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Talking TV.

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As you know Masterchef Australia is one of my favourite reality TV shows and this year it was its 10th season.  I don’t know if you watch any reality TV shows but certainly with the cookery show there is always someone, out of the 24 contestants who is annoying!!!  Either the way they come across or the way they relate to the other people or just existing!!!!!!!

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This year it was this person, Michelle, who as her job describes herself as a “writer”  when actually she just has a blog!  SO for all of us with blogs we can now describe ourselves as writers!  She never admitted to any problems in any of the episodes with any of the tasks and whatever they were cooking she had always done it already or always made that dish at home.  To me she was the worst person to be on the show because she never learnt anything from the chefs or the events, as she had done it or seen it or eaten it all before and I believe she really wanted to be on the presenting side rather than a contestant.  Fortunately she was eliminated early on, on Gordon Ramsey week and so we did not have to listen to any more of her wittering!!! 

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There is a new advert out with Emilia Clarke for a new perfume from Dolce & Gabbana where she is singing as above.  I am amazed by her teeth!!!  Whether it is the red lipstick but I cannot  see how she can get that many teeth in her mouth, they are amazing!!!!  Love her in Game of Thrones and I do hope when the final series airs next year it is a good ending, but having read all the books I don’t think George R.R. Martin will be that kind to us, as he loves killing off main characters!!  In fact I am going to get all the books out and re-read them.  There is so much more in the books than on the show, so if you like the show and have not read the books, do so, you will get a lot more from them.

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As you know quite a few of the TV shows I watched every season have finished so I have been scouting around the channels looking for some new shows and I have found this.  “Instinct” with the great Alan Cumming.  It is about an ex-CIA Officer who has left to join the world of academia but is asked to consult by the New York Police when a murderer starts to use his book as a blue print for his murders. So far, we are on Episode 4, it looks quite good and I am hoping it will continue.  

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Finally back to this year’s Masterchef there was the incomparable Nigella Lawson Week.  I just love her whole style and her recipes are amazing and you can actually read her cookery books and she is so funny.  In fact she could write fiction.  Her recipes are very good and you can change elements in them and they still work. 

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This is one of my favourite Nigella books and I have made lots of the dishes out of it.

DH and Youngest are both back tomorrow and I will be reversing Mondays schedule of collecting them from the airport and train station but not so early thank goodness.  It has been quite strange just Treacle and I at home and when there is no one else at home I leave all the lights on downstairs!  Silly I know but it makes me feel better!!!

I have been busy at my desk all day today with work and then called round to see a very good friend in the village whose birthday is on Thursday, but I could not see her on the day so I had a nice catch up with her over a cup of tea!!!

I hope you have all had a great Tuesday, tomorrow’s Wednesday and then it’s almost Friday!!  DH is getting his tooth hopefully fixed then so he can eat properly.  Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be okay but we are feeling the effects of high winds and it should be okay at the weekend but next week the temperature is due to fall a little making it more Autumn like.

Have a great Wednesday, Treacle will be here tomorrow.

Hugs, Susie xx

25 Years Ago.

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On September 10th 1993 the pilot episode aired for The X Files and for the next nine years we were glued to our seats of whether Mulder & Scully would find the Truth and would they ever Trust Anyone?!!!!

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It actually aired on BBC 2 in the UK which is always seen as a Thinking Man’s channel and because of the BBC there were no adverts to interrupt the episode.  I loved it from day one and could not wait for each episode and I even persuaded DH to go with me to see the films at the cinema, although he was not keen on the monsters!!

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Who didn’t want to be Scully and as she was born in 1964 I certainly identified with her, even though Ms Anderson was born in 1968, and yes I rooted for Mulder and Scully to be together and it took me a long time to watch Series 9 after their kiss over the baby at the end of Series 8!!!!

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This poster still sits behind my monitor in our den where I work!!! 

My favourite Episodes :

“Squeeze”, “Firewalker”, “Dod Kalm”, “Humbug”, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”, “Small Potatoes”, “The Post-Modern Prometheus”, “How The Ghosts Stole Christmas”, “First Person Shooter”, “Hollywood AD”, The final four episodes of Series 9.  However if I am honest I loved them all but the above are my favourites. 

I am lucky enough to have all the series and the films on DVD so can watch them whenever I want to and step back into the programme whenever.

Happy Birthday X-Files!

Hugs, Susie xx

 

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Trip Down Memory Lane.

Having done a little trip down Memory Lane with Bedknobs & Broomsticks got me thinking of other programmes and books I loved as a child/teenager.

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I loved a lot of the children’s cartoons but this was my favourite.  I think I have always loved the space theme being a child of the 60’s and watching Neil Armstrong step onto the moon at I think 8.00am in the morning our time and the TV was actually on, because in those days there was nothing on TV until the children’s programmes at 4.00pm and then the TV programmes shutdown again at Midnight!!!!  How different it is fifty years later with hundreds of channels and 24/7 broadcasting.

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Jackanory was a programme developed to encourage reading among children.  Now I did not need to be encouraged anymore to read books as I inhaled books as a child, and still do, but I loved listening to celebrities of the day reading a book over five days.  Many, many famous faces appeared on the show to read the stories and they tried a few years ago to bring the show back for all us adults who used to watch it.  Unfortunately it did not work well. 

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As I became a teenager I obviously watched adult programmes and my most favourite was Starsky & Hutch.  I loved this show and can remember being outraged by this woman, Mary Whitehouse, in the UK who set herself up as a moderator of shows and she banned Starsky & Hutch for being too violent!!  Can you imagine in this day and age what she would think?  In fact she is probably spinning in her grave.  She also gave an award to a person in the UK for his programme for being wholesome family shows and he has since been exposed as one of the worst pedophiles in the country (they have both since died).  So much for her views!!!!

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This of course was one of my favourite shows ever and I loved the re-make a few years ago and wished they had done a few more seasons as it still had its identity. 

Now as you know with books it is very hard for me to choose my favourites as there are too many and I would bore you with all of them but here are a few from my childhood which I read again and again and loved them.

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This is the first of a series of five from Enid Blyton about a girl going off to Boarding School.  To me at the time Boarding School sounded wonderful especially as it was all girls and at the time I went to a school which was boys and girls and I hated all the boys (that changed as I got older of course!!!).  I loved this series.

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This is the second series of books I had which my parents bought me as a whole set and at the time was quite expensive.  Each book has a price of 20pence on which in today’s money is nothing but at the time was.  I loved the Narnia books and let’s face it who hasn’t wanted to walk through a wardrobe and find a snowy Narnia on the other side.

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As I got older I moved onto the Nancy Drew series and loved every one of the books and collected them all.

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I had always read older than my age from being little and at school, so before I went to Senior School I found The Hobbit and loved it so then started reading all the books in the series.

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By the time I got to Senior School I was devouring Agatha Christie Books and loved every one of them and although I have read them several times I can still re-read them again. 

I hope you liked this little wander down my Memory Lane and are having a Thrilling Tuesday. 

Hugs, Susie xx

#TBT.

A little bit different #Throw Back Thursday today.  As you know whilst I have been confined to Quarters I have been watching quite a few films, some new and some I have watched several times before.  Of course there are only so many out there and I finally got around to watching a few from my childhood.  One of which was and remains still my most favourite.

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I don’t know why it was my favourite as a child but I just loved it and watching it again recently it did not disappoint.  I always felt that the scene with Professor McGonagall at almost the end of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows where she makes the stone guards come to life to protect Hogwarts, was based upon when Miss Price makes the armour walk to defeat the Nazi invasion force.  As JK Rowling is the same age as me I am sure she got the inspiration from this Disney film for that scene of hers.

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I always loved the travelling brass bed and when I bought my first double bed I choose one just like it.  It was dammed uncomfortable when you sat up to read in it with the brass bars on your back and despite putting pillows at it, it was still dreadful!!!!  Needless to say I got rid of it!!!.

I suppose because of this film I was bound to love the Harry Potter series, which I read all the books to both Boys and of course saw all the films with them, even DH liked them.

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Speaking of movies there are quite a few coming out this year from Disney which I would like to see.  There is the new “Avengers – Infinity War” where there are more stars in it than you can shake a stick at!  Goodness knows how much the salaries are for all of them. 

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There is the new Star Wars movie “Solo” coming out about a young Han Solo which I hope will be better than the Star Wars ones so far.  I feel that since George Lucas has handed over to Disney it has gone awry.  

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Finally back to my childhood with the new Mary Poppins film coming out at Christmas with Emily Blunt as Mary.  I like her as an actress and think she will play the part well.  So with the price of cinema tickets now I had better get saving up to go and see all of these on the Big Screen!!!

Today is house jobs day and tomorrow grocery shopping and Saturday I will be back in my sewing room trying to get some more things done!  I hope you all have a Terrific Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Where Has All The Magic Gone?

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Am I the only one who thinks that the World, through the eyes of the media, is just generally an awful place?  This sort of follows on from yesterday’s post of our media making it sound like Britain was going to disappear from the World because of a slight temperature drop and some snow!!!  I do not watch the news as I feel that they present their spin on it, I do read the headlines but very rarely get further to reading a whole article and the best way to get the news is the five minutes on the hour on the radio which gives you the headlines and a quick synopsis which tends to be a statement of facts!

However I do feel that the joy is going out of the World, people don’t seem to be happy unless they are complaining or arguing and I find it very tiring.  We all need to read the books or watch the Harry Potter films again or The Wizard of Oz or any number of movies or books which take us away from all this negative and back to our happy places. 

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Now some may say I am contradicting myself by discussing this but since I have been watching a bit more TV than normal I wanted to share this documentary with you.  I don’t know if you have seen it but it is currently showing its third season here in the UK and the first two were fascinating.  Based upon the release of government documents in the UK and US after seventy years under the Freedom of Information Acts and the fact that both our Governments felt that Hitler did not actually die in the Fuhrer Bunker at the end of the war and did, in fact, manage to escape to South America. 

The investigations have been done in a very thorough and methodical way and what they have found has been fascinating.  When I was in school we were just taught that he died by his own hand at the end of the war and that was that and I had not heard of this theory before but apparently a lot of people believe he did survive.  It is worth watching and I loved it as I am quite a history nerd especially as my father was in the RAF during the war.

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I have had some visitors today, Jayne, Mom of Eldest’s best friend who bought some lovely flowers and chocolates and then Pat & Alan friends from the Village, who came this afternoon with more flowers.  It was great to seem them and now the house looks Spring like with my flowers. 

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Well for all the hysteria yesterday it DID NOT look like this, this morning.  In fact the snow we have had during the day has not even covered the garden!!!!  A huge disappointment to Treacle as you can imagine. 

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This was what we expected!!!  This was taken in 2010 the last time we really had snow and you can telll how deep it is.  These are the steps which go up to the garden and those are my pots on the steps.  Now this was snow!!!!  There is supposed to be some more later in the week but who knows!

I have ordered some fabric for my table runner I am planning for our friends wedding anniversary so will show you that when it arrives but have not done anything else in the sewing room.  I think I will spend tomorrow in there, especially as it is very warm in Eldest’s room as it is smaller than the others and next to our boiler!!!!!

I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday and if it is cold with you, you are staying warm and toasty.

Hugs, Susie xx

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I’m Loving It!

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You know that I am a huge X Files fan and I have just watched Episode 2 of Series 11 and I am loving it!!!  Why, why, why they didn’t do more episodes than the ten in this series I don’t know especially as Gillian Anderson has said she will no longer do any more series!!!!

DH and The Boys bought me the box set of the original series on DVD so I am able to watch those any time I want and I just love it.  I know those of you who don’t like scary things will not like the show but over the past twenty four years I think it is one of the best written/directed/acted shows ever on TV.  I will be buying this series on DVD when it is out.

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Hugs, Susie xx

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Talking TV on Tuesday!

Some shows have returned, some have finished and some came and went before we knew it!

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Yes Game of Thrones came and went in the blink of an eye this season as we had less episodes even if some of them were a little longer!  It was a great season especially as I thought it was all going to be about battles and yes there were a few but there was also intrigue!!  Who is going to sit on the Iron Throne at the end of the day?  Will it be the Night King or Bran as a lot of people now think that is who the Night King is or will it be Daenerys or Jon Snow (or Targaryen as we now know his real name) or will Jon and Daenerys sit on the Iron Throne together?  That is my bet and prediction!!  We shall see in eighteen months time!!!

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Masterchef Australia is now back on our screens and began a little earlier than its normal time of September.  Usually it starts when the children are back at school but this year it began in August.  This programme has a great format and very different to all the other Masterchef programmes and the presenters, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston make the show.  If you do ever get chance to watch it, it is great fun and some of the dishes the contestants put up are amazing. 

I also notice that a lot of series now have only thirteen episodes which I know lets the actors then do other series and things between rather than doing a series of twenty four but they just don’t seem long enough!  Two of my favourite SyFy ones are

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Killjoys and Dark Matter, both having just finished their third seasons.  I love SyFy programmes and these two are similar but then again very different.  I just feel we need more episodes!!!

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A girl just has to watch some trashy TV once in a while and I watch Housewives of Beverley Hills.  It is the only Housewives show I do watch and to be honest I cannot believe the money which floats around this lot.  I like all the characters on it except for this season Dorit Kemsley, please decide which accent you really want and stick to it!!!!  You have to watch the show to know what I am talking about!!!!

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This is a plug for a new show on BBC 1 which will be out next week and it is called Rellik.  I only mention it because not only is Youngest in it playing a mental teenager (aren’t they all?!!!) but DH managed to get an Extra part in it too!!!  The story is about a killer and the programme starts with his arrest and then works backwards, hence the name Rellik; Killer backwards!  I don’t know what it is going to be like and if it is terrrible I apologise now but we will be watching of course!  Richard Dormer above who is the lead in Rellik is also in Game of Thrones and plays Beric Dondarrion, he of the flaming sword!

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This is one show I am going to miss as it finished this year with a reduced Season Six, Grimm!  I do have all the DVDs so will be able to watch again but I did love this show.

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And Bones, again reduced Season 12 but I do have all the DVDs.

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However they have just started filming Series 11!!!  I don’t care what anyone else says I love it!  They are doing a few more episodes this time, ten instead of six, but come on guys neither David nor Gillian have any other series filming or running at the moment so I am sure you can do at least thirteen?!!!!  But all fans of the X Files really want twenty four!!!!  A lot of fans did not like Series 10 but I thought they handled the return well and some of the lines were so funny (Mulder: I don’t run up stairs anymore!!!)  However it won’t be out until next year 😦

Well that’s about all I have been watching so far and I will let you know when we get to see the episode of Rellik which Youngest is in and it we can spot DH!!!! 

I hope you have a Thrilling TV Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x

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PS  My Grandparents had a TV like this!!!!!