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Media Monday

I keep forgetting to do this, although admittedly it doesn't change much from week to week. Since last time, I've watched a fascinating mini-series that, like Boy Dominic, I picked up in a Network sale a couple of years ago, and have only just got around to. It's called Wolcott, and was apparently Britain's first police drama with a black lead. I wish I could say that it distinguishes itself! First the good points: it has a great cast. George Harris is a charismatic lead, and heads the cast well as the titular Wolcott. He's supported by a shedload of British character actors, many of them familiar from other police dramas, including Christopher Ellison (Burnside from The Bill as - surprise! - a crooked detective). Rik Mayall also features as a loathsome, racist PC. It also has very funky music. That's where the good stuff ends. Apparently the cast hated the show, and I can see why. It's trying very hard to be Shaft, but what worked for New York City in the seventies, is not going to work for London, and certainly not in 1981, the year of the Brixton Riot. The characters are dreadful stereotypes. Wolcott himself is impossibly good; everybody else is either a racist, or a two-dimensional Jamaican gangster. Jeepers. I've since taken refuge in a rewatch of the final season of White Collar, which I loved so much at the time. It's still good. If you've never seen White Collar, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Oh, and also in the world of telly - Sleepy Hollow finished. No decision yet on whether there will be a fifth season. I ended up really loving season four, against all the odds. It was nearly as much fun as season one, and the new cast were all great. Jenny got to be properly awesome throughout, and the last scene of the final episode was proper silly grin stuff. A nice place to leave the show, if it turns out that that was it.

In reading, I've just finished A Symphony Of Echoes by Jodi Taylor, the second in her time-travelling historian series. It's all about an institute called St Mary's, which houses a band of historians, who travel through time to witness famous events. Think time-travelling history nerds, fuelled by tea and explosions, and you're pretty much there. The books are fast-moving; a bit shallow, admittedly, but fun. Sentences like "We're St Mary's - there's something wrong if something isn't on fire", will give you some indication as to why it appeals to me. I've heard that the series gets better as it progresses, so I shall certainly hunt out some more. Otherwise still scrambling through a complete Sherlock Holmes readthrough, and am currently on The Valley Of Fear, which is an interesting one. Don't think I've read it before. Holmes books are always oddities. Nothing happens in them - absolutely nothing at all. They break all of the "show, don't tell" rules. We're told about everything after it happens, and never witness anything exciting. And yet somehow you never mind. Conan Doyle's prose is a thing of beauty. (Although if you could stop with all the "You can tell he's a criminal by the shape of his head", and "It was clearly a woman's handwriting," Sir Arthur, that'd be good, thank you kindly.)

Also a thing of beauty (corny links, I has them) was the weather of the last few days. My mother's weeping cherry tree exploded into life quite magnificently (she's only had it a year, and last year it only managed one flower!). It's properly settled in now though, and it looks stunning. Spring is nice. I do wish this one particular wasp (I'm assuming it's the same one, purely because they look alike, although I admit that that's hardly damning evidence) wouldn't keep flying through my window though. I have to keep leaping madly to the kitten's defence to stop her trying to eat it. *sigh*

There are pictures under the cut, of springy colour. It's all grey again outside today though. You're a killjoy, April. Give me my sun back.

Effusive dwarf cherry tree (Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura, fact fans):

Tulips, pretending to be giant buttercups:

The naughty bits of a tulip:

Dangerous 1960s sci-fi hypnotism device, for fiendish brainwashery:

Oh, and top five artists of the last seven days, courtesy of last.fm:

Joe Jackson
Pet Shop Boys

(a-ha just put out a new album in 2015, so that list is more modern than you might assume, honest.)


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Apr. 10th, 2017 09:40 pm (UTC)
WOW those flowers are cheery! I just posted on DW and I has a sad.
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:35 pm (UTC)
Hello! I didn't expect to see you around LJ anymore!
Apr. 11th, 2017 09:32 pm (UTC)
I am still replying on LJ as I don't want to lose friends. I must have missed this post on DW cos I read that first!!!
Apr. 11th, 2017 07:50 am (UTC)
I read the first Jodi Taylor book recently and thought it was a bit silly ... but when I have time I'll probably read the other ones.

Apr. 11th, 2017 05:36 pm (UTC)
It is a bit silly, yes. I think a bit silly was what I wanted at the time though.
Apr. 11th, 2017 07:55 am (UTC)
That cherry tree is beautiful.

Dangerous 1960s sci-fi hypnotism device, for fiendish brainwashery:

Didn't they have that in Day of the Triffids too?

It's a shame about Wolcott. It sounds like it could have been interesting.
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
"Wolcott" could have been great. The lead guy is terrific, and he'd have been so good in any of the contemporary cop shows. Still, it was perfectly watchable, although I'm not sure that a black viewer would be quite so forgiving. Fascinating to see Rik Mayall in such a serious role, and showing that he really could act.
Apr. 11th, 2017 10:57 am (UTC)
Yay, Sleepy Hollow! I'm glad the fourth series is fun. I keep meaning to post about it, only the final ep to go now. It's nice to watch a series that isn't boring or has old show/play unPCness.

Beautiful flowers esp the tulips. Miss Jones has worn a dress with a tulip print like the bottom one to upset Mr Adamant!
Apr. 11th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
I can see Miss Jones trying to find Adam a tie in the same material, just to see the expression on his face when she presents him with it. :)
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