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Cats, Carpentry and Cold Case Crimes [May. 21st, 2008|09:42 am]
Tony Grist
1. On monday we had five cats in our front yard. Five- none of them belonging to us. They were lounging about under the hedge, like teenagers in a bedsit, trying to look cool, as if the reason for them all hanging out together was not that one of them was in heat. Next day they were gone. I wonder if the owners of Mrs Tabith Twitchit are prepared to have kittens?

2. Monday afternoon we went to Housing Units of Hollingwood with Ruth. She's looking for a dining table. We found one made of reclaimed European oak which we all thought was fabulous. Sturdy, honest, beautiful. And for £700-1 you also get four equally unkillable chairs. I took photos so she could show them to Keith. Just look at the grain on that!

3. We've watched the whole of the latest series of Waking the Dead. Uneven of course, sometimes frankly incredible, but the premise- using the investigation of cold case crimes to examine political and social issues of the recent past- is neat.  Last night's final show was the best of season. The case was a war crime committed during the conflict in Yugoslavia and the treatment was emotionally literate (which isn't a given) and so painful I kept finding myself wanting to look away. Waking the Dead isn't a cult show, but it's capable of great things- and the stars- especially Trevor Eve, Sue Johnson and Tara Fitzgerald- are terrific.   

[User Picture]From: jenny_evergreen
2008-05-21 12:23 pm (UTC)
I hope you don't see young'uns roaming the street in the future. *sigh*

What a GORGEOUS table! I love wood. Every time we watch a decorating show and people are bemoaning paneling, Tom and I are saying, "But WE like it! It's wood!".

They were showing Waking the Dead on BBCA some time ago and I got quite hooked for a bit but then I ran out of time to keep watching it. I'd like to see more.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-21 12:48 pm (UTC)
I love wood too. It amazed me to see that this real oak table was cheaper (a lot cheaper) than ones there were just cheap pine covered with veneer.

I've caught odd episodes of WTD in the past, but this is the first time I've watched a whole season. It's a good detective series and- at it's best- emotionally engaging.

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