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I have been fandom-stockinging. It's quite a good feeling, although life has done its best to get in the way! So I'm quite a lot behind schedule. I'd just got into the swing of things, and then I had to spend a day helping my mother deliver her Christmas cards (I keep telling her that she knows too many people, but she refuses to take me seriously). Then I lost most of another day when I had to help her do her last big shop before Christmas. Not that I mind such things, obviously! It's just that it's all time. Still, fandom-stockinging does stretch into the new year, which is a help.

Elsewhere, I am hoarding the last ever episode of White Collar. I shall probably watch it tonight, as I'm ever wary of spoilers. But the last ever episode! Ever! It's been one of my favourite shows of recent years; one of those with a great cast, some fun scripts, and just general entertainicity. Shut up, you're allowed to make up words in December. That is an actual thing. As is cramp. I'm attempting to write this whilst festooned in pussy cats. I'm looking after my sister's dog this weekend, while she and her husband visit his folks, and the cats are not impressed! They adore my younger sister's dog, but this is my oldest sister's, which is new and therefore scary. It's a sort of rescue - a grossly overweight King Charles, which is adorable, but clearly not if you're a cat. Or a car, which is what that word was for the first three attempts. I only have two cats, but right now it feels like about forty.

Sorry, I realise that I'm blathering on about nothing, but I haven't posted about anything but The Box Of Delights in forever, and I'm beginning to run the risk of no longer looking like a real person. And I am. Usually. Probably. Well, maybe. Actually at the moment I'm half cat, but you get the drift. Blimey, listen to that wind.

Anyway, whilst avoiding watching the final ever episode of White Collar (final! ever!), I've been fiddling about on YouTube, and I found that some kind soul has uploaded The Greatest Store In The World. I don't usually go much for Christmassy TV, as I'm not really a Christmassy person. (Dean Martin-flavoured bits excepted, obviously). This is a really nice film, though. Dervla Kirwen and her two daughters are left homeless when their camper van explodes, so they move into a massive department store over Christmas. Also starring Peter Capaldi and Brian Blessed (with two legs, which is always a bit odd). I highly recommend it, and it's beneath the cut. One minor soundtrack-related warning - it dates from 1999. However bad you remember Steps as being, they're worse. Although oddly better when Brian Blessed is dancing to them.

Blimey, 1999! Where'd the time go?! Anyway, it's under the cutty bit. Highly recommended. Etc. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to move something before bits start dropping off.


( 12 fierce growls — Growl fiercely )
Dec. 21st, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
*waves* Good to know you're still a real person!

And, yes, how did 1999 get to be that long ago?? It's very unfair and sneaky of it.
Dec. 21st, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
I suppose it was a whole other century! Still, I wouldn't want to be in my twenties again. Being young was weird.
Dec. 22nd, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
Oh yes, probably the best Xmas film with Brian Blessed in it. Should be aired every year.
Dec. 22nd, 2014 09:00 am (UTC)
It's good, isn't it! I'd forgotten how much fun it is.
Dec. 22nd, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
Wait ... what? Final White Collar episode???
Dec. 22nd, 2014 09:00 am (UTC)
Yes, season six is the last. It's actually only a mini season - six episodes. Nobody is quite sure why, but at least they were given that much to round things off. I shall miss it.
Dec. 22nd, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
Stocking! One step forward, two steps back.

I hope the cats have let you go now! Get them bags to sit on, that's what they want;p

Oooh, ta for the youtube link, now that my DVD recorder seems to be having its last Christmas:/ Brian Blessed dancing to steps with two legs and Peter Capaldi trying out facial hair for Charles I is what I need.
Dec. 22nd, 2014 09:29 pm (UTC)
The dog has gone, so the cats have now given me room to breathe, yes. They're still a bit wary though, as the place clearly still smells doggy. Everything is being glared at suspiciously, in case it barks.

Bad DVD recorder. Have you tried hitting it?
Dec. 23rd, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
I don't think hitting it would work! It's probably temperamental because it has accumulated a load of soot and brick dust. It works with my ancient DVD-RWs, but it's hit and miss with any other discs, argh. It's a fussy machine!
Dec. 24th, 2014 08:06 am (UTC)
How very unfriendly of it! Remind it that it's Christmas. Wave your computer at it, and suggest that it's easily superceded. Actually, some of those cleaner disc things can be good. I bought one in Poundland a while back that cleaned up my disc drive nicely.

Mind you, not sticking it up the chimney so often would also work. :p Are you Dick van Dyke?
Dec. 24th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
The computer isn't what it once was either! Must de-frag...

Lol. I have a terrible cockney accent, but I don't have a cop son to solve crime with;p
Dec. 24th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
That's a shame. We'll have to find you some other, suitably televisual, crime-solving partner. Everybody should have at least one.
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