Sunday, May 27, 2007

Daisy and the Doctor

Did you see it? Were you watching? Dr Who last night on BBC1. Just when I had almost given up hope, they come along with this smashing episode - certainly the best episode of series 3 and possibly one of the best in the whole new series!

The dashing Doc

The story goes - The Doctor and Martha are being chased by this dangerous family of aliens who want (or need) a Time Lord to survive. In order to prevent being hunted down to the ends of space and time (they have his scent) he uses his chameleon machine to become human (if only Rose had known about that!) storing his Time Lord consciousness in a watch (a time piece - get it!). Then he jets off to 1913 England and becomes a school teacher in a boys school, with Martha as his maid, where he quickly falls in love with the school nurse, lonely widow Matron Joan.

Matron Joan - AKA Daisy Steiner

The episode is the first part of a two parter, so unfortunately I will have to wait til next Saturday to see the exciting conclusion. However, I have a few exciting things of note about the episode. The love interest for the Doc in the episode is none other than our own beloved wanna be writer - Daisy Steiner - passing herself off as a nurse, Matron Joan!
Daisy Steiner

But what of Tim Bisley, I hear you say? Indeed, what of Tim? For those of you who don't remember, Tim and Daisy pretended to be a couple to rent an apartment together (Daisy struggling writer, Tim aspiring comic book artist) and struck up a strong friendship which hinted at something more.

Tim can't believe the news

Despite two seasons of Spaced, Tim and Daisy never got together (romantically) but I lived in hope. Now I know there is a new man in Daisy's life, I am sad that I will never see her with Tim, but if she wasn't to end up with him, I couldn't be happier to see her in the arms of the Doctor.

Daisy and her new man - the Doctor

In other news, I really love the 1913 fashions they have in this episode. They are so flattering - to male and female alike - and are very dignified. I love the dress Daisy wears to the dance and Martha, the Doctor's companion, looks so much better in the old fashioned clothes and make up than she does in the modern slap.

1913 Martha

2007 Martha

Friday, May 25, 2007

Shantastic News!

I was in Waterstones in Scotch Hall in Drogheda yesterday and I heard some SHANTASTIC NEWS! Darren Shan, teenage horror author, will be in Waterstones signing copies of his new book 'Blood Demon' on Thursday 7th June from 4pm - 5pm. I am going to go and get black t-shirts made up with Shan-tastic on the front in glittering letters and I want to get a photo of me and Darren together. Would anyone like to come with me, we could get a group together (all wearing t-shirts) and make a day of it! Email me if you are interested, it'll be fun!

On a less happy note, the third part of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein titled Dead and Alive, isn't out yet (the reason why I was in Waterstones yesterday) and looking up Amazon today I found out that the release date has been bumped til next year. Shame.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Welcome Toffee!

The newest canine companion to the Murphy family arrived yesterday. Her name is Toffee and she is a baby black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is a very friendly, adventurous, out going little pup who has already bonded with her master, Madeline, and who almost knows her name (after only 24 hours!) She has yet to meet the Blackrock hounds, so all that fun is in front of her!
Welcome Toffee, and wishing the best of luck to Madeline in her dog ownership.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The lesson I have learned

Is that you should always bring your book with you. I went for lunch with a friend the other day and I brought my book with me, but left it in the car once I arrived at the meeting point, because I thought I would hardly need it while eating lunch. How wrong I was. Half way through eating, my friend popped out for a few seconds and didn't return for fifteen minutes. That was precious reading time lost because of not being prepared. And then, this morning, I was waiting for my mum while she went into the shop and AGAIN, I didn't bring my book with me and lost out on minutes of reading. In future I am going to keep a book on me at all times. I might have to strap it to my body to achieve this, but if it must be done, it will be done. Maybe I could invent the first book holster.

Book Pledge: 33/150

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Writing Competition

the RTE Guide in association with Mills & Boon are running a writing competition. These are the guidelines for entry: -

'We are looking for a romantic story or between 900 and 1000 words with a beginning, middle and happy ending, an innovative plot and a strong focus on the central characters.'

They aren't looking for much, are they?