Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Bron | Broen


Hello!

I just thought I'd mention my latest televisual obsession - The Bridge. Have you been watching this?

I don't watch a lot of tv really, and I'm always late to the party when it comes to popular series. I probably would've enjoyed The Killing, but I just never got around to watching it. A few days ago I settled down to watch the next episode of Silent Witness, only to discover it was a repeat from the last series. Gutted! I'd been really looking forwards to watching it whilst doing my crochet. So I had a nosy around on iplayer to find something else, and I came across The Bridge, and thought I'd give it a go.

It's a Swedish/Danish crime drama, with English subtitles. The body of a woman is found on a bridge which links the two countries. She is lying exactly on the halfway point, the border between them, which is why both the Swedish and Danish police get involved. When they attempt to move the body, they make the grisly discovery that it is actually two people placed very carefully together to look like one - the top half belongs to a Swedish politician, and the bottom half, it transpires, was a Danish prostitute who'd been missing for over a year. So it's definitely a joint investigation now!!

The lead investigator for the Swedish Police is a woman called Saga Noren. She's very quirky; I've read other reviews which seem to suggest that she might be autistic, or have Asperger's. She certainly has some unusual habits and in some ways, an almost childlike view of things, but I find her character interesting and likeable. She can be quite funny too, in an unintentional way. Her Danish counterpart is Martin Ruhde. He's quite a laidback guy, juggling work and a large family including a stroppy teenage son, and when we first meet him he's recovering from a vasectomy. He initially doesn't know what to make of Saga, but as they are forced to cooperate on the investigation, he begins to grudgingly respect her, and even like her, although she often frustrates him too. There are quite a few other interesting characters too who become involved in various ways. 

I'm really hooked on it! It's on on Saturday night, on BBC Four, but since it took me a while to discover it, I had the first 6 episodes to catch up on, so I got through them all pretty quickly. I didn't watch Episodes 7 and 8 on Saturday night; I was planning to save them till this evening to watch them on the iplayer, but I couldn't wait and I'd caught up with them both on Sunday night! I can't wait for the next two episodes, although I think they're the last. I don't know what I'll watch when it's finished.

The only problem I have is that it's quite difficult to crochet and read subtitles too! Whenever someone speaks I look up and quickly read the subtitles, and then get in a couple of stitches until the next person says something. There are quite a lot of atmospheric city shots though, so I manage a bit more rippling while they're on. Speaking of the subtitles, it's fun using them to try and learn the language! Quite a few years ago I wanted to learn Norwegian (mainly due to my love of A-ha) so I bought a phrasebook and I did manage to learn a few words. As The Bridge is Swedish/Danish, some of them are quite similar: I think 'takk' is thank you, and 'ja' is yes (when Saga says it, she seems to pronounce it like 'aww'). 'Ok' seems to be universal, and once it sounded like the Swedish word for 'work' was 'job'! To be honest though, all the characters talk so fast (to me), it's very difficult to pick out any other words. I love listening to them talk though, I definitely like the Scandinavian languages, and accents.

So there you go, I just thought I'd share my latest obsession with you!

The Bridge - picture from Wikipedia

Edited to add: It's finished! I'm bereft!! You know when you finish a really good book and actually miss the characters? Well this is the same. I really did enjoy this series. I watched the last two episodes last night on TV (there was no way I could wait to watch them on iplayer this time) and flippin' heck, they were good!! I won't go into what happened, but it was really gripping right to the end, and there were some sad bits too.

They're apparently working on a second series - if it eventually gets shown over here, I'll definitely be tuning in!

For now, I'm consoling myself by listening to the haunting theme tune. I can't find a version I'm really happy with, but I've plumped for this one in the end. Best to just listen, rather than watch, as this video isn't anything to do with The Bridge:


Sunday, 6 May 2012

Blue Skies

Well, to say we're supposed to be having the coldest May for 100 years, or something like that, today has been warm and sunny here in West Yorkshire, with a beautiful blue sky for most of the day.

I was doing my ironing this morning when Chris shouted up the stairs for me to look out of the window. I thought perhaps the heron from yesterday had returned, but actually it was this:


I was in the bedroom, with only the small window open slightly, and the balloon was quite a distance away, but you could still hear the burner thing (sorry, no idea what the technical name for it is!) every time they used it. I thought they were having trouble at one point, because they really did seem to be dropping in height, but eventually they'd slowly start to rise up again, so I guess they were ok. I've just googled 'vital resources' but, um, it's not very interesting. Sorry.


It might sound a bit odd, but I can't say I've ever seen many hot air balloons in my life. I know in some parts of the country there are special festivals, so I guess you get used to them if you live nearby, but I don't think there is anything like that in these parts. So it's always a little bit of an event to see one. I mean, I don't get ridiculously excited, it's more of a mildy interested, lets-watch-it-for-a-couple-of-minutes kind of thing. And maybe take a photo or two (or six!)

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The kitchen has come on a bit more today. Some more worktop has been fitted, and the last corner unit has been removed, apparently with some difficulty, judging by the amount of swearing I could hear! The problem is that it's the corner where all the pipes come out of the boiler, and there's the gas meter too, so it was all a bit tricky.

A tangle of pipes!

I was building the new corner unit in the living room, but I could only do half of it because otherwise it wouldn't fit through the door into the kitchen. It'll have to be finished off in there, but there wasn't room today, and Chris had to get a mate in to help him cut off a length of unused gas pipe, so the plan is for the new corner unit to be fitted tomorrow. After that there are only three more units to build, and then we've done!! Chris has booked Tuesday off work, and he's hoping that by then he'll have finished all of that side, ie. cupboards in place, worktop in place, shiny new sink in place. Can't wait!!

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Before I wrote this post, I tried to add a photo behind my title, and I got an error message saying something like I've exceeded my photo upload quota. Blogger has still let me upload the above photos though, so I'm not sure what that was all about - any ideas? I'm going to have another try, but if you've got any suggestions I'm all ears!

Bye for now!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

The Hob Has Landed!!!

Finally, after several weeks without, we finally have a hob again! And it's a lovely shiny black ceramic one, which nestles snugly in our new glossy black worktop! I loves it! Chris only fitted it this afternoon, so we haven't cooked anything on it yet. Can't wait to get a pan of spuds and some veg on there though!


Obviously there's still loads more jobs to do, tiling to name but one, but it's starting to look a bit more like a kitchen now.

Holy moly, as I was typing the above, a heron just landed in the tree outside!!! And I'd just put my flippin' camera away! It only perched there for a couple of seconds though and then flew away. I bet it's after the fish in next-door's pond, they better keep an eye on them...

Speaking of which, Chris announced the other day that he's been thinking about having a change in the garden, like re-turfing it and making a flower border. He quickly changed his mind about the grass because he can't be bothered mowing it (which is fair enough, I wouldn't want to either), but he's still thinking about planting more flowers. I've wittered on mentioned a few times about having a pond, and he even seems to have come around to that idea. The strawberries have just started flowering now though, so obviously he won't be doing anything until much later in the year, but I'm already getting excited at the thought of having flowers in the garden, and a pond would be even better!

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I've been thinking over the last few days about joining a local WI group. Well, I probably wouldn't join straight away, but I could go along to a meeting and see what I think about it. I'm having a lot of doubts though. I'm nervous about going along the first time, as I'll be on my own, and it's never nice walking into a place on your own when you don't know anyone. I'm also not sure if the WI is really for me. The group I'm thinking of joining get together and do 'crafty' things - I really like the idea of sitting there doing my crochet and having a natter. But obviously there's a serious side to the WI aswell, with all the campaigning they do. I'm not a very 'opinionated' person, I never have very strong feelings about anything, so I'm worried that I might not be committed enough to that side of things. I'm also not a pro-active, organising, round-everybody-up-and-spur-them-into-action type of person, I prefer to just blend into the background. I feel as though there'll be lots of really strong characters there, and I'm just too much of a shrinking violet! So I don't know whether I'll go to the meeting or chicken out of it - I'll keep you posted. Any words of encouragement would be much appreciated! I did think that, if the WI isn't for me, maybe I just need to find a local craft group, but nothing has shown up when I googled. So then I thought about starting my own, but like I said, I'm not really very good at organising events or anything like that. I probably shouldn't try and run before I can walk...

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The ripple blanket is coming along nicely. I forgot to take a photo earlier, but I've added a few more rows since last time. For the past few evenings, I've been doing my crochet whilst catching up on one of my favourite programmes on iplayer - Silent Witness (or Witless Silence as I call it, thanks to a French & Saunders sketch from a few years ago!). I never used to like it, but I came across an episode last year whilst flicking channels, and I was hooked. I didn't realise there was a new series on, but luckily I've been able to catch up with all the episodes I'd missed and I'm now up to date and waiting for the next one, which I think is Sunday evening. I don't know whether to watch it on tv though, or save it for later on the iplayer. Decisions, decisions. Do you watch it? I find the three main characters all very likeable, although that Leo's a right one, isn't he? Harry's lovely, as is Nikki - I want her bone structure please! (*girl crush alert*)

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I completely forgot to mention, but a few weeks ago I was nominated for another award. I don't really 'do' awards (not that I've had many, I think this is my second!), but it's still lovely to receive one. I was nominated by Simply Scandinavian, who blog about home interiors with a Scandinavian feel, aswell as shabby chic, English country and other vintage styles. I believe they have an online shop too. So if that's your kind of thing, why not pop over there and have a look around. Thank you for the award, ladies! 

Anyway, I think that's all for now. I've just finished another row on my ripple and I need to join my next colour!






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