This week, Wednesday 1st January 2014

Egad, The Year Is Upon Us

Santa MechaclausI love Christmas, and last year’s was very lovely indeed. We met our desired aim of spending short but intense periods with friends and family and having plenty of time to ourselves with the Marmalade Badger. It has of course sped by with remarkable speed. That’s most likely because we’ve become nocturnal once more and so are sleeping in until 11 or 12 each day. Oops. Never mind, I wanted to catch up on sleep, get some reading done, watch the odd bits of TV and laze around. Achieved!

I have many, many new books to read which I’m very excited about and I’ve been assembling Lego with a blissed out frenzy for days. New bracelets and cuffs adorn my wrists, I have discovered The Octonauts and enjoyed the faces of people opening presents. I also have a gorgeous double-headed dragon!

Bye Bye 2013

It’s been an odd year, filled with plenty of cool things in our improv world, writing and home. The end of the year was rather sad though, with Colin’s death colouring October to December with darker shades of charcoal. I don’t know how that balances out for an overall assessment of the year. I guess it doesn’t, because that whole ‘great year’ stuff annoys the crap out of me. I still don’t really get why we end the year a month into winter. It would be much neater (for me, and those living at similar latitudes) to end the year with February, then we’d get the nice four seasons in one. Silly calendars. It’s not an especially relevant time of the year for me; I see my birthday in August as being the end and beginning of the year. Luckily that gives me seven months to improve on the last few.

This Week

Well there are many more beers to review. I have a handful of notes, some of the bottles and a dim recollection of what I’ve drunk. I’ve got some stuff to post about Lego too, and a backlog of builds to photograph and share. I have also read some books. A lot of the last week is a blur of sleep. I did manage to write more last week than I have done for ages though, so maybe the old creative brain is repairing itself a bit.

♥ Last Week’s Scribbles

Christmas Beer Review: Imperial Russian Stout – the first of many, many beers over Xmas

Christmas Song: Santa Slayed My Gal ~ Misk Hills Mountain Rambler – fine seasonal songs.

Christmas Beer Review #2-6: An Inebriation Of Ales – Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Mud City Stout, Deuchars Imperial Pale Ale, Huber Bock, St Peter’s Christmas Ale – ah… beer.

Lego Blog: Merry Christmas Scene – Happy Legoing fun.

TV: Agents of SHIELD 

We finally managed to replace our television after it fritzed out and became unwatchable. To my slight suprise the replacement BT Vision box had actually taped stuff from the middle of November for us. We have finally caught up with the rest of SHIELD before it took it’s unnecessary break mid-season to return sometime in 2014 (bastard channels). Thankfully it does seem to be improving at last, with more action, some personal revelations and the edge of conspiracies and plots just starting to show. I have hope once more.

TV: Doctor Who

As with Agents of SHIELD, no TV meant no watching of The Day of The Doctor.  We caught up with it just before watching the Christmas special and I was just blown away. I adored John Hurt as the War Doctor. It was a story line I was thrilled to catch up with and it reminded me just how much fun David Tennant was as the Doctor, plus how enjoyable all the other multi-incarnation episodes have been. It’s the plotline I’ve been most intrigued by in the recent series and I’m happy to see it played out so well. The darkness of the story arcs is great – the genocide of two races made for a brilliant pre-Christmas vibe. I’ve just realised I missed the second of the minisodes that lead up to the big event (The Last Day) and so shall immerse myself in Doctor Who later on. Also, very cool to see the Zygons again! And Tom Baker! Granted, I don’t understand how we can see an aged version of a previous incarnation… but what do I know?

Obviously we had to see that before the watching the Christmas Day special. That was a proper tear jerker. I’m always saddened to see a Doctor go, and this time they really tugged at the heart strings by making all the characters suffer, especially the Doctor who’s added a good century or so onto his age. I think Matt Smith may well have become ‘my’ Doctor (it used to be Peter Davison). Still, I’m hopeful for Peter Capaldi who is a marvellous actor, even if I do want the sweary Scottish Doctor now. It’s something of a shame that they didn’t take the bolder but much needed step of switching the Doctor’s gender (and skin colour would be nice). It struck me as a perfect opportunity to do so. Sniff sniff.

Events and Excitement

Wednesday 8th January 2014

Pub Poetry_SQPub Poetry – Open Mic Comic Lit

An evening of poetry karaoke – bring your stories, poems and songs just so long as they’re funny.

The Canalhouse
Canal Street
Nottingham
8.00pm – FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/333865666752917/

Thursday 9th January 2014

Gorilla Burger: improv comedy carnage

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Jam show – a chance for anyone to get on stage, and a superb opportunity to get an idea of what Nottingham improv is all about.
The Corner
8 Stoney Street
(off Broad Street)
Nottingham
7.30pm – £4

https://www.facebook.com/events/780799861945613/

Friday 10th January 2014

Pub Poetry_SQPub Poetry – Open Mic Comic Lit

An evening of poetry karaoke – bring your stories, poems and songs just so long as they’re funny.

The Old Cottage Tavern
Byrkley Street
Burton on Trent
7.30pm – FREE

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