June 24th, 2010

Books: Coloured

Wimbledon Days 03 & 04

As far as 'names' go there wasn't really any great upset yesterday, even Davydenko going out wasn't that surprising, given he's been out for a while with a wrist injury.

I did have a slight fear for Roddick in the first set, so was very pleased when all went right and he went through in four. I saw nothing of Fed's match, but understand from reports that once again, whilst he won in four, it wasn't exactly a walk in the park for him. Djokovic, after his five-setter on Monday, came through in three and Hewitt won when his opponent had to stop, but was clearly in ascendancy.

All three of my favourite women made it through, although JJ did cause a slight scare - not that I was watching that either, but I was keeping an eye on scores.

And it was nice to see two of our men's doubles teams get through their first rounds.

However, the story of the day (and quite possibly of the tournament) has to go to the record smashing match out on Court 18 between Nicolas Mahut of France and John Isner of the USA. It started on Monday and was halted through bad light at two sets all. Yesterday it was again halted due to bad light at . . . 59 : 59 in the fifth - I kid you not. They played for c. seven hours yesterday alone, playing one set. These guys have smashed every record going: most aces served in a match (both beat the previous record), longest final set at Wimbledon, most games played in final set, longest match in Wimbledon history, longest match in tennis history (10 hours) and I believe the fifth set alone is longer than any match at Wimbledon. And still it isn't over.

I started watching it purely because it was on (Freeview gives you limited options and yesterday for some time there wasn't any as it was taken up with the World Cup) and I was also Tweeting and LJ'ing, I made the odd Tweet or two about the score and plutos_revenge and I 'chatted' a bit about it. Then I signed off for the day and carried on watching.

From a great tennis or entertaining tennis point of view, it wasn't - there were a few outstanding rallies and moments, but mostly it was pretty boring - even the commentators said so. Having said that, the quality insofar as there were a mere handful of break points in the entire set and neither man lost his cool, was top rate. However, what was riveting was the score and seeing records broken. We had supper and went back and still it wasn't over. My dear long-suffering hubby then went off to talk to his computer whilst I continued to watch until finally at 59 : 59, it was called off for the evening.

Isner could barely walk around the court and most of the time was hardly bothering to get a return if it meant he had to move - at 6'9" he does have a huge wing-span and could get away with that. He looked exhausted super-plus and I'd say the only thing that saved him was his huge serve. The fact that at any slight moment of concern he could wham out an ace. Mahut, however, still looked fairly fresh.

And the scary thing? Whose to say they don't come out today and at 9:00 p.m. the match is halted for light with them at 125 : 125.

Report on match from Wimbledon site.

Today should be a good day (I hope). Murray opens on Centre and Rafa plays third on Centre - they play in front of the Queen who is visiting Wimbledon for the first time since 1977. I'm not a huge Murray fan, but he's British, I'm British, so . . . But if it comes down to the expect semi between him and Rafa, I'll definitely be supporting Rafa ::looks a tad ashamed::

And it's haircut day, but the lady who cuts our hair comes here and it's only a dry cut, so takes very little time.
Books: Coloured

Month-long TV Meme - Day #24 -  Best quote.

When nicis_anatomy started to post this meme last month, I promised her that I would do it in June. So I am keeping my promise. From seeing Nici's posts last month, I know several of my answers will be the same as hers.

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Day 24 - Best quote.

How can you pick one quote from things you watch? It's not easy.

I knew the show I wanted to use, as it's one of my favourite shows ever, but not the exact quote, as it's a show from which J and I quote a lot. Thus, it wasn't overly surprising when J was the one to come up with a quote I decided to use - and unasked for, it just fell into our day-to-day conversation.

It's from the wonderful series Yes, Prime Minister from Season 2, Episode 1: 'Man Overboard'. Strictly speaking, it's a teeny bit of dialogue as Humphrey and Jim are involved, but it's just so good, and so fitting for me personally, I had to use it. And it comes from the show, so it's a quote, right?

Sir Humphrey: "Prime Minister, you're not being indecisive, are you?"
Jim Hacker: "No, no! No, I just can't make up my mind."




Yes, Prime Minister and it's forerunner Yes, Minister are series I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. They are a satirical look at our political system. The humour is tremendous, but I guess it wouldn't appeal to everyone, you need to enjoy that kind of more humour to appreciate it. I'm also not totally sure how it would work to non-native Brits. Thus if there are any non-native Brits on my flist who have watched it, I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

Cribbing directly from Wiki: Set principally in the private office of a British government cabinet minister in the (fictional) Department for Administrative Affairs in Whitehall (the sequel was set in the Prime Minister's offices at 10 Downing Street), the series follows the senior ministerial career of The Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP, played by Paul Eddington. His various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes are opposed by the will of the British Civil Service, in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, played by Nigel Hawthorne. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, played by Derek Fowlds, is usually caught between the two. Almost every episode ends with the line "Yes, Minister" (or "Yes, Prime Minister"), uttered (usually) by Sir Humphrey as he relishes his victory over his "political master" or acknowledges defeat—and, more rarely, to acknowledge a joint victory.

One of the best things about the series are the long, convoluted speeches Sir Humphrey comes out with, pretty much in any and all situations. Speeches that you think 'I'm going to get it all this time' and then still get lost.

The other and even more important thing are the characters. Jim, Humphrey and Bernard are a superb cast who interact so well together, play off one another, again there's no 'I'm a more well-know actor than you', type of thing; they are great. And the supporting cast, be it those who appear several times or just once are also all excellent.

It's a series we've watched many times and one we'll watch many more times.

Yes, Prime Minister on Wiki

Yes, Prime Minister on the BBC