Stargate Atlantis

Since I covered SG1 last week, I’m going to chat about its first spin-off Stargate Atlantis today. Premiering in 2004, SGA ran for five seasons before being cancelled in 2009. The show’s mythology started in SG1 with several references to a “lost city” which is eventually deduced as being Atlantis. (more…)

Driving on Ice

I am supposed to be going to Start today, but I’m not going anywhere in this. Heck, I doubt I could even get my motorbike off the drive! [Note: bike pictured is H’s. Mine is tucked closer to the house.] It’s just not worth the risk. I get antsy enough when it’s wet. (more…)

Stargate SG1

Stargate SG1 ran from 1997 to 2007, a spin-off of the (frankly dreadful) Stargate movie, released in 1994. The series follows the adventures of a mixed bag of characters as they travel through wormholes via an ancient alien device to explore strange new worlds and seek out new civilisations. They’re also fighting an alien race called the Goa’uld, who tend to take on the persona of gods in order to subjugate planets. (more…)

The Sunshine Blogger Quiz

The Sunshine Blogger Quiz is a blog tag, so officially I should have been tagged, but since I’m new and nobody knows me, I decided to tag myself. I’m probably supposed to tag other people, but that feels kind of spammy, so if you read this and want to play, feel free.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an author. As a child, I loved reading fantasy – Tolkien, Eddings, McCaffrey – and that love has continued into adulthood. I love having a new world to explore, which is the same thing I adore about sci fi, and I always dreamt of creating something along the lines of Middle Earth. Paradoxically, the books I did get published are sci fi and the closest I got to fantasy was paranormal.

The main draw of fantasy novels were the dragons.

How did you meet your partner?
We met at college. We were on the same course and he always says that the first thing he noticed was my backside.

What scares you the most?
Death. It’s such a great unknown. It started after I had my first child, because I was scared of leaving her without a mother, and I think it’s mostly still that worry.

What is your must eat comfort food?
Nothing beats chicken soup when you’re sick! Otherwise, you’ll get on my good side with a sponge pudding and custard.

Syrup sponge pudding with custard

When enjoying a cream scone, do you put jam or cream first?
Jam, duh. How is this even a question?

What would you most like to receive as a gift for your birthday?
Oh gosh! *thinks* I’d like a day out somewhere I love, with dinner and wine.

Are you a stationery lover or a technology fan?
I’m a tech girl. I do love stationary but I get tendonitis in my right wrist which makes writing longhand difficult. That stole the joy from it, and now the most I write is filling out forms.

What’s your favourite childhood memory?
Coming home from horse riding to find a cardboard box on one of the dining chairs. My Dad got me to open it, and found a kitten! I named her Sally and she was a lovely tabby and we were inseparable.

If you had an extra hour each day, what would you do with it?
Crochet or sleep. Gosh that sounds so boring! But it’s true.

What film can you watch time and time again and never get sick of it?
I have several. The Last Starfighter, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Shaun of the Dead, Galaxy Quest. Yes, they are a little varied! I’m fairly eclectic in my film tastes.

The Duck House at Vaudeville Theatre

Ben Miller in The Duck House
It was actually champagne on the last night!

It’s almost four years since H and I drove the 209 miles down to London to catch Ben Miller star in The Duck House; a comedy set in the political turmoil of the expenses crisis.

I’d bought the tickets as an anniversary present, choosing the very last showing on Saturday 29 March 2014 – if you’re going to a comedy play, you do the last night. Always. Because the script gets thrown out the window and everything that can go wrong tends to and it’s the best thing ever.

My sides hurt from laughing so much.

Not going to lie, my driving need to see The Duck House was Ben playing the leading role. I’ve been a huge fan of his since The Armstrong and Miller Show was on Channel 4.

Plus, he was fresh from his stint on Guadalupe Saint Marie as Richard Poole in Death In Paradise, which both H and I love to bits.

In The Duck House, he plays Robert Houston, an MP who changes political affiliation like a pair of underpants in an attempt to land a plum job in the cabinet.

He’s supposed to be having dinner with a Tory higher-upper in order to Make An Impression, but the expenses scandal is on the front of every paper and Houston has a list a mile long of stuff he really shouldn’t have claimed for. In short, he ends up making entirely the wrong impression, hilariously.

(If you’re curious about his character, if you’ve seen him as James Lester in Primeval,  it’s basically that but with more laughs and less dinosaurs.)

Ben Miller with the eponymous duck house
Ben with the eponymous duck house

The play was hysterically funny even before lines were forgotten and ad libs made. That just made everything that little bit better! Ben has impeccable comic timing and a wide naughty streak, and he ruled the stage like a king. And being the last night and them not needing the props any more, a fair few got tossed into the audience, which when you’re talking about hanging baskets is a little risky, even if they were unplanted!

One of them hangs beside my front door.

My biggest regret is not finding out before the fact where the stage door was. After the four hour drive and a two hour performance, I was too knackered to start hunting, even if that did mean not getting Ben’s autograph and a selfie.

Still, it was a great night that I remember fondly. And if Ben ever does a stage play again, I’ll have tickets before the ink’s finished drying!

Note: going to London at the weekend is the best time, if you get up early on Sunday morning. The streets are dead, meaning you can wander (or drive) around at your leisure and take in all the touristy sights.


Photos courtesy of The Telegraph and The Spectator.

#FandomFriday | Primeval

Airing between 2007 – 2011, Primeval was a sci-fi show that was set in present day UK and had a very simple (at first) premise – the UK was having a rash of temporal anomalies that connected back to various prehistoric eras, which were then investigated by a small team comprising of Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall), Stephen Hart (James Murray), Connor Temple (Andrew-Lee Potts) and Abby Maitland (Hannah Spearritt.)


Merry Commercialised Celebratory Event!

Early September, and us parents pack our kids off to school with a sigh of relief that normality is returning. But we’ve barely drawn our breath when It starts. Glittery cards begin appearing on the shelves. Tubs of Celebrations and Heroes are stacked near the supermarket entrance.

Forget winter – Christmas is coming, and every store wants you to know about it. (more…)