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an unhealthy obsession with male bonding

Quote of the month:

"Can you give us any hints at what might happen to Sam and the Gene
Genie in series two of Life on Mars?"

"If I knew I would! We're only just starting the writing period now.
Suffice to say there will be lots of homo-erotic bonding in grim Manchester
pubs."
- Ashley Pharoah

Well, that's put a smile on my face at last. Promises, promises, though. Way to build my expectations. Oh, and while we're on the subject of LoM, can they cast Brian Blessed in S2? Pretty please? Come on, Z Cars! Classic!


I've not been ignoring you, I was just having an acute case of Monday yesterday. Put it this way, when I staggered in this morning, there was my poor tea cup, still sitting in the kitchen, still with its little tea bag wilting inside it, unmade. I had a conga line of fuckwits to deal with, PC problems, no magazines, the work of two dozen people to get through and no sleep. In fact I ground my jaw away so badly on Monday I loosened a tooth and spat out mouthfuls of blood. I was up so late last night trying to get stuff done I've had no sleep at all and a couple of folks are getting parcels that look like they were wrapped by mad monkeys at midnight. Well, it was closer to 1 am by then and the effing tape defied its colloquial name by not being sticky at all. Arrrgh.

I also have fic ideas but no time to write, and I'll too wired right now to do anything than jot brief snatches of dialogue. Poor Sam. He's not a happy bunny. He's suffering from my bad day angst. Ah well, I don't see why anyone else should have a good time.

Damn hormones, they should be banned. I spent the weekend sobbing one minute, estatically gleeful the next, and now I'm just coming down off the mersyndols. Ouch. Mind the step.

Still, I did enjoy myself on Friday, having a day off (and boy, did I pay for it), but then, I just wallowed and drifted on a sleepy cloud, watching Human Traffic (which was far more kitchen sinky than I remember it) and then Special Branch, then having weird dreams about Jip being stuck in 1973...no, wait. Heh. I did enjoy it, though. I love watching John, and I love watching 70s British coppers. If only someone could combine the two. No, wait...grin.

Speaking of frivolous wishes granted, I could have had Simmo, I could have had a million dollars, but noooo, I wished for Z Cars. Cue 60s sitcom wish granting music. Bing! One tape of Z Cars. One book of the scripts. Found on a street stall that morning like magic. Ah well, it wasn't bad at all, although all those Lancashire accents, all that arcane slang - help, where are the SBS subtitles team when I need them most? At times it was less comprehensible than the Danish Unit One cop show on SBS on Friday nights, starring Mads from Arthur and Casino Royale. Fortunately, growing up amongst ten bob poms meant I knew what half-inching and having a shifty were, but they lost me on the turns.

Very kitchen sinky again, and behold the shockingly casual domestic violence and sexism, but also very funny, very sad in places, and a rousing game of hey isn't that (Brian Blessed, William Gaunt, Haskins from The Sweeney, Uncle Minto from BallyK, George Roper...). Well worth a look, in any case. The only modern show I could compare it to was maybe Boomtown. They just don't do cop shows around ordinary beat cops and pub brawls any more.

Oh yeah, it's also fun to play poke the holes in the idealogy, like when the Super proudly announces that getting cops off the beat and into cars is the way to go, we all groan (no, it wasn't). Lots of really dated, laugh at their 60s optimism/attitudes stuff (whereas The Sweeney is curiously less dated, storywise, 70s pessimism still applies, I suppose).

So I watched a whole tape of Z Cars, and then a whole tape of The Avengers, starting with John Thaw and catching Gordon Jackson (both in kilts, no less), before enduring a really, really bad Tara King episode, if that's not a tautology.

Then it was onto the blessed UKTV fest with The Saint, The New Avengers (a tap dancing super criminal? Oh dear...) and The Sweeney. Not a brilliant Sweeney this time around, and can I have less 70s guys wandering about in 70s cossies? Please? My eyes, my eyes.

After The Sweeney I flicked around and found Jude and Clive having net sex in Closer. Ah, dear Clive. Remember me, from Coventry, he says. Ah, yes, Clive, when you were being a gritty copper or journo in BBC dramas there was no other, but then you ran away to make bad American films with Jennifer Anniston (if that isn't another tautology), and well, mate, that was the end of that. And Jude's still a twat. Brittle and cruelly very pretty, but twat nonetheless (bit of tabloid bleed there, alas).

Still, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it, this time around, and I wrote pages and pages and pages. It was the most productive night I've had in decades.

Sunday I worked from dawn to dusk, though I had to abandon the scanning as it grew too hot and I really wasn't at all well. Not at all (hormones? heat? hayfever? bad eggs? all of the above?). Ended up capping instead (and I loathe the way Powerdvd can't do PAL. I try to resize but my laptop is widescreen so it distorts as well and it still looks sucky on old screens). Capping always starts off fun, but ends up a chore, and when you're tired of capping naked Simm, you're tired of life, I reckon.

Or just need a good sleep, a wallow and some fic writing. Wouldn't I just.

Monday was work, work, work, and I was furious, absolutely boiling, over the lack of magazines after a hard day's slog. I'm trying to track them down through backorders and begging. Oh yes, I'm also doing my bit for the drought. Expecting a very highly anticipated mag from the UK, it is of course raining heavily, and will continue to do so, so it can sit in my waterlogged letterbox all day and slowly turn into porridge. Whimper. This is obviously what I need to do to break the drought. Doing my bit. Making the sacrifice. Sigh.

So that's it, pretty much. I didn't even get a chance to watch any Wire in The Blood, which I picked up for cheapish from the ABC shop on Thurs night. I needed a Robson fix. Didn't get one though. Maybe tonight.

I think I keep volunteering to make copies of LoM just so I can peek at it during the day as it progresses. It certainly cheers me up, though I just caught sight of Gene in his speedos again. That nearly made me choke on my tea. Ah, Gene, almost too much man for me to handle, so you are.

And finally, lookit:


He can even do a Scouse accent 'n all. Sigh.

http://dannystack.blogspot.com/2006/03/qa-ashley-pharoah.html
Q&A: Ashley Pharoah

http://community.livejournal.com/lifein1973/108849.html#cutid1
Drop The Dead Donkey S2, ep11

http://dawn-e-h.livejournal.com/
Life is what happens to you while your busy making other plans

http://poostreaks.blogsome.com/2006/02/
Life on Mars

http://jcpenney.imdb.com/title/tt0768435/
"Life on Mars"

http://www.tvrage.com/Life_on_Mars/episodes/314120
Life on Mars

http://sf-community.de/forum/showthread.php?t=5700
Life on Mars

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml;jsessionid=5S4XJ1BS0GJRFQFIQMGSFF4AVCBQWIV0?xml=/arts/2006/03/14/bfbean14.xml&menuId=564&sSheet=/arts/2006/03/18/ixfilmmain.html
'I do my work and if things work out, they work out' - Sean

http://www.theage.com.au/news/film/the-devil-in-blue-jeans/2006/03/16/1142098594232.html
The devil in blue jeans

http://www.thisislondon.com/showbiz/articles/22010735?source=Daily%20Mail
Fears over 'stalker' website

http://www.theage.com.au/news/film/blanchett-rush-back-for-elizabeth-sequel/2006/03/13/1142098407666.html
Blanchett, Rush back for Elizabeth sequel

http://www.theage.com.au/news/film/ford-keen-on-next-indiana-film/2006/03/15/1142098536006.html
Ford keen on next Indiana film

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,14929-2086961,00.html
Harrison speaks out

http://www.theage.com.au/news/film/blood-on-the-red-carpet/2006/03/16/1142098593874.html
Blood on the red carpet

http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=GLS====175634&c4nvi=3&str=1662&styp=clbi&nbc1=1
2006 ShoWest Awards Ceremony - Press Room

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/movies/263254_dust17q.html
Miscast Farrell and clunky script turn to 'Dust'

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/263295_tv17.html
Compared to '24,' 'Prison Break' is as compelling as a cement block

http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=18267
Exclusive: Greengrass Back For Bourne

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/17/1142098638728.html
Clooney donates Oscars swag to hurricane victims

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/15/1142098531105.html
Bad boy Bernal

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/movies/263093_vendetta16q.html
A terrorist as a hero? 'V' will hit some nerves

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/movies/20060317_VENDETTA_FEATURE/blocker.html?th&emc=th
V

http://www.theage.com.au/news/film/gunpowder-treason-and-plot/2006/03/16/1142098594274.html
Gunpowder, treason and plot

http://movies2.nytimes.com/2006/03/17/movies/17vend.html
Who Is This Masked Avenger? Guy Fawkes, Count of Monte Cristo or a Clone?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2002868125_cbs16.html
CBS fined for "indecent" shows

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/16/business/media/16fine.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin
TV Stations Fined Over CBS Show Deemed to Be Indecent

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/tv/263185_fccfines16.html
FCC cracks down on indecency

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,14934-2085085,00.html
What my Dad did for Lady Chatterley

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4810826.stm
Tower of London on climate list

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/gate/archive/2006/03/17/notes031706.DTL&nl=fix
Behold, A Furry Blond Lobster

http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=GLS====175648&c4nvi=3&str=3123&styp=clbi&nbc1=1
20th Annual SXSW Film and Music Festival - Morrissey

http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=GLS====175616&c4nvi=3&str=3123&styp=clbi&nbc1=1
20th Annual SXSW Film and Music Festival - Morrissey Interview

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4816422.stm
The Smiths 'reject £2.8m reunion'

http://nw.ninemsn.com.au/archive.aspx?sectionid=1220§ionname=insideinterview&subsectionid=1611&subsectionname=interviewthisweek
Dominic Purcell

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Insider/default.htm?cmsRedir=true&rmDate=03172006&cmsGuid={358AA3FC-337F-4783-93D9-871A1CE56013}
Prison Break: What Happens Next?

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/arts/music/19rose.html?th&emc=th
How Pop Sounded Before It Popped

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/19032006/325/pogues-end-lengthy-hiatus.html
The Pogues end lengthy hiatus

http://heywriterboy.blogspot.com/
The Strangeness of Fans

http://www.snakesonaplanemovie.com/
Snakes on a plane

http://www.econym.demon.co.uk/googlemaps/index.htm
Google Maps API Basic Tutorial

http://zvbxrpl.blogspot.com/
Rockford Files

http://www.davidandmaddie.com/riptide/
Riptide's "Moonlighting" Parody, "If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em"

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/television/feature_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002155597
POV on comedy: Single-cam hot for '06

http://smh.com.au/news/film/weavings-vendetta-takes-risk-and-wins/2006/03/20/1142703272026.html
Weaving's Vendetta takes risk and wins

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Insider/default.htm?rmDate=03202006
Prison Break: What Happens Next?

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/20/1142703267736.html
Confusion times three (House)

http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=GLS====176008&c4nvi=3&str=16689&styp=clbi&nbc1=1
"3 Needles" New York City Premiere - After Party Polaroids

http://www.online-literature.com/carroll/alice/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice%27s_Adventures_in_Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_influenced_by_Alice_in_Wonderland
Works influenced by Alice in Wonderland

http://smh.com.au/news/world/secret-to-a-long-life--get-even-more-often/2006/03/20/1142703284508.html
Secret to a long life - get even more often

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/20/1142703260061.html?from=top5
Not quite Spiderlamb, but ...

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/03/20/1142703272460.html?from=top5
Slippery customer at Sydney airport

http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70378-0.html?tw=wn_index_5
Archaic Sounds Caress Modern Ears

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.03/start.html?pg=10
Tough Times for TV Tracking

http://www.wired.com/news/politics/1,70405-0.html
Grappling With Climate Change

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2006/03/19/holidays_to_swear_by/
Holidays to swear by

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_words_having_different_meanings_in_British_and_American_English#T
List of words having different meanings in British and American English

http://www.allenandunwin.com/Shopping/ProductDetails.aspx?ISBN=1741143969
Language Most Foul



Tags: clive owen, gene hunt, life on mars, sam tyler, the avengers, the sweeney, z cars
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