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  1. A classic and a favourite which never fails to put me in a good mood. Especially the uncut version with the instrumental piece at the end. Hope you had a lovely birthday, Com
  2. Hope you and your loved ones are faring well with the bush fires.ย 

    Happy new year, and thanks again for the great stories, you've posted, that I have had the chance to re-read and enjoy this past week.

    1. Graeme


      Thank you! The fires are near us, but so far we haven't needed to evacuate. We're keeping an eye on them, though.

  3. Hope this isn't considered bumping the thread? I've just seen this post. My first Doctor was Peter Davidson. But I was too young to remember his episodes. My parents are Whovians. I was raised watching the show, just as they were when they were children. My mother saw the very first episode on television as a little girl. Least favourite Doctor? I've enjoyed them all at least a little. But I suppose I enjoyed fewer of Colin Baker's stories than any others. Favourite Doctor? That has changed recently, from Tenant to Smith. The more I re-watch old episodes, the more I find myself enjoying Eleven's run more than any other. But Ten's and Twelve's runs were both excellent too. I want to enjoy Jodie's run, but I just haven't bought into her yet. Still, it's early days. Hopefully her second season will be the one to win me over. I didn't enjoy Twelve's first season either. But his last two, I did. Coincidentally, season 12 starts tomorrow.
  4. That happened with me too. Haha He has an appealing personality.
  5. I've never heard of the guy before, but he's really popular on social media, with 6 million Youtube subscribers, and 8 million on Twitter. I saw him trending on Twitter, and his coming out story was well put together, and rather funny.
  6. Almost finished listening to the audiobook 'The Quarterback', by Mackenzie Blair and narrated by Greg Boudreaux. Synopsis. Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative dean of athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks heโ€™s kept his secret well hidden, until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him. In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages - without happy endings - to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure. Matt needs to keep his scholarship, win the National Championship, and survive his asshole father. Instead, he falls in love. Trevor needs to accept that the football god is meant to end up with him rather than a perky cheerleader. Itโ€™s time for a "happily ever after" for both of them. While some can argue that there's nothing brand new to the plot, it has been a good listen. I would recommend it.
  7. I enjoyed the first two. The last episode was OK. It didn't really feel like Black Mirror. My favourite episodes are The National Anthem & White Bear, from the earlier series. I like the shock factor in the show. Those two episodes are unlike anything else I've seen on TV. But Smithereens from this series is very high up on my list, too. Very intense, and made me get quite emotional at the end.
  8. That's exactly how I feel. I would have been happy with 5 or 6, like the past couple of seasons. But 3 episodes after more than a year's break, really sucks. That said, I think the shorter series might have been sacrificed for much better written episodes. In series (seasons if you're in the US) with 20+ episodes, some of them feel rushed out, like something in a factory. Episode after episode pumped out without great care given to the episodes. Black Mirror episodes feel meticulous in the writing and production. Even if the plot didn't win me over in some of them. The quality of the episode itself has never let me down.
  9. No planned vacation for me, but I do live on the beach, and I am down on it almost every morning. Usually on long walks to try keep in shape. It's a tourist spot so there's ice cream parlors, a couple of pubs and restaurants to stop at, too. That said, the weather here's not that great. We're lucky if we get more than a few weeks of "summer weather".
  10. First of all, this is my first topic, so I'm not sure if it's in the right place. Second, I'm pretty rubbish at writing in-depth reviews without unintentionally dropping spoilers, so I tend to err on the side of caution and keep it vague. I've only seen the first episode of season 5, so far; "Striking Vipers". It was a pretty wild episode, really well written, well produced and the actors did an amazing job, too. It also touched upon one or two themes that might be relatable with many readers here. But again, I don't know how much to reveal about those themes without spoiling them, so I'll rely on the wisdom in any comments below to figure that out. Do you watch the show at all? And if so, have you seen any episode of the new season? It's an anthology series, so with Black Mirror you can watch it in any order. Each episode is a stand alone. (with one exception; the season 4 finale).
  11. I haven't read it yet, but it sounds interesting. I've added it to my bookmarks. ๐Ÿ™‚
  12. Another recent read (listen) was an audiobook called Straight Boy. By Jay Bell It's exactly what it sounds like, a gay boy with a crush on a straight boy. But it's also much more than that too, as it takes on some serious issues. Part romance & friendship, with some thriller going on in the background, which sees the main protagonists face some serious danger.
  13. I've just finished re-reading C James' work, for the third time over the last ten years or so. They're all really good, but I particularly recommend 'Circumnavigation', and 'Let The Music Play.' I'll attach them as well as a couple of other great stories I've enjoyed.
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