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Finally…

Posted: September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

I have managed to find turok for the n64 for under £5.00.

I knew this day would come.

I just knew it.

Hey…

Posted: September 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s me again…

Plain, to see again…

Please can I see you every day…

I’m a fool again…

I fell in love with you again…

Please can I see you every day…

 

 

Most of them are fairly gash, let’s be honest.

But one or two over the years have been ok in my opinion, here they are:

Magdi Ruzsa – Unsubstantial Blues


Getter Jaani – Rockefeller Street

Those two aren’t even that great.  But they’re the only two I’ve ever heard that I thought were half decent.  Ever other song I’ve heard on that show is not officially what you would term ‘music’.  Anyway I don’t watch it for the music, I watch it for Terry Wogan’s amusing commentary… He’s not on it anymore?  Oh well, I’ll just watch Twin peaks or something then.

Ok, it’s Saturday night, I’m watching Con-Air, so let’s pause the retro countdown to focus on the amazingly talented actress:

Karen Gillan.

I just watched her debut in Season 5 of Dr Who.  The new Dr who, Matt Smith is very talented and very funny, but Karen is the best ‘assistant’ that Dr who has ever had.

She’s feisty, she’s kick-ass, she’s amazing, she’s beautiful, she’s Scottish, she’s a redhead, she’s everything anyone could possible want… in an actress.

I saw her play a cool model in something else, but for me she will always be Amelia Pond, the girl who waited.

Classic Pond scene from the who:

Ok, there has been a mistake at ‘These are my thoughts’ Towers.  It should have been a top 9.  I’m angry, I’ve had to fire 5 members of staff over this, but I feel that’s a small price to pay for their error.

Now, back to this, in at… 1.5, I present:

Elizabeth Bennet.

Stats:

Name: Elizabeth Bennet|
Nicknames: Eliza, Lizzie, dearest Elizabeth
Occupation: Doesn’t really have one
Special Skills: Very Intelligent, Student of Human folly, Sometimes gullible, sometimes wise and she’s pretty good at busting Mr Darcy’s balls

So Elizabeth Bennet is a lady from the country, the second eldest of five sisters.  She lives with her mother and father and at the beginning of her little journey neither she nor any of her sisters are married.  Then two eligible bachelors come into town: Mr Bingley (nice man, easy to get a long with) and Mr Darcy (an apparently not so nice man – though he is – and a bit moody).  Mr Bingley immediately falls for Jane Bennett (the eldest) and Mr Darcy and Elizabeth immediately form a tense relationship.

Almost from the moment he meets her, Mr Darcy begins falling for Elizabeth, but she thinks that he is stuck up and rude.  Eliza meets the enigmatic Mr Wickham, and he quickly tells her a tale of woe about when was taken in as a child by Mr Darcy’s family when his own father died.  He was cared for and he explains that Mr Darcy’s father had intended him for a career in the church.  But then the father died and when the chance of that living fell vacant Mr Darcy flat-out refused to give it to Wickham and turned him out.  Elizabeth is outraged and her hatred of Mr Darcy grows.  But all the while her anger grows he is secretly falling more and more and love with her.

It builds to a head and Darcy out of the blue proposes to Elizabeth.  She’s shocked, she hadn’t realised he felt that way, in fact she thought he hated her too.  So rejects him and doesn’t pull any punches as to the reason why.  This is the prejudice part of her tail you see.  She believes this total stranger Wickham and lets it influence her opinion over someone else because she believes it so implicitly.

So, Mr Darcy explains himself in heartfelt letter and explains what did happen with Wickham.  Turns out he’s a bit of dick and tried to marry Darcy’s 15-year-old sister to get at her money.  Bad man.  So Eliza’s opinion begins to soften a little, and she appears to be developing feelings for him too.

At the point where it looks like they’re both going to declare their feelings, tragedy strikes.  Wikham has eloped with Miss Bennet’s sister, the 16-year-old Lydia.  It’s a scandal and one that threatens to ruin the reputation of not only Lydia but all of her sisters by association.  Miss Bennet returns home immediately and she thinks she will never see Mr Darcy again.

But Mr Darcy has been very kind, and at great personal expense he finds Wickham hidden in London and forces him to marry Lydia to save the Bennet’s family honour.  He does all this and insists that it be kept a secret, and he makes Liz’s uncle take the credit for saving the day; he really is a nice guy.

Eliza finds out of course and the two are finally united in the end of one the nicest, most complex love stories you will ever see.

Eliza is a wonderful character, flawed, beautiful, intelligent, prejudiced, wonderful and just amazing.

Here she is in a classic scene having to deal with the rather immense Lady De Burgh…

Darcy’s first, and not successful proposal…


Stats:

Name: Ellen Ripley
Occupation: Lieutenant (first class)
Skills: Evading the ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’, good with a loader and pretty decent at blowing up spaceships
Super Special Skills: Delivers a very good “Stay away from her you bitch!” line to the Alien Queen

Poor Ripley. It feels in a very real way like those pesky Aliens have a kind of vendetta against her; maybe it’s the other way around.

Anyway, Ripley and her crew are in hypersleep aboard the mining ship ‘Nostromo’, on their way back to Earth.  On route, the onboard computer awakens them from stasis in the Reticuli system.  The ship detected a signal from an unknown source and the crew duly head down to the planet it’s coming from and start their investigation. There, they find the wreckage of an enormous Alien spacecraft. Intrigued they head inside and in the belly of this beast they find thousands of eggs beneath some kind of energy barrier.  Humans being stupid, they decide to go under the barrier, one of the eggs hatches and the thing inside attaches itself to said human’s face.

Back at the lander, Ripley is the only one sensible enough to realise that the human with the ‘facehugger’ shouldn’t be allowed back onboard, but she’s double crossed and her injured colleague comes aboard.  So begins Ripley’s constant struggle with these monsters.

You see the facehugger implants an alien inside it’s host, which bursts out of the host in a rather unsavoury manner.   That little dude then grows up to be a rather bad ass predator (not like the predator films).  It has acid for blood (tricky if you’re trying to kill it), is immensely strong, problem solving and in the enclosed environment of a spaceship, it will be the last thing you see before you die.

Ripley is the last human standing in her fight against the Alien.  In one of the most tense scenes in cinema she ends up dumping the Alien out of the airlock and only just surviving herself.

Ripley goes on to fight the Xeonmorphs in Aliens (every bit as good as Alien), Alien 3 (ok, but not as good as the first two) and Alien Resurrection (jesus that’s a bad film).

But all in all, Ripley is the perfect badass female kicking ass out in space.  See the loader fight in Aliens for more details on that.

Here she is…

And a hat tip to the amazing musical score by Jerry Goldsmith in Alien, truly a beautiful piece of music

Stats:

Name: Seven of Nine
Real Name: Annika Hansen
Occupation: Former Borg Drone, Now Human again member of Voyagers Crew working in Astrometrics

To understand Seven you have to go all the way back to her childhood.  Her incredibly brave but incredibly reckless parents decide to take their ship and using this crazy ass semi clocking spy technique they go and study the Borg.  Now, if there’s one group of people you don’t mess with it, it is the borg.  So, they mess with them, and then suddenly one day the Borg realise they’re being spied on and duly assimilate her parents and young Annika along with them.  So begins her life as a drone.

Years later, the Federation starship voyager, on its long long during back to Earth, has to go through Borg space.  That story is a long one, and for another time, but suffice it to say Seven of Nine ends up on Voyager and against all the odds on the way back way.

Now the thing is, Seven is part machine part human at this point, she’s lived her whole life as a drone.  And as a drone she was telepathically linked with the ‘hive mind’.  Bottom line, she was never alone, her thoughts never her own.  Then suddenly, bang, she’s on Voyager, on her own and although she has a crew to get to know, it’s not the same.  So, it’s fair to say she has a tough time adjusting.

On a couple of occasions she tries to get back to her collective, but ultimately she decides to stay.  She is extremely intelligent, hardworking and due to her borg implants is an extremely capable member of the crew.

She makes friends, saves the life of individuals and the entire crew on multiple occasions, she travels through time. But there’s a sadness to her, in some ways she’ll always be on her own and that must be hard for anyone to take.