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It is FEBRUARY which seems awful but I'm not minding that much since that brings us CLOSER TO SPRING and Spring means Less Cold and I am Ridic In Favour of Less Cold.

Here are some things that have been making me go yay a bit:

  • Layer Cake. Not actual layer cake - though, being cake, I also approve of that - but the film Layer Cake. IT IS AMAZING. And has lots of things I normally hate in films (like being about The Criminal Underground and only having women as love interests, and guns and gangsters and stuff like that) but it also has Colm Meaney making BRILLIANT facial expressions at Daniel Craig cause he's a bit sheepish about not telling Craig earlier that he shot the guy he's looking for and popped him in his freezer. And there is A TEAM. And people are often HILARIOUSLY INCOMPETENT and Daniel Craig pretends he is James Bond (this is well before actually being cast as James Bond - thus EXTRA CLEVER META...or amusing coincidence, whatevs) and Colm Meaney. Who is lolarious, and thus should be mentioned twice. It is a very good film and everyone should see it and not hate on it. Yes. Good. Also, it does actually have layer cake in it at one point and cake is awesome.

  • AMAZING CASTING FOR UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS. I knew Alex Kingston was going to be in the new series, but now there's also Emilia Fox. And Keeley Hawes was in it already, and basically it just looks brilliant and beautiful and I LOVE THIS SHOW. Even if they did cruelly and horridly say Richard was dead, lalalalla, lies.

  • Here is a lovely very early interview with JK Rowling. (In The Elephant House in Edinburgh. I've been there; it's alright.) Her book sold 30 000 copies, y'know! And it might be a movie one day.

  • Sometimes my country is makes me very happy - all the leaders of the political parties at Holyrood have united in supporting gay marriage in Scotland.

    Currently, you can have a civil union (which confers the same legal rights as marriage, though there's some consultation thingie going on which I think means same-sex civil marriage in the UK will be legal before the 2015 General Election if no-one fucks it up [as I understand it, the differences between civil union and civil marriage are in the technicalities of how it's performed and who it can be performed by]) but you can't get married in a church. The Kirk is divided on the matter (though last year, they became the first major Presbyterian Church to allow openly gay ministers, although they've had one in Aberdeen since 2009, Scott Rennie, and they've sort of said okay to gay clergy but it's not properly official and they're having another chat about the whole thing next's a bit confusing) with thousands threatening to leave if they support gay marriage, and thousands threatening to leave if they don't. But with such unified political support (and public support - the latest poll I can find puts it at 61% for with just 19% against) behind a change in the law, I'm hopeful they'll get on with it.

  • A twenty-year-old Jonathan Ross interview with Blake's 7 dudes He! I LOVE THEM. Gareth Thomas is BEAUTIFUL even though he has a very silly beard. And there's a topical political comment on the poll tax, heh. STOP LOOKING SO HAPPY ABOUT BLAKE DYING, GARETH THOMAS. It was HORRIBLE and Probably Didn't Happen.

  • In the world of Doctor Who action figures, I knew this was inevitable, but I still want to go OH FFS rather a lot. It's a Seeds of Doom set. The "oh ffs" is because that Krynoid figure is exactly the same as the Axon figure released a year or two ago. And I can't even be PROPERLY ANNOYED because of course they're not going to make a new figure when they could just use a mould they've already got. And WHY can they get away with that here? Because the bloody Krynoids were the Axon costumes repainted green. I don't say it often, because I almost never care, but CURSE YOUR CHEAPNESS, DOCTOR WHO. I really, really don't want to buy Yet Another Tom Baker with an alien that is THE SAME BLOODY ALIEN I already have. Also, curse my completist tendences, for they are strong.

    You do get a sword though. That's something.

Date: 2012-02-01 03:36 pm (UTC)
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That interview with JKR is so crushingly adorable. "My absolute ambition is to sell loads of books." You win! :D

I haven't seen Seeds of Doom so I kind of didn't believe you and then I clicked and was all "... wow, it is identical to the Axon isn't it?" I had no idea those were the Axon costumes repainted - I really must get round to watching that story.

(I have an image of you surronded by epic amounts of Tom Baker toys and it amuses me quite a bit!)

Date: 2012-02-02 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh, watch it! It's really, really good. Like, a properly top notch Tom Baker story.

Date: 2012-02-01 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I saw daffodil buds today! They look like they're about to open. Spring is here :-)

Date: 2012-02-02 12:26 pm (UTC)
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I have neither daffodils nor snowdrops but FROSTY FROSTY GRASS. Please inform Scotland of this Springness immediately so it can be warmer, ty.

Date: 2012-02-01 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Also, there is a weird part of my brain that piped up "she could paint one side of the Axon green and have an Axon+Krynoid two-in-one action figure!" *snert* Feel free to point and laugh.

Date: 2012-02-02 12:24 pm (UTC)
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That would be sort of cool...though there is the small flaw of my complete lack of artistic abilities, but APART FROM THAT, I approve.

Date: 2012-02-01 04:08 pm (UTC)
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they've sort of said okay to gay clergy but it's not properly official and they're having another chat about the whole thing next's a bit confusing

I can explain that, actually - because the Kirk is not really centralised, any major changes in church law have to be ratified by the presbyteries at local level, before it goes back to the (national) General Assembly for the final reading (and to vote on any changes the presbyteries have suggested). It takes a long time because the Assembly only meets once a year, but it's not really that different from the first reading in Commons - House of Lords - final reading in Commons system the British parliament uses.

Date: 2012-02-02 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Ah, thank you! That makes sense.

Date: 2012-02-02 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it's actually a sensible and straightforward system (apart from the ridic. slowness), but it's not helped by the fact that the Kirk loves obscure names for things - and I don't think the press has reported it all that helpfully, but then they always seem to struggle to get their head round the fact that not all churches work like the Roman Catholics and not everyone has a Pope to tell them what to do.

Date: 2012-02-01 05:07 pm (UTC)
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all the leaders of the political parties at Holyrood have united in supporting gay marriage in Scotland.

I wish I lived in Scotland. Sarah objects to us moving again ever, so I think Hemel it'll have to be. But.

The really bad thing about the Seeds of Doom set? Apart from the whole Axon = Krynoid thingy? I'm pretty sure that's the same fourth Doctor from their eleven Doctors boxed set. And there's no Sarah Jane Smith. And no Scorby. And no Keeler. And no Harrison Chase. And no Amelia Ducat.

These should all be made to exist, in a new set which includes the full grown Krynoid (as a glove puppet...). I'd buy that. :-)
Edited Date: 2012-02-01 05:08 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-02-02 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'd buy any set that has another hand puppet. The Third Doctor's Enemies set is a horrendous price but THE DRASHIG. It's ridic how happy it makes me. It is EPIC.

Date: 2012-02-01 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, the awesome part of Seeds of Doom is the range of human characters. At the very least there should be awesome seventies outfit Sarah and Scorby so that I can make them and the Four figure all yell at each other.

Date: 2012-02-02 12:20 pm (UTC)
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EXACTLY. I would also like that nice old lady and a car with a painting or something.

Date: 2012-02-02 09:01 pm (UTC)
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Honestly, I'd like the components with which to reenact the entire Antarctica compound parts. If I feel like doing the plant bits I can just go bury Four and Sarah and Scorby in my garden.

Date: 2012-02-01 10:04 pm (UTC)
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So you're the one who stole our weather! The Great Plains should be frigid and snowbound right now, and instead it's 50F! (that's about 10C) NEARLY THE WHOLE WINTER. And what is winter if not a time to prove the mind-boggling perseverance (or pigheadedness) of its residents?

(In all seriousness, it is bad for the farmers. Which is like 90% of the Great Plains.)

Date: 2012-02-02 12:19 pm (UTC)
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We didn't steal it, you stole ours! Give us those 10 degree, darnit! This is SOUTHERN SCOTLAND. Where the weather is meant to be PRACTICALLY ENGLISH in its mildness and lack of snow.

Date: 2012-02-02 12:00 pm (UTC)
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I miss you. Come to Australia now!

Date: 2012-02-02 12:17 pm (UTC)
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I would V MUCH LIKE TO DO THAT. Mostly cause I'm currently freezing and I suspect Australia might be a bit warmer, though your presence would be Quite Good too. COME TO WORLDCON. I went ALL THE WAY to yours, you should go to America's...or the UK if it gets one in 2014. I am sure your small person would LOVE IT.


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