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...and all I got was...well, nothing, actually...

Had a good weekend. Sarah and I went Christmas shopping on Saturday - went to Bluewater and picked up various odds and ends, then rounded it off with a meal at TGI Friday's before heading back to Chelmsford. Sarah stayed around until about 5:30 (we had a bit of a shnuggle) before heading back to her mum's.

Watched Merlin (disappointingly unslashy, IMO - almost like I was watching the wrong show or something), ordered a pizza, felt generally lethargic, went to bed.

Then Sarah came down mid-morning on Sunday and helped me sort out my wardrobe - chucking out the (many) clothes which are too small or in tatters or have bleach stains down the sleeves (my fault, shouldn't wear them when I'm cleaning). As a result of which, there is now a fair bit more room in my wardrobe but I still have quite a few clothes which still fit me and are in good condition. So *yay*!

After that, we had lunch at Chelmsford's branch of Loch Fyne. It's admittedly a bit on what I consider the pricey side, but you get what you pay for - good food, good friendly service. Can't recommend it highly enough if you've got a branch in your area.

After that, we drove (I drove) round to Antonia's (I had difficulty with parking...) and Sarah met Jakob, whom she's not seen in ages (he seemed pleased to see his auntie!) and Eleni, whom she's not seen at all. So that was nice.

Sarah went back to her mum's (she's a star, really, driving out to see me twice in the same weekend), and meanwhile I felt vaguely productive, or at least less lethargic than I had done on Saturday, and did a bit of tidying and cleaning. Also cooked up some chicken for dinner. I had been going to Nando it, but didn't have much sauce, so instead I just settled for grilling it and having it with some new potatoes (Somerfield do a lovely little pack of new potatoes with herbs and butter which microwaves in 6 minutes and tastes wonderful), peas, and salad cream. Really rather scrummy.

Also watched another couple of episodes of Buffy. I'm on the fourth season at the moment, and have reached Wild at Heart (and Spoiler for a seven-year old episode )) and The Initiative (which was all a bit unexpected).

Oh, and at various points over the weekend, I also watched The History Boys, which was better than I remember it being when I saw it at the cinema. I was trying to work out where I recognised Andrew Knott (Lockwood) from, and it must be from Spooks: Code 9.

We're currently on a closedown day at work for a Christmas celebratory lunch thing. Loads of staff are out the back watching Mamma Mia.

Thanks to Becky, I'll be going to see David Tennant in Hamlet at the weekend. Suffice it to say, I'm rather excited by that!

Also at the weekend, Sarah and I will be sorting out Christmas cards. Anybody who hasn't asked for one, please feel free to pop along and leave your address.

Watchings

Apr. 9th, 2008 04:29 pm
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Over the weekend, I watched Beautiful Thing. I'd sort of been reminded about it last year after Hettie McDonald directed the Blink episode of Doctor Who. Despite having a copy of Beautiful Thing for some time, and despite having loved the stage version (this was back in the days when I regularly went to see every new production the Bush Theatre staged. IIRC, I went to see Beautiful Thing a second time, and then again when it transferred to the Donmar).

Got to be honest, both from the perspective of the film as an adaptation of a play I remember really adoring (even though I don't remember much of the detail of the play at this late remove) and from the perspective of having been directed by someone who demonstrated such flair on Blink, I found it really rather disappointing. Which is a shame. :o(

On Monday, I watched Drama Queen, BBC4's tribute to Verity Lambert. Didn't, unfortunately, stay up for or remember to record the Adam Adamant Lives! episode that was shown later that evening (or the Cult of... that preceded it), but boy, she produced some brilliant stuff in her career. I'd love to see The Naked Civil Servant again (I say "again" - I'm pretty sure I saw it once - there must have been a repeat in the late 80s), and GBH (which given that its first episode is named after a Pet Shop Boys song and film* and that it features a Doctor Who convention in a hotel, I'm kind of vaguely amazed that I've not already seen), and Shoulder to Shoulder (her series about the suffragette movement) looked wonderful. And I'd forgotten that Cinema Verity was responsible for May to December, which I remember being quite fond of, although So Haunt Me left me feeling a bit meh. And Jonathan Creek, of course...**

I've now started watching the second series of Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive, on the grounds that it's got Russell Tovey in the cast.

Tim and I are off quizzing tonight, and then tomorrow I've got the day off work (nominally for a bit of spring cleaning, and then we're going up to London to see The Now Show in the evening. I'm rather annoyed to discover that Frankie Boyle is one of the guest stars on next week's show *narked*

David.

* Well, possibly.

**Drawing a discrete veil over El Dorado.
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Although I'm not sure I will until I'm actually sitting in the cinema watching the darned thing.

Obvious mobile 'phone footage, but hey, it's actually rather exciting to see this trailer. Four months to wait, though. :o( Although that gives me time to try to fit in a full series re-watch (including seasons 8 & 9, which I never properly watched at the time). And Billy Connolly should make it interesting...



David.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be two films.

Which I think is good, especially as David Yates is directing.

And, as Kye has pointed out, it means more fandom meetups. Yay! Good Thing!

And there's still Half-Blood Prince to come later this year, so the world of HP-dom still isn't dead, even though the final book has been well and truly published (can I stop posting plot points under spoiler cuts now??!).

And on t'same BBC news page, I see that there's going to be a new Carry On film. Mmm. Dunno. I mean, I like the original films, but I think if Carry On Columbus proved anything it's that without the familiar faces, they're not the same. (Mind you, if ...England and ...Emmanuelle are anything to go by, even the familiar faces can't rescue a dud...)

David.

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