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    Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
    7:47 pm
    Funny weird dream, and a stubborn eyelash
    In one of my dreams last night, I seemed to be housemates with Jeremy Paxman and HStorm from the KM forum. Paxman was lying in or on a bed, trying to unscrew a difficult lid on a jar or something, while HStorm and I watched from the side and foot of the bed respectively. Paxman then turned into Stephen Fry, and when he finally succeeded in loosening the lid, he jokingly let his grunts of effort turn into orgasmic-sounding moans, which cracked us up. This caused my mother to peer round the door and teasingly remark "Ooh, a threesome?", and I pointed out that it was actually a foursome as my schoolfriend C.S. was in the room as well (unnoticed until now). Okayyy?! This dream struck me as hilarious at the time, mainly due to the sheer randomness of the cast!

    I had an eyelash stuck to my eyeball last night - I could see it in the mirror - and couldn't figure out how to remove it for ages, as no amount of blinking would shift it, and I couldn't exactly put my finger in my eye to wipe it out. (Typical; the one time it'd be really useful to make myself cry, I'm just not in the right frame of mind!) For future reference, what eventually worked was flinging water into my eye, though it took a couple of attempts and was quite unpleasant.

    Connie would have been 48 today. Happy birthday Birdie, you are missed. ♥

    Current Mood: sleepy
    Friday, November 21st, 2014
    7:17 pm
    Bionic Bono (Biono?)
    Without wanting to make light of Bono's horrible accident, is there any news on whether he also broke those hideously unflattering shades he's been wearing lately? We can only hope for such a silver lining. :p

    Current Mood: curious
    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
    7:54 pm
    Yay, thank you Marianne for the U2 magazine! 8) Will return the favour soon and send you that Telegraph magazine - I've got the envelope but I think I might wait a couple of weeks so I can put your Christmas card in with it. (Btw, I had another dream last night that I think was meant for you, as Benedict Cumberbatch was randomly in it - I caught his eye across a room full of diners while I was sitting underneath a table!)

    Current Mood: grateful
    Monday, November 17th, 2014
    8:05 pm
    The Opposition is watching me...
    Oh hey, I didn't know Mark Knight was actually subscribed to my YouTube channel! *is honoured*

    In other news, Bono's had one helluva bad week, hasn't he? 8\

    Current Mood: surprised
    Saturday, November 15th, 2014
    12:30 am
    Radio linkage and another EBW rant
    Oh wow, hahaha, I listened to this guy's interview with The Edge a couple of months ago, and here is the same DJ linking to my MacPhisto transcripts on the radio station's website! That's pretty cool! :)

    So U2 performed EBW again this week, at the Bambi awards in Germany. (This is officially the second single? I fucking despair.) I couldn't be arsed to watch the whole performance but I skipped to the end just to see if he would go for that high note again, and YES he did, and holy hell did he nail it! Wow. He can not only hit that note, he can hold it for ages and guuuuuuuuuhhhhh. It seems like this actually might be A Thing now! Well. Interesting. Is it worth sitting through endless wince-inducing renditions of this tedious song, for the spine-tinglingly spectacular reward at the very end? Good question! What a crafty tactic to employ. (By the way, these performances could be vastly improved if, instead of belting out every chorus and then shrieking it like crazy at the end, he sang the early choruses like the album version and saved the full "If you gooooooo" for just the final chorus. But hey, why worry about pacing and nuance when you can just scream your way through the whole song, right? *cough*Ultra Violet*cough*)

    Or, y'know, they could try promoting their amazing album by playing any of the ELEVEN tracks that are way better than EBW... have they completely forgotten they're meant to be a rock 'n' roll band? :\ With NLOTH, the album sucked but the tour was brilliant. I have a horrible feeling this time it might be the other way around... really hope I'm wrong!

    Current Mood: frustrated
    Sunday, November 9th, 2014
    11:45 pm
    Every Freaking Wave
    *rages throughout MTV performance because she's so fucking sick of this song already*
    *rages more because Bono spoils a pretty good performance by going all OTT and ragged at the end again*
    *stops raging abruptly as Bono ends on an unexpected high note!* Oooooo, OK, now that works for me... make that A Thing and you may yet win me over. :P

    P.S. Where the hell did they find this woman hosting it? Does she know how to speak English? I can't understand a bloody word she's babbling! (I've also never heard of the vast majority of performers, for that matter!)

    Current Mood: surprised
    1:12 pm
    Adam & Edge dream
    Woke up exhausted after dreaming constantly all night. The only one I can be bothered to journalify was an unusual U2 dream. I was attending a cheese and wine evening(!) and spotted Adam Clayton and The Edge on a sofa in the corner, and somehow ended up talking to them. The conversation was incredibly realistic although the details are a little hazy now. I think they asked me what current bands I'm into apart from U2, and I couldn't think of anyone except the Delays. I was pleased to find they were familiar with them, and had even met them in the past - Edge said they were a nice band, and thought they were from London until I reminded him it was Southampton. Adam wanted reminding of an album title (You See Colours), and was under the impression that "the title track" (which I took to mean the opening track, You & Me) was about domestic abuse - he asked me to quote some lyrics from it that I found particularly powerful, and I was so flustered at being put on the spot that I couldn't remember a single line! Cool dream though. Others included Paul Robinson from Neighbours flirting with me, and me being very confused to see a flock of starlings each carrying a glowing lightbulb as they flew overhead!

    Current Mood: confused
    Thursday, November 6th, 2014
    7:59 pm
    Cartoon observations
    It amuses me that SuperTed and Spotty aren't so much superheroes as vigilantes. They never hand the criminals over to the authorities (even though it's revealed that Tex and Bulk are escaped prisoners!), they just beat them up and leave them to die somewhere. Great role models. *g*

    It also amuses me that SuperTed secretly ships Tex/Skeleton and his headcanon has them married with a kid! LOL!

    Current Mood: amused
    Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
    7:17 pm
    Dungeoneers In Need
    I already saw this on the convention DVD, but I'm pissing myself all over again! Mark "Lord Fear" Knight narrates a moving appeal on behalf of numpty dungeoneers everywhere. :D

    Update: if we WIN that Radio Times poll, we get to see the extended version of the Geek Week episode! Goodness knows if such an opportunity will arise again, so voooooote and keep voting, please!

    Current Mood: amused
    6:02 pm
    Knightmare commentaries and vote!
    If anyone enjoys listening to fan commentaries of Knightmare, YouTube user TrueMarvellous is working his way through the episodes here. I was going to post about it on the forum, but then I realised it might be against the rules as they're uploads of full episodes, even though someone is talking over the top.

    Knightmare fans may also like to vote in the Radio Times Kids' TV Champ poll - we came through an epic battle with Sooty to reach the final, a head-to-head with SM:TV Live. You can vote repeatedly until you reach a certain limit, after which you're blocked for about two hours. Voting ends around 2pm on Friday!

    Current Mood: cold
    Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
    3:59 pm
    Dreams: run over, and Bono on Mac
    I've had so many weird dreams the last couple of nights. A couple worth mentioning:

    ~ At one point the night before last, I was trying to get across a busy main road, and thought I would nip across while one car was turning off into a side road. But when the driver saw me, he decided to keep on going straight (even though he had indicated) just to spite me. The car ploughed into me and dragged me several metres along the road, which was something I've never experienced before in a dream or otherwise! It was really scary and quite painful. I ended up with a badly grazed left buttock, but thankfully escaped serious injury!!

    ~ Last night, I dreamt I was listening to a radio interview with U2 in which they answered fans' questions submitted via Facebook or wherever. Someone had asked Bono about MacPhisto and whether he would ever come back, and sadly I can't remember the exact wording of the question or his response, but I was very pleasantly surprised by it. He used MacPhisto's voice several times and spoke for quite a while about his lingering fondness for him, and how some people might think MacPhisto was "of his time", but there was a definite possibility that we hadn't seen the last of him. I'd been expecting him to be quite dismissive of the question so I was thrilled, and couldn't wait to find a recording of the interview online, and to transcribe Bono's answer for my website. Gutted it was only a dream!

    Current Mood: disappointed
    Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
    6:40 pm
    I did actually watch some SuperTed, which I probably haven't seen in 20 years. I did not remember it being quite so bizarre. I thought it would make more sense to me at this age, but it makes LESS sense than it ever did back then! There wasn't any sort of introduction to the various characters and why they hang out together. And the way SuperTed just peels off his own skin is creepy! (Not to mention his random winking at the end of episodes.) And doesn't it ever occur to him that the villains should be arrested and imprisoned so they don't simply keep on re-offending?!
    LMFAO at Skeleton, though. I came for Spotty and stayed for Skeleton. I have absolutely no recollection of him being this camp. "Hello handsome - what's a bone or two between friends?" Really cracks me up. *g*

    Current Mood: amused
    Saturday, November 1st, 2014
    5:07 pm
    Junior Doctor
    Sean Pertwee dressed up as his dad for Halloween. :D

    Current Mood: delighted
    Friday, October 31st, 2014
    9:40 pm
    Personality test
    I did the Myers-Briggs test and got personality type INFJ. This is pretty spot-on I think.

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    Current Mood: sleepy
    4:12 pm
    Slow down child, let me untie your lace
    13 may not be regarded as the luckiest number, but I am most definitely the luckiest girl. As proven by the fact that I just today - of all days - came across this wonderful never-before-seen photograph. Happy anniversary to me! ♥

    It would have been Connie & Dorian's anniversary today too. :( Miss you...

    Current Mood: grateful
    Thursday, October 30th, 2014
    11:58 pm
    TV survey
    Pinched from a journal entry that came up on the homepage:

    Pick your five favourite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions. Don't cheat!

    Not sure I could pick out an all-time top five, but I chose five I've been particularly into recently (well, four good shows and Atlantis - I couldn't think of anything else suitable that I've watched in the last year!), and used the Random Sequence Generator to assign their numbers.

    1. Atlantis
    2. Doctor Who
    3. The Musketeers
    4. Knightmare
    5. Mork & Mindy

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    Current Mood: thoughtful
    Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
    12:12 am
    End of a Doctor Who era...
    Well that's it, I have now watched every Third Doctor story (apart from The Five Doctors). My earlier reviews can be found here, here and here. Commence final series review!

    All the Third Doctor's companions were great, weren't they? I didn't think anyone could live up to Liz, but Jo got better and better until I loved her too, and Sarah Jane also got off to a cracking start. Why is it so hard for them to create a decent companion in the modern series?? The only ones I've really liked are Donna and Rory. Please god let the next one be someone I can believe in and care about.

    Surprise guest appearances from Dot Cotton and Edith Artois this series! You never know what familiar faces are going to pop up in this show!

    The Time Warrior is excellent, what a colourful script and acting from the guest cast! That recurring Sontaran character in the modern series is annoying as all hell, but I loved Linx in this. Funny how two aliens who look and sound practically identical can be so different as a result of the writing quality.

    Invasion Of The Dinosaurs is kind of all over the place, sometimes good and sometimes awful. The fake dinosaurs are appallingly shit (pretty sure even the old Chewits advert was more convincing!), and I lost it completely when the Doctor was attacked by the pterodactyl in the lift - I think that's the worst thing I've ever seen in the programme, even more hilarious than the tentacle monster or the plastic armchair death! (It was blatantly just someone with a hand puppet jabbing at him whilst going "Agh! Agh!")
    And NOOO, what the hell did they do to Mike Yates?!? I genuinely feared for you with that doodlebug in The Time Monster, you bastard! Can't believe they made him a traitor! I'm just glad Sergeant Benton stayed awesome, he was always my favourite of the UNIT crew.

    Death To The Daleks is OK, though not a patch on the previous Dalek serial. (LOL at the dramatic cliffhanger in Part 3 - OMG don't move, there's a *floor pattern*!!!) Quite liked the Doctor and the other alien questing through the dungeo-- err, I mean the living city, tested by floor puzzles and dangerous illusions! (I am doubly amused that Andrew Buckley's wonderful crossover fanfic The Truth Of The Dungeon is set immediately after this episode... deliberate? Inspiration?)

    The Monster Of Peladon is one of those tedious political stories that's not really to my taste (and followed much the same pattern as the first Peladon story!), though I did laugh at this bit of dialogue in the first part:
    Sarah: "We're lost!"
    Doctor: "Mislaid, possibly."
    Sarah: "Oh, why don't we just go back to the TARDIS?"
    Doctor: "For two good reasons. One, that I don't want to leave Peladon without having a word with my good friend the king."
    Sarah: "Name-dropper."
    Doctor: "And second..."
    Sarah: "What?"
    Doctor: "We ARE lost."

    Planet Of The Spiders is another mess of a serial really - the whole thing's a bit convoluted and laughable, not the greatest story for JP to bow out with, though not the worst either. Love that Jo got an extended mention in the first part, that was really sweet. The second part is rather dull and annoying, with a lengthy multi-vehicle chase (what is this, Interceptor?) and Sarah repeatedly stating the bleeding obvious ("He's got away!" / "Doctor, we're flying!" - no fucking shit Sherlock). And what the hell happened to the Brigadier and Sergeant Benton after that episode? It's like the writers just forgot they were in this serial at all! (The Brigadier finally shows up again right at the end for the regeneration, displaying no apparent interest in what happened after he vanished from the plot!) There's some horrifically wooden acting once they get to Metebelis 3 (human wife character, I'm looking at you). The Doctor's Houdini reference in Part 5 would have been nicer if it was Jo Grant who taught him the trick, since she did that escapology course - missed opportunity there, I feel!
    Oh, and wait a minute... the Doctor blames himself for stealing the crystal in the first place, but it was Mike bloody Yates who actually dragged them into all this shit, so I'd say it's basically his fault that the Doctor ends up dead! Seriously, fuck you, pal! Why did he even have to be in this story - were we supposed to forget about his betrayals and magically like him again? I thought maybe he was going to redeem himself somehow, but nope! What an unexpected twat he turned out to be.

    Overall thoughts on the Third Doctor's era, then. Storywise it was certainly a mixed bag - some fabulous, some dreadful. A lot of heavy repetition: too many samey cliffhangers, too many Master stories (charismatic though Roger Delgado was - what a tragedy that he died in a car crash before his grand finale). And I lost count of how many times they had the Doctor in a coma / at death's door / mistakenly believed to BE dead... there was a real danger of it losing all impact when he actually did reach his end! The endless recycling does suggest a lack of imagination at times, but in other ways the writing was far superior to the modern series. The characters manage to be real, distinct, three-dimensional people that we know and like, without any of the soapy nonsense they resort to nowadays - there was no need for love interests and extended families back then. I've enjoyed the classic series infinitely more than what Moffat has insulted us with this year.

    As for the Doctor himself, this incarnation remains one of my favourites (though admittedly there are several others I'm still barely familiar with). I love his dress style, his charm, his sense of humour, and even his action hero approach which some fans aren't so keen on. (Agree it would be boring with a younger actor, but there's just something delightful about a kickass middle-aged dandy.) Jon Pertwee manages what no other Doctor has done so far, which is to make me want to be a companion. And to make me feel properly gutted by his exit. I may have to seek out some Superted for the Pertwee withdrawal. :P

    Now to find out if Tom Baker lives up to all the hype...

    Current Mood: sad
    Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
    11:46 pm
    Random Round-Up
    ~ I wonder if I will ever reach an age where I stop being offered child tickets on the bus?

    ~ Mark Knight (Lord Fear) is currently appearing in a stage production of Quills. I freaking love Quills! And Mark Knight is in it! Why am I not in Philadelphia?!

    ~ Genome says the first TV broadcast of Flight of Dragons was when I was 4, so now I know when that particular trauma occurred... it was also repeated when I was 6 and 7, so one (or both) of those will have been the unpleasant reminder...

    ~ This week is National Friendship Week! Asexual Awareness Week, so if you don't know about asexual being an orientation (i.e. not everyone is straight / gay / bi), look it up and be enlightened! You cannot go wrong with checking out swankivy's videos on YouTube. She also has a recently released book which I may have helped out with a little.

    ~ The Internet was broken earlier due to a fault on the line, and the estimated repair time was 24 to 48 hours. I think I broke out in a cold sweat. :P Luckily it was working again within the hour!

    Current Mood: okay
    Monday, October 27th, 2014
    7:36 pm
    Quirky Mac dream
    I hardly ever dream of MacPhisto but I did last night after being wished sweet dreams in the chat room, so thank you, that actually worked!! In the dream I had come into possession of some footage from 1993 that I'd never seen (or never seen in full) before - it was either shown on TV or included as an extra on some new DVD. It showed MacPhisto walking around the streets of Dublin with the rest of the band, and part of their conversation was audible as they came round the corner. For some reason Mac was talking in a really exaggerated Irish accent, about shopping for "frilly undies"(?!) in this district called the Old Park or something like that. When I rewound it to watch a second time, there was a bit more to it, with him muttering something about demons that unfortunately I can't remember (it probably made no sense, but was sort of a pisstake of religious ravings). He also spread himself out on the ground and was crawling along while saying this stuff. It was a really strange video - I'm only realising *how* strange as I try to describe it now! - but nonetheless charming and rather sexy. I was disappointed to wake up and find it wasn't real, but I'm still grateful to have had the dream!

    Current Mood: pleased
    Saturday, October 25th, 2014
    11:33 pm
    Spin magazine
    So this special collector's edition of Spin magazine which claims to be the ultimate guide to U2:

    1) Does it mention MacPhisto, and if so

    2) Where the hell can I get a copy? Borders used to sell Spin, but Borders is gone now, and nowhere else has it, probably not helped by the fact that Spin doesn't do regular magazines any more so they would have no reason to import this.

    Of course if it doesn't mention MacPhisto, fuck it 'cos I'm not that interested anyway. (It would just make me angry...)


    Current Mood: curious
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