Flying Saturday post

Just a quick post today because Geth and I are heading off to a gig!  Will update fully tomorrow, as it’s been a very busy weekend of running stuff and vintage fairs and lots more.

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
Little Mix and Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
Duran Duran – Notorious
Wham! – Last Christmas
Duran Duran – Late Bar
Level 42 – Lessons In Love
Culture Club – Victims
Sacre – London Marathon
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Dennis Waterman – I Could Be So Good For You

Towards ‘the end’

I got another 4,000 words done on my NaNo novel again today.  It took a while because I was trying to catch up with the last few weeks’ worth of music charts as well, but it got done.  I’m determined to (a) keep this streak going and (b) finish this story!

I also got my music practice in again – keyboard this time.  I may not have time to do it next week (and definitely not over the weekend) but we’ll see.

Going to try and get an early night tonight, because I’ve got a very busy weekend ahead of me with a couple of early starts.

OOTD 16th November 2018
OOTD: day in the house. T-shirt Gildan for Infest (2018), jeans Vivid (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Come Undone
Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
Duran Duran – Burning The Ground
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill
The 1975 – Too Time Too Time Too Time
Loud Luxury and Brando – Body
Pulp – Sorted For Es And Whizz
Paula Abdul – Straight Up
Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up

Suddenly Christmas…sort of

Another 4,000 words on my NaNo novel, taking me up to 60,000!

Today’s music practice: back to the tin whistle and those last few slightly difficult tunes from Recorder From The Beginning.

I’ve had a couple of weeks where I’ve not really watched much TV ’cause I don’t like having the distraction while I’m writing.  Tonight I turned the TV back on – first because I wanted to watch a couple of BBC4 documentaries on iPlayer (one with Boy George talking about the 1970s, which is (a) pertinent to my novel and (b) excitement-building for the Culture Club gig I am going to see on Saturday, and one about vinyl singles, which was just glorious and nostalgic and featured lots of excellent talking heads), and secondly just to have some Now! ’80s on the go as background music for the rest of the evening.  A couple of alarming things that have apparently happened in the last couple of weeks:

  1. Vintage TV (channel 82) has disappeared from our channel list.  I need to look into this.  I’ve not been watching Vintage TV anywhere near as much as I used to since Now! ’80s appeared on the channel list, but I’d still like to have the option.
  2. Every advert is suddenly a Christmas advert.  I am not at all ready for Christmas yet (I’ve just been so busy and so have been unable to get in the mood) and so all the carols and turkey dinners are leaving me a bit cold (and also panicked, because ARGH you always have to do lots of stuff to prepare for Christmas).

Still getting a lot done, but still very behind on managing the actual to-do list at the moment.  Hoping to get that sorted tomorrow morning.

OOTD 15th November 2018
OOTD: a non-Pilates Thursday. Hoodie Internacionale (2000), vest top Primark (2016), skirt Gap (2007), tights Primark (2017), boots Primark (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – Come Undone
Queen – Bicycle Race
Duran Duran – Rio
Duran Duran – Skin Trade
Leo Sayer – Moonlighting
Alannah Myles – Black Velvet
Arcadia – Say The Word
Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam

Phone Box Thursday: Highbury Place, London

Today is the first of a very long series of phone boxes that I photographed on the walk back from Highbury Fields parkrun to the Thistle City Barbican when Geth and I were in London for Beat:Cancer in November 2017.  There are a LOT of these, and we’ll probably be looking at them into 2019, but it’s quite appropriate that I’m starting this series in November seeing as I’m feeling a bit wistful about missing out on my annual November London trip (the Beat:Cancer dates were different this year and we couldn’t fit any of the gigs into our already packed schedule).

Red phone boxes
Red phone boxes, Highbury Place, London, 18th November 2017.

(Coordinates 51°54’64.8″N, 0°10’3.1″W.)

I had to photograph these two through some roadworks barriers.  Google Street View shows them unobstructed!

Twinkle, twinkle

Another day, another 4,000 words on my NaNo novel.

Also: another day, another old kids’ music book that I dug out of the stack and started going through again (today’s offering: Me and My Piano).  Nothing like being super proud of being able to play through a tune and then noticing from the date written next to it that you first managed to play through it when you were six.  Also, it’s sort of bizarre when you find yourself playing through Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star with actual feeling.

Also: had some actual day job work to do as well for a client, as well as lots of day job admin.

It’s been a fairly productive day on the whole!  Tomorrow there’s no Pilates class, so once I’m back from Slimming World I should be able to get properly into my work again.

OOTD 14th November 2018
OOTD: wearing bright mustard trainers because I can. Hoodie Sonar (2006), Duran Duran classic lineup t-shirt eBay/Fruit of the Loom (2018), leggings Primark (2018), socks unknown brand (2009), trainers Nike (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Queen – Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
Arcadia – Election Day
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
The Power Station – Communication
Duran Duran – Last Chance On The Stairway
Duran Duran – Notorious

My earliest NaNo win ever!

My daily 4,000 words put me past the 50k mark and up to 52,000 today!  That’s ten days earlier than my previous record from 2015.  I can’t even officially validate it yet!

The rest of the day was just spent doing more admin.  Same again tomorrow.

OOTD 13th November 2018
OOTD: this t-shirt reminds me of the summer! T-shirt Campus Crew for Toronto Blue Jays (2018), skirt H&M (thifted from Steff 2016), tights unknown brand (2014), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Arcadia – Say The Word
Duran Duran – Hold Back The Rain
Five Star – Rain Or Shine
The Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian
Pepsi & Shirlie – Heartache
George Michael – Careless Whisper
Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
Duran Duran – Notorious
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
Duran Duran – Rio

A quiet Monday

Geth’s been out boardgaming all evening (he and friends have discovered a new card game that they’re really enjoying) and so I have been taking advantage of the quiet house again.  This has meant another 4,000 words on the NaNo novel (48,000 in total!) and lots of admin done, though not nearly as much as I would have liked.  I’ll be getting up early tomorrow to try again.

OOTD 12th November 2018
OOTD: a day in the house. T-shirt Punk Masters (2018), jeans Zara (2018), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat
Steps – Better Best Forgotten
ELO – Mr Blue Sky
Jackie Wilson – Reet Petite
Abba – Happy New Year
Leo Sayer – Moonlighting

A creative Sunday

Geth was out boardgaming today, so I took the opportunity to get lots of stuff done:

  1. I finished putting all the stuff I need to scan and shred over the next few years on the new shelves in the study, so we can access the bedroom again.  I also got all the CDs onto shelves.  The study’s not UNmessy, but you can at least move through it easily now.
  2. I got another 4,000 words written on my NaNo novel.  I’m up to 44,000 now!  Two more days at this rate and I’ll have an officially winning novel, although it’s going to be nowhere near done at 50k and I’m serious about aiming for 120k now.
  3. I picked up a book I found in the study the other day called Recorder From The Beginning, which was the book my primary school recorder group used to learn the instrument (so I’ve had the book since the start of Primary Three in 1991), and played it all the way through using my tin whistle (well, nearly – it’s all super easy until the last three pages and then it suddenly gets difficult!).  I want to learn a new instrument or two soon – hopefully in 2019 – and (badly) playing my old ones is helping me to get motivated.

Looking at the last few weeks, I have actually been really productive, but I’ve not FELT productive because I’ve been procrastinating on all my boring daily tasks like housework and accounting and getting through my various lists of music stuff I want to listen to.  Definitely time for a giant to-do list update tonight.

Doctor Who was great tonight!  Strictly was not, because I’m really upset that Danny and Amy went out.  I’m going to go sulk about it for a week.

OOTD 11th November 2018
OOTD: comfy Sunday outfit. T-shirt Cyberdog (originally early 2000s, thrifted from Geth 2014), belt H&M (2017), tights Primark (2017), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Rita Ora – Your Song
Duran Duran – Serious
Duran Duran – Meet El Presidente
Duran Duran – Rio
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Duran Duran – Come Undone

TV Review: Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab

Another great historical episode!  It seems to be a real strength this series.

On being given an old broken watch by her grandmother Umbreen, Yasmin asks the Doctor to take her back to 1950s Lahore to find out the story behind it.  The TARDIS instead drops them in 1947 rural India during the Partition, where Yasmin finds that Umbreen is about to marry Prem, a man who’s not her grandfather.  They encounter a group of aliens, the Thijarians, whom the Doctor initially believes to be a race of assassins, but it soon transpires that the ‘demons’ have given up assassinating following the destruction of their planet and are now travelling the universe in order to provide witness to lonely deaths, seeing as they couldn’t do it for their own people.  The actual villain in the episode is Prem’s brother Manish, who has become prejudiced against Muslims and leads a group of similarly prejudiced Hindus to drive out Umbreen and her Muslim mother, resulting in Prem being killed soon after marrying Umbreen.

Characterisation-wise it’s a really strong episode for Yasmin.  Apart from a few wilful moments near the start, I really appreciated that she listened to the Doctor about not interfering in her own history (in contrast to Rose’s irritatingly stupid actions in Father’s Day back in 2005).  Ryan and Graham were really playing the support role this week, which has tended to be the case this series – I wouldn’t say that Chibnall’s Doctor Who has yet disproved the long-running viewpoint that three companions makes for too crowded a TARDIS.  At least we’re not having people getting captured or taken ill for the course of the story, like we did in the Davison years.  Graham is always gold – Bradley Walsh’s performance is just lovely, and the writers are doing really well with his dialogue – but Ryan felt like a real spare part during this episode.

Similarly to Rosa, the episode was really thought-inspiring and made no bones about a difficult period of history, although the controversial role played by the British in the Partition could have been dwelt on more.

We’re now more than halfway through the series – there are five episodes to go – and after thirteen years of getting used to the tight and complex series arcs of the RTD and Moffat eras, I’m feeling a bit strangely adrift given that there doesn’t seem to be any series-spanning story going on at all.  It’ll be very interesting to see if this continues, and if the final episode could just be – gasp! – a normal, regular episode, with no multiverse-threatening doomsday shenanigans.  That would be a hell of a departure for 21st century Doctor Who.

The trailer for next week was a bit confusing, so I don’t really know what’s going on in that story, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it when it arrives.

I didn’t really notice today

I’ve been so tired today, I didn’t even really notice it go by.

I did get another 4,000 words written on my NaNo novel, though…somehow!

OOTD 10th November 2018
OOTD: trying to get comfy. Jumper Faber (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), boots Carefree (2017).

Today’s earworm playlist:

David Bowie – Oh! You Pretty Things
Duran Duran – Ordinary World
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Rita Ora – Your Song