Subtitle: a conversation with myselfSo, Han, you went to see Depeche Mode again, right?
YES. YES I DID. You enjoyed yourself, I'm guessing?
YES LOTS In the O2 arena again?
Yes, Row R which as it turns out IS ONLY THE SECOND ROW FROM THE TOP. Spent more time standing up than last time as once the people in front of us stood up we couldn't see anything. Who were the support act this time?
The Jezabels, who can be found here: www.youtube.com/user/TheJezabelsVideosSo was it the same setlist as last time?
Not exactly. Most of the songs were the same, but they dropped Barrel of a Gun, Higher Love, When the Body Speaks, Soothe My Soul, Secret To The End and Home.
They added But Not Tonight, The Child Inside, Behind the Wheel and Leave In Silence (which was amazing). They're all Martin Gore vocals except BTW, so presumably this was to give Dave Gahan a bit less to do this late on in the tour. Speaking of, is he still a massive ham onstage?
Yep!Did he spend a frustratingly short amount of time shirtless again?
Yep. Thankfully I have a Tumblr account and I'm not afraid to use it to look at ALL THE DM PHOTOS. Okay, but how was the music?
It was SO GOOD! The acoustic parts with Martin singing were particularly amazing, but Dave Gahan's voice was as wonderful and clear as ever. Leave In Silence has never been one of my favourites but it was fantastic live, Black Celebration was brilliant now I know the words, Policy of Truth was great again.
The only low point was Behind the Wheel, which is probably in my bottom 5 Depeche Mode songs. I knew it was on the setlist and it was okay but ugh, why that of ALL THE DM SONGS?
The encore was really good this time - Leave In Silence, Halo, Just Can't Get Enough, I Feel You and OF COURSE Never Let Me Down Again, which is still the absolute best.They still didn't do Everything Counts though, did they?
Sadly, no. But Dave Gahan did end it by saying 'See you next time', so if there's another tour there's a chance they will in future, isn't there?
Yeah, Han, you keep telling yourself that.
...so that was my second Depeche Mode concert. It was really great again, although I think the sound was a bit different being further up - it wasn't quite as blasting, as I could hear kikishua
when she talked to me, unlike last time. I definitely hope there will be another tour as I would love to see them again.
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SPOOKS MOVIE IS A REAL THING THAT IS HAP
HOW. HOW IS THIS MUCH RIDICULOUSNESS ALL
OWED TO EXIST IN THE WORLD?
ALSO HOLY SHIT NEW CANON AAAAAAAAAAAAAH
Quick quiz: can I finish all my fics before the movie comes out? (answer: hahahahahahahaha fuck no)
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I must not spend this whole review comparing Hurts to Depeche Mode
I must not spend this whole review comparing Hurts to Depeche Mode
I must not spend this whole review comparing Hurts to Depeche Mode
...yeah. What can I say, I am predictable (also, they list DM as one of their influences so it's not all my fault)
So, Crishna and I went to see Hurts last night (as ever, booked by her - the only thing I've booked on my own initiative recently has been the excellent Andy Zaltaman - Satirist for Hire). We went up to the Troxy on Commercial Road, which was super easy to get to, thank you London Overground, I will miss you when I have moved.( Pawws/HurtsCollapse )
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This is just a bunch of photos of big crashy waves on the rocks at Fistral. There was a bar at the bottom of the steps where we could get quite good views without getting massively soaked. ( wavesCollapse )
Oh boy, I've just found a bunch more pictures from a house we went to visit. Guess there's still one more post to go!
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Third post - gardens, chapel and views on the way back (from the boat and back on the mainland).( Lots of picsCollapse )
STILL NOT DONE with the Cornwall photos. Think I might have one more post left.
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St Michael's Mount was awarded to the Benedictine abbey of Mont Saint-Michel after the Norman invasion (seems like a very long way to me...). The original church was destroyed by earthquake in the 13th century and the current church was built in the late 14th.
The estate is currently in the hands of the St Aubyn family, having been bought by John St Aubyn in 1659. ( loads of picsCollapse )
I still have more pictures to post (!) but I am tired so I am off to bed and will post part 3 tomorrow. :)
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More Cornwall photos, as I magically have a quiet evening in amongst all the viewings (I think I'm up to 7 now, just this week).
St Michael's Mount is a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall - for part of the day you can walk across to it, but for the rest you have to travel by boat.
The Mount is the ancestral home of the St Aubyn family, and the house and grounds are also open to the public.
The day we went to St Michael's Mount was our designated fish and chips day, and I had a very nice scampi and chips from a place in Marazion, which I mostly ate as we walked over the causeway to the island.
We were very lucky with the weather too - it had been fairly rubbish but as you can see we got some lovely blue skies.( More photosCollapse )
Photos from around the house etc in next post.
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People who follow me on Twitter may be wondering why I've suddenly got obsessed with cleaning and sorting out. I am not, thankfully (HOLY CRAP the last couple of weeks have been dull), but there has been a very good reason for it all. I am selling my flat!
I've been thinking about it for a while, after having a rubbish summer and knowing my original mortgage deal was coming to an end next month (4 years!!!!!), so I got a valuation after we got back from Cornwall, and it was pretty damn good, so my original idea of putting the flat on the market after Christmas went out of the window and it's all moved a bit quickly since.
I had a guy in today doing floorplans and photos, so I think it'll be online next week and then come the viewings, and then all the rest of it. I'm quite nervous about it all, but quite excited too.
My parents have been lovely and said I can move in with them for a bit after I sell, which means I don't have to look for somewhere while I'm selling (I seriously owe them for this, I'm not sure I could cope with work, selling AND buying). I'm planning on staying in South-East London if at all possible (other locations were very
So, that's my news. Big changes coming! Sadly I've not had anything positive on the job front, but all I can do is plug away at that and hopefully something will come up.
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Or, what I have watched recently and what I think about it.
In no particular order:Orphan Black
Have seen three episodes so far and wooooo it's exciting! And twisty. And interesting. And I'm so behind that really, I probably don't need to tell anyone this because you've seen it already. Anyway, it's really good. By Any Means
I have only seen the first episode so far, and it was a Hustle knock-off with pretensions to being a crime drama. However I have watched so much depressing drama recently that this kind of nonsense was pretty much exactly what I needed, so hooray for a show where Warren Brown isn't going to die. </bitter>Southcliffe
Southcliffe came across as one of the aforementioned depressing dramas - and holy crap, it was - but I found it to be a really interesting drama that went in a few ways I wasn't expecting (Rory Kinnear's character was particularly intriguing). It wasn't afraid to make its characters unsympathetic at times, but managed not to make them ALL awful all the time (looking at you, Mayday). Some of the timeshifting was a bit tricky to follow though, and as a result there were some elements of the show I wished had more focus. Atlantis
Lovely shiny nonsense. LOVED. IT. High hopes for the rest of the series being as cracktastic. The Bridge
Watching episode 3 as I type, and really enjoying this remake so far (also looking forward to The Tunnel). Diane Kruger's particularly great as Sonya Cross and I'm enjoying the US/Mexico stuff compared to the Denmark/Sweden stuff. Brooklyn Nine Nine
LOVED. THIS. Loved the characters (and they were really well introduced in the first episode - I feel like I have a clear sense of who they all are), loved the acting, loved the jokes (still laughing about Terry Crews' character naming his daughters Cagney and Lacey). Really looking forward to the rest of the series. Elementary
Oh I LOVE the casting for the UK characters in Elementary. SEAN PERTWEE AAAAAAAAAAH <3. And Rhys Ifans was great - I really didn't expect him enjoy him that much. Really liked the Lestrade plot as well, And ohhhhhhhhhh Joan and Sherlock <3 <3 <3. So happy this is back. Sleepy Hollow
I just want to watch people who've been kept away from the modern world for some reason being confused by daily life, is that so wrong? (my GOD, this show is good for me - yes alright Lucas was away for eight years, but hundreds? OK YES PLS) Loving this, wishing I had not got through the first two episodes because now I am up to date and I WANT MORE. Loving the characters (interested in where they're going with Jenny 'Sarah Connor' Mills), not loving the occasional creepy moments that come out of fricking nowhere aaaaaaaargh. Person of Interest
I love this show so much. It's just the best. I watched 214 and 215 today, and Logan Pierce! Zoe! Joooooohn you ridiculous man. Still not over 213 either (the rooftop aals;fk;ffd; so good).
The thing is, objectively I can tell when the show is not that great, but I just don't care. Every single thing about it just hits me on a really deep level (the reason I am still on s2 is because I save up watching episodes - I could easily marathon it) but I find it hard to explain why. Dancing With The Stars
I am not watching this properly, thankfully - I did watch a full episode today and it was pretty tedious outside of the dancing. Mostly I'm watching for the lovely Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu, who I have loved since HSM. I have also watched him in other stuff, including Disney stuff, because I have no shame. He's great. And his week 2 jive was AMAZING, especially after the Contemporary in week 1 (it was good, I'm just not a massive fan of Contemporary):Strictly Come Dancing
Yay, it's the Stricty time of year! Not a great start to the series - seriously, is there ANYONE who wants Bruce to carry on presenting? HE IS TERRIBLE - and it seems to be quite a weak field atm, but it was good fun anyway. Favourites so far are Patrick Robinson (well, he is in Casualty) and Natalie Gumede (who has an amazing face and seems pretty awesome). Also slightly Dave Myers, because the Hairy Bikers are the best TV chefs. Would like Vanessa to be knocked out first, but that's mostly because I don't like her at all. Suspect it will be Tony, however.
It'll be interesting to see how people look after the second dances - I really don't like having jives in week 1, I think they should be week 3 minimum so the celebs have had time to get used to just dancing before they tackle it.
I think I've caught everything - this does cover a few weeks of viewing, although I watched a lot today! (the only upside to being ill)
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I hesitate to call this a review, because even in the version in my head there’s a lot of tangents. And it’s not quite a rec (for reasons which will become obvious). So I’m calling it a ramble.
Crishna brought this book down to Cornwall for me, and seeing as it was a) crime b) with a supernatural bent and c) set in London, I had to read it.
A Matter of Blood is the first book in the Dog-Faced Gods trilogy (which I nearly just typed as God-Faced Dogs, which would be something else entirely), set in a very near future where the global financial crisis was far more serious than the real one, and most of the world is now in hock to The Bank, a shady organisation.
The book follows Detective Inspector Cass Jones over two investigations, the shooting of two schoolboys and a serial killer who calls himself the Man of Flies and who likes leaving the words Nothing Is Sacred written in blood on his victims.
At the same time, his marriage is going down the pan (although the rot set in long before the start of the book, after an undercover operation that went very bad – we find out just how bad in flashbacks).
Ok, so that’s the setup, now we get into the spoilery discussion:( spoilersCollapse )
Tl; dr - in reading this book I found out my limit for depressing shit is, actually, Luther. Good to know.
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This post is massively overdue, but seeing as my parents recently dropped off two boxes of DVDs/CDs they don't want any more, I thought I'd better get round to posting the previous lot of stuff I was planning to offer around.
All of these items are free apart from postage & packing, so if you'd like anything just comment and let me know :)Accessories( PhotosCollapse )Clothes( more photosCollapse )
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We went to the Dartington Crystal factory last week (http://www.dartington.co.uk/
) as Crishna makes glass things and likes glass and generally feels about glass the way I do about card making supplies (/beads/yarn/oh God I have too many hobbies). Also, they have a glass blowing experience thing and we wanted to blow glass.
The visitor centre has some interesting displays, and places to do glass painting and jewellery making (we didn't do either of those, and I'm still not 100% sure what the jewellery making thing was but unless it involved making actual beads I'm pretty sure I can do it at home), and you can walk through the factory to see Dartington products being made, so this was our major point of interest besides the glass blowing.
The blowers make between 4 and 11 types of glassware per day, and it's pretty involved and tough (not to mention hot) work. ( Factory picturesCollapse )( Glass BlowingCollapse )
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So yes, I am a lucky person who got to go away again this year. As usual, Crishna and I went to Cornwall, where we got incredibly windblown due to all the walking and cliff paths. And as you'll see throughout the photos, the weather can best be described as unsettled.
The place we were staying was right on the beach (Mawgan Porth), which was lovely:( Mawgan PorthCollapse )
We also went to Padstow for a wander/food (haddock Cornish pasties nowhere near as nice as crab ones) and had a walk around Padstow Bay:( PadstowCollapse )
We also went to some places that weren't beaches (so I will have more to say) but I will post those tomorrow as I am quite tired.
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ETA: I have no idea why half this entry is in bold, I can't even see the relevant tag in the html. Might try to fix it again later but having no luck rn. Fixed thanks to delgaserasca.
…It isn’t Thursday night, obviously. It’s a Monday morning, and I’ve had no sleep, thanks to my idiot neighbour (the nice one, not Downstairs Man, he is a prick) who went out and left his computer game on pause, playing the same short piece of music over and over and over and over ALL NIGHT.
I am going to have a word with him later and if that does not include me screaming in his face, he should count himself lucky. Presuming I go home tonight – tempted to go over to my parents’ but I am already going over there for two nights this week so probably best if I do go home. Also I have stuff to do (photos).
[NB: I am posting this on Wednesday morning, and I have spoken to him, and turns out a few people were annoyed by this music, FANCY THAT. Turned out to be his computer screensaver, but I don’t think he’s going to be leaving it on again in a hurry. Also I’ve now had two good nights’ sleep, so am feeling a bit more like myself now]
So, in other news, I went to Hastings with the parents and Pudding a couple of weeks ago, but that’s a separate post (posted last night). Since getting back I have been working like a loon, reading, trying to catch up on TV and occasionally going out for things that are not food, but mostly not (by which I mean supermarkets, not restaurants).
Cut for spoilers (books/film):( Broken Homes, London Calling, Dandy Gilver and A Deadly Measure of Brimstone, The Killing MoonCollapse )( BlancanievesCollapse )
I haven’t finished Top of the Lake yet, but it’s nice to watch a show where if something doesn’t quite make sense, there’s a fair chance it’s not just me, it’s the show.
Haven’t watched that thing on BBC One on Sunday nights atm (What Remains? Something like that) but am intending to get to it soon.
Currently watching Vera, which I am enjoying as ever. Last night’s was particularly heartbreaking in various places, and featured Saskia Reeves and Hugh Simon (!). Joe continues to be lovely.
Can’t think of what else has been on. Emmerdale is super annoying, I haaaaaate one of the new doctors on Holby (even more so after the most recent episode) and Casualty is pretty good. I have seen a few episodes of Coronation Street and I saw one episode of Eastenders and would like to know what happened in Devon, but other than that I don’t care. I’ve been watching quite a lot of CSI New York (ideal background show for me) and a few episodes of The Mindy Project here and there.
I need to rewatch Luther so I can do a proper entry about the series. And also work out if 303 & 304 actually do hang together at all (based on one viewing I’m veering towards no).
I'm going to try to catch up on TOTL tonight, while I do various boring things that need sorting now I've had enough sleep to deal with them.
In other exciting news, I am getting a haircut on Friday. WOOHOO! Going to go quite short this time, although I haven't decided how short.
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In August, I went down to my aunt & uncle's in Hastings with the parents and my niece. We stayed for a week and it was good fun, though not relaxing as, well, my family is not known for being quiet. Ever.
The weather was mostly really nice, but not too hot, which was a relief after Paris. I even got to go to the amusements this time, and we went out on a couple of day trips. I also bought a shedload of wool in various charity shops :D and got some double-pointed needles (evil fuckers) and circular needles (which are fine).
We watched War Horse while we were there, which was pretty good, if not my normal kind of thing. And there was athletics on, so that was super.
Beach photos:( beachCollapse )
There was also a sculpture called My Heart Belongs to Hastings, which is made of reclaimed timbers and padlocks with space to add your own (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-19731311
). Pudding and I duly did so:( padlocksCollapse )
I was going to do all the photos in one entry but I think it will make more sense to put Herstmonceux Castle in a post of its own, so that'll be coming up shortly.
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In July, I went to Paris with my parents, aunt, cousin and granddad. It was a fun holiday, but very busy as we only had 3 days. It was also very very hot (around 30 degrees), which didn’t really suit me. You may not be surprised to know that we ate a lot of food, but shockingly no mussels! Lots of photos behind the cut.
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So, the weekend before last I saw Pacific Rim and it was amaaaaaaazing. I enjoyed it A LOT and have been swallowing all the fic I can since then, hurrah. On the whole, the fic for the film has been really good. I’ve only had one DNF, and even that was more because I couldn’t buy into the author’s headcanon than because it was a bad fic.
(fabulously, I last downloaded a bunch of fic two days ago, and I can already see some fics I haven’t read yet on Pinboard, so more fic, yay! Hopefully some of it will be Stacker/Herc because there is nowhere near enough of that around)
As a result of all this reading, here are some fic recs in no particular order:( lots of ficCollapse )
I must find the time to comment on these fics (hahahaha, time, yeah, whatever Han) but hope this is useful :) May well be back with another post once I've caught up on the next batch of fic. Does anyone want meta recs? Those seem to have been fairly comprehensively covered but let me know if you want some links.
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I have added all the jewellery I've made (bar one bracelet that needs fixing) to my DaWanda shop! YAY!
Shop with all jewellery and cards is here, if you are interested: http://en.dawanda.com/shop/hanlondon
and if anyone feels like sending the link on to friends or whatever, that would be very much appreciated. :D
I would go off and have a rest now (I've spent all day working through 20 postings) but I have to update the links on my tumblr. /o\
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Not sure how I feel about this yet. Need to rewatch 3 & 4 together to see if it does hang together properly (I have my doubts about certain things).
Longer meta on the whole series to come eventually...
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