How Captain Jack Harkness came sashaying into my life

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Let me tell you the story of how Captain Jack Harkness came sashaying into my life.

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First, let me explain I’m not talking about the ‘real’ Captain Jack Harkness (although I wouldn’t mind him occupying my house, cuddling up on the couch and claiming a spot in my bed). I’m talking about the furry Captain Jack Harkness.

In February a cat wandered into my backyard. For about a week he kept coming back each day, complaining loudly and keeping my neighbours and myself awake at night. After a week I took pity and because of the bad weather I provided shelter in my shed and started feeding him.

A week later he still came back daily and spend his nights in my shed. I contacted the local animal shelter and someone came by to check if he was chipped. He also got temporary collar with the telephone number on it from the shelter. Actually, funny story, the collar was one of those hospital bands you get with your name on it, and it didn’t fit, I had to attach two together to make a proper fitting collar.

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I also made sure he was being listed online as a ‘found’ cat on different websites.

I already named him Jack, as in Captain Jack Harkness, and he seemed to respond to that name. (He wasn’t neutered and a real ladies man.) Jack needed to walk around with the collar for a week to see if he went back to the original owners.

Needless to say, after a week no call and the animal shelter contacted me to pick up Jack. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to say goodbye because they had a limited window of time to pick him up so my mum took care of that while I was on my way home from work.

Jack needed to stay in quarantine for 2 weeks, so again the original owners were able to pick him up and after two weeks if nobody claimed him he would be neutered and put up for adoption.

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My mum and I were arguing about possibly adopting Jack and we frequently contacted the animal shelter to check how Jack was doing. The animal Shelter discovered he had gingivitis and they would clean it as soon as he was put under for the neutering.

The last day of those two weeks my mum and I were anxiously waiting until we could call the shelter to check how his operation had gone until… the shelter contacted me. The original owners picked him up and took him home, with no other plans made to get him neutered or to fix his gums.

I mean, your cat is away from home for over 5 weeks and after 5 weeks you decide it’s time to go look for him? And you let a cat of 3 years old wander outside without being neutered? Even the people of the animal shelter were very disappointed because they figured out Jack was a really sweet cat and they can’t do anything if the original owners claim him. They even advised me that if Jack showed up at my house again I might call the animal police and report the original owners as neglect.

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So, on good Friday we learned his was being picked up by his original owners and guess who came back at Easter Sunday? Yep, Jack came back home, still not neutered. I was trying to give the original owners a chance so I didn’t feed him or provided him shelter. After a couple of days where Jack kept coming back I caved again and started feeding him.

I called the animal shelter again and explained the story, they would give my contact info to the original owners so I could talk to them.

After a couple of days, I got a call from the original owners and explained what happened, that Jack was in my garden again and it was important that if they wanted to pick him up and take him to the vet I would do my best to help them. I also asked them if they might want to put Jack up for adoption. The owners would think about it and call me back.

Another week gone and I slowly tried to integrate Jack into my home, keeping him inside for a couple of hours at a time and feeding and cuddling him. Oh and the owners didn’t call me. So I tried to call them, left messages and finally I got someone on the phone. Explained again I wanted to adopt him and get him to a vet asap!

They would call me after the weekend with a decision, yeah right! Another week had gone by and finally the original owners decided to give him to me. I made sure I had some papers for them to sign to officially give Jack to me.

A couple of days after they signed I kept Jack inside and he was finally taken to the vet. Oh and I called the animal shelter to tell them the good news. They were equally happy! He already got his annual shots at the shelter so that would save me a bit of cash.

Jack was taken to the vet to get neutered, chipped and checked for kidney problems and cat aids. He came clean!

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We decided to take Jack to my mum for a couple of weeks so he had the chance to heal properly and to get rid of all the scabs he got from fighting all the time outside.

Last week he finally came home and is one happy and purring cat (which he didn’t do the first couple of weeks.) James, my other cat tolerates him and hopefully they will get along in the end.

And that is the story about how Captain Jack Harkness came sashaying into my life.

He sheds like crazy and I’m constantly covered in his sticky hairs (James’ hairs don’t stick a lot) eats like crazy, makes a mess of my house, covering it in cat litter but when he comes for a cuddle I totally melt.

I never planned to get a second cat, but this one choose me and what more can I say? I am now the proud owner of Sir James and Captain Jack Harkness, or is it the other way round?

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Webshop: Torchwood Beanie Hat

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I have been one busy knitter, lol. Apart from being a whovian I am also a huge fan of Torchwood, and what better way to show my love and your love is to wear this amazing Torchwood Beanie hat.

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The hat has a front and back side, on the front the letters spelling out TORCHWOOD, and on the back the logo.

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You can choose between red and white letters / logo.

It’s made out of 75% Acrylic 25% wool. It’s machine washable on 30 degrees and wearable pretty much everywhere.

Size? Adult, one size fits most, about M/L or 55-60 cm.

If you need an awesome and epic hat to keep you warm while chasing after Weevils, or working late in the drafty Hub, researching alien artifacts or filing in the archives, or looking for suspicious rift activity this is perfect for you.

I accept customised orders. And remember, all hats are knitted per order.

Prices: the hats cost €15,- shipping in the Netherlands €2,- within Europe €3,- and everywhere else €5,- for every additional product shipped I ask €1,- extra.

Either order from the form down below or with this link to my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/nl/listing/177144865/torchwood-beanie-hat

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

The Torchwood Archives by Gary Russell, a book review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. A new book review for you whovian / Torchwood fans out there. This time the Torchwood Archives by Gary Russel. And again, some spoilers as well.

The Torchwood Archives

About the book:

  • Hardcover, 158 pages
  • Published: October 9th 2008 by BBC Books
  • Author: Gary Russell (Warren Martyn)
  • original title: The Torchwood Archives
  • ISBN: 1846074592 (ISBN13: 9781846074592)
  • edition language: English

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Separate from the Government. Outside the police. Beyond the United Nations. Founded by Queen Victoria in 1879, the Torchwood Institute has long battled against alien threats to the British Empire.

Beautifully designed throughout with full-color photos and original illustrations, his insider’s look into the secret world of Torchwood features in-depth background on personnel, case files on alien enemies of the Crown, descriptions of extra-terrestrial technology collected over the years, and details on some of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Rift in space and time running through Cardiff.

About the Author:

Gary Russell is one of the script editing team for Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the author of many novels and reference books in the Doctor Who range. A former editor of Doctor Who Magazine, he also was the producer of Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions for eight years. He was also an actor and is best known for his role as Dick in the 1978 television series of ‘The Famous Five’. He lives in Cardiff.

My thoughts:

Oh my freaking god, I love this book! I’m a huge Torchwood and Doctor Who fan (as if you didn’t know by now) and this is just perfect. This is the best 51uZgvXqcELreference book for Torchwood and it stays in character as well.

Although it took me quite some time to finish it, because this is one of those books you have lying around your house and whenever you feel like it you pick it up and read a couple of chapters. But the detailed background information it gives you for season 1 and 2 of Torchwood is amazing.

51D9AEFjPzLBasically the story goes a reporter got hold of the classified files of Torchwood and tried to write a book about it, only he mysteriously disappeared (as well as everyone involved into publishing the book), so eventually Ianto is the one who put the book together and filed it in the archives underneath Torchwood 3 (until it got blown into little pieces, damn you Captain Jack Harkness).

But I love all the detailed pictures from the episodes, together with this personal diary from Jack telling what happened that week inside the Hub, filled with newspaper clippings and sticky notes from the supposed author / reporter.51ByOfpyc0L

It’s in the same range as the ‘Sherlock: the Casebook’ book and the newly published ‘Doctor Who: The Doctor – His Lives and Times’ and I’m such a geek to now have all three of them in my possession.

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Ratings:

Hell yeah this gets a big 10 out of 10 from me. If you are a die-hard whovian / Torchwood fan you need to have this in your possession. No matter what, buy it! No seriously, I added the links to Amazon for you to make it easier, get that copy, now!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Torchwood: Department X, an (audio) book review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course, another audio book review, and an old one. This is another one of those books I listened to and was behind on reviewing. But before I start, a more personal update.

Torchwood, Department X

I don’t know how many posts I’m able to do in the next couple of weeks. I’m extremely busy. My mum got a new house, so I’ll be helping her out with that. Work hours are still increasing, spending time with boyfriend (always important!) I’m also trying to manage a bit more sleep, seeing that I don’t function well on an average of 4-5 hours a night. I also need to do a lot in and around my own house besides the usual cleaning and stuff. As I am writing this, a handy man is fixing my bathroom. (Well seeing as I didn’t finish writing this post, the handyman was last week, this week they are refitting some gas pipes underneath my house, oh how I love spending my day’s off, waking up early and getting a work crew inside my house.) I’m really behind on my TV series and reading (which I do most now when I travel to and from work and at night, but then again, I need to sleep as well) and I promised you guys a transcript.

A transcript? Yep, I was interviewed for a Dutch geek site and did a lovely podcast, but seeing as it is all in Dutch and I have a lot of English speaking followers, I thought it would be nice to make an English transcript out of it. But I haven’t started yet and it will take some time to actually translate it.

If I have any free time left I’ll try to write a couple of posts and spread them across the week to be put on my blog. I hope I can manage at least two for today, maybe three, but that depends on how tired I am. (My bed is calling from upstairs to go sleep some more, but I’ll try to stay strong, hihi).

Oh and I’m also prepping for my visit to London at the end of March. It’s a sort of work related thing. My work provides outings and trips and workshops which you can attend for a nice reduced price. So that’s why I’m going to London. But since I’m also one of the staff members who helps organize these kinds of things, that means I can play one of the tour guides for my colleagues. Which I love to do. And since boyfriend is coming with me, and he never has been to London before, we are trying to plan what to see and what to visit. Since I want to update my Doctor Who merchandise (think forbidden planet and such) and he wants to go sightseeing all the touristy things.

But enough personal update, let’s start with the review and as always be beware of spoilers:

About the book:

Title: Torchwood, department X

Author: James gross

Narrator: Kai Owen

ISBN 13: 9781408466650

Version: Audio

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

G.R. Owen is the last of Cardiff’s old department stores. Times are hard and the ancient firm has gone into administration. But who are the Administrators? What goes on behind the shutters at night? And why are customers disappearing?

Torchwood are already investigating; G.R. Owen is the site of their oldest unsolved cases, and Jack is determined to solve it before the store closes forever – which is why Ianto is working undercover in gentlemen’s fashions and Gwen is in handbags.

Are the new managers really aliens? What connection do they have to the mysterious G.R. Owen himself? And is Jack the only one looking for the Department of Curiosities, last seen in 1905?

My thoughts:

Yeah! Another book narrated by Kai Owen. I love his voice, it has something soothing to listen to and he does have a nice play with words when he reads parts for different characters. That and the Welsh accent makes it for me fun to listen to. But I wonder, in the other audio books / drama’s I listened to. They tried to let the story be narrated by one of the actors playing a lead role in the particular book. They didn’t do it this time. Which makes me wonder if no one else was available? But I am really pleased with Kai!

So the story. Something fishy is going on in G.R. Owen (come on guys! I know Russel T. Davies had this thing with names where everyone is called Jones, but do the writers of the Torchwood novels also have to start? It’s getting really confusing!) And it’s invaded by the men in black, or a man and a woman in black. They are taking over the department store and need to interview all the staff and management. And because Jack is also looking for something he sends the two remaining members of his team under cover.

Ianto is working the clothes department. So be prepared for some cheeky jokes when he is getting Jack fitted into a new outfit. And what’s up with that? Does Jack still doesn’t know that Ianto told a lie about his dad being a tailor and thus he knows a lot about it?

And Gwen is deposited at the handbags section. How more stereotype can we get? Gay guy in men’s fashion and a woman in the handbags.

Seeing the department store doesn’t get that many customers, it leaves plenty of time to snoop around for the Torchwood team. And Jack playing dress-up as a sort of Mafioso in a terrible outfit. The two creepy (wo)men in black are up to no good and there are fridges involved with dead people. (The next Torchwood audio drama is linked to this one, remember the fridges?)

The department store is also trying to keep out Jack and I lost count at how many times the poor man is killed over and over again. But they eventually find the lost department of curiosities and make a surprising discovery.

This is a good Torchwood story, although not one of the best out there. I love that this takes place before children of earth so we still have half a Torchwood team. God I miss Ianto! I know we whovians are always complaining about Moffat, but I think Russel deserves a fist shake as well. Davies!!!

But the story is funny, entertaining, has a brilliant cast, is read by Kai, what’s not to love?

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Rating:

This story gets 7 out of 10 from me!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.

Torchwood: Ghost Train, an (audio) book review

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks. I hope you’re not tired of all the Torchwood books I’m reviewing. But I have this thing when reading book series I want to read all of them back to back instead of taking breaks in between, so that’s how you end up with all these reviews. As always, and I keep warning you, spoilers:

About the book:

Ghost TrainTitle: Torchwood: Ghost Train

Author: James Gross

Narrator: Kai Owen

ISBN 13: 9781408466667

Format: Audio book

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

It’s not easy being Rhys Williams. You’re married to the sexiest woman in Torchwood. She saves the world for a living, you move Lorries round in a timely fashion.

Suddenly, you’ve got a mystery of your own. Oh, it starts off being about missing fridges. But it leads to a midnight train pulling into an abandoned platform at Cardiff Station. What is the mysterious cargo that Rhys is unloading from the train? Where’s it going? And what can be behind it?

Rhys Williams is going to get to the bottom of it. All by him, thank you very much. Soon Captain Jack is missing, his wife’s dead, and it’s up to Rhys to try and put everything right. And find those fridges…Written specially for audio by James Goss, Ghost Train is set before the Children of Earth TV story and features Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, as played by John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd in the hit series from BBC Television. It is read by Kai Owen, who plays Rhys.

My Thoughts:

 

This is one of the more fun books of the Torchwood series. It takes place somewhere between season 2 and 3 I think and its read by Kai Owen, who plays the lovely Rhys Williams in the Torchwood TV series. I’ve listened to more audio books by him and he does have a nice voice for narrating these kinds of things.

It’s funny to see the whole Torchwood experience through the eyes of Rhys and how he deals with all of it. Starting with missing fridges, calling in the help of Torchwood, not getting any. Trying to be Sherlock bloody Holmes (in his own words). And how he sort of fails to notice the whole of Cardiff burning around him, solely focused on solving the mystery. He follows up a lead to the train station and from there on out things go crazy. Bloody Torchwood.

It’s one big paradox time travel mess, or as the Doctor should say, wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff. And don’t I agree. He encounters Gwen as shape shifter, travels back in time, stays at Ianto’s flat, overhears some stuff he really wants to wipe from his memory, leaves his own clues in order to not mix up timelines. Saves Captain Jack Harkness and eventually everybody. Hurray for Rhys.

The story is so funny and amazingly well written and narrated; this one is one of my favorites. And again one I would have loved to see as an episode on TV. Can you imagine Rhys on the run from himself and… another version of himself?

And although this isn’t one of the darker Torchwood stories, it does somehow capture that distinctive Torchwood feeling rather good.  And I do like the fact that it’s written from Rhys his perspective. It makes him stronger as a character, while in the TV series and other stories, Rhys is just this faithful boyfriend/husband of Gwen Cooper. Doing everything she asks, no mind of his own, and (in the later stories) always buying nappies for Anwen.

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Rating:

Again, high appraisal from me, I rate this story 7.5 out of 10

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Torchwood: Long time dead, an (audio)book review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks, I’m still catching up on my book reviews. Next up is Torchwood: long time dead, another audio book I enjoyed while going to the gym. And remember as always, spoilers!

About the book:

Long time deadTitle: Torchwood: Long time dead

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Narrator: Indira Varma

ISBN 13: 978-1620647202

Format: Audio CD

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Cardiff Bay. The government has ordered the excavation of the wreckage of a secret underground base. DCI Tom Cutler is watching from a distance, fascinated by the process. There are people in his dreams. People he feels he should know.

The disbanded Torchwood Institute spent a century accumulating non-terrestrial artefacts and catching aliens. Who knows what – or who – might still be intact down there. But by the time they find the first body, Suzie Costello is long gone.

My thoughts:

Wow, this is one of the better Torchwood books / audio books out there. Let me start with the fact that it is read by Indira Varma, who plays Suzie Costello in the Torchwood series. For you who don’t remember her. She was killed in the first episode as a member of Torchwood 3 going dark. Then had a brief return thanks to an unexpected side effect from the resurrection glove, tried to kill Gwen and her dad. After that she is mentioned a couple of times throughout the series, but nothing more. So I was really surprised to find a story solely based on Suzie Costello.

This story takes place post Children of Earth. The hub is destroyed; the Torchwood team doesn’t exist anymore. Tosh, Owen and pour Ianto dead. Jack missing in action and Gwen and Rhys on the run. Turns out psycho bitch Suzie had installed a special something something to insure her return. And boy is she back.

Ok, the beginning of the story is a bit confusing, different story lines being explained. How Suzie came back to life, again, with an alien devise sewed in her belly. The cleaning up of the hub, strange murders taking place and people disappearing in the shadows.

But throughout the story things become more clearer and clearer. And we get to see a whole different side of Suzie Costello. Her hopes, her fears, her dreams, her reasons for killing and loving, and the deep, deep hate for Captain Jack Harkness. I loved the fact that this story made her more human, and it captured the feel for Torchwood really good.

We also have a surprising guest role by Sergeant Andy Davidson, knowing more than he can tell his superiors and being a sneaky bastard by calling Jack.

This is one of the books I really would have likes to see as an extra episode in the TV series. Suzie is an amazing complex character that deserved this story.

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Ratings:

My ratings, sometimes I hate the fact that I can’t dish out half stars on Goodreads, but this story is a 7.5 out of 10 worth.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek.

Torchwood: Army of One, an (audio)book review.

Hi my hot cute girly and boy geeks of course.

As promised, more book reviews. Although this doesn’t really count as a book, it’s an audio book, more an audio drama really. But if Goodreads counts it as I book, who am I to disagree on it?

Remember, as always, spoilers!

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Washington D.C., post Miracle. The city has been hit by a spate of very unusual serial killings. The victims are different ages and genders and the locations vary, but each body has one thing in common, it has been reduced to a dried up, desiccated husk. Special Agent Lucas Avery has dealt with some tricky puzzles in his time, but this is stranger than anything he has ever encountered. His one lead is a pair of names: “Gwen” and “Rhys”… For Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams, still recovering from the recent, traumatic events that shook the world, life is about to get difficult and dangerous again. For it’s not just Homeland Security on their trail, but something else, something alien, terrifying, and deadly…Written specially for AudioGO by Ian Edginton, Army of One is read by Kai Owen, who played Rhys Williams in the hit BBC America series.

My thoughts:

This one was really short, just a bit more than an hour, but still, loads of fun to listen to, while I did my exercises in the gym. (I hate going to the gym, listening to audiobooks makes it a bit more bearable).

The story is post Miracle day (season 4 Torchwood on TV) and Gwen, Rhys and Anwen are still in the US. It’s not really made clear if they are still on the run or that they are just enjoying a nice holiday.

Gwen is experiencing strange migraines that aren’t really migraines and she and Rhys just tapped into one of the Torchwood safety deposit boxes to get some money (a lot of money actually). Also, there are strange murders going on.

Special Agent Avery does have a lead, Jack, Gwen, Rhys, and then only Gwen and Rhys.

Meanwhile, when Rhys is out shopping. (How I love the fact that Gwen tricks him into buying nappies in just about every book/audio book post Children of Earth) When suddenly he is being picked up by men in black suits, tossed into a van and driven off to an unknown location.

Gwen sees all of this happening and she flees with Anwen. (Story of their lives really) while Rhys finds himself being questioned about the strange murders and put into a holding cell/camber with more men called Rhys Williams, all of them from the UK. (That was so funny)

Gwen finds out she is psychically linked with the murderer, a sort of alien cuckoo and she tries to find it using that link. She takes Anwen with her and she finds herself end up in hospital (and the award for not being parent of the year goes to…)

Meanhwile, Rhys is convincing the other men called Rhys that his Gwen is coming to save the day. Gwen wakes up in hospital, which turns out not to be a hospital and is actually being held in the same building as Rhys. The cuckoo finds her by impersonating, or rather body snatching another alien while Gwen is yelling at Avery to call Rex, in case you forgot, that annoying CIA agent from Miracle day.

Gwen escapes the cuckoo, saves the day, rescues Rhys one till thirteen and is reunited with Anwen.

I love the basic story idea and as far as I know it’s not done in book form. Which is too bad, because the plot is really thin and things aren’t explained. It’s more a happening of events, really short, the end. But is has humour in it and sometimes it’s just nice to listen to a short audio book instead of the 5 or 6 hours from the previous two I listened to.

Rating:

I’m in a good mood; the shortness of the story came at the right time for me. SO I actually gonna rate this 7 out of 10. Compare it to a food. If you are looking for a really good hearty and filling dinner, skip this. I’ve you’re in the mood for instant satisfaction and going to your favorite fast-food restaurant, then listen to this story. That and I love the fact it was read by Kai Owen.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.