December 8th, 2008

Firefly - Shiny

I'm thinking...

...there should be some decently geeky Christmas decorations. Models of the Liberator or Serenity or Enterprise to hang from the tree. Death Stars to hang from the ceiling. A little Rose Tyler in a pink tutu to put on top of tree.

If nothing like this exists, I may have discovered a gap in the market.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Hamlet...

...was positively fantastic. I mean, yes, from a fangeekish point of view it was great (row F! Six flippin' rows from the front! And I swear Mr Tennant looked right at me at one point...), but more than that, as a piece of theatre, it was just marvellous, superb performances, a wonderfully nuanced reading of the text. It helped that it's one of the few Shakespeare plays that I've studied, so I was fairly up to speed on what was happening, unlike when Sarah and I went to see The Tempest a while back and most of the time I was either a.) not hearing what was being said (we were right at the back when we saw it, both in Stratford and at the Novello) or b.) not understanding what I did hear. But yeah, this was clear and concise and understandable.

Also very much a modernised take on the play. To the extent that in the closet scene, instead of pulling out a knife and stabbing Polonius, Hamlet pulled out a gun and shot him. Which led to an interesting effect - the rear wall of the stage consisted of a mirrored backdrop, which appeared to have been heavily fractured after the gunshot. I'd assumed it was just some sort of lighting effect, but it seemed to be a practical effect, as they stayed that way for the rest of the play. They can't effectively destroy three or four thirty foot high mirrors every night, can they? 'Twould cost a fortune, surely. But that seems to be what they did. *scratchhead*

But yes, a wonderful, wonderful night's theatre. If you get the chance to see it during the rest of its run (I know tickets are sold out, but I got this ticket because a friend of a friend of Becky's had had to pull out at the last minute, so I'm sure it's not impossible for similar things to happen, and also they're making available some tickets on the day of performance), do go and see it! You won't regret it, I promise you!

Apart from that, it was generally a good weekend (great to see Becky again, also was introduced to her friend Vicky (countesszero) who is a massive Transformers fan so no doubt Sarah & I will see her at AutoAssembly, and met Misha for the first time in an age). And Sarah and I have sorted out most of this year's Christmas cards, which feels really rather organised. (Anybody else who'd like a card from us, feel free to add your name and address to...the post where I've offered to send cards.)

Speaking of the theatre, I'm going to see Spamalot with my mum as my birthday treat on Sunday 20th (it closes a couple of weeks later). I'm looking forward to that. :o)

I really am the luckiest guy in the world - Sarah is such a wonderful fiancée, and I've got terrific friends and a lovely family. *bounces*
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Writer's Block: Untimely Passing

RIP John Lennon. The list of sudden and unexpected celebrity deaths is long—Princess Di, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, and many more. Which one affected you the most on an emotional level?


Undoubtedly for me, Charlotte Coleman. I'd been a fan of hers since the late '70s, when she appeared in Worzel Gummidge, and I ended up following her career through Marmalade Atkins, Oranges are not the only fruit, Four weddings and a funeral, and many other TV and film appearances. When she appeared in a play in London in 1991, I went to see it - seven times in all, as the tickets we so cheap - and met her after the performances, and chatted with her. We exchanged a couple of letters, and eventually I set up a website about her. I wouldn't say we ever got to know each other particularly well, but when I heard of her death, it felt like I'd lost a friend. I still miss her loads. I wish I had the time and resources to keep the website better updated, to be honest. What's rather touching is that her family have seen it, and like it.
Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop

Killing time

Time for a meme - that "first line of the first post of each month" thing.

January:
Or "Hello" from the Thailand posse!

February:
Aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

March:
The old ad for "More Than" from a few years back, in which a dog in a car rolls down a hill...the hill in question being in Chorleywood, close to where Sarah used to live.

April:
Although I'm not sure I will until I'm actually sitting in the cinema watching the darned thing.

May:
Happy socialist workers day, everybody.

June:
I've spent most of the day Sarah-less.

July:
Whenever I listen to the Pet Shop Boys' I didn't get where I am today (the B-side of the rather wonderful Flamboyant, and if you haven't heard the Scissor Sisters mix of that, you really ought to), I'm just convinced that it's crying out for a bit of a Simm!Master fanvid.

August:
At the quiz tonight, there was a very interestingly worded question in the True or False round.

September:
Yes, Sing Like An Angel is out now.

October:
...but I woke up in the middle of the night and looked out of my bedroom window and had a perfectly clear view of Orion.

November:
Took mum to see Quantum of Solace last night.

December:
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?

Things I've observed from this:
1.) April and June's first entries had the same title, despite being about different things entirely. And re: April's, I've still not seen it (The X Files movie) at the cinema. Might wait for the DVD to be going dirt cheap.

2.) I have an annoying tendency to start a sentence in the subject line and then continue it in the first line of the post itself. As a result of which, some of my posts adopt a vaguely meaningless nature when the first line is quoted.

3.) My first post in December was a meme. One out of 12? That's not bad - could've been much worse. Although, in a "bonkers as one of Christopher H Bidmead's Doctor Who serials" kind of way, it would have been wonderful if my first post in December had been this one. Had that happened, I suspect the whole universe might have exploded from the paradox of it all.*

David.

*Exaggerate? Moi? No, no, a billion times no!