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Oh, I really should be writing ...

But I am blogging instead. Three cheers for procrastination.

Long-term readers of this LJ will be aware that I have not been enamoured by much on the telly recently (Doctor Who, I'm looking at you). So as a change to my scheduled TV whinging, I wanted to talk about a series that I've actually enjoyed: Sherlock. It's a drama that starts from the premise that Sherlock Holmes is alive and well and living in modern England solving crimes, wearing nictoine patches and being followed by the bemused Doctor Watson, recently returned from Afghanistan.

I'll admit to having my doubts - not least because the series was created by Stephen Moffat and Mark Gattis and both of them let me down terribly with the last season of Doctor Who, but Sherlock has been really entertaining. They draw on and modernise the original stories and there's tonnes of action, some funny lines and a decent mystery to solve. The cast are all great (and it's the first time I've really loved Martin Freeman in a TV series) and you know, it's good to have 90 minutes of BBC programming that doesn't treat the audience like poo-eating monkeys with dementia.

Unfortunately, it's the last episode tonight and I've got to say, I'm going to be at a loss as to what to do to fill my telly watching schedule. The BBC started showing The Deep, this week but it's like Bonekickers with a better known cast, a bigger budget and the ocean.

Sticking to the TV theme, I had the telly on while I was writing last night (the white noise helps) and they were showing THERE WILL BE BLOOD on BBC2. God that's a depressing film. Normally I'm all about the bleak and unremitting awfulness of nasty people but Daniel Day Lewis is a total scum bucket all the way through. I ended up having to bounce between it and CSI:Miami and Star Trek: First Contact for light relief. Which resulted in some v. strange dreams last night, in which Horatio Cane and team were brought in to investigate a murder in the Enterprise's Borg-infested engine room that had resulted in an oil well being discovered in the Holodeck. Needless to say, Calleigh got taken over by the Borg, but no one noticed.

I might finally have my housing situation sorted out, courtesy of my mate, S. I'm still looking to buy somewhere (and did a couple of viewings on Friday), but there's still a dearth of decent property on the market. It's a shame because one of the places I saw on Friday had a lot of potential and it's the kind of place where, if I had a Significant Other, I could imagine moving in and doing up room by room. Sadly that's just not the kind of thing I want to do given that I'm on my own.

One of my tasks for this week is to get my Visa waiver sorted out for my trip to the States later in the year. I was going to leave it until nearer the time, but the US Government (in its infinite wisdom) has decided that from September it will now charge non-US citizens eligible for the scheme £10 for the privilege of pre-loading their visit details with the US Embassy. All this for a situation that they introduced a couple of years ago, supposedly to make the US safe from terrorists, and which they're now looking to use a cash cow to support US tourism.

So the message is: Come to the US but prove you're not a terrorist first by pre-registering your details and pay us for the privilege you potential terrorist scum! Have a nice day and come back real soon y'hear?!

I'm hoping that the UK Government will shortly reciprocate in kind. I also worry about the US's increasing tendency to return to splendid isolation. Because that worked so well the first time around.

Finally, my favourite news story of the last week has been the announcement that following an internet campaign, Brian Blessed will be doing a voice for Tom Tom sat-nav machines. I don't even own a car and I want one. And I so hope that he has such lines as "GORDON'S ALIVE?!" in it.


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Aug. 8th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
Is it really the last week of Sherlock? Only 3 episodes?? Nooooo!
Aug. 12th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
Yes. T'was the last one last Sunday. But they are doing a second series.
Aug. 8th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Having heard him on Radio 4 yesterday, I can confirm that Brian Blessed does indeed do lines from Flash Gordon for the sat nav, and when you reach your destination he lets out a Tarzan yodel in triumph. :D
Aug. 12th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)

Aug. 8th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
I am pining for the DVD, which will also include the unaired pilot.
Aug. 12th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
There was a pilot? Why have they not shown this? What do I pay my licence fee for?
Aug. 12th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
That's to subsidize the cost of your fellow licensees who've been posting links to the thing for the benefit of expatriate revolutionaries like me, silly:)

(Seriously, though; as partial compensation, I would be pleased to send a copy of the thing to you, pilot and all, either before or after it crosses the pond.)
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Aug. 12th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know what you mean. Molly and Sherlock are clearly a OTP.
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
*HEADDESK HEADDESK HEADDESK* What is wrong with my stupid country!?!?! No, don't answer that, I know, I just hate it. ARGH. I didn't ex-patriate out of lack of patriotism or disillusionment or whatever, but sometimes...*HEADDESK*
Aug. 12th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Well to be fair, it was only a matter of time and according to a better travelled mate of mine, nearly every country is putting up or charging visa rates now because of the crappy global economy.
Aug. 11th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
I want a satnav voiced by all of the characters from the Lord of the Rings movies. I want Gandalf to tell me how to get to Leicester, and Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn to guide me through the trackless wastes to Hull.
Aug. 12th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)

It would be totally worth getting one and going the wrong way along a one way street just to hear Gandalf go "YOU. SHALL. NOT. PASSS!!!!!"
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