birdienl: (Winter)
Happy New Year, dear friends!
As has become a bit of a tradition for me, here are my thoughts on the Christmas specials of 'my' shows.
This was the first time since 5 years that there was no Downton Abbey Christmas special, which felt a bit sad, to be honest. Especially as this was what I would always watch with my sister and we haven't really found anything to replace it.



Doctor Who: The return of Doctor Mysterio
Beware of spoilers! )



Call the Midwife:
Beware of spoilers )
birdienl: (Dr Who)

This booklet is part of The Pop in Culture series of Bible studies in which pastor Matt Rawle finds insight and inspiration in pop culture classics. In twenty short inspirational chapters, stories from Doctor Who are connected to Bible passages that teach us about who we are, how we have to understand time and how we live in a world where evil seems to reign.

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birdienl: (Winter2)

A bit late maybe, but I've been busy 'holidaying'! Still, here are my thoughts on the Christmas specials this year!

Doctor Who: The husbands of River Song
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Call the Midwife
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Downton Abbey: The finale
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birdienl: (Winter2)
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

1. Hello dear people! First of all, a wonderful Christmas to you and your loved ones and a happy New Year!

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birdienl: (Jane Eyre)
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

1. Hello everyone, I hope you´re all doing well and enjoying autumn! My life is rather busy and stressfull at the moment (see 2), but here and there I've been finding time to enjoy the beauty of this season, if only during my commute to and from work! Here, have a picture of the view from my livingroom window, it's quite nice if I say so myself!
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birdienl: (Christmas)


My thoughts on the Christmas Specials from our beloved British shows from this year:

Beware, there are spoilers here!

Downton Abbey: A Moorland Holiday:
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Call the Midwife:
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Doctor Who: Last Christmas:
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birdienl: (Autumn)
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows
book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing
exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

1. I have a new phone, yay! After struggling with a slow, always full and often crashing Alcatel phone for ages, I now have a lovely, fast Samsung Galaxy Core on which I can download all the apps I want and still have lots of GBs of memory left! There's just one little downside to this: about half a year ago I was browsing through Etsy and came across some great, classic literature inspired phone cases. I then decided: when I get a new phone, I'm buying one of these cases. Unfortunately, these cases are only made for standard model phones like iPhones and Galaxy S. So now my great new phone is dressed in a boring black case, all I could find for this model (#firstworldproblems)
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birdienl: (Summer)
         Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows
book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing
exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

For a while now I've been looking for a 'format' to talk a little bit more about real life stuff or just small observati ons and shout-outs that I'd like to make which don't fill a whole post. I think this weekly blogging event is just what I need for that! I hope to make posts like this more often (though perhaps not weekly...)

1. Tomorrow I'm going to visit a traditional country market. There are going to be demo's and workshops of old farming techniques, cooking and crafts, rare animal breeds and lots of stand with interesting traditional products. The weather promises to be good and it all takes place in an open-air museum. I'm really looking forward to it!

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birdienl: (Winter)

My thoughts on the Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Doctor Who Christmas Specials for this year!

Beware, there are spoilers here!
Downton Abbey )Doctor Who )Call the Midwife )


birdienl: (Dr Who)
It's that time of the year again, when many regular tv shows end for the season.... Here are my thoughts about the finales of the shows I watch. Be aware there are spoilers under the cut!



Doctor Who series 7

It better be important. I was in the middle of destroying some very pleasant primitives )



Grey's Anatomy season 9
You made me a better doctor tonight, Dr. Webber. Thank you. )



Once Upon a Time season 2

Shall we stop this thing now, and then resume bickering. )



The Good Wife season 4

You promise me that you will never put me through the same thing again. )

And now for the really important question: what shall I watch over summer? I'll of course 'work' on my period drama watch list, but I would also like to watch at least one longer series. A few new series started this year about which I've heard lots of good on blogs and here on LJ. Will you help me decide which one I should give a try?

[Poll #1914316]
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This year I had quite a busy, but exciting schedule of Christmas tv, not one, not two, but three Christmas Specials to watch!
I thought this warranted a small post with my thoughts about them! As you will understand, there are spoilers about under the cut(s)

Doctor Who

I just love the Doctor Who Christmas specials taking place in Victorian England, they are the best! I liked the continuity of seeing the Doctor forlorn after he 'lost' the Ponds and not happy and jumping around. I loved the introduction of the new companion, her interactions with the Doctor and her acting in general. I believe Jenna-Louise Coleman is going to be so great! The monster/mystery part suffered a bit from the introduction of the companion. While it could've been a wonderfully effective idea to make snow scary (really, what simple commonplace things can't Doctor Who make scary?) and while Richard E. Grant was very chilling, I thought the story somewhat confusing and the ending unsatisfactory. Was the snow meant to be an alien lifeform? Or was the monster meant to be a bodyless lifeform which inhabited the snow? Lastly, nice to see Tom Ward sporting a beard, it suits him, he should play in period drama more often!


Downton Abbey

Almost a perfect special, I would have to say, even if it didn't take place at Christmas. If... you don't count the last two minutes obviously. I really loved the episode in general: a nice balance between Downton and Scotland scenes, a storyline for practically all of the characters, lots of fun, happy scenes, but also some more serious character development and pretty visuals of the Highlands and the Thirsk fair. I felt a bit sorry for Dr. Clarkson, I've always thought he and Isobel would be good together. I was glad to see Mrs. Hughes being the star of downstairs as usual, she really is the kindest and the wisest. But, about the ending.... I must admit I was spoiled, at my own accord. I'm sort of glad I knew, that way I could mentally prepare myself. I thought it a horrible way to end a festive special. And a horribly lazy way of storytelling as well. Really, Tom and Sybil's baby is born and Sybil dies and now with this baby Matthew dies?? It reeks of the last season of McLeods Daughters

(when Alex died just before Stevie gave birth)

, which I never forgave the writers for. I think this kind of writing is a sure sign a series is going downhill and I will seriously consider whether to watch series 4 (but probably give in in the end). I have read it around the www a lot of times today, but it would've been better to have ended Downton Abbey with this special, minus the last two minutes.


Call the Midwife

Beautiful, poignant and sad in equal measure, as all the episodes of this wonderful series so far have been. It was great to see Chummy and Peter married and being cute together! There was some really pretty cinematography, especially the scene alternating between the nuns of Nonnatus House singing in the chapel and the baby being born. While the story of Mrs. Jenkins was terribly sad, it was hopeful to see, that while there was still a lot of poverty in this part of London in the 50s, things had changed for the better and there were ways and means to help people like Mrs. Jenkins. The 'cases' of the special seemed to overshadow the stories of the midwifes a bit, none of them got a real development in this episode. Well, we've got series 2 to look forward to for that, I think!

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