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June 7, 2014
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  • "True Detective" Finale
    An interesting read on the finale of True Detective viewed against the Detection Club’s rules for stories, that doesn’t quite make the case for the arguement it presents, but has a good go. Much like True Detective.

    “The trouble is that monsters have a lineage too, and our monsters have changed … Monster, as every English professor likes to remind us, comes from the same root as demonstrate: a monster is supposed to mean, to signify, to instruct.”


    Another great Lili Loofbourow article with a comparison of True Detective and Louie, and the way in which Louie uncovers a monster. Louie is as horrifying as True Detective – and it’s a comedy(?).


    “Louie is sketching out the psychology of an abuser by making us recognize abuse in someone we love. Someone thoughtful and shy, raising daughters of his own, doing his best. Someone totally cognizant of the issues that make him susceptible to the misogyny monster. Someone who thinks hard about women and men and still gets it badly wrong.”

  • Skinny Kale & Tomato Quiche
    Great looking quiche

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April 20, 2014
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Game of Thrones, Hodor

How excited can Kristian Nairn be when he gets his script for the latest season of Game of Thrones?


Season 3, Episode 2




             ( gasps )



             It's all right, Hodor.

            ( sighs ) Hodor.

            Were you inside the wolf again,
            little lord?

Season 3, Episode 7




             What's he going on about? And 
             how come he always gets to sit
             and chat while we do all the


Season 3, Episode 9



             How are we going to get past
             the Wall? My uncle said it's
             700 feet high.

             How did you get past it?

             Got in a boat and rowed past
             the Bay of Seals.

             It would take us two months
             to get to the Bay of Seals.

             Some climb straight up the ice.

             Even Hodor's not strong enough
             to climb the Wall with me on
             his back.


Unsurprisingly verbose in real life and a successful DJ.


And… Peter Dinklage makes everything he appears a little better. Looking forward to new X-Men despite previous disappointments.


Update: Hodor Keyboard Android app…


April 8, 2014
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Duh moment

Just realised Franka Potente played in Run Lola Run, The Bourne Identity, and the sadly cancelled Copper


Run Lola Run

Run Lola Run

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Identity




And… the annoying guy from Do the Right Thing is Giancarlo Esposito who played no small part in Breaking Bad


Giancarlo Esposito - Do The Right Thing

Giancarlo Esposito – Do The Right Thing

Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad



March 15, 2014
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Recently watched

True Detective

Friday Night Lights – ★★★☆☆
– poignant with some tense Football action

The Lego Movie (3D) – ★★★☆☆
– enjoyable (despite Cineworld screwing up the 3D, again)

True Detective (tv) – ★★★★☆
– TV gets better and better. Journey better than destination, but what a journey

À l’intérieur – ★★☆☆☆
– brutal French horror. Incredibly inept cops and unsympathetic heroine

Fantastic Mr. Fox – ★★☆☆☆
– U.K as imagined by someone who has never been, little of the books charm

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – ★★☆☆☆
– forgettable mildly comedic modern crime noir

House of Cards (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– more of the same, so depends if you enjoyed season 1 (or Boss)



February 15, 2014
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Recently watched

I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Oldboy – ★★★☆☆
– was ready to hate, but Spike Lee delivered. As good as your precious original

I Know What You Did Last Summer – ★★☆☆☆
– like a TV movie horror with a budget. Super daft plot and non-stop cleavage

Out of the Furnace – ★★☆☆☆
– nicely paced start, menacing build, peters out. Forest Whitaker great

The After – ☆☆☆☆☆
– this looks good, wait, they can’t act. Wtf? Why? Ah, nudity. No… this is crap

Tamara Drewe – ★★★☆☆
– met Posey Simmonds, and while this wasn’t bad, her novel is better


January 23, 2014
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Miss answering the phone

JR Ewing

Photo/Video credit: Youtube

I used to pick it up and answer with my best Larry Hagman Dallas style “Yello'”. That was once I had stopped answering with “British Gas Emergency Service, how may I help?” Working in a call center will condition you to pick up any phone and launch straight into the spiel, and I used to do it at home all the time.


Now, with mobile’s, there’s no need for a generic “Hello”. You can see who is calling, and it’s more like bumping into them in the street – you greet rather them rather than answer with all encompassing greeting.


Although I guess you can still answer calls from people you don’t know that way, but I don’t answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize. Which probably isn’t the best approach to take as a freelancer, but hey. That’s me, I’m digital, you’ll find a non-phone call way of contacting me I’m sure.


So this morning I realized I hadn’t answered with my Dallas style Larry Hagman “Yello” in a long while, and that was a shame.


I just might plug in my land line phone just to recreate the old days before mobiles, but I doubt it. A couple of years in a call center – and an emergency one at that, however many years ago, will condition you to expect nothing but the worst, which is fine when you are being paid by the hour to answer the phone, not so fun when it’s your own time.



July 13, 2013
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Recently watched

Cassandra's Dream

Cassandra's Dream

The Book of Mormon (theatre) – ★★★☆☆
– irreverent song and dance about the Mormons

Before Sunrise – ★★★☆☆
– talking love

Crossing Lines (tv) – ★☆☆☆☆
– euro women in peril. Nope

The Act of Killing – “This is really about all of us, and it’s not just about the impunity and the banality of evil; it’s also about the insistent fascination of evil, in which we also all implicated” – Joshua Oppenheimer

Cassandra's Dream – ☆☆☆☆☆
– the lecherous camera as offensive as the accents and dialogue

Odd Thomas – ★★☆☆☆
– dark horror that doesn’t fit the dodgy CGI and TV movie look and feel

Trance – ★★★☆☆
– twisting art heist hypnotic fun

Being Mary Jane (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– why did I watch this? Not the worst thing I’ve seen, but not for me

Hatfields & McCoys (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– how not to settle a dispute



June 30, 2013
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Recently watched

Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean

Freebie and the Bean – ★★★☆☆
– before The Blues Brothers, Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys. 30 years since I first saw

Unstoppable – ★★★★☆
– unashamedly edge of the seat action, as good on small screen as big

Family Tree – (tv) ☆☆☆☆☆
– not my cup of tea

The Expatriate – ★★☆☆☆
– enjoyable Bourne/Taken lite Euro thriller

13 – ★★☆☆☆
13 Tzameti was a nail-biting headfuck. This isn’t a bad remake

Hummingbird – ★★☆☆☆
– thoughtful Jason Statham

Olympus Has Fallen – ★★☆☆☆
– a Die Hard in the Whitehouse