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Read and Watched November 2nd to November 9th

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My dog Rosie with the book "Jane Austen at Home" by Lucy Worsley
Rosie with “Jane Austen at Home” by Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home – Lucy Worsley: This was a really interesting take on Jane Austen from the perspective of the places she lived. I also learned a couple of things – like me, she had facial pain, and scholars believe it likely she had depression 

Around the World in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh: I’ve traveled long distance by train once – 6 hours from Salzburg to Venice, through a blizzard. Not something I was interested in doing, but it’s interesting to hear someone who enjoys train rides go on a journey around the world in them.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

5×14 Something Better

5×15 Between the Seats – This was a sad episode

5×16 The New Normal – Thanks for breaking my heart with Gordon

5×17 The Common Defence – VACCINATE YOUR KIDS!

5×18 Ready

5×19 The Great Experiment

The Originals (Parents First Watch)

4×13 The Feast of All Sinners – How am I crying the SECOND time I watch this?

5×01 Where You Left Your Heart – They like teenage Hope. And Caroline. And Amnesia!Elijah. They felt sorry for Marcel when Rebekah turned him down. And mum was a bit peeved when Klaus started killing off the roses by visiting Amnesia!Elijah

5×02 One Wrong Turn on Bourbon – Felt so sorry for Freya. I love her friendship with Vincent. Mum was very sad about Henry.

5×03 Ne Me Quitte Pas – Mum likes Amnesia!Elijah piano-playing in France

5×04 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – They liked the teamup between Klaus and Marcel. And they feel Hope has a little of her father in her. They still haven’t guessed who has Hayley.

5×05 Don’t It Just Break Your Heart – Well they HATE Greta. And they were surprised by Antoinette’s and Roman’s connection to her.

5×06 What, Will, I, Have, Left – They were shocked that Declan was related to Cami!

5×07 God’s Gonna Trouble the Water – They didn’t expect the first-born curse of the Hollow. And they sincerely dislike Emmett.

Hawaii 5-0

3×14 Hana I Wa ‘Ia – So glad to know that Danny and Grace will stay together.

The Flash

3×23 Finish Line – Glad Iris and Caitlin are going to be okay. So glad we’re going to get to keep Killer Frost. I admit to shedding a tear when Barry went into the speed force with his mother.

Inspector (Kommisar) Rex

2×04 Deadly Seduction – I love how Rex is refusing to let that woman anywhere near Moser.

NCIS

16×04 Third Wheel – I don’t like Brooks horning in on my Gibbs/Fornell time. Also, Izzy can go away permanently.

NCIS Los Angeles

10×02 Superhuman – That suit is terrifying. And while I love Admiral Kilbride, I miss Hetty.

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Read and Watched September 29 – October 5

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My dog Rosie with the book Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers by Sady Doyle
Rosie with Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers by Sady Doyle

Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers – Sady Doyle

An interesting read on the tropes and different ways women have been portrayed in popular culture. The theory on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is fascinating.

Border Line – Mishell Baker

A book with a disabled, mentally ill protagonist is a rare find indeed. I just wish the ending was better.

A Room Of One’s Own – Adrian Mourby

A romp through the different places most identified with particular writers

Final Chapters – Jim Bernhard

How writers lived their last days – with the interesting addition of the individual writers’ thoughts on death.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

4×10 Women Transform the World

4×11 Mitya – Here we go, Stevie’s parents are wrong, again. She’s adult and can date who she likes.

4×12 Sound and Fury

4×13 Reading the Signs

4×14 Refuge

Elementary

1×02 While You Were Sleeping – First Marcus episode

The Originals 

2×21 Fire With Fire – Figured Klaus was going to be cranky

2×22 Ashes to Ashes – Great episode all around

3×01 For the Next Millennium – Don’t like Lucien. They were confused over why Aurora was in the Buddhist Temple

3×02 You Hung the Moon – Well we agree Davina’s making bad choices. Were surprised at Lucien’s little werewolf venom cure and agree that Aurora and Tristan are creepy

3×03 I’ll See You In Hell or New Orleans

3×04 A Walk on the Wild Side – They loved Freya punching Alexis

The Blacklist

5×02 Greyson Blaise (No 37).-Better than 5×01 but still lacking…something

The Flash

3×21 Cause and Effect – One of the funniest episodes we’ve had in a while.

Hawaii 5-0

Kapu – Look at little Andy Lawrence all grown up!

Inspector Rex

2×1 – Silent Screams – love Rex helping the little girl

Arrow

5×21 Honor Thy Fathers  – Not as good as the last episode – clearly what happens when there is not enough focus on Felicity

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Read and Watched 15-20 September

Read and Watched 15-20 September

Shorter one this week, because I’ll be on a plane tomorrow. 

READ

National Geographic History September/October 2019: I really enjoyed the article on Boudica.

A picture of my dog Rosie in a pink bow, with the book Writers Tools by Roy Peter Clark
Rosie with “Writing Tools” by Roy Peter Clark

Writer’s Tools – Roy Peter Clark – This was an interesting book that contained 55 different rules to help writers, which were expanded on in about two or three pages each. Having the expanded explanation, plus examples of how the tools can be used, was really informative.

WATCHED

Elementary

1×01 Pilot: Watching this show from the start again because I absolutely love it. I had actually forgotten that Marcus wasn’t in the pilot.

The Originals

5×02 One Wrong Turn on Bourbon – So wonderful seeing Freya and Keelin reunite, and then, as this show is very good at, they ripped them apart again. I wish they’d included the deleted scene with Vincent comforting Freya.

5×03 Ne Me Quitte Pas – Oh Elijah, I don’t even know where to start with you.

5×04 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – I like Ivy. And I feel sorry for Freya.

5×05 Don’t It Just Break Your Heart – I love Jaime Murray, but Antoinette is just annoying. It’s so weird to see Elijah this way, although it is an interesting technique by the writers because you wonder if he would have been like this without his family.

5×06 What, Will, I, Have, Left – Well that episode was painful. I cried. Again. 

5×07 God’s Gonna Trouble the Water – And I kept crying. Honestly, what is this show doing to me? The one bright spark was Keelin returning to be with Freya.

5×08 The Kindness of Strangers – Well, Elijah just broke my heart. Also poor Freya. She’s really getting dumped on.

5×09 We Have Not Long To Love – Now that was a proposal. Freelin are adorable. Also, Josh is totally right about Marcel and Emmett. That being said, I’d really like someone to kill Emmett now.

5×10 There In The Disappearing Light – And my wish is granted! Thank you, Hope.

5×11 Till the Day I Die – That wedding was perfect. Kind of mad at Vincent though – if Elijah was able to make it effort, Vincent should have done it too. Freya’s face when they both disappointed her was heartbreaking. As was the scene with Rebekah when she was afraid of being a danger to her own child. But the wedding was perfect. And I loved that Elijah gave Keelin and Freya the lake house that he and Hayley would have bought.

5×12 The Tale of Two Wolves – I love that Hayley told Hope to remind Elijah of their dance. It made my Helijah heart sing. And Hope is a beautiful wolf. Not ashamed to say I cried in that episode – Klaus looked so proud.

5×13 When The Saints Go Marching In – Oh wow. Well I was just in constant tears. Great finish to a great show. One of the few shows that as soon as you finish an episode, you HAVE to watch the next one.

Parents Watching The Originals

Mum and Dad have started watching The Originals and I’m enjoying their reactions. So far it’s been “When’s Rebekah getting back into her own body?” and “when does (insert character here) die?” Last night’s episode was:

2×12 Sanctuary: They both love Freya – especially when she killed the Kindred, Cassie and then told Rebekah to tell their brothers they better be on their best behaviour.

2×13 The Devil Is Damned  Mum and Dad really enjoyed Finn getting blown up. I haven’t told them yet that Freya brings him back to life. 

Madam Secretary

4×02 Off the Record

4×03 The Essentials – I will miss Nadine. Bebe Neuwirth is a class act.

4×04 Shutdown – Good, no more Jareth. He was getting on my nerves

4×05 Persona Non Grata – Confirmed no more Jareth. Hallelujah! 

The Blacklist

5×01 Smokey Putnam (No.30) – Yes to Samar and Aram. No to the rest.

The Team

1×07 – ALICIA CHECK YOUR PHONE!!!

1×08 – How appropriate that they find Marius hiding with the trash.

The Flash

3×20 I Know Who You Are – Sometimes I just want to hug Cisco. Also Anne Dudek will forever be Cut Throat Bitch (House) to me.

Hawaii 5-0

3×11 Kahu – Loved Catherine kicking that guy’s ass!

Kommisar (Inspector) Rex

1×12 The Old Lady Murders – Man I love Rex. He’s adorable.

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Read and Watched 25th August to 31st August

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The Rise – The Originals Novel

Interesting look at one of what is probably many untold stories about the Mikaelson’s through the years.

The Loss – The Originals Novel

Frankly, they just needed Freya alive in this one. This would have solved all the problems.

Wordslut – Amanda Montell

Rosie, wearing a pink bow, with the book Wordslut by Amanda Montell
Rosie with Wordslut by Amanda Montell

I really loved this book and the way it looks at language. It follows the traits of language that are more commonly ascribed to women, including uptalk and valley girl talking. I also like the way it investigates words that are often used to denigrate women and it is interesting to see that many of them started out as meaning quite different things.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

3×02 The Linchpin

3×03 South China Sea

3×04 The Dissent Memo

3×05 The French Revolution

3×06 The Statement

3×07 Tectonic Shift

3×08 Breakout Capacity

3×09 Snap Back

3×10 The Race 

Mindhunter

2×3 – Love the new character of Jim Barney. He’s great at interviews. And Olivia’s going on a date!

2×4 

2×5 – Not 100% sure about Kaye… I hope she’s not going to hurt Wendy.

The Originals

2×15 They All Asked For You – Freya! And Rebekah is apparently going nuts…

2×16 Save My Soul – Still love Freya. Still dislike Jackson

2×17 Exquisite Corpse –  Go Freya!

2×18 Night has a Thousand Eyes – Dahlia is terrifying, but Claudia Black is so fabulous at this role. I felt sorry for Freya at the end of the episode. Her last connection with someone who knew her before Dahlia took her is gone.

2×19 When the Levee Breaks

2×20 City Beneath the Sea

2×21 Fire With Fire – Not sure Elijah will ever forgive Klaus for what he’s done to Gia and Hayley

2×22 Ashes to Ashes – Loved this episode. Still love Freya, and glad that Klaus trusts her now. That scene of Freya saving her siblings was great.

3×01 For the Next Millennium – Love Freya. I can already tell I’m going to hate Lucien

3×02 You Hung the Moon – Hayley! Let’s not hit Freya. She’s trying to help. Loved the moment with Elijah’s confession. His devotion to Hayley is beautiful. I also surprisingly enjoyed Elijah and Jackson working together against Lucien.

3×03 I’ll See You In Hell or New Orleans – And Tristan is just as bad as Lucien

3×04 A Walk on the Wild Side – Loved seeing Elijah and Hayley dancing together.

3×05 The Axeman’s Letter – Well, Aurora is completely nuts

3×06 Beautiful Mistake – Love Freya just astral projecting in and snapping the necks of the Strix. As you do.

Inspector Rex

1×10 Amok

1×11 Escape to Death

Hawaii 5-0

Huaka’i Kula: I love Melanie. Seriously, she’s fantastic.

Lucy – Well, that movie was a trip. Brought up a lot of interesting questions – particularly about what would happen about using 100% of our brain capacity, and would we really want to? I do wonder about the fact that you would be aware of the subconscious things your brain does – such as filtering out the sound of your eyeballs moving, and things like that.

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What I Read and Watched This Week – July 27th to August 3rd

READ

Shockingly nothing in this section this week, because I spent a lot of time starting random books and finding they didn’t grab my interest. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next week.

WATCHED

Madam Secretary

1×11 Game On

1×12 Standoff

1×13 Chains of Command

1×14 Whisper of the Ax – I love Gordon and I love that he just sits on all the chairs like he belongs

1×15 The Ninth Circle

1×16 Tamerlane

1×17 Face the Nation

1×18 The Time is At Hand

Elementary

6×3 Our Time Is Up – Joan’s sister Lin is hilarious and such a great addition to the show

Hawaii 5-0

3×7 Ohuna

3×8 Wahine’inoloa Steve’s mother is terrifying

3×9 Ha-awe Make Loa – was this a filler episode or something? It seemed like one.

The Flash

3×19 The Once and Future Flash – I know it was for dramatic effect, but I really couldn’t see a world where Barry Allen abandoned everyone – especially Joe – particularly after he’d made that promise to Iris.

Carlo and Malik

1×1 L’apparenza Inganna Prima Parte

1×2 L’apparenza Inganna Seconda Parte – this is a lot lighter and funnier than most Italian cop dramas, so I look forward to watching more of it.

Inspector Soneri: Fog and Crimes 3

Off Season – this was a wonderful ending to this series. It showed awesome character progression – from the earlier seasons with Angela where he had to be literally forced to go on vacation, to now with Chiara, where he is the one suggesting it. Great finish to the show.

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What I Read and Watched – 23 June to 6 July

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

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What I Read and Watched 16-22 June

Read

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

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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.

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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 19-25th of May

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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