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+This is the time of school holidays – I am permanently going to the parks, eating ice creams and Mc Donalds and having Sasha’s friends round! Very nice!

+ It feels so unfair to work when the weather is nice. Is it true that in Spain everybody has LONG lunch breaks???

+ I finally watched X-men 3! I must admit I like it less then the previous two because this film is a little short for me and I can enjoy more of the character development for the new characters as “Angel”, but any film which has a scene where Huhg Jackman is losing almost all his clothes for the sake of saving humanity can’t be bad in my book. He is very sculpture-like looking and heroic. We went together with my friend and her 14-year old son and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

+ Veronica Mars season 2 )

+ Dr Who Impossible Planet: This is probably the first episode in this season which is totally brilliant for me. I have a thing for the black holes since the age 8, I think.

+ I have gotten Farscape” season 1!!! Yay! But I had no chance to watch it yet.
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+ Sasha and I watched "The Idiot’s Lantern" of Dr. Who yesterday. While I still found it very pleasant to watch and TV Lady was suitably scary, I really was not keen at all on Ten’s shouting face and was missing my Nine like mad. I just don’t think David Tennant is as good an actor as CE was, that is all. For me he over-acts and over-shouts. Sorry!! I was trying my best to like him, and at his best, when he is serious, I think "wow", but more and more recently - NO!!! I think I will have to watch “Dr. Who” this year because Sasha adores it, but – it is not my cup of tea entirely. And where all Doctor/Rose furtive glances and their wonderful chemistry gone????

+ I have bought Nick Cave’s "Murder Ballads", I was thinking to acquire it for a while, but now when I am listening to it I remembered that I used to own this exact CD in Russia and I used to be crazy about “Where the Wild Roses Grow”.

+ I don’t know how it is for other people, but my brain has been totally transformed by moving countries/languages so that many things exist for me totally in parallel. Due to some differences in translation of names and titles, I know a number of books, films and music which I used to like in Russia and which I can’t find in England. Names starting with "K" and "C" are difficult because in Russian language the same letter "K" is used for both. Film titles are difficult too, because in Russia films are often dubbed and film titles are translated not directly, but more in touch with Russian culture.

+ I remembered my that long time ago one of my friends was suggesting that part of the “national character” is defined by the national language, the way a person thinks on one language or another, like for example, English is well-structured and the position of the words in a sentence doesn’t change, where in Russian you can put the words in a sentence any way you want, but of course, this changes the meaning.

+VM season 2 beginning )
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+ I am sick as a dog – last week's headache was a start of cold.


+ It is Sasha’s birthday today. She invited her friends to the birthday treat on Saturday – trip to the movies!!!!!!

+ Bart-the-cat has an unexplained love for Sky-the-dog. He plays with her and curls to sleep with her. And she is very motherly with him, licking and protecting. It is really cute to watch, but on the back of my mind I have a warning from one of Mr. Alexander dog’s books – “Never leave your terrier and your cat alone together because terriers have an instinct to hunt small animals”. I don’t know what to think. Cat is growing like crazy; I think he is going to be HUGE. And he demands food.

+I am really in VM love – I spend Monday moping over my cold/watching VM. Season 1 up to now is amazing!! Inexplicable (because he is such a bad boy in season 1) but I adore Logan now. Season 1 spoilers up to episode 8 )

+ I liked “The age of steel” very much, but now I must confess – I do miss Nine. Ten is good, but I could do with less of the crazy faces. Sorry, everybody! I like Ten very much when he is in the serious mode, but he is overdoing it for me with the facial expressions.
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1. I slept for about 12 hours today. It is like I have been storing sleep deprivation but gene is out of the box now and I am sleeping like a bear in hibernation

2. Sasha and I got a pair of new shoes each. Mine are pointy-nosed and black, hers are blunt-nosed and black too.

3. "Cozy cellar" project is moving forward, floor is getting painted, new shelves are on the walls and Mr.Alexander rocks.

4. Sasha and I watched Dr. Who "School reunion". It is not Mr.Alexander’s cup of tea, sadly, but I am so glad Sasha enjoying it! "School reunion" was very emotional for me, spoilers )

5. "A Feast for Crows"I LOVE IT! )

6. Sasha and I have watched "Corpse bride". It is filled with beautiful music. It is scary and funny, romantic and unusual. I had a "Wow" feeling from the beginning until the end. The atmosphere, the humor, the stunning animation – I adore it all. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are wonderful.

some screencaps from Corpse Bride )

** Thinking about dear [ profile] winterspel. **
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I should not have been doing it. But I can't help it. Doctor Who lives in my blood.

Please let me know if you would like any text added/taken away.

More icons )
alexandral: (Dr. Who  - Doctor - Grin)
I just have watched the first episode of new season of Dr. Who (with David Tennant). It is FANTASTIC. I am still bouncy and happy, I could not sleep and made some icons, free to share. They can contain spoilers.

Please let me know if you would like any text added.

More icons )
alexandral: (Caravaggio - Sean)
I always find Ingmar Bergman’s films haunting, but “Persona” just would not let me go at all. I watched it on Monday and I keep thinking about it again and again. It is not that it is complicated. It is quite a short film, actually. It just made me think about so many things. And not all of them are inside my “comfort zone”.

A film is about relationship of two women – an ill actress who refuses to speak and her nurse. Like other Bergman’s films it doesn’t shy away from difficult themes and is a little shocking for me in places. But how beautiful the cinematography is! And how unusual but iconic actresses are! Liv Ulmann, Bergman’s lover is probably one of the most beautiful women I know. She is just WOW!

Picture of Bibi Andersson and Liv Ultmann in Persona )

Vaguely spoilery part )

I watched a little of “Casanova” with David Tennant and it is not entirely my cup of tea. David is sort of cute, but a touch too silly for me at times. The big plus is of course is that I didn’t notice before how blue his eyes are. I am back to worrying about new season of Dr. Who. ;(. Don’t worry, I am a worrier!

And I am back to work. It is lunch-time and I have got stacks to do which I was putting to one side during the Project time. Good job I like doing this stuff, otherwise it would have quickly driven me mad ;). But – My beautiful Amaryllis was waiting for me at the office! All double-flowers, white with some pink inside.

Biggest question is - when is it going to get WARM outside?

** I used this icon because it is black-and-white and "Persona" is black-and-white ;)
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I like Mondays.

I work Wednesday to Friday and Wednesday is the worst day because it is always so BUSY and there are so many things awaiting to be done .. But Monday – I have a whole day for myself and today I have already done so many things (taking my friend to the airport, shopping and getting tulips for the front garden) that this whole day fills me with joy. I keep looking at my tulips through the front window and all is great!!! I wish everybody a nice day!!!!

I finished "The Wire" season 2 this weekend. Spoilers for season 2 of The Wire, the greatest show EVER )

I also was watching "Bleak House" and it is a true masterpiece. The only thing which upsets me in it is something of my shallow nature )

I am screen-capping and hope to make some icons. Though I never know how icon-making is going to go ..

And I am thinking about Dr.Who and Rose so much and I am not thinking about Kara/Lee as much anymore ;)…
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1)Project Report is a history and it was not all that bad after all! Huge thank you for support!!!!

2) This is a wonderful painting I really, really like of lady thoughtful and serene: Rossetti - La Pia de'Tolomei )

3) I think I woud like to make a header from this gorgeous painting or may be National Geographics pictures, but I don' know how. If anybody knows how to add headers I will be really, really thankful.

4) Doctor Who and Rose! I finally watched it all the way through and I am upset again that Christopher Eccleston only did one season.Spoilers up to The Parting of the Ways )
alexandral: (Dr Who - Friendship closes its eyes)
I am writing the Project report. Five days to go!

I LOVE Dr.Who! I sneakily made four icons. Icons are free to share ,if you like I will make customizations, like text and etc., for you.

alexandral: (Dr. Who  - Rose - red)
- I have written about 70% of the Report for the Project of Doom. But today I felt I need a break and watched 1 episode of Dr. Who (with Christopher Eccleston) because [ profile] lage_nom_ai was talking about it.

I THINK THIS IS THE BEST SHOW EVER! SERIOUSLY! Where have I been when everybody was watching it? I love, love, love it! Because:

- Dr.Who is quirky and crazy and cute

- Rose is wonderful

- Script is fantastic, really clever but not i-am-so-serious-about-myself

- Jokes are out of this world

- Living plastic - Funny, but mannequins make me uneasy always, they look like they ARE alive.

- The only bad thing is that Christopher Eccleston only did one season. Why? I really think he is great.

I broke into iconmaking spree and made an icon with Rose, and then I kept going and made an unrelated icon from the lovely picture of Sean Bean in Caravaggio which very generous [ profile] elspethsheir gave me yesterday..

(I don't know if Sean's Bean character is any wild in the "Caravaggio", but this picture in my mind is - he is like some sort of a wild animal here, like leopard perhaps)

-- Icons are free to share

I will not be able to be around much this week because this is the last 10 days before the submission day of the Project of Doom. Have a nice week everyone!


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