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Award Ceremonies:

Jackie Chan awarded honorary Oscar - I suspect I may have shared this before.


Slum photographs spark charity appeal -

Oscar Wilde love letter celebrated 'behind bars' -

What Al Capone can teach India about prohibition -

Mary Rose shipwreck skulls go online in 3D -


Single mum drags up for 'Donuts with Dad' - 1 - this Mum is awesome. 2 - why is it always 'x with Dad' events. It's like once again, father's get cookies for just doing the basics.

Downton's effect on the political mood -

Dying mum's letter found in book in second-hand bookshop - Update: letter's intended recipient found.

Marvel, Jack Kirby, and the Comic-Book Artist’s Plight -


What Is Aleppo? This Is Aleppo -

Workers must not pay the price of Brexit, says TUC -

Mapuche community in Argentina fights fracking site -


Why We Still Don’t Have Better Batteries -


The Old Firm rivalry opens new chapter -

USA star Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem to support Colin Kaepernick -

Football tackles conflict on the front lines -

FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand's body double & the ex-Man City player looking to spend £500 -

Formula 1:

Felipe Massa: the closing of an F1 career that has experienced ecstasy and agony - Obviously from before the un-retirement

Ice hockey:

Lightning's J.T. Brown speaks out on life 'as a black athlete in the NHL' -


Rio Paralympics 2016: GB stars hoping to shine on the big stage -

Rio Paralympics 2016: Lee Pearson to be Great Britain flagbearer -

Rio Paralympics 2016: 'It's not about how full the stadiums are' -

Rio Paralympics 2016: Ex-Liverpool junior Sean Highdale is heading to Rio -

Rugby League:

Batley Bulldogs fan banned over Keegan Hirst tweets - You'll notice that it's a life time ban because rugby league does not tolerate this.


In pictures: The Prisoner at 50 - Just ignore some of the text. I'm not sure the unnamed writer has ever watched the show.


Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:03 pm
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Honorary Oscar for British 'trailblazer' editor Anne V Coates -




An Oral History of 'Spaced' -


The one where Medea saves her kids: lost classics of Greek tragedy -
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There is a link, eventually.

I have decided that there is nothing wrong with Grimm that couldn't be fixed with better writing and an actor who can actually act in the lead role. He seems like a nice guy but he suffers from having one facial expression.

That being said, I hope they don't kill off his girlfriend or his partner, because I fear it's the kind of show that would go for that kind of drama.

On a similar tip, and I know it's finished but please no spoilers, I hope they don't kill of Aizawa in Death Note. He is also lovely. But then again most of the characters are, even the various Gods of death. It's going to be very painful when it all goes to hell when Kira is revealed.

Also on a similar tip, and containing spoilers for a book published in 1844, dear BBC Musketeers, you know how BBC shows quite frequently change the details of the things they're adapting. Could you maybe not kill off Constance? It would be the most lovely thing you could do, because I am as in love with her as D'Artagnan is and it would hurt. Also, by the by, the Milady defenders always seem to forget that she killed Constance out of sheer malice. The rest I could forgive her for, but not that.


Aug. 16th, 2014 10:14 pm
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Really are showing this from the beginning (no, I don't know why a reality TV channel are showing a programme about fairy tale monsters) so I thought I'd give it a shot, mostly for Silas Weir Mitchell who was great fun as Haywire in Prison Break.

My only complaint so far (it's actually less of a problem with the show than the set-up for it and other shows of its ilk) )

It's workable enough, even if I'm only watching for Monroe. I also like the detective partner and the girlfriend (I'm sure these characters have names. I'm also sure the show hasn't made them very obvious yet.). Please don't kill them off, show.
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Huge Spoilers

I've been thinking about this (because I have been writing fic), and I've decided that the problem was that they had no idea how to write Robin, because he was the least sympathetic character who wasn't the Sheriff, and the Sheriff was, you know, the Sheriff.

The main problem was that he had a *wonderful* tendency towards double standards, like him not letting Will kill the Sheriff for killing his father (I think) but being perfectly cool with trying to kill Guy for trying to kill King Richard. Notice please, the lack of success of Guy's plan.

Or you know, refusing the kill the bad guys with a name but being perfectly willing to shoot third Sheriff's guard from right. Now, I am aware that this is an problem with any show like this, but most shows sensibly avoid the lead having a speech about "we do not kill" followed a scene later by him shooting random guard number 3 with an arrow in a rather deadly area.

I've seen Jonas Armstrong in other things and he's been perfectly servicable, if better at jack-the-lad than noble hero, but I don't think anyone could have done anything with the character.

The other problem was that he was up against Richard Armitage (in black leather) doing a bang up job of conflicted villain. Who was just more interesting than Robin, because none of Robin's decisions ever seemed to cost him anything, or at least nothing he cared about, while the rest of the Merry Men, whenever they make a decision, it hurt them. That was why everyone loved Marian, Much, Guy, Djaq, Will et al a lot more.

It's just really odd that they got everyone else so right (~ish) and managed to screw up the main character.

DVD Spree

Jul. 29th, 2014 04:19 pm
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Because HMV had a foreign films sale, I managed to get Sympathy for Mr Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance for £7.99 ($13.55/ 14.41 AusD). Which is totally for the win because 1 - I <3 Park Chan-wook's directing and 2) Lady Vengeance is his best film. I would recommend it thorough, with the caveat of read the warnings.

On top of that, while I was on Amazon looking to buy 'Rewind The Film' and 'Futurology', I spotted Rome, seasons 1 & 2, on sale for £17 ($29/ 31 AusD), so I snapped that up, because that's been £60 within the last two years and therefore totally counts as a bargain.

That was about it as far as successful shopping missions go. It turns out I didn't need a new phone, I'd just accidentally blocked my Mum's phone (which I will hear the end of some time after doomsday), Next hadn't shipped the dress I wanted to try on to all their shops yet and I still can't fit into a size 14. Actually, it's possible that my waist can but my thighs definitely can't so I am left with the fencer's problem of trying to find nice belts because our waists and thighs are out of proportion. That or menswear and I suspect New Look are having a sale ...
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Several months ago, I ranted about Sky Drama. I must now rant about BT Sports.

Basically, BT are trying to outmanouvre Sky Sports by paying way more than Sky can or will, therefore moving those sports off Sky and onto BT Vision.

The thing that gets me is that I'm supposed to be cheering this development. It's not as though I like the tentacles of Murdoch but having a competitor is doing nothing to drive costs down in this case, it just means sports fanatics are having to pay for BT Vision as well as Sky.

I wouldn't object too much but BT have kidnapped the MotoGP. While I know this season is going to be Marquez, Marquez, Marquez, I would at least like to see it. Especially as my beloved Espargaro boys are also getting some coverage. Due to DORNA going with BT Vision's offer, I am stuck with the ITV4 highlight, and they have the worst commentators.


May. 5th, 2014 06:59 pm
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Game of Thrones: Discover the real Westeros - Or the Northern Ireland tourism board now has consultant dragons. Link care of [ profile] nwhyte.


Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan Speculate On Their Characters' Futures 25 Years after 'When Harry Met Sally' -


The strange case of the 'time travel' murder (and other tales from the UK Forensics service) -

Antibiotic resistance now 'global threat', WHO warns - That sound you can hear is lots of scientists going "we've been trying to tell you this for years."


The Man Who Made South Africa's Flag -

Music/Music Industry:

Cee-Lo Green Originally Recorded 'Happy' (and other could have beens) -


Legal aid row leads to halting of serious fraud trial - Where the Prime Minister's brother is on the side of right and good.

UK Cost Of Living Changes Over 10 Years -


World's oldest surviving Olympian, and sharp-shooting FBI agent, dies aged 106 -


World Snooker Championship: How to survive Crucible marathon -


Crystal Palace: How Tony Pulis achieved Premier League survival -

Footballer Fabrice Muamba launches defibrillator campaign -

Rodney Marsh cleans Stoke City players' boots after losing online argument -

Formula 1:

Senna's death: Hill still full of disbelief 20 years on - 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 -

Formula 1/Football:

Brazilian footballers pay tribute to Ayrton Senna by wearing helmets -
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I have been watching both, it's just that incoherent flailing at one, and a level of mostly approving bemusement at the other do not count as constructive comment.

Revenge, spoilers up to episode 7, probably )

TNA meanwhile, despite my deep disapproval of there being yet more business fu, has had two whole episodes that were mostly good. Which is odd. I mean, there were things I didn't like, like the whole Sabin/Velvet Sky mess and Sam Shaw (serial killer in training), and I thought the Bully Ray stuff went too far, but they've given me a new knockout (Alpha Female, large, terrifying, German) and that's to be applauded, even if I wanted her to smack Sabin. They also seem to be giving me Samoa Joe, the saviour of TNA. And Rockstar Spud, Magnus, EC3, Bobby Roode, Zeema Ion and the Bromance are always worth a watch.
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I have smooshed the two together because they're both really short.


I have little to say other than Victoria is even more devious than expected, Nolan is the king of bad decisions (really, Patrick's ex-wife said he was a liar and is visibly afraid of him, you don't think those are warning signs!!!) and I am going to lamp Aiden if he continues to go off-plan. No, loving Emily is not an excuse.


TNA continues to do odd things.

I mean, I'm entirely okay with Velvet Sky finally not doing Sabin's bidding and Aries winning the X-Division title. And I like that Eric Young doesn't have Abyss under control.

I wish they'd just pull the trigger on the Storm heel turn already.
However, I also wish they'd let Madison Rayne chase the belt a bit longer.
I also want someone to take Kurt Angle to one side and go "no, you don't need to do that cage bump."

I'm desperately trying to forget that we seem to be in for another round of business-fu. But with Styles, Sting and J. Hardy gone, they might have to do something different. And I'm definitely behind Samoa Joe, saviour of all that is good and true (even if putting him against Rockstar Spud is not fair).
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Again care of the wonderful N and S.

It's a very silly show, in the good way.

I think S's words were "I thought this'd be right up your street," and it was.

The set-up, for those who don't know far too much about '60s TV, is Edwardian adventurer is frozen in 1902 and unfrozen in the 1960s. Adventures ensue.

And it's great fun )

The thing that struck me was how modern it felt, so S and I were inventing a reboot. So far he's nixed my idea of Harry from Silent Witness as Adam Adamant, but we've agreed to have him waking up in the 2000s and having Mark Gatiss as the butler. Admittedly, since he's the narrator of the documentary featurette on the DVDs, so we thought that it wouldn't be difficult to convince him.


Jan. 30th, 2014 11:02 pm
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So, thanks to the fabulous N and S, I managed to finally see Passover (season 2, episode 1). I was only 7 years late.

It was every bit as amazing as you'd all told me.

Spoilers )

In short, Rome yay!
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I am utterly the wrong person to be talking about this show because fwheee! It was made for me.

I'm also a week behind because of travel.

The new Musketeers feels very much as though it's been written by someone who has read the book and realised what the important parts are, like swordfights and personality, and that everything else is optional.

And it's good enough that I don't care.

They've given me three roguish Musketeers, an adorable D'Artagnan, a stunning Milady, a Constance I am already in love with and a Cardinal who is not evil (as such) and is just trying to do what he thinks is best for France.

The Cardinal not being evil and none of the Musketeers being bumbling fools is what I like the most.

Further details under the cut )

It wasn't perfect, mind you. I can see why N thought the lingo was a little too modern. I didn't mind that, but I minded Anne of Austria being a Spanish princess!!!

But overall, good and solid and I now totally have an excuse for dressing up as Aramis. I look nothing like Aramis in the Gene Kelly version, or Charlie Sheen, Richard Chamberlain or Jeremy Irons. I look slightly more like Luke Evans. But Santiago Cabrera's Aramis I can definitely do.
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Important things first:

Dear Nolan, fire whoever designed that terrible naval themed suit. It was horrible.

Actually, I think the important thing is that there is no way this is not going to end tragically, in the most Greek sense of that word.

Spoilers )
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A sort of bonus post, because [ profile] joanne_c didn't ask for this but I urgently need to express my feelings about Aiden, and I can't during the episodes because I'm busy swearing at him. It's also funny that I have more to say about him than about Jack (who I like a lot more) or Nolan (who is my favouritest).

Anything under here only spoils up to the end of Season 2 )

Season 3 Spoilers )
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Just ignore that it's January :)

I like Jack.

He's nice. On Revenge, that's a rare quality. And he's very human, in that he tries to do his best for his family and the people he likes, and he might fail but he keeps trying.

And I feel bad because I have very little else to say about him except that he's probably the one good guy. Now if only he'd stop getting in Emily's way.
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Which was pretty much my Twitter summary of the first episode of season 3. Which succeeded in it's mission of making me shout at the TV. Repeatedly.

Spoilers follow )
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Which was complicated by finding things that at least 2 of the family would watch.

TV-wise we watched:

Jonathan Creek, 'The Judas Tree', which was pleasingly fiendish. I sort of guessed part of the resolution, I just couldn't figure out how they'd done it.

The Tractate Middoth - which was based on an MR James ghost story and was suitably terrifying.

Mark Gattis's documentary about MR James afterwards was interesting too. Admittedly I was amused by the bit where he thinks collecting gory saints's deaths is a bit odd and I'm like "you mean everyone doesn't do that?!" Apparently, no, not everyone collects gory saints's deaths.

Film-wise there was:

Jane Eyre: The Mia Wasikowska version )

The Mummy 3 - The Curse of the Dragon Emperor )

And Dracula (1958) )

And also, last night, Top Hat )
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I always got the feeling that they weren't ever quite sure what to do with Declan. It was like they'd have maybe three ideas for him a season, but once those were gone through, they didn't have anything else for him to do, and just shoved him off-screen somewhere. Which was a shame, because when they did bother to integrate him into the other stories, he became an interesting character. For instance, in series 2, while Amanda is pregnant and Jack is worrying about her, Declan does his best to cover for Jack at the bar, and keep the bar running, and trying to point out to Jack that Amanda might not be on the up and up, without, you know, completely upsetting him.

He also one of the better written teenagers on TV (and was lucky enough to have an actor that could be mistaken for teen under the right conditions), in that he is still growing into being himself, so he does do teenage strops and says things that he doesn't mean in a rage but he's actually growing into a decent, if occasionally brain-breakingly naive, person.

Enormous end of season 2 spoilers beneath )
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Some spoilers for season 1 and 2. Season 3 only comes out over here after Christmas. Please do not spoil me. )

And none of what's under the cut mentions that he's one of the few bisexual characters on tv, not the usual 'gay but in denial' or 'poly that's been mis-characterised by idiot writers'. All hail the non-idiot writers.

(Also, a separate point but caused by some looking up, but how is Gabriel Mann 41?!!!!!!)


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