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1) They're doing "Finding Nemo" on ice at the O2 Arena. Fish. On Ice. I can't be the only person who thinks this is wrongness squared can I?

2) My dad called me during Lost In Austen. I watch *one* thing a week on telly, and he calls in the middle of it. It continues to make me happy, particularly now it's all unravelled from the books. It's all gone gloriously pear-shaped and continues to surprise and delight with its unexpectedness and fun one-liners and taking the piss out of the Ehle/Firth adaptation.

Mr Collins is the most noxious Collins I've ever seen; Caroline Bingley is revealed as a [pleased shriek in lieu of spoiler] Mrs Bennet is approximately XXXmillion times better when played by Alex Kingston than when Alison Steadman is overacting; Wickham is *way* more interesting here than anywhere else and Bingley and Darcy are slashy, sad goodness. Also, Lindsay Duncan! Win all round!

Add in the ocean-going magnificence that is Hugh Bonneville -- rescued from the horror that is Bonekickers -- and I am in love. It's gorgeous, affectionate fanfic.

I suspect that they may have been hoping for a series two which would be about Lizzy Bennet in W6, but I could be wrong. Alas, I believe the ratings suck.

3) Next weekend is the first 40th birthday party of an offline friend of mine. Part of that is that I am among the youngest of my circle of friends, but still. Forty. Ye gods and little fishes. How did we get this far without me noticing? It's only about five minutes since we all turned thirty.

For his birthday we're all off up to Blackpool where he and his friends are getting their band together for one big gig. I am going up on Friday, early, so I can arse about at the Pleasure Beach, and I plan to stay in a posh hotel.

4) Then on Saturday, I am driving back to London because my dad has scored tickets to the football game against the evil, evil Arsenal at the Emirates. This will be excellent. If Citeh lose, it's only expected because, well, it's the Arse. If Citeh win, there will be *such a party* on the terraces. I loved the away games last year because it was only the hardcore fans who could be arsed to go to QPR and Charlton. They knew all the chants and the banter was superb, if foul-mouthed.

5) I am the kiss of death for amusing threads. I start reading there and they turn into a pile of wank. Thankfully b3ta.com's Question of the Week continues to be a mine for all that is hilarious, appalling, offensive and wrong.

6) I was sorry to miss vonnie_k's birthday. Happy belated birthday.


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Sep. 17th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
I so glad there's at least one other person on my f/list who enjoys Lost in Austen. :)
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oh yay, validation! You like it too. ;)

Two of the people who I thought would love it did not, and I was wondering whether I was just really easily pleased.

I think it's marvellous. I'll just have to accept that not everyone agrees with me.
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
It's all kinds of fluffy goodness!

(S'cuse my typo in the last comment. I only ever spot them when it's too late.)
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't spot it at all. (Worryingly, this is what I do for a living).
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Sep. 17th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Oh holy mother of god, who did they slash or should I not ask? I mean most of the slash pairings are, well, biologically impossible aren't they?
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Sep. 17th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure you could lower the tone of this LJ but you certainly made me laugh. In horror, yes, but I laughed
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
I prefer my fish fresh rather than frozen. {g}

"Finding Nemo" probably stinks in all genres, though. I hate that movie.
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I remember you hating it. Wasn't it the terrible parenting crapness you objected to? Anyway, the version on ice will be shite. It's people, dressed up as fish, on ice, at the Millennium Dome. There aren't the words for the wrongness
Sep. 18th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Do you have "helicopter parents" in your neck of the world? Nemo's dad is a perfect helicopter parent. {smacks Nemo's dad}

I have actually seen Toy Story on Ice, so even if I liked Nemo, I wouldn't have high hopes for the ice version.
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know the term. What is a helicopter parent?

You've seen Toy Story on ice? I'm so, so sorry. I've learned that anything with the words "on ice" in the title is ::rummages through pockets for tact::: not to my taste. Unless maybe it was "muggers on ice", where the "on ice" was in the mafia sense of the word
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'd love it if the production's underwriters were Mrs. Paul's and Gorton's of Gloustershire.
Sep. 17th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Oh my God Lost in Austen is so silly but so fun, I'm similarly in love. It gets better every week!

I also saw the Nemo on Ice ad. Dear God in Heaven, what's wrong with the world?
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
It is completely daft but wonderful nonetheless. I will miss it after next week. I wish it was getting better ratings. I feel as though we should encourage ITV to produce anything that isn't endless iterations of the X-Factor formula.
Sep. 17th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Blackpool! I'm jealous. I bought a pair of hot pink jeans with leopard spots there when I was 17. I found them recently and cannot believe I ever was skinny enough to paint those on. Seriously, they are SO TINY. And I am not.
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Hot pink jeans with leopard spots? Yes, that is very Blackpool.
Sep. 18th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
And very 1981 to boot.
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC)
It's like Ashes to Ashes. You had Ashes to Ashes pants
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Given taht I'm still 5 episodes behind in season 6 of Spooks, I'll have to take your word on the joys of Lost in Austen; at this rate I'm never to catch up.

... in other, not unrelated, news: what do you use for a torrent client? Do you, in fact, use a torrent client?
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
I sort of lost the will to watch Spooks at the end there. The relentless grimness and drah-mah! got to me. I am looking forward to the new season in the hope that I will be re-enthused.

I've had a bit of joy with Transmission. It's very easy to use, updates regularly, and though it doesn't play well with UKNova it seems to do all right with everything else

Sep. 18th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm DYING to get my hands on the latest ep of Lost In Austen but it's not up in the usual places yet. Curses. The crazy divergent course from the book has me so thrilled. The end of ep. 2 had me gaping like a fish. Poor Jane! Oh noes!

I totally have a crush on Hugh Bonneville's Mr. Bennet. You can take your Darcy and Bingley and Wickham. I'll take Claude (Claude!) Bennet for myself any time. And I guess Linsay Duncan must be Lady Catherine? Awesome. Can't wait.

I haven't the foggest as to who evil Arsenals and Citeh might be, but consider me rooting for whichever team you like.
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Lindsay Duncan is indeed Lady Catherine. She is indeed awesome. Clever, snobbish and a little bit scary; she's a bit more Marquise de Merteuil than the 1995 P&P version.

I will FIGHT YOU for Claude Bennet. You know, once I've bumped off Mrs Bennet in a tragic incident involving a cow
Sep. 18th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
I suspect that some people who might have enjoyed Lost In Austen, like me, refused to watch it because they suspected it was a gross plagiarisation of Jasper Fforde.
Sep. 18th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
I suspect it might be "inspired" by Jasper Fforde but I haven't read any Fforde. Another chasm yawns in my knowledge of pop culture. I think a trip to the many charity shops of Islington might beckon -- if ever there was a place for second-hand Jasper Fforde novels, it's there.

You could always watch Lost in Austen and tell yourself it's an homage.
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