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Hestia
Date: 2014-03-01 20:18
Subject: New jewellery!
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 So, one of the things I decided when I sold the flat was that it would finally be time to buy myself this piece of excellence:



It has since been ordered and is being made and will be with me in 6-8 weeks HELL YEAH. In the meantime, I ordered a couple of other pieces which arrived today and oh, they are beautiful.

I got the blue chrysanthemum cocktail ring and necklace, made in laser-cut titanium with electronically layered colours (!!!!). The necklace is also made with freshwater pearls and the centre piece of each flower is a large pearl. 

Ring:

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Necklace: 

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Hestia
Date: 2014-02-16 22:09
Subject: Musketeers fic recs
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So, The Musketeers (BBC version) is great. I presume you’re all watching it but if not, it’s really worth it :D. There's lots of fighting and some really, really attractive men (yes, yes, there's plenty of other things to recommend it, but I'm currently separated from my Transporter/District 13 DVDs, give me a break). There’s no new episode this week thanks to the BAFTAs (damn you, BAFTAs!) so you’ve got time to a) catch up and/or b) read fic.


I myself am currently rewatching episode 1 while writing this post. Excellent choice of activities for the evening.


I actually managed to last about three episodes before going looking for fic, which is quite a long time for me. For a small fandom it’s steadily growing and already contains some really good stuff. This is the stuff I’ve enjoyed so far.


Sewn by Stardropdream

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1175081


This is my favourite fic in the fandom so far. It’s a lovely look at Aramis and Porthos post 103, hot but with some nice character work.


He kisses him, distracting, one hand sliding down over Porthos’ naked chest, his sentiment meaning he must trace over every scar he encounters, and his other hand resting on his shoulder, to keep him down – the touch light so as not to hurt him.


One of Us by breathtaken

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1174606


Foursome fic. Basically Aramis wants to seduce D’Artagnan and convinces the others it’s a good idea (there’s now a second part of this I haven’t read yet).


"And where am I going to get good wine from in a day and a half?" Aramis affects annoyance, but Porthos can see his eyes are suddenly alive. He’s long observed that for Aramis, the risk inherent in such a liaison actually enhances the pleasure, which for Porthos doesn’t really bear thinking about. "Like he would know the difference anyway."


Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa by chaletian

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1160675


Short Athos gen.


There is almost some poetic justice in being so judged. He can embrace it. Perhaps in this his earlier guilt will be expiated.


Prodigal Son by Suzie_Shooter

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1162209


Fun gen fic


"Go home, D'Artagnan," Athos said coldly. "And stay there."

Not trusting himself to speak, D'Artagnan turned his back on them, mounted his horse and spurred it on, clattering out of the courtyard in silent fury and humiliation.

There was a pause.

"That was harsh," Porthos said, giving Athos a look that was half rebuke and half puzzlement.

"If a few hard words put him off, he's got no business being here in the first place," Athos said blandly.


My Brother’s Keeper/My Keeper’s Brother by sinistrocular


Gen fics about what the aftermath of Savoy, set directly after.


http://archiveofourown.org/works/1181869

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1182871


“He’s lucky to be alive.” Athos sat down on Aramis’s other side once again, neatly redressing the ghastly wound they both blamed for their friend’s stupor.


What they didn’t expect was the snort of air Aramis blew out of his nostrils. It seemed almost like it was meant to be a laugh if he’d had energy enough to do so.


Secrets and Skirmishes by dreamlittleyo

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1180082


Athos/D’Artagnan with a good Athos voice


Tomorrow he will remember to be appalled with himself. Tonight he needs only this.


Afraid of Being Alone by Mackem

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1180025


Nice Porthos/Aramis fic set after 103


“I didn’t mention innocence,” Porthos grins. “I don’t believe you were ever innocent, Aramis. I’ll bet you smirked before you smiled.”


Take my milk for gall by Chaletian

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1177813


Really good Milady gen


She has never been a good woman. Virtue is not in her nature.


There is nothing on earth that we share by Chaletian

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1177879


Athos/Milady

“A night-time assassination?” she replies, reaching out, lightly touching his hair. “How very tedious. You’ll suffer when I kill you, my dear Athos.”


Sure by deinonychus_1

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1184405


Athos/D’Artagnan fluff, I really like this


“I was starting to think you’d never wake up.”

“I’m starting to wish I hadn’t.”


A Friend In Need by Suzie_Shooter
archiveofourown.org/works/1154557


Athos/Porthos post ep 1


Porthos lifted his hat and scrubbed a hand through his hair, wishing Aramis was there. He was generally the one more suited to flights of philosophy.


Fair Trade by Suzie_Shooter

http://archiveofourown.org/works/1171922


Athos/Porthos/Aramis fic, another really good one


"Suppose we'd better make it quick," Porthos sighed. "Or he'll be back looking for us."

"So are we doing ourselves, or each other?" Aramis enquired, and Athos snorted.

"And to think they call you the romantic one."


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Hestia
Date: 2014-02-04 21:33
Subject: Moving news!
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Just a quick message for anyone who might need to know - I am moving out of my flat next Weds and from then on will be at my parents' until I find a new place (I am looking but nothing that's caught my eye so far).

It's still all slightly tedious but I am finally a) getting through the work and b) getting to the exciting part. Having spent the last five days being very, very ill, I am looking forward to having a bit of a rest when I get to my parents'. 

I have looked at a few places but nothing that's particularly caught my eye so far...
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Hestia
Date: 2014-01-02 10:19
Subject: If I only had a potion, some magical notion
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Hello, all! Hope you had a good Christmas period. Mine was pretty good, although much noisier than I’d have liked.

Perhaps most excitingly, (try to work out how much I’m joking – even I’m not sure) I got back on the chocolate after 2 ½ months off. And DAAAAAMN, it was good.

I was over at the parents’ as usual, and got lots of lovely presents including oodles of new stuff for my kitchen. Sadly that stuff is all in my parents’ loft as I am packing up my place at the moment (anyone wondering why I am doing this without a moving date: it is just me, so if I don’t do this stuff, it is not going to get done).

I also had a good birthday, during which I did bugger all. I got some fab books, which so far are not packed away, hurrah! The weather was a bit rubbish, which meant I couldn’t go out for a long walk as planned, so I mostly faffed about with my niece’s tablet (she did not seem that bothered tbh), swore at my phone for being a git (have since reset it to factory settings and all is well now), ate chocolate and drank champagne (bless my Dad for buying champagne this year - white wine just makes me sleepy at the moment).

I was supposed to work on the 27th but the trains weren’t running so I did more sitting about doing nothing (well, I did do some writing) and playing with my nieces.

On the 28th I took my niece to see Frozen, which I really enjoyed (<3 Elsa) and then my BIL took me home back to my lovely quiet flat omg yay so quiet (until Downstairs Man started up). I then did more sorting/packing and playing about with laptop. Repeat that for the 29th.

I was in work on the 30th, and I realise I am incredibly boring but it was nice to have something normal to do (also quiet, as Downstairs Man was being noisy on the 29th as well). Also meant I got round to sending a bunch of flat-related emails that my parents have been bugging me about.

31st I cooked (macaroni cheese with apples – tbh both parts lovely but would have been just as good separate), cleaned and did more faffing on the laptop (I installed Bluestacks and then Candy Crush Saga because my niece had it, hahaha). Crishna came over for NYE as is traditional, though Downstairs Man was annoying (again) and next door started playing music AT MIDNIGHT, as you do (he did stop at 1, thankfully). It wasn’t the greatest NYE ever because we were both very tired, and had it been a normal night I’d have probably gone to bed at 10.

2013 wasn’t great, so I am hoping that 2014 is better and at the very least involves less dickish neighbours. I have made a grand total of one resolution, which is to eat less meat. I don’t think I can give up entirely, but I am going to try to reduce the amount I eat. All my other aims for the year (write, see my friends who live further away more often, find a house) aren’t really resolutions as I already had them in mind. And I already exercise at least 6 times a week – it’s not really a resolution if you’re just going to keep plugging away, is it?

Yesterday I did – no surprise – more packing, and the weather was shit, so we stayed in. I put my giant sofa on FreelyWheely and amazingly have had three replies, even after pointing out in the listing it would be a pain to clear. Hoping I might even get it picked up this weekend, which would be super useful. Hurrah for that, anyway!

Today I am at work (typesetting yay) and then over to my parents’ tonight. The weather forecast for the weekend is rubbish, which is a shame as I would have liked to have gone out somewhere. Ah well, more packing (there’s still an entire bookcase to tackle). And if I can get the sofa picked up I’ll have a decent amount of space for the boxes, woo.

With regards to Christmas TV – thought Who was ok but not great, enjoyed Death Comes To Pemberley (oh, Tom Ward, so lovely <3 <3), enjoyed Last Tango In Halifax a lot, thought Strictly was fun (and I loved a. the shameless overmarking of Elaine Paige and b. Rufus and Flavia’s dance), and struggled my way through Downton (I don’t watch it, but Lesley does so I was being nice), although I did like Paul Giamatti. Call the Midwife was as fantastic as usual.

I watched Sherlock, which I found more irritating than anything else, and were it not for Lars Mikkelsen I’d just give up now. Meh. I did also watch episode 6 of Sleepy Hollow, which I am really enjoying. And I know this isn’t news but goodness me, Tom Mison is attractive.

Was there other stuff on? Probably. I haven’t watched Big Fat Quiz of the Year yet, although I did see a little bit last night.

Excitingly a new series of Silent Witness starts tonight, yay! Not entirely sure about Emilia Fox’s hair this series – will have to wait to see it in motion.

I really must take a photo of one of my presents to use as a new default icon. 
 

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Hestia
Date: 2013-12-31 18:04
Subject: Not quite a mixtape
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NOTE: for some reason the crossposting is borked, it's fine on DW so please see http://hestia8.dreamwidth.org/56825.html#cutid1 for the videos.

As per usual, I'd do a mix of what I'd listened to this year but it would be 80% Depeche Mode, so instead here are some themed lists of songs I really, really love:

Songs that actually came out this year

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Songs by artists I saw live this year (yes, this includes some DM but I only saw three and a half* acts live this year)

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Hestia
Date: 2013-12-13 20:32
Subject: All your cutting down to size
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 So. 

It's been a while. I have been offline most of this week due to struggling with work a lot and feeling a bit lost with all the flat stuff. However, through a shitload of hard work and some ridiculous emails to my parents, I have a) taken all my forms to the solicitors re flat and b) sorted out a bunch of stuff at work (on my own, like a boss, frankly). I am in a much better place now, although I felt like absolute crap yesterday after my body caught up with my mind. 

HOWEVER, holy shit, you would not think working over Christmas - on what is considered by the business A NORMAL WORK DAY - would be so hard. But basically I've had to justify why I'm coming in (I live in London, this rule only came in last month so I'd not planned for the leave, I want to carry over the leave for when I move) and what work I'm going to do (SO MUCH, ffs!). I only got final confirmation today that I could without it being a huge, massive deal. 

ON A NORMAL WORK DAY. It's not like I'm trying to get them to let me work Christmas Day or anything. 

Anyway, that is tedious. Tomorrow I am planning on swimming, posting parcels, setting up my Dad's Christmas present (wooooooooo it's shiny and awesome) and trying to finish my wrapping. Sunday I might go out for a walk somewhere interesting and to do any shopping I have left over. Should be nice. 

I need to try booking a doctor's appointment next week but not sure that'll work out before Christmas. Ah well, never mind. 

Very little else to report here right now, but things do feel as if they're getting a bit better.

Oh wait, there is something exciting: new laptop OH YEAH :D :D :D
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Hestia
Date: 2013-11-24 20:51
Subject: When I'm with you baby, I go out of my head
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Tags:depeche mode, going out
Subtitle: a conversation with myself

So, 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/TheJezabelsVideos

So 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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Hestia
Date: 2013-11-08 21:10
Subject: ok I'm just going to link to myself here
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SPOOKS MOVIE IS A REAL THING THAT IS HAPPENING.

http://spooky-doings.livejournal.com/544172.html

HOW. HOW IS THIS MUCH RIDICULOUSNESS ALLOWED 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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Hestia
Date: 2013-10-27 15:14
Subject: Paint the sky with silver lining
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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.
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Hestia
Date: 2013-10-25 21:42
Subject: Fistral
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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.

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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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Hestia
Date: 2013-10-25 21:18
Subject: St Michael's Mount pt 3
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Third post - gardens, chapel and views on the way back (from the boat and back on the mainland).

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STILL NOT DONE with the Cornwall photos. Think I might have one more post left.

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Hestia
Date: 2013-10-22 21:30
Subject: St Michael's Mount pt 2
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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.



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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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Hestia
Date: 2013-10-22 20:12
Subject: St Michael's Mount pt 1
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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.

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Photos from around the house etc in next post.

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Hestia
Date: 2013-10-11 18:48
Subject: Exciting news!
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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 briefly considered).  

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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Hestia
Date: 2013-09-30 21:25
Subject: I'll need a miracle to help me this time
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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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Hestia
Date: 2013-09-30 18:21
Subject: A Matter of Blood book ramble
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Tags:books, london
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:

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Tl; dr - in reading this book I found out my limit for depressing shit is, actually, Luther. Good to know.
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Hestia
Date: 2013-09-29 14:42
Subject: Free stuff!
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Tags:belts, clothes, free stuff, necklaces
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

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Hestia
Date: 2013-09-22 14:42
Subject: Cornwall photos! (pt 2)
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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. 

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Date: 2013-09-21 22:21
Subject: Cornwall photos! (pt 1)
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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:

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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:

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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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Date: 2013-09-04 09:02
Subject: It’s Thursday night, let’s get it right
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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 [livejournal.com profile] 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.

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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