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Media Monday

I don't think I've done one of these in a while. I don't seem to have done much of anything in a while, except race about the countryside in a whirl, attempting to Get Things Done. Still, on the plus side, one of the Things to get Done is the allotment, which has just started to produce profusions of runner beans, courgettes (bright yellow ones this year!) and raspberries. So I'm tired, but also well fed.

Anyways, I'm reading an especially good book at the moment. I don't really know what it's about, although I'm more than three quarters through - or, that is, I have absolutely no idea where it's heading, or why, but I do sort of know what it's about. Something Awful just happened, and I'm frightfully annoyed, but still loving the book, and looking forward to getting back to it. Seriously, the prose is an utter joy. It's called Golden Hill, and it's by somebody called Francis Spufford. It's about a young man who arrives in 18th century New York, and it's entirely written in 18th century style - so it's a sort of pastiche, in the same way that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is, although set rather earlier. Apparently it won the Ondaatje prize (I don't believe I've ever heard of that, but Google tells me its quite prestigious). I recommend it unhesitatingly, if you are not scared off by meandering prose, and sentences that can go on for months.

Telly-watching-wise, I've now seen the first episode of Marchlands, so can claim to have actually seen our new Doctor in something. It's an ITV drama from a few years back, set in three different time zones (the 1960s, the 1980s, and whenever now was at the time). A young girl dies in the sixties, and her ghost makes friends with another young girl in the eighties. It clearly has some knock-on effect for the modern lot, but I haven't found out what yet. That will presumably come later. Jodie Whittaker is the dead girl's mother, and has dark hair, so I didn't recognise her at first. A Yorkshire accent - I wonder if she will keep that. So far it's diverting enough. If you're in the UK, she'll be on the BBC from August 8th, incidentally, in a new series. Trailer here. It also stars Emun Elliot who - after the eternal Paterson Joseph, naturally - was my first choice for the 13th Doctor, so I can amuse myself watching them both being doctors together. If I remember to watch it. Eagle-eyed viewers will of course recognise him from Paradox, The Paradise, and Los Malvados (cough).

There are probably other things, but I do not remember them. So I may just go and collapse in a heap. Albeit a slightly satisfied and accomplished-feeling one. With a nice book.

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meathiel
Aug. 1st, 2017 07:14 am (UTC)
In a few days you'll probably wish you didn't have so many zucchini ... they do have that tendency to swamp you ... *lol*

The book sounds interesting - I'll have to look for it!
swordznsorcery
Aug. 1st, 2017 07:25 am (UTC)
They do rather! But I've already put a few in the freezer, and given a few away. And they're a small variety, which helps with using them up.
liadtbunny
Aug. 2nd, 2017 03:08 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you've got something confusing when not watching 'Sleepy Hollow';p

Well done for getting to your fruit and veg before the wildlife!
swordznsorcery
Aug. 4th, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
No more "Sleepy Hollow". Woe.
liadtbunny
Aug. 5th, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC)
Oh boooo!
swordznsorcery
Aug. 6th, 2017 11:05 pm (UTC)
I loved season four. I mean, it was stupid, obviously, but it was stupid in all the right ways. But they killed it, because I was apparently the only person still watching. Like that matters, or something. :(
liadtbunny
Aug. 7th, 2017 03:18 pm (UTC)
TV schedulers are too cruel:( I'm glad SH didn't become sensible at least, that would have been the last straw!
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