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Read and Watched July 21-27

Read

An Edited Life – Anna Newton

This is a really interesting look at getting your life streamlined and everything in a manageable way so that you can perform at your best. I found quite a few useful tips in it, as well as some ideas I had not thought of before.

A picture of my dog Rosie with the book "An Edited Life"
Rosie with An Edited Life by Anna Newton

Watched

Madam Secretary

1×05 Blame Canada

1×06 The Call

1×07 Passage

1×08 Need to Know

1×09 So It Goes

1×10 Collateral Damage

Arrow 5×18 Disbanded

Shazam! 

I love this movie. Not just for the concept of found family, which is something I love seeing in popular culture, but because one of the leading characters has a disability. A double whammy of awesome!

Wynonna Earp: 2×12 I Hope You Dance

Legends of Tomorrow: 2×16 Doomworld

Rizzoli and Isles: 7×12 Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Blacklist

4×21 Mr Kaplan (No.4)

4×21 Mr Kaplan (No.4) Conclusion: Holy cow, Ressler killed Laurel Hitchens! I did not see that coming. Also, the Samar and Aram scenes were very cute and they are adorable together.

Black Lightening 2×03 – The Book of Consequences: Chapter Three: Master Lowry

Kommisar (Inspector) Rex 

1×04 A Perfect Murder: I absolutely loved this episode. Rex taking Moser to the pet shop and choosing out all the things he needs, including a lot of toys and naturally a giant bone to chew on.

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What I Read and Watched – 26 May to 8th June

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

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What I Read and Watched This Week – May 12th to 18th

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.

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What I Read and Watched – 28th April – May 4th

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.

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What I Read and Watched This Week – 21-27th April

What I Read and Watched This Week – 21st to 27th of April

Read:

Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein

I love Linda Fairstein’s books and I always eagerly await the next one. This was a two years wait but as always I was pleased to get it. I first discovered her work when I found one of her books in a charity second-hand bookshop and I’m so glad I did. I think my favourite book will always be Death Dance – I have three copies – one I bought in Paris, one that she sent me autographed, and one I preordered.

It’s What I Do – Lynsey Addario

This is a really good look at what being a war photographer entails. She works for different outlets and has mainly worked in the Middle East, so there is a lot of information about what it was like to work after 9/11 in these areas.

The Amazons – Adrienne Mayor

I watched Wonder Woman so of course I’m interested in Amazons. It would appear that most of the Greek stories come from Scythian peoples that often had fighting women among their group.

The Book of Forgotten Authors – Christopher Fowler

It is amazing the number of authors we forget – I had forgotten quite a few here, some of whom wrote one book that made them famous, or contributed to screenwriting movies.

National Geographic

  • June 2018
  • August 1969
  • August 1969
  • August 1983
  • May 2018

The June 2018 issue was devoted entirely to the concept of waste and particularly plastic waste. Apparently half of the world’s plastic waste comes from just five Asian countries. The biggest plastic waste problems are straws, plastic bags and one-use coffee cups.

I was talking to my friend about this the other day, and she said that when she was recently in Malaysia, they gave her a straw that was made out of sugar cane fibres. What a great idea! Using a waste product to create a product that would normally just go to landfill – or even worse, in the oceans.

In particularly poor countries too, where people can often only afford to purchase one sachet of a good such as toothpaste, nobody makes the sachet packets recyclable, and in Manila, there is apparently a blanket of them. Why can’t more companies get onto this?

National Geographic History Volume 4, No 2.

I really love the National Geographic History magazines and this was not an exception. I liked the part on the process Picasso went through to create the painting “Guernica”. I also particularly liked the (perhaps apocryphal) story that when a Nazi showed Picasso a photo of Guernica that he asked the artist “Did you do this?”, that apparently Picasso replied “No, you did.”

I also really liked the article on The Phoenicians who were most famous for creating the purple fabric dye from sea snails. Their entire economy was based on this (at the time) extremely expensive fabric.

Another article was on women in ancient Rome, and I found it particularly nice that surrogacy and fostering were “embedded in Roman ideas of motherhood”.

Smithsonian Magazine – May 2018

I really enjoyed one of the articles in this on Albert Einstein and his travels to Japan. I hadn’t known he had traveled to Japan, but apparently he went in 1922 to go to Egypt, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Japan. The article was very interesting about his visit, and it also mentioned that his travel diaries from this trip were being released as a book, so I shall very much look forward to finding that and reading it.

There was also an interesting article on a man called Eusebio Leal. He is Havana’s official historian and is quite popular for all the work he has done preserving Havana’s historic buildings and streets.

Watched:

The Librarians 2×08 – And the Point of Salvation (loved this episode – they’re all stuck in a videogame and it’s up to Ezekiel to save them all!)

NCIS LA

8×09 – Glasnost

8×10 Sirens (love Nell being a badass with Carl. Also love Hetty’s driving – I KNEW she taught Nell how to drive like that!)

8×11 Tidings We Bring

8×12 Kulinda

8×13 Hot Water

8×14 Under Siege (don’t mess with Hetty Lange. Or Nell Jones.)

8×15 Payback (another great Hetty Lange and Nell Jones episode. And anytime AJ Chegwidden is on the show, it is fantastic.)

Grimm 2×17 – One Angry Fuchsbau

2×18 – Volcanis

2×19 – Endangered (loved the Wesen in this episode. They were so beautiful. And such a great parallel with endangered species)

2×20 Kiss of the Muse

2×21 The Walking Dead (she knows! Juliette finally knows Nick is a Grimm, and it was done with great comedic hilarity)

2×22 Goodnight, Sweet Grimm

3×01 The Ungrateful Dead

3×02 PTZD

Inspector Soneri Fog and Crimes 2 – Parental Rating

The Blacklist 4×15 – The Apothecary (No 59.) – Love Samar going into Panetti’s office and just telling them how it’s going to go. She’s my favourite character on this show (along with Aram).

Black Lightening

1×5 And then the Devil Brought the Plague – The Book of Green Light

1×6 Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder