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One of the very few regular outings I get to enjoy is a semi-regular Sunday breakfast with Husband. Mostly we go to Leederville, and when there we habitually go to Giardini's Cafe.

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Prometheus

May. 18th, 2013 09:43 pm
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As I usually write these film reviews on Facebook these days, "SBG has now seen and liked Old Blockbuster She's Finally Catching Only A Year Or Two Late." Well tonight it's more like "SBG has now seen and... well, seen Prometheus."

tl;dr: "Ridiculous. Prometheus, I fart in your general direction."

The ranting got too long for Facebook so I moved it over here. Given space to run I ran. This won't be very coherent, but I think that's quite appropriate, don't you? (I'm assuming everyone else has already seen it.)

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Yes yes I know, this is a post about a TV series called The Paradise and I was disappointed with how it went down so I had to call it “Paradise Lost”. There are rules about this sort of thing, m’kay? It was beyond my control.

Beware: Major spoilers below (but I wouldn’t be the first, grrrr).

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In which I continue the tale of our Feb 2013 trip Over East. In the previous post we’d arrived in Hobart for a brief 2 night stay. In a rare moment of economy and risk I’d booked us into a cheap mystery hotel deal via Wotif.com, knowing only that it would be a four star hotel in the Hobart CBD, specifically handy to the MONA ferry departure point. This ended up being the Macquarie Manor Heritage Hotel. At time of booking I made a request for “minimal stairs to room” just in case the unknown hotel ended up being a heritage building with no lift, as per the last lovely but hazardous B&B we stayed in a few years ago. Turns out I was right, sort of.

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(Usual review disclaimer i.e. it’s not a review per se just my personal impressions. Yes, there is a difference.)

The Corpse-Rat King is the debut novel of local Perth writer Lee Battersby, and it is tremendous.

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I used to experiment on people for a living. This included time spent watching them through a two-way mirror to detect when they would cheat on a task, so it's not a huge stretch that I might find a show like Big Brother interesting.

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I haven't done a post about TV for a while, so I thought I'd talk about the surprise gem that is Snog, Marry, Avoid on Friday nights on Ch11 (Perth).

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Despite my best efforts to avoid watching Highlander II, I've just watched it. I'd planned to return it to the DVD library unwatched and unmourned, but as it survived safely forgotten at home not once but twice I figured that the universe was keen for me to experience it.

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A catchup in virtual dot points.

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I've just watched The Last Starfighter (1984) for the first time in a very long time. I'm not sure how many times I watched it on video back in the day, but it was probably a lot. It stood up very well indeed.

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Day 4 of the new drug regime and I feel compelled to report... nothing of pharmacological interest.

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So how RU?

Oct. 11th, 2010 10:06 pm
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I am happy to report that this evening's surprise discovery of cat vomit did not send me over the edge. Granted I've only found the furry sausage part (whomever calls them furballs has clearly never seen one), so there may be more lurking in exciting places around the house. On the bright side (yes, of cat vomit) furry sausages are better out than in, and it was Pumpkin who is generally more tidy about such things than Princess Projectile.

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"Read the Liaden Universe books," they said. "You'll love them."

Years passed; continents drifted. Liaden Liaden Liaden. Always in the back of my mind, but a victim of its own branding, because I could never remember who wrote the damn things so I couldn't look them up (whenever I thought to) at second-hand shops. So I have [livejournal.com profile] leecetheartist to thank once again for addressing my failing education and/or inherent laziness.

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Much to Husband's dismay I watched the Miss Universe 2010 broadcast this evening. Some things have changed since the last time I paid any real attention. And when was that? Not a clue, but here are some thoughts*.

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I have almost all the genre works of Anne McCaffrey. It's a Thing that's cost me a lot of money and lost hours and san points over the years, but there you have it. Some of them are quite good. Read more... )

Glee love

Jun. 15th, 2010 12:26 am
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I'm in no condition to write a seriously well considered post about the impact of the TV show Glee on The Youth of Today, and whether it's displaying the most harmful form of tokenism that will destroy the lives, hopes and dreams of thousands of teens. So I will say that I've come to it late, but that Husband and I have decided that we both enjoy watching it for different reasons, and we watch it together.

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Hmmm. Odd.
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Today I watched the most recent broadcast episode of V and reached an important milestone.

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To my knowledge I haven't read anything by Kim Stanley Robinson, but I've been staring down copies of Red/Blue/Green Mars at second hand shops for quite some time. A Worldcon I'm not going to seemed as good an excuse as any to try them out. Naturally they all disappeared at the first sign of actual interest, so in the meantime I picked up Forty Signs of Rain to try.

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Woo Who!

May. 9th, 2010 10:47 pm
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I am so loving Matt Smith's Doctor Who, and the Weeping Angels still scare my socks off. Little more with itty bitty spoiler. )

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