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(1) A work friend is spending his six-week sabbatical in Perth, Australia -- the west coast generally. Does anyone have any suggestions for places he should go? He's a nice fellow, adventurous, and he's looking for outdoor stuff and places to eat. I'd really appreciate it if anyone could drop a few suggestions.

(2) UKNova has been providing wonderful things for me lately. Torrents for two long-unavailable BBC Scotland series have appeared and I am hoping they are as wonderful as I remember them.

Tutti Frutti was the first big acting break for both Emma Thompson and Robbie Coltrane, a 1980s comedy-drama about a knackered 1960s rock band whose lead singer dies in a tragic cross of the deaths of Mama Cass and Eddie Cochrane, just before they're about to go on a tour of Scotland's greatest toilets. nightclubs. I watched its first repeat run and for some reason there was never another so I am hoping that it's as funny as I remember it being.

I never quite understood why it didn't get a video or DVD release. I suspect its to do with getting releases for all the 50s/60s rock classics. Anyway. Glasgow accents. Emma Thompson with an Elvis quiff. A very funny, much younger, slightly lither Robbie Coltrane.

It has a fabulous rant about being single and living alone, which I empathised with to an almost worrying degree.

Takin' Over The Asylum was David Tennant's first role, albeit a supporting one. It's another black comedy/drama about a knackered sadsack hospital DJ who ends up running the radio station at a mental hospital. I never did see the end of this -- and again, it's never been repeated when I could see it and never released on DVD. (Rights issues again, maybe?)

I can burn if so required. I'm half -watching Tutti Frutti now and it is as good as I remember.

(3) I've been reading sagas. By which I don't mean Norse stuff, I mean potboiler romances set in 1930s Liverpool. Good god, the bad, uninspired writing and plotting. Yet I wanted to turn the page and I read the damned thing in three days. People popping out babies and getting married out of nowhere. One-armed sparky heroines. The heroic Irish mammy. Absolutely inexplicable.

Now I am reading Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters, which is as fantastic as the saga was ridiculous. Anyone else read this?

Next: The People's Act of Love by James Meek.

(4) I am very out of practice at writing these things. Writing anything really.

(5) I watched two Stargate: Atlantis episodes. Once you have the characters fixed in your head, why on *Earth* would you ever want to watch the damned thing again when you can read fanfiction that is of almost infinitely higher quality?

(6) Work <--- said in a sonorous tone, as if echoed off a tombstone and filtered through a miasma of painful despair. Or something.

(7) predictivememo, I hope you're doing all right.

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minnow1212
Mar. 20th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
3. >One-armed sparky heroines.<

Oh, this is very sad, because I got to that line and was instantly sunk and wanted to read!

Does the heroine have a happy ending? Maybe she randomly meets a prosthetic-arm maker?

6. Work <--- said in rueful, sympathetic tones
infinitemonkeys
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
Well, she's like best supporting actress (almost literally since she is an Actress With A Tragic Past Who Is Now Unable To Go On The Stage, due to her uniarmed state. So she marries the heroine's big brother who is an Accidental War Hero.

Do you have the whole Catherine Cookson saga thing there, or is it all regencies?
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nestra
Mar. 20th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
I watched two Stargate: Atlantis episodes. Once you have the characters fixed in your head, why on *Earth* would you ever want to watch the damned thing again when you can read fanfiction that is of almost infinitely higher quality?

Pretty pictures. And the unquencheable desire for as much McKay snark as possible.
veejane
Mar. 20th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
I was going to say, so that when people pop up with all manner of LJ icons, I know what they are talking about. (Or sometimes, still don't, but at least know where the picture came from.)

Also, because making fun of hot stupid people is like watching rugby: lots of pointless running around, some bellowing, lots of muscles. (Sadly, no taped ears.) What's not to love?
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veejane
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
On another tack entirely,

lither Robbie Coltrane

This phrase really deserves some visual proof. I don't believe there ever was such a thing.
infinitemonkeys
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
*slightly* lither. I shall try to get visual proof
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kirbyfest
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
I watched two Stargate: Atlantis episodes. Once you have the characters fixed in your head, why on *Earth* would you ever want to watch the damned thing again when you can read fanfiction that is of almost infinitely higher quality?

::nods::

Good to see you. And I hear you on the sonorous-toned work issues.
infinitemonkeys
Mar. 21st, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Hello. SEP tells me you'll definitely be round here in summer if all goes to plan. Allow me to book an evening, if you have a spare one going.
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snacky
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
(5) I watched two Stargate: Atlantis episodes. Once you have the characters fixed in your head, why on *Earth* would you ever want to watch the damned thing again when you can read fanfiction that is of almost infinitely higher quality?

See, now I have to ponder this. Since for me, love of the source has always come before love of the fic. And SGA leaves me cold (did you know there are WOMEN on the show? Fandom, you mislead me so! *g*), so I have no interest whatsoever in the fic. I am not sure how to enjoy the fandom, if I can't enjoy the canon.

::ponders::
cofax7
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Whereas I'm still happily reading the fic, while being increasingly disenchanted with the canon. Maybe it helps that I was never all that enchanted with the canon to begin with. I STR my initial response was that it was disturbingly Trek-like, for reasons which escape me now. I was unimpressed, but the fandom towed me along regardless.

And the fic--oh, my, the fic is breathtaking. ::shrugs helplessly::

Oh, and as Barbara says, "pretty!"
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jcello
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
I love Emma and Robbie and David and would gladly trade the American goodie bag of your choice for DVDs. (Yes, I have a region-free player.) Pleeeeeeeeeeaze?
infinitemonkeys
Mar. 21st, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
It's not available on DVD anywhere and the picture size is very small and fuzzy indeed -- they're dubbed off 1987-vintage videotape.

Would you like the .avi files? You'll have to watch them at your computer, unless your DVD player is very nice indeed, but you can hear all the dialogue and that's the important bit. If so, please punt me your address via email and I'll send you copies.
barkley
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
People do not blow things up nearly enough in fanfic. Nor do they shoot at things!
cofax7
Mar. 20th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Hey, I totally blow things up!
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mandysbitch
Mar. 20th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
A work friend is spending his six-week sabbatical in Perth, Australia -- the west coast generally. Does anyone have any suggestions for places he should go?

Somewhere else?

okay, well, let's see... if he's outdoors-y he should do fine. The outdoors is one of the few things the place has got going for it. Can I recommend renting a car? The public transport sucks and you really need a car to go anywhere interesting. There's this place called "Rent a heap" (you'll find it in whitepages.com.au) and it's *very* cheap. The city is boring - the more interesting inner city places to hang and get good food are Leederville, Mt Lawley, Subiaco, Fremantle. Fremantle is very much a cafe strip and has decent coffee and tourists and markets etc. He'll want to take a trip to Rottnest island and ride a bike around - maybe go for a weekend? Fantastic place for an outdoors type - windsurfing, snorkelling, bike-riding.

About five hours North there's Kalbarri which has pretty steep gorges if he likes to do a little rock climbing - and is really a beautiful place. Again, hire a car.

Eating - I don't eat out much being all vegan-like. Ask unwinding - she gets out more than I do. Leederville has a good range.

Weather page here. Don't think it won't get cold. It can and will. Okay, I've been in the UK in the WInter and it's hardly a comparison but he should bring a jacket or jumper - he won't live in shorts and t-shirt (entirely).

Ummm... avoid the locals. They look pretty but they're really monarchists. It's weird. Don't mention daylight savings.

Local music is awesome - does he like a bit of indie/ Alternative? Check out the Rosemount, Amplifir, Swan Basement (in Fremantle), the flying scotsman (for more electronica). Avoid Northbridge. It's the nightlife spot but it's tacky and it's full of suburbanites.

Any questions? There will be a test later. :)
infinitemonkeys
Mar. 21st, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Somewhere else?

Ah. Oh dear. *g*

He's been all up the east coast because he lived there for a couple of years and did some travelling so I think he wanted somewhere else. Thanks for all the suggestions though
muridae_x
Mar. 20th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
Tutti Frutti is obtainable????!!!!

Excuse the excess of punctuation. You've just filled me with wild glee. I loved the show to the extent of even buying the soundtrack album, but was VCRless in those days and never managed to see the final episode on either occasion it was shown. I'm now very much hoping that that can be remedied.

(I now have Love Is Strange running through my head. I hope you're satisfied.)
infinitemonkeys
Mar. 21st, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
You would like .avi copies? I have checked them and they all seem to work just fine. Quality is very ropey but then someone has hoiked it online from a video copy, so it's only to be expected
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se_parsons
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Please send old BBCTV fabulousness!

You will soon be getting all sorts of stuff from me as well.
infinitemonkeys
Mar. 21st, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
Oh, you're getting it, no fear. You might need to consult an online Glaswegian/American English dictionary though. Only my love of Christopher Brookmyre and (some) Irvine Welsh is keeping me going.
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infinitemonkeys
Mar. 21st, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
One armed plucky heroines sounds... interesting. Hmm. I think I hit my published badfic quota this year with Fangs for the Memories, though.

I have never read any of those crazy vampire romance novels. Maybe I am missing out on the Laurell K Hamilton and her ilk phenomenon. She's one of the best-selling authors in Europe, I read somewhere (can't remember where) which goes to show that tastes in trashy fun do not vary. It's all a matter of fewer or more toilet humour and/or knob gags depending on whether you're German or French.
ex_dashenka
Mar. 22nd, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Hey Macaco Infinito!

Greetings from your slack-ass friend from way back when! I hope you are well and everything is fab in Swinging London. :) If you feel like it, I'd love to be friended again, but I would also understand if you didn't want to. Either way, hello! :)
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