Oct. 7th, 2017 07:22 pm
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I am not ashamed to admit that my afternoon has consisted of animated movies.

Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw.
Charlotte's Web.

All you need on a Saturday afternoon.
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It has been a local bank holiday here. I've had a few days of chilling out, trying out the food in a pub I have previously walked by (yum!) and hanging out with family and friends.

Not the most exciting time ever but sometimes that is a good thing.


Aug. 14th, 2017 08:14 am
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Saw Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets yesterday. It was visually stunning and more enjoyable than I might have expected based on some of the reviews that I have read about it.

I like it enough that I know I will watch it at least a couple more times when it comes to DVD.

Fandom fun

Jul. 31st, 2017 05:29 pm
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Had a quick but fun weekend in London. Hung out with baby brother & friends and visited the London location for the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Tasted some yummy malts and then went for pizza.

Saturday was spent at London Film and Comic Con. Had fun wondering around the dealers stalls, saw some cool cosplay (even if I had no clue who some of the characters were) and got to meet Benedict Cumberbatch. He was lovely and gracious and I enjoyed his guest talk.


Jul. 14th, 2017 09:09 pm
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Over the course of the last week the family have been re-watching old favourites of TV, specifically The Beiderbecke Affair, The Beiderbecke Tapes and The Beiderbecke Connection. We haven't watched them in years but they seem to be timeless. We've had so much fun watching an old favourite.

My other re-watch has been Sherlock. That has proved fortuitous as Mr. Cumberbatch has been announced for LFCC this July. That will probably be a hectic weekend but I am looking forward to the fandom collective that is such an event.
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I am going through one of my phases where I will read paper books but not e-books (even though I love to read both). It gets even more daft when I admit to be on a fic-reading binge on the AO3 - why I can read a fic over an e-book is beyond me.

Current fic obsessions are Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 & BBC Sherlock.

Favourite book this month has been The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. I put off reading it in May but devoured it this month.
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New ankle boots purchased for work. Quite proud of that as I loathe shoe shopping.

Also had a double header at the cinema. First up was The Mummy. I have to agree with the reviews that say it is a bit of a mess story-wise. Having said that, I actually quite enjoyed it. Probably not enough to rush off and watch it again, though. So far Guardians vol 2 & Kong are the only ones I have had repeat viewings of in the cinema.

My second movie was an Exhibition on Screen about Michelangelo. It was fabulous seeing glimpses of his work on the big screen.

D.C. Movies

Jun. 3rd, 2017 04:58 pm
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Finally! A D.C. movie I thoroughly enjoyed.

Wonder Woman kicks bottom. :-)
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How did it get to be the end of May already?

I have had a fairly relaxed couple of weeks. Old friend has been visiting from Liverpool this weekend so we've been traipsing around Glasgow and generally having fun.

We saw Pirates #5 yesterday and enjoyed that thoroughly. Not a patch on the earlier ones but we found it better than #4.


May. 13th, 2017 04:18 pm
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Why is it when you try to consolidate your books to give some away and clear some space the amount given away is less than you intended?

I haven't read some of them in over a decade, why dither about giving them away?

One box ready to go to a local charity shop. On the plus side, my Star Trek books are now organized in one specific bookcase.

Movies tomorrow, yay!


Mar. 12th, 2017 06:36 pm
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My weekend has been fairly uneventful. Spent nice time with the parents, helped Mum in the garden, listened to good music and had nice whisky.

Chilled out at the cinema this afternoon watching Kong Skull Island and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

March 4th

Mar. 4th, 2017 05:41 pm
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Soldiering through with my second batch of antibiotics and (touch wood) finally feeling a lot better. If I could get rid of the lingering cough I would be delighted.

Managed a trip to the cinema without too much coughing to irritate fellow audience members. Saw The Great Wall and Logan. I enjoyed them both.
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Still sick. Sinusitis snuck in when my immune system was still less than 100%.

Medicinal fanfic reading and a large glass of Madeira are my plan for the evening.
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My health continues to improve. Yay, antibiotics!

Saturday started with the sad news of the passing of John Hurt. Earliest movie I remember watching him in was Champions. My plans for tomorrow now include digging out my copy of Only Lovers Left Alive and watching him be an amazing Christopher Marlowe.

Had a fairly quiet day of shopping, listening to music (Dire Straits and The Eagles) and watching some sport on TV. Which ended up making me sad again when horse racing lost a great horse. Many Clouds (the 2015 Grand National winner) won a tight race today against another great in Thistlecrack but the joy of the contest turned to sadness when the horse collapsed shortly after passing the winning post. Despite all efforts, Many Clouds left us.

I'm ending the day re-reading some old favourite fanfic and relaxing into it like snuggling into a warm and fuzzy blanket.
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January has gone down hill slightly in that the cough/crud I had in December receded but never completely went away.

Later January has been a resurgence of cough/splutter/gunk/blow nose and then repeat. It has been somewhat unpleasant.

On the positive side of things, I have finally had a course of antibiotics prescribed and a chest x-ray carried out. Nothing ever comes of the x-ray results (based on past experience) but hopefully the antibiotics will get rid of this malingering bug once and for all.

Fandom-wise, I have not had the energy to indulge in new stuff so I have been burrowing in to old fandoms and re-visiting fanfic for Sherlock, Chronicles of Riddick, the Marvel movies, Harry Potter and The Big Bang Theory. As comfort food goes, it does not get much better.

It is Burns night tomorrow here in Scotland so it is distinctly probable that a small whisky shall be raised in celebration.

That's all for now. :-)
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January 4th to 6th (tv music channels when not at work).

January 7th was viewing rather than listening now that the cough from hell has left me.

Movies watched were Assassins Creed and Rogue One.

Later listening was the lovely Sandy Denny.

January 8th listening choices have been Il Divo, Nicola Benedetti, Delius and Runrig.
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Quiet day today for listening purposes:

Louis Armstrong
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Listening for the day:

Sandy Denny
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Listening choices for the first day of 2017:

Loreena McKennit
Glenn Miller

Hope anyone reading this is having a good start to 2017.


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