June 27th, 2010

Occasions: Halloween (House)

Wimbledon Days 06 & 07

Well the hoped for nice, enjoyable, relaxed afternoon didn't happen.

Rafa got taken to five sets again, didn't play that well - although hats off to his opponent who did play extremely well - and had left arm and right knee problems. Unless something miraculous happens and he rediscovers his form, I honestly can't see him getting beyond the quarters - assuming he wins his match tomorrow. Soderling (whom he's due to meet in the quarters) is playing amazingly well and even if Rafa did get past him he'll face (if all goes accordingly to plan) a very in-form Murray.

Murray and Soderling both sailed through; I didn't see much of Murray, he didn't even start to play until after J and I usually sit down, so it didn't seem fair to inflict and entire match on J, given he's not that keen on tennis. I did see the odd bit and did see him serve it out - he really did look impressive.

plutos_revenge and I have been saying, we really don't think either Rafa or Roger will get to the finale. Prediction: Andy Roddick vs. Andy Murray or Robin Soderling. When was the last GS that didn't have Roger or Rafa in it? Was it the Aussie Open the year Nole won in 2008?

On the women's side Serena got through, not surprising and no upsets for the other women. The entertainment (even when it's painful it's still been grand entertainment if you take the broader view) has been marvellous on the men's side during the first week.

And we do indeed have more Brits than just Murray into the second week. Amazingly, and against the odds and all expectations, Chris Eaton and  Dominic Inglot (a wild card doubles team) put out the #01 men's doubles team in the second round. And  Colin Fleming and Kenneth Skupski also won their first round match. Plus, two mixed doubles teams won their first rounds.

There isn't any tennis today *sighs* but tomorrow brings all singles fourth round matches, so a very busy day indeed. Kim vs. Justine and  Hewitt vs. Nole could/should both be great matches. Let's just hope that Roger and Rafa (plus any other favourites anyone may have) give us nice easy, worry free matches. Oh, look, what's just flown past the window *g*
Occasions: Halloween (House)

Month-long TV Meme - Day #27 - Best pilot episode.

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 27 - Best pilot episode.

Again, there were several contenders for this, but I decided to go for another show I hadn't used yet, not only because I hadn't used it, but because it was an extremely fine pilot episode that introduced a great series.

It's Lewis.

Starring Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox (who plays DS James Hathaway) Lewis is a detective series that is a spin-off from Morse. Lewis was Morse's Sergeant and has now been promoted to the rank of Inspector. Lewis and Hathaway in their own way are both mavericks and maybe surprisingly their partnership works extremely well.

It's set in Oxford and several of the mysteries do centre around the University and it's another show that is family orientated, not so far paced you get tired watching it, but nor does it limp along, it's fairly gentle and very believable. There are two other recurring characters, their boss Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent, who often despairs of them and was keen to pension Lewis off to start with, but soon discovers what a great team they are and Dr Laura Hobson (who also appeared in Morse.

There are personal issues for both men, Lewis is over-coming not only the death of Morse, but also of his wife. However, these issues blend in very well with the case and unlike certain shows do not overtake the episodes to the detriment of the case, but are part of them.

It's another series I strongly recommend if you enjoy the not-overly gritty detective series that isn't full of bad language and sex, nor does it talk down to the viewer. I wonder how soon it'll be before ITV decide to cancel it!

Lewis on Wiki.

Lewis on TV.com
Occasions: Halloween (House)

Fiction. While I'm Gone (Gibbs/Ducky)

TITLE: While I'm Gone
AUTHOR: Ashleigh Anpilova
PAIRING: Leroy Jethro Gibbs/Donald 'Ducky' Mallard
GENRE: Slash
SUMMARY: Set during Patriot Down. Gibbs goes to see Ducky to leave him a final instruction.
SPOILERS: Patriot Down
AUTHOR'S NOTE: A slightly early birthday story for ashley_pitt
DISCLAIMER: I don't own these characters, nor am I making any money from them. I merely borrow them from time to time.

While I'm Gone