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.
1×05 Blame Canada
1×06 The Call
1×08 Need to Know
1×09 So It Goes
1×10 Collateral Damage
Arrow 5×18 Disbanded
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
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.
This book ended up being a bit different to what I expected. Instead of picking 70 wondrous things in the vein of the 7 wonders of the world, the book looked at everything that is wondrous about China – so we had chapters on porcelain, overseas Chinese, and just about everything that China is famous for.
Chocolate – Kirsten Tibballs
Normally I don’t put cookbooks on here, but this Queen of Chocolate’s recipes are next level. I cooked her chocolate brownies and almost put the entire family into a chocolate coma. She’s a super nice woman and amazingly talented. Check out her TV show “Queen of Chocolate” on SBS!
Inspector Soneri Fog and Crimes 3 – Well Bred Boys
Love the addition of Immocalata. Love the new doctor and Soneri putting his hands on her within five minutes – dude, take a girl to dinner first!
6×9 Tree People – I literally have no problem with this tree person. Also every time I saw the tree person I kept saying “I Am Groot”.
6×10 Blood Magic
6×11 Where the Wild Things Were
6×12 Zerstorer Shrugged – Trubel’s back!!
6×13 The End – Wow. Just wow. I stand up and applaud the writers because that finale was just GOLD. The whole thing was so well written and just totally full circle. So happy Eve is back as a Hexenbiest (because she’s so much more interesting) and always pleased to see Trubel. I have one question: When Diana said Mum and Dad, does that mean Nick and Adalind? Because I like she has two dad’s now. Also, two gripes: We didn’t get to see Monrosalee’s triplets and I was waiting for Trubel to get a girlfriend.
Spiderman: Far From Home
No spoilers, but I loved this. So different from what the trailer promised. I was SO excited to see Maria Hill again – Cobie Smulders is just GOLD in that role. And Zendaya is AWESOME as MJ. So glad to see her get a bigger role.
15×24 Date With Destiny: So glad to see more of Jack’s backstory. Maria Bello is an outstanding actress and I love see her get more screen time on this show.
2×2 The Book of Consequences Chapter 2 – Black Jesus Blues: I spy Grace! So happy to see Chantal Thuy back!
3×6 I Ka Wa Mamua: Now we know where Grace’s name came from. I wonder if Grace knows? I loved learning more about Danny in this episode and Scott Caan was a star.
3×7 Ho’omai’ke Not going to lie, I really wanted Kamekona to be watching The Notebook as well.
1×2 Another Benghazi
1×3 The Operative
1×4 Just Another Normal Day: Side note: I love everyone in this show, but anarchist son and Blake are both special mentions.
2×10 I See a Darkness I love Waverly fighting Faux-cedes and it was such an interesting episode to watch as Waverly, instead of trusting her sister, decides she can’t and has to save Nicole herself. I thought it said a lot about their relationship and I’m very interested to see the consequences this has (apart from disappeared Wynonna of course)
2×11 Gone as a Girl Can Get This show brings the laughs and everyone wandering around not knowing who this crazy Wynonna person is was hilarious. Loved to see Bobo back because he’s always fun, and Nicole pining over Waverly was adorable. Best lines of the episode go first to Nicole with “I’d do a lot of things to you” and Waverly’s “Also I think I’m gay. Call you later”
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
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!
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!
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)
3×18 Abra Kadabra: Ah, Barry? Travelling through time never ends well with you. I feel this is a monumentally bad decision
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.
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.
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
3×1 La O Na Makuhine
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.
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
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.
4×17 Requiem – Are we to assume that Kate’s version of the fire is the real version?
5×22 Moving Targets
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!
It’s a special double issue this week because the ankle surgery has left me feeling a bit worn out. Enjoy.
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!
9×13 Cac Thu Nhan
9×14 Goodbye Vietnam – having 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!
9×21 Where Everybody Knows Your Name: I’m glad Deeks finally got his bar. I think this will be great.
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.
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!
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
4×13 Trial By Fire
4×14 Bad Luck
4×15 Double Date
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
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.
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.
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
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
A great book about knowledge and how to consume it.
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
2×22 Ua Hopu
2×5 Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers
2×9 And the Happily Ever Afters
3×14 Attack on Central City – I cannot stress how much I love Cisco.
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
9×11 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
8×4 Dark Water
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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:
3×11 The Good Soldier
3×12 The Wild Hunt
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.