So pleased that Rage beat the X Factor winner to no 1 in the UK

I am so fed up of the monopoly of X FActor when it comes to the Charts, especially No 1's at Christmas. Rage Against the Machine's song "Killing in the Name of" is a modern Rock/Grunge classic. My kids were bouncing around the kitchen to it, I like to think I am bringing them up with good taste :) Of course it was a relief that the radio version cuts out all the Swearing at the end of it, to me it's anthemic, but I don't really want my 6 and 5 years olds singing "Fuck you I wont do what you tell me".

Rage have just promised to do some UK concerts next year to thank every one who took part in the campaign to oust the X Factor song. I so want to go to one of those gigs.

I don't understand all this virtual gift giving, is it a competition?
Or are people just being friendly, I was really pleased to get my virtual gifts, but when I tried to return the favour I was told my account wasn't set up for it, and from my inbox it seems that people are sending them in their thousands, so I am wondering if I am missing something?

My response to Celticflicka's Meme.
celticflicka tagged me:

I tag vanessagalore, xlmoruc, zaftig_darling, annie oakley, Regeneration, eleri cat, tortiecat 86.

What sleeps next to you?
My husband or occasional child.

What did you last eat?
Porridge for breakfast.

What kind of books do you like?
I like historical books and I like Supernatural books.

What are you reading at the now?
Storm Born by Richelle Mead and Armageddon by Max Hastings.

If you could be anywhere right now where would you be?
I would love to be in India.

What's really creepy?
Being stranded on a dark isolated stretch of road with no mobile phone service.

Name one odd item within 5 feet of you.
A home made card from my son made with dried painted pasta and feathers.

Whats your current fandom/obsession/addiction.
Flashforward and Kelly Armstrongs Women of the Otherworld books.

What did you really want to do today that you didn't?
Use the left over cooking liquid from a chicken casserole dish to make a soup

What are you most excited for?
My birthday, I am going away to a posh hotel for the night with my hubbie without the kids of course!

Which websites do you always visit when you are online?
Greys gabble, LJ, thebluewhalepub, Spoiler TV.

If you could have any pet what would it be?
A cat but one that isn't as neurotic as ours.

What do you want this minute, off the top of your head?
A wee.

Where is the place you like to return to, to calm down?
West Wales, where Cardigan Estuary meets the Sea.

How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie roll centre of a Tootsie Pop?
I have no idea, we don't have those in the UK.

Are there any bits of your childhood that you miss?
The fact that it always seemed to be Sunny in my childhood memories.

Spring, Autumn, Winter, Summer?

Say something to the person who tagged you.
Bore da Celtic Flicka, I hope I have done this right, I have no idea what a Meme is to be honest!!

BBC web site carries this stomach turning article.

What a pair, I can't believe that they can manage to motivate themselves to have sex with each other every night, they are not exactly appealing from their photo. Perhaps they have to turn the light off, just so they can bare it, hence the cries of pain as they bump into furniture :)

Can you imagine having the gall to try and argue that this interferes with your right to family life, I am betting that some lawyer thought they might make a pretty bundle out of this, if they won the case.

Oh it makes me proud to be British......

Sad to see David Tennant depart our shores, but glad for you guys, he is an amazing Actor.
Dr Who Alone

I am feeling really sad that his stint as the 10th Doctor is coming to an end. I have been a Dr Who fan for years and previously was a Tom Baker fan, there I've said it, and aged myself dreadfully :) I can't deny that my enjoyment of Dr Who has been greatly enhanced by David Tennant's geeky hotness these last couple of years.
Now I hear he has got a show on NBC,  some American friends have told me that this is not a struggling network, so maybe this is not such a good thing for him? Maybe his show and raw talent will turn the channel around!  I have no fear that he wont master the accent as he has done a brilliant English accent for years, when in fact he has a strong Scottish burr.
My silly old heart harbours thoughts of him getting back with his ex Sophia Myles who some of you might know as Beth from Moonlight. They were such a lovely couple, but broke up when she got the job on Moonlight. They are probably both with some one now, but Madame Pompadour was one of my favourite Dr Who episodes ever. You know the one with the scarey Clockwork robots set in 18th century France. Maybe if they are both in the good old US of A.
Well I digress,  while I'm pleased for Mr Tennant I can't help worrying that there will be no one left to act in British telly. You guys have already got Hugh Laurie, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport, Dominic Monagham (all in one show) even Sonya Walger is English. Stephen Fry pops up on a regular basis. There was Rufus Sewell in Eleventh Hour, and Jonny Miller in Eli Stone.

Hugh Laurie practising his American accent before House.
Agent Carmichael

This is great fun, I had forgotten how funny I used to find him and Stephen Fry, before Hugh went off to become an irritable American Doctor, and Stephen Fry didn't occasionally pop up being terribly British playing a Psychiatrist in Bones.
I love Bob Dylan, so find this impression of him very funny.

As some one who came to VM late, I have some questions about gossipy stuff
Was there any conflict reported between Teddy Dunn and Jason Dohring as Logan's role was expanded and Duncan's role was written out?
Also was there any gossip ever about Jason's Scientology beliefs causing any problems? I remember that there was a scene in Normal is the Watchword, where Teddy Dunn impersonates Tom Cruise's jumping around on the sofa moment. Just wondering if it might have been cut because it offended Jason

We get to the see the final episode of S1 Dollhouse in the Uk, but I've read all the online spoilers
Agent Carmichael
thinking that I would never see it. I don't know whether I want to watch it or not having read all about. Who has seen it and liked it? I doubt there is any plot to give away so feel free to say why :) I have noticed how we get to see episodes of cancelled shows or shows that might be cancelled in the UK, where you guys in the States don't. For example I saw the end episodes of Pushing Daisies and Eli Stone when I knew from online friends in the States, that they were still waiting to see the,
It seems strange that this happens, any one got any theories as to why?

So far really enjoying FNL, haven't fallen in love with it, but I like it lots
This is superior tv folks, so well written and acted. I am only on Episode 10 but even though I know nothing about American Football, it has really grabbed me. Not sure why I haven't fallen in love it, will it grow on me even more through the coming seasons to you think?

We are quarantined with suspected swine flu, oh what a great start to the Summer holidays.

My four year old is on tami flu with a temperature and runny nose and cough,  prescribed after  speaking to the gp yesterday on the phone. This is the new procedure they don't want to see you ,but diagnose over the phone. I am coming down with some thing, and the other two have runny noses and coughs but no temp, or not high enough to meet the criteria. We don't even know if he really has it, as the symptoms could mean any kind of virus, but at the moment Swine Flu really seems to be taking hold in the UK, and although still pretty mild for most sufferers there is  a feeling of anxiety around.
As well as feeling anxious about if from a health point of view, it's just miserable as it's the first week of the school holidays here, and typically it is pouring down. So not only can I not take them anywhere, I can't even get out of the house and let them play in the garden.
I have ordered some dvds from Amazon and suspect that the telly is going to be on a lot. At the moment they are all playing with toy castles and fortressed, I reckon this should keep them going for at least 5 minutes....


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