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!

More... )
birdienl: (Tea answer)
The series I regularly follow have all finished for this year and I wanted to give my quick thought about all the season finales.
Be warned, there are spoilers about the last episodes of the mentioned seasons under the cut!

Grey's Anatomy season 10

I have to finish something here. Nothing feels finished. None of it feels finished. )

Once Upon a Time season 3

What the hell are you doing? You're depriving me of a dashing rescue. )

Elementary season 2

You have this kind of pull, like gravity. I am so lucky that I fell into your orbit. )

The Good Wife season 5

They just said they're going to destroy us in 48 hours. That changes everything. )

 And now it's time for some summer viewing! I have already started with some short period drama series I didn't get to watch when they aired, but I also want to try something new contemporary. Will you help me decide what to watch?

[Poll #1971206]
birdienl: (Winter)
Which TV shows did you start watching in 2013?
I started watching Elementary and I watched the first three seasons of Primeval over the summer months. I also watched a good few miniseries, one of them BBC's The Village and ITV's Mr. Selfridge, which I believe are getting second series

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2013?
None really... I haven't watched the second series of The Paradise yet, but I definitely will. I also hope to finish watching season 4 and 5 of Primeval. Two long-running series that I watch unfortunately ended in 2013: Foyle's War and Inspector Lewis (though you never know with Foyle's War I guess)

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2013? Why?
There are always going to be shows I hear about, which are recommended by fellow bloggers etc. Arrow, Beauty and the Beast and Nashville are on my 'might be interesting' list. But for now I just don't have room for another long running show...

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2014?
I'm interested in The Mill, a Channel 4 mini-series about mill workers during the Industrial Revolution which I believe hardly anyone has seen.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2013?
For miniseries, I was least impressed with The Village and World without End. The first because it was just too dreary and hopeless, the second because the writing and acting were sooo bad it was laughable. For long running series, I was definitely not impressed by Doctor Who's 7th series (some episodes excluded). I'm so done with Moffat's writing style....

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2014 unless things significantly improve? And which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
Last year I answered The Good Wife to this questions (first part), but it has really improved this last season! I might sometimes think about letting go of Doctor Who, but I probably wont. The good thing about DW is that it can be so vastly different from episode to episode, there are always some in a series you will enjoy.

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2013?
There is is again, the most difficult question of these kind of memes... Let me at least split it into mini-series and recurring series. For mini-series I'll say The White Queen. I know it was not very historically correct, but it was just so pretty and enticing etc. For recurring series I thought Call the Midwife series 2 was absolutely great: wonderful acting, poignant subjects mixed with the appropriate lightness and great period detail. But I can also say The Good Wife, because I was getting so bored with it a year ago, but now I'm totally into it again!

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]
birdienl: (Once upon a time -D/M right)
Which TV shows did you start watching in 2012?
Next to a lot of 'one-of' miniseries I started watching Call the Midwife and The Paradise, both of which will have a second series in 2013 and these I will certainly be watching. 

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Which TV shows did you let go of in 2012?
I watched the first 1,5 season of the Australian 90's show Snowy River in 2011, but I didn't follow up on the next seasons in 2012. There were just so many other (newer and shinier *grin*) things to watch!

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2012? Why?
To first answer the 'Why?': so many shows, so little time... I wanted to watch The Hour before the second series started, but I've still not done this and also Wartime FarmThe Bletchley Circle and World Without End have already been broadcasted and are on my 'to-watch' list. I also thought about adding a comedy series to my 'tv-diet', but I haven't done that yet....

source tornamiadir @ tumblr

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2013?
Whatever period drama the British make! No, just kidding... partly. I'm quite intrigued by the trailers for both Ripley Street and Mr. Selfridge and I still have an opening for a comedy series!

Which TV show impressed you least in 2012?
For miniseries, I was least impressed with Birdsong, which was 3 hours of sheer sadness and mediocre acting (not all the actors though, but enough to annoy me). For recurring series... I don't know. Downton Abbey series 3 was not perfect, but much better than the second series. Grey's Anatomy, already in it's 9th season, continues to surprise me with character development and interesting plots (though sometimes they make the mistake of killing of beloved characters). Maybe I'd have to say The Good Wife, which, still a very strong series, disappointed me with the slow-moving storylines of the main characters.

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2013 unless things significantly improve? And which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
Well, after the Christmas special I'm sorely tempted to give up Downton Abbey next series. Though I think I'll change my mind after a few months and when the promotional material of the fourth series becomes available. I'll never leave Grey's Anatomy! After the end of season 8 I wanted to for a while, but then upon viewing the first season 9 episodes, I realized it's still a series with great potential and characters I care about. 

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2012?
Pfft, such a difficult question! I was very invested from the start in Once Upon a Time and loved it more and more as the season went on. But, to use the motto 'It's the small things that count', I was highly impressed by the little-known mini-series The Young James Herriot, about the student years in the '30s of the later famous vet James Herriot, and Nick Nickleby, a modern adaptation of the novel Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.

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birdienl: (Default)
Some thoughts about the seasons endings of the shows I watch regularly. Be aware there are spoilers under the cut!! 

The Good Wife season 3
The law is an odd thing )

Once Upon A Time season 1
I just talked to Rumplestiltskin and the Evil Queen about a quest to find magic! )

Grey's Anatomy season 8
Don't give me some nonsense about how absence makes the heart grow fonder )
birdienl: (Default)

More icons from Emma and banners from multiple movies and tv-shows, hanging around on my hard-drive.

1-3: Emma (2009) episode 2
4-21: Emma (2009) episode 3
22-23: Lark Rise to Candleford banners
24-25: Little Women banners
26: Jane Eyre (2006) banner
27-29: Far from the Madding Crowd banners
30-33: Grey's Anatomy banners


Knightley indeed! Never seen him in her life and she calls him Knightley! )

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