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Other Adaptations » Sherlock Holmes and the Raven's Curse » September 7, 2021 5:27 pm

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Thank you for the report.  I don't mind spoilers as it's unlikely I'll get to see it.  Although if there's a major twist, maybe put it in spoiler tags! 

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » The Power of the Dog » August 27, 2021 9:05 pm

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I had forgotten about this.  Thank you for the reminder.

Other Cast & Production Team » Sad news about Una » August 27, 2021 9:04 pm

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I'm glad you heard from your pal, Besleybean. I hope things go as well as they can for her and for your sister's housemate/ex.

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » The Courier » August 27, 2021 8:57 pm

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I have the same worries about the cinema, Susigo.  I'm unfortunately very vulnerable and had been going a few weeks ago when we were distanced and masked, but now all the restrictions have gone here and the case rate is high I am being cautious!  I have been talking with friends and have now got some ffp2 and ffp3 masks and have decided to risk it at some point, going to an earlier showing that's quiet.  No eating popcorn!  But I think having better masks opens things up a bit. 

Thank you for blazing the trail, BB, and for your review! I'm curious about why you have changed your mind about the name, but maybe I'll work it out when I see it! 

Other Cast & Production Team » Sad news about Una » August 15, 2021 3:50 pm

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I think it's nice of you to send a card even if you're not sure how it will be received.  It's so difficult to know what to say.  I go back and forth over these things and then am never happy with what I've written.  What can anyone say, though?  It's absolutely rubbish news however you spin it, but I think nice for your friend to know you care and are thinking of her.

It does remind me that I should get in touch with old friends.   We are at that age now when things often start to go wrong.  For some it already has.

A tribute special would be lovely and touching. 
 

Other Cast & Production Team » Sad news about Una » August 14, 2021 2:28 pm

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I'm sorry about your friend.  I would find that very difficult, communicating on Whatsapp about something so serious.  Mind you I find cards difficult too.  I seem to have been sending a lot of them recently, sadly.  (Well, not all sadly, the most recent was for a new baby!).  But I think any acknowledgement is better than none, if she is happy with people knowing.  I'm sorry you have all this going on.

Rewatching Sherlock is always going to be tinged with sadness now, whenever Una makes an appearance.  I
 

Other Cast & Production Team » Sad news about Una » August 12, 2021 5:04 pm

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Oh, that's awful.  I really hope there's a good outcome in the end, but always a difficult process even so, and must be a big shock for your sister hearing that news.  It seems to be a time for bad news.   I know it's silly but I feel so many of us lost so much during the pandemic, that it doesn't seem fair that things like cancer still go on. 

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/aug/12/actor-una-stubbs-dies-aged-84
A lovely tribute from Mark on twitter. 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-58190446
And from Steven on Instagram.

Other Cast & Production Team » Sad news about Una » August 12, 2021 2:50 pm

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I've just heard that our lovely Una Stubbs died at home yesterday.  Very sad news indeed, especially for those close to her. I was hoping she had many years left.  For my generation she was an iconic figure of our younger years in so many roles.  She will be very fondly remembered.

Other Cast & Production Team » Dr Who specs. » August 11, 2021 8:36 pm

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Yes, you're probably right. Matt Smith wasn't well known at all when he was cast, and that worked very well. 

I agree it doesn't seem that long since Jodie was cast!  I think it's because we're all getting older - some more than others! 

Other Cast & Production Team » Dr Who specs. » July 31, 2021 7:02 am

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Yes, I think you're right about Andrew, and I don't know if he'd want to do it, whereas Amanda possibly might.  I also see Andrew more as the Master but I don't know if that's because I'm thinking of him as Moriarty!  Peter Capaldi was very well known before he was cast, but then he was major Doctor Who fan, whereas Andrew's the wrong generation. 

Michaela Cole did I May Destroy You which is maybe one of the best and most original bits of TV I've seen in ages (but divisive! Not everybody I know liked it!).  She's quite a powerful presence and I can see her as a highly intelligent, funny, slightly unsettling Doctor! 

I think Chris Chibnall is leaving as well, so we really don't know what sort of Doctor we're going to get and what direction they'll go in. 

But anyway, you've now got me thinking of all of the cast being in Doctor Who, whether as the Doctor or other parts!  Mark is obvious, as a fan and writer, but has already been in it (not that it stopped Peter Capaldi!).  I could see him as the Master.  Una maybe as a companion?  Or Yasmin?  Lindsay Duncan as the Doctor?   Maybe Bertie Carvell from The Blind Banker?  I do like the idea of Amanda, though.

Other Cast & Production Team » Dr Who specs. » July 30, 2021 5:32 pm

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Oh, she would!  I think she could put across the intelligence and the hint of something slighty dangerous and sinister in the background, as well as the fun side. And what about Andrew?  Or Sian?

Michaela Cole has been mentioned, but she's such a blast of creative energy that I think she might feel a bit constrained in the role, although she would be wonderful! 

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » July 7, 2021 3:33 pm

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No, I hadn't seen that performance.  Thank you for posting it!  At the end, there was link to this video:


which is just lovely!  (I seem to have problems embedding it, so here's the link to youtube if the above doesn't work https://youtu.be/KWKlq1OnQb0 )

That's fun that your mom watched with you and enjoyed it!  Who was her favourite?  I bet you'll both be watching it live next year!   I haven't rewatched, but do remember that the UK vocals were off - I think he sounded breathless?  But did think he had a good reaction to having double nil points!

I keep seeing Maneskin pop up in the news now.  They seem to have become quite popular internationally, charting in various countries, so good for them!  They maybe have a bit more appeal to new/younger people than some of the acts, so might bring in a few more fans for next year (I say that as if I know what appeals to young people - I don't!).

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 27, 2021 5:12 pm

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I think the key change is a bit of a standing joke!  Apparently there's a drinking game where you have a drink whenever there's a key change, but it seems as though there aren't as many now... apparently many more in 2000.  It used to be a bit of a cliche with boy bands, if I remember too, years ago.  Kind of funny to put one in as a pastiche element, though, I like that!  Yes, I wonder if Iceland would have won in 2020.  The song definitely got a lot of buzz.  I see he is touring near me in November!  Hopefully the tour will sell well and bring more acclaim.

I'd love to know more about why people are choosing minor keys.  The articles seemed to be saying that it's because things are gloomier now, but you would think people might want something in a major key to cheer them up?  But the UK entry was cheerful and major and obviously did not appeal at all.  I found it a bit bland.  Whereas the San Marino entry was in a minor key but had more of a bouncy, party feel for me. 

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 27, 2021 6:35 am

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I've just listened to the BBC More or Less podcast which covered the UK's loss at Eurovision amongst other things:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09jlfpl

They mentioned a couple of things:
- the UK tend to vote for Lithuania, as do Ireland and Norway. 
- the top coutnries for Lithuanians to emigrate to are the UK, Ireland and Norway so there may be diaspora voting.   - - - there are now 39 contestants, up from 20 forty years ago, so harder to win
- contestants used to have to sing in their native language, which gave UK and Ireland a big advantage who could sing in English, one of the international languages of pop
- songs in minor keys tend to win Eurovision recently, and all of this years top ten were in a minor key, and three of the bottom four were major (UK's entry was in a major key).

I thought the last point was very interesting!  So I had another look and came across this twitter thread;
https://mobile.twitter.com/kitlovelace/status/1396161768196554753  
and yet another More or Less podcast
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07b8b2c

I did not know this!  The twitter thread is really interesting and I had a look at the author's guide to Eurovision 2021 here https://popbitch.com/the-popbitch-guide-to-eurovision-2021/ which gives all the tempo, key, etc. information, and has a guide to the characteristics of the winners and losers from previous years.  Wish I had seen it before and will check him out in 2022 if I remember!
 

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 26, 2021 6:14 pm

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Yes, I thought the the diaspora voting was interesting.  We are lucky to have a lot of European immigrants in the UK, and possibly some of them are more interested in Eurovision and voting for their birth countries?  I think Lithuania got the biggest vote from the UK?  Also the comment about neighbouring countries having more similar taste in music so voting for each other for that reason, rather than politically. 

It's a shame to hear that I'm not the only one who was having problems voting! 
 

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 26, 2021 7:11 am

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I agree with all your points.  I've avoided posting too much until you'd had a chance to catch up!  The scoring was too late for me, so I just watched the performances live, then watched the scores the next morning, so I was behind too, and got spoiled by finding out the top and bottom entry first thing! 

I did think Maneskin gave a good performance, and they looked fantastic!  And Italy has suffered terribly during the pandemic, so it's something nice.  Mind you, the UK has suffered really badly as well and got nil points!  Italy were a high middle in my personal scoring.  I agree about the message (I had to look up the lyrics in English!) and even the "rock and roll never dies" sounded a bit banal, but they are very young and enthusiastic, and it's not like previous winners have tended to have great messages anyway!  

I did feel sorry for the UK act, and some of the press here have been slating him.  I thought the song was OK, and his performance was OK (he sounded a bit breathless), but not great. He's third from bottom on my list that I was making as I went along.  I did like how well he took it! 

Top of my list on the night were Swizterland, Ukraine, France and San Marino, so I was really surprised with how badly San Marino did!  I thought they were great on the night and it was a great last song of the evening.  I liked her outfit after all the silver or black underwear type things that most of the other women were wearing, and thought it was energetic and fun.  The only thing I can think is that I wasn't wild about the song the first time I heard it and it grew on me, so maybe for people hearing it the first time it didn't make such a great impression. 

I didn't like the French song so much but thought it was great on the night, so it went to the top.  I can see why you like Iceland so much.  I do too, particularly for the originality, but they didn't jump out at me quite as much as my top ones.  But fourth is a really good result! 

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Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 23, 2021 8:40 am

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No spoilers, but this was my favourite part of the evening!



I gave points to all the performances as I watched and there was some changes from my previous.  Best on the night on my table were Ukraine, Switzerland, France and San Marino, then Russia and Norway. 

Music » Eurovision 2021 Rotterdam » May 22, 2021 3:44 pm

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I have watched some bits of the semi-finals, but not the whole things.  I'm disappointed that the Amen I liked was out: I thought it was a good song and a fantastic singer, but maybe just not what they're looking for at the moment.  I have a playlist with some of may favourites and they have mostly gone through.  It's funny how listening to the songs several times can change what you feel about them.  Some have grown on me, some less so.   For instance Adrenalina didn't grab me when I first heard it, and now I can't get it out of my head and I liked the performance in the semi-final! 

I don't really mind who wins. I just enjoy watching it!  But glad most of the songs on my playlist are there.  I like Ukraine, Norway, Bulgaria (I said Belgium before but I meant Bulgaria!), Switzerland, Malta, San Marino, Cyprus and Russia is growing on me.  Funny but good that we like different songs (more interesting than if there's a single favourite!).  I do like your choices but they're not my favourites.

If I had to choose one, probably Ukraine! 

Maneskin haven't really grown on me. I prefer this song, and the pole dancing! 


But I thought they gave a good performance and like that they are singing in Italian.   Eurovision rock bands tend to sound very "pop", no matter how rock they look.  I'm thinking of Lordi .... who I loved! 

Really looking forward to tonight! 
 

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