Hot cute girly geek goes Shakespeare!

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I’ve been on a bit of a cultural tour the last couple of weeks. I started with Shakespeare live, in between watched Captain America Civil War and ended last night with the musical Beauty and the Beast.

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But let us start with Shakespeare live. I started with Coriolanus a couple of years ago and that made me fall in love with Shakespeare. The fact that some well know actors play in the parts is a big help as well.

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I mentioned before we Dutchies are not being raised with Shakespeare as the British are. But I thank National Theatre live and the Royal Shakespeare company for transmitting the live plays to cinemas all over the world. For me this means I have access to amazing plays for a couple of euros and can enjoy going to theatre more often. As plays go I’ve watched Coriolanus, Hamlet, Frankenstein (both versions) War Horse and now Shakespeare live. I also watched Richard the III in London with Martin Freeman starring. (And I visited the Globe theatre a couple of years ago).

It’s amazing to think that all this happened because I had a lower back hernia, started blogging, reviewed Wicked, met one of my best friends thanks to this, who introduced me to Doctor Who and Sherlock, which eventually let me to love Shakespeare. The world is a funny place.

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On the 23rd of April the UK marked the birthday of Shakespeare himself as well as his 400th anniversary of his death. (How sad is it to die on your birthday). Together with loads of celebrations throughout the country the Royal Shakespeare Company prepared a special event, hosted by non-other than David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

It was a truly magnificent evening where a wide range of sketches were prepared to celebrate this event and the works of Shakespeare.

It had interpretive dance, rap, ballet, opera, singing, monologues and dialogues, comedy sketches, and loads more. I can honestly say I was in awe that evening, I laughed, I cried, I cried from laughter. I think not even epic can truly catch the meaning of the evening.

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The line-up was amazing and I’m always in awe that most UK actors who to television and films are schooled in theatre as well. For me that is a sign of a true actor.

If you live in the UK you can watch Shakespeare live from BBC iPlayer and it will still be hosted in cinemas in the US and Australia, and I’m hoping a DVD will be made.

Unfortunately the BBC has blocked pretty much all the sketches from YouTube, I really wanted to show you a line of Hamlets. So have a pic instead.

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Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

 

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52/52/52 challenge, January progress.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. My 52/52/52 challenge, how is it coming along? Well, here’s the update from my first month:

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Movies:

  • Sherlock season 2, episode one: a Scandal in Belgravia
  • Sherlock season 2, episode two: the Hound of Baskerville
  • Sherlock season 2, episode three: Reichenbach Falls
  • Sherlock season 3, episode 1: the Empty Hearse
  • The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug
  • How to train your Dragon
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Sherlock season 3, episode 2: the sign of three
  • Frozen
  • Monsters University
  • Monsters Inc
  • Sherlock season 3, episode 3: His last Vow
  • Supernatural season 7
  • Supernatural season 8
  • The hunger games catching fire
  • Thor: the dark world

Yes I am counting the Sherlock episodes as 1 movie, come one, they’re an hour and a half long and even the creators say each episode is a movie on its own. So there you have it!

Books:

  • How to train your dragon 1, by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant.
  • How to train your dragon 2: How to be a pirate, by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant.
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • Liveship Traders 2:  the Mad Ship, by Robin Hobb

I didn’t read as many books as I wanted, and if you count accurately, I only read two. Been too busy and too tired to read a lot. I hope I can make February a bit more bookish. But since I’m travelling a lot more for work again, I’m positive I can pick up my reading to make a serious dent in my 52 books a year challenge.

Where I used to read a lot in my spare time, it doesn’t distract me as it used to be. I don’t know if it has anything to do with me getting older, but it’s like I can’t seem to find the peace to sit down and read. I need to be busy, so that’s why I basically only read before bed and during travelling. The rest of the time I’m too fidgety as it where to do anything else.

I mean, even when I watch TV I’m doing something else simultaneously, like knitting, or writing or whatever. But this is what I did last month. God, I watch a lot of TV. Hihi, but it’s my relax moment after work and I happily watch a couple of episodes of a series per night. By the looks of my list so far I would have bigger trouble getting to finish my reading challenge then my movie watching challenge.

How are your challenges coming along? Let me know!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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.

YouTube Sunday!!!

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Since we have an extra hour of weekend, this weekend, what better way to spend it watching geeky YouTube vids. Enjoy!

Honest trailer reviews of the Walking Dead: http://youtu.be/rNxvo8AcpQQ

Got stuck watching the BBC and stumbled upon the Sarah Millican show, interviewing some Game of Thrones cast members, ok sucky quality vid, but otherwise amazing: http://youtu.be/uVosT26sTaE

And we got a new teaser trailer for the 50th anniversary! Watch it: http://youtu.be/loGm3vT8EAQ

12 years a slave, starring Benedict Cumberbatch: http://youtu.be/4_Osiocesfg

Pretty much how my cat reacts to spiders (and myself for that matter, I hate spiders): http://youtu.be/19jaOSNibkU

John Green! Talking about Candy-mental floss: http://youtu.be/HrIk0lG8fso it’s awesome, watch it!

Some more Benedict, as Smaug, or rather, behind the scenes doing the voice of Smaug: http://youtu.be/Uz5ODLBC3j4

The Escape artist, starting next week with David Tennant: http://youtu.be/Yx1QaSIaTag

Benedict Cumberbatch and Harrison Ford at the Graham Norton Show: http://youtu.be/I3Og2CzpAFg

Even more Benedict: http://youtu.be/KiDpC4awPK4

Real life Carrie? http://youtu.be/VlOxlSOr3_M

The desolation of Smaug TV spot, yes please: http://youtu.be/JqdZGrgZPqI

Little Favour full trailer, not available for pre-order on I-Tunes, release date the 5th of November: http://youtu.be/11y3gcFxwog

I love Martin Freeman, here’s some: http://youtu.be/-08wp9CHNVY

Halloween is coming and don’t forget, All Hallows read as well. Neil Gaiman explains: http://youtu.be/1tYtLeWN5NQ (I do accept scary books)

Remember I went to a book signing with Neil Gaiman? And the interview that went with it. And how I screwed up not remembering the interviewer’s name? (Sorry Marcel, I remember now) Here’s the whole interview: http://youtu.be/xrWgHYVWlug Now the thing is, although the text below says this is the interview in Utrecht, it’s actually the one in Rotterdam. so I heard myself whooping and cheering on camera (lol) but you can’t see me (thank god for that one) But it’s still amazing to watch it again.

If you want to watch the whole playlist, click this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFBwxyVVrE1JzKnPoXla0rg4

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

YouTube Sunday (finally!)

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Sigh; finally have the time to do a proper YouTube Sunday again. This last month has been crazy. I had to pick up the workload for a colleague who went on a 4 week holiday and after that I had my own vacation break. But that also meant I was to freaking tired during the week to gather geek vids for you guys. When I encountered one I saved it. But I never posted them. So now, on the last day of my holiday (eugh, I need to start working again tomorrow) I’ll post them all at once.

So now, still in my pyjamas, cause you know, it’s Sunday, I’ll be sorting through about 40 vids I collected. I hope you’ll enjoy them. Some may be a bit old, but nevertheless fun to watch. Enjoy!

Seeing as the movie How to train your dragon 2 is coming out June 2014, here’s something to kill the hiatus for you in between waits. The making of part 1: http://youtu.be/PQMBA4896pU if you go to the geek who posted it, there is more where that came from 😉

I first encountered the song Sail by Awolnation in a fanvid made for Sherlock: http://youtu.be/tderL0tZ2jo and I think this is one of the most awesome fanmade vids with this song; it fits in every way possible. And now I found a Supernatural one as well!: http://youtu.be/IbQEyH9bdlg  I mean, this song, is just perfect if you’re having a crappy day and want to get it out of your system by playing angry music and shouting along with it. It’s one of my favourite songs on my mp3 player.

Ok, this is old news for a lot of Sherlockians and a lot of rumours online as we wait for season 3. But fake scenes??? What?: http://youtu.be/epIch_VCVp8 (no Setlock involved in this vid)

A bit of Sherlock season 3 in this drama trailer by BBC: http://youtu.be/ThHEcmDBXpg when is the wait finally over!

The Little Flavour teaser trailer has finally landed, and when it came out, my social media exploded, it’s short, it’s bloody and I need more: http://youtu.be/7mghu5ELe_c

Neutron creme! I’m talking about Star Trek obviously, this vid is a crappy quality, but Karl Urban explains a bit about is: http://youtu.be/xPdrKDh_olw

Talking about Star trek, here’s the honest trailer: http://youtu.be/6B22Uy7SBe4

So what happens if you cross Harry Potter with Doctor Who? http://youtu.be/3aLBLb8DQO4  another fanvid.

There are countless of version online for the cup song (song by Anna Kendrick in Pitch Perfect the movie), but I really like this one as it’s in Gaelic: http://youtu.be/nFtfk0bZVRM

I’m going to Gent in two weeks to see the Julian Assange movie ‘the Fifth Estate’ here’s Julian’s reaction to Benedict’s accent: http://youtu.be/C-X8dxsuOOw I can’t wait to see this movie! Oh and a bit more Fifth Estate: http://youtu.be/ZTzCpjT2ds8

More Benedict? Yes please: another interview with Benedict: http://youtu.be/VtfOxmOzcec  and one more: http://youtu.be/JeEQ2wbRxHY  oh ok, I’ll give you another one: http://youtu.be/iY9lcIHzREc

Although I haven’t watched Merlin (seriously I tried, several times) I did enjoy this children’s in need vid the cast made: http://youtu.be/5k0DinFR5rw

Winter is coming, but not season 4 of Game of Thrones, we still have to wait for some time. Until then, enjoy this extended version of the intro: http://youtu.be/EyJUx2co12c

Season 8 gagreel Supernatural!!! http://youtu.be/6Xlste6kFmk they are the best! Ladies, hold on to your ovaries for this one.

Spoilers people, for Supernatural season 9: http://youtu.be/DfcKMlFCqiU Oh god, is it October yet? Also a nice Castiel and & Crowley promo (insert exploding ovaries here…): http://youtu.be/3anPgm0NQXY (can I make that into a ringtone ‘Hello Crowley here, aka the King of Hell) and of course the extended promo, again, spoilers: http://youtu.be/wgH-oNilKGc

Tom Hiddleston and Cookie monster, do I need to explain myself?: http://youtu.be/b_ubVVnWglk

This is seriously one of the craziest vids I have seen. And it’s a big hit on tumblr as well, what does the fox say: http://youtu.be/jofNR_WkoCE

Since we are still waiting for the 50th trailer to come out, at least for the ones who didn’t go to ComicCon, there are a lot of fanmade trailers popping up, enjoy this one: http://youtu.be/_PBlVhQcGT4  also a fanmade intro for Peter Capaldi: http://youtu.be/oXOBHnWiinY

And also a bit of behind the scenes for Doctor Who as well: http://youtu.be/QPqmOrf1Y9E and a vid about the 10th Doctor’s sonic screwdriver universal remote control: http://youtu.be/9f16q0ZQ2D8 just shut up and take my money!

Neville what happened to you? Innuendo bingo with Matthew Lewis: http://youtu.be/UZoAl8-XQmo

Vlogbrothers and Neil Gaiman? God yes please: http://youtu.be/X9Em3v9CqdU

My name is Khan on a 20 min loop; kuddo’s if you can actually watch this for 20 min I made it to 2: http://youtu.be/3eM-P1bEQYI

David Tennant on the Proclaimers: http://youtu.be/l5RXMt7rIXo  Oh god, that accent.

Ohhh new trailer for you guys, Disney’s frozen: http://youtu.be/TbQm5doF_Uc  Seriously, I’m just a big kid, geeking out over this trailer.

For the Avenger fans, a Thor featurette: http://youtu.be/LL8VHNR0wIU

I love Simon Pegg, haven’t seen the Worlds End yet, but here he is explaining the 12 stages of drunkenness: http://youtu.be/-LO4xWk7_cI

We end this YouTube Sunday with a nerdy chat with Steven Moffat: http://youtu.be/JeCM7LiThEs

I hope you guys enjoyed this YouTube Sunday; I know I did, for the full playlist, check this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFCliQ8XYXop4SnDqYE-KVnY

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

The 12th Doctor and a review!

Tick Tock goes the clock, even for the Doctor…

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Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Since everyone is doing a blog about this, I couldn’t stay behind. So all of you know by now who the new Doctor is. Peter Capaldi! Welcome sir, so a long line of brilliant time-lords.

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Like half of the geek world I was transfixed on my TV during the live show on BBC. Thank the Dutchies for broadcasting BBC! Sonic screwdriver in one hand and my emergency stash of Jammy Dodgers opened I watched some familiar and unfamiliar faces come by on my screen. Wilf! (Sorry, had to). Everybody had an opinion about the previous Doctors (don’t we all) and how they imagine the new Doctor. Although I missed David in this brilliant line-up.

And the minutes slowly ticked away until the new Doctor was being revealed. As the bookies in the UK predicted it turned out to be Peter Capaldi. Now where do I know this guy from? Ancient Pompeii of course! (Ok, I know he’s known for a lot more things, but I only know the guy from a previous Doctor Who episode.)

What I did miss during this live event was more time with Peter. He got a brief say on Doctor Who and his new role and that was it. Come on BBC, at least show us the 50th trailer!

My mum fancies him (about the same age), I like his accent and Theta thinks he will be brilliant. I for one welcome him into the fandom and look forward to his outfit, his quirks, his catchphrases and please give us at least a scene with River!

I also give you a quick review on the fires of Pompeii, as I am currently re-watching all the new episodes. (Still have to finish the end of time part 2; I need a shock blanket, stat!)

I’m a huge history geek, even briefly considered being a history teacher. I always had a fascination for Pompeii and I hope someday I’ll get the chance to visit the town completely preserved in ash. And I did love this episode!Fires of Pompeii

The lovely Doctor Who cast and crew even shot most of the episode in Rome! And we have Donna! I love Donna. And we get a brief glimpse of a future companion, Amy Pond, or actually Karen Gillan playing one of the Soothsayers.Amy

Donna and the Doctor find themselves in ancient Rome, but actually land in Pompeii, on volcano day! (Sorry, to good of a joke not to repeat). Although the lovely and slightly creepy people of Pompeii don’t know what a volcano is. Think more of the lines of angry gods spitting fire kind of thing.

They abandon the Tardis to look around and discover the Tardis is sold as a piece of modern art to Lucius Caecilius Lucundus, a sculpture merchant. They go to the family to retrieve it, but find something strange going on.

Suddenly, without warning, all the truthsayers in Pompeii actually predict the future (except for Volcano day). The Doctor and Donna try to get to the bottom of this, because something is also rumbling and growling beneath them, and it’s not just magma.

Donna get’s kidnapped by the Soothsayers, a cult who predicts the future and where young maidens of upstanding families are promised into joining them. (See, creepy).

It turns out, when the Doctor rescues Donna, they are worshipping a Pyrovile, hosting inside the body of the high priestess. The pyroviles woke up during an earlier earthquake when they landed on earth after their home planet got lost. (How the hell do you lose a complete planet, don’t worry, it all makes a lot more sense later in the season).

The Doctor uses his bright yellow water pistol (I guess his coat pockets are also bigger on the inside) to temporarily distract the sisterhood and he and Donna escape.

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He also discovers that the Pyroviles are trying to convert the whole human race and earth and turn it into one big pile of dust (sort of)

And we get on to one of the most brilliant and sad scenes in this episode. Donna wants to stop Pompeii from being buried into ash, killing about 20.000 human beings in the process. The Doctor explains it’s a fixed point in time and can’t be changed, until he finds out, he’s responsible for killing the people of Pompeii, in order to save the rest of earth. (Heartbreaking, truly heartbreaking).

Finally Donna persuades him to save at least one person and the Doctor agrees to help his future generation and their family (see what I did there?) The Doctor and Donna are now the new house gods of the family, happily living in Rome, and all is well.

Peter plays the role of the father in this happy, disturbed family, and I find it hard to base an opinion on just one episode, basically because he plays a bit of a loser dad. Focusing his time and energy on his daughter and scalding his, in his eyes, deadbeat son. The man clearly can’t base an opinion of his own and is practically owned by his wife and the rich buyers of Pompeii.The 12th Doctor

But the more I think of it, the more I see him as the new Doctor and I am really looking forward to seeing him in the Christmas episode. (Can we include at least a Sparta joke?)

What do you think? Are you happy with the choice, upset, downright disappointed, fangirling, or fanboying? Tell me!

Lots of love, Mendy.

YouTube Sunday!!!

Hi my lovely hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I’m back with another YouTube Sunday, and it is a good one. Hope you enjoy. So sit back and relax.

I love Alex Kinston, I love River Song, here is a lovely interview: http://youtu.be/xTnyGG8NL2Q

I am the Doctor is one of my favourite tracks to listen to on the Doctor Who cd’s. And I love this version made by an orchestra: http://youtu.be/kMBY4AscBLo

I’m a huge fan of Richelle Mead, and her vampire books. I have all of them in my collection. And now she participated in the 50th anniversary special e-books. Watch this interview: http://youtu.be/Tb_Wy72adz8

The next video had me fooled for a couple of minutes and I was screaming behind my laptop for it. But relax, it’s a fanmade vid. If you don’t have 3D glasses like I do, look at the comments to adjust the video so you can watch it properly. The 50th anniversary special Doctor Who trailer: http://youtu.be/YD997i_89RM

Matt Smith being adorable and for someone’s wish spending time at a family for Christmas. Especially the weeping angel bit: http://youtu.be/i9GAmtQ1zF4

David Tennent being really cheeky, don’t mind if you do: http://youtu.be/w1Gj4uuLsRE

John Barrowman being really cheeky about Benedict: http://youtu.be/2EyoovbXuu4

David Tennant trying his American accent, this is creepy, also, David, your Scottish is showing, please stick to UK/Scottish accents please: http://youtu.be/Q4cqRsvu9t0

I don’t know how many of you speak Finnish, I don’t. But that still doesn’t mean this Star Trek cast interview isn’t fun to watch: http://youtu.be/mrymEMiQd-Q

I posted this before, but still. It’s Benedict in Star Trek: http://youtu.be/Cg965WA2bgU

One of my lovely colleagues told me about this video and I almost wet myself laughing. I know it’s mime, but please, watch it! This guy is brilliant!: http://youtu.be/k9TRFSEMDNA

If you watched the previous video, then you have to watch this one. It’s the same guy, but with a special added guest surprise: http://youtu.be/m8AggJ3_Xf0

Did you guys know about 300 getting a second movie? I for sure didn’t. But I’m not complaining. Here’s the trailer for all of you who haven’t seen it yet:  http://youtu.be/wnN8pmjxhsA

I hate magicians as much as mime players, but imagine Sheldon Cooper doing magic tricks and this is what you get: http://youtu.be/R_tsziWstbA

You either love or hate funny cat videos; again, this brought a huge smile on my face, especially the part where he talks about spiders to one of his cats: http://youtu.be/XdkNtxqXncA

3 half naked gay guys dancing in heels? What’s not to love, this is my new favourite go to vid when my job is being shitty: http://youtu.be/Dj6kcpys_Tg and the gagreel is even better: http://youtu.be/IRr00F7gYow

We do have sort of talking trashcans in our Dutch amusement park the Efteling. For us Dutchies, ‘holle bolle Gijs’ but this trash can is the best: http://youtu.be/JzPld1qpvl8

Combine bagpipes with AC/DC’s Thunderstruck and you get something like this: http://youtu.be/K-Op1Mng4oY

Amazing cover of the song Radioactive by Imagine Dragons, performed by Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix: http://youtu.be/aE2GCa-_nyU

Gishwhes 2013 is finally here, subscribe to www.gishwhes.com to enter: http://youtu.be/_6yNBtBBAPM

Andrew Scott, or also known as Moriarty, did a lovely little red carpet interview. And my fellow DCC friend Anieck just met him yesterday in London (me is very jealous fangirl right now) http://youtu.be/U8k2-YN2czY

Benedict talking Sherlock: http://youtu.be/eLrOPAOgRUg  and http://youtu.be/qR5Dyt2CwNY

Benedict trying his deductive skills: http://youtu.be/1zV4FHP4smY

Short film Inseperable starring Benedict: http://youtu.be/w9s4wH-xpsY

If you find yourself in London, visit speedy’s cafe: http://youtu.be/nAne7smyi-4

It’s our favourite not gay elf Legolas, or Orlando Bloom and a lovely vid at his last day of shooting on the Hobbit. For tumblr fans, you know the song: http://youtu.be/5NGguk8VXYc

Don’t know if I shared this one yet, but still. The Desolation of Smaug trailer: http://youtu.be/O-CIoVLX7YM

Tyler Hoechlin doesn’t understand Tumblr (please keep away from it Tyler!) and thanks his fans (can I just squee that Teen Wolf has started again!): http://youtu.be/oxjn8qwQIeA

See your favourite Star Wars characters dance to good old fashioned rock music: http://youtu.be/hRLjxjS72Gg and http://youtu.be/5wvCTXwk_6k

Supernatural season 7 gagreel, please yes: http://youtu.be/-R1C3Ew-SlU

That was it for this lazy YouTube Sunday, if you want to watch all video’s here is the link for the entire playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkqAzbSKwpFCzfskTZle0BS6OynEx_Otj