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Sloe gin update! My mother has finally opened her percolating bottle of sloe gin (bottled up some time in mid-November). It's a lovely colour, rather akin to translucent blood. Very thick and slightly gloopy - it's a bit like drinking cough syrup! Too sweet for me, but she seems very pleased with it, which is good. So I can't personally recommend it, but it certainly looks like she would. Two months of brewing was what the recipe she was following called for, and I guess it got a week or so more than that, but I doubt it wanted much less. Apparently it took the sugar a very long time to completely dissolve.

And from thence to telly, 1980s style. I need to start watching Dempsey & Makepeace in order. Between series two and three, Spikings seems to have lost half his body weight, and it's a bit odd jumping about from year to year. It makes him look like an inflatable doll with a valve problem. Also series one is noticeably more serious than the other two, at least to begin with, which causes a bit of a clash of styles. So bizarre to hear Dempsey announce in episode #2 that he doesn't approve of female police officers! That is not the Dempsey even of later in series one, let alone the years that followed. Still, I'm having great fun with it. Aside from a veritable who's who of stuntmen, so far there's been Suzi Quatro and Elizabeth Sladen in the same episode, and both Travises in adjacent ones (though backwards). Also Michael Cashman, although I appreciate that I'm in a fan club of one there. And through it all, Dempsey and Makepeace themselves being utterly splendid. And shooting practically everything. :)

I've been enjoying it all so much that I've also dug out my Remington Steele DVDs. Eighties detectives, hurrah! Steele is one of my all time favourite characters, and I've left it far too long between viewings. Like Dempsey & Makepeace, Remington Steele hasn't aged a day (except for Pierce Brosnan's sometimes rather alarming hair. On occasions it's like some gigantic, lacquered crash helmet), and I really can't recommend it highly enough. I chose an episode completely at random to watch, and it gave me unexpected Julian Glover, which was nice. Also Angharad Rees, but she's not quite as exciting (to me anyway). And then a second episode, which was again chosen completely at random, guest-starred Tom Baker! I had completely forgotten all of this, so clearly it's more than ripe for a rewatch. I'm a bit wary of spending too much time in the eighties, in case I end up with gigantic hair, but I'm doing okay so far. I would argue that a sprinkling of modern TV might serve as something of an antidote there, but neither Sleepy Hollow nor The Musketeers is likely to be of much help. I am surrounded by overly-energetic hair. This could get dangerous, people. Stay alert, I may need help.


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Jan. 31st, 2015 11:33 pm (UTC)
The important question here is, have you started wearing shoulderpads again?

If Dempsey and Makepeace crosses my radar again I will give it another go - I remember very little except that I thought they were awesome together.
Feb. 1st, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)
A perm maybe???
Feb. 1st, 2015 12:31 am (UTC)
I remember the episode with Tom Baker! I wish he'd been given more work on this side of the puddle. Stoopid Hollywood.

My hair hasn't exploded to enormous size even with all the MacGyver I watch, so I bet you'll be safe.
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:04 am (UTC)
This is very reassuring, thank you. Although Mac's hair was never as big as Cassie Brosnan's. Hers is spectacular. It must have its own gravity. However did eighties women cope?! They must have had amazing necks!
Feb. 1st, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Mac's hair isn't that bad, except every now and then, but he is SURROUNDED with monstrous hair and giant shoulder pads. When I first started watchng the show again, I had more trouble getting used to the women's hair than to Mac's!

I shall also indulge in a quote from one of my own works, set in 2009: "I’ve been taking down sexist pricks like that since the days of mullets and monster shoulder pads."
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
Nice quote! :) The hair and the shoulder pads are a wondrous combination, aren't they. You hit around 1982, and suddenly everything goes gigantic.
Feb. 1st, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
Remington Steele is always wonderful. :D I completely understand the dangers of too much '80s tv leading to big hair, though. ;)
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:15 am (UTC)
It's a terrific show, it really is. I love the mix of comedy and drama, and I really like the character of Steele. There's so much going on there beneath the surface! Great performance from Brosnan. And so many great scripts. There's a few audio commentaries on the DVDs, which I really ought to have a listen to.

But the hair really is quite terrifying at times! :D
Feb. 1st, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
I only vaguely remember Dempsey&Makepeace but I used to love Remington Steele!
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
It's a great fun show. And no, I haven't got a perm yet! :D
Feb. 1st, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you can avoid the hair. I've watched a whole heap of 70s stuff without allowing it to affect my hair or my wardrobe, and have made it through the 60s without acquiring any lacquer or vivid shades of bright pink or blue. I'm sure it'll be okay.

Feb. 1st, 2015 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind reassurance. :) I think if anything was going to rub off, it was probably going to be the sheer, splendid awfulness of the seventies!
Feb. 1st, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
After seeing Lucy's hair in series 2 of Bulman, it's enough to put any peace loving person from wanting big hair. It looked like it was going to take over the world!

The pop charts think it's the eighties and denim is in, but flares are back. Today is too confusing!

Good luck with the Musketeers; the BBC keep shoving it off for sport and it has an on-going storyline and I have a short memory.
Feb. 1st, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that the Muskehounds are off again next week. Lovely sport. We do enjoy it so. :( It's worth trying to stick with them though, and not just for the swords.

Eighties hair is just insane. I'm not entirely sure how Cassandra Brosnan was even managing to go through some of those doorways.
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