manicsfan: (Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.)
So I haven't been hugely taken with Being Human series three for a number of reasons. Don't get me wrong, I haven't hated it, but it didn't really hold my attention as much as the first 2 series did. With there being less normal human interaction (they seemed interact with other supernatural beings far more than normal humans this series), and less friendly and light-hearted interaction between Annie, George and Mitchell like there was in the first 2 series, it just felt colder.

But this tonight's episode.... FUCK!

Beware: Here be spoilers, and speculation of the finale, turn back now if you haven't seen it yet! )


On a non-Being Human note I've just remembered that it's Pancake Day on Tuesday! I usually forget about it and miss it! *Goes off to find out my vegan pancake recipe* Also the Lib Dem conference is next week, which I will have to be missing... again, damnit! I really will have to work on my agoraphobia over the Spring and Summer and maybe I'll be able to make the Autumn conference instead! The Autumn conference is in Birmingham too, far closer and more convenient anyway.

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (QI - Bill Bailey: Huzzah!)
How time flies when you're... well, not really doing anything actually. My New Year resolution this year was to try and sort my life out, especially with regards to my agoraphobia. Well, we're into the second month now and I haven't actually managed to get out of the house once so far this year. Clearly I fail at life! -.-

I really need to take a leaf out of the revolutionists in Egypt's books They certainly know how to get things done, rather than wallowing in defeat. I've been watching the footage of them celebrating Mubarak finally leaving throughout the night. It's both heartwarming and inspirational.

In other brilliant news (well, brilliant for me anyway) it's been announced that Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson will be working together again, for the first time in eight years! This is just epic news for me because I seriously never thought we'd get to see these 2 working again after their apparent falling out.

It's only a small project for a Comic Relief thing, but quite frankly I'm just happy to see anything of one of my favourite comedy duos working together again. Especially since I never thought it would happen again. This news comes from the horse's mouth (by which I mean Adrian's twitter) so it's definitely not fake. He also posted this photo:



Fuck yes! :D

~ Ace.

P.S. Excuse any typos, insomnia has kept me up all night so there's likely to be a couple in there somewhere.
manicsfan: (Cartoon - Wolf scratch.)
Pretty, but kind of inconvenient too!



The snow is still falling, and getting heavier. The cat has been going crazy in it. Tearing around the garden like a thing possesed!



...Yeah, he's not impressed!

We might actually have a white Christmas this year then... depending on how long into next week the snow lasts.

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (DW - Eleven: Everybody's aunt.)
Wow, I really should try and remember to update this thing more often. My last entry was back in September. I think it says something about my life that when I have no TV programmes to review I have pretty much nothing to write about! XD

Not that it's been a fun couple of months, with snow, and the Lib Dems getting a kicking over tuiton fees, and the usual looming Christmas stresses.

Ah well, looking forward to Doctor Who at Christmas at least!

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (British politics is Srs Bsns!)
Well, I have to say something about this. I probably would have written something yesterday, since I watched the results live, but I hadn't sleep for over 30 hours (for a completely unrelated matter) and my brain kinda went into sleep mode after the end of the programme.

So, Ed Miliband won, thank goodness! My mum asked me why I cared so much about the leadership results, being a Lib Dem myself, but the fact of the matter is that whoever won the leadship is almost certain to end up as PM sooner or later, and the idea of David Miliband (ie. Blair Junior) as the leader of the country is, quite frankly, a scary thought!

It's strange how you can like one brother so much, as yet dislike another to the same degree. I have always wanted Ed to win this out of the Miliband brothers - let's face it, the other candidates never stood a chance - of course I always assumed it would be David, afterall he is NuLabour's protegee. It was close, 1.3% of the vote close! But Ed got there, much to my (pleasant) surprise.

I guess the one downside to all this is that the Tories, Cameron in particular, must be happy about the results. As much as I like Ed Miliband I have to admit he is less experienced than David. David Miliband would have been a much bigger threat to the Tories come the next election. Ed wants to bring Labour back into the left wing side of things (always a good thing, IMO), whereas David would have kept it more in the centre.

Again, although I am a Lib Dem supporter, and I'm not exactly a big fan of Labour (to say the least, although maybe that will change a bit now with someone I actually like in charge) given a choice between the Tories in power, or Labour, of course I would always rather Labour. So it will be interesting to see how things play out in 2015 now.

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (HF - My bucket.)
I just had to give a quick journal shout out to Moffat and co-creator Gatiss' mini series Sherlock. Alright, I know we're only on the first episode of three so far, but it is still pretty awesome already, and I am already looking forward to parts two and three so much!

I'll admit I wasn't sure on whether to watch this or not, and if it hadn't have been made by Moffat and Gatiss I certainly wouldn't have. I've never been a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, mostly because I generally dislike murder mysteries and related stuff like that (with the exception of Jonathon Creek). But now I am so glad I gave it a try. Sherlock (the character) actually kind of irked me for the first 30 minutes or so, and I almost gave up on it then, which luckily I didn't because it just got better and better.

The way Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock actually reminds me SO much of Matt Smith's Doctor. Which I guess makes sense considering they're both written primarily by the same person. That was all I could think through some parts of it, especially during his deductive ramblings in the same way the Doctor does technobabble ramblings (both of whom are usually doing it for the benefit of those less intelligent than themselves). Martin Freeman was also pretty impressive as Watson.

Roll on next Sunday!

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (DW - Eleven: Everybody's aunt.)
Wow, just... wow! I figured I should get this Doctor Who series 5 finale squee post done now while everything is fresh in my mind, and as I am the saddo that is home alone on a Saturday evening with no better to do! So turn away now if you don't want spoilers and mad ramblings!

The Big Bang )

I have also just noticed that I am criminally lacking in Eleven, Amy and Rory related icons. I need more icon space! Ah well, I at least have one of Eleven on his own. I am now off to download and play the Cyberman episode of the BBC's Doctor Who game (I just finished the Dalek episode last night). Hey, I gotta do something to tide me over until the Christmas episode!

~ Ace.

P.S. I am going to Cardiff on Tuesday as a slightly late birthday treat (well, only a day late). I will be off to see Ianto's shrine again and visit the Doctor Who exhibit again. There have been more things added to the exhibit since I last went that I want to see. A perfect time to go while I am still hyped up on Doctor Who squee! :D
manicsfan: (DW - Ainley!Master sees what you di)
Ok, so this is going to be a short-ish reaction post. Mostly because my head was in a different place this week (no disembodied Cyberman head puns here!) and I couldn't really concentrate much in the episode. Which, for a penultimate episode where there is a lot going on, is not a great way to watch it. I will probably re-watch it again before next week so I can take it in fully before the finale. Anyway, enough rambling an on to the episode... The Pandorica Opens.

As ever there are spoilers and speculation so click with care )

Well that's about all I can think of to say for now. It was pretty awesome from what I saw of it, but I really will have to re-watch it before next Saturday so I can fully understand everything before the big finale.

~ Ace.

P.S. Also, I C what U did thar, Moffat, with the Cyberman head being very similar to the spider!head alien thing from The Thing. I really should watch that movie again sometime.
manicsfan: (Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.)
(A fairly short) Review for this week's Doctor Who episode. Also a blittle bit os spoilery speculation on the two finale episodes.

The Lodger spoilers below the cut )

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (SotD - Any zombies out there?)
DOCTAH WHO REVIEW... hey, that rhymes!

I have to say I was kinda nervous about this week's episode. While the preview did actually look great, I'll have to admit to not being a great lover of Richard Curtis' writing (with the exception of Blackadder). Although that is mostly because I don't like romantic comedies (unless they have zombies in) which is predominantly what he writes. I am also not usually keen on episode that revolves around a real historical person. Although this was Vincent van Gogh. Someone I greatly admire (I have a print of Starry Night hanging about my computer).

Vincent and the Doctor spoilers this way! )

So... yeah, I was very impressed with this episode. As you can probably tell. Now I want Richard Curtis to write more! XD

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Proud Tardisaholic (damn strai)
It feels kinda weird doing just a Dr. Who review this week now there's no more Ashes to Ashes. I miss it already! Ah well, onto the review...

Cold Blood spoilery review )

I'm not sure what to think about next weeks episode. My first reaction was "bloody Earth again, has the Doctor given up going to other planets completely?!" My second was "Bill Nighty! Fuck yeah!" and my third was "So I guess this episode is going to be used as the reason that Van Gogh went insane and consequentially killed himself?" I'm not sure how to feel about that. I generally don't like ones where real historical characters are involved, but we'll see how it goes.

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Geek Ten.)
Sooooooooo..... the finale to A2A has finally come and gone. Prepare for many LONG incoherent and typo-abundant ramblings, and, of course, SPOILERS!!! Also is my review for the less dramatic than the A2A finale, but no less exciting, Doctor Who episode 8 review. Spoilers aplenty!


Ashes to Ashes S03-E08 spoilery review )



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The Hungry Earth spoilery review )


~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Ten: SQUEE!)
This week's spoliery reviews for Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who. Phew! We're one episode from the end of Ashes to Ashes and already halfway through this series of Doctor Who. How time flies. I hope next Friday/Saturday flies this way just as quickly!


Ashes to Ashes S03-E07 spoilery review )



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Amy's Choice spoilery review )


~ Ace.

Squee post

May. 8th, 2010 10:08 pm
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Hung Parliament... shit. So we're still waiting for the outcome from that, an interesting time in politics. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for a LibLab coalition, although that's not looking very likely right now, especially since the Tories do still have the most seats, if not an outright majority :/

And now for something completely different, by which I mean my squee post for this week's Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who. As ever thar will be spoilers! Click at ye own risk! ...I don't know why I'm typing like a pirate, yarrr! Ok, I'll stop now *g*



Ashes to Ashes S03-E06 spoilery review )



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The Vampires of Venice spoilery review )


So... yeah, a very squee-worthy week! :D

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Default)
Election day is nearly here, and even though I've supported the Liberal Democrats since about 2007 - when Ming Campbell was still leader - this'll be the first time I have a chance to vote for them on Thursday. Happy voting, everyone, whoever you'll be voting for! :D

Now, onto the reviews!

Ashes to Ashes S03-E05 spoilery review )


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Flesh and Stone spoilery review and some rambling on my feelings of the series so far )

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Default)
I just thought I would dedicate a journal entry to my sick kitty James while we wait to find out what will be happening with her.

This is her from last year:



I am going to have to get out my camera and take some more recent photos of her. Even though her health and body weight have already partially deteriorated.

This is a photo of her and her siblings at just a few weeks old (she is the one on the far left):



She and her siblings were born under my bed after our cat Marilyn got pregnant (she was spayed after that). All the kittens went to friends, so we'd know they were going to be looked after. However, my Mum's friends, who was going to have James, had some unforeseen problems and was unable to take her in the end. By then I had got so attached to James that we decided to keep her.

Which is why she has a male name. When the kittens were born we named them (clockwise from the left in that photo): James, Sean, Tabby and Maccy. Reasoning that it didn't matter what their sexes were, since their names would be changed anyway after 8 weeks when they went to their new homes. By the time we unexpectedly decided to keep James we had got used to the name and it stuck!

This is her from 2005, having fun in the garden:



I am glad she is still currently happy. I hope to make the right decisions for her in the coming months, and to not be selfish when the time comes that her suffering gets too much. At the moment though, she is still enjoying life. She is bounding around the garden now, as I type!

~ Ace.

Reviews!

Apr. 25th, 2010 12:23 am
manicsfan: (LoM - Gene ♥ Sam IS CANON NOW!!!)
Firstly I want to say sorry to anyone who has messaged me or made comments and I haven't replied yet. It's been another turbulent week. I just found out my cat, James, has cancer. They're going to do a second biopsy on her next week to find out the condition of her lymph nodes to see how far the cancer has spread and whether they can do anything for her. :/

Anyway, on to this weeks Ashes to Ashes and Doctor Who reviews, in my usual rambly style. So obviously, as usual, there are *adopts a Rivers Song voice* spoilers... and bad language!

Ashes to Ashes S03-E04 spoilery review )


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The Time of Angels spoilery review )

Also, WTF was up with them putting that advertisement for that Graham Norton show on near the end? Right during an intense scene too! The Beeb have never done that before. I thought that was the sort of thing that the TV license fee was supposed to stop happening?

Excuse the extra ramblyness of the reviews this week, and any mistakes/typos. My mind is all over the place at the moment! Anyway, roll on next weekend!

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Simm!Master skeleton.)
So, apparently I forgot to do my review post last week. I'm not sure why, I think I was too busy with other stuff. But as its a lazy Sunday this week I thought I'd take the opportunity to do this weeks reviews while I can.

Spoilers and speculation for episode S03-E03 of Ashes to Ashes and episode S05-E03 of Doctor Who below.

Ashes to Ashes spoilery review )


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Victory of the Daleks spoilery review )

~ Ace.

P.S. Happy 39th Birthday to David Tennant today!
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Ten: Sex in specs.)
Well, the new Doctor Who has pretty much swept away any apprehensions I had about the new series, and the new Doctor. I am really looking forward to the next episode now. A good mix of humour, excitement and seriousness. Eleven and Amy are both pretty awesome so far!

No-one can replace Ten for me, he was, is and always will be my favourite and My Doctor, however, I'm thinking Eleven is going to be pretty brilliant and I can't wait to see more! :D

My favourite bits (I'm paraphrasing the quotes because I can't remember them exactly):

The Doctor meeting little Amelia/Amy and the whole scenario with the food. "You're Scottish. Fry Something!" LOL.

"I'm the Doctor, I'm worse than everyone's aunts... and that's not how I introduce myself"

The bit where the woman (played by Annette Crosbie) didn't realise Amy was a kiss-o-gram and asked about her various "jobs" as a police constable, nurse, and nun.

Olivia Colman was in it (briefly) which was awesome, because I like her a lot and didn't know she was going to be in it.

The Doctor undresses while Amy's boyfriends gets uncomfortable and Amy refuses to look away.

I'm sure there are other bits which I'm forgetting at the moment because my brain is rather fried right now. Me thinks this calls for a re-watch tomorrow!

~ Ace.
manicsfan: (Dr. Who - Saxon is down with that!)
God bless the BBC (and here's hoping the Tories don't ruin it when they get in power) for their great TV schedual. Ashes to Ashes today, which was awesome and I can't wait for the next one! However, I am worried about where the plot is going... although I wont post spoilers about it here. Doctor Who on Saturday. Which I am still somewhat apprehensive about but am trying to be optimistic and can't wait to see what Matt Smith (and Karen Gillan) will be like. And new Johnathan Creek - which we only get on special occasions now - with Paul McGann (aka. Doctor no. Eight) in it, I didn't even know he was going to be in it until yesterday. :D

On an unrelated note: I have given out SO. MANY. LLAMAS. on DeviantART!!! Some people count sheep to help them sleep, I will be counting llamas! It's still fun though, and I love what they did for April Fools (even though I was on Team Gaga, which I suppose is better than Twilight, and possibly Seeker since I don't know what Seeker is). And at least people relaxed a bit more this year, as opposed to the uproar from the Mudkips last year, and had a bit more fun with it.

~ Ace.

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