Project 366 – Week 4

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I can’t believe it’s Week 4  of Project 366 already! The year is going to fly by again, isn’t it? I am hoping to be back this week with some other blog posts; sorry for the radio silence but I have had various different things that were determined to stop me in my pursuit of blogging this week! As for this week’s photos, I have to say, that I lacked inspiration on most of the days this week! So most of the photos are quite uninteresting, but I intend to head a bit further afield than my house to take some this coming week!

~ Day 16 ~

Anyone that follows me on Twitter will be aware that I’ve spent a lot of time in the past couple of weeks watching Dawson’s Creek. The great rewatch is very much underway, and I’ve reached halfway! Season three is just about my favourite, and I’ve just finished it. I’m also still getting through ER (up to season ten of fifteen), and I’ve just started another great rewatch: The West Wing.

~ Day 17 ~

I told you I’ve been uninspired this week, didn’t I? This was one of those “Oh crap, it’s almost bedtime and I haven’t taken a photo” moments, so I snapped my cup of tea. I don’t want my Project 366 to become a chore like that, so I’ve got to up my game!

~ Day 18 ~

I had fully intended to take a photo at the cinema, of either my friends or the cinema itself, or of something that indicated that I had been to see a film. But I forgot, so I had to settle for a photograph of the ticket! Warhorse was very good, by the way, I’d definitely recommend it.

~Day 19 ~

I got this notebook for my birthday, and I love it, but I have a real problem with notebooks. It’s not just that I have an addiction, it’s that once I have all these new notebooks, I don’t want to start writing in them until I know exactly what I want to use them for. And when it’s a really nice notebook, like this one (it’s a Moleskin), I am so reluctant to start it! But I know that I want to use this to start trying to write my novel. I have a good basic idea, I just need to sit and start writing!

~ Day 20 ~

I spent Friday night sorting out my bedroom, because it’s been such a mess lately. I got to going through some of the books on one of my bookshelves (not a priority, but more fun than hoovering), and I counted up all the novels that I have on there that I haven’t read. It came to 58; possibly not that many compared to others, but still quite a lot. Anyway, so I thought I would take a photo of some of the books that are on there.

~ Day 21 ~

This is how un-vain I am. This is a horrible photograph of me, and  I’m putting it on here regardless. To be fair to me, I don’t usually look this awful. It was taken at 3.45am, after Anna and I had been babysitting for my nieces. We got home at about midnight, and proceeded to spend the next four and a half hours chatting. Quite ridiculous. Anyway, that’s that. A horrible photo of me!

~ Day 22 ~

This is one of the nieces that I babysat for last night (and the only one who actually required any attention, as the other two were asleep before I got there and remained that way). My brother and sister-in-law brought their children for lunch today, and we had a lovely day in which I tried to teach my eight-year-old nephew to knit, and got to play with my nieces. I also got lots of cuddles with this little lady. What a delight.

I hope you’re enjoying my Project 366, if you’re joining in too, don’t forget to let me know! Until next time

Reasons to be Cheerful in 2012 – Television

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So, it’s the start of a brand new year, and I thought I would share with you some of the things that I am excited about in 2012. Not personally, you understand; although I am sure that there is going to be a lot for me to be excited about on a personal level (my big 3-0 birthday, for a start, but that’s months away!). I’m talking about in the world of television, film and books. These are three of my favourite things, as I think I’ve mentioned before.

I’m starting with television, there are lots of exciting things to come on the small screen over the next twelve months – here are a few of them!

Love Life

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Due on BBC1 in the spring, Love Life stars, amongst others, David Tennant, Billie Piper, Vicky McClure and Lacey Turner. As far as I can tell, each of the five episodes is a standalone story, focusing on different characters’ relationships. It is also semi improvised, which should make it interesting. 

Eternal Law

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This one actually starts on ITV1 tonight, and if I get a chance, I’ll definitely be watching it. Starring Orla Brady and Sam West, it’s a six-part series about angels who are sent to earth to pose as lawyers, in order to guide and influence people. They are forbidden from forging emotional attachments to the people they help, so you know, of course, that there will be lots of forbidden love. It’s from the same people who brought us Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. 

Titanic

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This April marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, and ITV are commemorating it with a four-part drama from the pen of Julian Fellowes (he of Downton Abbey fame). The trailer aired during the Christmas Downton episode (which I still haven’t watched!), and everybody seems very excited about it. It stars Celia Imrie, Toby Jones, and Geraldine Somerville, along with many, many others, and is said to weave together the stories of both real and fictional characters.

Shakespeare Season

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As part of their Olympic programming, BBC2 are to air adaptations of four of Shakespeare’s history plays: Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I and II) and Henry V. Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddlestone will play each king respectively. There’s not a great deal to say here, except that the BBC are notoriously good at this kind of thing, so expect it to be very good, if Shakespeare’s histories are your sort of thing.

Parade’s End

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This is something to be excited about, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it has a rather tasty cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Anne-Marie Duff, Miranda Richardson and Rupert Everett. Secondly, it is based on (I believe) a rather good set of novels (which I now want to read) by Ford Madox Ford, and has been adapted by Sir Tom Stoppard. Exciting stuff. It is set shortly and continuing into the First World War and centres around a love triangle between an aristocrat (played by Cumberbatch), his wife (Hall), and a young suffragette.

Bad Education

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I’m not sure about this one; for one thing it is a BBC3 comedy, which don’t often turn out to be very good, and for another, it stars and is written by Jack Whitehall, and I’m just not sure how I feel about him. Still, it’s worth giving a go, as he received rave reviews for his acting in Fresh Meat, and he is quite funny, I suppose. Also, there’s a severe lack of comedy on this here list I am making, so I thought I’d include it. It is set in a school, and Whitehall stars as a really bad teacher, apparently.

White Heat

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Another BBC2 drama here, this one follows a group of friends from 1965 through to the present day. It’s a six-part drama set against the backdrop of various different important world events, such as the death of Churchill and the Falklands War. It stars Claire Foy and Lee Ingleby, but I can’t find out just now when it will air.

We’ll Take Manhattan

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This is a biopic, telling the story of Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey. I am excited to see this, not only because I love a biopic, and I love the sixties, but mainly because I love Karen Gillan. Seriously, completely love her. And I can’t wait to see her playing someone other than Amy Pond. We’ll Take Manhattan is airing this month on BBC4, though I can’t find an exact date for it just now.

The Newsroom

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Up to this point, I have only featured British shows, because I usually preview US series at other points throughout the year. However, this is a special exception, because The Newsroom is the new series from Aaron Sorkin. And I think we all know how I feel about Aaron Sorkin and his body of work. Originally titled More As This Story Develops, it has since been changed (thank goodness) to The Newsroom. And let’s face it, naming a series after a working environment didn’t hurt Sorkin before. Anyway, this one stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Jane Fonda, and is set in a busy cable news channel. If it is as good as The West Wing and Sports Night, then The Newsroom will be really, really good. HBO ordered ten episodes in September of last year, so let’s hope it fares a little better than Sorkin’s last foray into television, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. There is absolutely no news of an airdate yet, and who knows when it will make it to UK screens, but I am still getting excited about it.

So that’s that; my top picks for the new year. There are various other shows that are on their way, including Birdsong, StellaLine of Duty, Dallas, Hacks and Luck. There are also lots of returning shows that I haven’t talked about, simply because they aren’t new. Upstairs Downstairs may have suffered a little in comparison to the juggernaut that is Downton, but I loved it and can’t wait to see it back in February. Sherlock has already begun (although I haven’t watched it yet), and there are two more episodes to enjoy. Doctor Who makes its return, though not until the autumn, and there will be a new companion to get used to once Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill take their leave. And Downton itself will be back in the autumn with a new series, potentially its last, so maybe we’ll finally see Cousin Matthew and Lady Mary overcoming the obstacles and getting together (remember I’m speaking from the perspective of someone who hasn’t seen the Christmas special!).

All in all, there is much to be excited about! Until next time,

The Butterball Hotline

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As you probably know, I’m not American, I’m English. As a result, I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Even when I was in America for Thanksgiving, I didn’t celebrate (and had a pretty miserable, lonely day, but never mind that now!). I do, however, celebrate the brilliance of The West Wing on a regular basis. As today is the American day of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d share a video with you. The West Wing does Thanksgiving particularly well: Shibboleth in the second season was about Chinese asylum seekers try to seek into the US to avoid religious persecution in their homeland, with a secondary storyline involving CJ and the pardoning of a turkey; in Season 4 there is Arctic Radar, not Thanksgiving-heavy but featuring a genius moment where the President shouts at the Secretary General of the U.N.; and finally we have The Indians in the Lobby, from which the clip comes.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all Americans out there!

Until next time

Tumblr Love #1

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I’ve decided to bring to your attention some of my favourite Tumblr blogs. When I first discovered Tumblr, it seemed to be rather a lot of angsty teenage nonsense, none of which appealed to me. However, I’ve since discovered that there is a lot of very enjoyable blogs on there, and I love looking through them all.

So this is the first in a new series of the very best (as far as I am concerned) that Tumblr has to offer. This is one that I found a few days ago, and I love it so hard. It is called West Wing Confessions, and  it’s a play on the Postsecret blog. Here are some of my favourites. (There’s a spoiler alert here – if you haven’t watched all of The West Wing, you should probably stop scrolling, just to be safe. Sorry.)

The last one there speaks the words of my heart.

I’ve also just starting following Sorkinese on Twitter, because there is always room for more Sorkin in my life.

Until next time