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Hestia
Date: 2016-04-01 22:17
Subject: TV stuff
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Tags:movies, tv
So there was going to be an entry here about High-Rise buuuuuuut my browser crashed and swallowed it so it will have to wait until I can type it up again (short version, I really enjoyed it). 

In the meantime, here are some things I have recently watched:

The Night Manager - glossy, big budget spy thing with Tom Hiddleston and everyone ever. Good but nothing really new in the spy genre, and Olivia Colman straight up acted everyone else off the screen. 

The Goldbergs - cute and silly 1980s sitcom based on Adam Goldberg's experiences growing up. The mum of the family - played by Wendi McClendon-Covey - is fantastic. One nice touch is that at the end of the episodes you see footage from the writer's own home videos that they've recreated in the show.

The Aliens - odd, no-budget SF drama on E4. Yes, there are aliens in the UK, but funnily enough they look exactly like humans. It's a bit heavy-handed with how the aliens are treated but there are some interesting elements and Michaela Coel plays the most ruthless female character I have ever seen in anything. She is amazing. 

Deadpool - very funny comic book film, although I was so late seeing this I think everyone else who wanted to see it saw it ages ago. This did not stop me having a great time in the cinema.

Trapped - Fortitude but done properly. Icelandic murder mystery set in a town cut off by the weather, really interesting characters and a really satisfying conclusion. 

Line of Duty - Intense as usual, I expect to regret watching it sometime in ep 4 but will be unable to give it up as usual. 

I'm sure there was something else but I can't think of it right. TBH I've been listening to a lot more stuff than I've been watching this week as I have mostly been painting the hall.

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Hestia
Date: 2016-03-24 21:36
Subject: Pictures from Paris!
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Tags:holiday, paris, rl
A couple of weeks ago I went to Paris with a friend and then completely failed to post photos. However I'm just at the start of 10 days off work (booked off the week after Easter!) so let's try and get some things cleared from the to-do list :D

As per usual I wasn't taking loads of organised photos so this is a random selection of things that caught my eye while we were there.

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Hestia
Date: 2016-02-23 21:42
Subject: Calling, calling, home
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Tags:deutschland 83, tv
Someone talk to me about Deutschland 83, because I accidentally got a terrible pile of feelings when I watched it and I'm currently expressing them through angsty drawerfic. 

Spoilers abound, obviously. 

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Hestia
Date: 2016-02-11 21:27
Subject: Faffing about with my tablet so you don't have to
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Tags:rl, techy things
So this week I thought I would pass on some links, as recently I bought a sd card for my tablet and then discovered that you can't just stick it in the tablet and have it work (NB think this depends on the device as pretty sure the one on my phone went in just fine).

I did a LOT of searching and tried a lot of apps and faffed with a lot of different things, but eventually I found that this sequence worked out.

Apols to delgaserasca, who as usual has seen this already.

So first off, you will need to root your device, I followed this and all was fine:

http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/how-to-easily-root-an-android-device/

DISCLAIMER: obviously there is a risk with rooting that you will kill your device, proceed at own risk etc etc.

Second, you will need to partition your sd card if you haven't already. You can get apps for this but I would recommend downloading minitool partition wizard to your computer and following these instructions:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php

NB Windows only recognises one partition so on Windows it will look like you've lost space - when you mount the sd card into the tablet again you'll see the whole lot.

Thirdly, you will need to install link2sd

play.google.com/store/apps/details

Then it is pretty self explanatory. Technically you will be linking the apps rather than moving them (there are explanations on the interwebs of what difference this makes, but it clears space either way) so often the 'move to sd' function won't actually work.

It will also move apps to the second partition but give you the option of where to move data/caches etc. This only matters depending on the size of your sd card.

After the first one it will lock the link function until you buy (Idk if this is permanent or one a day or what, I didn't have the patience to wait it out!) but it is a good app and does exactly what you need so I think it is worth the £1.45. It can also set it up so new apps go automatically to the sd card.
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Hestia
Date: 2016-01-31 21:38
Subject: let the sunlight in my lap
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Tags:rl, tv
No proper update this week, as on Thursday I was grumpy from dealing with Tesco customer service and Southeastern being useless, and then on Friday I had the day off to paint. I painted my bedroom this weekend and I looooooove it. I did purple (as in my last flat; I really love purple) but this time I've done the wall behind my bed in a bright purple as a feature wall and the other walls in pale purple. 

However due to this I have either been a) painting or b) worn out, so I haven't really watched anything or been able to think about things to write or whatever (although I have been working on my Killjoys fic, little by little). I fully expect not to be able to lift my arms properly tomorrow. 

I have helpfully just discovered that I didn't set Call the Midwife to record this week so I'll have to get it on iPlayer. :/ Excitingly, Vera is back this week but I haven't watched it yet. Oh and Jericho is actually turning into something quite intriguing, and has managed to wrongfoot me a couple of times. 

This is quite a boring entry, but hopefully next time I'll have managed to get some pictures with a bit of daylight, so maybe next time will be more interesting!

 

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Hestia
Date: 2016-01-21 20:46
Subject: Call the Midwife
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Tags:call the midwife, tv
 I'm so fricking tired, people! The weather and Southeastern being shit and being suuuuper busy at work is just adding up to me being wiped out by the time I get to dinner. Oh also the sodding foxes that think it's great fun to have a fight in my garden, they can fuck right off. 

ANYWAY. For this week's update, I am going to talk about the latest episode of Call the Midwife, because it was great. There are lots of CTM spoilers in this entry and a spoiler for the last series of Last Tango In Halifax. 

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Hestia
Date: 2016-01-17 22:45
Subject: Killjoys!
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Tags:killjoys, tv
Bit late this week as I was too knackered after work to put things into words and this entry would have just been me going BUT JOHNNY 80 times.

In other TV news, the second episode of Jericho was much more interesting than the first, and it may actually be doing something interesting.

I watched War and Peace earlier and Tom Burke turned up. This was the whole reason I was watching, so hurrah. However the rest was dull and I'm not carrying on with it.

Call the Midwife was back tonight and it was excellent, and terribly sad, and lovely, and I'll probably talk about it on next week's entry.

As usual with TV recs I don't want to give too much away so some of this may seem a bit vague.

So, my sister has a pretty good run of getting me into things, and she mentioned Killjoys to me AGES ago, and then gave me the first three episodes on USB, which I duly watched and enjoyed. I then got hold of the rest of the episodes (starting from 5 because ????) and watched them in quick succession a couple of weeks ago. THEN I realised I'd missed an episode so still had one left (HURRAH!) so I got hold of 4 and watched that too. And then I wrote 6600 words of fic in the last two weeks (although some of that will have to be rewritten as my memory is faulty and I'd forgotten some fairly important details because that's just what I do, SIGH). Basically, it's been a blast. I'm literally rewatching episode 1 as I finish this off and it is a very good starter episode.

The basic setup of Killjoys is that the main characters are bounty hunters IN SPAAAAACE, and there is political intrigue and civil unrest and all that fun stuff so there's an arc plot as well as fighty chasey bits. And there's a lot of fighty chasey bits. It's SO GOOD. It also feels a lot like someone made the show in about 2002 and then just held onto it for 13 years because it is a big old throwback in a lot of ways (this is a good thing, there need to be more SF shows with people doing fun things in space, it's all getting a bit boring and grim).

The main characters are Dutch and Johnny, who are both Reclamation Agents (Killjoys) working for the Reclamation Apprehension Coalition (R.A.C.) and are best friends and basically platonic life partners. Their relationship is such fun (soooooo satisfying) and the backstory that gets revealed is great too. The other main is D'avin, who is Johnny's brother and who they pick up from a slaver ship in episode 1 and who then becomes a Killjoy as well. Everything in their area of space is run by The Company, who are clearly no good at coming up with interesting names (although the RAC is an independent body somehow). There are dynasties fighting for control and nationalist factions and revolutionaries and class issues and all sorts.

They mostly operate in the Quad, which is made up of a planet (Qresh, where the aristos live) and three moons (Leith, where the middle classes live), Westerly (where the plebs live) and Arkyn (dead moon due to being stripped for resources, well done everyone). 

Dutch is basically the boss of everything, and she is played by Hannah John-Kamen, who has been in a few UK things including The Hour and Happy Valley. Dutch is really fascinating as she is instantly super-cool and then the more her past gets revealed the more interesting she becomes. Also she's really good in a fight, and sometimes all I want out of life is to watch attractive people fighting, so this show really delivers on that front.

Here is a long list of evidence in gif form (spoilers): www.buzzfeed.com/katangus/dutch-killjoys-yas-kween

D'avin originally looks to be just muscle (quite nice muscle tbh) but he does quickly become a useful member of the team. He's a soldier who hasn't been in contact with Johnny for 8 years, and I really liked the way they dealt with what happened to him and what they did with him and Johnny (I could have happily had it go on a bit longer but they did only have 10 episodes in total). D'avin is the audience proxy in a lot of ways as he is learning about the Killjoy stuff as he goes along, and actually one of the fun things about the show is the worldbuilding and working out what's going on in the Quad.

Okay, and Johnny [deep breath]. Look, I am basically guaranteed to fall for any character who is loyal, supportive, caring, not usually the main character etc etc. It happens every time. EVERY TIME. I can literally think of one show where my favourite character has been the main. ONE. Most recently before this it was Pythagoras on Atlantis, and for the past few years my OTC has been Justin Ripley from Luther. So I had a vague idea going into this that I was going to like Johnny. Did I know how much? NO I DID NOT. He's just so kind and so supportive and so lovely and good at fixing things and probably a bit too soft to actually be a Killjoy, and I don't even know what to tell you. Just. Johnny Jaqobis <3. Dude literally starts the series getting beaten up. There was no way I wasn't going to love him. Sigh.

There are some really cool recurring characters as well, including dodgy aristo Delle Seyah Kendry (who has a thing for Dutch, which is just sensible really), bar owner Pree (who I think is the character who fulfils 'this person needs a better job than listening to these idiots all the time' function in the show) excellent AI Lucy and Level 5 Killjoy Fancy Lee (who is awesome and needs to be in it more next series pls, preferably in scenes with Johnny AHEM).

There are so many interesting little details that I've skipped here, but the choice is either short and posted or long and never posted, hahaha. There are only 10 episodes so it is easy to catch up on, and so I would recommend just watching the whole thing (although my faves are episode 6, because Fancy and episode 7 because of fallout from D'avin's past and I am UNDERSELLING THIS LIEK WHOA to avoid spoilers). Also there is bugger all fic (EIGHTY FOUR WORKS on AO3. EIGHTY FOUR!) which is a damn shame, so preferably people should watch it and write more (I am working on it myself, so if anyone wants to beta some Fancy Lee/Johnny fic let me know, lol).

Happily there is a season 2 coming, which I am SUPER EXCITED about, especially as the first season ended in a really interesting place and on a big old cliffhanger. I neeeed to know what happens! However right now I need to go to bed so I am going to end there despite having only said about half of what I could say. And tomorrow I'm going to rewatch episode 2, yay! This entry was originally posted at http://hestia8.dreamwidth.org/68678.html.
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Hestia
Date: 2016-01-11 21:08
Subject: TV update!
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Tags:luther, tv
 I've been meaning to update about Luther since it was on, so here's a quick run through of some other stuff first:

a. 100% obsessed with KIlljoys at the moment, update coming soon, I LOVE IT. 
b. Silent Witness came back last week and was SUPER DUMB.
c. Gave up on Jericho 20 minutes in, was boring. 
d. Endeavour is ok but just background noise. 
e. Have yet to try out War and Peace. 
f. Watching The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic); enjoyably international but generally a bit daft, taking itself very seriously. 
g. Did I mention Cordon? SO DUMB, but I enjoyed it. Sooooo dumb. 
h. Deutschland 83 is excellent, and it's nice to be able to watch something in German. 
i. And finally, Musketeers will not be on until some time after March W T A F. 

With that out of the way, East London Misery Hour Season 4!

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Hestia
Date: 2016-01-01 23:20
Subject: Podcast recs!
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Tags:podcasts, recs
Happy New Year! I have forgotten to update about Luther two weeks in a row and that is coming, but first: podcast recs!

I listen to a lot of podcasts, not necessarily on things I am actually even interested in. I've recently started listening to fiction podcasts after ages of only listening to non fiction.

The Bugle - the best. the beeeeeeeest. THE BEST. Has been on a hiatus for a few months but should be back soon, fingers crossed! The Bugle is a satirical nonsense podcast (it's really difficult to describe it any better) hosted by Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver. It's over 5 years old and there are an awful lot of back episodes, hurrah!

Episodes 1 - 178 gamesplusone.com/thebugle/

Episodes 179 - present soundcloud.com/the-bugle

Answer Me This! - podcast hosted by Helen Zaltzman (sister of Andy) and Olly Mann, where listeners send in questions and Helen and Olly try to answer them. The show's been going for a long time and given that the questions come from whoever's written or called in, each episode is different (usually funny though).

answermethispodcast.com/

The Allusionist - another one hosted by Helen Zaltazman, this podcast is all about words and etymologies. The episodes are pretty short so it won't take long to listen. I particularly liked the one on Toki Pona, a language invented by Sonja Lang in 2001.

www.theallusionist.org/

The Media Podcast - Presented by Olly Mann (yes I do tend to follow people from podcast to podcast), this is a podcast about the TV and radio industry, which I am not in, but which is pretty interesting anyway (for example, there was an interview with someone from Mind about mental illness portrayals in River, which is what got me to give the show a look).

themediapodcast.com/

Watch What Crappens - this is a podcast about Bravo shows - Real Housewives of wherever and that ilk. I do not actually watch these shows or care about them, but the hosts (Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam) are hilarious and I don't know exactly why I like it so much given that half the time I don't have a clue what they're on about. Maybe it's the accents (particularly funny recently with Real Housewives of Cheshire starting up on Bravo).

www.watchwhatcrappens.com/

Deep Thots - This is a pop culture podcast hosted by someone who I really liked as a guest on Watch What Crappens (NB they also do a podcast on Empire which is on the Soundcloud page). The episodes are usually themed discussions (scary movies, musicals, Christmas music) and I enjoy this one enough that I can get past the sound effects (I find sound effects really distracting on non-fiction podcasts for some reason).

soundcloud.com/lyons-den-loonies

This Dummy - hosted by one of the guests (or hosts, I'm not too good at distinguishing one American accent from another) from Deep Thots, this is another pop culture conversation show. I haven't been listening to this one for too long so at the moment it's still mostly background noise for me, but it's engaging enough to keep me downloading episodes.

soundcloud.com/thisdummy

How Did This Get Made? - this podcast is a classic by now, I think. It's an incredibly funny podcast about bad movies, and that's it really. What puts it above all the other bad movie podcasts is June Diane Raphael who is super funny. Oh, also they had Tatiana Maslany on a recent episode!

www.earwolf.com/show/how-did-this-get-made/

Bitch Sesh - This is another Housewives podcast, and it has only been on for a few episodes. It was introduced via How Did This Get Made? and it is pretty funny so far, although if you were going to choose one I'd go for WWC.

www.earwolf.com/show/bitch-sesh/

Criminal - Criminal is a factual podcast presented by Phoebe Judge, each episode dealing with some aspect of crime or the criminal justice system in great detail. Because there isn't an arc, each episode can really dig deep into its subject, for example police dogs or rare books or a catfishing case.

thisiscriminal.com/

I Was There Too - I've only listened to a couple of episodes of this (and it's currently on hiatus) but it's about people who had minor parts in big movies, and it gives a really interesting and usually unheard point of view on filmmaking.

soundcloud.com/i-was-there-too

Liar City - this is a podcast about lies and liars, which is actually allows for a huge range of subjects. Some of the episodes can be a bit tough to listen to (spoiler: people are horrible) but overall it's worth it.

liarcity.com/

Limetown - Limetown is a fictional podcast which recently ended its first season (I think a second season is coming). The podcast is done in a documentary style, with the main character investigating what happened to a place called Limetown that was conducting research before all 300 of its residents were apparently killed. What happened to the residents and what was being researched in Limetown is revealed over the course of the season, and the script is very well done, with some properly creepy moments.

www.limetownstories.com/

Mom On Pop - This is a podcast where the senior editor of the AV Club talks about pop culture with his mum, which does give a really nice twist on the 'people chatting about tv' theme present in so many of my podcasts.

www.avclub.com/features/mom-on-pop

No Challenges Remaining - This one is about tennis, a sport in which I have verrrry little interest. However the two hosts are so enthusiastic about their subject that I find it really enjoyable to listen to anyway.

nochallengesremaining.podbean.com/

Thinking Sideways - this is a podcast about unsolved mysteries, and my opinion on this changes almost from episode to episode as the mysteries can be silly, creepy or really fucking depressing. I know now not to listen to any that involve missing children or women because the most likely answer is that someone murdered them. Cheerful! Having said that, the creepy ones are great fun. I particularly recommend the Lake City Quiet Pills episode.

thinkingsidewayspodcast.com

You Must Remember This

This a podcast about classic Hollywood, and every episode I've listened to has been really detailed and really interesting. Also usually really sad, because classic Hollywood was a very very strangely run place.

www.vidiocy.com/you-must-remember-this

We Hate Movies - Another bad movie podcast. This one's been going for ages and is really funny, and some of the movies they watch are terrible.

whmpodcast.com/

The Message - The Message is a fictional sci-fi podcast which has finished its first season (not sure if it will be back), dealing with the research into an extra-terrestrial audio message that causes a horrible illness in those who hear it.

themessagepodcast.com/

One True Podcast - This is a relatively new podcast about fandom, and I've only listened to a couple of episodes so far but I've really liked what I've heard. Enthusiasmgirl (enthusiasmgirl.tumblr.com/) is the moderator, and there are different guests each time (I think), discussing a different fannish topic, including Yuletide, OTPs, new fandoms etc etc).

otpodcast.tumblr.com/

We're Alive - We're Alive is a fiction podcast about a zombie uprising. It exists, therefore I must consume it. It has been going for about five years, I think, and so far it is pretty standard zombie story but I literally on part 2 so it has a lot of development to come.

werealive.com/

Ru Paul's What's The Tee? with Michelle Visage - This is a podcast by Ru Paul (clue's in the name) where he and Michelle Visage talk about anything and everything and then have guests on and chat to them about whatever they're doing.

www.rupaulpodcast.com/


THIS HAS TAKEN ME ALL EVENING. I didn't even realise I listened to this many podcasts! However I am always looking for more and as mentioned above it doesn't necessarily have to be related to something I'm interested in for its own sake, so if you have any recs please let me know!

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Hestia
Date: 2015-12-13 19:54
Subject: London Spy (spoilers)
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Tags:london spy, tv
So recently London Spy has been on BBC 2, featuring Ben Whishaw being his usual excellent and slightly melancholy self. I watched all of it (I know a lot of people gave up partway through, which totally makes sense, frankly), and I have spoilery thoughts:

SpoilersCollapse ) and between the two of us we worked out that the show either needed to be shorter (so no timewasting) or longer (so the plot points had time to breathe). Overall it was an unsatisfying viewing experience that - with a bit more thought - could have been much much better. </div>
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Hestia
Date: 2015-12-10 21:26
Subject: And it feels like I can breathe (update)
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Tags:links, shopping
This week's entry is an update to last week's, as I remembered some extra stuff.

Firstly, a pic from the Will Young concert, taken by [livejournal.com profile] kikishuatwitter.com/Kikishua/status/671828666863734784

And some links from the various people who took my money at Hyper Japan (or who will probably take it in the future):

www.insidejapantours.com - offer a huge range of group tours and self-guided holidays to Japan 

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheNakedLaceCompany - The Naked Lace Co., who do lolita style accessories but also excellent Sailor Moon collars

sstutter.co.uk/ - AMAZING massive chunky acrylic jewellery for really good prices, considering how much of a statement each piece is. 

www.momomaguro.jp/ - beautiful elaborate jewellery. I bought two sets of earrings from this place and plan to buy more in future. 

www.facebook.com/KactusKawaii - cute stuff! This might have been where I got my tiny alpaca.

www.dokiltd.co.uk/ - Japanese tableware. I got some lovely bowls from here.

www.littlemoose.co.uk/ - I love lasercut acryclic jewellery, so here's some more. 

lovejojo.com/ - more plush toys! Looking at all these cards I can see I went a bit mad, hahahaha (NB I did not buy from anywhere NEAR all of these places)

dreamybows.com/ - this place has all sorts - clothes, jewellery, hair accessories, make up.

Next week is definitely going to be podcast recs, because I've picked up a bunch of new ones recently :D :D This entry was originally posted at http://hestia8.dreamwidth.org/67780.html.
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Hestia
Date: 2015-12-07 21:43
Subject: And it FEEEEEEEEEELS like jealousy (Will Young review)
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Tags:music, rl, will young
On Sunday evening (not yesterday, the one before that) I ventured out in TERRIBLE weather and battled with transport nonsense to get to Hammersmith to see Will Young with kikishua.

IT WAS SO GOOD!

Support was Lemar, who I do like a lot, and even more after seeing him live – he just had one guy playing acoustic guitar as his musical background, and he was a very engaging artist, chatting a lot and he has a great voice. Also he’s from London so points for that :D /shameless favouritism.

His current album, The Letter, is out now – www.lemar-online.com/
 
Haven’t bought it yet but based on the songs we heard, would recommend.

Now, the main event. Will Young has been one of my favourite pop stars since he won Pop Idol. This is the first time I’ve seen him live as him, but I have seen him in Cabaret (excellent). I love his voice and although my tastes tend more towards electronic music, there are so many songs of his that I love. I also love his visual sensibilities – you can tell he is an artist that loves making music videos (a lot of them basically seem to be AU fic, really). Music videos are sort of my first fandom (a fandom of one, in a way, because it’s difficult to find people into the same music videos as you are, haha) so finding artists that actually like making them is great for me. Anyway, I’ll link at the end.

It’s always difficult to guess how a solo artist will stage a live show, because although they have a band, the band are usually pretty anonymous. I really liked the staging of this show, which involved a lot of plastic sheeting, and Will being dressed as some weird monk. Oh and the stage crew being dressed in white boiler suits (band and backing singers were just in normal clothes).

The first song was Brave Man, and was sung with Will facing to the right of the stage, singing into a wind machine blowing things at him. It was a really interesting visual choice to start off with (I did think the whole show was about five minutes of planning off being a total concept show with singer Will trapped in a dystopia, and I would have been there for that).

After that the staging became more traditional, and there was a fair amount of audience interaction which was great (although audiences everywhere could learn that just because you can shout at the artists doesn’t mean you should), and the songs were fantastic. He’s just got an amazing voice.

The set list was great, although I was disappointed there was no Hopes and Fears because I love that song. However that was the only song I missed, and hearing the other songs (Who am I! Jealousy! LOVE REVOLUTION!) live was just brilliant.

The only thing I thought was a bit odd was ending on Leave Right Now, which I absolutely LOVE but which is a sad song to have at the end of your show. However it was the last night of the tour and the second (!) encore and it was fantastic.

Anyway, videos! In no particular order:

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Hestia
Date: 2015-12-07 21:26
Subject: Hyper Japan
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Tags:japan, london, rl, shopping
Bit late with this week's entries due to being out and about, so I've got two things to talk about.

First up – Hyper Japan Christmas Market. My best friend organised this trip and I went along having not looked it up much beforehand, but expecting something like the Language Show (trade show for linguists/language teachers etc) but with a bunch of anime. I possibly should have done a bit more research.

So we headed off to Shadwell, which is a really odd nothing place to be honest. I mostly use it as a place to change from the DLR to the Overground when I’m on my wanders. However they do have Tobacco Dock, which is a pretty interesting building in its own right.

Tobacco Dock is a Grade 1 listed warehouse that was converted into a shopping centre in 1990 at a cost of £47 million (OK THEN). It was supposed to be the Covent Garden of East London (which you can see in the design of the place) but it failed and went into administration (I’m not sure if it ever actually opened). It’s now used as a corporate events space, and apparently has been used in quite a few films and TV shows. I suppose with Earl’s Court being redeveloped (is that still on?) it will become even more popular. It’s an interesting building, although some of it is open to the air so it’s flipping freezing on a chilly morning.

So when we got there it turned out that it was basically just a big pile of shops and stalls selling a) anime and anime-related stuff, b) traditional Japanese clothes, c) modern Japanese design, d) all the Gothic Lolita stuff you could want, e) a truckload of jewellery, f) another truckload of soft toys and g) any random shit that didn’t fit in to the above.

There were also stalls selling food, so obviously we got a sushi snack before making our first go round. And then we spent some money. And then we spent some more money. And then we talked to a nice lady from Inside Japan Tours about the trips they offer. And then we spent some more money.

We also went to the food stalls and I had takoyaki, which I just absolutely love (deep fried octopus balls).

And then we spent some more money. BUT! I got some amazing stuff. I was going to try to post pics here but instagram is an arse to embed, so please see my actual instagram: www.instagram.com/hanlondon

It goes from the blurry gold and green earrings (my phone refused to play ball) to the cute purple alpaca <3. Also, follow my instagram if you like pictures of London, jewellery and crafts.  This entry was originally posted at http://hestia8.dreamwidth.org/67312.html.
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Hestia
Date: 2015-11-26 21:41
Subject: They're gonna make me into sweet red wine
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Second timed post! Be impressed, lol.

Tonight I met up with delgaserasca for Greek food; it was great. I loooooove The Real Greek, and can only recommend that you check the menu out and go. Here, I'll make it easy for you: www.therealgreek.com/

Recently I have been watching a lot of TV to catch up, and I have made it through Cordon, Daredevil and the episodes of Gotham series 2 that are out. I've also been listening to a lot of podcasts, and there will be an entry entirely on those at some point, because I'm always looking for new shows. However, for now I'm just going to talk about TV.

 

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And finally: NEW LUTHER SOON AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!! 

 
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Hestia
Date: 2015-11-19 21:18
Subject: I've seen seasons come and go
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Oh GOD I am useless. I'm so useless I've actually set myself an alarm to come and post here every week (or comment on fic if I really have nothing to say). I hope you are all ok! 

ANYWAY! First post of the new regime, lol. The weather has turned, going from surprisingly mild to OMG LAYERS, so that's a pain. More of a pain was the storm the other night which blew over one of the pots I have outside of my front door, which is worrying as they've got rocks in the bottom. Oh well, tree seems to have survived, though a lot of stuff went over that night and a bunch of things ended up hitting my windows (mostly paper/plastic).

Recently I have been crocheting a lot to get Christmas presents done (and will be doing that again once I post this), I did Open House (pictures here: metropolithan.blogspot.co.uk/), I've been to Brussels with Lesley (there will eventually be photos of this but I am slow) and I have been doing a lot of tech support for my parents. I have recently accepted that this is basically my purpose in life now ;)

I'm typing this while listening to Watch What Crappens, which is a podcast about the Real Housewives shows (which I don't watch) and they're attempting to do Cheshire accents and it is completely ridiculous. All their accents are completely ridiculous tbh but hilarious.

I have also been slowly working my way through the stuff saved on my Freesat box and other TV shows, mainly because I want to watch Justified but can't start that until I have less than 50 billion other things to watch. Last weekend I watched Under the Skin, which was very odd (Scarlett Johansson was amazing though) and made my way through a few episodes of River. The last episode was this week, and scattered thoughts are under the cut, mostly taken from an email conversation with delgaserasca earlier:

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Hestia
Date: 2015-08-19 21:29
Subject: Got my eyes wide open and I see the signs
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Helloooooooooooooo

I've been meaning to post for AGES but have been generally useless lately, for reasons which I will now explain. But first! A couple of quick happy updates:

1) I've been in my flat for just over a year and it is wonderful. I love it so much and sometimes still can't believe it is mine. Garden is coming on amazingly too. 

2) As of lunchtme today I have THREE nieces, woo hoo! Which also means I need to get on with the crochet things I'm doing for the baby. 

Anyway, update: I have been rubbish at everything for a while because work just got worse and worse, and there was some fuckery I still don't entirely understand, added to the fact that the department I worked in was being run very oddly and with no real thought for how the people there were supposed to cope BUT upshot is I found another job and do not have to care about this anymore, hurrah!

I left my job (with three months' notice, mind you) at the end of July, and jumped straight into my new job, which thus far is fab. It is properly in the City of London, which is AMAZING, and I have been doing a lot of walking and wandering. The hours are set at 9-5 which is pretty great as in my last few months at Pearson there was a) way too much to do and b) extended hours, which meant I was pretty regularly working 10+ hour days, so it felt like all I did for months was work, eat and sleep. Suddenly a) I can do things in the evening and b) I'm not completely fucking exhausted all the time. 

It does feel like my head is so much clearer these days, and multiple people have told me I seem more relaxed (I aaaaam), but it is also the culture of the new place that makes a difference. Even the idea of starting a job and not immediately getting thrown in is a novelty to me - I was speaking to another new starter (who had worked at Pearson in the past) who said the same thing. It's just really, really good so far. 

What this has meant is that I've made bugger all progress on anything, although I have made a couple of updates on metropolithan.blogspot.com, and recently got back to posting on emptylondon.tumblr.com/ (possibly my favourite thing I've ever done, if I'm honest) so I am trying to get back to normal and not progressing on stuff because I have too many hobbies, and not because I'm too knackered for any of those hobbies. I also get to take a WHOLE HOUR for lunch at work, which means I have been able to do some crochet, so I am currently trying to finish a shawl and then can take in another project to work on. Amazing. 

What I haven't been doing lately is writing, which is disappointing to me but every time I think about it I just have other things that come first (even when it comes to non fiction like reviews or Metropolithan). I didn't have the spare brain power for months and months so I just stopped, apart from a couple of hundred words on an original thing which is purely for my own amusement. I think I'm just going to have to be disciplined and sit down with no distractions to see what is still salvageable and what isn't. 

I have recently been watching Hannibal (amazing), one episode of Daredevil (liked very much), Witnesses (stupid, chucked it in), Odyssey (daft conspiracy nonsense but enjoyable), Brooklyn 99 (hilarious), Long Lost Family (makes me cry every episode), Undercover Boss (surprisingly good workout tv, also semi-regularly makes me cry), Cordon (daft but really enjoyable OH NOES A VIRUS QUARANTINE ANTWERP drama) and probably a pile of other things I have forgotten. Oh, Orphan Black, I'm about three episodes into the latest series. 

I think that's it for now, but I will attempt to come back more regularly, if nothing else I need to do some fic recs! This entry was originally posted at http://hestia8.dreamwidth.org/66547.html.
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Date: 2015-04-30 21:24
Subject: I SAW THE SPOOKS MOVIE
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AND I HAVEN'T STOPPED CAPSLOCKING SINCE.

Oh. My. God, everyone, it was basically exactly what you'd want from a Spooks movie. It was RIDICULOUS. It was AMAZING. There were fights. A whooooole bunch of people got shot. People get questioned A LOT. Things went boom. London (love of my life) looked fantastic.

SO MANY SPOILERS AFTER THIS. DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE SEEN THE FILM. 

Also now I've linked to this on spooky_doings I feel obliged to say: 1) this is overexcited word vomit, not a sensible review and 2) I have a terrible memory and have probably got stuff in the wrong order/forgotten things. 
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In conclusion: go see it, but go see it expecting a very long episode.



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Hestia
Date: 2015-04-30 10:19
Subject: Recs!
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I have a couple of weeks off work for craft stuff (yes, this is what I choose to do with my holidays, NO REGRETS) and decided I would take at least one day to comment on fics. That day is today because my hands hurt after spending all yesterday on hairpin lace (I am blogging about my craft stuff at my new FB page here: www.facebook.com/HanlondonCrafts)

And because I like reccing stuff, here are some recs from the fics I have commented on today:

Musketeers

Liminality by shecrows
archiveofourown.org/works/3525722
Aramis/Porthos/Aramis, pre-series

Really lovely OT3 fic

The sunlight tells him Porthos has already risen, shutters long since opened out of a habit Aramis has never quite decided whether he loves or finds regrettable.

In quella parte del libro della mia memoria by cherryfeather
archiveofourown.org/works/3636597

Aramis tries to keep his vow after the end of series 2. This is AMAZING and did a really good job making me feel for Aramis.

Pas de Quatre by zelda_zee
archiveofourown.org/works/3491519
Eventual Aramis/Porthos/Athos/D'artagnan

Lovely fic that develops slowly towards OT4

Aramis looks at him sideways, arching a brow. “There is nothing Porthos and I can do for him. We do not have that power.” He studies Athos a moment, stroking his beard, then sighs in apparent frustration.

“You and Porthos do not?” d’Artagnan asks. “What do you mean by that?”


But Three's a Crowd by stardropdream
archiveofourown.org/works/3514376
Aramis/Porthos progressing to Aramis/Athos/Porthos, modern au

“Not dancing?” Porthos teases and his smile lights up his face.

“No, thank you,” Athos says, quiet but quick, just in case Porthos gets the idea to ask him himself. Porthos shrugs and downs his little flute of champagne in a way that probably shouldn’t be charming – but then Porthos manages to be charming in most things.


They come crashing down by stardropdream
archiveofourown.org/works/3766282
Aramis/Porthos, post s2

This fic just about killed me but then made it better, thank goodness

(He can remember the morning after Aramis leaves – the day warm but dulled, early autumn, the leaves turning and the cracks in the walls around his window letting in cooler morning air before the sun warms it; he remembers dressing for the day and realizing just how much of Aramis’ things had managed to migrate into his room without him fully realizing it, over the years. He touches at the blue sash he’ll wear to d’Artagnan’s wedding and he clamps down on the urge to long for something – for someone.)


You're Not Alone by misanthropiclycanthrope
archiveofourown.org/works/3681450
Athos & Porthos gen

This fic is tagged emotional hurt/comfort which is really the best description of it - it is lovely.

It made Porthos’s heart ache.

If the most he could do was ensure Athos made it home safely, he would do it gladly and without complaint. The resistance he encountered at first was not unexpected, but Porthos was nothing if not stubborn. Athos had no choice but to surrender and accept the resolute support.


Musketeers Series 2 - Athos/Porthos-centric Episode Related Fics by Suzie_Shooter
archiveofourown.org/works/3159077

I have loved Suzie_Shooter's fics since s1 and this whole series was great. The episode 10 fic was a fitting ending, considering the events of the episode.

His hand drifted to the pommel of his sword. He remembered Athos' only half-joking suggestion of arranging 'an accident on the road' for Rochefort. Something similar would surely be appropriate here. He could claim she'd drawn her pistol, that he'd acted in defence of the King.

The thought lingered throughout the wearying hours of the journey back, a half-formed intent that never quite became action. Porthos was not a man to strike down a woman in cold blood, but as far as he was concerned, this was no woman but rather a snake in the bosom.

Rivers of London

That What Brought Him Back by linpatootie
archiveofourown.org/works/1944330
Peter/OMC, tentacles

Peter finds out what's behind the door in the Folly - love this, funny and actually pretty plausible (presuming the door thing has not been answered, I'm only 5 chapters into Foxglove Summer).

Nightingale had expressly forbidden him to, but what was a young constable to do when faced with a mysterious door and a mentor who had, so far, refused to tell him what was behind it?

Fast and Furious series

Generally Psychotic Behaviour by khaleesian
archiveofourown.org/works/177898
Dom/Brian, breathplay

This is an old fic and I had a vague memory of reading it after seeing the first film, so I went looking after seeing Fast and Furious 7. It is a pretty short fic that still manages to show just how much Dom takes over Brian's life.

“That was weird, huh?” Brian cursed himself for that weak opening. “That whole scene back there.”

Penny Dreadful

L'enfer, ce n'est pas les autres by cjmarlowe
archiveofourown.org/works/2845172
Dorian/Ethan

This is a short fic but both of their voices are great (also yay new series soon!!)

For it's because the knives glance off him that Dorian is able to cut everyone else so deeply, and that's not something Ethan could live with forever.

Music video/RPF but not really

Mean Low Water by pyrimidine
archiveofourown.org/works/249832
Brandon/Charlize (Crossfire video)

The Crossfire video is here www.youtube.com/watch, and I recommend you watch it because a) the song is great and b) the fic won't make any sense without the video. The fic is great.

"You?" she yells over the sound of the generator exploding. There's a bright flash of orange and a confetti of sparks raining down everywhere.

"I know, right?" he yells back. "I'm really sorry."




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Date: 2015-04-07 13:27
Subject: Fast and Furious 7
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Over the weekend I dragged my sister to see Fast and Furious 7 with me (to answer the questions everyone has asked: no, I don’t care about cars, but I love action movies, all the films from this series I have seen are super fun, and I haven’t seen Jason Statham on the big screen for a while).


IT WAS EXCELLENT. And ridiculous. But excellent. Highly recommended.


VERY SPOILERY Thoughts, in no particular order:

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Hestia
Date: 2015-04-02 13:13
Subject: Paris Part 2
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After leaving Parc de la Villette I carried on following the walk in my book, heading towards Parc des Buttes Chaumont. This turned out to be a very nice park with a weird island in the middle of a lake thing, and on seeing it my thought process was basically ‘is this a thing I can climb for no other reason than it is there??’

The answer, sadly, turned out to be not all the way, for construction work is being done to it. However I intend to go back because it looks a bit spooky and mysterious, this thing plonked down in the middle of an urban park:

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