Sep. 15th, 2009 12:21 pm
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I've been planning a post on gendered toys and clothing, but I'm coming down with a cold and my head is spinning so you're getting miscellaneous crap instead.

I heard about Patrick Swayze and Keith Floyd this morning as I was getting the kids read for school. Dirty Dancing was such a big part of my teen years and bonding over crushes on Jonny Castle was a big part of that. My sister and I wore out her VHS copy of the film by watching the last scene over and over again.*

Keith Floyd was a part of my childhood, albeit in a completely different way. My parents were really good friends with his cameraman Clive North, so my main memories of him was that of a few school friends being impressed that I knew the infamous Clive. It did make me nostalgic though when he popped up on Balamory though, in Suzie Sweet's song.

Someone linked to this on Twitter last night - Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work

I'm a bad fan, I had no idea Eddie Izzard was doing this. My legs ache just thinking about it.

On BBC Wales they're showing an eight part documentary called Wild Welsh Zoo, (sadly that link will only work if the BBC thinks you're a UK licence player, I believe there are work arounds) about Anny Ryder Richardson, (her from Changing Rooms) buying a Zoo just outside Tenby. Well, we went there on Saturday. If anyone is in the Tenby area, it's well worth a visit. They've already done quite a bit to improve the lot of the animals at the park, (Doug and I said it's telling that they've changed the name from Manor House Wild Animal Park to Manor House Wildlife Park. Such a small change, but very indicative.) and there's still a lot of work on going. Plus it's the type of place where you as soon as you arrive you know kids are welcome there - the big lawn area in front of the house is full of Space Hoppers.

Dustjackets - A Castle Wiki - I have a half finished Castle picspam I must finish - people need know how awesome Kate Beckett, and why they need to be watching Castle. (This means YOU) Also Martha's awesomeness needs to more widely acknowledged.

I'm still watching Warehouse 13, although I'm sort of ashamed of this because it's so faily on race and sexism, and it's not particularly good telly. But I've fallen for Myka and Claudia, and Pete is as inoffensive a puppy, and so I'm hanging in on there. However Artie is a charmingless arsehole, I'm beginning to understand a bit how people who didn't like Rodney McKay felt.

I had more stuff I wanted to talk about, but my head is stuffed with cotton wool, and I can't remember what it was, so this will have to do.

*I texted her to tell her about his death. Her first reply was the standard dismay and sadness reply. Her next reply was as follows - "Do you think they will put a watermelon on his coffin? Then his pall bearers can say 'I carried a watermelon'".

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