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  2. Introverts, how is your day?

    The original walk was cancelled due to the weather, but the organiser said he was still going to try to go if anyone wanted to meet him. He took someone in his car, and I had a lift with the original guy I was going with, so there were four of us in total. We did a big circular trek through the mountains around the castle; snow up to our knees in places, huge fields full of virgin snow, not a soul in sight, no sound other than the wind. It was like we were the only people in the world. Stunning scenery, I would have taken so many photos had my phone not decided to play up due to the cold. Everything was monochrome. I was with three strangers, but we still got on really well, and plenty of laughing and joking as we went along. Everyone fell over at least once. Here's the last photo my camera managed to take before dying completely, it's not great but sets the scene. It's the view we've had much of the day, with the castle, atop a cliff, looming over us. And the path up to the castle itself, before we circled around.
  3. Today
  4. Introverts, how is your day?

    So -- tell us about it?
  5. Introverts, how is your day?

    I'm back, I survived, and I had a brilliant day. Bit bruised and battered, will probably be massively aching tomorrow, but I finally got to see plenty of snow, and also came across a brand new little lamb who had just been born. I did nearly have an accident from laughing too hard, but just about managed to hold it back!
  6. Introverts, how is your day?

    Should be good, except British roads are a disaster when it’s snowing so it could go horribly wrong... still, have to have an adventure now and then!
  7. Introverts, how is your day?

    Sounds great! Have fun! I envy you.
  8. Introverts, how is your day?

    Guys, I'm off on an expedition to a castle in the snow. Wish me luck that I don't get stranded.
  9. The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    That's what it looks like to me -- crossed with a Pegasus.
  10. The Cute Animal Pics/Videos Thread

    A unicorn version of a llama or alpaca?
  11. Patterns throughout BBC Sherlock

    This video does a good job of explaining what kind writer Moffat is based off how he writes Sherlock and Doctor Who:
  12. Yesterday
  13. How can I get my computer (or phone) to...?

    I finally got up the courage to open one of those notifications, and when I closed that tab the notification was no longer in the list. Thus encouraged, I boldly opened each of the rest, and that cleared the entire line. Now all I need is a way to keep them from sending more!
  14. A Collector’s Lot

    Care to give us a (mercifully brief) sample from those few pages?
  15. A Collector’s Lot

    I attempted to read The Return Of Arthur Conan Doyle which was originally published just after Doyle’s death and is supposed to contain Doyle’s words from beyond the grave as given to a French mystical society. ‘Attempted’ is the key word. My in-built ‘drivelometer’ was pushed way past it’s limit. I could only manage a few pages. Normally after reading a book i might say that it’s worth getting or not to bother. No one on here apart from me is stupid enough to buy such an awful book! One for the collection though🙂 £18 that I’ll never get back☹️
  16. Martin Freeman News

    There's a discussion over in the Side Effects thread.
  17. I agree with both of you, and suspect that even though the interview was nominally about the TJLC phenomenon, Mr. Freeman is also well aware of the "Freebatchers," to which he has every right to react on a personal basis. Nobody likes being called something that they most definitely are not, regardless of whether it's OK to be that. (Back before I was a vegetarian, people used to assume I was one -- no idea why -- and that assumption would bug the heck out of me.) While the TJLCers claim that anyone who disagrees with them is homophobic (and even if there's a bit if truth to that), I think the main thing people are objecting to is the "entitlement" attitude, something that, as far as I can see, is totally missing from other ships, both gay and straight. The Sherlolly crowd seems very earnest, but they also seem hopeful or wistful rather than demanding. Instead of demanding that Moftiss write the show to their specifications, they quietly write their fan fiction. At this point I should say that I believe most Johnlockers are also content with their fan fiction. It's the ones who've turned it into a political movement that I'm talking about.
  18. What shocked me was how openly and carelessly some people just extended the ship to the actors themselves. Not in their own imagination, which would have been no problem I guess but publicly on social media. And that Amanda Abbington got death threats. That was horrible. I know actors put themselves out there but I still feel sorry for them when things like that happen. That's just plain wrong.
  19. Just ignore all the f-words in Martin's statements. He uses the word a lot. A heterosexual shipers might be annoying too, but nobody would force an equality agenda on it. Because it went: if you don't support Johnlock you are a homophobe. If you are gay and don't write Johnlock into the show, you are a traitor and a disgrace to the community and don't deserve to represent it.
  20. Martin Freeman News

    Which thread was that in?
  21. Martin Freeman News

    As Tobe just said on another thread, I can see why people could have had those expectations, and the Moftisses shouldn't be surprised that many of those people didn't believe their denials, considering that they lied about other things in order to "surprise" us. But blaming the actors? Hardly seems either fair or lgical.
  22. Martin Freeman News

    Pretty much, except now aimed at MF as well as Moftiss.
  23. Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    The national BBC reporters don't sport it, nor do the reporters on any of the other channels. I think they have a stylist who's run amok. If it was ugly but actually fitted them I suppose it would be something, but the stuff they're in is always either too tight or too loose. I always feel sorry for the poor weather girls who have to have almost their full body in shot.
  24. Martin Freeman News

    Are they the same old rants?
  25. Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Maybe it's the current style?
  26. I could only read the second article (the first site needed registration) but it made me feel sad. And also further cemented my seemingly unique opinion that it's a good thing the show ended and it shouldn't be renewed. I am grateful that even though he got tired of doing it, Freeman gave a good, solid performance to the very end and they all left us with a product that is complete and enjoyable. Not many shows manage that. I understand that all the demands for a certain ship became obnoxious but I cannot help wondering if the actors and writers had been quite so annoyed if it had been a heterosexual pairing. Maybe it's my "anti-gay" radar being oversensitive after many years of use but I can't help but feel a little uneasy on that head. I cannot imagine BC saying "we're not F***ing lovers" about his character and Molly, for example. Of course, the "Sherlolly" fraction seems less aggressive, so maybe that's why, but still... And I do understand how the expectations came about and still think it was the writers' own fault, to a degree.
  27. Martin Freeman News

    Eurgh, Tumblr's back to being a cesspit because of this MF interview. Not read it yet, off to do so now. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-03-16/sherlock-watson-relationship-benedict-cumberbatch-martin-freeman-shipping-bbc/ Edit: Have now read. And yet again I think it's all an overreaction and what he said is perfectly reasonable and understandable. I don't even follow any of the ranty blogs on Tumblr, I only go on there for art and fic-recs, but people just will insist on reblogging other people's bile.
  28. Speedy's Cafe - General Chat about anything you like!

    Nope, but surely they can’t ALL have hideous taste.
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