25 06 2008

It was time for a change and I had big ideas about lots of blogs all together.  I am delighted to say I have finally finished my new site, All Five Horizons.  Please redirect your bookmarks and readers as follows:

All five horizons home pagecomplete feed to all 5 blogs

Journal blog feed

TV and film blogfeed

Music blogfeed

Book blogfeed

Craft blogfeed

All the posts have been imported into the relevant parts of the new blog and this blog will remain up but will no longer be updated.

Thank you to all my readers and I hope to see you at the new place!

The Man Oscars

23 05 2008

Originally posted here.

It has been sometime since I last considered my list. Since it is a popular hit on my blog (people would rather look at pictures of pretty men than read the crap I come out with apparently), I thought I would have another look. I am changing things up though and this time I am picking winners in five different categories. Oh and I will also mention the runners-up so you know how hard it was to make my choice! I have spent WAY too much time on this. Also, I found it really hard to find pics which truly showed off the awesomeness of the guys I chose. I like to think this is because I like them for their 3-D versions more than just their pretty looks. Or it could be because I am one plane ticket away from being a professional stalker.

Best on TV (past):
Michael Vartan as Agent Vaughn (Alias)

For all the wrinkle-brow concern.  For the shoot-em-beat-em holster-wearing goodness.  For coming back from the dead, simply because we demanded it.  And don’t even get me started on when he speaks his mother tongue.

Runners up:

Bradley Cooper as Will Tippin (Alias)
Michael Weatherly as Logan Cale (Dark Angel)
David Boreanaz as Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel)
Bryan Greenberg as Jake Jagielski (One Tree Hill)

Best on TV (present):
John Krasinski as Jim Halpert (The Office, An American Workplace)

Sure, he doesn’t have the Davidoff beach bod of Sawyer or the grufty ruggedness of Jack but the Lost boys lose out to John everytime.  We really mean it when we say sense of humour is important. 

Josh Holloway as Sawyer/James Ford (Lost)
Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard (Lost)
David Boreanaz as Seeley Booth (Bones)
Zachary Levi as Chuck (Chuck)

Best in Music:
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

No-one comes close in this category.  He is ultra-talented, the essence of cool and as I keep telling my husband, I just wish he were our friend.  His voice is yum.

Runners up:

Chris Cornell (Soundgarden / Audioslave)
Justin Timberlake

Best in Film:
Christian Bale

A shameful omission from my previous list and the only Brit in attendance, Christian is hot and deep.  Very talented and also plays a superhero.  I do have a thing for Superheroes.  Don’t tell the feminist inside me.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Josh Lucas
Johnny Depp
Brandon Routh

And in the They Haven’t Made The Cut But They Are Really Rather Charming category:

Joshua Jackson
Matthew Settle
Lee Pace
James Denton
James Tupper
Hugh Jackman (as Wolverine!)
Tom Welling
Karl Urban
Ryan Egghold
Danny Masterson (in That 70s Show – it’s the sideburns!)

And finally, Best in real life (Lifetime Achievement Award):

Ricardo. No Runners- Up.

21 reasons why going out is overrated

14 05 2008

So I think now most of the networks in America have announced their new fall line-up. You can see the full list over here. I have shown below the shows I actually watch/care about:



Pushing Daisies – superb! I love Anna Friel in this and her chemistry with Lee Pace is just lovely.
Desperate Housewives – cool!
Dirty Sexy Money – ACES!

Lost – of course.
Ugly Betty – still not seen the new season. Where has it gone, E4?
Scrubs (ooh moved from NBC) – Season 7 starts on Thursday! EEK!


Men in trees – was to be expected and frankly, I am not too disappointed. I am looking forward to watching the last of the last season when it finally shows over here but I think it had run its course.

October Road – again, not surprised but I am very disappointed. This show had loads more potential. Plus, I loved seeing Bryan Greenberg regularly.  According to IMDB and his blog, he is not going to be stuck for things to do though, which is cool.



NCIS – I am going to start watching the new series although, cute as Michael Weatherly is, his character, Tony, really got on my nerves. So did his girlfriend.


Moonlight – oh man. I liked this show. I am actually quite surprised – I thought the fans’ blood donation drive might have had an impact!



Chuck – Love this so, yay!
Heroes – still have to watch this from mid-season 1 onwards but glad it’s renewing. I just know I will love it when I finally get round to watching it.

The Office – do I need to say it? Oh ok. YAY!
ER – hanging on for the farewell season. I will be glad when it’s over because I have to watch it and sometimes it gets too much on a Thursday night!  


The Office [spinoff] – oooh, can’t wait to hear more news on this.
Kath & Kim – do not see how this will translate to the US. I know I said that for The Office, but it is even more specific, this time to Australian humour and context. I am prepared to see how it goes though…



Simpsons – of course
Family Guy – how superb that this show was cancelled, revived thanks to awesome DVD sales and now is being renewed again!
American Idol – of course
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Bones – superb!!!



Gossip Girl – Love it. Glad it’s coming back.

One Tree Hill – am eager to see the current season (yet to be shown here) – this is the ultimate in guilty pleasure TV – so stupid but fantastic at the same time.
Smallville – how is this show still going? It has gone so weird. I love me some Tom Welling and all, but come on… Maybe I ought to give it another try. I am not even sure it E4 are still airing it. All I see are ITV2 repeats from ages ago.

I am assuming the 24 is coming back since they have started making the new season that got ditched due to writers’ strike/Keifer’s ‘holiday’.  In any case, there is a buttload of TV to watch. 

I am Iron Man

14 05 2008

I had heard good things about this film before I saw it. Wil Wheaton wrote a favourable comment about it and I had heard good things also from friends who had seen it. I was NOT disappointed. It was absolutely superb. It was very funny. Very funny indeed. The script was dynamite. I was so happy to see that Robert Downey Jr. was just brilliant.

The effects were solid and the machine-on-machine fighting blew Transformers out of the water.

Jeff Bridges was excellent and almost unrecognisable (until he starts to talk with that distinctive voice of his) as the benevolent/malevolent Obadiah (what a cool name!).

I loved the sassy Pepper Potts, played very well by the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow. She deserves an award just for the scene near the end where she has to run in extremely high heels! I am loving her red hair too! All this girlie talk trivialises her input in the film and I don’t mean to. She brings a sensitivity, strength and she had great chemistry with RDJ – so much so that ricardo actually commented that he was disappointed they didn’t kiss! Aw he is a Tony/Pepper ‘shipper!

Terrence Howard was superb as the good friend and all-round good guy Jim Rhodes.

I am glad for for times when I forget to look for an actor’s name in the credits. The voice of the computer Jarvis was frustratingly familar and British and I now know is Paul Bettany. I was told to wait though the (very long) credits for a sneaky extra scene at the end and it was definitely worth it (although the scene is not very long so if you do wait, which you should, be prepared!).

I also now want to buy Back in Black by ACDC and Ironman by Black Sabbath!

Goodbye Jason

13 05 2008

Well I have to say, I am surprised not that unhappy that Syesha made it to the top three. I have nothing against David Archuleta but I find him a bit blah (although he has done well for a 17 year old kid). I am expecting it to be a David vs David final. I was a little sad to see Jason go because he was different and cute and quirky but ultimately he just wasn’t good enough so I think it was right that he went. David Cook is still my favourite although he has not performed at his best for a couple of weeks.

Bring on the top 3.

Curiouser and curiouser

12 05 2008

Now that I have had time to digest (I guess!) last night’s episode of Lost (Season 4 Episode 10 Something Nice Back Home), I have some thoughts to share. These will not be particularly insightful but there you go.

  • Sawyer did not get off the island – seemingly by choice
  • Jack and Kate totally hook up, get engaged and then it all starts to unravel due to either Jack’s paranoia or more likely, although less plausibly, some manevolent island-related force which is also making them see dead people. Or they are, as Hurley believes, dead themselves (I don’t buy it though).
  • Juliet realises she is onto a lost cause with Jack.
  • When Sawyer gets back to the beach, he is going to be shouting ‘I told you so’ to Kate
  • Kate still feels something for Sawyer by the time she leaves the island – i.e. her promise which is not explained but I suspect has something to do with Sawyer’s daughter, Clementine.
  • The first flash-forward we saw at the end of last season seems to occur after the scenes with Jack and Kate all loved up and smoochy and sexy and stuff. We are seeing the beginning of Jack’s downward spiral that leads to him listneing to Nirvana on the way to someone’s funeral.
  • Claire is maybe gone forever? Is this why Aaron left the island without her?
  • Does Future Jack know about his relationship to Claire? His outburst “You are not even related to him” (or similar) seems to suggest he does (with an unsopoken “but I am”).
  • Why did Charlie tell Hurley to tell Jack that he not raise Aaron?

This was a superb episode with some answers but a lot more questions. The Jate opening was very squee-worthy (I am sure a whole bunch of ‘shippers went into shock on see this). It feels like we are getting close to some answers but as we know there are still a couple more seasons I think we are going to have to be very patient to find out everything. Oh and, bonus points for figuring out the significance of this blog post title!


11 05 2008

Jack. Kate. Shower. Kissing. Future Sex. Mind. Blown!!! I am still watching this episode (Something Nice Back Home) so I have no idea of context but OMFG! Oh and beach-side appendectomy? Yuck.#