Apparently it's THE RAPTURE today.
And I'm glad.
Because I bloody love this song.
(I don't know what everyone's worried about. They're just a band, guys!)
Apparently it's THE RAPTURE today.
And I'm glad.
Because I bloody love this song.
(I don't know what everyone's worried about. They're just a band, guys!)
I made a curtain!
Ok, so all I did was put a lining on it, but that's the most sewing I've done since I left school! I don't have a sewing machine either, so I had to sew this beauty by hand. (Shhh. Don't look at the stitching up close, otherwise you'll see how much of a novice I am.)
I feel so proud of myself right now. I was planning on buying new curtains because the ones that came with the room trailed all over the floor and were very annoying. But then there was a sale near work, where I saw this fabric for super cheap so I decided to DIY it instead :D
As I was sewing, I watched some of Stephen Fry's Planet Word. In this episode he was talking about swearing, and there was a scene with Brian Blessed which was superb. I could happily watch Brian Blessed swear all day.
Here's the clip (the scene with Brian Blessed can be found at 1:48-10:26) but be warned, there's some bad language about:
Hi guys. I'm really sleepy after stuffing myself full with a Sunday lunch, but I will try not to fall asleep as I type.
In exciting news, I ran into Steve and Heather on the tube. THIS IS CRAZY. They don't even live in London and yet we just happened to get on the same tube line, on the same train, in the same carriage, at the same time. The chances are slim, but there you go. I spent the whole journey with a face like this :O
Hooray for nice surprises!
In other news, I read a book. Let me review it.
How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
I didn't know much about Caitlin Moran before I read this book. My knowledge of her amounted to this:
- She is a Sherlock fan.
- She wrote that fascinating Lady Gaga interview.
- Ergo, she must be some kind of journalist.
So, when Susan recommended that I read How to be a Woman, I wasn't super-duper enthused. I thought, 'Oh, that Sherlock fan has written a book. I wonder if she mentions Sherlock in it?' (She doesn't, for the record.) But, I have to say, the title put me off. How to be a Woman sounds a little didactic. 'Oh God,' I thought. 'Is this going to be some kind of book about shoes and romcoms and Strictly Bloody all the Dancing that girls are supposed to like but I don't? Apart from the bit about Sherlock, which will be good, obviously.' (For the record, there really really isn't a mention of Sherlock in the book.)
So, I was wary, but Susan was all 'READ IT READ IT READ IT OMG READ IT IT'S SO FUNNY.'
To be a good friend, I decided to give it a go.
Guys, having read it, let me say: this book is brilliant!
Susan wasn't wrong, the book is hilarious.
I was the one who was wrong. It just goes to show: don't judge a book by its cover (or its title).
This book is not the flippant, preachy trash that I thought it was going to be. What it is is part-autobiography and part-feminist manifesto. And Caitlin Moran is a very funny writer. The number of times I burst out laughing at inappropriate moments. I would give you a quote, but the book has already gone back to Susan and been loaned out to another of her friends.
But the book is not just funny, it's also got some very sensible feminist ideas in it. The stuff you don't realise until it's told to you, even though it's obvious. Like: it's ok to never have kids. It's ok to get wrinkles and grow old. And this. Some of the stuff is ruddy empowering.
Now, I'm not saying I agree with everything she says, but most of it is tip-top good stuff.
So yes, if you haven't, I highly recommend you read this book. It is fun and clever and fun.
READ IT READ IT GO ON READ IT
I've been quiet for a bit because I went on holiday! It was the first holiday I've had in ages and I really feel like I needed it.
I went to the Lake District with my parents. Ah, Cumbria. Home of Kendal mint cake, a million walking shops,
and irate charcoal burners.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we got upgraded from a 2-bedroom flat to a 5-bedroom farmhouse! It was very luxurious and I miss it quite a lot.
One half of the living room. The other half contained a piano!
There was a waterfall in our back garden! This sounded impressive, until we realised that in the Lake District, there a basically waterfalls EVERYWHERE.
The whole place was filled with:
Small winding roads. (Most of them ridiculously steep. One in the town we stayed in was called 'The Struggle'.)
Waterfalls. Waterfalls. Waterfalls.
Little stone bridges. Straddling waterfalls.
Gorgeous scenic views.
But at the end of all that walking, on the days when there was a little chill in the air, it was nice to end up with one of these.
All in all. Very nice place. Full of tourists because everyone knows how nice it is. A+ would go again.
But, despite being that far north, I didn't see the Raven King once :( Saw lots of crows, but I don't think that's quite the same.
In other news...
I finished Miles Edgeworth Investigations
Out of all the Ace Attorney games, this one seemed the most shabby. Mostly because the English translation was littered with typos and spelling errors, but the actual content of the game didn't feel that slick either. Still fun to play though!
Here's a handy summary of what it's like.
I also went to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
In terms of atmosphere, design, and generally capturing the bleak cold war feel of things, this film is great. The whole thing is cold, grey and austere with peeling paintwork and modern architecture. A pleasure to look at. In terms of storytelling though, I think the film could do better. It really doesn't pander to the audience, which I normally like, and you do have to work to follow along. But I must have taken a wrong turning somewhere because I was left feeling very underwhelmed by the climax. I had no idea what went on in the last quarter of the film, and I didn't even realise it was the climax until it was over. Hm. Maybe I'm more stupid than I think. (I blame the heat: go to an un-airconditioned cinema on one of the hottest days of the year? GOOD IDEA.)
While we're on the subject. Weather, what the hell do you think you're doing? It's OCTOBER and I'm sitting here BOILING in a SUMMER dress! I'm all for a bit of good weather, don't get me wrong, but this is just PERVERSE.
So I am all moved and settled into my new flat in London. I am so happy to be living in the big city again. There's so much to do! And I can actually go visit my London friends without having to sit on a train for ages!
Also, my new commute takes less than half the time of my old commute, which means I have evenings again! Although I've kind of forgotten what evenings are for. It gets to 9 o'clock and I find I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with my time D:
Don't worry though. I'm sure I'll work something out :D (drawing a picture right now ohohoho)
So, do you want to see my new room? It is smaller than my old flat, so has more furniture squished into a smaller space. Also it is 10x warmer than my old flat (srsly, it's like a sauna at the moment). All of which means it feels very cosy. Which is good. I like cosy.
Sorry for the dour lighting. It's pouring with rain at the moment.
Also, I went to Helen and John's wedding on Friday. It was all rather lovely. The weather was gorgeous (the last fling of a summer we never had, apparently). And the roast lamb was to die for.
I did learn an important lesson on etiquette though.
Things not to say at a wedding #1
After eating a lovely concoction of fruit, cream and meringue: Hey, do you think an Eton mess sounds a bit like a euphemism?
It does not go down well, let me tell you.
There will be a post about my new flat at some point in the near future. Hopefully with some photos too! But now is not the time for that. Now is the time for this:
1. The Sherlock Caramelldansen has now received nearly 5000 hits. I am actually astounded. Because I'm pretty sure that only about 500 of those can be from me. OooMG. I am currently exceedingly happy, and also worried in a 'Jesus! what have I created????' sort of a way.
2. I've recced this lady's songs before. But you should all listen to the Moriarty song because it is cracking. Fun, fast, fabulous and flirtatious, just the way a Moriarty song should be :D
AND LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!
Look! Have you seen the new clip from the second series of Sherlock?
SCREAMING. I AM SCREAMING.
Also, I find myself wanting a cream tea for some strange reason.
After a couple of exhausting weeks of making a million calls and viewing properties, I've finally found a place to live in London \o/
I'll take pictures when I move in (whenever that will be; I'm not sure yet).
Hmmm, I'm not sure that I fancy moving now though. London's gone quite scary. Srsly, London, what's going on?
I am being strangled by the flat-hunting monster at the moment so I don't have much time to write. Here are a few things though.
1. Thanks for all the birthday cards and wishes and presents, guys! I got some lovely things from Mariya that I would love to share with you all, along with photographic evidence of some birthday-card wars (because you were clearly trying to outdo each other. Nick and Linda, I am looking mostly at you). But photos and things will have to wait for another time. Needless to say, I love you all ♥
2. This is quite possibly my favourite Horrible Histories sketch of the all:
Francisco Pizarro visits Peru
3. Can we talk about Sherlock? Not that you get a say in this, mind :D It's been a whole year now since it was first on the telly-box. Can you believe that? I'm pretty sure exciting filming things are happening for the second series right now (although I'm attempting to stay as far away from any spoilers as possible).
Anyway, I figured it was an appropriate time to share some things:
- This girl is talented and funny and quite awesome. She sings songs about the show and they are well worth a listen. The latest song about Dr Sarah is an absolute corker, but the others are good too.
- Words cannot describe how much I want to see the Shard building in the second series. It's been growing over the past year or so and now it's gotten to the point where London's skyline has been changed dramatically. And the thing's not even finished! Honestly, in some parts of London, it's impossible not to notice it. I adored how the first series was basically a love-letter to modern London. What better way to emphasise that modernity than to show the new skyline? Please?
- This one's only tangentially related. I watched Van Gogh: Painted With Words the other week because it was being repeated on TV. I don't normally care much for biographies but this one was interesting in that they took all the lines from Van Gogh's own letters. It was heartbreaking too. I was nearly in tears by the end. Great stuff.
4. I've still been reading millions of books. Including The Grapes of Wrath. Golly, it's easy to see why that book's famous when you read it. It's very good and very angry. I don't think I've ever read a book that's been so angry or so socialist before. I highly enjoyed it. Warning though: reading this book on an empty stomach will have you pining for a nice bit of pork (not a euphemism).
I'm busy trying to get used to this working business again. SUDDENLY ALL MY FREE TIME HAS DISAPPEARED. This is mostly due to a gruelling commute, which is actually not so much gruelling as just long.
Still, work is good and the people all seem nice, although I was suffering from a bit of confusion when I started because apparently my subconscious finds it hard to go from one workplace to another. Ahaha. Change management; I need to learn how to do it to myself.
The next task is to move to London and give the train the old heave-ho. The good thing about the train though, is that it gives me loads of time to read. I've been going through books at the rate of knots!
Here, have some book-y thoughts:
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
I finally finished it! It's a fun read this one, although I'm still trying to work out exactly why it's become such a cult classic. It's a good book though, and I always adore things that make me laugh. GIGGLING ON THE TRAIN; IT'S A GOOD LOOK, SHUT UP. A lot of the humour is very very silly, but the book is clever in that there is a lot of sensible stuff hidden amongst the silliness. One of my favourite bits of sense is the following:
It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.
I also liked this bit of silliness:
Milton Keynes is a new city approximately halfway between London and Birmingham. It was built to be modern, efficient, healthy, and, all in all, a pleasant place to live. Many Britons find this amusing.
Cordial and Corrosive by Sophie Hannah
This book was recommended to me by a friend because it's about a guy who is having very little success with finding a job. The premise sounds a little dull, I know, but don't let that fool you, the story is actually really great and not much about job-hunting at all when you get down to it. It's more of a mystery story set in the cliquey world of a Cambridge college with some great characters. I almost couldn't put it down in places. Highly recommended. Warning: best read while employed, though.
Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
I'm still only halfway through this one, but I'm really enjoying it so far. This book is not fiction. It's a book-shaped rant about all the confusing bits of 'science' that the media and advertisers like to bombard us with on a weekly basis. I'd first heard of Ben Goldacre when I heard him on the radio once, getting angry about all the nonsense that gets attributed to 'science' in the news (oh those crazy scientists, apparently everything causes cancer these days according to them); it was a wonderful moment in which I felt like I'd found a kindred spirit. He's also apparently pals with the Prof (aka Brian Cox) and all his Infinite Monkey Cage friends, which knowledge spurred me on to buy the book.
So far, the book is great. It picks out a lot of nonsense (like homeopathy and everyone's favourite poo-obsessed TV nutritionist) and explains how they don't hold up to scientific rigour. He gets a little angry sometimes, but I personally quite enjoy that. YMMV. There's also a fascinating chapter on the placebo effect, which points out that homeopathy and other alternative therapies aren't without their benefits. Who knew?
And, while I'm on it, let's have some non-book reviews!
I've been watching this show with my parents. It's a BBC3 comedy that's been running for a good few years now, but I missed it when it first aired. Let me tell you: I had been missing out. We're only on the second series so far, but I love it already. Don't be put off by the fact that it's on BBC3. This show is funny. It's a rather dark sitcom about a drug dealer, played by Johnny Vegas, and all his customers. It starts off fairly normal, but things slowly start to grow more and more surreal as time goes on. Most of the comedy comes from the characters, who are all amazing, and slightly terrifying.
Here's a clip of Troy, who's the crazy brother. He likes to think he's a DJ.
Song of the moment
Howlin' For You by the Black Keys
Kinda bluesy. Mmmmmmmm.
Psychoville and Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle are now over D:
Oh, it was great while it lasted though, Stewart Lee in particular. The noises I used to make when watching that show were embarassing (kind of: heeheeheehyuhyuhyuheehyuhahahaha). God, it was brilliant. I wish there were better clips on youtube so I could regale you with them, but for now, you will have to make do with this one about satire.
So, what now?
Well, I start work on Monday \o/
But, in the mean time, I have been watching Horrible Histories :D
Yes, I know it's a children's programme (and you can tell that because of the number of jokes about poo), but as sketch shows go, it's actually quite funny. If this had been on when I was 9, it would have been my favourite thing in the world.
WWI Wee Wee
Dick Turpin (this has resulted in me rocking out to Stand and Deliver for the past two days)
Remember when I used to be a person who drew pictures? No, me neither.
A very rough WWI drawing. (Hahaha. What do you mean they don't look like sandbags?) I've been reading a bit about WWI recently. Can you believe that it was nearly 100 years ago now? Wow. Horrific, horrific times. Apart from the uniforms though; the uniforms were cool.
Also, I have had my tablet for over a year now and this is only about the fifth time I've used it.
Worthwhile purchase! Shhhh. I love my tablet, really.
In other news, I went to Helen's pre-Hen-do do on Friday. It was fun! We baked cupcakes and ate pizza and watched Flashdance. If you don't know the plot of Flashdance (Which I think will be a very very small number of people, but you never know) here is a handy summary:
- Girl is a welder by day and by night works in a bar full of greasy truckers who prefer artistic contemporary dance to seeing a lady get her baps out.
- She is so poor that she has to live in a massive warehouse.
- But what she really wants to do is dance at the conservatoire with all the poshos.
- I think some plot might happen in the middle. I wasn't paying attention.
- She does an amazing dance for her audition, but everyone agrees that it's not as good as Robert Webb's version.
Then we watched Confetti, which was not quite as hilarious as it could have been, given all the people that were in it, but it did contain Robert Webb's winky, which was welcome after all the sexual tension generated by that dancing.
My parents and I went for a little trip down to the Thames yesterday. The weather wasn't brilliant but there were loads of swans, so I think we broke even.
The sky looks rather dramatic in my photos. I'm sure it wasn't that dramatic when we were there.
Wild roses, apparently.
We also found a sign to Sex City, home of free anal. Thank goodness for that! Being unemployed, I'm always on the lookout for a bargain.
Then we went and had a burger at a Wimpy. A Wimpy! The burger came on a plate and everything! God, I've never been in a Wimpy before. And to be honest, I didn't think they were even still around. I thought they were one of these old mythical creatures that everyone talks about but never actually existed, like centaurs or Middlesex.
I bought new glasses today! I got my old pair four whole years ago, so it's good to feel a little more fashionable again.
Of course, my new glasses look almost exactly like my old glasses, only the arms are a little more modern (and, God, I'm not used to this. It feels like I'm wearing blinkers all the time! Peripheral vision? What's that? I don't need it, do I?)
Also, I found my webcam :D
'Serious glasses modelling' pose:
'No, wait, I'm still an idiot' pose:
Gah, it's going to take a while to break these new glasses in though. As always happens whenever I get new glasses, my depth perception has disappeared completely D:
I spent all afternoon feeling really tall because the ground looked so far away!
Bear with me if you see me walking into things for a while.
I got a job!
I'm really excited. It's a one-year contract, based in an archive in south London. This means I'll probably be moving back to London in the near future :D :D
Now, don't get me wrong, I love where I am living now, but London is so exciting! The only problem is that I'll have to flatshare again. I'll miss having my own space, but still, it could be lots of fun. I hear the place to go for new flatmates these days is the lab at St Bart's. I should check it out.
In all seriousness though, I am so glad that I was able to find work in an archive. It's only when you're faced with the prospect of not being able to do the job you want to do that you realise how much you enjoy doing it.
I love working in archives. And it's not only for the touching of the old stuff and being able to hold a piece of history in your hands. It's the fact that every day I get to learn something new. It might be an obscure something, but it will doubtless be a fascinating insight into where we have come from ♥
To celebrate, I have been dancing along to Bounce by Calvin Harris.
I also re-watched The Great Game :D
Clearly, I know how to PARTY HARRRRRD.
This was not supposed to happen.
I've been watching Doctor Who solely for the jokes
and Matt Smith's hair. And I was pretty sure that I didn't really care one way or another about who was romantically involved with who. (Haha! Todays pun quota = filled unintentionally.) (Ok, so it should technically be 'whom', but I'm not one to let grammar stand in the way of a good pun!)
Of course, yesterday's episode had to come along and scupper everything.
This video should explain things adequately. (Warning: It contains spoilers for yesterday's episode, The Doctor's Wife, if you care about things like that.)
ahahahahaha BEST ROMANCE EVER :D