The Kindle Experiment


Dear ladies and gents,

I am about a year in with my Kindle experiment.

Definite advantages:

– I am still reading loads.
– It’s fantastic (FANTASTIC) when you travel.
– I have decided (finally I might add) that it’s ok to give up on a book and just stop reading if it doesn’t interest me.

Definite disadvantages:

– can’t keep track of the stuff I’ve read.
– I’m getting picky about books.
– one thing I’ve learned sucks a**? When the book is great and then the endings sucks.

What do you use to keep track of things you’ve read? I have a Goodreads account, but that is mostly so I can find stuff that might be interesting.

Stuff that peaked my interest of late (prepare for some blood and gore, no high brow stuff here):

Anything Mark Billingham – started with Die of Shame and liked it enough to seek out his other novels. Then I realized that some of his Tom Thorne novels were turned into TV series (I’m blond ok, I can be slow on the uptake).

Cosy mysteriesM. C. Beaton. OMG the lady is 80 and she writes 2 books a year (one Agatha Raisin and one Hamish Macbeth). You have to admire her output. And once you start, her books are addictive as hell. Agatha Raisin currently airs on Sky.

Megan Abbott “You Will Know Me” – this started off great and held my interest, but then the ending was just… meh.

Joe Hill “The Fireman” – gave up about half way through. Normally I really like Joe Hill’s novels. And I’ll probably finish this one. But for some reason I just couldn’t focus long enough to stay with it.

Justin Cronin “The City of Mirrors” – last in the Passage trilogy. And can I be frank with you?


I got started and I just cannot. I’ve completely lost track and I don’t know what is happening but o!m!freaking!g! I would like to finish this sucker.

So if anyone has any recs that would be much obliged, please and thank you!

If you need some distraction…

Dear ladies and gents,

I have ODed on news of late. Stuff that has been happening in my own country, across the Europe and world in general makes me think the world is imploding.

So this would be me watching the news:


Hey, I never said I was not vulgar. But yeah.

I’m not saying to stop watching the news (that’s just irresponsible, we need to be informed. It’s mandatory that we are informed. Look what happens when people take things at face value. Dimwits get away with shit, that’s what. UGH I’ll stop now or I’ll get a case of the stabbies again).

So we need a distraction. Good heavens do we need a distraction.

If you like noir…


Hinterland – the original title of the series is Y Gwyll (it was produced by BBC Cymru Wales). It stars Richard Harrington as DCI Tom Mathias who moves to Aberystwyth (west coast of Wales) to take on a new job. He is dark and brooding and lives in a camper van and is great at his job. So you know, the regular noir kinda stuff. The good news is that I’m kinda late with this one (it premiered in 2013) so there are 9 episodes altogether to catch up on. Again great stuff if you like noir.

If you like crime…


New Blood – I was surprised how much I liked New Blood. Written by Anthony Horowitz (the dude wrote a number of episodes of Midsomer Murders, Foyle’s War, Collision, Injustice) this is a crime drama about Arash Sayyad (played by Ben Tavassoli) and Stefan Kowolski (played by Mark Strepan). Arash works for the police force, while Stefan works for the Serious Fraud Office. Two get thrown together on a complicated case involving a pharma company. This is not high brow stuff, it’s a buddy crime drama, but I liked it all the same. Also? ALL the London porn.

If you like gentle comedies…


Mum – written by Stefan Golaszewski Mum is about Cathy (played by Lesley Manville), a recently widowed woman who is coming to terms with her grief after the death of her husband. The series follows her and her family over the course of a year. And now you are like – why you peddling this sad sh*t, we had enough sad sh*t?! It’s not, I swear. It’s subtle and funny and warm. Just trust me – you’ll love it.

An oldie, but goodie…


You Rang M’Lord – if you haven’t seen this comedy written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft – OMG do! Seriously. I watched it ages ago and then revisited over the last few weeks. It’s brilliant. Then again Jimmy Perry and David Croft gave us Dad’s Army and Hi-De-Hi. The comedy is set in 1920s London and it is about the servants working for Lord Meldrum and the contrast between their lives and the lives of the upper crust people they serve. It’s funny and observant and shows how it all started to unravel back in the 20s.


Dear ladies and gents,

this here is Vera.


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DCI Vera Stanhope to be precise. She is a detective with the Northumberland & City Police. Vera is produced by ITV and premiered back in 2011. It based on the series of books written by Ann Cleeves (who also wrote Shetland).

Now I’ve been binge watching Vera for the past few weeks (I finished with Daredevil and needed to binge watch something, okay?) There are many reasons to like Vera.

It’s a solid crime drama, the series is shot beautifully, the characters are complex and interesting and then there is the fabulous Brenda Blethyn (if you haven’t seen Secrets and Lies or Little Voice go, do it immediately! I mean, come on!)

I know it is a series about crime and murder and whathaveyou, but it’s a total comfort watch for me.

But what I like the best (THE BEST!) about it?

Vera above is not between 25 and 35 (although if you know anything about anything a lot (A LOT) of actresses and actors regularly shave off a few years so even those that claim they are perpetually 25 are not really).

Vera doesn’t have TV hair.

Vera is great at her f**king job.

Vera can be a pain in the arse.

Vera doesn’t suffer fools gladly.

I tried to think when was the last time I saw ANYTHING on US TV that had an older main female character? Harry’s Law. With Kathy Bates. And that got cancelled because it “skewed older”. They cancelled a show with OSCAR WINNER Kathy Bates because it skewed older. Harry’s Law btw pulled between 7 and 11 million people per episode.


Because everyone over the age of 35 belongs to an old people’s home really. Women especially.


So watch Vera. I promise you’ll like it. And God bless UK TV because Vera there? Has been renewed for another season.

The Night Manager

Dear ladies and gents,

have you seen the Night Manager? You should. It’s really really good.

Based on the novel written by John le CarrĂ© the Night Manager is produced by BBC and AMC. It is about a former soldier Jonathan Pine (played by Hiddles). Jonathan gets recruited by an intelligence officer Angela Burr (played brilliantly by Olivia Coleman) to infiltrate the inner circle of one Richard Onslow Roper (played by Hugh Laurie). Now this Roper character is icky. Kinda creepy and sh*t. Angela calls him “the worst man in the world”. Don’t know that I would necessarily agree with that sentiment. Make no mistake, he IS bad, but honestly? There are politicians that are far worse. *cough*

At any rate – Jonathan goes deep undercover in order to gain Roper’s trust all the while trying to avoid alerting the intelligence community as to what he is doing. Because obvs Roper has the intelligence guys in his back pocket (goes to prove my point there are far worse people than some creepy arms dealer. Politicians namely. It’s the hypocrisy and the corruption that makes me shout obscenities at the tv on regular basis).

So tl; dr – the Night Manager is a snazzy looking crime thriller.

Hiddles is great (can I just say how refreshing it is to see him be all doom and gloom and sh*t and not farting rainbows for a change?)*, Olivia Coleman is absolutely superb and Hugh Laurie is obvs solid as ever. The pacing is a bit slow, but that’s AMC for you. Overall definitely worth the watch.

Which brings me to a single thing that has been bugging me. I’ll preface this to say I can be a shallow cow. Nothing to be proud of, but we’ve been hanging out for a while so I might as well be honest with you.

Please look at the image below:

Image via AMC

What the ever loving… lemme try again… what in the world… no. WHY are those pants?

They are giving me the vapors. And not in the good way. You’d think “the worst man in the world” would be able to shop at better places than Marks and Spencer’s clearance rack. Although I suspect even the kindliest M&S sales assistant would take one look at those pants and be all like

And before you tell me off for being a shallow bish just look at that abomination and tell me you don’t think those pants are ugly. Hugh Laurie is a fine looking gentleman and even he can’t make them work. These are not the pants of an arms dealer. These are pants of an eccentric old person who hikes them up all.the.time. Or that guy off Gogglebox. So yes, just… f*ck no.

*That said – if you need cheering up, watch this. This will never not make me laugh.