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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.


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.
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?
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
Well, and the justification for saying, "These people are too stupid to live!" in a doom-laden voice.

It's nice to see the shiny new thing descend to depths of stupidity generally only reached by shiny old things in later seasons. (XF season 8, Farscape S4, for instance)

But I do rather like Teyla. If they make her deeply stupid in S3 I shall be very. put. out.
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
Yes. I was surprised by how much I liked Teyla, but not enough to keep watching (except I probably will)

And you're saying XF only reached depths of stupidity in S8? You are too generous. It was jumping the shark, then jumping right back with regularity since mid-S5. But I like the old thing anyway.

Oh, speaking of STUPID, WTF is this Arthurian donkey-bollocks in Stargate? Are the writers getting high with a copy of Thomas Malory?
Mar. 20th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
Well if it's got to be donkey bollocks, Arthurian donkey bollocks are -- yeah, I got nothing.

It's more silly than even I expected (not being a huge SG1 person), and only slightly ameliorated by the rare moments of halfway-decent swordfighting that sometimes ensue.
Mar. 21st, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
My theory on the Arthurian thing is this: they're keeping their costume designers happy.

Here's what happened--we used to see much more of their enemy the Goa'uld, who had very bad glittery "WTF are you wearing" taste in clothes. The Tok'ra (the good goa'uld) also tended towards shiny and skimpy. But now the Goa'uld have mostly been defeated. So I think their costume designers were getting bored, and perhaps complained, and when asked what would make them happy, had just been to a Ren Faire or some such and decided that robes would make them happy. Robes for everyone.
Mar. 20th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
Well, doh, I had forgotten the whole prettiness dimension of joy. Yes, there is that.

Maybe it's that the episodes I watched were not rich with the snark
Mar. 20th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
I would ask which episodes you watched, but I don't want to be that annoying person who insists that everyone must love their current fannish object of glee. So if you'd like to hear me blather about certain SGA episodes, I'm willing and able. If not, I'm also happily able to blather about Second Sight and Clive Owen, which I just finished watching courtesy of Netflix.
Mar. 21st, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
I watched one with Kaylee from Firefly as a wraith, which was okay, one where I can't remember much of what happened but McKay and Sheppard didn't seem to like each other very much, and the season finale. I watched pieces of last season but not a bit of it has lodged in my head.