An alternative Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s y’all.

I’m a soppy bugger and like any excuse to exchange extra smooches/cards/poems/sweeties with my honey.

If, however, you are busy bah-humbugging the holiday for its Hallmark-hijacked cuteness and the current adverts/shop displays have left you feeling queasy, here’s my Valentine’s Day antidote.

Step 1. Listen to Jonathan Coulton. I ‘discovered’ this internet sensation relatively recently and my favourite song is probably Re. Your Brains as it’s about zombies and has the immortal line: ‘We’re not unreasonable, I mean, no one’s going to eat your eyes’. However, Code Monkey, is also fabulous and probably a little more romantically suitable.

Step 2: Watch The Flight of the Conchords singing Business Time (above). If you haven’t already done so, purchase both seasons of the TV series which followed their stage show.

Step 3: Snuggle with your beloved. If you don’t have a readily-available beloved, snuggle with a book. I’m loving Laini Taylor’s The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It definitely deserves a Valentine’s smooch. Mwah!

What? You don’t smooch your books? Weirdos…

TV: Going Postal

I think I knew about this but (somehow) forgot all about it… Which is odd considering Going Postal is one of my favourite Pratchett books and it has perfect casting with Richard Coyle* as Moist and Charles Dance as Vetinari, plus, you know, David Suchet and Tamsin Greig.

I think it’s probably because it was on Sky (and I don’t get Sky) but it’s now available on DVD – hurrah! So, has anybody seen it? Should I add it to my wish list?

TV: What next?

My ideal writing routine goes like this: Work on new stuff in the morning (my best time), getting down at least 1000 words. In the afternoon, tackle emails, blog posts, journalism and editing.

It also includes a proper lunch break in which I drag myself away from the computer screen to the…TV. And watch an episode from my current favourite box set.

Yes, I know that going outside for a healthy walk and an actual screen break would be better for me. Whatevs, as my daughter will no doubt soon start to say.

Having finished Angel, Firefly, The Good Wife,  and ensemble comedy, Community, I find myself at a loss as to what to try next.

Well, this isn’t strictly true. I just received Campus in the post (thank you Matthew and Fay!) so I’ve got that next, but it’s quite short so I need to plan ahead…

I’ve heard good things about the following shows. Feel free to tell me which I should watch next. Or to give me your recommendations.

Leverage. Here’s the series description:

The rich and powerful, they take what they want. We steal it back for you. And sometimes, bad guys make the best good guys. We provide… leverage.

It’s a concept that appeals to me, but the cast includes the actress that played Jane in Coupling (Gina Bellman). Now, I loved Coupling (and that particular character) but I’m a bit worried I’m not going to be able to take her seriously in a different role.

Felicity. This stars Keri Russell and I adored her in Waitress. Don’t know anything else about it,  except that Keris (I think?) recommended it.

Friday Night Lights. I know this is highly acclaimed and all, but it’s about sport. Sport!

Battlestar Galactica. Now, my nerd-status is well-known, but I don’t really remember the original series (too young!) and don’t know anything about this updated version. Except that it’s supposed to be good.

Help me out?