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I'm sitting in a coffee shop and it's icy cold even INDOORS and just diagonally opposite is a man who either is Alastair Campbell or looks very very like him. AM TRYING NOT TO LOOK AT HIM, IT IS NOT A SOCIALLY OK THING TO DO, STARING, EVEN TO GLANCE MORE THAN ONCE DRAWS ATTENTION TO YOU a bit more than it should

I know no one watches it but my faaaavourite currently airing (apart from Misfits) show, Edwardian Farm, was on last night! They did Edwardian-style tin mining and copper scavenging and wassailed an apple tree! I know a lot of people find Ruth Goodman, one of the historical re-enacting presenters, irritating - but I think it's really NICE to have someone so keen and so clearly massively excited about living like an Edwardian. And there is one person called Peter and one called Alex and no I cannot prevent myself from slashing them, not when they wear such nice waistcoats and look like they're having so much FUN. Goddd what am I on

SPEAKING OF MISFITS: HOW IS IT SO GREAT, am talking about last week because otherwise I will forget to, and tonight there is more. I love that in the space of about a fortnight it has become a legitimate THING that PEOPLE ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT.

spoilers )

NOW FOR MERLIN: I was alas not made particularly happy by that last episode. There were some awesome things in it -

cut cut cut )
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 1. MERLIN, how MAD were you this evening. I said to my 15 yr old sister two weeks ago that I'd always thought Merlin would be better appreciated when slightly drunk, she said, why don't you try it, and when we got to the shall I say DATE SCENE this episode I thought WELL I WILL THEN, this episode is the right time, I won't be able to get through it if it's all like this and made myself a sort of gin and lemon juice thing. 

and THEN the episode decided to get kind of GOOD. And the alcohol started to hit me - am typing while still a bit tipsy, is this a first for me? idek. and I slightly regretted the alcohol, did I mention I am ALONE this evening, drinking while alone is not meant to be good is it, whatever, it was for science. or fandom. sthng like that. Will tell my sister that it's not worth getting tipsy for Merlin because of how it might suddenly take a turn for the Literally Quite Good. 

2. and now we have some charming BBC thing about the Goodies. am finding the youthful Graeme Garden v.v. attractive. am in fact finding all of their youthful versions quite attractive. AND! we had both a) surprise Mark Gatiss! and b) surprise MARTIN FREEMAN, both talking about The Goodies, am waiting impatiently for surprise Cumberbatch or surprise Steven Moffat, but now I've spotted a pattern it won't happen because it won't be a surprise. 

3. signed up a couple of days ago for [ profile] sherlockmas , hurrah! A wintry Sherlock fanworks exchange. Signups close tomorrow I think. Probably no one reading this will want to sign up, but I'm going to put it out there just because am a bit excited for this. First of its kind I ever did woooo yeah.


A lesson for us all there I think.

by which I mean of course why do people not dance like this all the time
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I liked today's Merlin episode! I have nothing better to do! I'm watching in a place with internet access! All of which results in a general outpouring of glee behind the cut.

mostly joy )
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Here is the thing, then, about the relationship in this season's Merlin that I assume has been divisive amongst its fans:

(please bear in mind that what aired just now is quite literally the first Merlin epsiode I have watched this season)

I am pretty much seeing it as total fanservice to the crazy slashers - EVERYTHING Arthur is saying is basically totally applicable to Merlin but with the gender flipped! And everything Merlin says, he would also be saying if he was trying to persuade Arthur that it would be okay to go out with him - all adorable and teasing and knowing he's got Arthur in a corner. "Why can't you just say how you feel?" and "When you're king you can change things!" indeed!

My 14 yr old sister who knows NOTHING about the original proper Arthurian legends finds the totally traditionally canonical love triangle incredibly confusing and for reasons I don't care to dignify, deeply wrong. I laugh at her! Ha! Ha! HA.

ETA HOLY CRAP, AS I AM TOLD THEY SAY. Craig Kelly is on Strictly Come Dancing or at least in the credits. I can't watch! I'm about to cry already! This is worse than when Mark Foster was on last year. I admire Mark Foster! He's kind of an awesome dude! He was unjustly held back from the 2004 Olympics because the total dick of a coach made the qualifying time for the British swimming team lower that the actual Olympic qualifying time, I do not want to watch him in something which has always appeared to me as organised national humiliation! And this goes even more so for Craig Kelly! He was VINCE TYLER. I do not want to see VINCE TYLER doing the foxtrot for he is VINCE TYLER and is of course in reality busy Robin Hooding/Bonnie & Clyding/totally awesoming it up in unknown parts of the world with Stuart Alan Jones AND YET I want to see what has become of him nooooo


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seriously my week is now scheduled around Merlin, I spent most of this week being annoyed that it was not Saturday and reading fic and flailing to anyone who was in conversation with me fore more than two and a half minutes. And obviously none of the people I am encountering in my everyday life are watching Merlin so first I have to explain it and they do not UNDERSTAND the DEEP and HEARTFELT BEAUTY that the INTERNETS has percieved.

The best thing is that I can laugh hysterically during merlin whenever there is SPESHUL CGI EFFECTS or SLOOMOOO or FIGHT SCENES WHERE PEOPLE ARE STABBED BUT THE SWORD HAS NO BLOOD ON IT etc etc without feeling disloyal. It is objectively PROBABLY FAIRLY RUBBISH but is really ACTUALLY BRILLIANT. The best kind of Merlin episode is the kind where you spend the first half laughing hysterically at its innate ridiculousness and then the Merlin show people get all devious and you are like OH HAY LOL THIS EPISODE IS ACTUALLY QUITE GOOD.



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