes me sad about them:
5. What moment I wish had never happened:
6. Who I'd be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:
7. My happily ever after for them:
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I have been quiet because I've mostly been watching the snooker. Which leads on to tennis. And kindoftrouble was right about the Eurosport commentators being horrible. But not quite as horrible as Wozniaki's outfit yesterday. The only excuse for it would be if she were four months pregnant.

Caught a very small bit of Smackdown. Drew McIntyre in no way made my heart go thump, even though I suspect him of being up to something.

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