shinyjenni: Steph eating popcorn and wearing 3D glasses (does it have a bat on it?)
- I really enjoyed this post about The Legend of Korra on [community profile] ladybusiness: they get into lots of interesting issues about the baggage we bring to texts and how that influences how we see them, evaluating an ongoing canon, how two people can look at a text and see two different things without either of them being wrong, and also how Lin and Asami and Korra are awesome.

- Two Gentlemen of Verona was a DELIGHT (except the scenes that weren't meant to be). It's clearly a plot with... flaws, shall we say - Shakespeare revisited bits of it in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and got away with it a bit better because love potions - but the cast managed to carry it off with a combination of conviction and lampshading the more ridiculous bits. I particularly enjoyed the staging right at the end: spoiler cutting just in case! ) I think it's fair to say that the dog stole the show, though.

- Anyone else going to Nine Worlds this August? I was v. excited to see that they're going to be screening the "Wonder Women!" documentary: I very much want to see it.

- Today's Li'l Gotham almost made me cry, it was so lovely. (It also made me giggle a lot.) I don't usually have any opinions on Mr Freeze, but his Li'l Gotham appearances have been so wonderful. BEST UNIVERSE. (With the usual "I wish Cass and Steph were allowed to appear" caveat, though at least this universe still has Oracle.)

- This is where my thoughts on yesterday's Doctor Who would have gone, if my video recorder hadn't CRUELLY BETRAYED me. Quick, to the BBC3 repeat!
shinyjenni: Cartoon drawing of Bernice Summerfield surrounded by butterflies and cake; text reads "in a happy place" (benny's happy place)
Have not been on the internets much recently: came down with a cold, and then went up to my parents' for Easter and did not take my laptop. Excitingly, whilst I was there, Chicks Unravel Time was nominated for a Hugo! Gosh. (The only other thing I have read in that category was Chicks Dig Comics, which I also really liked. Go Mad Norwegian Press!)

Also over the last week I...

- played the piano! I'd forgotten how much fun "I Dreamed A Dream" is to play, even though I am not as good at it as I used to be (I used to know the entire first page off by heart, so I could start on page two and not have to turn over). When I am grown up I shall have a piano, and also possibly lessons, because I am not that great at it.

- went to see Richard III at the Tobacco Factory, which was really excellent. I don't know the play at all, nor much about the history, so didn't really know what to expect, but it was great, and contained more black humour and good parts for women than I was expecting. I'm going to see the other half of the Shakespeare season, Two Gentlemen of Verona, in a few weeks and am now looking forward to it even more. (I also have a spare ticket to it that I'm trying to sell; give me a shout if you think you might want it!)

- watched the first six episodes of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and became very enthusiastic about it. The first episode in particular was very good, and I like that they're bringing up themes of power, responsibility, and whether the ends justify the means without going all grimdark about it. Also Wasp is the MOST ADORABLE, my goodness, tiny and tough and competent and AMAZING. (Thor is definitely second in the adorableness stakes, as is right and proper.)

- read the third issue of Young Avengers, which I feel has really hit its stride: it had all the humour and pace and heart of the first two issues, but felt a lot more substantial than they did and therefore banished the tiny voice in the back of my mind that was going "I paid TWO POUNDS AND TEN PENCE for this". Good.

- watched "The Bells of Saint John": minor spoilers )

- caught up with [livejournal.com profile] veritypodcast, which is A Good Thing and makes me feel very happy to be part of Doctor Who fandom. This week's episode was an excellent discussion of season 7a, which I had to pause briefly to watch two of [personal profile] such_heights's great season 7 vids, I am destroyer I am lover and Sunday (I would have watched Dinosaurs On A Spaceship and As Cold As It Gets too but they weren't on my ipod for some reason). I feel a lot more warmly towards "Asylum of the Daleks" than I did when it was first broadcast, because "I am destroyer I am lover" is so sharp and cool and interesting, and "Sunday" just fills me with many Pond-related feelings. ♥

Now I am away to catch up on DW/LJ/reply to things/generally make my life less of a disorganised mess than it currently is. I may be some time.
shinyjenni: The Eleventh Doctor lying on the ground (eleventy)
- Two Christmas cards arrived for me on Saturday! (One of them was from [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_celery - thank you!)

- Also on Saturday, I went to see Richard II at the Tobacco Factory, which was excellent, as the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory season always is.

- [personal profile] paranoidangel has already posted lots of excellent photos of the exhibition part of the Doctor Who Experience, so I will just post a few of the ones that I took:

under this here cut )

- Book meme, from all over the place:

The book I am reading: I've just started reading Inkheart, though by "just started" I mean I have read one page. I'm also reading Managing Change for Library Support Staff, for an essay that I am absolutely going to start writing any day now. And I have nearly finished Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds, having decided recently to work my way through all the Birds of Prey books that my library has. So far this has proved to be an excellent decision.

The book I am writing: None at present.

The book I love most: YOU CANNOT MAKE ME CHOOSE JUST ONE. But if you did, it would probably be The Once and Future King, which is a slight cheat as it is sort of also four books.

The last book I received as a gift: The last two books I got for Christmas were Coronets and Steel by Sherwood Smith and Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones. Haven't read either of them yet, though, since they had to go to the bottom of the book pile. That is the rule.

The last book I gave as a gift: I bought The Sister The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget for Christmas, don't think I've given anyone any books since then.

The nearest book on my desk table: There are piles of library books on my table; I think the closest is the Every Child Matters report, which is sticking out of the bottom of the "books for uni" pile.
shinyjenni: Ruth from Spooks, talking on the phone (ruth)
A belated happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] hoshinekoyasha, and a very belated happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ghost2! Hope you both had lovely days.

Sorry, have been rather absent recently, due to feeling a bit hide-under-the-desk-y. I've been reading and thinking of comments and then... not actually leaving them. Whoops. Will try and be better in future! Also, I went away for the weekend. Well, to Cheltenham, where I met up with Izzy, Jess and Vanky and we all went to see the Everyman Youth Theatre's production of Carpe Jugulum. It was a lot of fun, and one of the Nanny Oggs (the cast was huge, so halfway through a lot of the extras became main characters and vice versa) in particular was smashing. ("We'll all be killed in each other's beds!") Both the Oatses were really good, too, and changing the actor actually worked in terms of his characterisation. It was in the studio theatre, and we sat right at the front, which is a little alarming as I worry that the actors can see me and that I therefore have to make appropriate faces. Also once when I sat at the front I got jenga bricks kicked all over me. Anyway. It made me want to go home and reread all my Discworld books, but they wouldn't fit in my rucksack so I settled for just A Hat Full of Sky, as I bought that one just after the last Great Discworld Reread.

And then I came back to Bristol, baked a cake and watched Giles and Sue Live the Good Life, which was a delightful farrago of incompetence, innuendo and cosplay, and I am looking forward to part two tonight.

My restore-from-saved-draft was some stuff about Spooks, which is no longer terribly timely, but I shall finish and post it anyway. spoilers )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (scoundrels)
1.) Happy birthday, [personal profile] stellastars!

2.) I have been listening to Sian Phillips talking about Juliet and her Romeo on Woman's Hour. It sounds interesting; any Bristol or Bristol-adjacent people interested in going?

3.) LJ's question of the day is about the first news event you remember being aware of. Sadly in my case the answer is "Robbie Williams leaves Take That", I have a very clear memory of Newsround showing footage of hordes of weeping fans. OH SELF.

4.) Here is some more Leverage squee!

'The Mile High Job' and 'The Miracle Job' )
shinyjenni: Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Anji; text reads: "time and space adventurers" (time and space adventurers)
I went to see A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Tobacco Factory on Friday! I was a little worried about how it would compare with the fantastic outdoor production I saw last summer, but I needn't have been - although it didn't have the acres of energy that that one did, it was still an excellent production. It was a little slow to start, but I think that's just how the play is (all that setup business at the beginning can drag a tad), and it picked up quickly. The fairies' lullaby was genuinely creepy and rather magical, and the second half was amazing. I was in stitches at the play within a play, especially the Wall. Titania's dress was lovely, sadly I can't find a decent picture of it online (*shakes fist at the internets*) but it was big and red and came with an armoured shrug, heh. And I really liked their Helena, which is good because I can usually take or leave her. Also, apparently I am so used to seeing productions with female Pucks that I'm more surprised when the character's played by a man now!

I went back to Cheltenham for a flying visit at the weekend, it being Mother's Day and The Sister being there. I came last at scrabble but won Trivial Pursuits so overall the game situation was neutral.

Something I like about Dreamwidth, randomly: when you click on "x comments" it actually takes you to the comments, rather than to the top of the post. It's always annoyed me that LJ doesn't do that.

*sidles off to catch up on the flist*
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (ace seven)
- Thoughts on this week's Merlin first, so anyone who hasn't caught up yet can skip them: spoilers )

- Then I watched the Children in Need Merlin special, which was much more cheerierer. spoilers )

- On Friday night I went to see The Winter's Tale at the Tobacco Factory. I've studied it but never seen it before, so I was really looking forward to it. And I wasn't disappointed - it was a great production. The change in tone between the acts was a little jarring, but I think that's a fault of the play, which is pretty much a mini-tragedy with a mini-comedy smushed onto the end, and the production handled it very well: the comedy shenanigans were excellent. ("Aha, I shall put on this ridiculous hat and this eye-patch, there is no way my son shall see through that!" And indeed he doesn't.) The same actress played Mamillius and Perdita, which was an interesting choice, though it may have been driven more by the size of the cast that anything else - there was a lot of doubling up. Antigonus was lovely - there are no spoilers so old I will not cut for them )

- Jess and Vanky stayed over on Friday night, and on Saturday we went and played ADVENTURE GOLF at Cabot Circus. Great fun, even though I lost. Again.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
- Thoughts on this week's Merlin first, so anyone who hasn't caught up yet can skip them: spoilers )

- Then I watched the Children in Need Merlin special, which was much more cheerierer. spoilers )

- On Friday night I went to see The Winter's Tale at the Tobacco Factory. I've studied it but never seen it before, so I was really looking forward to it. And I wasn't disappointed - it was a great production. The change in tone between the acts was a little jarring, but I think that's a fault of the play, which is pretty much a mini-tragedy with a mini-comedy smushed onto the end, and the production handled it very well: the comedy shenanigans were excellent. ("Aha, I shall put on this ridiculous hat and this eye-patch, there is no way my son shall see through that!" And indeed he doesn't.) The same actress played Mamillius and Perdita, which was an interesting choice, though it may have been driven more by the size of the cast that anything else - there was a lot of doubling up. Antigonus was lovely - there are no spoilers so old I will not cut for them )

- Jess and Vanky stayed over on Friday night, and on Saturday we went and played ADVENTURE GOLF at Cabot Circus. Great fun, even though I lost. Again.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (lovely merlin team)
- Thoughts on this week's Merlin first, so anyone who hasn't caught up yet can skip them: spoilers )

- Then I watched the Children in Need Merlin special, which was much more cheerierer. spoilers )

- On Friday night I went to see The Winter's Tale at the Tobacco Factory. I've studied it but never seen it before, so I was really looking forward to it. And I wasn't disappointed - it was a great production. The change in tone between the acts was a little jarring, but I think that's a fault of the play, which is pretty much a mini-tragedy with a mini-comedy smushed onto the end, and the production handled it very well: the comedy shenanigans were excellent. ("Aha, I shall put on this ridiculous hat and this eye-patch, there is no way my son shall see through that!" And indeed he doesn't.) The same actress played Mamillius and Perdita, which was an interesting choice, though it may have been driven more by the size of the cast that anything else - there was a lot of doubling up. Antigonus was lovely - there are no spoilers so old I will not cut for them )

- Jess and Vanky stayed over on Friday night, and on Saturday we went and played ADVENTURE GOLF at Cabot Circus. Great fun, even though I lost. Again.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
I went to London at the weekend. I should go more often; the train is both quicker and cheaper than I thought, and I now have an oyster card. Anyway. The point of going to London was to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] carawj and [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo, and also [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_llin and some other people whose lj names I don't know. It was great fun: we went to see a brilliant production of A Doll's House. It was a lot funnier than I remember it being, though that may be a consequence of seeing it live as opposed to reading it - Toby Stephens in particular was hilarious. All the cast were great, especially Gillian Anderson, and I appreciated the bit where Kristine suddenly turned out to be awesome. The only slight quibble I had was with the decision to anglicize the names of the characters. I've read the play (and even studied it, lo these many years ago) but don't know it that well, so I was occasionally distracted by thoughts like "is Nora's surname really Vaughan? I don't remember it being Vaughan, but then I don't remember it being anything else, either. Doesn't sound particularly Norwegian, though. Hmmm." But it was only a little thing, and the rest of the production was smashing.

After the play I got the train to Brighton for [profile] ghostpaw's flat-warming. I eventually found it, despite the best efforts of Google Maps (they'd only labelled about a tenth of the streets with their names, and they had also failed to mark the pier, sigh) - it's a lovely flat and the party was excellent. The sun was shining the next morning as I walked to the station, so I took some pictures of Brighton, a few of which are under the cut:

pictures! )

The train journey home was rather marred by some idiots in my carriage who were on a stag do and felt the need to spend their entire journey shouting, swearing, singing and throwing around racist epithets. Argh. I wish I'd been brave enough to go and confront them, but I am a shy, tiny woman and I'd already had enough comments just walking past them to get to my seat, so I just sat there and fumed. Luckily they weren't there for the whole trip.

On the train I read (and later finished) The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks, which I thought was better than Excession but still contained a frustrating bit of genderfail: vaguely spoilery ) I also finished The Lies of Locke Lamora last week, which I thoroughly enjoyed - thanks for the rec, [personal profile] vilakins!

Not really related to any of the above, but I am having vague thoughts about making some sort of Whoniverse picspam community. Because picspams are fun and it might be nice to have a central place to post them - I know I'm always a bit leery about linking them on communities, especially if they don't have a specific focus. Is this idea a) sensible or b) ridiculous?
shinyjenni: Kira Nerys (kira)
I went to London at the weekend. I should go more often; the train is both quicker and cheaper than I thought, and I now have an oyster card. Anyway. The point of going to London was to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] carawj and [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo, and also [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_llin and some other people whose lj names I don't know. It was great fun: we went to see a brilliant production of A Doll's House. It was a lot funnier than I remember it being, though that may be a consequence of seeing it live as opposed to reading it - Toby Stephens in particular was hilarious. All the cast were great, especially Gillian Anderson, and I appreciated the bit where Kristine suddenly turned out to be awesome. The only slight quibble I had was with the decision to anglicize the names of the characters. I've read the play (and even studied it, lo these many years ago) but don't know it that well, so I was occasionally distracted by thoughts like "is Nora's surname really Vaughan? I don't remember it being Vaughan, but then I don't remember it being anything else, either. Doesn't sound particularly Norwegian, though. Hmmm." But it was only a little thing, and the rest of the production was smashing.

After the play I got the train to Brighton for [livejournal.com profile] ghostpaw's flat-warming. I eventually found it, despite the best efforts of Google Maps (they'd only labelled about a tenth of the streets with their names, and they had also failed to mark the pier, sigh) - it's a lovely flat and the party was excellent. The sun was shining the next morning as I walked to the station, so I took some pictures of Brighton, a few of which are under the cut:

pictures! )

The train journey home was rather marred by some idiots in my carriage who were on a stag do and felt the need to spend their entire journey shouting, swearing, singing and throwing around racist epithets. Argh. I wish I'd been brave enough to go and confront them, but I am a shy, tiny woman and I'd already had enough comments just walking past them to get to my seat, so I just sat there and fumed. Luckily they weren't there for the whole trip.

On the train I read (and later finished) The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks, which I thought was better than Excession but still contained a frustrating bit of genderfail: vaguely spoilery ) I also finished The Lies of Locke Lamora last week, which I thoroughly enjoyed - thanks for the rec, [livejournal.com profile] vilakins!

Not really related to any of the above, but I am having vague thoughts about making some sort of Whoniverse picspam community. Because picspams are fun and it might be nice to have a central place to post them - I know I'm always a bit leery about linking them on communities, especially if they don't have a specific focus. Is this idea a) sensible or b) ridiculous?
shinyjenni: Kira Nerys (kira)
I went to London at the weekend. I should go more often; the train is both quicker and cheaper than I thought, and I now have an oyster card. Anyway. The point of going to London was to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] carawj and [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo, and also [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_llin and some other people whose lj names I don't know. It was great fun: we went to see a brilliant production of A Doll's House. It was a lot funnier than I remember it being, though that may be a consequence of seeing it live as opposed to reading it - Toby Stephens in particular was hilarious. All the cast were great, especially Gillian Anderson, and I appreciated the bit where Kristine suddenly turned out to be awesome. The only slight quibble I had was with the decision to anglicize the names of the characters. I've read the play (and even studied it, lo these many years ago) but don't know it that well, so I was occasionally distracted by thoughts like "is Nora's surname really Vaughan? I don't remember it being Vaughan, but then I don't remember it being anything else, either. Doesn't sound particularly Norwegian, though. Hmmm." But it was only a little thing, and the rest of the production was smashing.

After the play I got the train to Brighton for [livejournal.com profile] ghostpaw's flat-warming. I eventually found it, despite the best efforts of Google Maps (they'd only labelled about a tenth of the streets with their names, and they had also failed to mark the pier, sigh) - it's a lovely flat and the party was excellent. The sun was shining the next morning as I walked to the station, so I took some pictures of Brighton, a few of which are under the cut:

pictures! )

The train journey home was rather marred by some idiots in my carriage who were on a stag do and felt the need to spend their entire journey shouting, swearing, singing and throwing around racist epithets. Argh. I wish I'd been brave enough to go and confront them, but I am a shy, tiny woman and I'd already had enough comments just walking past them to get to my seat, so I just sat there and fumed. Luckily they weren't there for the whole trip.

On the train I read (and later finished) The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks, which I thought was better than Excession but still contained a frustrating bit of genderfail: vaguely spoilery ) I also finished The Lies of Locke Lamora last week, which I thoroughly enjoyed - thanks for the rec, [livejournal.com profile] vilakins!

Not really related to any of the above, but I am having vague thoughts about making some sort of Whoniverse picspam community. Because picspams are fun and it might be nice to have a central place to post them - I know I'm always a bit leery about linking them on communities, especially if they don't have a specific focus. Is this idea a) sensible or b) ridiculous?
shinyjenni: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier; text reads: "big finish" (big finish are love)
Tis very muggy today. We've got the windows open but the main effect of that is to make the library smell of tar. But still, sunshine! Summer! I went to see an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream last Friday evening with Jess and Phil. It was an excellent production; I recommend seeing it if you get the chance (it's on tour at the moment). All the costumes and music were done in a 1920s style and it was great fun, full of energy and singing and dancing. And it reminded me of how much I like Hermia.

I finished watching Doctor Who and the Silurians last night and this time it had a trailer on the end for The Ambassadors of Death, which I don't seem to remember seeing before, even though it's the same DVD. My memory must be impersonating a sieve again. But anyway, now I am looking forward to The Ambassadors of Death. Fights! Car chases! Liz's HAT! Everyone looking unusually coral coloured in the face department!

Recently I listened to Circular Time. I must admit, after the first disc I was a little skeptical about it's fantastic reputation: although both stories were good, they weren't that madly brilliant. HOWEVER. Disc two completely changed my mind. (This next bit may be vaguely spoilery, so here's a cut.) spoilers )

And finally, Big Finish sent me an extra copy of this month's Vortex again, and due to buying job lots of stuff on ebay I also have an extra copy of Big Finish magazine CD #6, y compris UNIT, Terror Firma, David Tennant and probably some other things wot escape me at the moment. CD now gone! If anyone wants either or both of them the copy of Vortex, just give me a shout and they're yours.
shinyjenni: The Fifth Doctor cupping his ear (five)
Tis very muggy today. We've got the windows open but the main effect of that is to make the library smell of tar. But still, sunshine! Summer! I went to see an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream last Friday evening with Jess and Phil. It was an excellent production; I recommend seeing it if you get the chance (it's on tour at the moment). All the costumes and music were done in a 1920s style and it was great fun, full of energy and singing and dancing. And it reminded me of how much I like Hermia.

I finished watching Doctor Who and the Silurians last night and this time it had a trailer on the end for The Ambassadors of Death, which I don't seem to remember seeing before, even though it's the same DVD. My memory must be impersonating a sieve again. But anyway, now I am looking forward to The Ambassadors of Death. Fights! Car chases! Liz's HAT! Everyone looking unusually coral coloured in the face department!

Recently I listened to Circular Time. I must admit, after the first disc I was a little skeptical about it's fantastic reputation: although both stories were good, they weren't that madly brilliant. HOWEVER. Disc two completely changed my mind. (This next bit may be vaguely spoilery, so here's a cut.) spoilers )

And finally, Big Finish sent me an extra copy of this month's Vortex again, and due to buying job lots of stuff on ebay I also have an extra copy of Big Finish magazine CD #6, y compris UNIT, Terror Firma, David Tennant and probably some other things wot escape me at the moment. CD now gone! If anyone wants either or both of them the copy of Vortex, just give me a shout and they're yours.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
Tis very muggy today. We've got the windows open but the main effect of that is to make the library smell of tar. But still, sunshine! Summer! I went to see an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream last Friday evening with Jess and Phil. It was an excellent production; I recommend seeing it if you get the chance (it's on tour at the moment). All the costumes and music were done in a 1920s style and it was great fun, full of energy and singing and dancing. And it reminded me of how much I like Hermia.

I finished watching Doctor Who and the Silurians last night and this time it had a trailer on the end for The Ambassadors of Death, which I don't seem to remember seeing before, even though it's the same DVD. My memory must be impersonating a sieve again. But anyway, now I am looking forward to The Ambassadors of Death. Fights! Car chases! Liz's HAT! Everyone looking unusually coral coloured in the face department!

Recently I listened to Circular Time. I must admit, after the first disc I was a little skeptical about it's fantastic reputation: although both stories were good, they weren't that madly brilliant. HOWEVER. Disc two completely changed my mind. (This next bit may be vaguely spoilery, so here's a cut.) spoilers )

And finally, Big Finish sent me an extra copy of this month's Vortex again, and due to buying job lots of stuff on ebay I also have an extra copy of Big Finish magazine CD #6, y compris UNIT, Terror Firma, David Tennant and probably some other things wot escape me at the moment. CD now gone! If anyone wants either or both of them the copy of Vortex, just give me a shout and they're yours.

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