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I've been watching Season 1 of Mad Men, and can't decide if I hate it or not. It's set in a New York advertising office in 1960, and seems mainly to be about the men who work there and the women who revolve around them. And while it's enjoyably stylish and slick, it really does seem to be fetishising the very elements it attempts to problematise. Gosh, those poor women really were demeaned and objectified, weren't they? Here's a lingering shot of one of them bending over in a tight skirt!

And honestly? Maybe it's the continental difference, but the whole thing is far more overtly and covertly sexist than Murder Must Advertise, set 30 years and a world war earlier. Miss Meteyard wouldn't timorously ask the art department if the words 'weren't supposed to be different', she's given them what for. And DLS' take on advertising was both more insightful and funnier.

Oh, but on the plus side, it features YoSaffBridge!
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7520343.stm

And all I can think of is Steve Taylor on the phone:
"Jeff... Jeff... just calm down OK....Look, three things. One, you should not be using your mobile on a plane. Two, the name of the island is pronounced 'Lez-boss'......Yeah, well that was fairly optimistic of you wasn't it?.....Three, the behaviour of breast implants at altitude isn't something I can claim great knowledge on...Yeah, no I'm fairly certain you can't raise it with a complete stranger...No, whatever danger you think she's in....No, not even with the people in 'shrapnel range'...'

Also seen recently on bbc news:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/hampshire/7505443.stm

This sounds highly suspicious to me. I think some bungler of a Sugg is behind it, and this is a case for Lord Peter.
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Oh Grey's Anatomy. I love you. I love you for so many reasons, but most of all I love your unintentional hilarity.

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...that Caleb in season 7 Buffy is much less annoying if you can imagine that it's really Mal, pulling an elaborate job that requires him to talk like a misogynistic git?
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If the third episode is mainly happy (if bitter-sweet) times, that suddenly go bad, then the fourth is the sad times, finally relieved by the conclusion.

cut for minor spoilers and my only 2 criticisms of a very good series )
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I'm watching this in instalments with shanith, so, in instalments come reviews.

I should preface this by saying that while I had high hopes for this production (being an adaptation of my most beloved novel), I did not expect them to be met. Partly this is because the two that I have seen failed to really move me. William Hurt and Charlotte Gainsbourg didn't have time to do much, and Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clarke seemed a little period piece by numbers. Besides, is it really possible to 'do' such a story in film? I think most adaptations of novels struggle when it comes to internalities, and falling in love is perhaps one of the most profoundly internal processes. Sure, Andrew Davies did a good job for Elizabeth and Darcy with lingering, smouldering glances, as well as contemplative mirror gazing. But then, P&P is a story of appearances, albeit deceptive ones. Jane Eyre is a story of, well, we'll get to that. But a first person narrative, the first person narrative of a reserved person, this is a difficult thing to film. How can this be done?

very minor spoilers beneath )
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In a fit of sycophancy I took on a night shift last night. 26 hours later I crawled into bed. It was fun though, not least because I got to admit general medical patients for the first time in ages, doing proper differentials, coming up with management plans and denying opiates to drug seekers. (oh, and my favourite game on cover shift - Make the Patient Pee)

Now recovering with DVDs. An episode of Strong Poison had me thinking you could play a LPW drinking game. If you joined in with all those brandys and soda, G's and T, sherries and madeiras, you could end up pleasantly sozzled. On reflection, poured self large port. Happy now. Might just toddle over for a refill though
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A glorious weekend, in which I
- had a most bracing walk throug the ice puddles to Godstow lock, learning on the way that the Perch 'aims' to reopen in summer
- Finally saw Serenity, while enjoying Wife Soup. Yay River!
- Enjoyed defeating dracula (even if by the end I was getting impatient to start watching Serenity
- Went to the gym twice
- Got my meringue making mojo back just in time for the banquet (mmm, chocolate pavlova roll...)
- Made the most awesome lasagne ever (I roasted my own peppers! I bechameled the hell out of a sauce!)
- Enjoyed the above with just enough cider and wine and good company
- Learned (if you can stretch 'the weekend' to '1pm on Monday) there will be a new Tindersticks album. Album AND tour. Am giddy with glee over this.

Now, back to work!

ETA giddy glee slightly tempered by learning DH has left the group, which means I'll never see him sing 'sweet memory'. *small sob*
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We've been watching A Bit of Fry and Laurie with dinner lately, and I thought these two musical interludes deserved sharing.

A ballad about 'Kicking Ass', features the immortal couplet:
"We've kicked the ass of cancer and we'll kick the ass of AIDS
And when it comes to global warming, we'll just kick ass wearing shades"
Plus, well, just watch Stephen Fry in this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6riY-103vbc


And this one just defies description

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lb581YGhDY

(I'm not sure that Lord Peter would associate himself with these two in these particular guises, but for the sake of his acquaintance with Bertie Wooster, he appears above)
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Osama bin Laden gets within a few metres of George Bush, while driving in the Canadian motorcade. Police wave beared figure through 2 checkpoints. His driver turns around when he thinks he probably shouldn't go any further.

Sydney's 'Ring of Steel' is proven not to be so impenetrable, and a group of comedians become legends in their own lifetime.

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/09/06/1188783415730.html

(It's hardly their best work though. A few years back, these guys asked Americans to identify Iraq/Iran/North Korea and France on some 'maps'. People enthusiastically agreed that Iraq was 'bigger than they thought' when shown a map that had 'iraq' printed on Australia.)

Squeee!

Jun. 22nd, 2007 03:12 pm
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I am much to old to be squeeing about this but...

...I just appeared on the news with Jason Donovan!

Jaaaason! )
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To aid me in making my career decision I'm using this helpful soundtrack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-OIgXyvzUU

I've 'sung' its praises to a few people already, so please do enjoy.

"Why do you need a stool sample if you think I'm just a nut?
Cause the answer's not in your head my dear - it's in your butt'

Oh, and for all you fanficcers out there, please do enjoy 'guy love'
(no porn or nasty visuals for the faint of heart)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTE8qKHYT8Y&mode=related&search=

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