Clip of the week #blogjune

What do get when you combine one of the best songs of the 90’s with one of the best tv shows of all time?


I was feeling somewhat forlorn on the weekend. The ABC have been screening Dr Who repeats nightly in anticipation of the new season and they have just finished the David Tennant era.

I have seen this clip before, but it is always worth a visit again, especially to see how many people are involved in creating a TV show! It doesn’t hurt seeing David Tennant again either…

I know people would beg to differ on the whole Proclaimers issue- I am sure my sister Fiona would as I played it  sooo many times when it first came out- but I still have a soft spot for it :).


Another Blogger in the House

An exciting new blogger has emerged on the scene. Master BG has decided to start blogging!

He just started yesterday and after a bit of plugging on Facebook and Twitter, he was stoked to have over 30 views on his first post.

Master BG will write about what he knows and what he likes. His first post was all his work, in his own words. It’s definitely his voice that you hear in his words, or as he put it to his dad, ” It’s like I’m in your head, isn’t it?”

His posts are read by myself or Mr BG, just to make sure that there is nothing which could potentially expose him to unwanted attention. His school have been very proactive in promoting cyber-safety and usually the first question we would ask about posting something is “Is it safe?”

His head is burgeoning with ideas, but we are keen to have him post at regular intervals, and to develop them. At the moment he likes to write lists, and Minecraft and Doctor Who will feature prominently.

Master BG will blog as Seaniclez124

Who, What?

I woke up this morning to the news that Matt  Smith would be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the year in the Christmas Special.

I will be sad to see him go- not as sad as I was when David Tennant moved on (I cried buckets when THAT happened *shamefaced*), but he has been a great addition to the 50 year old TV show.

Doctor Who has always been popular in Australia Shown on the ABC regularly and on repeats, it was guaranteed an audience in our household as a) we were living in Ararat where in the 70s and early 80s all you got on TV was 2 channels and b)my parents had grown up with it.

Australia was also one of the few places where tapes of missing episodes existed in the ABC archives, after the BBC wiped them as a space-saving measure (space-saving measures are as stupid now as they were then).

3 generations of the Bookgrrl family have enjoyed Doctor Who. Master BG was a bit despondent (Matt Smith is his favourite), but was keen to know who the new one would be. His only request is that the new Doctor Who be ‘ginger’.

I’ve also posted a post for today on the Anz23mthings blog on wrapping up Week 4 (yes I have been busy!)

7 discoveries this week

1. My TV antenna is playing tricks with me. It works perfectly fine except at 7.30 on a Sunday night when I want to watch Dr Who. Electricians as a result fail to see the importance of this issue and I have to wait for DAYS to get it fixed.

2. There is a Book Grocer where you can get books for $10. This is a very, very bad thing. They also have very cool wrapping paper which would look great framed…

3. Master BG has started reading Harry Potter and is very intrigued. He is beginning to discover that perhaps the book may be better than the movie, because you can imagine it your own way, rather than the way the director wishes you to see it.

4. It is unwise to leave your mobile on as it will ring during a staff meeting when the Big Boss is present. SHE WILL NOTICE YOU. Then every time you speak, SHE WILL NOTICE YOU.

5. There is nothing so pleasant as a public holiday mid-week- even if it is on the day you are normally off. It is good to spend the day with your family, and reflect upon why you have the day off, while you make your first ever batch of Anzac biscuits.

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6. There is nothing so rewarding as working on a tricky reference enquiry for someone, than learning something about the subject at hand and then being thanked by a grateful person.

7. I am getting a little bit excited about my birthday- because my kids are. I suspect it’s the cake :).


Coffee and catch up

Coffee and catching up #2013pad #happy365

Saturdays are filled with laundry, taking Master BG to soccer and hanging out at home. I had a couple of errands to do and Miss BG accompanied me. We bought some boring decking oil for the verandah, a water bottle holder for my bike (the accessorising begins) and a green tshirt for Miss BG’s first sports day.

We ended the shopping expedition with coffee and a babycino with a lemon meringue tart at a cafe. Miss BG was just as excited as I was to see an article in the Good Weekend about the female companions of Doctor Who, and she was curious to see the other Doctors Who featured in the article.

On the way back home she sang Taylor Swift, talked about Harry from One Direction, then went into her room to play dress up. A good day.

Top 7 Emotional Moments on TV, or when I cry like a baby

I can sometimes be a bit of a wuss when it comes to watching movies and TV shows. You’re sitting there, drawn into the minutiae of a character’s life week after week. You feel you know them, you’ve invested time in getting to know them- then suddenly, they’re not there. I’ve shed a few tears over the years at the demise of a show or a character, with these being the moments I remember beng extrmemly emotional. Not all are sad, though they do make up the majority.

1. When Molly died

A Country Practice was one of the first shows we watched together as a family. One of the more popular characters was Molly Jones, a kooky farmer who was married to Brendan, a male nurse who worked at the local hospital and mother to Chloe. As one of the more loved characters on the show it was sad to hear of her leaving, with Molly getting cancer and dying. Rather than see the character die though, her death was written from her perspective. We see her outside, on a couch, watching Brendan and Chloe play together. Then we see Brendan drop what he’s doing and run towards us. The screen goes black and the last thing we hear is Brendan yelling in an anguished tone ‘Molly!’.

The strange thing about this is when I think about it, I still tear up. Even writing this, I have a tissue handy.

2. End of Lost- Jack’s death

I stuck with this show for years, even the difficult 5th season when Channel 7 yanked it around all over the place. I wanted to know the mystery of the island, the plight of the Others, the Dharma Initiative and who was this dude Jacob. It wasn’t so much the end of the series which got me so much as Jack’s final scene. Dying, he finds himself in the same thicket in which he awoke after having been thrown from the plane when it crashed on the island all those years ago. Looking up he sees the plane in the air- his friends and loved ones are safe. Finally at peace he smiles and closes his eyes with the last frames a close up of his eye, reminiscent of the first frames of the first episode. It’s as if the circle has been completed, a broken man made whole and finally at peace.


3. When David Tennant left Doctor Who

I had always been an avowed Tom Baker fan, but my allegiances did change with David Tennant. His French phrases, his ability to fix any situation with a banana or a cheeky grin left me helpless to his charms. His onscreen comic chemistry with Donna Noble had me in stitches. The final scenes where the Doctor says goodbye to his companions are quite poignant, but it’s his last moments where he says ‘I don’t want to go’ that really had me blubbing into my tissues, much to my kids’ surprise. It was also the first time they saw Mum cry at a TV show, and I don’t think it will be the last.

4. Last episode of Star Trek The Next Generation

I am truly showing my nerdy colours with this allotment of TV shows! My younger brother Andrew was the Trekkie in the house and I ended up watching the show as I had to tape it for him (he was still at school and it was on too late). Captain Picard was quite the hottie- I think it was more the accent than anything else. The final scene sees Picard finally join the senior crew’s poker game with him dealing 5-card stud…nothing wild and the sky’s the limit.

It was a bittersweet ending as it was so successful and it ended on a high- subsequent movies weren’t as successful in their characterisation and ensemble chemistry as the TV series.

5. Last episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

My nerdy credentials are now firmly established :). With a couple of major characters having met their demise, it was tough going- I did have a soft spot for Spike (it may have been the accent) and seeing Sunnydale collapse  into the Hellmouth was very much like the point of no return. And the resulting spin-offs never really did it for me either *sigh*

6. The final episode of Big Brother 2001

Not so much blubbering, but a real sense of loss. I was so hooked on the antics of the first Big Brother, and I wasn’t the only one. I was in Horsham visiting libraries with the lovely Nat. We ended up getting fish and chips for dinner and watching Ben win in Nat’s hotel room. It was a truly bonding experience and we’ve been friends ever since. I certainly felt bereft going home and knowing there would be no Big Brother at 7 o’clock. I ended up watching the ABC news and did so…until the next season of Big Brother :).

7. Whenever Hamish Blake was on Spicks and Specks

Emotional? I nearly wet my pants, with my mascara running down my face with the tears. I don’t know what it is about the guy, he was just FUNNY. He does have nice eyes too, which could help :).

Halloween Happenings

There is something about Halloween that I love. It could be all the Halloween specials from the Simpsons, from Roseanne (who did Halloween specials in favour of Christmas specials), the dressing up, or the really unsavory tradition of walking up to a stranger’s house and asking for lollies (have these children EVER heard of Hansel and Gretel?).

While people may scoff at this ‘American’ tradition and the demise of Australian culture in favour of globalism, I for one can embrace the only time orange can be seen as a truly integral part of a festival.

I’m Irish, many of Mr BG’s forebears were Irish (some even arrived as guests of His Majesty’s pleasure), and I feel I can get away with the whole all Hallows Eve bizzo of ghoulies, ghosties, witches and fairies. It has been a Christian tradition, but also a Celtic tradition known as Samhain, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It’s celebrated with bonfires and crackers (fireworks) in Ireland. In 2001, we were holidaying in Ireland in October and saw the buildup to Halloween, with heaps of crackers for sale. It was one of the first years that fireworks were legally for sale in Northern Ireland, after having been banned.

There will be no crackers tonight, but the kids are getting dressed up, with Miss BG as a witch (for the sake of creche, she was Hermione Granger),

And Master BG with braces, fez and sonic screwdriver as Doctor Who.

There are also some lollies in the cupboard for a ‘treat’ this evening 🙂

My 10 ultimate fantasies

There are times when if you’re feeling flat and tired, and wishing for the never-ending winter to end, that you start to fantasise. They can be incredibly ordinary or extraordinary, depending on my mood at the time :).

1. Coming home to a clean house with well-behaved children greeting me at the door and sitting down to a cooked meal that has been lovingly prepared by Mr BG. After dinner I read quietly to the kids while Mr BG does the dishes and cleans up the kitchen and dining room. The children get ready for bed, go to bed and then stay in bed. I have a long bath which never seems to go cold, hop into my pyjamas and watch Doctor Who on the TV (it’s my fantasy) with Mr BG…

2. Eating dark chocolate and never putting on weight- actually eating any kind of chocolate and never putting on weight…

3. Eating fresh bread and never putting on weight or feeling like I’m expanding like the Michelin Man.

4. Having the ability to spring out of bed when the alarm goes off early in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to hit the gym. (Sorry, I’m laughing as I type this, because I know this’ll NEVER happen).

5. Having the ability to drink my requisite 8 glasses a day without feeling all sloshy inside.

6. Having a laundry and cleaning fairy who does the laundry, vacuums, dusts and tidies everything away, but yet I am still able to locate what I need.

7. Going to Paris to live in a cute little apartment, all by myself (I call this my Amelie fantasy- which also involves zipping around the streets of Paris on a Vespa)

8. David Tennant.

9. Sean Connery, circa Doctor No.

10. Sleep (I also laugh as I type this, as I am never going to get enough!)

What are your fantasies, if I may be bold as to ask?

Suddenly 30

So there I am, back in my old bedroom and I wake up from a weird dream involving Matt Smith as Doctor Who, and whom I’m REALLY happy to see. Which was really weird, because I had been watching ‘Silence with the Library’ which is a David Tennant…and I’m going off tangent…

It was 5:45am and I couldn’t sleep, so I started rummaging through the wardrobe, and dug up an old box of photos. They’re vaguely arranged by chronological order, depending on where we used to live. With Dad being a teacher in the Education Department, we would move every time Dad got a promotion.

I saw photos from milestones such as weddings, baptisms, first holy communions and confirmations. New school photos (and there were a few new schools for me!), old friends and old boyfriends, Christmases past, 21st parties, all of us looking younger, fuller faced and with less or more hair. I’ve grabbed a few to get them scanned and will post them up soon.

Trips down memory lane will often put you into a reflective mood and in tribute to the many who have gone before me, here are 30 things I did apart from #blogeverydayofjune

  1. Op-shopped till I dropped
  2. Got a parking fine (in connection with said op-shopping)
  3. Got very muddy at bootcamp
  4. Got very sweaty at the gym
  5. Got very relaxed at dayspa
  6. Learned how to crochet
  7. Finished knitting a blanket
  8. Started and nearly finished knitting a hat
  9. Discovered I was going to be an auntie and a sister in law (again)
  10. Took Master and Miss BG to the dentist
  11. Made pumpkin scones for the first time
  12. Applied for and got our passports
  13. Drank some very nice red wine
  14. Enrolled Master BG for primary school
  15. Babysat Bill and Trev the kinder budgies
  16. Planted some bulbs in the garden
  17. Pruned 20+ rose bushes in the garden
  18. Scraped ice off the car several times before heading to work, gym or bootcamp
  19. Ate the most delicious macarons from the Lindt shop
  20. Caught up with my mum’s group for the first time in months
  21. Got to know Joomla! all too well for work
  22. Participated in drafting a user survey to understand our users’ information seeking behaviours
  23. Had at least two dreams about Doctor Who (but don’t tell Mr BG)
  24. Made a lamb roast and birthday cake for Mr BG
  25. Watched the entire 3rd season of Mad Men on DVD over a long weekend
  26. Cuddled two little BGs a million times
  27. Yelled at two little BGs a million times
  28. Read some really great blogs
  29. Connected with some really great people
  30. Really appreciated my lovely mum and dad for putting us up at such short notice  last night

OMG- it’s nearly over!

TV or not TV

I’m really getting into these memes- it’s a lovely window into people’s lives 🙂

With thanks to @malbooth

Do you snack while watching TV?
Yes! Cup of tea at night, breakfast in morning

What is your favourite TV show? Doctor Who is my favourite and my best since I can remember
What TV show makes you run to change channels?
Hey Hey it’s Saturday, but who runs anymore? It’s often the case- quick!Where’s the remote?
How do you view your TV guide: online, on-screen, newspaper, magazine, other?
Online during the week and the A2 in the Age on the weekend
Have you ever been surveyed for your TV-viewing habits or do you know anyone who has been?
No, but a friend’s family was surveyed for a week when I was in high school for a week with a diary.
Do you watch TV news and/or current affairs regularly?
I used to be a real TV news junkie, but my husband was against the kids seeing too much death and destruction, so not anymore. It’s usually on at the same time our dinner time is on as well and we don’t want to encourage more TV watching. Will watch the 7.30 report occasionally.
Do you watch any TV “soaps”? (Truth please, even if it is embarrassing.)
No- not anymore. Neighbours was a favourite, but not any more.
What other series shows do you try not to miss?
Doctor Who- I was without TV reception for 2 weeks when we moved house 2 years ago. I got someone to tape it for us. Another house move 10 years ago saw us install the TV first and establish reception so we could watch Survivor that night. And Collectors is good.
Any previous series or shows you really liked?
The Wire, Deadwood, The West Wing, Mad Men, Buffy, Lost
Do you have pay TV or are the digital channels enough?
Digital Channels are enough, but I tend to watch TV shows that were on pay TV on DVD.
Do you only watch certain TV shows online?
Do you regularly use services like ABC catch-up or other online replays?
I’ve used iView once to catch up on a Doctor Who episode (I’m sensing a theme here…)
Do you ever pay any attention to the adverts?
They’re tea-making time!
Do you multi-task while watching TV & if so what else are you doing?
Knitting, snacking, eating brekkie early in the morning.
Is there a TV show that makes you laugh out loud?
Spicks and Specks when Hamish is on. I end up wiping tears from my eyes!

Have you ever said no to a social invitation to stay at home and watch TV? (Truth again please.) Mind telling us what the show was?
I remember having a dinner of fish and chips in a hotel room in Horsham with a database rep, so we could both watch the final eviction from the first series of Big Brother 🙂
Do you record TV shows & if so why and how (VCR, DVD recorder, TIVO, laptop, etc.)?
Don’t record any more- the DVD will come out soon enough…
Least favourite TV personality/actor/character?
Daryl Somers
Most popular TV personalities/actors/character?
Stringer Bell from the Wire, Al Swearengen from Deadwood (You thought I was going to say Dr Who didn’t you? Well…I have a soft spot for David Tennant. Because he’s Scottish. And he’s about a week older than I am.And he was in Dr Who too…)
Have you ever seen anything really memorable on TV (not news/events – made for TV drama, etc.)?
Molly dying on a Country Practice still makes me teary.

Do you prefer TV series or stand-alone shows?
Definitely a series person.

Is there a specific show you find yourself recommending over and over?
The Wire, The Wire, The Wire