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Merry Christmas and happy new year!
tehomet: (Eddie Izzard and the element of surprise)
A fan film starring the one, the only, Captain Tightpants - Nathan Fillion.
I enjoyed this! I hope there's more.

Success!

May. 28th, 2018 06:56 pm
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I'm delighted that the referendum passed and the bloody 8th Amendment has been repealed. Good riddance to bad rubbish! Legislation is due to be introduced soon. It's great! I can't quite believe it. I really thought that it would fail or just pass by one or two per cent. There was a referendum to introduce divorce a while back, which just passed by a mere 9,000 votes. I thought this would be the same - if we were lucky.

Boy, was I wrong! But in a good way. The exit poll results came through about ten minutes after the polling stations closed. I was on the phone to a friend at the time, who was in the middle of telling me tearfully how she'd been spat at and cold shouldered by No voters earlier that day while walking through her local village on the way to the polling station, and how she'd had to stop herself crying while actually voting. I was making sympathetic noises when I refreshed the Irish Times website, and hey presto - Irish Times exit poll projects Ireland has voted by a landslide to repeal the 8th. I told her about this and we were both so amazed. I mean, we never dreamt of a landslide!

Exit polls have been wrong before. Look at Brexit and the Trump election. We were on tenterhooks until late the next day when the official result was read out. We watched the counts progressing. We watched people leaving flowers and notes at the Savita Halapannavar mural in Dublin city. We were continuing to bite what was left of our nails. Eventually the result was announced at Dublin castle. It was official.

Mainly I felt a massive sense of relief and a bit of disbelief, which is slowly wearing off.

The joy will come later, once the result sinks in. And nothing is going to bring back Savita Halapannavar or Michelle Harte or Aisha Chithira or Sheila Hodgers or any of the other women who have died because of the 8th Amendment, or turn back the clock on all the women and girls who suffered because of it.

But still. This is a wonderful thing.

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As you might know, here in Ireland, there's an abortion ban. The 8th Amendment to our constitution back in 1983 enshrined in the law of the land the equal valuing of a woman's life and that of a fertilised egg, or a foetus. This state of affairs has led to various situations like around 170,000 Irish women and girls (some of whom are rape survivors, some as young as eleven) having to get the boat or the plane to England to have their pregnancies terminated, women with a diagnosis of fatal fetal abnormality having to go to England to have the birth induced, at least one teenager being put in a psychiatric hospital when she requested an abortion, some women being forced to have C sections when they didn't want to, some women being denied cancer treatment due to their pregnancies, plus a fair few women dying, such as Savita Halappanavar, who was suffering a septic miscarriage but her doctors wouldn't treat the infection or terminate her pre-viable pregnancy until the foetal heartbeat stopped.

It's Thursday night. Tomorrow is polling day. Saturday we get the result. I really hope the referendum succeeds and we manage to repeal the 8th. I don't want to be ashamed to be Irish anymore.

If you're Irish, please vote yes tomorrow.

If you're not Irish, send us good vibes.

*hyperventilates*

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tehomet: (Benedict Cumberbatch oh crumpets!)
I went to see La La Land last night and was underwhelmed by it. The acting's great, especially Emma Stone's, the songs are good, obviously a lot of work and imagination went into the whole thing, but the plot is paper thin. When one clear conversation could've dealt with the main conflict, the protagonists just appear immature. And the choreography wasn't too good. For a song and dance flick, it's pedestrian.

One of the group I went to see it with loves musicals. Even she didn't like it. "14 Oscar nominations, me arse!" she said.
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My fellow Irish citizens and I voted yesterday in the referendum for marriage equality (and the referendum for reducing the minimum age of presidential candidates, but no one gives a toss about that). I'm trying to get some work done while refreshing the news sites and dancing around the house with glee. It's hard to concentrate.

Things are looking good for a yes vote, but there'll be no announcement until 5pm or so. Come on!
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Avengers: Age of Ultron is as good as the first one, in my opinion. It's fast paced, funny, and feels like a rollercoaster ride, which I imagine is exactly what Joss Whedon was aiming for. For me as a fan of the other Marvel movies and the Agents of SHIELD series, there was enough continuity to keep me happy without confusing the hell out of people who aren't familiar with the MCU. One of the group I saw it with hadn't even seen the first Avengers movie and could follow it, even though Loki's glowstick of doom and those Hydra scunners are big parts of the plot. What was amazing was how like fanfiction it felt. You may remember when Firefly was playing, it struck some people as fanfiction-esque, kind of like how all the scenes on the ship were a bit like 'behind the scenes' on the Millennium Falcon, with all the cosy dinners in the kitchen and so forth. Well, some of the sub-plots and secrets and backstory in this film are like fanfiction for the Avengers series. And that's a good thing IMHO, although the backstory for Widow got on my nerves a little, which is as much as I can say without spoiling anyone. Age of Ultron lacks the shiny first time charm of the first Avengers movie, and the sheer darkness of Captain America: Winter Soldier (which is the best MCU film for my money, so far), plus it's obvious that it's the Empire Strikes Back of the Avengers series, in the sense that there's a lot of setting up for the future going on. Regardless of all that, it's great craic and a worthy sequel. A near-perfect popcorn movie.

A Little Chaos is good too, but not great. The story is a candied apple with the odd razor blade in it. It's about a bereaved gardener in pre-revolutionary France being hired to design a wild garden in Versailles. She's played by Kate Winslet and the director is Alan Rickman who also stars as the King. The costumes and sets are lovely, some of the acting is great which is not surprising considering the cast, and it's all very uplifting. But, oh my god, the script. If it were a story on AO3, I would be leaving feedback along the lines of 'Great story, but have you considered more showing and less telling?' Don't tell me how you're feeling about the other character, show me! The dialogue is so clunky in places that it honestly came across as though it was badly translated in parts. And the fact is that our heroine doesn't introduce much wildness into anything. I liked the film, don't get me wrong, but it needed to be more gritty to be better. Dangerous Liaisons and The Last of the Mohicans are much better films set in the same period. This one is worth seeing but not worth seeing twice.
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I'm sad to see that Terry Pratchett has died. I have nothing else to say. I'm going to go break something now.

Pride

Sep. 12th, 2014 09:37 pm
tehomet: (Benedict Cumberbatch oh crumpets!)
I've just come back from seeing the movie Pride and I have to say, in my considered opinion, it is BLOODY BRILLIANT.

I laughed, then I cried, then I laughed until I cried. It's a terrific watch with a fantastic cast, including Andrew Scott (Sherlock fans will know him), Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and tonnes more awesomeness. Here's the trailer:

tehomet: (Danny <3 Steve)
The Orange by Wendy Cope

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange-
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave-
They got quarters and I had a half.

And that orange, it made me so happy,
As ordinary things often do
Just lately. The shopping. A walk in the park.
This is peace and contentment. It’s new.

The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all the jobs on my list
And enjoyed them and had some time over.
I love you. I'm glad I exist.

tehomet: (Starry night)
I had to MacGyver a stand out of three shelf brackets, some cardboard and half a roll of duct tape, but the tree is finally sort of vertical, and twinkling. People are singing carols on the radio. There is glitter on everything, including the dogs. It must be Christmas Eve, and time to wish all you lovely people a very happy festive season.

*raises cup of tea* Sláinte!
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I'm so excited! The Church of Ireland has appointed a female bishop for the first time in its history.

Yes we have. \o/ And it goes without saying that it's about fecking time.

Also this week, the Church in Wales voted overwhelmingly to back women bishops, joining the Scottish church who already do back women bishops but haven't yet appointed any.

We Celts in the Anglican Communion have got our act together. Come on, the English. :)

To This Day

Apr. 7th, 2013 10:29 pm
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Well worth watching, IMO.

Thanks to [personal profile] uniquepov for linking me.
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Jack Klugman, actor and star of Quincy, died recently.

I didn't know that he used his fame to get some good stuff done on the quiet. I admire him all the more.

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