mockturtle (hellblazer06) wrote,
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...and cancel christmas

My cousin just sent me a selection of family photographs, including one of my grandmother, and the likeness is scary. But happily less scary than on Friday. They say you know you're getting old when you look like you're nursing a really rough hangover when you're not, but I saw my father's face staring back at me, and worse, my father at his most puffy and fed up. The sort of face that always used to make me run for cover. And there it was, staring back at me. Yikes.

So I'll take my grandmother any day. I never knew her, but she's missed, so she mustn't have been all bad.

I did get complimentted twice yesterday, though. Not for looking like a pale sausage squeezed into jeans that were too big a month ago, no, but when I picked up my new glasses (a pair and a spare as it was a two fer one deal, the second being bog ordinary cheap ones) the girl complimented me on my choice. Of course, she's paid to say that, but she was having a day and her exclamation, nay, shock, that I'd picked something classy seemed genuine.

Ditto the chap in Borders when he saw what books auld tubbo had waddled over to the counter with. He almost squeaked with excitement when he saw my selection. In all honestly, I was rummaging in the classics because they're cheaper, but I'll take shock and awe over my alleged classy reading material any day (especially given the daily abuse elsewhere). There was Waugh, Wodehouse, Doyle, Austen and Gatiss in the pile, if you're curious (I needed a serious break from that wretched toad Dexter).

Spent most of the weekend in scullery maid/groundskeeper mode as the white gloved brigade issued forth the annual dinner invitation. They never even inspected the grounds onor walked in the front door, which is probably just as well, but at least I made some effort and it's a touch tidier than before. I wish Himself would stop colonising every surface (table, chair, floor, corridor) with his crud though. I know it's kettle calling pot here, but still. I have every intention of cleaning up properly given the chance, Him, not so much.

Anyway, dinner was okay, if bland, ditto the conversation. I'm sure I disgraced myself again but I was bone tired and talking nonsense even before my first glass of wine. At least I tried. And it's hard to appear sophisticated when you've spent all morning wrestling nettles and look it.

Didn't get to watch much tv over the weekend, not even Saturday which should have been blissful with grey dampness and the washing already done but I didn't even get to re-watch that Lynley with young McAvoy in it without having to run in and out. I seem to dimly recall catching up on my Eurocops though. Just Rex and The Eagle, the latter conforming to the modern template by spending all his time angsting, brooding and having bleak and confusing flashbacks, more brooding and shagging most of his co-workers (I thought the tight t-shirt wearing tech boy was in for a turn but he was just invited to the backseat of the car for a debugging exercise (unless that's what the cool kids are calling it these days), but precious little policing. To be honest, he's pretty dumb. Like, goodness, my car radio keeps fritzing and Sergei seems to know my every move but I'm gonna take nearly two episodes to think this might be connected. It's never good when the tv cops are so dumb you start up with the panto "Behind you!" calls. And yet I persist, because, well, at least it's not the same old Vancouver locations.

Speaking of Vancouver, it was Yellow Fever on Supernatural last night. Silly episode, much overacting, but lots of nice work between the boys and much love for Eye of The Tiger, supreme bit of silly that it is. Okay, yes, much with the foreshadowing yellowy eyes bit (and isn't it the Buffy standard these days that the lamest comedy episode contains the darkest plot seeds) but there was some really nice brotherly interaction. But, as I said, I'd happily watch the two of them watch their washing go round, and lately, so far this season, that's been pretty much it. The boys have been great, but the plots, not so much.

But I should mention the terrible tragedy that befell me last night. It was already a shockingly awful day, so I decided to cheer myself up by getting out the Xmas decs early this year. So imagine my horror when I discovered the rats had eaten the Xmas decs. All of them. Nothing but a pile of chewed up box, tissue, the odd santa hat and the eyeless severed head of my beloved reindeer. All gone. My London bobbie, my Canadian mountie moose, the angel from my childhood. Thosewho know me will know how my I loved my ecclectic collection of Xmas decs. I have no words. It's shaping up to be a grim Xmas. And no, it's not an opportunity to buy new decs, it's a bloody tragedy.

Sigh. And I didn't win anything on the cup.

Jensen and Jared
http://community.livejournal.com/rightclickdrool/602358.html

Ask Matt: Is Life on Mars Becoming Just Another Typical Police Drama? And More!
http://www.tvguide.com/Roush/Roush-Life-Mars-35067.aspx

James Bond 007 Quantum of Solace: special effects master Derek Meddings
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/10/31/bfbond231.xml

Hugh Jackman is a Halloween Hottie
http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/10/31/hugh-jackman-is-a-halloween-hottie/

The wild one - Josh Brolin interview
http://news.scotsman.com/entertainment/The-wild-one--Josh.4650405.jp

Top Gear not just for blokes, Jeremy Clarkson says
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24592350-5003422,00.html

Behind a 'Hero'
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24570734-5006014,00.html

Viggo Mortensen's history lessons
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-ca-viggo2-2008nov02,0,6646917.story

Barack Obama gives Daily Show biggest ever audience
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/oct/31/ustelevision-barackobama

Flesh and Blood in a Town of Vampires
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/arts/television/02roch.html?ref=television

Python gobbles down cockatoo in woman's backyard
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24592747-3102,00.html?referrer=email

Magpie attack results in elderly woman's leg amputated
http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24590818-952,00.html?referrer=email

slide show: "The Look of Australia."
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/10/31/movies/20081102_MARTIN_SLIDESHOW_index.html

Where Has Baz Luhrmann's Australia Been Hiding?
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/firstshowing/~3/440026531/

RDJ accidentally lights crotch on fire, remains sexy while doing so
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1440511.php

CW press release concerning Supernatural's numbers
http://tvbythenumbers.com/2008/10/31/smallville-and-supernatural-on-the-rise/7337

Supernatural Behind the Scenes- Todd Stashwick Talks Episode 4.05 Monster Movie
http://eclipsemagazine.com/television/7090/

New Picture of Jared from Friday the 13th
http://community.livejournal.com/supernatural_tv/1699985.html

Australian TV Week '10 Things We Love About Jared'
http://community.livejournal.com/completelyjared/694797.html

Equal time: caps of Jensen and his exciting coiffure in non-horror indie movie '10 Inch Hero'
http://community.livejournal.com/jensenated/48760.html

Additional Season Two Promotion Pictures #10
http://andreas-ri.livejournal.com/87253.html

Alexander
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UivEMY4F6E8

Actor Michael Imperioli is at home on TV's "Life on Mars"
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/television/2008339310_michaelimperioli03.html

Hannigan's pregnancy prompts show rewrite
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/1/20081103/ten-hannigan-s-pregnancy-prompts-show-re-c60bd6d.html

True Blood - 1x09 - The Best of Eric Northman
http://community.livejournal.com/alex_skarsgard/14362.html

Top Gear Live photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_hunter/sets/72157608624318827/

Another BBC presenter sparks controversy (Jezza, need it be said?)
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20081103/tuk-another-bbc-presenter-sparks-controv-dba1618.html

When the Guv met the Hamster...
http://community.livejournal.com/topgeartotty/429669.html

Viewing figures for Top Gear 11/2/08
http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/2008/11/hamilton_drives_125m_to_itv1.html

The Eagle: A Crime Odyssey
http://www.theage.com.au/news/tv-reviews/the-eagle-a-crime-odyssey/2007/03/14/1173722543766.html

Viewed wins Melbourne Cup thriller
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/04/2409982.htm?WT.mc_id=newsmail

Thanks to sleeper_frost for the link collecting!

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