Thursday, 28 November 2013

Scribbles

I've just been rooting through my ridiculously towering pile of notebooks (am I the only one with a notebook fetish? I fooking love them) of course I need something I wrote in one of them at some point, now so can't find it. Anyway I did find this, I can't actually remember writing it but it must have been during my last bout of insomnia several years ago - it made me smile so I thought I'd share it.

Thursday Night
Dogs barking
Cars starting
Boys shouting
Girls laughing
Doors slamming
Walls shaking
Glass breaking
Sirens wailing.
Stairs creaking
Music playing
Feet running
Heels clumping
House sighing
Baby crying
Him snoring
Cat purring
Me sleeping?
Not fucking likely! 



In other news, no Strictly bloggage this week as I was away at Thoughtbubble, which I will talk about next Whittle Waffle, so I still haven't seen the results show. BUT me and Izobel did watch The Hough and Amber Riley do their show dance on Dancing With The Stars, and though he is slightly clothed for my liking, I'm still liking! Enjoy.


Friday, 22 November 2013

Podcasting Whore!

I had two new podcasts go live today. The first is the latest episode of Everything Starts With 2000AD, my co host this time is the marvellous artist Henry Flint. You can hear us talking about all things Prog 8  HERE and here is the cover and amazing, droolsome, utterly magical centre spread by Massimo Berlardinelli







I also can be found on the latest episode of Geek Syndicate, which is a Thoughtbubble and Doctor Who special...which means I got to chat about comics and Who - two of my most favourite things!
You can listen to that HERE and because I mention this photo of Patrick Troughton - whom I utterly adore you can look at it too, it's toggletastic darlings!

 Oh FUCK IT ..here's a few more PHWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAARRRR!




And here is the clip from The Young Ones that I talk about!


Thursday, 21 November 2013

Strictly Blackpool

Woohooooooo it's Blackpool week. I love this week, I love how hyper excited everyone gets, the OTT nature of it and how it has a sense of occasion. Lovely. Lets rock on...rock on...I'm so fooking funny! Firstly the opening dance with all the little kiddies and the whole cast and the older folks etc was wonderful I utterly loved it. Brilliant and we're off to a flying start

Sophie and Brendan - Quickstep
LOVED it. A very Hollywood quickstep, lovely storytelling and pace and so nice to see her a bit more relaxed and smiling - I think it's a hair thing yer nah. If you pinned my hair back so tight it didn't move for an entire day, I think I'd struggle to appear full o sexy too. But that hair flying wild she's FREE, FREEEEEEEEe! Nice. I also love how she really thanked the extra dancers for catching her so beautiful. Free and well mannered, go Sophie!
Me - 9 Judges 7? 9,9,9

Patrick and Anya - Samba
Those stupid Samba bumjobs I'm surprised we don't have more incidents like this. AWWW I felt for her though. The malfunction just threw them off..I was so sad. Bless em. He has the sexy hips and everything it could've been so good. Ah well there was the remains of a really good dance about it!
Me - 8 Judges 8,9,9,9

Ben and Kristina - American Smooth
CENSORED  ...beautiful facial expressions which made me think CENSORED..oooh and those lifts which couldn't fail to bring to mind CEEEEEEENNNNNNNNSSSSSOOOOOOOOORRRRRED.
HEll YES! Let's have another look at it eh?
Me - 10 (fook off we've had this conversation!) Judges 8,8,8,8

Ashley and Ola - Paso Doble
Cowboy Paso? Really? I thought with - I'll be honest with you - a cynical and bemused air! I kind of loved that. I think they really pulled it off. The best bit is how well Ashley danced with the other male dancers, he really did not look out of place at all and I think that was a brave decision. Bonkers but brilliant!
Me - 9 Judges 8.9.9.9

Fiona and Anton - American Smooth
Although this is her best dance so far it was littered with mistakes, timing issues and awkwardness. Nice frock though! So yer nah, not all bad!
Me - 6 Judges 6,7,8,8

Abbey and Aljaz - Quickstep
Beautiful and joyous, I loved watching this. I loved the bit where she forgot herself a little and started singing. I think there was a bit of gapping, I noticed that too but it wasn't too bad and I think Mr RH was a little hard on these two this week
me - 9 Judges - 7, 10,10,10

Mark and Iveta - Jive
I found that painful to watch I'm afraid, stompy, slow horrid feet. It looked hard work. I watched through my fingers. Still though, 100% better than last week in my opinon! At least it wasn't creepy! Another contender for the Dance Off methinks!
Me - 5 Judges 5,8,8,8

Susanna and Kevin from Grimsby - Paso Doble
My dance of the night, I loved the proper old school feel to both the tone and look of it. I loved the music. It felt so appropriate to Blackpool week. Susanna is really understanding and picking up the 'character' of the dances more now and you can see it in both her reaction afterwards as well as throughout the dance. I just loved it. Also the dude was rocking them fancy pants oooh oooh and talking about pants did you see her flashing hers left right and centre it was a freaking PANTS FEST! More of this type of thing please!
Me - 10 Judges 9, 10,10,10

Natalie and Artem - Charleston
Fab, very stylish absolutely beautifully performed with sense of humour and character. I really should look forward to these two dancing more. But there's something not working for me, there doesn't seem to be that much of a connection between them. Mebbe they're too good. I dunno can't put my finger on it but I really enjoyed the dance and the music choice
me - 9 Judges 9, 10,10,10

RESULTS!

 LOVED the opening dance with the old school feel to it. Brilliant! The bottom two are as totally expected Mark and Iveta and Anton and Fiona. And now for some entertainment oh oh NO NO stop wheeling out bloody bloody bloody BLOODY BLOODY Andre Rieu, he is full of Bill Oddie weirdness that upsets my flight or fight instinct, I can't bloody, bloody bear it. Oh don't worry because here's some more 'entertainment' oh no sorry my mistake it's JLS. WEll, I think my midlife crisis is kicking into old lady grumpy overdrive....erm maybe.

So we wave a goodbye to Fiona and Anton, they had a good innings as we grumpy old ladies are wont to say. I think Mark and Iveta caught a break - let's see how they cope next week!

As is becoming normal here is a video of Derek Hough - this isn't even from a current series but I don't even care because I am borderline obsessed and slightly stalkery!





Thursday, 14 November 2013

Strictly Winkleman

So, reet then. Late due to just watching the results show last night as it was the little ones  birthday at the weekend. Let's do this shit people! First off - my girl crush on The Winkleman is alive and kicking and what a frock me darlings, what a frock!

Ben and Kristina - Jive
Well, hello Sailor! Look, I am very shallow and indeed superficial and I geet find the dude incredibly watchable. Loved the routine and yes it was a little heavy and laboured but really, does it matter? Nope!
Me -7 Judges - 4(Craig was probs in the huff he'd put his top back on...I know I was!) 7,8,7

*note this is the SECOND time Tess has forced a Judge Dredd ref in here  and this makes me like Tess - not because of the hideous joke but I too have a habit of repeating jokes I think are funny over and over again. I am worse than Tess though because I laugh at them too. Hugs for Tess and her SHIT jokes please!

Fiona and Anton - Paso Doble
 This suffered in the extreme because the bastard cameraman from last week was back and this time ON THE WALTZER! Just stop it, it's horrid! Anyway, I dunno if it was because I am mean or seasick but ah didn't like it. She tried really hard but it just wasn't working for me. Lack of polish, lack of passion, a tiny bit stumbly. Just not quite there. Bloody aaaful dress in all!
Me - 6 Judges 5,7,7,7

Abbey and Aljaz - Charleston
Cor, that wig made her look like a hard face coobag didn't it? Aside from that, very cool and stylish rather than comical and fast but I really liked it. A jazz charleston, I approve!
Me - 9 Judges 9,9,9,9

Mark and Iveta - Rumba
 Was that really a rumba though? Really? They went for a comedy angle that just failed abysmally. The Rumba is sexy and passionate and romantic. And although this dance had that in places, it was totally overided by the comedic aspect of the costumes. They both looked ludicrous rumbaring about like the last stragglers at a fancy dress party...go home Mark and Iveta you're drunk!
Me - 4 Judges - 5,6,7(7??? Go home you in all Len you're drunk too!) 5

Susanna and Kevin - Waltz
Sublime. Beautiful, romantic graceful and elegant with lovely storytelling and just stomach hurting, tearwelling loveliness. Not that I welled up I'm a geet hard northern bastard but yer nah, if yer that way inclined like! Lovely!
Me - 10 Judges 9,9,9,9

Dave and Karen - Tango
Heavy and laboured - does it matter? YES, I'm afraid it does. Not because Ben is hotter than Dave that has nowt to do with it. But just every single thing was wrong with this dance except the skirts, I loved the skirts! No passion, not much dancing - walking fast isn't the same thing Dave me little dumpling. Aww love him, and I do but he is being utterly outclassed now and the comedy value always begins to dim when good dancers start being in the bottom two. I think it's time for Dave to leave though his Paso will live forever in my heart!
Me - 4 Judges - 4,6,6,4

Natalie and Artem - Shouldabeenajive
Fainting girl = straight to Blackpool. I dunno how I feel about that. I pass straight to Blackpool...I reckon she would've gone anyway and I'm not sure how any other way is fair it. I just am a little bit ambivalent about the rules here.

Ashley and Ola - Quickstep
LUSH! I utterly loved it, loved the routine, the song the ending. Energetic and entertaining. Ohh he's a dark horse alright, I love it!
Me - 9 Judges 8.9.9.9

Sophie and Brendan - Argentine Tango
That was ...ok. A beautiful and stylish routine, and a very good song choice. Really it could have been amazing  - the opening and closing were beautiful and so was the storytelling. It just really lacked passion and it's such a shame. Such a shame.She just seems detached and that will work for her in some of the other dances but not this one.
Me - 8 Judges - 8,8,8,8

Just cos I miss them muchly this series..here's that Vincent and Flavia ,Argentine Tangoing it up for your viewing pleasure


Patrick and Anya - American Smooth
Little wobble at the end there but overall fooking brilliant. I loved that, it oozed glamour and hollywood and Fred Astaire Full of razzledazzle (aww fooking hell I'm turning into Len!) and amazing lifts and just wonderful. Very exciting choreography from Anya who is some addition to the Pro pack is she not people?
Me - 10 Judges 9,10,9,9

I have written NOWT down about the results show damnit! I loved the opening dance and the singers - that was lovely and I was not surprised by the final two and even less surprised by Dave and Karens departure. I will miss his nutty bloody face though. He has been wonderful, a comedy genius who didn't outstay his welcome. I salute you Dave Myers and will miss you!

Over at Dancing With The Stars central last week was Cher week and she stood in for our Len on the judging panel...this here is the highlight from my biggest current crush in the world THE HOUGH.  PHWOAR!


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Whittle Waffle Episode 3


Listen here


Welcome to Episode 3 which may be even more rambly and rubbish than usual, but right, I didn't MAKE you listen so you have to take at least partial responsibility dude!
Thanks again to the awesome Sally Jane Hurst for my amazing theme tune

Podcasts

For Everything Starts With 2000AD and The Megacast Click HERE
SPBM Special, How Not To Write Comics
Battle Gods of Pod

Reading

Hound of the D'Urbervilles
Dream London by Tony Ballantyne
Comic Heroes
SFX Review for Dept of Monsterology
Doctor Who Magazine

Telly

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Dish of the Day with Peter Davison!
True Blood
Agents of SHIELD
Vikings


Fever Ray

Doctor Who

Doctors Revisited
Web of Fear
The Ice Warriors
Enemy of the World
Just in case anyone thinks I force the kids into watching Auld Who, this is Tala watching Enemy of the World and the picture she drew me later on

Spearhead From Space
Pyramids of Mars
Earthshock and Death of Adric




Knitting and Spinning


Turned on the Cut, spindles

the Wool Room fibre
Nunoco fibre
Mud Puddles
Rosie Scrumptious

Brickless



sockhead hat
Star Trek Socks
The Knitting Goddess
skein queen

PATRICK TROUGHTON WAS HAWT!


Monday, 4 November 2013

Strictly Halloween


Let's kick straight off by talking about the opening dance. I love that everyone was involved, Bruno and his snake hips going mental on a podium always cheers me up. And I loved the little bit of Darcy and Len dancing, and Craig was shimmying like a mo fo in his chair. I just loved it, a real spectacle, in a good way! Woohoo!

 * I forgot to make note of the judges scores for the first two dances - sorry!

Patrick and Anya - Quickstep 
Here man, how brilliant was this? Fab costumes, fab choreography, fast and engaging, the music was excellent. Good job dudes!
Me- 9

Fiona and Anton - Charleston
Was this the most boring Charleston ever? I think quite possibly, except for the deep and meaningful questions it throws up like why are they scarecrows? They don't do anything scarecrowey, there's no hint of comedic scarecrow type dancing of the Wizard of Oz variety. Why do they do that dreadful bit with the hoe's (there's a dirty joke there I'm not touching!) - just why? Why was it so slow, what the hell was the song choice and again, how did that scream 'scarecrow'? What is the meaning of life anyway? This was just, well I hate to say it but, shite. 
Me - 2 

Ben and Kristina - Paso
HOLY SHIT! I think I orgasmed! Did Kristina even turn up? Did anyone remember to look at the dudes feet? I feel bad for objectifying this man in this manner but shut yer face, you did too! I know you did, you dorty get! Here have another look at it - you're welcome! 



Me - 10! (shurrupayerface!) Judges - 7,8,9,8


Sophie and Brendan - Jive
Hmmmm, not Sophie's best dance by far, She's made of knees and elbows here, it's very gawky and not very sharp, but she looks amazing and the ending was beautiful, I loved Brendan's jump, comedy gold! 
Me - 7 Judges - 6,7,8,7

Natalie and Artem - Viennese Waltz
I thought this utterly, utterly beautiful. I loved the concept, the use of smoke to have her emerging from the 'lake' just wonderful, elegant and graceful and gorgeous. Man, she is so good!
Me - 10 Judges- 9,10,9,10 (I loved Darcey and Bruno's high five here!)

Mark and Iveta - Disco Doble
Weird mash up eh? I think Mark can really dance and he had really good presence and rhythm, but I don't think the concept quite worked, Paso should be moody and passionate and commanding and it was too fun for that. I do like him though and it was entertaining
Me - 7 Judges - 6,6,7,6 (harsh!)

*any excuse for Hough Time, here's The Hough dancing the Doble with Glee's Amber Riley on this weeks Dancing With The Stars - it's wonderful - and the picture quality is much better than this still shows!





Rachel and Pasha - American Smooth
Lovely opening (said the bishop to the actress - sorry!). Loved the concept and the choreography and indeed the exquisite costumes here. But, though she received lots of praise, I still thought it looked like she was made of elbows, it was much better but honestly I feel for her, I do, because the girl is just not a dancer and that Pasha has her attempting this is all credit to both of them. So I'm not ending this on a down note here's a picture of Pasha, just in case you forgot what he looks like, ahem.
Me- 6 Judges- 7,7,8,8

Ashley and Ola - Tango
Wow, is Ola choreographing this? If so she's really stepped up this series, this is fantastically entertaining. I loved it. I thought he had the staccato, aggressive nature of the Tango very well. He had the character down and though maybe some posture and footwork problems, overall it was very engaging. I sometime forget about Ashley a little bit, he drops off the radar slightly but I think I'll be paying closer attention now, his best dance so far methinks!
Me - 8 Judges 8,9 erm, that's all I've written down, I must've been distracted by a small loud person...not me mam, Tala!

Abbey and Aljaz - Rumba
I think this is a very difficult dance and she pulled it off very well. She looked beautiful and the dance was elegant and sexy and romantic, her hips divven't really move but Aljaz hid this well by the dastardly move of standing in front of her and attempting a buttock mesmorisation technique, smart man, very smart! 
me - 8 Judges - 8,8,9,9

Dave and Karen - Jive
Well, ye nah what this was like right? It was like they pulled one of them Hairy Bikers offa the telly and made him dance. That's EXACTLY what it looked like to me! Bless him
Me - 4 Judges - 4,5,6,4

Susanna and Kevin - Charleston
Who fucking well knows what this dance was like, I certainly don't! What I think happened was this, the cameramen - who have been quite fabulous this series so far - were kidnapped and thrown in the broom cupboard, where possibly they discovered Gordon the Gopher is still alive, he has been living on spiders and is all emaciated and bald in places and is rabid and dangerous - I'm really worried about those cameramen- I'm just saying. In the meantime doppelgangers, who are complete and total morons took over the cameras and were enjoying the music so much that they all just started spinning like complete fuckers!  I was furious but I've calmed down a bit now - you can tell can't you? 
Judges - 8,8,9,9

THE RESULTS


I liked the opening dance very much, a bit different, whoever is choreographing this week has out done themselves. Good stuff!

Result 1) Abbey and Aljaz. Well, I was utterly gobsmacked by this, really stunned - not expected at all. Aw I wanted to give her a big, fat hug I did.

Result 2) Rachel and Pasha - again I was amazed, I thought she did enough to save herself this week, I was incredibly surprised not to see Fiona and Anton in the bottom 2 this week. 

They really didn't need to do the Dance Off as it was perfectly obvious who was going to go through, Rachel was well aware of that too and that she went out there and danced it better made me fall in love with her a little bit. We'll miss you Rachel and all your elbows, you were a gorgeous, gawky joy to watch!