Monthly Archives: March 2014

Star (gate and trek)

My flat still doesn’t quite feal like home. It is missing something… I don’t know what. (And I can’t spell the French for that phrase)

Over the last few days I’ve been ill – so I’ve been watching lots of Stargate. For me ray guns and starships is kind of home.

I have the Enterprise (E) and a Klingon bird-of-prey on display.

At the top of the stairs is my signed picture of Teal’c – like a household God. Well Teal’c wouldn’t like being called a God – so protector might be a better word. 

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I Have Walls!

It’s been a long time getting from there to here…

I’m finally in my flat. It doesn’t quite feel like home yet but I’m in. My signed pictures are on the walls, Christoper Judge at the top of the stairs and Hannah Spearritt in the living room. with the Enterprise (E) and a Klingon Bird of Prey on the bureau its starting to feel like my place. I think my Babylon 5 poster framed and on the wall will help!

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Grave Secrets, Dead Eye Dick, and back to work

Last week, despite being off work, I didn’t get around to putting up my thoughts on Grave Secrets. Now I’ve also finished Deadeye Dick – so I’ve got two things to discuss.

As the title suggests I was back at work on Sunday. Its always a slightly strange thing going back to work after a week off. I’m put in mind of Riker’s line to Worf in First Contact ‘You do remember how to fire phasers?’ Well I remembered what I was supposed to be doing and only made one little mistake.

Grave Secrets

I finished Grave Secrets on the 26 of February. Like the previous Temperance Brennan novels this one too is confusing. It has technical jargon, both from police and forensic anthropology, as well as sentences in Spanish and French.

The Temperance Brennan of the novels is not the same as the tv series. This Brennan works for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale. This being in Canada is where the French comes from. Grave Secrets is set partially in Guatemala and so we have Spanish.

Murder mystery fiction, by its nature, tends to have a lot of characters. When these names are in Spanish it can be a little difficult for them to stick in the mind. This can mean that the characters can get a little confused. When I am confused with a piece of writing I never know if its me or the book. I’d like to think that I have a fairly good – squirrel – attention span.

Nevertheless Grave Secrets had an engaging mystery plot and is worth a read. It is just what you’d expect bodies are found, and our protagonist has to help separate the innocent from the guilty.

Deadeye Dick

I finish Deadeye Dick on the 8th of March. This is a difficult novel to judge. Dead Eye Dick is the story of Rudy Waltz. Waltz, while a young man, accidentally kills a pregnant woman. The story is interesting in parts but I feel there isn’t really much of a story. It is basically an autobiography for a fictional character. I can’t really recommend this book, as there is so little story, but I can’t tell you to avoid it either – for the same reasons.

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Since meeting Hannah Spearritt the other week I’ve been on an S Club shtick. I’ve been playing my favorites of their songs over and over. I remember when I first got Seeing Double I played it every morning, over breakfast, for about a week. Why my brother and father allowed that I don’t know. The other explanation is that I’m misremembering.

Strange things come to mind when… actually strange things always come to my mind… looking at stuff on line. Anyway… one of the things that the internet does that is quite fun is mashup videos. One of my favorites is this…

Unlike other mashups Tim Ruben has chosen his own scenes. Some of these mashups just swop out one audio for another.

Someone has also done a mashup of Babylon 5 and the Spice Girls. Babylon 5 is about questions. Have a look at this clip. By the way don’t watch this if you haven’t seen Babylon 5. Showing this is like showing you this

As Sheridan says the Shadows asking the question ‘What do you want?’ This links quite nicely with the Spice Girls song Wannabe. The Spice Girls also had a song called ‘Who do you think you are?‘ – might that work for the Vorlons?

Anyway that brings me to S Club. Bring it all Back, their first single, has the line ‘Hold on to what you try to be your individuality…’ … To my strange mind I think of this…

This still stands up as one of the best cliffhangers every. It is certainly the best of the Star Trek cliffhangers.

Incidentally does anyone know what Bring it all Back is supposed to mean?

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Reach For the Stars

On Sunday I went to Cardiff Comic Con. It is certainly a much smaller affair than its big brother in San Diego but for Cardiff I only have to pay for the train! I went to the event last year only this time I actually plucked up the courage to get a couple of autographs! I know its silly to be nervous of such things, they are just people after all, but I could be nervous for Wales.

When speaking to the special guests you only get a couple of seconds. Amongst others there was: Caitlin Blackwood, Eve Myles, John Rhys Davis, Bernard Cribbins, David Gooderson,  Christopher Judge, and, Hannah Spearrit.

Christopher JudgeIt was good to meet Christopher Judge and shake his hand. The picture says ‘Daniel, indeed!’ I only hope that when I go next year I actually manage to form words.

Sunday was definitely the day to go. It was so quite when I arrived, compared with the queues the previous year, I thought that maybe it had been cancelled. Going on Sunday also meant I got to meet Hannah Spearritt; or Spearmint as my spell checker wants to say, which is not totally inappropriate as she is very sweet.

You might know her from Primeval but I know her from S Club 7. I remember their TV series and still own, and listen to, their music. I know it is considered naff by many, and okay it is a bit, but I make no apology in saying that I like their music. S Club 7 and B*Witched were the fist two ban20140303_130444ds I really liked. I remember that B*Witched’s  first album was available on cassette tape! (I’m old!) In the case of S club I remember being so eager to get their album I was asking about it about a week before its release.

It was great meeting Hannah. She was very sweet and delightful. I know that is probably a tautology and I don’t care! On the picture it says ‘All my love.’- Yes I was a little smitten.

As you can see I bought frames for my pictures. They will now take pride of place on my wall – as soon as I have a wall that is.


Reach for the stars
Climb every mountain higher
Reach for the stars
Follow your hearts desire
Reach for the stars
And when that rainbow’s shining over you
That’s when your dreams will all come true

S Club 7 – Reach 2000.

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