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14
Jul
2019

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Daily Rituals – Mason Curry

This is a great book that looks at all the daily rituals from some of the most creative people. This includes writer, artists, composers, philosophers and more. I really enjoyed reading it – it is something that you can use to discover what would help you in your own creative pursuits – whether it is a rigid schedule, or a peculiar one.

The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery

Not knowing much about octopuses, I found this an intriguing read. These creatures are so intelligent that in aquariums they are given complex puzzles and Lego’s to play with so they don’t get bored. I was shocked to find they only live four or five years – a male dies directly after copulation and a female dies when her eggs are hatched. 

1, 342 QI Facts

Picture of my dog Rosie with the book 1,342 QI Facts
Rosie with 1,342 QI Facts

I love fact lists and the geeky researcher in me loves that in these QI books they are all backed up by actual information you can access yourself. I only wish they’d done more of these books!

Watched

Inspector Soneri: Fog and Crimes 3 – Hard Times: The introduction of the little girl is a new twist. I’m also intrigued by Soneri’s new love interest, because a) Angela annoyed me and b) this one might give him a run for his money, but he was just a tad forward with her – seriously, going to kiss her in the elevator – take a woman to dinner first!

Grimm

6×06 Breakfast in Bed

6×07 Blind Love – Hank was HILARIOUS in this episode.

6×08 The Son Also Rises

Arrow 5×17 Kapiushon

Wynonna Earp 2×09 Forever Mine, Nevermind

Legends of Tomorrow

2×15 Fellowship of the Spear –  Ray cackling in the German’s cannon and spinning around to make it face them was just GOLD. I hope they are all going to be nice to my boy Rory now – he’s one of our favourite characters!

Rizzoli and Isles

7×11 Stiffed – As the series comes to an end, I’m finding myself missing the earlier seasons. Something has shifted and although I love the Frankie/Nina stories, I miss those old seasons.

Kommisar (Inspector) Rex

1×03 The Body at Schonbrunn: As someone who has been to Schonbrunn in the middle of winter – NOT MY IDEA – I almost didn’t recognise the place without it being covered in snow.

Elementary – 6×03 Pushing Buttons

The Blacklist 4×20 The Debt Collector (No.46)

The Flash 

3×18 Abra Kadabra: Ah, Barry? Travelling through time never ends well with you. I feel this is a monumentally bad decision

07
Jul
2019

Double shot this week because I had a migraine last week.

Read

When Everything Changed – Gail Collins

A picture of my poodle Rosie looking at the book "Everything Changed" by Gail Collins
Rosie and Everything Changed by Gail Collins

A fascinating look at the way women’s rights have changed over the years.

Drop Dead Healthy – AJ Jacobs

This was an interesting read, but it’s hard to find any relevancy when you have chronic illness. Chronic illness makes it difficult to do any of the things recommended.

Pachinko – Min Jin Lee

This book was interesting, because it kept you engrossed even though it was not a happy story. 

Watched

Grimm

5×15 Skin Deep: It was like watching an episode of Botched. Also, Eve turning into Renard was beyond creepy

5×16 The Believer

5×17 Inugami

5×18 Good to the Bone

5×19 The Taming of the Wu

5×20 Bad Night

5×21 Beginning of the End Part 1

5×22 The Beginning of the End Part 2

6×01 Fugitive

6×02 Trust Me Knot

6×03 Oh Captain, My Captain

6×04 El Cuegle

6×05 The Seven Year Itch

Elementary 

6×01 An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains

6×02 Once You’ve Ruled Out God: I love this show. And their episode titles

The Blacklist

4×18 Philomena (no.61)

4×19 Dr Bogdan Krylov (No.29)

The Flash

3×16 Into the Speed Force

3×17 Duet: I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this episode and how much I didn’t expect to. Cisco can sing! Loved “Dads” Martin and Joe. Also, why is Kara awesome in every show except her own?

Inspector Soneri Fog and Crimes 3 – The Secret Room

NCIS

15×22 Two Steps Back

15×23 Fallout: I love Kasie.

Hawaii 5-0 

3×03 Lan I Ka Moana

3×04 Popilikia: Steve’s mum gives me the creeps.


Arrow
5×16 Checkmate

Wynonna Earp 2×08 No Future in the Past

David Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur

Legends of Tomorrow 2×14 Moonshot

Rizzoli and Isles 7×10 For Richer or Poorer

Kommisar (Inspector) Rex 1×2

23
Jun
2019

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Wordsmith’s and Warriors – David and Hilary Crystal

This book was a travel through Great Britain looking at how the English language formed and the famous (and not so famous) places that are associated with this formation.

1,234 QI Facts to Leave You Speechless

More facts! I love random facts.

Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig

This is a book about living with anxiety in the modern age.

A picture of my black poodle Rosie wearing a grey and red jumper with the book Dinner with Churchill by Cita Seltzer

Dinner with Churchill – Cita Steltzer

Churchill did his best negotiating and dealmaking over food, and this is a great look at some of the important meals he had and the favourite foods and drinks he liked.

Watched

Grimm

5×07 – Eve of Destruction – No joke, she is far more interesting and fun as Eve than she ever was as Juliette

5×08 – A Reptile Dysfunction

5×09 – Star-Crossed

5×10 – Map of the Seven Knights

5×11 – Key Move

5×12 Into the Schwarzwald

5×13 Silence of the Slams

5×14 Lycanthropia

Hawaii 5-0 

3×1 La O Na Makuhine

3×2 Kanalua

Wynonna Earp – 2×07 Everybody Knows

Arrow – 5×15 Fighting Fire With Fire

Legends of Tomorrow – 2×13 Land of the Lost

Rizzoli and Isles – 7×09 65 Hours

Kommisar Rex (Inspector Rex)

1×1 Pilot – We are watching this show from the start again because we really love it. Only the seasons in Austria – we tried the seasons in Italy and didn’t like them – they killed a dog so that was it for us.

Aquaman

Up in the Air

16
Jun
2019

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A black poodle Rosie, in red and grey stripped pajamas sitting next to the book "Born to Drum"
Rosie with Born to Drum by Tony Barrell

Born to Drum – Tony Barrell: I LOVE to drum. I learnt in high school and I was quite good – I won two competitions  and I was able to learn things by listening to them. Unfortunately fibromyalgia means that drumming is now very painful, but I still like to read about it and listen to other drummers play.

Landwhale – Jes Baker: Really great book. Very personal story but lots of things resonate

1,339 QI Facts

Watched

Grimm

4×21 Headache

4×22 Cry Havoc: Points to Trubel for finally knocking Juliette off

5×01 The Grimm Identity:Adalind has become remarkably less annoying as time goes on.

5×02 Clear and Wesen Danger

5×03 Lost Boys

5×04 Maiden

5×05 Rat King

5×06 Wesen Nacht – Oh hello, platinum blonde assassin Juliette

The Blacklist

4×16 Dembe Zuma (No. 10)

4×17 Requiem – Are we to assume that Kate’s version of the fire is the real version?

Elementary 

5×22 Moving Targets

5×23 Scrambled

5×24 Hurt Me, Hurt You That reveal that the woman that has been kind of stalking Sherlock is all in his head was such a huge twist that I never saw coming. These writers constantly hit it out of the park!

Blue Bloods 1×01 Pilot

The Flash 3×15 The Wrath of Savitar

NCIS 15×21 One Step Forward

11
Jun
2019

It’s a special double issue this week because the ankle surgery has left me feeling a bit worn out. Enjoy.

READ

A picture of my black poodle Rosie, her toy Lamb Chop, and the book Astrid Lindgren by Jens Andersen
Rosie, Lamb Chop and Astrid Lindgren by Jens Andersen

Astrid Lindgren by Jens Andersen

The Durrells of Corfu – Michael Haag: I really liked this one because we got more information on things that Gerald didn’t write about. I had no idea that Gerry’s friend Theo studied radiology with Madame Curie! However I did not like that the author was so graphic with what happened to two of their dogs.

Himalaya – Michael Palin: Normally I love his travelogues, but this one bothered me. Not only did he ride on an elephant he watched a mahout hit an elephant with the front end of a bullhook. I really, REALLY hate that.

The Scarlet Pimpernel -Baroness Orczy: I mainly know this book from the mini series with Jane Seymour which I absolutely loved, but it was fun to finally read the book.

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin – David Ritz: I had no idea what her life was like so this book was a real eye-opener.

Domino 1 – Gail Simone: Any comic written by Gail Simone (a redhead!) is a plus for me, so I knew I had to try this one out and I’m glad I did!

WATCHED

NCIS LA

9×13 Cac Thu Nhan

9×14 Goodbye Vietnamhaving two episodes with Hetty’s friends was such a gift and I love that Linda Hunt got a great personal storyline

9×15 Liabilities – Hetty’s back! YAY!

9×16 Warrior of Peace – Nell continues to be awesome, but I found the story morally uncomfortable. Reminds me of an episode where they killed two Iranian security guards even though they didn’t have to.

9×17 The Monster

9×18 The Vendetta

9×19 – Outside the Lines: Nell’s in the field again! Rejoice!

9×20 Reentry

9×21 Where Everybody Knows Your Name: I’m glad Deeks finally got his bar. I think this will be great.

9×22 Venganza

9×23 A Line in The Sand: I’m totally with Deeks here. Mosley’s out of control and is going to get someone killed.

9×24 Ninguna Salida: And smart money says Mosley got someone killed. 

Wynonna Earp 2×6 Constant Cravings

Hawaii 5-0 2×23 Ua Hala: The minute I saw Chin checking out Doyle from jail, I knew there was going to be trouble, and I was right. Also, Dad goes “I thought Steve’s mother was dead” and I said “Yeah, well when you see what she does, we’d probably all have preferred she was.” Plus, did Rachel really think Danny wouldn’t fight for Grace? The man literally uprooted his entire life to move to Hawaii just because she was there!

Grimm

4×4 Dyin’ On a Prayer

4×5 Cry Luison

4×6 Highway of Tears

4×7 The Grimm Who Stole Christmas

4×8 Chupacabra – we fast forwarded past the dog getting killed (why do people find it necessary to put this in shows?) but we enjoyed Wu finally finding out that Nick is a Grimm.

4×9 Wesenrein -Well there’s a terrifying parallel with the Ku Klux Klan if there ever was one.

4×10 Tribunal – Dear Wesen Council – stay away from Monroe and Rosalee. Also, I loved Juliette going all Hexenbiest on the Manticore – I hope she does the same to Adalind.

4×11 Death Do Us Part

4×12 Marechausse

4×13 Trial By Fire

4×14 Bad Luck

4×15 Double Date

4×16 Heartbreaker

4×17 Hibernaculam: Well that was weird

4×18 Mishipeshu: This is just getting really weird. And Juliette is out of control

4×19 Iron Hans

4×20 You Don’t Know Jack: And this is just bizarre

Black Lightning

2×1 The Book of Consequences Chapter 1 Rise of the Green Light Babies: Look if Jennifer wants to glow and float in her sleep, let her. And what would she tell a therapist? “I can self-immolate and I like to create growing protective bubbles?” Lynn annoys me.

Lego Masters

1×4

1×5

1×6

1×7

1×8 Not commenting on that final choice. David and G should have won.

Rizzoli and Isles

7×8 ZM7258-100: I know where this show is heading, and I’m not too happy.

Arrow

5×14 Sin-Eater

NCIS

15×20 Sight Unseen

27
May
2019

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Miniature Collector

  • April 2014
  • June 2011

These were a couple of Miniature Collector magazines I picked up at a miniature’s fair ages ago and just got around to looking at (believe me, I have as many magazines piled up in the To Be Read pile as there is books). I like miniatures very much and always have, and I like seeing the different miniatures that people put in their collections.

1,411 QI Facts

My black poodle Rosie in a jacket, with the book 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways
Rosie with 1,411 QI Facts To Knock you Sideways

I am a fact junkie so this kind of thing brings me immense joy. Even better, they always include a link so that you can see the sources of the information. A researcher’s heaven

Life of the Party – Bob Kealing

This book was about Brownie Wise who became the face of Tupperware and also the way she became so high up in management, which at the time was quite unheard of for a woman. She also empowered many other women to become essentially entrepreneurs as they became party planners for Tupperware

Head in the Cloud – William

Poundstone

A great book about knowledge and how to consume it.

Watched

Grimm

3×21 The Inheritance

3×22 Blonde Ambition

4×1 Thanks for the Memories – Louise Lombard has arrived so everything is awesome

4×2 Octopus Head

4×3 The Last Fight – Louise is so awesome in this

Hawaii 5-0

2×22 Ua Hopu

Wynonna Earp

2×5 Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers

The Librarians

2×9 And the Happily Ever Afters

The Flash

3×14 Attack on Central City –  I cannot stress how much I love Cisco.

NCIS LA 

9×6 Can I Get a Witness – love it when we get Nell in the field!

9×7 The Silo

9×8 This is What We Do – Nell is a badass

9×9 Fool Me Twice – yep, confirmed I still hate Joelle

9×10 Forasteira

9×11 All Is Bright – Christmas Nell is one of my favourite Nells. However I didn’t like in this episode that Deeks and Kensi made fun of someone who was clearly struggling while he was living with his mother. Not cool.

9×12 Under Pressure

Shetland 

4×1

4×2

4×3

4×4

4×5

4×6

Lego Masters 

I love Lego, and Brickman is very talented, but some of his judging decisions have been a little bizarre. However I really felt for him when he almost cried having to send the first team home.

1×1

1×2

1×3

19
May
2019

Apologies for the lack of Wednesday post – I had ankle surgery and I am still recovering. I hope to get back to regular blog posts soon.

Read

National Geographic

  • April 2017
  • July 1978
  • December 1937
  • June 1964

April 2017 had a lot of interesting things about the future of human beings and the way technology can help correct problems such as colour blindness. 

National Geographic History – July/August 2018

Singled Out – Bella DePaulo: Really enjoyed reading this. It’s nice to see other points of view especially when we live in a culture that prefers marriage and children over singlehood.

Watched

Grimm

3×17 Synchronicity – loved that Nick had to hold back Juliette as she went for Adalind. That whole scene was really well done.

3×18 The Law of Sacrifice

3×19 Nobody Knows The Trubel I’ve Seen – not sure they really need a new character at this point, but okay.

3×20 My Fair Wesen – still don’t really care about Trubel, but looks like we’re stuck with her for now.

Vera

I cannot tell you how much I love this show. It’s been fantastic since the beginning, but ever since they added Aiden to the show, it has just gotten better. I love watching it and I can’t wait to see more of it!

8×1 Blood and Bone

8×2 Black Ice

8×3 Home

8×4 Dark Water

NCIS LA

9×3 Assets

9×4 Plain Sight – This episode just confirmed I want to keep Harley and get rid of Mosley

9×5 Mountebank -There was one scene in this episode that just ruined it for me, and when Arkady is involved, it is very difficult to ruin an episode. But Callen’s inference that Nell had told Mosley about his alias being compromised was just insulting, to both Nell and to the audience who all KNEW Nell would never share that kind of information with Mosley. Do better, Callen. And apologise.

Black Lightning

1×13 Shadow of Death: The Book of War – well that was a season finale! So glad Jennifer decided to start using her powers – she’s so much more interesting.

Elementary 

5×20 The Art of Sleights and Deception

5×21 Fly Into a Rage, Make a Bad Landing – This show is honestly one of the best in terms of character progression I have ever seen. In earlier seasons, Sherlock would NEVER have said anything about Bell being a better man, and that in fact, being a better man was more important than a better detective. We also wouldn’t have seen the apology from Bell either. I am so sorry this show is ending with Season 7 because it’s just a gem that has no equal on television.

12
May
2019

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National Geographic

  • August 1935
  • January 1937
  • September 1982
  • December 1981
  • November 1976

I like looking at the ads in the really old National Geographic magazines. There is an ad on one of them for telephones – before they were mainstream in everyone’s homes.

Sahara – Michael Palin

Funnily enough I like reading his travel stories but I find his diaries very boring.

Unladylike – Cristen Conger and

Caroline Ervin

This is a great book full of great ideas

The Annotated Pride and

Prejudice – Jane Austen

I love this story so much. I’ve always loved it and I enjoyed reading it again. It was good to have the annotated version because it let me understand a few things that I hadn’t before. For example, I always thought that traveling by post was related to the mail, but in fact it is about traveling with hired horses that change at “posts”. I also didn’t realise the significance of Darcy calling her “Elizabeth” in their walk together – because Darcy is so formal and it was not a done thing at the time between people who were not intimate. I cannot recommend the novel enough, and I really enjoyed the annotated version.

My black poodle Rosie sitting with The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Watched:

NCIS Los Angeles

8×21 Battle Scars – Hetty’s friends are awesome. I especially love AJ Chegwidden and I wish he was permanent.

8×22 Golden Days – More of Hetty’s friends and I loved the toast to Owen at the end.

8×23 Uncaged – Could tell they were going to kill off Michelle as soon as she appeared in the episode. Haven’t seen so much of her since she went up against Sidorov

8×24 Unleashed – more badass Nell! And the thumbs up and the grin – so glad that went into the Season 9 credits

9×1 Party Crashers – Hate Mosley. Sort of indifferent to Harley – I can’t work out what her job is apart from being a PA for Mosley? Also so glad they’re letting Linda Hunt flex her acting muscle

9×2 Se Murio El Payaso – LOVE that Jeff Kober is playing the imprisoned CIA officer in Vietnam, especially after watching him as an American sergeant fighting during the Vietnam War in China Beach

Black Lightning 

1×11 Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion – loved watching Thunder and Hologram!Black Lightning getting applause as they ran down the road. I feel that was really awesome for the people of Freeland to experience.

Arrow:

5×13 Spectre of the Gun – Liked getting the backstory to Rene’s life.

Rizzoli and Isles:

7×7 Dead Weight – Really liked this episode. I even liked the FBI guy that asked Jane to come to give the talk to Quantico

Wynonna Earp:

2×4 She Ain’t Right – No joke she ain’t right. And now Wynonna ain’t right. This should be interesting.

Legends of Tomorrow

2×12 Camelot/3000 – Sara Lance, flirting her way through history.

Inspector Soneri Fog and Crimes 2:

False Papers

Grimm:

3×11 The Good Soldier

3×12 The Wild Hunt

3×13 Revelation

3×14 Mommy Dearest – I cannot begin to say on how many levels I disagreed with the characters to not tell Sergeant Wu about the Wesen. The man has checked himself into a mental health ward – that’s EXACTLY the time to tell him about Wesen and that he isn’t crazy.

3×15 Once We Were Gods

3×16 The Show Must Go On

Thanks Apple!

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08
May
2019

I’m going to be honest here – I love using Apple products. I never have trouble with them; my laptop survived falling down the stairs onto concrete with just a dent and worked perfectly for another ten years, and my desktop is happy seven years later. The price I’m not so happy about – but given I’m only paying about once every ten years for a computer instead of once every five, I’ll go on that with them.

But something happened to me recently at an Apple store that made them rise in my esteem even more.

I have to get ankle surgery on the 17th of May and naturally, after visiting the surgeon for a checkup where he had fun manipulating the ankle, it was pretty sore. I’ve been using a walking stick and I’m not moving a lot because it’s still painful.

However, the Apple store near where I am had a class on using light and shadow with your phone camera. I rely solely on a phone camera for my photography because chronic pain makes lugging a DSLR and accessories around painful. 

I went to the class and had already learned some new things when I found out that part of the class was the group walking over the road to a park to take some photos. I explained that I wasn’t able to do this because of my ankle, and I expected the class to end there for me.

Instead, the person who was taking the class, Sheldon, told me to give him a minute and then he brought back another person – Samantha – who would sit with me and take me through more camera concepts.

So instead of walking across the road on a bad ankle, I ended up with a one on one class on the camera with my phone, as well as the freedom to ask any questions I wanted about any available Apple product.

It was a great session and I learned all kinds of things, including about my camera in my phone, and some things about other Apple products that I use.

So I just wanted to throw a shout out and a hearty thank you to @appleaustralia, Sheldon and Samantha for giving me a great class last Thursday. Thanks guys!

05
May
2019

Read

Picture of Rosie, my black poodle, with the book “The Uncommon Reader” Copyright to me.

National Geographic

  • July 1983
  • March 1975
  • January 1983
  • December 1982
  • November 1964
  • May 1964
  • November 1983

Really enjoyed the article in the November 1983 issue about restoring the Last Supper and what the restoration revealed.

The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett

This is an interesting little book. It involves the Queen finding a travelling library on her back lawn, and how she becomes so interested in books that she starts ignoring her other jobs.

My Life With Bob – Pamela Paul

It’s so nice to find someone else who keeps a log of every book she reads. Mine is on my computer (simply because writing can be painful with fibromyalgia) and I keep list along with whether I finished it and whether I liked it or not. This was a great travel through the books and experiences that shaped her life.

Watched

Grimm

3×3 A Dish Best Served Cold

3×4 One Night Stand

3×5 El Cucuy (the look of shock on Renard, Nick and Hank’s faces as they find out the scary monster Wesen is a little old lady is PRICELESS)

3×6 Stories We Tell Our Young

3×7 Cold Blooded

3×8 Twelve Days of Krampus

3×9 Red Menace

Black Lightening

1×8 The Book of Revelations (Well, we knew Gambi’s secret had to come out at SOME point)

1×9 The Book of Little Black Lies (Mum and I have decided that Anissa is the most intelligent person on this show).

Agents of Shield

1×1 Pilot (Lola is awesome and so is Maria Hill)

1×2 084 (Melinda May is also awesome)

The Flash

3×13 Attack on Gorilla City

NCIS 

15×19 The Numerical Limit (I feel since the last episode they’ve really upped the game. The show is good again)

NCIS LA

8×16 Old Tricks (Always know it’s coming, but I still always cry when I see Hetty get Owen Granger’s letter and the special credit at the end of the show)

8×17 Queen Pin

8×18 Getaway

8×19 767 (Let’s be honest, Cheryl is the real hero of the episode)

8×20 From Havana With Love

Hawaii 5-0

2×20 Ha’alele

Rookie Blue 

6×9 Ninety Degrees (I love Marlo and how she’s progressed through the show. Her comments on mental illness were spot on).

6x10 Breaking Up The Band

6×11 Epiphanies –

I’m going to miss this show, because Gail was my favourite character. I was annoyed that they took Holly away – that would have made the last season perfect. So glad Oliver still has Celery – she’s so good for him. I loved Gail in the final scene, standing up the front like Oliver’s enforcer.

I still find it interesting that every single character has progressed throughout the series…except Andy McNally. She showed in the last two episodes that she’s exactly the same as in the pilot. Everyone else (including Duncan/Gerald) has progressed.

So…big thumbs up to training boss Gail and her place as Oliver’s right hand-woman (guns and shoes!), but big thumbs down for dropping Holly out of the show. Not going to forgive for that one, showrunners.