Feb. 21st, 2012

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I have a soft spot for Timothy Dalton, and think it would have been nice if he'd done more. I'm also enjoying Daniel Craig's run - I think he's possibly the best actor to play Bond, which isn't quite the same thing, although I think my favourite would be one of those two.

Pierce Brosnan was good, I thought. I must admit, I don't really get hyper enthusiastic about either Connery or Moore. But then I don't actually mind George Lazenby (although it helps that, regardless of how good he was or wasn't, OHMSS is IMO one of the best films).

Of course, I could be a bit left field and suggest Barry Nelson, Bob Holness, Michael Jayston and Toby Stephens...but then that would lead to the confession that I've never actually seen/heard their Bonds (I'd actually quite like to get hold of copies of the Toby Stephens adaptations).

Erm. David Niven, anyone..?

I still maintain I'd love it if Big Finish did a series of audio adaptations.
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To be honest, I don't really take part in many communities these days. That's probably because, since adding ONTD to my watch list, I tend to read LJ with communities filtered out, as otherwise it's fairly ONTD heavy! I mean, I like ONTD, it's interesting (if occasionally a bit US-centric), but there are upwards of 20 or 30 posts a day there, so it does tend to dominate. I suppose I could create a filter that has "all communities except ONTD"...

My actual favourite communities are...probably ones I shouldn't mention in an un-flocked post, but outside of that I'm quite fond of [livejournal.com profile] doctoreleven and [livejournal.com profile] geek_girls_anon. Also [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck and [livejournal.com profile] dw_britglish. Also anything involving LOLcats. :-)
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So. Queen are headlining Sonisphere. Well, half of Queen, John Deacon having been absent from anything they've done for the past few years. Their latest guest vocalist is the guy who came second in American Idol a couple of years back. I mean, okay, I've never heard the guy sing, he could actually be really really good, but on paper (or on the computer screen) it looks like an exercise in barrel-scraping.

What they really need is someone with the vocal range and camp theatrics of Freddie Mercury. My suggestion was Andy Bell. Tim countered with Justin Hawkins.

Any thoughts..?
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So. Things to be positive about over the past 24 hours or so.


  • Yesterday's car CD was a vinyl rip of Now That's What I Call Music 8 (the second disc). Hugely entertaining. A few skips and glitches, but they can be fixed (at some point I'll be borrowing Tim's copies, which will help me patch up the problems on those that I own. Now 9 I think is past help..!). Contemporary Now albums say a lot more about the '80s than any retrospective documentary can manage...

  • Have booked Thursday off work. That's mainly for Kate Griffin's signing at Forbidden Planet in the evening, but I'm also going to see The Woman in Black. 12:15pm. I shall be emerging from the cinema into the broad daylight. This is good. :-)

  • Got home to find that my DVD of D.E.B.S. had arrived, so yay!

  • On which note, as I'm a little bit hard up, my Amazon orders are currently making use of the £30:00 Amazon gift voucher given to me by Sarah's mum Rita for my birthday last year. So, a huge shout-out for Rita, and indeed for mothers-in-law in general. I know that mothers-in-law sometimes get a bad rap, mainly as a result of certain comedians in the '70s - to the extent that Rita doesn't really like being called a mother-in-law. But hey, I think I've got a great mum-in-law. So, IMO, does Sarah (yes, I may be biased, but I love my mum). For that matter, my sister Antonia has a good mother-in-law too. So there.

  • Watched University Challenge last night (it's a Monday fixture, frankly). The team I was championing (Manchester, mainly because I like the team captain) won, so yay!

  • After that, I - belatedly - started watching the first episode of Eternal Law, which was good fun. I particularly liked Sam West, but the whole thing in general was enjoyable. I'll probably try to watch an episode a night.

  • Today's car CD is Sarah's Songs to make you feel good, which, like Ronseal, does what it says on the tin. Well, on the CD cover. Ended the journey with a smile on my face singing cheerfully along to The Divine Comedy's Everybody Knows.

  • Received a call from the person who runs the group therapy sessions at the local surgery. Going to meet her for an initial chat on Thursday 1st March.


So, it's been a good 24 hours.

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