teylaminh: (Derren Brown - blank)
I can't believe there's only one more episode to go. :(

Babylon )

In other news, today the occupants of Lifford House have had to evacuate and work elsewhere due to a burst water main in the street. I thankfully had a meeting at the access centre this afternoon, and another one tomorrow morning, so hopefully by the time I've come out again it might be fixed...

Only one more of these entries to get through, and then we shall return to your regularly scheduled lack of posting other than to complain about my health and my job. Although there is every likelihood that after seeing Sunset Boulevard in April I will fall back into that fandom with an almighty crash, as usual, by which point I should hopefully have had time to get X-Files out of my system again.

So yeah: BE WARNED.
teylaminh: (Derren Brown - blank)
I was a day late in watching this one because I was so busy on Monday night. Paul was out at a conference until 8.45pm (and didn't get back until gone 10.00) and I didn't finish what I needed to do until 7.30, and by the time I'd sat down I'd completely lost track of time anyway. So I managed to watch this one last night whilst Paul was out again.

I would say I don't have much to mention, but we all know how that will end. :P

Home Again )

I did a few more words on my angstfic last night following this episode, so hopefully I can get the written draft down on paper soon before tidying it up when typing it. It's cooperating a bit more now than it was originally; the first draft was more snarky than angsty, and I think I've found the balance now.

Anyway, that'll do for this one.
teylaminh: (Random - ficcing)
... on episode 3.

Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster )

I can't believe this season is half over already. :( Six episodes? NOT ENOUGH.
teylaminh: (Default)
I haven't updated since April and now that I am, it's to get stuff off my chest – I actually drafted this entry on 30th June and it’s taken me so long to post it that I’ve had to amend it. :P

Mostly I haven't done anything exciting since April because I'm still bloody skint - other than decorating the lounge, and I already shared the pics of that on Facebook. :P (We finally got around to hanging pictures over a month later – after filling all the holes we were rather loath to put more in the walls!)

Anyway, here is my venting, in no particular order...

Vents are actually one of the problems... )

It's not all doom and gloom, though. :P

I am still enjoying my job. Everyone is very stressed at the moment because of the new Strengthening Families Framework which has been in place since March, because we are crashing in blindly for the most part and communication at all levels seems to have ground to a halt. The good thing is we're all in the same boat, so we are all offloading at each other in work rather than taking it home with us - and they're actually valid things to be stressed about, rather than the petty stupidities that caused such major issues in Legal.

There are a few colleague issues creeping through the cracks - a couple of my colleagues can be a bit annoying, and one of them is your classic example of doing the bare minimum rather than trying to exceed in any way then complaining that she won't pass her PDR... but it's nothing I can't deal with, and I'm learning to rise above it - it helps that the team has a really good relationship (both working and personal) and everyone mucks in to help each other out. It's such a breath of fresh air after my experiences at both Legal AND Ladywood, and makes me very glad that I chose to work at South rather than anywhere else.

Being skint does mean that Paul and I are catching on boxsets. Our Farscape rewatch is on temporary hiatus, as is the JC rewatch as I just keep forgetting about it and series 5 was such a mess of fail, but we are now on season 4 of Frasier and have just finished both Bates Motel and Fargo. We've just made a start on American Horror Story: Asylum as well, which is already looking as creepy/WTF as the first season.

My Frasier ramblings got long... )

I really wish I had the time and mental capacity to do in-depth rewatches for everything, like I’ve done for Jonathan Creek, but I think I’m up to my fifth 90’s show boxset now (Frasier, X-Files, Buffy, Farscape, Creek) and there are not enough hours in my life, especially given the sheer amount of episodes! If you tally them up it’s a cumulative 36 seasons, over 800 episodes, and I do not even want to think how many hours. I did attempt it for TXF but only got three episodes in before I gave up, and as much as I’d love to attempt it for ‘Scape, I think it might actually break me within half a season. :P

This is why I have a tendency to ignore most modern-day series, or for those I do watch I only do so without such a vested interest. I have too many old fandoms still vying for supremacy, and too many work-in-progress fics for most of them, to start investing energy into shiny new ones. :P

Aaaaanyway, I think this is quite long enough. I had intended to post some fic somewhere whilst I was off, and didn’t quite get around to it… but hopefully I will actually manage to get the JC stuff online this year. :P

Over and out.
teylaminh: (Random - Oblivion wheels)
This one is a bit late because I watched the episode on my own on Friday night (as Paul was out), then re-watched last night with him because I was so busy writing down my reactions in a Notepad file that I missed a few things. Those reactions eventually devolved into capslock snarking because it was all so bloody ridiculous. Nonetheless, they will form the basis of some of this write-up...

The Curse of the Bronze Lamp )

In other news, yesterday I went to see The Book Thief with my mum, and it was pretty good. OH MY HEART. The penultimate scene is so heart-breaking, but so beautifully done. I ship Liesel/Max like burning now, but the father/daughter bond between Hans/Leisel just about broke me into a thousand pieces. Amazing.

I think you definitely need to have read the book first to understand why the film works as well as it does, but you won't escape from the tears either way. :P Very much recommended.

Anyway, thankfully I have survived both onslaughts to my emotions, and now I can get back to my JC headcanons - I still have an awful lot of things to type up, and three entirely separate but nontheless-POTO-related stories to start plotting out, if only the bloody plotbunnies would stop breeding... Plus once we get back on track with the re-watch (hopefully soon, though I've not had a chance to watch "Gallows Gate" pt 2 yet either) and I'm certain there are no more tags to be tagged, I will actually start posting stuff to AO3. Watch this space!!
teylaminh: (Default)
I didn't get to see this last night as it was Noel's birthday, so Paul and I watched it this morning. Probably just as well, seeing as I've had flu for a week and would probably have fallen asleep halfway through otherwise (because I'm ill, not because it was boring).

Anyway, I don't think I have quite as much to say this week...

The Sinner and the Sandman )

One more week to go and then I can get back to indulging my headcanons. :P
teylaminh: (Random - Oblivion wheels)
So, series five of Jonathan Creek started last night (only just in February, it seems). As you might have guessed, I approached this situation with no small amount of trepidation, given the low-flying rumours and episode information handed out beforehand...

I can safely say it wasn't as bad as "The Clue of the Savant's Thumb" - but in fairness, very little could be as bad as that - and I think in many respects I approached series five in much the same way as I approached the POTO movie ten years ago, i.e. that I'd built it up to be so horrendously awful that anything more than that would have been a bonus.

(The irony of these two things being a decade apart has only just occurred to me.)

Anyway, some thoughts under the cut, rambling, shambolic, and with hopefully slightly less capslock abuse than last time, but I promise nothing! (Also: this icon makes me feel better.)

The Letters of Septimus Noone )

So, there it is. Let's see what the next two weeks have to hold. I can't say I feel much better about the possibility of Caroline Quentin returning, even at this juncture, but let's not count our chickens, eh? ;)

In other news, I have a very annoying tickly cough which I suspect is as a result of there being no heating at the Access Centre and thus breathing in recycled fan-heater air. I've been sneezing / sniffly for months now so I wish it would just turn into a cold and be done with it!
teylaminh: (Default)
Have been somewhat busy this weekend so only got around to watching this one this morning - hopefully this recap will not be as insanely long as the last episode, for the most part because the action is dragged out over two episodes - and also because much of the decent J/M stuff is in part 2.

You may be pleased to note (or possibly not?) that I only have six screencaps for this episode - but I've made up for that in part two. :P

Series 2, episode 4 -  )

So, yeah. This one is very light on 'caps simply because Jonathan and Maddy don't have that much interaction - there were other scenes of them together but I had real difficulty in trying to get decent pics. Fear not, however - the next episode has one of my favourite opening sequences EVER, plus a little glimpse at what cohabiting life would be like for them, and it's awesome. :D
teylaminh: (JC - magic - J/M)

The hiatus is over and the re-watch has finally come back to life. I'd been saving up quite a lot of Thoughts until we got to this episode, for the most part because it contains a Very Important Character Reveal which, more often than not, I almost wish had never been thought up... but more on that later.

This is one of my favourites: after the snarkathon that was "Time Waits for Norman", Jonathan and Maddy are heading in a slightly more positive direction, and there are lots of lovely moments - which of course means this one has quite a lot of screencaps, too. ;)

Series 2, episode 3 -  )

I had a feeling this one would be long, simply because I had so many things I needed to say, but this has taken me about three hours!

By next week I need to finish my Gallows Gate tag - but before that I need to get the final couple of paragraphs of the Pirates fic done. Thank anything I have Friday off!

Oh, and I still need to start screencapping series 3. If you thought this episode was bad for picspam, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Over and out.
teylaminh: (Random - Oblivion wheels)
Somewhat overdue an update - this is what happens when I have work to do.

Firstly: in writing news, I've finished my latest Pirates story, "Oranges to Florida", inasmuch as it's done on paper but I have 6.5 hand-written pages still to type up. Once that's done I will give it another once-over before posting to FFN / plugging on Tumblr. I've been trying to keep the style consistent, but a recent bout of reinspiration has meant that the latter half of the story is more dialogue-heavy than the beginning (and indeed more than I envisaged when I started), as well as including more from Jack's POV in addition to Elizabeth's. (Also, thanks to starting to follow the Sparrabeth blog on Tumblr halfway through writing it, the ending went in a direction I hadn't quite intended because my head was full of meta and subtext and FEELS. I'm not complaining, though, because it ends with some bloody glorious angst. :D)

Paul and I have finally made some progress in moving around the upstairs rooms, although the plan did change a little bit. We're about halfway done now - the daybed and TV / video storage unit (ex-wardrobe) have switched rooms with the PC and cube unit (effectively making the larger spare bedroom the office rather than the box room). This has meant that Denise and I were able to commence our X-Files rewatch on Sunday as we have somewhere to actually watch the videos. :D

In the process of room rearranging I thankfully uncovered my Sims 3 disc so have installed that on the laptop. It now runs properly and has already eaten about 16 hours of my life; at some point soon I'm going to start creating my own (hopefully fandom) characters, and I'm already dreading the insanity that will inevitably ensue... I think I'll probably start with Jonathan Creek; if I'm successful in orchestrating a Sim!Harry, I will be sure to share the (doubtless terrifying) results. :D

After tweeting a random conversation about badgers at work this afternoon, it has also resulted in potentially re-starting the Grand Jonathan Creek Watchathon soon with [personal profile] cloudsinvenice. (Badgers = Jonathan Creek. So shall it be forever amen.)

The conversation in question went something like this:

Karen, who walks to work: I saw a badger walking to work this morning.
[Cue jokes about the badger going to the office.]
Me: Did it have a briefcase?
Maria: *has hysterics*

(We were all very tired and it was quiet in the office. :P)

As for the X-Files rewatch, on Sunday we managed to get through the first seven episodes ("Pilot", "Deep Throat", "Squeeze", "Conduit", "The Jersey Devil", "Shadows" and "Ghost in the Machine" - the fact that I still remember these without looking them up demonstrates how many times I've seen season 1). My intention this time around is to (a) finish all nine seasons, even though it's going to take a bit longer than last time, and (b) top up my original LJ episode reviews / recaps with different episodes. In all likelihood, however, I will just go on Tumblr and flail at the shippiness instead. :P

Rewatches with friends are fun. :D

A few thoughts so far... )

Still not much to say about the actual episodes yet, as season 1 was a hodge-podge of "monster of the week" and early conspiracy stuff before the proper mythology set in, but I'll try and do an update every time we watch some episodes, at the very least. (I do, however, reserve the right to continually flail over "Post-Modern Prometheus". All my life.)
teylaminh: (JC - melon - J/M)
Okay, finally getting around to posting this... (Oh, also: I've finally set up Semagic to cross-post to DW automatically when I post here, as I kept forgetting and had repeatedly imported my old LJ entries to DW, thus ending up with older entries 3 or 4 times. I've deleted it all and started again, with cross-posting now happening by default...)

To explain: I'm working on a post-Easter Special angstfic for Jonathan Creek, the first draft of which I sent to [personal profile] commoncomitatus, typos and all. Following that, we somehow ended up having the Epicest Jonathan Creek Fandom Discussion of All Time, which now deserves to be noted on LJ along with all the in-depth episode write-ups.

My initial plan was to finish the story first so I could post the emails in their entirety, in context... but instead I'll go from a point that makes somewhat more sense outside of the context of the fic. Unfortunately I still have to explain the basic concept of the story, which is spoiled underneath this cut here. )

That being said, here is the Fandom Discussion - all typos as per the original emails, including one particularly spectacularly hilarious one from Eni. The only additions / amendments are to put in words that were missing, just so it's a bit easier to read. The first few emails are snipped to take out some irrelevant / nonsense bits, and there are also some spoilers for the Doomfic and/or my ALTAF-verse, but probably nothing more than I've already mentioned on LJ elsewhere. I've also colour-coded: mine are purple, Eni's are green.

In which we analyse the Easter Special to death and back and still get nowhere. SPOILERS and FLAIL beneath this cut. You were warned. )

So, there you have it. All other Jonathan Creek fandom discussions and/or theories are hereby null and void. :P

Oh, whilst I'm here, as I haven't updated in ages - new job is going much better now. I'm pretty much always busy and too tired when I get home from work to actually update, but so far I'm really enjoying it. This is a strange, alien feeling after the last few months of hating every second of every day in Legal! I've also covered two cases at New Aston House in Newtown, which transpires not to be too bad to get to (45 minutes door to door because I can get the train halfway). So yeah.

The only odd thing is that - obviously - I've run into people I used to work with at Ladywood. Amanda is my acting manager, Tina H is still the Senior Admin Assistant for West&Central, and Cynthia still works as a Clerk... but so far we've all been dancing around Sandra-gate and the reason I left Children's Services in the first place... which is kind of weird, but also a relief. The only person I've spoken to about it properly has been Jenny, because she knew about it before she had anything to do with Child Protection, from knowing me personally. So yeah. I'm pretty sure both Amanda and Tina are fully aware of my history with Child Protection AND my reasons for leaving, and the silence has been mutual. Frankly, I'm not going to complain.

This is long enough already, so: over and out, for some indeterminate amount of time...
teylaminh: (SB - Norma - broken)
I am still two write-ups behind, despite having promised myself I'd get them done this weekend. Am busy tonight and also Wednesday (meal for Jade's 21st) so hopefully on Thursday I might get at least one of them done.

Anyway, last night was the long-awaited Easter special of Jonathan Creek, namely "The Clue of the Savant's Thumb". I really wish it had been on Sunday night instead so I'd have a day to recover - as it stands, I didn't get to bed until gone midnight last night thanks to obsessively refreshing both Twitter and Tumblr for fan reactions, and even then did not get to sleep until nearly two.

I probably shouldn't be abusing New Job's technology to be doing LJ entries, but as it's quiet and nobody is looking (shhhh!) I shall at least try and get some of this nonsense out of my head before I attempt (and doubtless fail) to sleep tonight. (Entry also finished at home much later.)

Because seriously, I need to vent this. [livejournal.com profile] cloudsinvenice and [livejournal.com profile] thefleshfailure may both wish to wait until after they've watched before clicking the cut...

The Clue of the Savant's Thumb - quite obviously, contains SPOILERS and copious amounts of CAPSLOCK ABUSE. )

I hope the three episodes being filmed in the autumn are better - or that Renwick falls out with Sarah Alexander and finds some way to write her character out like everyone else. :P

Okay, hopefully now I've vented that I will actually get some sleep tonight. SO TIRED.
teylaminh: (JC - melon - J/M)
This is very, very long overdue, for which I can only apologise. We watched the episode in question on 24th February (a day late because on the Saturday I fell asleep at half-five, all the long hours at work having finally caught up with me) and the re-watch is temporarily on hold whilst I catch up with screencaps and [livejournal.com profile] cloudsinvenice catches up on her end of the re-watch. Just as well really, because my two weeks "between jobs" have been mostly unproductive. I'll do a proper write-up probably tomorrow about the non-uneventful side of my leave, and my last day at Legal. (Obviously, despite all good intentions to the contrary, I have done nothing but oversleep for a fortnight.)

Anyway, onwards.

Series 2, episode 2 - "Time Waits for Norman" )

Right, thankfully the self-imposed hiatus means I can catch up on my screencapping, so I'll toddle off and do the rest of series 2 now...
teylaminh: (JC - cockroach OTP - J/M)
Right then, we're on to series 2. As much as I have lamented the fact that this show is so short, it will at least make the re-watch less of an epic marathon...

Series 2, Episode 1 - "Danse Macabre" )

Next week will be "Time Waits for Norman" - I don't have many pictures for that one, for reasons which will become apparent... Once we get past the halfway point of series 2, however, I anticipate things will start to get very interesting indeed...

Click here for "Time Waits for Norman"...
teylaminh: (JC - magic - J/M)
I have been looking forward to this one for AGES. :D Predictable fangirl is predictable.

Series 1, Episode 5 - "The House of Monkeys" )

Next week we start on series 2 with "Danse Macabre", and at some point during that week I need to collect some series 2 screencaps, because frankly these write-ups take long enough as it is. :) (I really wanted to make an icon for this episode but I'm not suitably inspired. Maybe later...)

Click here for "Danse Macabre"...
teylaminh: (JC - magic - J/M)
Okay. Not many screencaps for this one because there weren't many J/M moments that were easy to capture - the episode has plenty, though. :) (Also no icon because, well, not many screencaps.)

I should also point out, in case anyone thinks my episode memory is astounding, that I've been recapping with the aid of the in-depth episode guides on JonathanCreek.Net, which are a godsend even if her character observations are annoying. :P Anyway...

Series 1, Episode 4 - "No Trace of Tracey" )


Click here for "House of Monkeys"...
teylaminh: (JC - Jonathan - eww)
Right. Unsurprisingly, I may have quite a lot to say about this one. ;)

Series 1, Episode 3 - "The Reconstituted Corpse" )

Right then, there we go.

Just realised I didn't manage to make an icon this week... I've been staring at the caps for ages but no inspiration is striking, alas. So I'll just have to use Jonathan's good old-fashioned "eww" face... which I suppose is at least vaguely apt. ;) I think the main reason for that is because I've been trying to beat the "Crooked Lane" tag into submission now for over a week, and it's really starting to slow me down (Millennium Eve fic aside) - I put a dent in it on paper this morning so with any luck I can get it finished tonight after Glee. DAMN YOU FIC I WILL END YOU.

A brief reprieve from ship!flail next week, thankfully - though this re-watch is definitely proving interesting in terms of the subtext - at least until "House of Monkeys", at which point you should be VERY, VERY AFRAID. Oh, wait - didn't I say that last week too? I'll say it again: VERY, VERY AFRAID. :D

Over and out.

Click here for "No Trace of Tracey"...
teylaminh: (JC - melon - J/M)
Right then, here we go... SPOILERS within for the episode and the DVD extras.

Series 1, episode 2 - "Jack in the Box" )

That's that. Next week: "The Reconstituted Corpse". BE AFRAID.

Transcript for the Deleted Scene )

Click here for "The Reconstituted Corpse"...
teylaminh: (JC - cockroach OTP - J/M)

I, er, did actually write down some notes last night, but they comprised the word "Kwiksave" and a teeny tiny Jonathan/Maddy exchange which had somehow escaped my notice before now... That being said, I shall doubtless ramble incoherently in amongst the Epic Picspam - and this one is actually quite epic, though the rest are less so.

Oh, be forewarned that basically the purpose of this rewatch is to geek out over Jonathan and Maddy (for research purposes, you understand) so the majority of the Thoughts are going to be about them. The impossible crimes are just padding. :P

That being said: ONWARDS.

Series 1, episode 1 - "The Wrester's Tomb" )

So, there we go, first episode done. I anticipate these write-ups are going to get flailier and longer as the series progresses - there are some I have a lot to say about, and I make absolutely no apologies for the unabashed shipping within. :D

Roll on next weekend!

Click here for "Jack in the Box"...
teylaminh: (Google - Home (2))
I emailed an entry home on Friday that I didn't have time to post, then forgot about it entirely. Most of it was ranting about work in a vaguely incoherent fashion (one IKEN annoyance which I got blamed for in a roundabout way, and Spellathon driving me to despair in her usual way), so I won't bother now.

Weekend. )

Okay, I think that's long enough. I will post a photo of our new sofa when it's in situ. Actually I need to post photos of the house and garden in general, though the latter is now a bit of a mess thanks to fireworks the other week, and I need to get weedkiller down on the patio and driveway. So actually, photos will probably come in the spring. :P

Over and out.
teylaminh: (Edward - cookie heart)
I made this last night because I couldn't decide what else to do and didn't fancy a(nother) roast dinner. I'm roast dinnered out after Christmas.

Recipe: Pork Loin and Mustard En Croute )

So, this morning Winscribe wasn't working. It came back at around 10.15, and then at 12.45 we were informed that IKEN was going to be out of action for the remainder of the day. Also apparently Winscribe, though that seems to be working. Hence the random recipe entry because I is bored. The WPO's have watched one of the Clericals doing scanning (I believe the technical term is "shadowing" :P) but we only have one scanner set up for this particular scanning task so it's not like we can actually help right now, and the second part of the process requires IKEN anyway. So I'm going at 3.30.

Edit, 15.45...

Okay, shortly after stating that, OBVIOUSLY, it all started working again, so I'm staying til a bit later... I could do with staying until at least 5.00 every day this week to try and build some flex, but it's not happening today.

I went out to buy some Migraleve at lunchtime as I had a bit of a light-sensitive headache and some vague nausea. For future reference, the city centre Boots actually sells the pink-only tablets; in fact they'd run out of the pink-and-yellow ones, where in all other places it's usually vice versa.

Migraleve are bloody miraculous things. Whatever the active ingredient is, it seems to work. Unfortunately, they do occasionally make me drowsy/sleepy, and today is one of those occasions. As much as I would like to stay late (or would if there was more work to do), I think I need to go home and have a nap instead.

In other news, season 2 of Glee starts tonight. WOO! I've heard some exciting things about this series and given my slightly questionable mental state over the past few months, I could really do with some way of venting, and Glee has made my cry more often than any other show I've seen. It was reaching a point of being almost every other episode last season. It's also the only other show on record, apart from Farscape, to take me from one end of the emotioanl spectrum to the other in five seconds flat...

Oh yes, Paul and I also made a start on Firefly last night, as it's only a short series. Finally I know where that line is that people keep quoting: "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Actually, I probably should have guessed that was a Joss-ism. We've watched the first two episodes thus far... Firefly ramblings... )

Yes. I'm meant to update LJ more so I need to start talking more about my various TV viewing. Paul and I have several marathons ahead, so it seems only right. I also need to kick-start my X-Files rewatch and start talking about that some more. I'm not quite sure whether to start where I left off (last two episodes of season 7) or start again. I intended to start again anyway once I'd finished, but I know there's some bloody brilliant episodes to come and I should probably get through the rest before I restart.

And since it's taken me so long to actually post this tonight, I might as well mention some Glee stuff now that I've seen the first episode. Glee stuff )

And that'll do.
teylaminh: (Edward - cookie heart)
Yesterday was quite pleasant. I was only at work for three hours, because I had to leave shortly before 12.00 to go and pick Lisa up from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (the old one). She'd gone in for A Procedure (not sure she would forgive me for disclosing which!) which required her to be under heavy sedation so she wasn't allowed to be released into the wild on her own. ;)

I got the train down and managed to find her without any trouble, thanks to asking for directions when I rang up to confirm the collection time. The receptionist helpfully informed it was the Green Zone on the fifth floor. Which was just as well, because I'd never been to QEH before and it's frigging massive. Clearly those weeks of placement as an OT must have been good for something, even if it's only being able to navigate hospitals. :P

Anyway, we got a taxi home and then sat and watched telly for five hours. Lisa has bought some DVD box sets recently and rather than inflicting Alias on me partway through (she's on series 3), we decided to give Love Soup a go... Details / Review )

Following that, at around 6.30pm, Lisa went up the road to get herself some chicken, and I went back upstairs to await Paul's return home. We had steaks with baked potatoes and salad (Paul) or butternut squash (me) for dinner, and we caught up on the new series of X-Factor. I know full well this will make me angry again, but as it's the last series ever I thought it would be remiss of me not to snark it. :P

And that's that. Thank anything, I have a week off next week. Spring cleaning is on the cards, as well as a trip to Oxford to see [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjottings, assuming the trains aren't completely useless...

Whilst I'm around, here's some more stuff...

Music Meme catch-up )

And now for another bit of embroidery...

Scan 20/? )

Okay, I think that's everything. Now to check train times.
teylaminh: (JC - cockroach OTP - J/M)
It's been quite a fandom-filled weekend. I did intend to post before now announcing these things in case anyone didn't know, but meh. Forgot. Anyway.

Ashes to Ashes series 3 kick-off - includes spoilers )

And then on Sunday, we had the eagerly-awaited Easter special of Jonathan Creek )

I'm sure I did have more to say, but I think that last section just broke my brain, and I have to cook tea when the oven's heated up. :)

Over and out.
teylaminh: (Chicago - cell block tango)
It's been a while since I updated. I've not been feeling very updatey, really. Here's what I've been doing lately.

Watching Stuff )

This week at work has been much more bearable than last week, not least because we have heating / a working lift / electrics, and there's been plenty of work to do. I'm trying to make up some hours because I need to take 1.5 flex days before the end of January and currently have 0.14 of an hour. Don't think I'll manage it somehow. (I need to take 1.5 days because Legal's 8-week flex allowance is three days total rather than two, and if you take two days in one four-week period you must take one in the other, ditto for 1.5 - I took 1.5 flex days before Christmas, so am rather stuck.)

Singing Stuff )

Aaand finally... Money Stuff )

Anyway, that'll do. I think I've not been updating because it would be mostly doom and gloom. I'll come back when things are looking up. So... probably in about five years. Bye.
teylaminh: (Buffy - sanity)
So, Christmas has nearly descended upon us. Time to start getting organised. My diary is starting to fill up already, so for my own benefit more than anything else, here's the dates I need to organise myself around:-

Cut because it's just for my own benefit. I need a big wall calendar. )

In other news, despite our efforts to boycott X-Factor after last week's 'deadlock' debacle, we ended up watching the Sunday night results nonetheless. I've tried to avoid rambling about it (because I shouldn't even be watching it because GAH, the brain-melting horror) but I seem to keep getting sucked in. Quite frankly, it's been a total farce this year, and I'm not just talking about 'Jedward'.

This is probably only of interest to one person... )

Aaaaaand breathe.

Bloody reality television. We caught the first episode of I'm A Celebrity... and thankfully, it's not as horrendously addictive. Kim Woodburne FTW! GTFO Jordan! And that's all I'm saying on that.

Anyway, that's more than enough. I shall post this and have some lunch. This ranting is hungry work. :P
teylaminh: (Christine - pity)
...but, for anyone else insane enough to be still following it, does anyone else think the Big Brother team are just horrible this year? I don't mean the housemates, I mean the behind-the-scenes gestalt entity of staff and crew. They're just bloody spiteful. This latest development with the Siavash/Noirin/Isaac triangle is just cruel.

I honestly do not care which of Noirin or Marcus goes tonight. Noirin's time has been up for a while (since her drawn-on glasses came off, in fact) and Marcus is just a moody sod lately.

I can tell already that Isaac is going to be annoying passive-aggressive and an absolute nightmare; here's hoping he's up next week. GTFO.

Okay, normal service will be resumed next entry. :D
teylaminh: (Photo - leaves)
Having missed Monday night's episode of Ashes to Ashes, Paul and I watched it last night on Replay.

Goodness, that was enjoyable. :)

Back to feeling the Gene/Alex love very much so after last week (shut up, last week's Metro reviewer, some of us actually enjoy the UST... in fact I would wager that for the majority of us it's why we keep watching...) and had almost forgotten - as ever with my fandoms of late - how brilliant it is. Heart-thumpingly, breath-hitchingly brilliant.

Also had two very amusing lines, though I imagine they'll lose a bit in writing them down.

Some very minor spoilers in case you've not seen it... )

The rest of it is all quite intriguing, still. I imagine two series of A2A would be just as sufficient as the two were for LoM - not over-egging the cake and all that. I like the fact that one of the other smaller mysteries of the series is whether Gene Hunt is actually a real person (as Alex now seems to think), rather than a 'construct', which makes the coma vs. time-travel element more interesting.

In other news, all the fee earners are at their away-day today, so obviously there's no work to do. I managed to drag some copy-typing out for a couple of hours this morning but there is now nothing left. Ho hum. I might as well work on the JC chapter fic, or maybe start one of those other ideas...
teylaminh: (TXF - PMP - dreams)
It's not often I do two of these in a row (pretty much) but I watched two more last night and they both warrant discussion, though for different reasons...

Three of a Kind )

That's enough on that one. The sillness continued in the next episode, the ending of which I watched twice. ;)

The Unnatural )

I shall stop there, because otherwise I will go on forever about nothing but the cuteness, and as much as the ending warrants it, it would get boring for everyone else.

*incoherent noises of joy*

Okay, I'm done. :)
teylaminh: (Christine - pity)
I watched "Milagro" last night. Before that, though, "Alpha" gets a Special Mention for guest starring Andy Robinson, a.k.a. Elim Garak. :)

Anyway. Milagro )

As an aside, I was convinced that the guy playing the murderer character (Nestor Serrano, apparently) was the voice of Jacques in that episode of The Simpsons where Marge learns to bowl on her own to spite Homer. A quick IMDB search informs me otherwise, however. I was also convinced that Carnivale's Lodz had appeared in "The Pine Bluff Variant", but that also turned out not to be the same guy.

I suck at this. ;)

Anyway, that's that. One more tape of season six to go. When I started this rewatch the end seemed so far away; now it's drawing closer I don't want it to end. :(
teylaminh: (MH - Worshipped & Adored by Many)
I've watched quite a few since the last post, so this will be LONG.

Triangle )

Next, that sci-fi staple, the body swap. Dreamland I and II )

The next episode is "Terms of Endearment", which is mostly unremarkable but gets bonus points for guest starring Bruce Campbell as the Devil. :D

Next, another favourite. Rain King )

How the Ghosts Stole Christmas )

Aside from all of those, there's also been "Tithonus" and "SR-819", also quite enjoyable. Next up is the two parter, "Two Fathers" / "One Son", and then "Arcadia" - watch this space. :D

I should warn you in advance, however, that when I finally get to the very last episode, my reactions are not likely to be coherent. I caught a clip of the final scene of "The Truth" in a fanvid on YouTube on Friday night, and literally burst into tears. I'd forgotten how perfect the ending was, at least in terms of the MSR, so yeah. Be warned. :)
teylaminh: (MH - tekiclutch - spirit bunnies)
I feel like poo. Very sleepy poo.

I think I had a slightly better night's sleep last night, but it's somewhat hard to tell. We went to the pub for tea because it was easier and, despite being horrendously tired, I couldn't get to sleep when I went to bed early. Not that actually going to sleep would have made the slightest difference, as I still woke up at least three times to having coughing fits. The cough itself feels somewhat better this morning, though my voice is still going and my sinuses are still full of snot. Please, for the love of anything, this cold to be shifting before Sunday? I don't WANT to be ill in France. :(

Before bed I watched the new Tony Robinson series on C4 where he goes around with a hardened sceptic to try and figure out if paranormal stuff is actually paranormal. Last night they were looking at the "Blitz Witch", a psychic medium from the 1940s who predicted the sinking of two ships and was arrested for being a spy, then subsequently charged under the almost obsolete Witchcraft Act from the 1700s - the last woman to be tried under the Act. It was all quite interesting. Tony's approach is as enthusiastic as ever, making him the perfect presenter for this type of programme, especially as he himself is somewhat ambivalent and from the "I want to believe" school of thought. His sceptical expert looks at the science and tries to disprove things. It's all a bit Mulder-and-Scully, or alternatively a bit Yvette-and-Phil. :)

There's another one on tonight, so I must not forget to watch it. [livejournal.com profile] jackiesjottings might be interested to know that tonight's is entitled "The Ghosts of Glastonbury"...

Paul and I opened a couple more Christmas presents last night from Lisa. They were downstairs but as the wrapping paper was different to those we'd already opened, I wasn't sure if they were for us, or for Jen and Dave. Anyway, three ceramic wax-filled candles (white holders and three shades of red wax) and an interesting room-scenting contraption involving oil and sticks. I might put that in the hall / landing to get rid of the musty smell, as the air fresheners don't seem to be working. Having said that, since Trevor dried out the cellar, the smell seems to have gone - although that could just be because I've not been able to smell anything for three weeks.

I am feeling vaguely inspired to write random things. Hopefully this will hold out until I'm in France and will have some time to do so, either on the Eurostar or in the evenings. Rambly ramble... )

Meh, my throat hurts. Everyone at work seems to be similarly afflicted with colds and coughs, which probably explains why I've had this damn thing not only three times this winter but for a duration, this time, of three weeks. I can't decide if the losing-my-appetite side effect of this one is better than being constantly hungry...

Although, having said that, I am rather hungry now, but only because I couldn't finish my breakfast. It's perhaps not so much losing my appetite as only being able to manage small portions. Soup for lunch, I think. Or perhaps a pasty. Mm.
teylaminh: (SB - Max - Oy)
I nearly didn't make it into work this morning. I first work up with Paul's 6.00am alarm (he's had to be in work early most of last week and also this week - given we are now both constantly tired and grumpy it's not exactly a barrel of laughs...) and was actually not too tired, so probably should have just got up then. By the time I was meant to be waking up properly at 7.30am, my stomach was clenching painfully every few seconds, so I stayed in bed until 8.00. It hadn't stopped hurting but wasn't bad enough to be off work so I've dragged myself in.

And until about 10 minutes ago (it's now 10.30) it had actually calmed down, except I had the audacity to eat something (sausage bap and smoothie) and now it's being annoying again.

And I've forgotten my choir music. Bah.

To be honest, if it gets any worse I will just go home. My belly now feels empty, though, so that can only be a good thing. I'm just bloody knackered - as ever, when remotely ill, my body's first reaction is to sleep it off. (Edit @ 12.20 - I have been slowly feeding my body chocolate [Quality Street and Roses] and, like with the Hangover of Doom, it seems to be the only thing which works in settling it. I may have a carbalicious pasta salad for lunch...)

In other news, I watched the Panorama special last night on "Baby P", which actually wasn't as informative as I was anticipating. Some of the points raised were quite valid, though - how on earth are Social Workers supposed to actually visit families when they're so bogged down in paperwork? Here in Legal we are always moaning about the statements we get from Social Services because most of the time they're completely incoherent... the reason is that social work is not about writing reports; it's about doing social work, oddly enough. From what I remember at Ladywood there is even a typist pool in the area office who would type the reports up, but the majority of the time they never seemed to be doing anything...

Went to bed early and watched some more X-Files - now at season 3, so I got through "The Blessing Way" and "Paperclip". Good lord, I remember when the full-length video of that three-parter came out (with "Anasazi" as part one), just before season 3 aired on Sky for the first time. What was even odder was I was randomly inspired by the end of a particular sequence to write a 'missing scene' fic. I've only done one of those for XF before and that was about two years ago when I was randomly inspired by reading the script, of all things, after catching unrelated repeats on FX. We'll see how it goes. I said I wouldn't write the Pirates one and look where that ended up. :P

I watched random Simpsons last night. I only mention this as being of significance because it was ON SKY ONE, OH HELL YEAH! *hugs channel* Ah, I've missed you, television wallpaper...

Anyway, I'll post this and get back to work.
teylaminh: (Google - Home)
We had something of a blitz on the flat yesterday. I cleaned the kitchen on Wednesday night (or it might have been Friday, I can't remember now) and yesterday Paul did the floors and I did the bathroom - which included, I should add, mopping the walls.

Yes, you did read that right...

We needed a new mop, as the one we bought when we moved in was one of those bits-of-rope-tied-to-a-stick types and has gone all stiff and horrible. So we got a slightly better one, and a squeegy type one for the express purpose of cleaning the bathroom tiles. It's too small a room to get the step-ladder out, but the ceilings are too high to reach on my own.

The amount of dust up there was terrifying... After mopping they were literally 2-3 shades cleaner, and the colour of the water afterwards was horrifying.

Still - cleeeean now! I need to dust the shelves in the kitchen tonight and possible have a little rearrangement in there, as I am questioning the sanity of keeping the stereo on top of the microwave... :|

Shepherd's pie for tea yesterday (and lunch today), using frozen mash from Iceland for £1 a bag, which turned out to be much better value than Aunt Bessie's and just as tasty. We stocked up on some frozen stuff while we were in there to avoid having to go to Asda for another couple of months.

Oh, I thought I'd broken the fridge yesterday, too... I was cleaning the wall behind the bin because it tends to get covered in a fine layer of crud (to put it bluntly), and I unplugged the fridge in order to wipe down the top of the plug, and when I plugged it back in it made no sound... Seemed to be fine a few minutes later, though. It doesn't help that for some reason, there's no light in there...

In other news, still no sign of my bus pass. On checking the details of my account on the website it quite clearly states three important things:

1. The transaction / process is "Completed", which means...

2. ...the pass will be sent "2-3 days prior" to the start date

3. The pass should be from "05/09/2008 to 02/10/2008"

All of which mean they should bloody well have sent it by now. I will give them one more day (i.e. today) before phoning them up to shout at them.

Y'know, I cancelled my Centrocard for this exact same reason. TWM have usually been quite good about sending the pass out. Clearly my address is jinxed.

A little extra thing I meant to post about... )

Aaaand finally, I conceded defeat and put the heating on Friday night. Which is vaguely ridiculous, really, because it's only the beginning of September, even though the wind and rain would have you believe otherwise. *shakey fist* Stupid weather.
teylaminh: (Daffyd - Wide Eyes)
I can't decide if How To Look Good Naked is inspiring, or merely depressing.

Some vague ramblings about my current TV viewing. )

Not entirely sure what I wanted to say there. I watch the series because I'm turning into a reality/health-related TV junkie (although more so the health-related) and because it's quite watchable in and of itself, but it always results in me coming to the conclusion that every participant on the show, despite their various body issues, hasa better body than me. So, really, the inspiration is rather overshadowed by the self-esteem.

Anyway, as a result of the above, I've decided to put a lid on my New Year's resolution of joining a gym, because it's May already and we'll never have 'enough money' to be able to afford the membership, and, well, I kind of wanted to have lost at least a little weight by the summer, which blatantly isn't going to be happen.

More ramblings... )

Ugh, I really hope this is just PMT.

Anyway. Today the team is going out for a (staggered) lunch with a temp who worked with us for a while, as she's back in Birmingham from a brief stint home to New Zealand. Despite our suggestions a while ago that we should have a team lunch, we have some of us going at 12.00 and some at 1.00 so there's cover. I doubt we'll ever be allowed a proper team lunch... We're going to the Windsor, so at least it'll be cheap.

I'm meeting up with Clare (from Uni) later at the Green Rooms for a drink, as she has just moved temporarily to Birmingham. Should be nice to catch up. I don't think I've seen her since graduation and that was only briefly...

Aaaanyway. Enough with the whining and moaning. I'll post this and wait for my lunch.
teylaminh: (Photo - Sunset orange)
Aside from the tattoo-obtaining, it's been a generally pleasing weekend. The gorgeous weather has meant I've got lots of washing done in less time than usual, for a start.

Saturday was Laura's birthday, but I wasn't up to it. Instead, I sat around online and then decided to watch Anna and the King quite randomly. Mostly, I had convinced myself there was a scene 'missing' from The King and I which I thought was in A&tK and which apparently wasn't. Nevertheless, I do love the film.

Paul came back at around 4.00am after an eventful evening out during which someone with a out-of-date vendetta (and for no apparent reason) decided to pick a fight with him. Or rather, got his brother to do so, which makes it all the more pathetic. Luckily enough this happened right near the bouncers so nothing happened, otherwise it might have been quite messy...

On Sunday I watched The King and I after getting up early, having breakfast and cleaning the bathroom sink. Turns out my 'missing' scene was actually there after all. Somehow I was convinced the Siamese rendition of "Small House of Uncle Thomas" (i.e. Uncle Tom's Cabin) wasn't in the musical and remembered it being in the 1999 film instead (subsequently leading into the sub-plot about Tuptim's execution), but I was merely confused... Still, I hadn't seen either film in a while.

Hence, I spent the afternoon reading as much fic as I could find. A bit weird, what with it being essentially a true story, but the diaries of Anna Leonowens are only the basis of the story anyway, rather than the films being a true rendition of actual events...

Of the evening we sat and watched Tin Man, which was quite interesting... Spoilers )

So, I will definitely be following the rest of it.

That was about it, really... nothing much else to report. The tattoo is healing nicely but I can't lift my arm over my head, which is getting a little bit annoying... come on, scab - fall off!


Feb. 29th, 2008 10:12 am
teylaminh: (Photo- rose)
Happy Leap Year!

I have nothing else of consequence to say, except that I really liked last night's Ashes to Ashes... Yeah, okay, the shippiness was so horribly cliched that it was almost cringeworthy, but I don't think the Inner Shipper is that fussed, to be honest. ;) In the absence of any Ugly Betty (still!! Come on, C4!) I'm taking anything I can get... And the ending! Ha! Absolutely brilliant.

As to UB, RadioTimes.Com informs me that E4 are repeating what has been shown thus far in the UK of Season 2. This can mean two things: in the positive light, that they're doing a catch-up to get viewers back in touch before they show the new episodes; or, in the negative light, that they think the season has ended and these are just bog-standard repeats. I'm rooting for the former. *crosses fingers*

Anyway, C4 are showing their New Heroes of Comedy show for the foreseeable, so I'm not exactly on tenterhooks...

Must remember to watch the repeat of The Big Bang Theory tonight... It's a lot better than I was expecting; the humour sort of reminds me of Third Rock From the Sun...

I have my Dermatology appointment on 19th March - at least I'm on leave. Nothing so far regarding the physio, though. Before I opened the letter I thought it was going to be a polite reminder that I haven't paid for the prescription of co-codamol they gave me before Christmas (I couldn't find my chequebook at the time and only remembered yesterday, as it happens) but apparently they've forgotten... I don't know if the appointment is actually to get the mole removed or if it's a preliminary assessment type thing, but yeah. I shall take a photograph of the mole before I go for the purpose of before/after demonstrations. ;)

Big Asda shop tonight - with any luck, the last one to come out of my current account, as I'm going to apply for the credit card this weekend. I was in two minds about waiting until I'd got it, but then decided if they reject the application I'll be no better off, and either way we need more food fairly sharpish... This month has been a pain in the eema because it's five weeks long (thanks to the slightly earlier pay date in January). March is four weeks so hopefully shouldn't be so bad. I need to get back into trying not to spend more than £20 a week... unfortunately we're pretty busy until the end of April but hopefully shouldn't spend too much. I think we're driving to London for King Tut, and the most expensive thing should hopefully only be Jen's wedding in terms of travel and hotel... after that there's just our anniversary and then nothing, thankfully, until October. At least as far as I know. ;)

I'm going to end this post now, because we've just run out of work and otherwise I'll spend all day adding more pointlessness to it... So, consider yourselves lucky. :P


Feb. 4th, 2008 02:55 pm
teylaminh: (Farscape - Stark - hidden talents)
So, we didn't end up seeing Cloverfield on Sunday because Paul caught my cold - fine by me, because mine's gone. ;) I can deal with 24-hour illnesses, thank you. So, instead on Sunday I watched the usual fare of EastEnders, and I have to say, the Dot Branning one-woman-show episode was absolutely amazing. With June Brown being so long-standing on the show it's nice that they treat her character with so much respect, and the entire concept of people giving messages to Jim (or to John Bardon, depending on how you look at it) was executed well. I got a bit teary-eyed at one point (the "everything I've ever cared about gets taken away from me" bit, specifically), which I suppose was inevitable, and the whole thing was just so... low-key and subtle. Marvellous.

I also watched the first episode of Nighty Night on Virgin Central, but I'm not sure I can watch it with the protagonist being so bloody awful... They managed to show series one of The League of Gentlemen just long enough for us not to see the final episode, mostly because it only works sporadically and I'm convinced they only want you to watch one episode per day, because it never seems to work when you try to watch a second one.

Also, I spent the majority of Saturday evening writing the follow-up story (epilogue/sequel) to "Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow", with some additional stuff on paper last night, which is now nearly complete. I'll post the final chapter of "RWMtFG" tonight and then get the sequel finished up to post at some point, and then I can get back on working on "Strange Glue".

Also last night I was struck by another random idea for a fic, but I don't know how easy it would be to pull it off... Details / spoilers ) I think we can safely say that my inspiration is well and truly back, and also doesn't seem to have been adversely affected by my pills (having said that, I'm switching to the new ones soon...) I have no idea where this came from, but I'm certainly enjoying it. :D

*hugs Muses tightly* Don't ever disappear on me again!

Who knows, at this rate I might even finish some of my old stuff...

Some point this week I should probably book my coach tickets to London... It's cheaper than Megabus these days, and they're more regular. Hopefully the crowds at Victoria won't be quite so insane as they were the last time I went, as that was the last Saturday before Christmas...

Also: must buy cooking chocolate, chocolate fingers and chocolate buttons for a sekrit perpus. ;)

Nothing to do here again today, other than the usual computer-related problems (I am a helpdesk, apparently). Need to leave early anyway to drop my prescription off (again!) and get some stuff from Somerfield...
teylaminh: (Default)
Brief update of the past couple of days.

Boxing Day, I got a lift to Paul's, laden down with various bags of stuff,  so that his mum could meet mine.  Then we both got a lift to Jenny's so we could catsit.  The house in which her flat is situated is deceptively huge...

Pictures coming of the cats later when I've uploaded 'em.  She has two boycats (Arthur and Gandalf, though we hardly saw the latter) and one girlcat, Merlin, who is grey and very fluffy.  I discovered that antihistamines do, in fact, work on my cat allergy, as my eyes didn't flare up even once.

I want a kitty again. :(

We opened presents; to add to the list, I now have:

  • the blue, handbag-shaped perfume from Anna Sui, off Paul's mum (can't remember what it's actually called)
  • two lovely bags from the German market off Paul
  • more random hangy things from the 98p Chinese shop
  • about a mile of chocolate fingers from my nan, which we devoured over the course of the weekend
  • a Pirates of the Caribbean calendar and a book on writing from Katie, this morning

Paul liked his flavoured vodka from mum and David, so we're saving that til New Year's Eve, which will hopefully be spent quietly getting drunk...

We watched all of series one of The Mighty Boosh... I'm still not entirely sure what to make of it other than the fact that Vince is pretty and Naboo has a terrifyingly wide face... I think possibly having seen series 2 beforehand made it even more confusing.  Anyway, that was fun.  We had reheated pork and turkey plus trimmings, and I managed to cook myself a parsnip from scratch without incinerating it.  Go me.

Went to bed about 1.30ish after the remnants of the bottle of wine I opened on Christmas Day.

Tuesday was spent in a muchly similar fashion, after getting up about 12 hours later, though I was in a grumpy mood for some reason.  Not sure why.  We tried to get the video to work to watch Ant and Dec from Christmas Eve, but failed, and ended up watching the DVD of Sin City again.  Haven't gotten around to watching Charlie yet but that's going to be my next layout... watch this space. :)

Jen got back just before 10.00 or thereabouts and gave us a lift back, via the chippy.  Today Paul was ill (I gave him my cold...) so has sicked off work, and as a result we managed to sleep in until about 12.00 again.  I'd forgotten how exhausting just sleeping was, and it's a completely different sort of tired to my usual tiredness.  Ah, well.

I shall now make some lunch/dinner and watch television for a bit.
teylaminh: (Cabaret - Mein Herr)
Didn’t get around to posting this one last night as it was later than I thought.  Bloody Hagley Road traffic.  Anyway, some thoughts on ‘Scape and thereby definite spoilers, beneath the cut.

Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars – some thoughts. Click me, Eni. Cliiiiick meeee! :P )

So, now for today.  There was some random excitement when a car driving a speed hit a parked car, lost control, and ended up on its roof right outside our building.  Everyone in our office congregated in Liz's room to be nosy, and one of the TMs called the police.  There was some miscommunication along the lines when people were trying to figure out what had happened.

"What's happened?  There's a car on the roof??"

"No, there's a car on it's roof..."

Two fire engines and two police cars turned up, and then a bunch of firemen proceeded to stare at it and mutter a bit about how to right it again.  They reminded me inexplicably of men doing roadworks, actually, in that it seemed to take 4 of them to do the work and one to think about it.  I was about to head out to lunch at the time, but that was put slightly on hold while we waited for the emergency services to turn up.  Crappy response time, guys.  Seriously. :P  After that we got bored as the car had stopped smoking and there were no casualties, so I headed out:

"Would anyone like anything that isn't a fireman?"

By the time I'd walked back the car was right side up again and most of the officials had gone.  Well, it was exciting for a few minutes.

I tell ya, it's all go in Ladywood. :D

And now, a mini-rant:  Something else that annoys me about the Phantom movie. )

Here endeth the rant.  Yeah, I'm whinging.  But... ugh, it's all I can do, and even if nobody else understands the importance of this movie, I do, and if I don't complain about it, nobody will.  Except lots of people are, so I'm not the only one whinging over nothing. :P

Wow, long post.  I shall go now.  I'll work on getting MHOTP! screencaps when people give me more to find.  Also, the MH interview I found last night keeps seeping into the periphery of my mind and making me snigger.  If I ever see Karl Beattie in the street, I shall slap him for emotional torment.
teylaminh: (Farscape - John&Aeryn - happiness)
Just watched the first half of Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars, and... it's interesting.  And it's Farscape, but with, like, spangles.  And a teense of dumbing down because they're trying to continue a horrendously complicated plot arc whilst not confusing any new viewers, though said dumbing down is done in a lovely self-ironic way that the fans can smirk about it.

Dude.  I had forgotten how frelling exhausting it was.  What with the random angst and the shrieking and the "WTF?!" and the hysterical giggling and the general confusion, I mean.

Roll on next Tuesday!!


Jan. 14th, 2005 10:09 pm
teylaminh: (Farscape - John&Aeryn - happiness)
Just watched The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon on BBC2.  Utterly amazing.

If anyone didn't watch it this week, tune in next week.  It's not so much the content of the films, or the age of them, just... everything.  The fact that they survived, for one.  It's strange, to know that these are just normal people in 1900, going about their normal lives.  And it sorta makes you wish someone had invented film about 400 years earlier, so the centuries before could've been documented.  You know?


Watch it.
teylaminh: (Random - Sunset pink)
I wandered downstairs at 12.30 (gah, sleeping late again; here the cycle begins...) to find my mother off work because of her cough and watching a film, which now I must see the beginning of, if only to see the ending in context...

Guarding Tess, it's called.  I saw the last hour, maybe less, but it was really quite good.  The basic plot is that a secret service agent, Doug someone (Nicholas Cage) is assigned with his team to protect the president's widow, Tess someone (Shirley Maclaine) - I'm horrible with surnames...  Anyway, at first they just don't get on - she doesn't want the protection, she's stubborn, and he's at his wit's end.  At the point I started watching, she went for a joy ride with her chauffeur, Earl.  Turns out she also has an inoperable brain tumour.  She's being protected solely because she's a public treasure, apparently.  She gets kidnapped by Earl's sister and brother-in-law, and Doug figures out Earl's involved and gets her location out of him, thus getting there in time with the FBI, etc. and saving her life.

It's a comedy, done well, amusing but not overly so.  It's easy and fun to watch, but honestly, given the way they developed the relationship between Doug and Tess (intentionally, I might add, despite my initially seeking it out in subtext because of my inherent Norma/Joe-esque radar in these situations) it's quite a... dangerous subject matter to explore in a low-budget light comedy..  Older woman/younger man is never really explored without there being Ulterior Motives (even in Sunset the implications are less than innocent; I just... chose to ignore them. :P) so it was quite refreshing in itself, just watching these two grow fond of each other...  It was done so nicely, too.  Just slipped in there when nobody expected it, nothing explicitly said, nothing admitted, nothing happening, just... there.  Lovely.  I can see quite a few people who weren't expecting it just going "But he... and she... and they... oh. Okay."

So... I need to watch it again.  And I'm utterly ashamed to admit that not five minutes later, I wanted to write fic for it.  I need help.

I also watched the first night of I'm Famous and Frightened on Living, and I think I can safely say my IQ has dropped about ten points in the process.  I knew it wasn't going to be anywhere near as good as Most Haunted, but wow, I didn't think it would be that bad.  I mean, really.  It's utterly horrendous.  Keith Chegwin, you may have been doing live television for over thirty years (wow, really?) but that doesn't mean you're any good at it.  And no, I'm not just saying this because I'm biased as a MH fangirl.  It really, really was appalling.

And I'm listening to the two hour IF&F Extra in the background, and I feel my brain trickling out of my ears.  For the love of God, make them stop...
teylaminh: (Spoon of Doom!)
(But first: http://quiz.ravenblack.net/blood.pl?biter=minh - join the bloodsucking fun.  You know you want to. :D)

Anyway.  The Derren Brown thing, if anyone didn't know, was just on Channel Four.  It was advertised as an actual seance (presumably live otherwise it wouldn't work) done in the names of science, Mr. Brown being a psychologist.  In all honesty, I had my doubts about it working at all, since the entire point of a seance is a) to do one in a place that actually has spirit activity and b) to keep the energy flowing around the circle, so, therefore, how can a seance work with detatched audience members?  So, I sat down to watch it (random little powercuts notwithstanding; I swear they knew and did it to terrify gullible students...) out of curiosity, and because, no matter what, it was bound to be at least vaguely entertaining.

Some of this is as close as you get to my beliefs, so make the most of it... )

Whoa, that ended up long.  Sorry...
teylaminh: (JC - cockroach OTP - J/M)
so, i watched it. i very nearly didn't, on a matter of principle. i saw the first episode of series four when it was on about this time last year, then missed the other two because i started working saturday nights. and as the rant last time stated (as did all subsequent rants), i was most annoyed by the fact that no mention was made in the slightest about the whereabouts of maddy. more on that later. have some random observations.

1) i still hate carla, though i'm starting to hate her less... her annoying qualities still exceed her redeeming ones, however. the most annoying thing, possibly, is the fact that i really like julia sawalha - well, i liked her lots in ab fab, anyway. i suppose it's a credit to her acting ability that she can make me detest her so much...

2) to make up for that, i rather love jonathan... the 'bigamy'/'bugger-me' line was fantastic. also the fact that he continually refuses to make carla's life any easier and doesn't help her in the slightest when she gets in trouble (i mean, compared to maddy in "mother redcap" with the rats, anyway...)

3) ade edmondson gets a 'yay!' all of his own...

4) i felt they gave us far too many clues in this one. i mean, i didn't figure it out, but there were still too many clues...

5) one great big, emphatic "hurrah!" for the fact that they bloody acknowledged maddy's existence! although for a moment i thought it was a completely different and unrelated maddy that was signing off the email until carla asked if he missed her. and the answer to that mystery - clearly, she stayed in america. at least they finally cleared that up, though a little explanation as to why would be nice. plausible, it may be, but it's rather, um, convenient, don't you think? nice to know she's still helping out. and signing off with kisses (five, if memory serves) and if jonathan's expression was anything to go by, yes, he does miss her, and there's a lot more going on there than it seems.

*grins at nautica, decides to let her play quietly*

6) grammar-vultures unite!! it's not quite being 'hung on a comma', but yay! Punctuation Matters! someone understands! (i'm even willing to overlook the convenience of the bug landing right there and in the exact same shape as a comma, just because there are bound to be quite a few audience members going "i don't get it...", and that amuses me and makes me want to throw things in equal measure...)

7) i am overcome by the urge to re-write this series (or possibly this and the last; i'm not entirely sure if this is just the other three episodes we never got to see last time or an entirely new series...) with maddy instead of carla. i had a line going around my head during that whole hair fiasco along the lines of "well, if you will persist in not growing your bloody hair out, what do you expect?" or something... plus a rather amusing mental image...

so, jonathan creek. beginning to wish i'd taped it now so i could re-read what we saw of that email...

also got around to watching the hours today. frelling wonderful movie. nicole kidman wholly deserved that best actress oscar for it. i'd say more, but... i won't, because it'll ruin the "oooh"ness of the surprise ending if i do. just watch it.
teylaminh: (Jealous Vampire Crap (animated))
so. "chosen". cuts and minor rants thereof shortly, after this announcement, for anyone that missed it: as of 16th january, the entire of season 7 will be shown again, weekly, with late night uncut repeats. so, hurrah for someone being sensible... (i get the impression, more often than not, that there is one single solitary geek on the scheduling team...)

right, so, the cuts were, as i wrote them down:

1) last night, for starters, i'm pretty sure they cut the first saying "that bitch..." to spike. not that important, but annoying nonetheless.

2) when she 'split' caleb, we only saw the upward motion. it was meant to be buffy slamming the scythe between his legs, his wide-eyed expression of horror, and then the upward slice. and here's the really stupid thing - they kept angel saying "okay, now i'm pissed" - and, in fact, much of the other cursing throughout that was too hard to cut. more on that later...

3) the conversation between robin and faith was severely cut, too. during the whole "i am so much prettier than you" thing, there was a whole section missed out. faith was supposed to say "that was rock 'em, sock 'em!" (in response to the sex...), and then they cut robin's truly fantastic, "don't get me wrong, it was nice enough, and you're very... uh... 'enthused'..." or whatever it was. i'd go to buffyworld to get the exact quote, but yeah, it was missed out. annoying, though not exactly vital...

4) the final battle was cut lots, too, i imagine, but from what i specifically remember, i think they edited the stabbing-of-buffy somewhat. i'm pretty sure that we actually saw the sword going through her and then out again before, rather than just the wound.

5) anya. it was a blink-and-you-miss it moment to begin with, so quick they shouldn't really have had to cut it at all. but cut it, they did, so we didn't see anya getting sliced in half. in fact, the only way we would have known anya had died would be from the shot of her lying on the ground, and xander's conversation with andrew at the end.

6) and here's where my point about the cursing comes in: they cut spike's truly fantastic "oh, bollocks..." as the amulet does its thing. i really wish they'd left that in. it seems like a very insignificant line, really, but the fact that it's there at all is to remind us that it's spike, and even when he's saving the world, he doesn't change... :)

frell, i miss spike. :( am going to have to watch season 4 of angel... am also regrettably going to have to write the post-chosen fic. bugger.

i think i'll type up the plan for that, actually... then you can all talk me out of it...

much of what i said about 'chosen' the last time still holds - though i'm more coherent this time - but here's a little more i noticed... firstly, that standing-on-opposite-sides-of-the-room thing is still very cruel, but it's spawned so much missing-scene fic i probably shouldn't complain. the other buffy/spike scene seemed so much better this time around - and i'm going to have to make an icon of the angel doodle, because it's so funny...

the final battle - the entire ending, in fact - seemed so much more poignant this time. maybe because i wrote the counterpoint fic having not seen it for ages, and it seemed to fit. i don't know. but anyway, i whimpered muchly at the 'i love you' and spike burning up never fails to get to me anyway, not because it's spike (although that's part of it; they always kill the best ones. bastards.) but because it just makes me think about what he sacrifices, and more importantly, what he didn't get a chance to sacrifice. the fact that even when he's on the brink of death he puts buffy first and the fact that, my god, she so doesn't deserve it.

*sigh. mutters* i could go on and on about this; watching 'end of days' yesterday only made it worse. i've been totally on spike's side since 'crush', so i suppose i'm biased...

oh, and the bit with robin's "surprise..." - the look on faith's face. it's so much a "you bastard..." expression. :D

anyway. i'll stop. here's the plan of the fic, cut for your convenience. all are entitled to comment except [livejournal.com profile] falling_softly, on a matter of principle. :P

Death by Cliché - a working title )

you can kill me now :)

additional fic bit )


Sep. 28th, 2003 02:19 pm
teylaminh: (What kind of life have you known?)
well, i went back and made the last ranty entry a me-only one. with any luck, it won't have been read by those concerned, and now i don't wish it to be. although knowing my luck, it probably has been. in any case, i apologise for it, because i wasn't exactly thinking straight...

i still do hold to my original comment, though: i am resigning as a beta, as of now, except for the phantom fic i have yet to do since i've been promising the girl for months that i'd send it back. once that's done, i'm done. no more beta-ing...

anyway. there is a wonderful new series on sky one called "dead like me", about a girl who, in her own words, excels "in not giving a shit", and who dies when she gets hit by a toilet seat that broke up from mir's debris. she becomes a grim reaper. it's very funny and decidedly odd, but if it ever gets to terrestrial, is definitely worth a viewing.

and i have also finally decided on my halloween costume, and, in true me-style, it's going to be impossible to make short of hiring a dress- (or suit-, technically) maker. ah, well. i still have the backup plan if it all goes horribly wrong...

apologies again for last night's entry... to quote xander: "i shouldn't say words..."
teylaminh: (Fluff before angst.)
cut for your convenience: on 'chosen'... )

well, it's all over with, then. no more 'scape (at least, not in the near future), no more buffy, no more decent trek, no more frasier til january (thank frell) and no more x-files. wow. the end of a lot of sodding eras.

does this mean i have to grow up?
teylaminh: (hands)
well, today, i went to MAC to see "sunset boulevard" on the big(ish) screen, with aisha. it was very cool; i got to recount the jeremystory all over again (always fun, and at least aisha's interested) and also discuss shipper theories after the movie. and things noticed this time:

1) when joe awakens that first morning in the room over the garage, surrounded by strewn-about scraps of screenplay, the page three sheets back is exactly the same as the page on the top of the pile on top of him. cheapskates :)

2) norma leaning on her knee when she first lets him read the script. dunno why, it just seemed more noticable and significant. mannerisms help my characterisation even if i do mostly follow the faith/jeremy performances. occasionally, i check back with the originals.

3) the fact that he actually says "happy new year, norma" and not just "happy new year" - somehow, i'd always managed to miss that.

4) norma's charlie chaplin impression. she did, i realise now, steal max's jacket, that he was wearing. the act is not shown, but on close scrutiny it is not only obviously his jacket (pale trim on the edge of the collar, and general size and shape compared to norma), but when he comes in to inform her about paramount calling, he's not wearing a jacket. max always wears a jacket. and so i spent the next five minutes or so trying to stop my muse from making me fic the sodding thing.

5) little details - the cigarette case and lighter she gives him actually come in a little presentation box, and that's what she hands to him. joe rolling up the dollar bill she gives him to get her cigarettes (not sure of the significance, but, again, mannerisms...) and then handing it back to her like that. max shushing him when they find out about gordon cole wanting to hire her car, as she re-emerges from stage 18. and many other little things. also, extending from the spinning-the-lighter moment, the look on his face when it stops spinning is dying for analysis. new task for when i'm back with the video...

so, yes. it was fabulous and wonderful. and brought back memories of the show, for some reason, or, at least, of all the various little differences in the character portrayals.

and now for some 'buffy' ramblings... )

finale tomorrow night. prepare for my being a complete wreck, no matter what happens. and prepare for much fic.

fingers ache now.
teylaminh: (Default)
okay, i had a feeling they'd cut a lot, but this is ridiculous. so far, we've lost:

- the beginning of the conversation between buffy and spike under-the-rug (basically all the bits with spike being, well, spike.) i'm also pretty sure they cut the "do you trust me?" exchange, but i don't remember...

- the katrina/warren bit when the spell actually wears off... but that i can actually understand.

- the end of the bit up on the balcony. again, fair enough... except by the time "beneath you" airs (in, oh, 15 years...) spike's line about going at it again on the balcony won't make any sense in the slightest except to those with vivid imaginations.

- the entire sodding dream sequence! i love that bit! that's the entire reason i love this episode! there's only about 2 shots in that which are actually cut-worthy...

- spike's "balls..." when they find the body... it's nothing with just the expression...

- the entire of buffy beating him half to death. at least sky one left in some of the punches... one minute he's fine, the next he's got a black eye and a swollen lip. nice editing...

okay, you know what? sooner or later, they have to realise that shows like buffy and farscape are not supposed to be on at 6.45pm. *sigh* most of the cuts i can understand, but this one was edited with a blunt hacksaw. although probably only because i know what they missed out...

(and also, oh, the irony of 'the tara thing' at the end of the season. she was the only one who could have helped with all the emotional angst, i think...)


Jan. 24th, 2003 12:28 am
teylaminh: (Default)
i'm making the most of the (two) episodes of season 7 i get to watch before i go back to uni on sunday. then i have to wait til the easter holidays or an appropriate weekend home, but at least i get a marathon ;) and, in any, case, hurrah for season 6 on the bbc. i have to admit, tonight's cuts were incredibly well edited. i probably wouldn't have noticed at all had i not obsessively re-watched all the buffy/spike sequences over the summer...

for the record:

1) the scene in the kitchen before the social worker arrives - right after spike says "this flapjack's not ready to be flipped", they cut buffy's reaction, but it was seamlessly done with xander's "good godfrey cambridge, spike!"

2) the scene in spike's crypt when xander turns up. first, they cut spike's, uh, 'movements' under the sheet, for obvious reasons (which is a shame, because it's funny...) and secondly, they cut his 'exercising', too. less obvious, and more annoying...

3) same scene, after xander's left and spike's talking to buffy. they cut the best bit. i never remember the exact line, but they cut all of it. spike: "you should go [here, they cut.] get dressed, if you can find your clothes, and just go. if i can't have all of you, then... [looks down] hey, that's cheating!" *giggles* okay, fair enough, i see why they cut it. but still...

and this, i realise, is the exact scene james marsters was talking about when he said at the con: "when you go to your trailer for your costume and you find a sock..."


anyway. buffy overdose today. (as a side note, am becoming rather too fond of 'fresh prince of bel air'... and realised today that they do angsty plotlines entirely too well for average early 90s comedy...)

buffy season 7 spoilers, episode 2, and a few for angel season 4, episode 1 )

so, consider thyselves thoroughly spoiled. weird thing - "farscape" spoilers make me homicidal. "buffy" spoilers make me shrug...

that's it, really. i'm finally getting my hair cut tomorrow, thank god. it's reached that stage of nearly-in-between that starts to drive me slowly mad and want to tear it out. and i'm also going to be having an eddie izzard marathon with lloyd (courtesy of me, of course) tomorrow night, which should be interesting, to say the least...


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