llywela: (FS-facepull)
So it's been a busy week.

First off, there was the Cardiff ComicCon last weekend, which was a lot of fun, and then the lovely Sue and nephew Adam came to stay and the weather couldn't have been more glorious if we'd arranged it specially. We took in the Doctor Who Experience, which was as much fun this year as it was last summer when I went and had a bunch of new exhibits, including the First Doctor's console room, as recreated for the forthcoming docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time, which I am looking forward to enormously. They've taken the Zygon costume away, though, which I can only assume is because the Zygons are due to pop up in the anniversary special, so perhaps it'll be brought back with a new exhibit after that?

Perhaps it isn't a good thing that I can tell which exhibits are new and which ones have been removed! I already know I'm going to have to go again next year, to see what they do with the interactive bit after the regeneration...

Then came Wednesday. Now, Sue was with me on Tuesday so can vouch that I was absolutely fine. Then I got into work on Wednesday, rested my elbow on my desk (not the tennis elbow elbow, but the other one, the supposedly healthy one) - and yelped because it hurt. It felt bruised, which was weird, because I don't remember knocking it, but I do have a graze on the elbow that I'd noticed a few days earlier - again, I don't remember doing it, but I'm always knocking myself and not noticing, so I didn't think much of it. When it started hurting on Wednesday I just thought it must have taken a few days for the bruise to come out or something. But during the day it got worse and worse - the elbow became all puffy and swollen, bright red and hot to the touch and very painful. Barely slept a wink all that night, the arm was too painful and I couldn't let anything touch it, couldn't find a comfortable position in bed - spent most of the night curled up in an armchair watching the Fourth Doctor and Sarah battling the Seeds of Doom. Rang the doctor's surgery first thing Thursday morning and spent 10 minutes going round a nightmare loop of telephone menus before finally getting through to a human being, who refused to give me an appointment but took my number for the doctor to ring me back, which didn't happen until 10.30, so no work for me that day - not that I'd have been good for anything anyway. On the bright side, it was Dr Thapar who called and he's lovely and gave me an appointment for midday, examined the elbow and agreed with my self-diagnosis of an infection. So now I'm on antibiotic and two days later the elbow is much improved - still puffy and red and sore and hot to touch, but a lot better than it was; I can actually bend and move my arm again now, for starters!

So I've not been getting much packing done this week, what with having two duff elbows and all, but I need to pick up the pace because a) I'm supposed to be moving in three weeks, and b) this house is sold! We finally found a buyer - a lovely young couple looking for a home to raise the family they are hoping to start. Good timing, really! I'm just keeping my fingers and toes crossed that nothing falls through now.

I can't move for boxes now, which the cats are very excited and curious about. Alfie keeps packing himself!
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Here are some piccies from the Doctor Who Experience! Cut to spare your flists because I'm kind like that, sometimes )

And last but not least, here's a pretty view across Cardiff Bay, as seen from on board the teeny-tiny ship Daffodil.
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llywela: (DW-Tardis)
So today was fun! I went to the Cardiff ComicCon, the first of its kind to be held here, and spent the day hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] doctorpancakes (who is much more of an old hand at these events than I am) and wandering around all the stands and stalls.

Met Frazer Hines, who is great fun - and knows Sami by sight, they've met so often.
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And also had a lovely chat with Virginia Hey (Zhaan from Farscape) about the lovely soaps she makes and was selling at the event. Alas, pretty smelling soaps are basically lost on me, as I have almost no sense of smell, but she was really pleased that we were taking an interest and told us all about the various blends she's made and how hard it was so source the right ingredients for some of them. She was lovely, so sweet. (I didn't get very good photos, though, 'cause she moved just as I clicked, but such is life)
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Also met John Leeson, the voice of K9 - who drops into and out of his K9 voice at the drop of a hat and is really lovely and friendly - and Matt Irvine, a visual effects designer who has worked on both classic and new Who.
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Also there (but didn't queue to talk to) were Brian Blessed, Robert Llewellyn, Chris Barrie and Alice Krige.
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The queue for Tony Head was hella long!
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David Hasselhof wandered past at one point - out in a back hallway, where John Leeson had taken us so Sami could take a proper portrait photo of him for a project. So funny that both Sami and John barely even registered him, I don't think the Hoff is often ignored so resoundingly! He is very, very tall and looks like he's made of plastic.

There was a Dalek trundling around chatting up the crowds, and K9 was also pootling about the place, trying to run down unsuspecting children...
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I only went to one of the panels - the Doctor Who one, of course. Panelists were Frazer Hines, John Leeson and Matt Irvine, with Gary Russell moderating - the cue for loads of entertaining discussion about their involvement in the show and what it was like filming back then compared with now, John and Frazer dropped into an impromptu Bungle and Zippy skit at one point...all very funny!
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So all in all, a good day was had by all, I think - and I came away with a bunch of Big Finish audios to listen to, which was very naughty of me since I'm not supposed to be buying more stuff when I've already got so much to pack by the time I move!
llywela: (DW-11-1)
So, the back to work blues are kicking in - first day comes as a bit of a shock to the system after two weeks off! So to compensate, I'm going to indulge myself in a bit of nostalgia for what I got up to on my holidays. Which was not a lot, overall, since it was more of a laze around relaxing at home type holiday, but last Friday I went with a group of miscellaneous family members to the new Doctor Who Experience, which opened last month about three miles down the road in Cardiff Bay. It poured down with rain, so we were all a bit on the soggy side by the time we got there, but such is the Great British Summer. I've been to Doctor Who exhibitions before, but what the heck, this is a new collection so I'm going to picspam the hell out of it anyway. *G*

First off, it absolutely kills me that my hometown now has street signs with Daleks on them. Who'd have imagined, ten years ago, that that would ever happen?


image-heavy picspam is behind the cut )
llywela: (DW-11-1)
So, the back to work blues are kicking in - first day comes as a bit of a shock to the system after two weeks off! So to compensate, I'm going to indulge myself in a bit of nostalgia for what I got up to on my holidays. Which was not a lot, overall, since it was more of a laze around relaxing at home type holiday, but last Friday I went with a group of miscellaneous family members to the new Doctor Who Experience, which opened last month about three miles down the road in Cardiff Bay. It poured down with rain, so we were all a bit on the soggy side by the time we got there, but such is the Great British Summer. I've been to Doctor Who exhibitions before, but what the heck, this is a new collection so I'm going to picspam the hell out of it anyway. *G*

First off, it absolutely kills me that my hometown now has street signs with Daleks on them. Who'd have imagined, ten years ago, that that would ever happen?


image-heavy picspam is behind the cut )
llywela: (SN-pilot-silhouette)
Wow, it's been forever since I did one of these! I haven't written anything show/fandom related in months, but since I'm now in the throes of my marathon Supernatural re-watch, I decided it was time to give those writing muscles a bit of exercise, see if I could still remember how to do it. But to ease myself back in gently, I opted for a list of love - which was cheating, really, because this has been sitting half-finished on my harddrive for months already, so most of the work was already done!

So, without any further ado, one List of Love for Supernatural 1.15: The Benders )
llywela: (SN-pilot-silhouette)
Wow, it's been forever since I did one of these! I haven't written anything show/fandom related in months, but since I'm now in the throes of my marathon Supernatural re-watch, I decided it was time to give those writing muscles a bit of exercise, see if I could still remember how to do it. But to ease myself back in gently, I opted for a list of love - which was cheating, really, because this has been sitting half-finished on my harddrive for months already, so most of the work was already done!

So, without any further ado, one List of Love for Supernatural 1.15: The Benders )
llywela: (SN-leanonme)
Update for anyone who might happen to follow my Supernatural reviews: recap for 5.04 The End is underway, but is bloody hard work and therefore slow-going! Too much to analyse and discuss, such intricate character motivations and mytharc implications. Plus, sad to say, that run of sub-par episodes that followed this one really have sapped my enthusiasm for writing about ongoing developments.

(ps, for anyone who might happen to follow my Pros reviews - and it's been far, far too long since I actually completed one, I know! - I'm ashamed to say that I started writing about The Acorn Syndrome even longer ago than I started writing about SN's The End, but found that although it's a fairly entertaining episode to watch, it is boring as heck to write about, and thus keeps slipping onto the backburner. I will get back to it eventually. Promise.)

So, in an attempt to coax my meta-writing muse back to life, I have taken a bit of time out to pull together a List of Love for SN season one's Nightmare.

List of Love for Supernatural 1.14 Nightmare )
llywela: (SN-leanonme)
Update for anyone who might happen to follow my Supernatural reviews: recap for 5.04 The End is underway, but is bloody hard work and therefore slow-going! Too much to analyse and discuss, such intricate character motivations and mytharc implications. Plus, sad to say, that run of sub-par episodes that followed this one really have sapped my enthusiasm for writing about ongoing developments.

(ps, for anyone who might happen to follow my Pros reviews - and it's been far, far too long since I actually completed one, I know! - I'm ashamed to say that I started writing about The Acorn Syndrome even longer ago than I started writing about SN's The End, but found that although it's a fairly entertaining episode to watch, it is boring as heck to write about, and thus keeps slipping onto the backburner. I will get back to it eventually. Promise.)

So, in an attempt to coax my meta-writing muse back to life, I have taken a bit of time out to pull together a List of Love for SN season one's Nightmare.

List of Love for Supernatural 1.14 Nightmare )
llywela: (SN-sneaky)
You know, with this year being as manic as it has been, it feels like the longest time since I've either had the time or the inclination for any of my writing projects. But after finishing that recap last week, I've been in the mood for writing again, and it has felt good. I've also had a few evenings to myself, for once, and so have been able to indulge. So, I've made a start on the beginnings of a new Pros recap and even dabbled with the beginnings of a fic I've had notes for for...well, longer than I'm willing to admit, actually. I've also pushed on with the next of my outstanding SN recaps, which will probably be the next thing completed if only because all the structure, transcription and meta notes are now already in place just waiting to be written up properly - it's further along than anything else and so easiest to complete.

But because When The Levee Breaks is so heartbreakingly intense, to give myself a break from it, I've pulled together a very quick list of love for an old episode - season one's Route 666, which was next on the list. It's been so long since I did one of these, I'd forgotten how much fun it was!

You can either read it here, behind the cut, or if LJ is being wonky you can also find it over at my website, here.

List of Love for SN 1.13 Route 666 )
llywela: (SN-sneaky)
You know, with this year being as manic as it has been, it feels like the longest time since I've either had the time or the inclination for any of my writing projects. But after finishing that recap last week, I've been in the mood for writing again, and it has felt good. I've also had a few evenings to myself, for once, and so have been able to indulge. So, I've made a start on the beginnings of a new Pros recap and even dabbled with the beginnings of a fic I've had notes for for...well, longer than I'm willing to admit, actually. I've also pushed on with the next of my outstanding SN recaps, which will probably be the next thing completed if only because all the structure, transcription and meta notes are now already in place just waiting to be written up properly - it's further along than anything else and so easiest to complete.

But because When The Levee Breaks is so heartbreakingly intense, to give myself a break from it, I've pulled together a very quick list of love for an old episode - season one's Route 666, which was next on the list. It's been so long since I did one of these, I'd forgotten how much fun it was!

You can either read it here, behind the cut, or if LJ is being wonky you can also find it over at my website, here.

List of Love for SN 1.13 Route 666 )
llywela: (Default)
List of Love!

It's been ages since I did one of these, but I've been feeling in need of a little season one goodness lately, and this one is an all-time favourite: perfect!

List of Love for SN 1.12 Faith )
llywela: (Default)
List of Love!

It's been ages since I did one of these, but I've been feeling in need of a little season one goodness lately, and this one is an all-time favourite: perfect!

List of Love for SN 1.12 Faith )
llywela: (SN-destinationunknown)
For the SN people on my f-list: no recap this week. General mankiness made this a bad week to even attempt to write meta, so I didn't. I'll have to come back to this one at a later date.

Instead, I bring you pretty, pretty picspam by way of compensation. :-)

SN 4.05 - Picspam! )
llywela: (SN-destinationunknown)
For the SN people on my f-list: no recap this week. General mankiness made this a bad week to even attempt to write meta, so I didn't. I'll have to come back to this one at a later date.

Instead, I bring you pretty, pretty picspam by way of compensation. :-)

SN 4.05 - Picspam! )
llywela: (SN-sidebyside)
I think that it is definitely October. Or maybe March. One thing's for sure - it isn't August! So cold and wet. Very depressing for the time of year.

Just got time to sneak in another List of Love before taking off on my hols this weekend. Scarecrow this time around - the second of the trio of episodes that cemented my love for Supernatural way back when I first started watching the show. Funny, though, how some favoured episodes are easier to write about than others - this one was much tricker to put together than Asylum!

List of Love for Scarecrow )
llywela: (SN-sidebyside)
I think that it is definitely October. Or maybe March. One thing's for sure - it isn't August! So cold and wet. Very depressing for the time of year.

Just got time to sneak in another List of Love before taking off on my hols this weekend. Scarecrow this time around - the second of the trio of episodes that cemented my love for Supernatural way back when I first started watching the show. Funny, though, how some favoured episodes are easier to write about than others - this one was much tricker to put together than Asylum!

List of Love for Scarecrow )
llywela: (Default)
List of love! Because I was in the mood for some classic season one SN, and Asylum is up next, and is one of my all-time favourite episodes. This one is awesome. It's the first of the little trio of episodes that converted me from casual fan of the show to full-blown obsession. Asylum-Scarecrow-Faith: the character progression through the three makes up an amazing little mini-arc. So, here's the first:

List of Love - Supernatural 1.10 Asylum )
llywela: (Default)
List of love! Because I was in the mood for some classic season one SN, and Asylum is up next, and is one of my all-time favourite episodes. This one is awesome. It's the first of the little trio of episodes that converted me from casual fan of the show to full-blown obsession. Asylum-Scarecrow-Faith: the character progression through the three makes up an amazing little mini-arc. So, here's the first:

List of Love - Supernatural 1.10 Asylum )

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