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Slowly but inexorably, I seem to be falling off the grid. I don't want to, particularly, but it's like I don't have any say in the matter.

I was pretty ill from Dec with various things, one of which ended me up in hospital at the end of Feb. I still don't feel I've recovered properly from all of that. Meanwhile, although my kidney disease is still at usual levels (by dint of stringent management), something else is happening which the kidney consultant can't explain, so I have a referral to someone else. Appointment date yet to be determined.

Because of/as well as all this, I find I no longer have the emotional energy, let alone the physical, to engage. A lot of stuff is at the bottom of a deep well called I-Can't-Be-Bothered, and I have no inclination to pull it up. Fandom is down there, and I don't see it surfacing in the near future.

I will be pulling out of the Pros Big Bang - I have completely lost the mojo to write for the Lads. The TS Big Bang will probably go the same way. I am still reading TS fic when I can, and enjoying, and in fact it provides a good deal of relaxation. But Pros - nah. How can that be? Anyway, that's how it is.

If I write anything at all in the near future, it will have to be outside the strictures of a challenge deadline. Though I intend to continue taking part in the TS Icontest on LJ, because it is so much fun (and more people should do it!).

Some of you may have already noticed I haven't been much of a presence around here recently. I still skim LJ and DW (when I remember) but replying to posts seems in general to take too much energy. This is going to continue, I feel. No offence, just how it is.

Much love to everyone. I hope the situation may change in due course.
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I felt compelled to share this, as it is so extraordinary.

Why the hell those people are in that boat, though... Sheesh!!!

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To those who have been around in TS far longer than I, and recall the Moonridge zoo sponsorship, a question:

Reading the latest Big Bear zoo newsletter and then the website itself, I see there is a wolf called Blair (who weighs 130lbs!) born in 2009, and a female Mountain Lion called Cascade, who arrived as a cub in 2002.

I'm guessing the TS contingent had a hand in naming those animals?
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... "Pet Shop Boys Turn the Royal Opera House into a Dance Hall" :))

A four-day residency, and I went to two nights. Unbeatable fun, with lasers, amazing headgear, a host of dancing jellybabies, and the whole audience dancing all night. My feet by the end of Saturday night were in a World of Pain, but it was worth it (which of course is actually a cue for a Pets song... )

Just a few pics... )
In other news, today is my 28th wedding anniversary. Scary, huh? ;)
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Some here may already know that one of my great loves is (are?) Manic Street Preachers. And this year is the 20th anniversary of an album that means so much to me - "Everything Must Go".
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A wonderful story here about a youngster (15!) who via his own research at home worked out that Mayan cities were linked to the position of major stars in constellations. He's being lauded for his tenacity in research, but IMHO it's his logic jumps and abilty to see the big picture - very literally, here! - that are the key.


Plot bunnies ahoy!
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I caught the end of the BBCs "Chain Reaction" on the radio in the car earlier today. It was a discussion between Adam Buxton and Graham Linehan. Very funny, and very, very interesting about the process of creating, working in a partnership (or not, and what happens when the spark isn't there anymore), how to get motivated, the horror of first drafts, the ego as writer and how to get beyond that stage. I shall be listening again, and others may also find it thought-provoking. :))

Linky is here:
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I've just managed finally to watch an episode of the new series, and following [livejournal.com profile] kernel1 's post recently about the shock of seeing it all again, I felt compelled to post.

Mainly I want to ask - what the hell is going on with Duchovny? The monotone voice and static face had its charms way back when, but right now he looks... stuffed, poor lad. And whereas in the old days both managed to spout the daft lines about aliens and monsters with a fair degree of conviction, here they seemed to to be on the edge of giggles all the time. But maybe they were - "Mulder and Scully meet the WereMonster" was in fact pretty hilarious. But self-referential to an absurd degree.

And yet I enjoyed it. :)

Anyone else have such reactions?
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..... looking forward to the Giorgione exhibition at the Royal Academy that starts on 12th March. ;)

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Mr William Shakespeare's Insult Generator


And indeed, Martin Luther doth get in on the act also....

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Full moon tonight! Here's a pic I took a couple of days ago, at around 5 pm. Only hand-held, but I like the way the craters show up. :)

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And here are some lovely Moon names, courtesy of Earth-Sky
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I don't know if any of my current friends-list still share my first fandom love, but here's an update.
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Brompton Cemetery: The sealed mausoleum believed to be a fully-functioning time machine


I just thought it might interest some people, you know.... ;)
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which ep nov2

Here's an easy one to cheer up a rainy Saturday.....
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I primarily wrote a note about this for darling Moonlightmead, but I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I shared the essence of it with others here.

I went to see the Cumberbatch Hamlet on Saturday - the matinee before the final evening performance. A friend in the know kindly fineigled a ticket for me. I had read some mixed reviews about the production beforehand, and I am no theatre expert myself, but I have to say I was enthralled for the entire three hours.
Cumberbatch was totally magnetic - the soliloquies were sharp and intelligent, but at the same time had real emotional punch. He was a constant whirlwind of activity and the perfect manic mix - hyper and comical one moment, dark and bitter the next. He had a lot of comedic touches, plus he is physically extremely dextrous, so there was quite a lot of physical clowning. His playing at 'madness' was more literal than Rory Kinnear's, which was a more cynical affair - and of course on a smaller scale. This production by contrast was just HUGE - the stage looked enormous. It was dressed as the interior of a grand 19th century great house or castle, with a huge staircase, a gallery and various wide openings at the back and the sides. In keeping with this scale, Hamlet's 'madness' was also broadly drawn - he took to dressing  in a red soldier's coat and parading up and own, and there was a truly (and deliberately) hilarious bit where he was pretending to be a toy soldier inside a large model fort, marching up and down stairs so all you could see was his hat gradually disappearing and appearing again. But then of course the real despairing madness sets in and this coldly-magnificent set of opulence is, in the second half, a picture of ruination - debris everywhere, broken masonry, huge piles of ashes over which everyone walks. In retrospect I'm not sure why it all looks like this, other than the context of war with Norway, but at the time it felt entirely right to me that the last half of the play, spiralling inexorably towards total disaster, should have such a setting.
Then there was the slo-mo stuff, where Hamlet soliloquises, spotlight on him alone, and everyone around him slows down. This was slated by reviewers, but I though it was a great (if very filmic) device which allowed Hamlet's internal debate to happen without him being taken out of the context of everything around him. And in the fight scene at the end, the point at which he stabs Laertes goes into this slo-mo moment with flashing lights and a sort of broken-up spotlight on Hamlet, and everyone else does a strange reeling in and out, like cogs or spindles, until he delivers the blow and then the lights come back on again and everything is at normal speed - startling and very dramatic, and although some might say perhaps a bit too much, it does work as the moment all the other slo-mo stuff has been building up to.
I should add a thumbs-up to Ciaran Hands, whom I though was a very good Claudius, and Anastasia Hille ditto as Gertrude.
And after the curtain call, Cumberbatch did his five-minute piece on Syria - extremely moving - breaking off partway through to point at someone in the back of the stalls and say "Please will you put that camera AWAY! I'm talking to you all here, not the wider world." And everyone clapped. :))
And he also aid  "please turn out all your change, FOLD IT,and give it to the Save the Children people in the foyer." :))
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Yes, he of the annoyingly catchy "Grace Kelly."

I first fell in love with Mika - never having heard a note of his songs before - when he jumped like this at a festival in 2010. I immedately got hooked on his quirky, pop-y style and lovely melodies, and his bonkers sense of humour. It was in full force last night at the Adelphi. He still has the face of a (debauched) angel and sings like one too. And he still jumps like a man on springs. :))

It was such a lovely evening, I had to share his exuberance..... :))

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I was tickled to see an interview with Bernard Cornwell in next week's Radio Times here in the UK. I'm not a fan of his books, TBH. I see from the same article, the late Patrick O'Brian (*bows down in awe*) said Cornwell's books were "all plot and no lfestyle". I think that sort of sums up my feelings. Oh, and his characters don't pull me in (without the benefit of TV adaptations...)

Anyway, Cornwell give us a little clue in this article about how to write a bestseller - success is a formula:

"Kick off with a battle -  gets the book off to a nice, fast start. Lots of dead Frenchies. Introduce the plot, right? Plot begins to sag? Wheel on 40,000 Frenchies and start slaughtering them. Keep it moving. More plot. Finish with a set-piece battle that ties up all the plot ends and kills off the four villains. Works every time."

He doesn't believe in writer's block, BTW. It's "nature's way of telling you you shouldn't be a writer." Yes, well, thanks for that, Bernard. It depends what you call writing, I suppose.... ;)
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... I'm being too manic here. I've checked bits of The Rig (beefsteak and lambchop dialogue there in full, so that passes one test of completeness at least) - and Blind Man Bluff, still a dark ep, if now no longer fuzzy! Though oddly even the garage scene is not entirely sharp in some frames, to my eyes at least, which must be the filming to start with, I guess.

But an added benefit if that I can now see details I never spotted before. Like why is Jim sitting beside Blair's hospital be WITH A YATCH CHANDLERY MAGAZINE IN HIS HAND, IF HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE BLIND...


ETA: YACHT!!!! No wonder it looks weird!!!! *evidence of brain decline*

BMB yatch
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Yes, they're here! No bonus content, as far as I can see. Blair and Simon get mentioned about twice in the blurb on the back of the jewel cases (as associates!) and not at all for season 3! Synopses on each ep inside the case covers. I haven't checked yet to see how complete the eps are, but hell! It's still exciting!



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