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Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! And I hope those that don't had/are having a nice, relaxing day. :D

Today was pretty excellent. We were at at my brother's girlfriend's parents' house for most of the day which could have been a little odd but on the whole was nice. There was sun and beer and wine and three courses of really good food well spread out throughout the day.

Also, a kitten! My brother bought his and his girlfriend's new kitten over when we were opening presents.

Cuteness under this cut )

And then I came home and there was Yuletide!

I got two lovely gifts! Which I really appreciate as I know as I was on the deadline pinch hits list.

fight or wait (1182 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Justified
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Raylan Givens/Tim Gutterson
Characters: Raylan Givens, Tim Gutterson, Art Mullen
Summary: Art makes a shooing motion towards the door. "Unless you are giving a deposition, and I pray to God that neither of you are called to try to be honest about it, I don't want to see you in this building, or anywhere else, until I have a chance to resolve this mess.

Nice bonding moment between Tim and Raylan that really captures the show. <33

Loyalty (1303 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thick of It (UK)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Malcolm Tucker, Julius Nicholson, Sam Cassidy, Sam (Thick of It)
Summary: A look inside Malcolm's mind during his ouster by Steve Fleming.

Expanding on the Sam scene in 3.07 when Malcolm gets kicked out! Really lovely.

And my recipient liked their fic. \o/

Yuletide recs will appear under this pinboard tag.
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It's been a quiet three-day weekend. I got some things done but on the whole it's been a lot of spending time around the house, which has been quite nice tbh. I haven't been back at work long enough to really feel the relief of a three day weekend but I'm not complaining. ;)

Fan things:

1. Still watching and enjoying Last Resort, Homeland, Good Wife and Downton Abbey (although I need to catch up on the last two).

2. H50, I'm still watching and ... yeah. Steve and Catherine are cute, and Kono is awesome. The end.

3. I watched the pilot of Elementary and I liked it - Lucy Liu and JLM were both enjoyable to watch - but I don't know that it really grabbed me. Maybe I'll catch up later. Nashville is kinda the same - although Connie Britton is a compelling reason to keep watching. (Friday Night Lights, I'll eventually get to you).

4. I have however found myself watching Revenge (spoilers through 1x08) )

5. Shit. Fringe. Should actually watch 5x01.

6. The Thick of It's Inquiry episode was awesome but emotional viewing (Malcolm feelings!) Not sure how I'm going to handle the series finale next week.

7. ... there are not Teen Wolf fic tabs open in my browser, except there are. But SGA crossovers and frat AUs! I am only so strong!

8. I collapsed in a pile of feelings this afternoon after I discovered there was a Harvey/Donna comment-fic-a-thon going on at [livejournal.com profile] donna_harvey. Lots of H/D fic I hadn't read! Delightful!
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I'm hooooome.

Well I got home yesterday after 38 hours of airports and flights - including a lovely 11 hour stopover in Incheon Airport in Seoul. I got a few things done (wash all the clothes, actually have food in the house) before sleeping for 11 hours. So needed that.

While I'll miss people I left in the UK a lot and in some ways being back in London felt like I never left - I'm happy to be back. It's nice to be back in my own bed and Wellington is looking pretty gorgeous in the sunshine. Also positive job things happened while I was away. I had a semi-interview via skype while in Barcelona and got offered another job too. I am still trying to finalise some things but it's looking positive.

Europe - in bullet points )

There will be photos. Eventually. These things always take me time.

Let the tv catch-up begin. Being in the UK meant I mostly kept up with The Thick of It (Malcolm I missed you so) and Downton Abbey but other than that ... ahaha no.

Why I started with H50 I'm not quite sure, but I did.

oy - which is to say 3.01 and 3.02 )

I also haven't really kept up with LJ/DW so that's another thing on the online to-do list. I uh ... sort of kept up with Tumblr as my queue of pictures of Gabriel Macht's face might attest. *cough*

Also just in time for Get Together this weekend! Very much looking forward to seeing everyone but I really need to do my Sportsnight pimp. I need to channel my feelings about Dan Rydell .... <333

And uh Yuletide noms are happening already? Dude. Time flies.
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1. I wasn't doing anything during the day yesterday so I went along to the Spaced Finger Gun Flash mob. So glad I did. A couple of hundred people just milling around Trafalgar Square and then this happens in the middle. It was a little on the short side, but so cool. And yes, that is a preacher you can hear in the background, it made the whole thing just a little bit surreal. I <3 London.

I was having a very I <3 London day yesterday actually. There's just always something going on and it has the variety that I adore about large cities. I've only been here 8 months and have 16 to go, but already the thought of leaving is making me sad.

2. How did I not know this John Sheppard vid to Poker Face existed before? OMG it's perfect. <3

3. Malcolm Tucker UK election briefing.

Talking to the manifesto children in the war room, they are all very excited about optimism. I don't know where they found it but now they've opened the pot they want to smear it over everything. The New Britain. An Internet. A train like those we have seen on our holidays, that goes. A knowledge-based carbon-fibre tennis-racket economy. A windmill. A new dawn. Give our nuclear subs to the French. My take is – yeah, fine. Maybe. But remember your key attributes: not JFK skipping through the flowers spraying Clinton juice all over everyone. No – the glowering maniac in the boarded-up house who, if we're lucky, people might just about believe is the only one who can remember where the bank statements are kept. That's the core strategy.

Not quite as profane as Malcolm is (understandably as it's on the website of one of the largest UK newspapers) but amusing all the same. ;)

4. I may have gone a leeetle crazy at the Threadless $10 sale, but, but $10! I brought three t-shirts, Gentlemen Love Light Swords (light. sabers, how I don't have a t-shirt with them on by now I don't know), We've Got Some Work to Do Now (Velma meets the zombie apocalypse. Velma was always my favourite Scooby Doo character), When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (dinosaurs, with a map, dressed up like medieval lords and generals!). <3 Threadless.

5. Arsenal drew Barcelona in the Champions League. :( Bad for any number of reasons, mostly because I think we'll lose, and they're my second favourites because of Thierry Henry. *sigh* I still don't think we're going to end this season with any silverware.

6. Muse's performance at SXSW looked amazing. I just love pro-shot stuff of their shows. Guh. It would have been more amazing had the whole show been on there like it was supposed to be, but at least the two songs they got were good ones - Stockholm Syndrome and Knights of Cydonia - with the awesome harmonica intro. I feared it would be Resistance, which I'm very eh about. I <3 them.

Have done very little today bar going grocery shopping. Finally closed a gazillion tabs in Firefox, and got angry at it's ridiculous memory/CPU usage. Seriously. So, I'm back on Chrome now, before it annoys me in another way. I'll be happy when extensions are installed for the Mac version. Oh, browsers. </ middle class problems>
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Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great night whatever you did. :)

Mine was pretty low-key. I went bowling out in NE London where my friend lives with some friends of hers. My bowling is uh, inconsistent as best, and sadly not helped by beer. :( It was a cool night though. Crashed out there, as the thought of getting across to the other side of the city at 2am didn't really appeal (and it snowed on the walk back, not a lot admittedly, but still, snooow), and got home about an hour and a half ago after being made to watch last night's episode of Eastenders ... and it has a slashy subplot which is intriguing ... *facepalm*

I've seen the usual year end memes around, but didn't really feel like doing a primarily RL one (it hasn't been all awesome, but I moved to another country and so far so good), but this year-in-fandom one I saw [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash do intrigued me.

Fandom year-in-review )


I also finally got around to finishing Dollhouse S1 (minus 1x13). Overall, I liked it, but the character of Paul Ballard need to be thrown out a high window.

Brief thoughts )

Now, ten minutes to Dr Who. Eep. Will be interesting to see where this goes.
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1. I finished up my Christmas shopping after work tonight and was wandering through Leicester Square on the way to a tube station. I saw there was a premiere going on and thought vaguely grumpily, 'Don't really care unless it's the Sherlock Holmes premiere ... ' and um, guess what it was? To be fair, I saw basically nothing, but they had a pretty cool set-up and lots of people were wandering past. Someone was signing autographs for a bit. I don't think it was Robert Downey Jr but the dude signing was wearing a hat, and RDJ is the only person I can see in the red carpet photos that was (and rocking it he was too). Hmmm. Maybe someone who wasn't in the red carpet photos. Anyway, it was sort of cool to see it. I haven't really seen a big movie premiere in Leicester Square as long as I've been here, even though I did inadvertently attend the Metropia 'premiere' at the London Film Festival.

2. The Thick of It finale was a little underwhelming, but still enjoyable.

3, I saw Where the Wild Things Are though, and enjoyed it a lot. It was amazing visually, Max Records and James Gandolfini rocked, and the story was so well done. It reminded me what it so great about movies. One of my favourites of the year.

4. I have a Yuletide idea! And now, words, yes. Deadline, what deadline? I think I'm going to keep away from my laptop after work tomorrow (or perhaps during lunch) and try and get some words down on paper, because the internet is distracting.

5. And talking of distracting, there is a poster advertising The Misanthrope at my tube station as you go up the escalator, and damn, Damian Lewis. Mmm. I have to see that at some point. Also, because, you know, he can act and I like Keira too.

6. Random Muse clip: How so adorable, Dom Howard?

Apparently, it's odd to be a big Muse and Radiohead fan? Huh?! They are the two bands with the most songs in my iTunes Top 100 Songs. Apparently because Muse were compared to Radiohead at the start of their career. I say again, huh? They really aren't that alike. Yes, I was reading mothership ONTD again, why do you ask?

7. I seem to be harbouring an irrational dislike of "Wonderful Christmastime" whenever it comes on the radio at work (which is daily, as the radio station is um, not so wonderful, and even though I listen to my iPod a lot, it always comes on when I'm not wearing my headphones!) God, it's awful. Why, Paul McCartney, why?! (This doesn't apply to the version sung by Martin Sheen, John Spencer and Stockard Channing ... well, okay it sort of does, but I forgive them, because they're awesome).

However, the lack of 'Snoppy's Christmas' over here is just wrong. It gets played back home all the time. I don't seem to have an .mp3 of it either, which is also wrong. I'm not really a Christmas music person, but that, I need to hear.
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Had one too many beers last night, so spent most of the day watching TV in one form or another. Caught up on QI (Sandy Toksvig and John Hodgman for the win), Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, then went out to see the All Blacks play the Barbarians at a friend's house. Now, I'm snuggled up on the couch, watched Merlin (please just let Arthur find out already) and just finished catching up on White Collar.

White Collar: Free Fall )

Also, there may have been some Strictly Come Dancing in there as well. I blame my friend who got me into it. It is genuinely quite entertaining, even if you have the grit your teeth through the Bruce Forsythe bits.

And this Radio 4 interview of David Tennant being interviewed by Catherine Tate is hilariously awesome. Oh David, such a geek. <3 (May be a UK only link, not sure, usually the radio programmes are okay).

Enemy at the Gate is reminding me why I had a crush on Joseph Fiennes for so long. Mmm, much more attractive with his real accent and glasses, and he can act. After watching too much FlashForward I needed reminding.

Must actually do things tomorrow. Possibly Christmas shopping that I am avoiding.

Also, have new temp job at least till Christmas. Yayness.

Edit: Totally forgot The Thick Of It was on tonight, but just watched now (love you iPlayer): !!!!!!! )

That was way more than I planned on typing. Somedays, TV is awesome.
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I am employed! Well, for three weeks (admin temping), but money will be entering my bank account! This is awesome! I will be able to pay rent! I am so relieved, and really need to buy my friend who recommended this particular recruiter a drink.

I celebrated this (well actually the initial meeting with the recruiter, but anyway) by buying really good sushi and purchasing a book that may be called Mr Darcy, Vampire. In my defense, it was cheap and I was intrigued, and honestly, the first couple of chapters are actually pretty good.

I've also been watching the (Yuletide nominated, I see) The Thick of It. I've seen it described as Yes Minsiter meets The Office, and that's actually pretty accurate, although thankfully without the British version of The Office's incredibly high level of awkward. Peter Capaldi (Mr Frobisher from Children of Earth) as Malcolm is amazing. He has stealth powers, yells a lot and has an incredibly diverse cursing vocabulary! He's like Toby, if Toby was Scottish and angrier. And the other characters are also pretty awesome. If you like Yes, Minister I really do recommend it. And I need to see In the Loop even more now, as it's written by the same writer, and has Malcolm in it.

Talking of Yuletide, I have copy and pasted all the Yuletide fandoms into a document and am deleting and sorting out what I want to write/request. I haven't given it all that much serious thought outside of 'Yes, must do Yuletide, Christmas is not Christmas without Yuletide' but going through the list I have some ideas. Someone nominated the London Monument Twitter accounts! I want to shake that person's hand.

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