02 March 2014 @ 09:59 pm
Check out this gorgeous vid created by astolat and cesperanza for this year's Escapade!

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02 March 2014 @ 04:38 pm
So, it's the Oscars tonight! And once again I've managed to view all of the films up for major awards. Here are my predictions for tonight: let's see far off I am!

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong'o
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen
Best Cinematography: Inside Llewyn Davis
Best Costume Design: American Hustle
Best Film Editing: Gravity
Best Production Design: American Hustle
Best Sound Editing: Gravity
Best Sound Mixing: Gravity
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Writing -- Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave
Best Writing -- Original Screenplay: Her
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And this, is one of the many reasons why John Barrowman still rocks. Here he is with his "Arrow family". [If you've been watching the series, you'll know why this tweet is so lovely.]

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22 February 2014 @ 01:41 am
Canada Awesome

The final few days of the Olympics are proving golden for Canada! For three years and fifty weeks, Canada dons its lambskin of "harmless and polite". And then, for two weeks, they show the world what they're capable of. \o/ (Having said that, Norway is also rocking these games!! And with a population of just over 5 million, that's absolutely amazing :D.)
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16 February 2014 @ 09:44 pm
Here's a pic from the series finale of "Splash" here in the UK featuring the ever delightful Tom Daley (as the diving coach) and one of his more popular pupils. They've been tagged the "Dreamy Team" -- I have no idea why!!

The Dream Team
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13 February 2014 @ 11:49 pm
Hello? It's been a long, long time since I updated. It's amazing how quickly the time goes by.

It's been a busy couple of months. My mother broke her arm in November which meant that my trip back home in December was a busy one. For the two weeks that I was home I was literally the Mistress of the House, doing everything I could while trying to give my mother and father a break from their newly changed duties. (As mum couldn't cook or do dishes or do laundry or clean, everything fell on my dad's shoulders. For a gent in his elder years, he did a phenomenal job pitching in.)

When I got back from Canada, work cranked up into crazy, intense mode and it's only now slowing down.

But just as work slows down, the weather gods have really started wreaking havoc here in England. The heavy rains started around Christmas. They haven't stopped. Since December, I don't recall more than a handful of days when it hasn't rained. And considering that we are a country with rivers galore, the never ending rain is not a good thing. I live in Surrey, more particularly in Walton-on-Thames, but also very close to Hersham and the River Mole. Just two days ago, I had a Flood Alert issued against my home which means flooding is possible and I should be prepared. That's scary. Particularly considering that my neighbours just up the road by a few miles are being flooded.

One day at a time. That's what I keep telling myself. For the moment, the River Mole is manageable and I'm far enough away from the Thames River not to be effected should it overrun its banks. But that's today. Let's see what tomorrow and the expected next storm brings.

In face of all the non-pleasant things, telly has proved to be quite distracting. On that note ...Collapse ) Adieu for the night.
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22 October 2013 @ 10:27 pm
Eleven days ago, my glasses mysteriously disappeared. I searched up and down, through every room, but nothing. Since then, it's been contacts every day.

Tonight, when I got home from work, I found my glasses sitting in the middle of the floor in my lounge.

Hmmm. Option One: a ghostly visitor set them aside and had a guilty conscience and returned them. Conclusion: not likely. Although we do have a ghost in the London office, my home is ghost free to date.

Option Two: cats decided to play a game of curling with my glasses and scattered it to places unknown. They found my glasses that they'd previously played with and brought them back into the game.

And here's my interpretation of their subsequent discussion. ::Human found them. Sulk. No fun::

Conclusion: I win!
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Now that I've finally recovered from jetlag, a cold I picked up somewhere in an airport, and an insane couple of work weeks on top of that, I've had the chance to start catching up on the fall premieres and season beginnings. Below the cut, my first thoughts.

GleeCollapse )

ElementaryCollapse )

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.DCollapse )

AtlantisCollapse )

The BlacklistCollapse )

American Horror Story: CovenCollapse )

Masters of SexCollapse )

And as for the others (as I watch far too many shows), here are my executive non-spoilery thoughts:

Nashville -- still loving it. Strong women stay strong!
Chicago Fire -- my silly soap which continues to entertain me.
Person of Interest -- mixed feelings. Not enough Finch. Still deliberating on the new characters.
The Walking Dead -- love, love, love. Keep it coming. After the lacklustre 2nd season, the show found its pace last year and has kept going. (And Daryl Dixon -- I want him on my Zombie Apocalypse Team along with Michonne.)
Sleepy Hollow -- unlike many, I haven't been fully drawn in yet. Entertaining, yes. But, we'll see.
Arrow -- for what was supposed to a silly little show, you've grown up. Loving it.
Once Upon a Time -- stay OTT and you'll keep me entertained.
Supernatural -- Castiel! And Tahmok Penikett!! That will keep me happy :).
Homeland -- this would have been an utterly brilliant show if it had ended after Season One. With a big boom. It feels like it's living on borrowed time.
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08 October 2013 @ 09:36 pm
Firstly, I'm telling you, that jet lag from my San Fran trip took nearly five days to fully recover from. It didn't help that I picked up a cold along the way. There's got to be a better way to travel ...

And now, I've been catching up on loads of telly while recovering and hope to post my thoughts soon about the recent season premieres and the new shows as well.

But before that, as all Glee fans know, this Thursday will be the tribute episode to Cory Monteith who played Finn Hudson -- the Quarterback and All-Around Nice Guy. His death shocked not only the Glee world but so many other worlds. From all accounts, he was truly a down to earth, lovely guy who'd go more than the extra miles not only for friends but for strangers. Gods only know how many articles I read but there was not a bad word to be said about Cory. His death, as the coroner said, was a tragic series of accidents.

This Thursday, his Glee colleagues will have the opportunity to say goodbye to his character on telly. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for them, as his friends, to relive their grief a second time. And as fans, we've said our own good-byes to Cory Monteith. Now, there will be a collective good-bye to "The Quarterback".

And having listened to the six songs from the episode's playlist, I know I'm going to shed more than a tear or two.
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