the blacklist

28
Jul
2019

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.

14
Jul
2019

Read

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

16
Jun
2019

Read

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

28
Apr
2019

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