Tag Archives: Neighbours

shiny new laptop

No, I know it’s making no difference to you, but blogging on my new laptop is a wonderfully shiny new experience for me. I’m sitting in the living room, waiting for Neighbours to come on, not holed up the office wondering if I’m missing it (not that I ever actually miss it – that’s what video recorders are for). I’ve been able to check the BBC news site over breakfast (far more civilised than the TV or radio), I’ve yet to surf the net from the garden or bed, but you’ll probably hear when I do!

The good news today is that the damp behind the cupboards in the fairly new kitchen is just condensation. We did have to endure a Michael-Palinesque damp expert waxing lyrical on his ‘why the government is responsible for the nation’s damp problem’ theorem, but on the whole we’re relieved that we’re not about to start ripping out a kitchen we finished fitting less than 2 years ago.

Anyhow, Neighbours is about to start, and violent dad Richard looks set to kill wayward teen Declan, and Toadie’s having a heart attack…

random tv stuff

Neighbours sees a re-vamp today, one that hit Aussie screens back in July, but a change to the theme tune and credits – goodbye Brushscript logo, 22 years is a long time in font years. Just thought I’d mention it as no-one else seems to be.

Also there’s the second part of ‘Eye of The Gorgon’, part of the initially-dissapointing-but-picked-up-no-end-since-casting-Phyllida-Law ‘Sarah Jane Adventures’ to look forward to at 5 o’clock.

Over the weekend we discovered another hilarious 5pm CBBC programme (we caught it on repeat), Chute is a mix of completely random archive clips, ‘rathergood’ style animations and totally bizarre humour linked by what is a very rare comodity these days, a CBBC presenter with a personality. The quality is sometimes variable, but it is heartening to see something that almost harks back to the broom cupboard days of children’s broadcasting.

I am aware that many people reading this blog will be completely lost at this point, or be off somewhere else by now. I could be helpful and link to lots of plces to help them make sense of this, but it wouldn’t help much, and I really can’t be bothered.

bored

time for a meme, thanks burnt sienna:

1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?

Hmm, I could have cheated and said that my Bible is closest, but it was beaten by a matter of inches by ‘The Cat Ate My Gymsuit’ by the late great Paula Danziger, which I was using to prepare for an American Evening in our 8-10’s group at church… page 18 has 3 paragraphs, as it’s the end of a chapter, here’s paragraph 1 of page 19:

“School went on as usual. I keep getting good grades in everything but gym. My anonymous letters to the Student Council suggestion box were ignored. Lunches continued to be lousy. We were only up to the Civil War in history class”

2. If you stretch out your left arm – as far as possible, what are you touching?
A Newton’s cradle (one of those things with clicky silver balls on strings)

3. What’s the last program you watched on tv?
‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’ series two episode one, on dvd this evening.
‘Torchwood’ from Sunday on the hard drive last night
Last Friday’s ‘Neighbours’ for actual live, broadcasting-at-the-same-time-as-watching-tv.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
about 9? 8:53, not bad

5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
not a lot, we have a very loud computer

6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
walked to my house from the car after my driving lesson

7. What are you wearing?
Jeans and a hoodie (official Lemly uniform).

8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
Probably, but I never remember most of my dreams beyond the first five minutes after waking from them.

9. When was the last time you laughed?
Over dinner, my husband and lodger amuse me.

10. What’s on the walls in the room you’re in right now?
lavender coloured paint (not our doing, it’s not bad but we need to change the orange carpet), a noticeboard, a calender and a picture (no, not that one) of some footprints in sand.

11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
Swansea is a very strange place, so probably, but nothing is springing to mind.

12. What do you think about this meme?
Interesting enough to carry on with for a while…

13. What’s the last film you saw?
Kinky Boots, it was Ok, we gave it 3/5 on our rental thing, it sort of fit into the same mould as Calendar Girls, and Brassed Off and The Full Monty etc etc, but it was enjoyable enough, if not quite reaching the heights it aspired to.

14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?
I really don’t know, it’s not at all likely though. I think a significant proportion would go to doing some good in the world, but I’d probably be selfish with some of it too.

15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
my feet are cold, even though I’m wearing shoes.

16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt – what would it be?
Everything becomes political if you think about it too much. Decent tea available worldwide, does that work?

17. Do you like dancing?
in some of its forms, yes.

8. George Bush?
Wash your mouth out.

19. What do you want your children’s names to be, girl/boy?
Jones.

20. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Not long term, but I’m up for most experiences, so long as running water and tea are available.

21. What do you want God to tell you, when you come to heaven?
What do you mean “when you come to heaven”? Are you already there? Lemme in!

22. Who should do this meme?
Anyone who’s bored enough.

A toast to the USA

It’s great here. For those of you that don’t know, I’m in Pittsburgh for the week, trailing after my super intelligent other half, and scouting out church-based hot dog restaurants. As a tribute to this change of location you will notice the steel theme, to celebrate Pittburgh’s industrial past (and present), and also the name change, more about which in about 2 sentences time.

Some things of note for people of a similar disposition to me when staying in America:

1) Don’t even bother looking for the Marmite. Instead, embrace maple syrup as a wonderful breakfast food stuff, but make the most of it, as it’s too expensive to have every day for breakfast in the UK.

2) It is possible to make tea in a coffee maker. As long as you put a few jugfuls of water through first to flush it through. Do take your own teabags though, and you’ll probably have to buy your own milk too, as coffee creamer is an abhorrence in tea. (photos may well follow soon of the coffee maker-turned-teapot in our room)

3) Cheap dvds – yes it is possible to get dvds in the states for about half the UK price. No, it is not worth scouring Downtown Pittsburgh for a decent dvd store when you can get them delivered to your hotel from most decent online dvd stores. More choice, less hassle, order enough and it’s free postage.

4) If you attempt to try every exciting or interesting foodstuff that you have not tasted before you will make yourself ill. Pace yourself, and save it for the really good stuff.

5) Even though food is cheap and plentiful here, do not over-order. You will make yourself ill. Pace yourself, and save it for the really good stuff.

Great things about Pittsbugh

– It’s very friendly, people actually say hi in the street
– The weather is great, lovely and warm, but not too oppressive (this point is subject to change)
– free internet access just about everywhere you go
– great food and plenty of it
– great cookware shops
– fantastic tacky shops – taking tacky to a whole new level
– wonderful, cheap museums, not been to all that many yet, but again that will change.
– street names engraved on the corner of the paving stones at junctions, great navigation for people like me that never look up when they walk around.
– very impressive skyscrapers, even the old buildings are really tall, even the fountains are really tall.
– hot dogma, as Rhys has mentioned elsewhere (see link at top of this post)

Not so great things about Pittsburgh
– too much coffee, not enough tea
– crossing roads (traffic signals, where they exist do not apply to turning vehicles, and any solid metal vehicle will take priority over a mere squishy pedestrian)
– toilets are scary, they flush with a vengeance, and very, very loudly
– tv is bad, with too many ads, and no Neighbours (although I do have that recording at home, obviously) to emphasise the quality of the tv here, I should point out that Deal or no Deal is a prime time TV event here, and the most watchable thing.
– It’s quite dusty here, there’s building work going on everywhere
– Last but not least, I have to type on Rhys’ laptop, which I can’t type on – apologies for any inadvertent typos as a result of this (rather than the usual common or garden bad spelling)

I don’t want to finish on a bad note, I love Pittsburgh. Provided you bring your own tea the USA is a great place to be, I’m not sure I’ll want to come home as soon as we’ll have to – but that’s the nature of holidays.

If out, leave at Number 12…

We’re getting our first organic veg. box delivered tomorrow. All very good we hope. Today we had a delivery of tinned stuff, meat and toiletries from Tesco. Every other morning Brian delivers our milk. Our DVDs come through the post, as does quite a lot of other stuff in the way of entertainment thanks to Amazon and other select sites. Do I actually need to go out? Probably not, which is a little scary.

My extra time in the house – and therefore on the internet – has yeilded this great site (not work safe) though. type in a lyric, and it will sing it! It works best with American spellings, and is still a work in progress, but is very cool. Thanks to Claire on Neighboursfans.com for the link.

Off to make some lemon cakes now, and spread the love… or something.

Catch you.

Kiss Me Quick, Squeeze Me Slowly…

Squeezy marmite? Can fully understand the phasing out of the smallest jars though – I mean, what’s the point?

Nice joke on Maggi’s blog.

I’ve just finished reading ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson. Great book, a cast of thousands and lots of untimely deaths, but ultimately uplifting.

Surprisingly uplifting also was our Saturday morning viewing of ‘Trainspotting’ we chose life. We also chose to make a fantastic ‘lemon ice cream tart on a ginger nut base’, basic recipe from Nigel Slater, double quantities of brandy from the lodger.

Thanks to those who replied to my Zen tagging, Alice, you didn’t mess up sweetie, lots of zen/psychic hugs beaming your way that you can absolutely trade in for real ones when I see you and Baby B next, I would suggest going to the swings but it’s peeing it down and I need to think about starting dinner.

Oooh almost forgot, neighbours season finale today, catch it at 5:35, new exciting credits start tomorrow. We all have to have our little obsessions ;P

Procrastination, that’s what you need…

Trying to do a copy of a Rolf painting for my art class, which I’m skipping, but it’s not going well, I think the problem is that he did his on a huge black board in scenery paint and mine is on an A4 piece of paper in watercolour – oh, and I’m really bad with watercolours.

Watched ‘The Fly’ (’86 version, obviously) again recently, great, great film. Cheesy and a bit gross, but great nonetheless.

It seems that The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain are playing Greenbelt this year. This is great news, but I’m impatient to know who else is being booked – What would your dream Greenbelt lineup include? June Tabor has to come fairly near the top of my list, although a talk by Alan Rickman, or any cast/crew of Neighbours would have to be very top. Unlikely, but I can dream. TNUOOGB are going to be fab anyway – 5 1/2 months to go…

Old

I’m feeling very old, not so much the fact that I’m 30 tomorrow, but that combined with the fact that Ronan Keating is 29 today.

So, time for a new game I think. Zen Tagging.

below are my answers to some questions I’m going to make up as I go along.

When I have got bored finished answering these questions I am going to tag some people. This is where the true art of Zen Tagging comes in, you should know if I’ve tagged you. You can then proceed to your own blog and answer the same questions, not forgetting of course to see if you can master the art of Zen Tagging your own friends.

A word of warning – don’t tag people without blogs, with normal memes this just results in a bit of confusion and no answers, we don’t want to be responsible for upsetting any strange psychic forces holding the universe together do we?

My Answers

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Truly Madly Deeply
Harry Potter and the… etc
Close My Eyes
Galaxy Quest

Howl’s Moving Castle
Behind The Scenes at the Museum
Orynx and Crake

five

Neighbours

Sausage, bacon, fried egg and tomato ketchup.

May 1st
March 4th
August 21st

Domino

Winter

Thomas Hardy
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Cruella De Ville

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And I tag…

We’re here!

So far we’ve managed Melbourne – Pin Oak Court (aka Ramsay St), The Dandenongs, feeding abusive parrots, meeting cool relatives, flying to Sydney, checking in at the hotel (fab views of the skyline) and meeting with brother and his girlfriend.

Very much enjoying life at the moment, pretty much over the jetlag, exploring Sydney proper tomorrow. Woo!

See I told you the comments would keep me going…

In reply to ****’s comment on my previous entry, here is a list of things:

Neighbours versus Football/Soccer

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20 minutes a day of consistent entertainment, high drama, comedy and plot!
vs
90 minutes (plus extra/injury time) of a ball being kicked up and down a field

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A future in Hollywood or at the top of the charts
vs
A future of guest appearances on ‘A Question of Sport’ or advertising crisps

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A balance of genders with women occupying just as senior positions as men
vs
Let’s just not go there shall we?

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No matter how obsessive the ‘fans’ get, they realise it’s only a show
vs
‘Fans’ armed with Molotov cocktails beating each other to a pulp

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“In my imagination there is no hesitation”
vs
“You’ve got to hold and give but do it at the right time”

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BBQs and Anzac biscuits
vs
Half time oranges and cold tasteless hot dogs

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Lounging in swimming pools
vs
Crammed into terraces

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Scott and Charlene
vs
Posh and Beckham

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A face from the past returns to our screens, blows up half the set, murders the local stalker, sets up a major character for fraud whilst stealing his wife and winds up with one less leg than he started with.
vs
A face from the past returns to our screens, seemingly with little more purpose than to show just how ill you can get if you drink too much alcohol (especially after having anti-alcohol pellets inserted into your stomach)

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Sunshine
vs
Rain

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Of course really it’s all just about where you aim your obsessions, it’s the same thing in the long run, I recognised a lot of myself in Nick Hornby’s ‘Fever Pitch’, even though I’ve never been to a football match, or even sat through more than maybe a couple on TV. A case of you say tomato and I say tomato (that line works so much better out loud…)
vs
Neighbours rocks and Football sucks