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A meme thing

Memed from liadtbunny. I actually did this several days ago, and then forgot to make the post public, and now obviously several of the answers have changed! So I'll add the new ones in brackets.

What was the last movie you watched:

Back To The Future (the first one), which I watched on Friday night. Believe it or not, it's the first time I've seen it since the cinema, back when it first came out. I've decided to join the 1980s, and work through the whole trilogy (I've not seen either part II or part III before). So far, not really a fan. But we'll see.

What was the last song you listened to:

Let It Be, Ray Charles covering the Beatles. (Now Get On With Your Livin' by Dean Martin).

Last TV Show you watched:

How To Get Away With Murder. Great show, and I recommend it. Season one was very watchable, but nothing earth-shattering. Season two is splendid fun though. I'm really enjoying it. Superb cast. The plot is wonderful nonsense, I'll grant you, but it's all so nicely done. And also, yes, Baby Ian Chesterton. He's just the reason why I watched it originally though. He's not the reason that I've stuck around. (Now Agents Of SHIELD. Agent Coulson! FitzSimmons! Agent May! Hurrah!)

Last Book you read:

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Which I absolutely recommend.


A Linda McCartney chana masala burger (which for some reason they seem to have rebranded a "lentil and vegetable burger". Are people scared off by food that sounds a bit Indian? Surely not, in a country where vegetable curry is the most popular food?) Easily amongst the best food in the world, anyway, but usually too expensive. But hurrah for special offers and fast approaching best before dates. (Now some peanuts).

Where would you be if you could be anywhere in the world:

I'm needed here. But for a very (very) quick visit, I would go to Polynesia. Blue, blue seas and wonderful fishes. I fell in love with the place many years ago, thanks to the likes of Willard Price and Captain WE Johns, and then Mike deGruy and David Attenborough. Fabulous corals, and sea snakes, and cephalopods, and whales, and sharks upon sharks upon sharks. Yes please!

What decade would you visit if you could travel in time:

Decade?! More like period. I'm rather torn. The Cretaceous was the true golden age of the dinosaurs, certainly, and who wouldn't want to see a Tyrannosaurus rex (even if that does sound a bit of a cliche)? But the Cretaceous is eighty million years long, and it would be awfully hard to hit the right bit of it. Especially with my aim; I'd point my instruments towards the end of the Cretaceous, and probably hit Chicxulub dead on meteorite o'clock. My favourite dinosaur is Eocarcharia dinops, from the early/mid Cretaceous, some fifty million years before T. rex appeared. So it's not like I'd get to visit both. With such a vague target, I'd probably miss both altogether.

So I might just aim for the Triassic, which would be spectacular throughout in evolutionary terms, but especially early on, following the Permian-Triassic extinction event. But on the downside, less spectacular dinosaurs. I might just split the difference and aim for the Jurassic, but by now you're probably sorry you asked. (I appreciate that you didn't).

First thing you’d do if you won the lottery:

Buy my sister a house.

Pick a fictional character to hang out with for a day:

This was a tough one. Given that Simon & Simon is my life right now, I nearly went with Rick and AJ (and Mrs Simon), but I think, on balance, it probably has to be Joe Cartwright. There are so many that I'd like to meet, but if I can only have one, then it really does have to be Joe. Mid-to-latter era Joe, that is. Not that the early version isn't good too, but he was only seventeen when Bonanza started, and hanging out with him then would feel weird.

Last fandom joined:

Cripes. Probably Sleepy Hollow, although admittedly that's three years old now. I've spent a ridiculous amount of my online time recently discussing The Tripods, but since I watched that on the telly in the mid-eighties, and read the book back then too (and again about ten years ago), I don't think that can count as having just joined. It does feel like the newest fannish thing in my life at the moment though.


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Mar. 17th, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
I need to check out How To Get Away With Murder at some point. I keep hearing good things about it.

Dinosaurs! <3
Mar. 18th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
Always dinosaurs. :)

HTGAWM is very modern (in terms of pacing and style and editing, etc), which does annoy me sometimes. But I do recommend it. As I said above, the plot is nonsense, but in a fun way, and the cast are excellent. I was pleased to see the lead win a Best Actress Emmy for season one. Well deserved. Apparently she was the first black woman to win it for a lead role, which seems bizarre. Season two has been especially enjoyable, and much improved.
Mar. 18th, 2016 05:32 am (UTC)
I do love Fitz, from AoS. I worry about him, even though he's a grown man and can take care of himself. And is fictional, to boot.

Very adventurous of you, regarding the dinosaurs. I'd like to see it all, but safely through a viewing periscope, from inside the Tardis. Then buzz off to see the Ancient Romans, as soon as T. Rex got a bit too interested in the blue box.

The BBC production of The Tripods? That was awfully good casting as I remember, the lads were brilliant. I watched, but I think I missed a lot of it due to carelessness and other things going on. Must track it down and re-watch. John Christopher is a very depressing writer, though. And he writes about pain and injury with a lot of grim convincing verisimilitude that makes me a bit woozy in the head.
Mar. 18th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's the production that I mean. Another is in the works, apparently, but so far I think the BBC version is the only one. It is rather good. The book is grittier, despite being for kids, but the series does have some bleak moments. They tend to be skimmed over, though. Family TV adaptations are rarely as challenging as the books that they're based on. I think you'd find it far less troubling than the book. Or books, technically, since it was a trilogy.

It's here on YT if you want to give it a go.
Mar. 19th, 2016 05:57 am (UTC)
Cheers, I may do that!
Mar. 18th, 2016 10:15 am (UTC)
Mmm, I love Linda McCartney food. If only more of it was gluten free.

I liked the Back to the Future trilogy but I haven't seen it in donkey's years. I don't know how well it'd hold up now.

It's an interesting meme. I hope you don't mind if I borrow it?
Mar. 18th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
I am very fortunate not to have to worry about gluten. Thus far, anyway!

I think the whole point of these memes is that as many people as possible scrobble them for their own use. So go forth and meme! :)
Mar. 19th, 2016 12:03 pm (UTC)
I saw the second 'Back to the Future' movie at the cinema, I didn't think it was as good as the first one. I think they're enjoyable, but I don't see them as worthy of attention as ITV do.

'How To Get Away With Murder' and you say you don't like new stuff. I went on a friending meme and it was all HTGAWM (I had to google it!).

So many dinosaurs so little time:) I like trilobites but I'd need s snorkel. Much better than my barely disguised stalking trip! I did wonder with the "decade" thing if they were going for more recent times so I stuck to the C20th.
Mar. 19th, 2016 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, but if you offer me time travel, I'm going to want dinosaurs, I'm afraid. :p I appreciate that I have them now too, but the big stompy kind is very much more interesting than sparrows. And trilobites rock, yes. Gotta love trilobites.

HTGAWM is an excellent series. I've surprised myself by really getting into it, in all its modernity. Baby Ian Chesterton is acquitting himself marvellously. I hope to see a lot more of him in future. It's a fairly highly regarded show, which does bode well.
Mar. 20th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
Hawks are good;p

I shall try and keep an eye out for it on the digital channels, but only old films and property shows really register with me!
Mar. 21st, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
Why buy your sister a house and not yourself?
Mar. 22nd, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
I would, but the question was about the first thing you'd do, and her need is greater than mine right now.
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