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You, Me and the Apocalypse

I'm really enjoying 'You, Me and the Apocalypse' on Sky , a TV series about events in the days before a comet hits Earth.  (I'm one episode behind at the moment)  I believe it's only shown in the UK so far.
It started out seeming like it was more or less a sitcom, with Jamie the frustrated junior bank manager in Slough struggling to find the wife who mysteriously left him on their honeymoon, discovering he was adopted, (his Mum played by Pauline Quirke: what's more British sitcom than Pauline Quirke playing someone's Mum in Slough?)  and oh yes, a comet is about to hit Earth, to add urgency to the situation.  

Then they brought in a sort of US Jail sitcom element, with Jenna Fischer out of the US Office as an ever so lovely librarian lady wrongly convicted in a women's prison, experiencing an unlikely jailbreak with the aid of cyberterrorists and going on the run with a Deep South white supremicist lady called Leanne who has a swastika tattoo on her forehead.

And then there was the US Military drama, bit less comedy feeling, this, with Arnold the general in charge of organising Operation Saviour, the attempt to divert the comet by hitting it with a rocket, having a secret affair with Scotty, the civil service chap in charge of emergency planning.  (I have to admit, this is the only bit of casting I'm not quite sure about : I have some difficulty believing in Paterson Joseph as a US General.  Seems like there's something incredibly British about Paterson Joseph.  But that may just be overspill from things I've seen him in before.)

And finally we have the Glamour Section from the Vatican: Sister Celine the world's most gorgeous-looking nun, and Father Jude played by Rob Lowe, all filmed against a series of fabulous jewel-coloured Mediterranean buildings and locations, as if to make the point to alien observers: Earth: it's Not All Like Slough, You Know.  Celine and Jude have the job of investigating potential Messiahs on behalf of the Catholic Church, which feels that if the end of the world is nigh, clearly its time for the Second Coming and they need to be sure to back the right horse.

I really like the way all these different and contrasting strands have wound together.  The cast and writing are superb.  It's gone from being 'oh yes, that will be suitable for entertaining my rightbrain, while my leftbrain gets on with some work.' sort of viewing, to 'put the computer down, all my brain wants to watch this!'    It has got darker and darker though, and has pretty much left sitcom land behind now, and I'm a bit worried about where it's going next.  But I definitely want to know!

Tell you what though, the US government/military/NASA setup in this makes a hell of a contrast with the situation in 'The Martian' where everyone is basically just really nice and works together in perfect harmony.  This is a much more British world view somehow.  Even the nice people end up doing mean and dirty things.


But why did NASA send a botanist to Mars?

Went to see The Martian last night.  It was as good as various people have said, so thanks for the recommendations! Full of competent people competenting which I like.

But I still don't know why a botanist on Mars with no seeds.  Anyone know?

For a bonus point, why potato growing in the gravel at a NASA training academy place?  Although, to be fair, that seems very much in character for a potato.  Opportunist vegetables. 

Back to autumn

It was such a beautiful morning I resolved to do a long walk.  i got to Greenscombe wood, and I thought , oh drat, I forgot that at this time of year, the north side of a hill is so dark and gloomy!  But I took some photos anyway.  Here's the Cornwall side of the ford.  The dogs seemed rather sad about the shade, and were rather clingy.  Rosie kept rushing back to assure me that she was still here, if I wanted to rethink my choice of walk and go somewhere sunny.

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Winter is here

No snow, but it's cold and damp and gloomy. The time has come for the the central heating to be on.   When I walked down to the river this morning, it was the first time this year that I didn't arrive back at the top of the long steep slope, pink and hot and carrying my coat.

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Day of Grey

A day as grey as granite today, but at least it stopped raining for a while.


Read more...Collapse )In other news, I finally got around to jellifying the rowan berries and crabapples I picked well over a month ago.  I had too many crabapples and not quite enough rowan berries for the first recipe I selected randomly from the internet, and also I could not quite get all the rowan berries into the only pot available, so the jelly may be a bit more crabapply and less rowany than planned, but oh well.

The rowan berries that would not go into the pot, I've tried crystallising in honey. They do have quite a strong flavour, but it's quite pleasant.  I think will be nice to have a few with cheese. 
Today, I have been mostly staring blankly into space in a fog of cold-induced blurgyness.  I did not go to Holmbush mine, because the tracks around there get awfully muddy when it rains this much, and also so as to walk dogs somewhere where I could basically tip them out into a fenced area in order to not have to engage brain or travel at more than half a mile an hour.

But if I'd walked a bit further around the hill, I would have seen this:

The Cornwall Heritage Environment Record doesn't have much on Holmbush mine, but fortunately because the enginehouse is a listed building since it is ' one of very few 19th century engine houses to have retained a considerable part of its original roof structure into the 21st century', Historic England has lots about it.
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Farthing by Jo Walton: a ramble

This book came with a recommendation by Ursula Le Guin on the cover  "If Le Carré scares you, read Jo Walton"  it said.    So, here is a quote from one of my very favouritist authors, referencing one of my other very favouritist authors?  Ooo!

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I photographed Drakewalls mine before, but I'm revisiting it, because I walked past this end of it the other day, and thought I would take a photo of the place where the old reservoir was before they finish building on it, partly because I liked the Giant Twirl of Orange Pipe.   I can't find any details about the reservoir apart from the name, but I do know that in 1822 when the mine was sold, it was listed as having 'two excellent water engines of 44 and 30 foot diameter'.  So I'm guessing the ex-reservoir was to hold water for those.
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Familiarisation... sort of success

Yesterday I took Rosie Roo and Brythen to the vet for their annual checkups and vaccinations. Brythen is no more than averagely worried by strange people poking and prodding him, but Rosie Roo is the dog that has been known to suddenly take off vertically and hit people on the chin, or discharge her anal glands while screaming. Also, she is the dog about which I was told 'normally we'd admit a dog this thin with persistent diarrhoea and put her on a drip, but due to her temperament that's not possible'. Thankfully, she doesn't bite, but still, that level of fear is a bit of a problem if she ever does get ill.

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