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hard grinding

Bah, the bank holiday is over, and a new week of hard grind begins. Speaking of which, if you've never watched Coronation Street, now is the time to start, as Ian McKellan is guest starring at the moment. He's playing Mel Hutchwright, the author of gritty northern saga Hard Grinding, which the book club have been discussing. And now he's turned up in person and has captivated his elderly fans. The results are comedy gold. How can you miss the sight of Gandalf in the Rovers?
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Yesterday barsine came to call, and we watched Gilmore Girls, strolled in the park, and of course ate our collective weight in unhealthy food. Hurrah! Actually, I really can't cope with such gorging - when I came back from walking H to the bus stop I practically fell into a stupor and could only be roused by an excellent new episode of Scrubs.

God, I just realised that to look at my posts you might think I watch a vast amount of television. And I really only watch a couple of programmes a week (Corrie, Dr Who, the odd documentary or big drama - and of course my American downloads). But I tend to only watch programmes I like a lot, or at least feel strongly about, hence all the postage. On a more literary note, today I got a parcel of books from Harper Collins. For some bizarre reason, HC seem to delight in sending me exactly the sort of books I hate (spy thrillers, books about the SAS). I have no idea why they send me these things, as I am never going to read them, let alone write about them, but today they sent me a parcel containing just one army related book which also contains not only the new book from Susan Juby, but also the new Jenny Colgan. I like Jenny Colgan's books very much - yes, they're usually silly chicklit, but they're very funny silly chicklit, and she also wrote a wonderful and very unchicklit book about Arthurian myth coming true in Coventry which I loved (and which made me cry at the end, to my enormous surprise). So even though it's raining and I may have to become a bin courier today (hopefully not a bin model as well), there are cheering things too.

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barsine
May. 3rd, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
I am still full of take away. I could not finish my healthy breakfast bran flakes! Let's never eat Pringles & dip again ...
stellanova
May. 3rd, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
Ah, I've made that vow before. AND I ALWAYS BREAK IT!

I'm still kind of full too. I could barely eat my delicious poached egg this morning!
jinxremoving
May. 3rd, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
OMG. i really wish i had a tv so i could watch coronation street. never thought i'd say that.
stellanova
May. 3rd, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
Hee. Corrie is fantastic at the moment - the writing is just incredibly good and very funny. I mean, the most popular soap in the country devoted an entire scene to eccentric Roy explaining venn diagrams to Chesney with the aid of salt and vinegar crisps (and then there was a very sweet scene later on in which Roy showed his affection for the abandoned Chesney later on by slipping a venn diagram under the boy's door showing Roy as one set, his delightful partner Hayley as the other set, and Chesney in the intersection)! Actually, Corrie is currently doing a lot to show the virtues of unconventional families at the moment - Roy and Hayley, who is trans, are clearly shown as being superior parents to Chesney's dreadful mother and her equally dreadful partner Les, and the depiction of R&H's desire for children is sensitive and sympathetic. Actually, I think the actress who plays Hayley had a letter in the Guardian when you wrote yours about the appalling Julie Bindel!
aliceinfinland
May. 3rd, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
Man. I wish they showed it here. Boston TV had it for a while in the '70s but the cultural divide plus being eight years old plus having no Internet to look up discussions on (a phenomenon I have now learned from Routledge books to call "complementary media") made it a bit hard to understand.
protoainsley
May. 3rd, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
she also wrote a wonderful and very unchicklit book about Arthurian myth coming true in Coventry

That sounds amazing. Does it have a name? And would it have killed you to mention this BEFORE I placed my Amazon.co.uk order (for Venetia and Ann Veronica--I'm trying to figure out how all the other Chickliterati on this side of the pond have heard of this obscure Heyer woman, whose books aren't in ANY stores here)? :P
aliceinfinland
May. 3rd, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Heyer goes in and out of print in the US over a roughly generational cycle. I remember seeing new paperbacks of hers in the late '70s, remaindered with the covers ripped off b/c no one was interested. Clearly we're now in a trough and she's due for a comeback.
protoainsley
May. 3rd, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That calls for plotting, I think, so I can be on the front of the rediscovery curve. :P
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