Looking back and forward…

Hello lovely geeks,

2014, the year that I didn’t accomplish much.

Yes, that sounds extremely depressing and some of you are probably looking at your screens and thinking: why the hell is she starting off so freaking depressingly? Because, honestly, that’s what my year has been like.

I’ve been horrible at blogging and vlogging this year. I haven’t found any inspiration at all and it’s been killing me. Seriously, I’ve had so much guilt over all of this, and the fact that Mendy still keeps me on here is incredibly nice and I cannot thank her enough for that.
Although, it might console you a little that I’ve been just as crap at these things on my own channel and blog as well.

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In January I was teaching a fourth grade class and it was my first year as a class teacher. It was hectic, it was miserable and it was the most amazing experience all rolled in one. I went to work, came home and planned and prepared, went to bed and repeat. I’d like to say that teaching is the reason why I have been so miserable at updating and all the internet stuffs. During the weekends I was on stage performing in a local play thing, which was very fun.

In February I was sent on a course in Coventry, England to learn more about what I’m supposed to be doing in the classroom. I experienced a lot during those 5 days. I did a lot of shopping, I learnt a lot and I took the train, on my own, in a country that I don’t live in. That doesn’t mean anything to anyone at all but I suffer from panic attacks and most of them are triggered by public transport and specifically trains. So me, leaving the travel party, and going on a train myself to do some last minute shopping before the flight was a very big deal for me.

March, April, May – I have no idea which event happened when as I’m going off of my Instagram feed and am way too lazy to count the weeks and figure that out.
I went to my first ever Science Fiction convention and bought a lot of nerdy things. I saw cosplayers on varying levels and thought that was a pretty cool concept (one that I want to explore in the future) and I met Sylvester McCoy! I got a blow about my education and that it might not be enough to get me a proper job. I also went for dinner with a few friends and I started working out.

June, July and August. Summer was pretty cool for me. I went on a few family trips to places around Sweden and I spent a week at Eurogym in Helsingborg. I was a gymnastics coach at the annual summer camp and I went on a family vacation to Cyprus where we went diving in a blue lagoon and just having the time of our lives. I went back to work after a summer holiday in a new class. I know teach a third grade class which is quite different.

In September I did the ALS Ice bucket challenge, and I had a reunion with my choir that ended in a small concert. We also had an election in Sweden which ended in a total disgrace as we now have a racist party playing a substantial part in all the decisions that are made in our country.

In October I turned 25. I guess that means I’m officially an adult or something. I’m halfway to 50 and I guess I should have a midlife crisis or something. In all seriousness though, I feel the same as I did before my birthday, not different or older at all. I was given a coffee machine and I’m trying to make my tastebuds like coffee….. I’m not doing so well with this.
I also watched the European Championships in TeamGym in Iceland on TV, while my younger sister was actually there!

In November, we rescued a little kitten from the fields outside our house. Her name is Tzucka and she is a handful! I also got sick in November, and honestly, I’m still sick now while typing this up! I also discovered ebay and the nerdy things that you can get from there for no money at all. I was in Heaven!

In December I had a full week where I was sick from school. It was painful to be away from my kids. I got hair extensions put in and I have had a lot of fun with it. I’ve done a lot of shopping during the sales and my bank account is suffering the consequences.
I’m ending this year in rehearsals for the same show that I was in during January. Our premiere is on Saturday and I am so nervous right now as I’m still sick and my throat hates me.

The only thing that I remember telling myself to try and accomplish this year was the reading challenge. I set a goal for 30 books, which in hindsight could’ve been achieved. I’ve read a total of 20 books this year and I’d say that’s fairly good for being me.

So, 2015…. What will be in store for me?
Well, I know for sure that I’ll be performing during January and that we have a few family vacations planned. But that is all I know for sure.
What do I wish for? A better year than this one.
I am wishing for some sort of romance, I’m seriously tired of being alone now.
I’m wishing for being better at blogging. I have a few ideas for concepts that I’m going to have to swing by Mendy first.
I’m wishing for a strict uploading schedule for my youtube channel. With videos every week/fortnight.
I’m wishing for reaching the goals of my reading challenge.
I’m wishing for the ability to live my life and not just dream about it.

And lastly I’m wishing for the unexpected. I’m wishing for surprises and spontaneity. I’m hoping that 2015 will sweep me off my feet and whisk me away on adventures and experiences that I haven’t even imagined or dreamt of yet. And on top of that I’m wishing for the courage to be swept away. I’m also wishing for a good year, one with happiness and laughter in the company of good friends.

2015

Til next time,
keep rocking that geek!

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Looking back on 2014 and looking forward to 2015.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. We agreed to do a, we’re looking forward to 2015 and looking back towards 2014.

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I had a pretty turbulent year. But I guess it was no exception to the past years. The biggest thing for this past year was work related. With the economic crisis and working in mental health sector. The government is planning big reforming plan for 2015 I expected to be out of a job by the end of the year. For me this meant a tight budget, putting all extra money on my savings account, no vacations or extra stuff and looking for a new job.

On the one hand, it’s really scary. I have a house, a mortgage, and a permanent position with my old boss. But I also knew it didn’t meant anything if they wanted to let you go.

I also made plans about going back to school, maybe learning to be an English teacher and getting my CPE degree. Another plan was to move to the UK, because there were more jobs there for my line of work.

Luckily, I could start prepping for my CPE degree the day I decided and I followed a 10-week course, which ended in an exam, which I passed! I am now the proud owner of my CPE degree in the highest level, near native speaker. I was and am still very happy with this degree. It also means that if I want to move to the UK I can!

Furthermore, I went on a job hunt. It had its ups and downs. Loads of companies now a day don’t even bother to send you a confirmation letter any more or even let you know you didn’t get the job.

I ended up with three interviews. One job was a ridiculous low pay, so low I couldn’t even pay my mortgage, let alone groceries and other bills.

Another job I got a second interview, but I felt like it wasn’t for me.

The third interview almost hired me on the spot. I got a call back the same day I did the interview to sign my contract. It also meant I could work lesser hours for more pay. I now work with this company for four months and love it. I found my place, love my work and colleagues and I have a normal boss. Which is awesome.

On landing this job I could book a vacation as well, be it last minute, but I spend 5 days in London with my mum. Saw Martin Freeman perform live on stage. Hugged my bestie at Speedy’s café. Went to the season 8 premier of Doctor Who in the cinema, got my picture taken with a real-life tardis and Dalek and generally had an amazing time, feeling at home again back in London.

2014 was also the year I got back in contact with my dad after a huge fight and me being generally tired of the way he treated me. Things are getting better and he’s coming over for Christmas day this year.

I started Gishwhes, but it was a bust thanks to no help from my temporary roommate.

I started NaNoWriMo but had to give up after two weeks after some health problems. But I did meet new friends, which is epic.

I decided to celebrate Christmas again this year. I wasn’t feeling up to it last year so this year I went all out. Bought the biggest tree I could find and my house is now properly Christmassy and cosy. All ready for the upcoming Christmas days. Yes days. We celebrate first and second Christmas day and I decided to add a third one as well.

First Christmas day was dinner with my dad and his wife, unfortunately no Doctor Who for me, I had to record it. But all in all I enjoyed myself.

Second Christmas day was my relaxing day, prepping for an epic British Christmas dinner for the third Christmas day and going out to dinner with my mum.

The third Christmas day was my epic British Christmas dinner with some friends roasted a turkey for the first time and it worked! I roasted a turkey! And juggled with loads of side dished and we had fun with dinner, friends and playing Sherlock cluedo and Doctor Who monopoly afterwards.

This year I lost some friends and gained some friends. It was a year with high highs and very low lows. I struggled, fought, cried, rejoiced, enjoyed and laughed. Unexcitingly reached my reading challenge. I knitted and crocheted until the burn marks from the year were etched in my fingers.

I had a super quick December visit to London again. Bought loads of stuff and can’t wait to go back.

And I have good hopes for 2015.

I have the feeling I’m closing off some stuff from the past. I turned 31 this year and now own my very first Dalek.

I have very high hopes for next year. Hopefully finding some love, blogging more, enjoying more, celebrating more. Attending my first con. Going back to London, getting a renewal for my contract and who knows?

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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2014 – The Year of The Epic Fail?

So, as inevitable as the turning of the wheel another year has come round again and soon it’ll be goodbye to another year.

Why the slightly pessimistic tone of the title for this post?  Well, like a lot of other people, I decided on some New Year’s resolutions.  Read 40 books… child’s play!!!  Read all of the Sherlock Holmes adventures in a year alongside them… a doddle!!!  And it was when I started the year.  But then, “real life” creeps up and things happen.  As John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans”.  (Also, I had big problems with Goodreads which prevented from me logging my books on).

Both challenges went by the wayside by the middle of the year and, as I imagine what happens to a lot of people, I didn’t feel the inspiration to catch up – partly due to falling behind and partly due to things that we’re going on behind the scenes.

 

That said, it wasn’t all doom and gloom.

On the television front:

  • “Sherlock” came back with three fantastic stories and a great addition to the cast in Amanda Abbington as Mary Morstan/Watson.
  • Peter Capaldi took the controls of the TARDIS in the latest series of “Doctor Who”.  Admittedly, this series has been a bit of a mixed bag but I’m really hoping that Series 9 will get the show back on track especially as Capaldi is looking to inject some of the fun back into the role again.
  • I got addicted to the latest show in the DC television universe in “The Flash”.  I have to admit that I’ve only watched one episode of “Arrow” (the cross over episode with “The Flash”) and it wasn’t to my particular taste, but I do love the fantastical elements of “The Flash” and Grant Gustin is making for a likeable lead in Barry Allen.
  • And right up to a couple of weeks before Christmas we get the wonderful BBC three part series “Remember Me”.  I mean, who would have thought of former Monty Python star Michael Palin tackling such a brilliant supernatural drama.

At the cinema, it was a bit of a mixed bag this year with some truly brilliant films such as “The Imitation Game”, “Chef”, “Paddington”, “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy”; some films that promised to be great and didn’t really deliver such as “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”; and some which were pretty awful – yes, “Nativity 3: Dude, Where’s My Donkey?”, I mean you.

On the personal front, although my reading challenges were a bit of a fail, I did take up the challenge of running my first 10K run in over twenty years.  Okay, a time of nearly one and a half hours could be seen as slow, and it was to me considering that I had trained for eleven weeks beforehand, but I was proud that I’d made it round at all given that I had turned 42 a week earlier.

My breaks away this year have been a little less epic than previous with a couple of athletics related trips to Sheffield and Birmingham, a trip to the historical city of York (which I would recommend to any history buffs – if anybody who hasn’t been to York before says that they can’t fill a week there, then there’s something wrong with you) and a break in the Cotswolds where I visited places like Warwick Castle, the Black Country Museum in Dudley and the Severn Valley Railway.  Not only did I manage to do all that cool stuff, but, just to top it all off, I also managed to bump into Mendy for breakfast and a catch up whilst I was on an overnighter in London.  I really hope that we get a chance to catch up again sooner rather than later for a bit longer than breakfast at the renowned Speedy’s Cafe (who do a great coffee and toast… plug plug).

 

Speaking of Mendy, I’d like to say how great a friend she’s been this year… and not because she’ll be reading this blog post.  There are some friends who you go to in times of trouble and you just want to have a laugh and a joke… and then there are friends like Mendy who will do that, but also give you the metaphorical arm around the shoulder whilst giving you help and advice without sugar coating it.  (For want of a better phrase, kicking my arse).  I have needed that this year and I’m glad that she’s been there for me when I have needed it.  Thank you, Mendy.

 

So, on to 2015.

  • Yes, yet again, I’ll sign up to do a Reading Challenge next year but I’m not going to beat myself up if I succeed or not.  I’ve already managed to snag myself plenty of books over the Christmas period which I’m looking forward to reading, including some of a geeky disposition.  (Yes… finally, I’ve bought the “Doctor Who” book “Engines of War” after everyone has been raving about it plus “Good Omens” after Mendy told me how good it is).
  • There are already a few films on the horizon for 2015 that have me in eager anticipation – “The Theory of Everything”, “The Woman In Black 2: The Angel of Death”, “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron”, “Terminator Genesys” (featuring some bloke called Matt Smith – he was big in television last year), the latest 007 offering “Spectre”, “Insurgent”, “Paper Towns”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2″… Oh and a little film called “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
  • Despite my concerns about Series 8, I’m looking forward to the return of Doctor Who later in the year with the enigmatically titled “The Magician’s Apprentice”.

On a personal note, I already have some breaks away planned, both athletics and non-athletics related including an epic trip to Ireland followed shortly after by a trip to London, both of which I’m really looking forward to.  I’m also looking to get back into running after the festive break, not only to get myself to get fitter but with the intention of tackling another 10K later in the year.

 

Finally, I just want to wish you all a happy, healthy and geeky 2015 and thank you, dear readers, for continuing to support the blog.

Goodbye 2014, hello 2015!

Hello everyone!

Another year has gone by! Time goes so fast! And what a year it has been. I’ve learned one thing: I’m terrible at New Year’s resolutions. I had 4 last year, and I failed at all of them. YAAAAY.

1) Participating at NaNoWriMo – Well, I did participate. I went to meetings. But I failed miserably when it comes to wordcount. But it was fun, so I’ll try again next year!
2) I didn’t set a goal for how many books I wanted to read, but I wanted at least to be reading a book at any point in time. I could take as long as I wanted to finish the book, but when I finished it I wanted to start reading another one instantly – I failed so hard at this one. I’ve finished one book this year. ONE. I’m a terrible person.
3) I wanted to follow at least 1 anime every season – This one worked out pretty well actually. Until the fall season started that is. I was way too busy with university and watching other series to also follow an anime. That said, I did continue watching ongoing anime, so I didn’t fail 100% at this one.
4) I wanted to visit the cinema at least once a week – That didn’t really work out too. Sometimes there are a lot of good movies at once, and sometimes none. I did go to the cinema frequently though.

That said, I am not going to make New Year’s resolutions for next year. You’ll understand why by now. But enough about what I didn’t do last year! Now it’s time for what I did do!

A lot of things changed in my personal life. I finished my internship and I finished my first master, after that, I started on my second master which I just finished last week. Go me! I went to Paris with Mendy and I went to the Azores with my boyfriend. Life is hard.

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2014 was also a good year for gaming. We *coughmyboyfriendcough* bought a Playstation4, on which I played Infamous Second Son and I’m currently playing Dragon Age Inquisition. This year Nintendo released Mario Kart 8 (+ awesome DLC), Hyrule Warriors (+DLC), Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Smash Bros for Wii-U and 3DS, and Bayonetta 2 (they released more actually but this is what I’ve played). And don’t forget the introduction of the Amiibo’s! I’ve also played Shovel Knight (which was multi-plaform) and I got a bit into pc gaming (Minecraft and Left 4 Dead).

As for anime and manga, I’ve caught up with the Naruto anime (I skipped the fillers tough), and the manga has finished after 15 years! I don’t read the manga though, so I’m waiting patiently for the anime to end. I am watching Dragon Ball Z Kai (I didn’t watch Dragon Ball Z in my childhood, so I was lacking some basic anime knowledge) and I’m watching the remake of the sailor Moon anime (Sailor Moon Crystal). I’m not going to name every anime that I’ve watched this year, but some honorable mentions are D-Frag! Gin No Saji 2, Toaru Hikuushi e no Koiuta, Bokura Wa Minna Kawaisou, Isshuukan Friends, Mekaku City Actors, Soul Eater Not!, Ao Haru Ride, and Barakamon. Hayao Miyazaki released his last movie, The Wind Rises, and Studio Ghibli went on a break. But I got Mendy into Ghibli movies! And sadly, the legend of Korra came to an end. But what an ending it was! I’m planning to write a review of the Aang series and and Korra series next year. Oh yea, I went to Tsunacon and Abunaicon again too!

So that was last year. On to 2015! Having finished my studies also has a downside, because I’m sitting at home without a job now, *sort of*. I’m having a job in my field of study but I’m not getting payed for that and I have a job which has nothing to do with my field of study for which I do get payed. Both are part-time and temporary. So the next challenge is to find a job in my field of study for which I get payed! But I have a lot too look forward to, because I’m going to Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess in London in April, I’m officially graduating in May, and I’m *probably* going to Malaysia in June! I’m also planning to visit Tsunacon, Abunaicon and the first Dutch Comic Con! The New 3DS is probably releasing in Europe in 2015, and Majora’s Mask 3D, the new Star Fox, and Zelda U are being released next year too!

I wish you all a very very great and awesome and nerdy and geeky 2015! See you next year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Team Hot Cute Girly Geek!

Hi my lovely and wonderful Geeky followers and fellow Geeky writers of course.

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I asked my fellow bloggers to write a post wishing you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and turns out, every single one of them is writing something about how they look back on 2013 and looking forward to in 2014, it’s fine by me.

So, 2013, as we’re nearing the end of this year, people start to get a bit sentimental. Thinking about the stuff they did, and where in life they are going. I’ll be doing the same thing, geekwise.

In January I started back working after my lower back surgery from October 2012 and although I didn’t have a particular New Year’s resolution for 2013 I decided I would try to be more spontaneous. It had to do with my poor body’s physique. You all may know I’m chronically ill, as in, I have hypermobility syndrome, which basically translates into me being in pain and tired 24/7. This however doesn’t stop me from working fulltime and trying to keep up a social life. For the years past I was very careful about the stuff I did, or did want to do. That ended in me being somewhat of a hermit in my own home. And after that damned surgery I decided I didn’t want to go back to that.

I pushed my own boundaries, worked hard at my own recovery and had an amazing year to look back on. Some of the highlights.

I am a huge fan of Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock, and I met some pretty amazing Dutch girls online and I was fortunate enough to meet them in real life, cheering with them when Benedict’s name came on screen during Star trek into Darkness and a movie theatre full of trekkies who were about to kill us. One word: Epic!

I went to London, again, and I loved every bit of it.

I met my good friend and fellow blogger Theta in real life this year, showing him around Dutchieland, meeting some of the DCC (Dutch Cumber Collective) Although he lives across the pond in the UK he became one of my closest friends and I know, no matter what, he’ll always be there for me.

I turned 30. Ok, maybe not a highlight, I was really not looking forward to reaching that milestone. But with the help of friends I had a pretty epic birthday, due to the fact I share my birthday with one of my passions / addictions, Doctor Who. Everyone dressed up as a character, I did my first ever cosplay and we had so much fun and feels watching the 50th anniversary episode.

And although this was the first year I didn’t get to participate in Gishwhes, I did however NaNoWriMo, going back to one of my passions, writing, I wrote freaking 50.000 words in a month! And not to forget, I met some new friends as well!

I met Neil ‘freaking’ Gaiman!

Tekira started as an intern at the company I work at and we discovered our joint love for geekdom, she’s a wonderful friend and fellow blogger!

I still need to meet Zee in real life, but I’m sure it will happen sometime soon! I love you to bits Zee, the ultimate companion!

I think, with all the stuff I did and didn’t mention here I had a pretty good year. It was full of wonderful geeky stuff and highlights.

I raised this blog to another level, met some awesome friends and fellow geeks online which I’m in contact with a lot thanks to twitter and fb.  The blog keeps changing, keeps getting better, more stuff to write and to participate in.

And I’m looking forward to another epic year, meet some friends in real life, travelling to Paris and London again, maybe even Cardiff and, if I can pull it off, a visit to Theta!

A lot of movies and series to look forward to, a lot of new books, I almost finished my reading challenge this year, and who knows, maybe, finally a bit of love in this single geeky heart as well?

I want to thank all my followers, readers, friends, fellow writers, geeks, nerds, dorks, passerby’s, artists, and everyone else I forgot to mention for this piece for making 2013 into an epic year and I hope to see, meet, talk to, write with all of you again in 2014.

To say goodbye in the famous words of 9. You were fantastic… absolutely fantastic! And you what? So was I!

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Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.

 

Tekira 2This is the end of 2013, for Nintendo fans also known as the kick-off of ‘The Year of Luigi’ (or as Iwata-san would say ‘The Ear of Ruigi’). Nintendo celebrated Luigi’s 30th birthday by releasing Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, New Super Luigi U, Mario & Luigi Dream Team, Super Mario 3d World (with Luigi modes), Dr. Luigi, and a Luigi themed 3DS-XL. Since I don’t have infinite time and money, I’ve only played Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, but I have to say it was one of the high-lights this year. Other games I was waiting for were coming at the end of 2013, so I was happy that Luigi’s Mansion was released in April (which is also when my birthday is, hehe). October/November were awesome months for me, because of the releases of Windwaker HD, Pokémon X&Y, and the Legend of Zelda: a Link between worlds (reviews are coming, I promise). Of course 2013 was also the year that Nintendo didn’t have a press-conference at the E3 but had some awesome announcements nonetheless, and that console wars are fired up again because of the release of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. I don’t really care about those actually because Xbox sucks and the PS4 is way too expensive.

Anime-wise, I really disappointed myself. Because of my recently awakened Doctor Who fandom, I haven’t watch a single anime last season. I’m planning to make up for it next season, so that’s a good New Year’s resolution. Anime I did watch last year were Chihayafuru 2, Attack on Titan, the Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat, Genshiken Nidaime, and Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji). I’m really sorry that I have to say that this year didn’t have any new ‘treasures’ for me, like FMA Brotherhood or Steins;Gate once were. But I still have to finish Attack on Titan, so maybe I’m speaking to early.

Also, this was of course the year that I met Mendy and I started writing for this blog! I’m so grateful for that! I hope I can write more next year since I have tons of ideas!

2014 has tons to offer. Think about Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, and Zelda Hyrule Warriors (working title). As for anime, I only know what to expect next season (look here → http://i4.minus.com/iEGQjOD6GZE9s.jpg (not made by me)), but I’m looking really forward to the new season of Gin no Saji and Chihayafuru (although I don’t know when that’s going to happen). At the E3, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for Beyond Good & Evil 2 (as always) and a new Zelda announcement.

So, I wish you happy holidays and a new year full of awesome anime and games!

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Hello to everyone of various Geeky persuasions,

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Well, another year has nearly gone and 2013 has been a bit of an exciting year, hasn’t it… well, it certainly has in the Whoniverse.  David Tennant has been cornering the law profession by portraying a policeman and a barrister whilst Matt Smith has been getting ready to play a singing psychopath, and that’s before you get Jenna Coleman portraying a Jane Austen character in a murder mystery, Karen Gillan shaving her head to portray a super-villain and Alex Kingston portraying a woman with imaginary blood on her hands in “The Scottish Play”.  Oh… and Arthur Darvill has portrayed a vicar and a busker, who says that you can’t have sedate roles after “Doctor Who”.

As for the series itself, we’ve had a new companion join the TARDIS, a return engagement by the Eighth Doctor (well, for just over seven minutes) onscreen, three Doctors… well, thirteen Doctors joined forces in one mammoth episode for the 50th anniversary and a sneak peak of the man who will forever be known as “The Eyebrows”, (Well, it certainly beats “Chinny”, “Sandshoes” or “Granddad”), whilst the collected powers of Mark Gatiss and David Bradley managed to probably turn every full-blooded Whovian into a gibbering wreck at the end of “An Adventure In Space And Time”.

But away from that, it’s been a big year for me because Mendy asked for me to join the “Hot Cute Girly Geek” team.  (I still wonder why, because I know that I don’t qualify for the “Girly” whilst the “Hot” and “Cute” are severely open to interpretation – However, if anyone wants to state otherwise on the latter two, I am open to offers… ahem).  In addition to this, I managed to meet the wonderful Mendy for the first time on her turf, and my trip to The Netherlands has provided me with memories that will last a lifetime.

So, in anticipation of a festive season which will see Whovians everywhere become gibbering wrecks again as we wave goodbye to “Eleven”, may I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2014.

Oh… and if anyone’s still stuck for a Christmas present for me, a TARDIS would be wonderful so I can visit all of my friends across the world… either that or the winning lottery numbers.

Best wishes and lots of love,

“Theta Sigma”

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Merry Christmas geeks of all gender and age! Or God Jul as we say in Sweden! 🙂 If you are fairly new to this blog you might not know who I am. I’m Zandrina – if you want to know more there is a page called about Zee for you to look at.

This is a Christmas greeting from me to you, and it’ll probably be short and sweet although too long to tweet. I’m currently in a car on my way to my aunt to celebrate Christmas Eve. As I’m sitting here I’m looking back on the year that was and it’s been a good one. I started a beauty channel on YouTube, I started blogging for Mendy and I’ve gotten to know both Mendy and Theta, and very recently, Tessa. They are a great team to work with – understanding is not enough to explain what they are. I’ve been a useless blogger the past few months and instead of searching for a replacement they just understand. Thank you guys – I love you all and I hope you get a fantastic Christmas!

To all our lovely readers – thank you for reading and for sticking by us (even if I’ve hardly contributed). Merry Christmas and take care of yourselves. Until next time, Keep rocking that geek!

xx Zee

Getting into the Christmas spirit… with David Tennant

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course.

Last year I was recovering from a lower back hernia surgery, and one of the things that really lifted my spirits was the Christmas Panto done by Absolute Radio. This year they’re back.

Because of that ridiculous thing called work, I wasn’t able to follow it live. But have no fear, they recorded it yet again.

What can you expect? Well, David Tennant in his marvelous Scottish accent, bad script writing, terrible puns, zombies and one hell of a Christmas Spirit!

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So sit back, relax and enjoy the Absolute Radio Christmas Panto 2013: ZombieClaus:

And just for the people who missed it, I added last year’s Christmas Panto, ‘Dude, Where’s my Donkey?’ as well for your viewing pleasure. Just click on the link and watch all the shows!

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Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

PS: Disclaimer: I do not own the videos or pictures used in this blog. No copyright infringement intended. Everything belongs to their respective owners and Absolute Radio.

All I Want For Christmas Is Who: The Snowmen by Steven Moffat

This review is rated “Shhhhhhhhhhh” for Spoilers.  Please don’t read on if you haven’t seen this episode as major plot points are discussed.

England 1842 and a lonely young boy is befriended by the snowman he made.

Fifty years later, and the embittered Doctor Simeon is looking to that make that particular one the last that mankind ever sees, but another doctor is in town – one that is lonely and embittered by recent losses.  Can a governess warm this Doctor’s hearts and with it bring a hero out of retirement?

“The Snowmen” is one of those Doctor Who stories where there are plenty of things going and you need to have more than one viewing.  On the surface, this is a nice little Christmas episode with Victorian trappings and killer Snowmen, but there’s a lot more to this episode than meets the eye.

Steven Moffat’s script is very much one where you need to be looking underneath the wrapping to get to the real present.

Moffat uses his characters are mirrors alongside each other.  The Doctor and Doctor Simeon are the main ones for this, each reflecting the other’s bitterness and solitude.  The character of Clara is, obviously, a mirror for the character of Oswin from “Asylum Of The Daleks”… and the TARDIS herself gets in the act as the console room reflects the Doctor’s mood.

Secondly, this script is one that appears to have one eye on the programme’s 50th anniversary.  Yes, there are clear references to the Whoniverse’s recent history – a Doctor damaged by recent experiences, the “Scooby Gang” of MadameVastra, Jenny and Strax from “A Good Man Goes To War” and the “Doctor Who?” thread that’s been running since “The Wedding of River Song”, but this is a continuity that is steadily getting more and more comfortable with being referential in its own past – such as with the Doctor being cold and isolated alongside the reference by Vastra to him not wishing to interfere but only to observe (which has been a keystone to the Whoniverse since the Time Lords were introduced in “The War Games”), the new console room and the return of an old enemy.

Thirdly, this is a story which is unafraid to have fun at the author’s own expense with references to Moffat’s “Sherlock” when the Doctor becomes “Sherlock Holmes” along with a finely hidden musical reference to that series, along with some gags and jokes from other genre series.

Matt Smith delivers probably one of his finest, if not his finest, performance as the Doctor as he has to, in effect, play two characters linked, but almost independent from each other.  At the start of the episode, he takes his incarnation of the Doctor and twists it with a darker edge similar to the early days of when William Hartnell and Christopher Eccleston portrayed the role to make the Doctor a multi-dimensional character (no pun intended).  The humour is there all along, especially with the Matt’s performance alongside Dan Starkey in the role of Strax – which I’ll speak of later, but it has a darker “don’t touch me” edge to it.  However, he has to suppress the Doctor’s curiosity and adventurer aspect of his persona, but in a “Doctor doth protest too much” way.  He says that he doesn’t want to get involved in the ongoing crisis and that he wants to be left alone, but as the viewer we also see that the Doctor subconsciously protests  against this attitude  especially in the scene where the Doctor visit’s Captain Latimer’s house to see the pond and his right hand behaves independently of the rest of him.

However, we all know the Doctor as we know and love him is going to return and he does in what I call the “Superman II” moment when the Doctor realises that the tie has been wearing has changed into a bow tie along with his statement that bow ties are, indeed, “cool”.  From there on in, he returns to being a show off, particularly to Clara, which sits alongside the Doctor’s attitude in “The God Complex” where he tells Amy that he wanted to be adored, as well as being funny, effervescent and sympathetic – particularly when Clara dies.

All along though, there is a sense that he is more overtly cunning than he has previously been allowed to be, particularly in the scene where he clowns around as “Sherlock” by making clearly incorrect deductions to get the real information from the Intelligence along with the scene where he and Clara escape from the Ice Governess and the Doctor panics to test whether Clara has the “right stuff” to be a companion.

Jenna-Louise Coleman probably has the toughest entry of any companion in the show’s near fifty year history as she has to sell a mystery as equal to the Doctor’s – in effect, she has to sell that Past Clara  is the same person, or at the very least interrelated to Future Clara/Oswin, albeit from two different time periods, plus add in the fact that she is featured in the present day epilogue as Contemporary Clara/Oswin.  This is cleverly shown through Ms Coleman’s performance by making Clara as cheeky and flirty as Oswin, whilst adding in an apparent imagination which may give further clues to Clara/Oswin, such as her stories to the Latimer children about being born behind the clock of Big Ben and inventing fish because she didn’t want to swim alone.

Other elements help to give clues to Clara’s back story including the use of Oswin’s muscial motif when she tracks down the Doctor and the perception filtered TARDIS and the referencing of Oswin’s well known lines such as her love for making souffles and “Run you clever boy”.  However, this is a character who, like Rose and the Bad Wolf or the DoctorDonna, is going to have a “long game” and it’s going to be come April to see more of Clara Mark III when the Doctor starts adventuring with her, especially as the “Woman Twice Dead” figure large in forthcoming adventures.

Returning for this adventure are the aforementioned “Scooby Gang” of Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax and they add a continuity to the series and a credibility to the fact that once the Doctor touches somebody’s life, they’re always a part of his life.

Neve McIntosh as Vastra and Catrin Stewart as Jenny are brilliant in their twin roles as the Victorian crimefighters behaving more like the Steed and Emma Peel of the era rather than the basis for the Holmes and Watson for Dr Doyle’s works of fiction.  Again, there appears to be a link between “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” with Vastra and Jenny’s relationship mirroring the often mentioned “romantic” relationship between Sherlock and John – however, I don’t think Sherlock and John will be marrying anytime soon.

However, out of the trio, I think that Dan Starkey gets the best deal out of the returning actors in the role of Strax.  Where Sontarans have usually been humourless and second string aliens behind the Daleks and Cybermen, Starkey elevates them to the top table by virtue of his performance as Strax.  Yes, the character is single minded in so much that he wants to use military force rather than cunning and intelligence to investigate but he adds a sense of humour in this with his love of the use of weaponry (I want to see “laser monkeys”) and his heavy handed interrogation techniques.

In addition to this, he develops a comedy double act with Matt Smith which sparkles with the Doctor being the supposedly smart one and with Strax being the other supposedly smart one.  They are an intergalactic Laurel and Hardy with Strax supplying quick comebacks such as in the “Sherlock Holmes” scene, their joint bumbling in the “memory worm” scene at the beginning of the episode and the constant put downs between the pair with the Doctor calling Strax a “psychotic potato dwarf” and Strax berating the Doctor on his apathy.

In fact, it is this trio who, along with Clara, who are the catalyst for bringing the Doctor back, not only by constantly pressing him about his isolation, but with the questioning scene where one word… “Pond”… piques his curiosity along with a remembrance of the man who he was.

On the side of villainy, you get Richard E. Grant in the role of Doctor Simeon and Sir Ian McKellen in the role of The Great Intelligence.

Simeon is basically a stooge for the Intelligence’s plans as in the cases of Padmasambhava in “The Abominable Snowmen” (1967) and Travers in “The Web Of Fear” (1968) who uses his loneliness as a seduction tool for its purpose.  The Intelligence is the real villain – even to the point of “pulling the strings” of Simeon towards the end of the episode as it does to Staff Sergeant Arnold in “The Web Of Fear”.

Another area where The Intelligence of this episode is consistent with the previous episodes in which it features from the classic series with “The Snowmen” and that is the very fact of its use of snowmen as pawns.  In the classic series, the “Snowmen” are the Yeti – fur covered robots – whereas in this episode they are literally snowmen who are the Intelligence’s footsoldiers.

However, the real fanboy moment is the Doctor himself having a bit of a geeky moment with his use of the London Underground (circa 1967) lunchbox which was the setting of “The Web Of Fear” along with his vague remembrance of the Intelligence.

There are a few apparently cosmetic differences to the programme which not only sets the tone for the forthcoming 50th anniversary, but also acts as a marker between Season 7a and Season 7b.

The opening credits are revamped with an updated theme tune and visuals which have returned to including a visual, albeit a shrouded one, of Matt Smith’s face as part of the titles which is a return to the style of the opening titles between 1967 and 1989.

But the real kiss to the past is the revamped console room.  This is going to be something that splits opinion as there are some who are going to love the warm, magical quality of the previous eleventh Doctor console room and some loving the new one.  My personal opinion is that they both suit the era of the programme with the previous console room being in an “era” where there is a spirit of magic where companions have names which have come straight from a fairy tale, whilst the new one looks forward by looking to the past with a clearly mechanical/Jules Verne style influence dominating the console room with classic series sound effects, proper switches, and rotating pieces at the top of the console.  (I am really looking forward to the forthcoming episode “Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS”).

This is a story that is less about Christmas – even though the story is set at Christmas with the Doctor even whistling “Silent Night” at one point – than it is about setting the direction of “Doctor Who” for the immediate future and acknowledging that it is based on a fifty year history for the programme.

With the ongoing mystery of Clara’s nature as well as a fiftieth anniversary to celebrate, old friends returning, and the prospect of “The Fall Of The Eleventh” rearing its head in the show’s longer term future, it’s going to be interesting to see where the Doctor and Clara runs… and whether there are going to be plenty of more plot twists and red herrings which will wrong foot the audience.

“Watch me run”… Yes, Doctor.  I will be and I’m looking forward to where you’ll be taking my friends and I.