Nails: Unicorn nails – Rainbows and cat butts

Work is still being random, it has got so bad that one of my co-workers has changed his LinkedIn profile to list his current job as being the Advertising Manager for his dad’s taxi company – to be fair he did design the website.

As such I am in need of some rainbows to block out this pesky reality, but not Nyan cat as that is scary. It transpires than rainbows can be scary even if they aren’t coming out of a cat’s butt.

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(Photo from amberdidit.com)

But they did totally make me forget about work.

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Film: Robocop – “I am now authorized to use physical force!”

From an early age one of my parents ensured that I had access to age-inappropriate media – largely books but when my parents finally decided to buy a TV there were also films available to utterly ignore the age ratings on.

However one film that I wasn’t exposed to as a child was ‘Robocop’, there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason why this wasn’t on the table as the Terminator films were firm favourites and one that my younger sibling developed a fixation with that lasted several years.

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The release of the remake prompted a strange series of events whereby I am now in possession of the family copy of all three original Robocop films, so now I finally got to watch the original!

I rather like this vision of a dystopian future, the idea of corporations manipulating people to that extent and with such disregard is concerningly likely, the intercut adverts were amusing and sinister all at once, I now really want an ED-209 enforcement droid for work and I can’t understand why someone would want to remake this film.

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Book: Melissa de la Cruz’s ‘Blue Bloods’ – “And when he leaves her, I’ll be there”

The thought “that cover looks interesting” has led me to picking up a number of disappointing books – many of which were the reason that I started this blog as an easy way of documenting my literary mistakes. One day I might even work out how to stop making mistakes, however ‘Blue Bloods’ proves that today is not that day.

The premise is that there were vampires on the Mayflower and they prospered in American high society to the extent that anyone who is Anyone is a vampire. The vampires hide in plain sight protected by their wealth & power and they basically reincarnate, only remembering their past lives when they turn fifteen.

blue bloods book cover

Schuyler Van Alen is one such 15 year old, although her family doesn’t have money anymore, her mother is in a coma, her father is an unknown and there are dead bodies turning up.

I was feeling in a particularly sarcastic mood when I started this book and took great delight in reading it in entirely the wrong way, for example “They’d settled on a sexy-but-in-an-off-beat-bohemian-way-with-straps-just-falling-off-the-shoulder-just so-Marni camisole, a tiny denim Earnest Sewn miniskirt and a sparkly Rick Owens cashmere wrap” was just too funny for words as if you are an immortal who cares about brands?

The characters were largely two dimensional, badly described and shallow but there were in-depth descriptions of food, clothing and the trappings of wealth. I almost got confused at one point and thought  that a white Chanel handbag was the main character.

Every teen and most of the adults possess a silly name – although they were at least high-class silly as oppose to my sister-in-law who has blessed both her children with names straight from a soap opera.

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(Photo from commons.wikimedia.org)

Despite the unfortunate name I did want to like Schuyler, she is the main protagonist after all – she also seemed to be nice enough and doesn’t deliberately set out to hurt people, but she was an interesting as a stale white bread sandwich with no filling.

I am pretty sure that this series must be aimed at young adults and female adults looking for a light read, which is why it was a little surprising that characters who are meant to be 15 years old were depicted in a way that seemed to condone drinking, swearing, skipping school and funerals, sex with strangers and modelling wearing just a pair of jeans with plasters over your nipples.

Also blood sucking was a blatant and clear metaphor for sex – not exactly hyper-original but given Cruz’s vampires like sunlight I guess she needed some link to the more traditional myths.

The obsession with the trappings of wealth were beginning to get a bit dull by half way through the book – even before the four page description of how the expensive furniture was arranged to accommodate a high-class house party. There had been hints of a larger plot, something to do with a cover-up around how vampires can die, hints that vampires had angelic origins and the historic relationships between the reincarnated teens, but then the fashion show started again and I got distracted giggling at it.

This is the first in a series of seven books, plus assorted shorter stories and spinoff series, but ‘Blue Bloods’ was too obsessed with consumer goods and too vacuous for my tastes so the charity shop can have it back.

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Knee: Wrong diagnosis but then I took an arrow in the knee

My knee utterly broke in July, it was swollen, sore, stiff, acutely painful and apparently covered by the vague term Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) aka “runner’s knee”. The GP had no idea what the problem was, the physiotherapist said it was a tracking problem of the patella femoral joint and I pretty quickly stopped caring as long as it got fixed.

It took months to get physio on the NHS and then even longer to get a MRI  scan (Magnetic resonance imaging) which led to a written report that I didn’t understand. I was patient with the medical professionals, so very very patient despite the pain and the building irritation.

Until a week ago, when a doctor’s receptionist told me that they hadn’t made the referral that had been promised three days earlier and that they wouldn’t give me a phonecall to confirm when it had been made.

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(Photo from bthcc.co.uk)

At this point I got cross and said that I’d been nice up to this point but I’d cheerfully put in a formal complaint over this. Oddly enough I got a referral that afternoon, although apparently the initial unit they wanted to refer me to had closed down a week before – cutbacks apparently.

I ‘only’ had to wait a week to see the Orthopaedic specialist at the local NHS hospital. Although on the day of the appointment I had to wait over 90 minutes for what transpired to be under 5 minutes of face time with the specialist – this included him making a reference to what I guess is some football player.

The five minutes was useful in a rushed sort of way, the specialist confirmed that it wasn’t fundamentally tracking issue, it isn’t ligaments or cartilage. He thinks it is the infrapatellar fat pad (aka hoffa’s fat pad) and that I need to go back to physio now that we know the cause.

Which is certainly better than saying let’s try keyhole surgery! But still vexing as now I’m (hopefully) back on a waiting list!

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Dogs: If a bad man gets eaten by dogs would they get sick?

I’m currently slightly bothered by a situation that I can’t influence directly.

Two people, let’s call them mum and dad, moved to a house in the middle of absolutely nowhere and got two very big dogs who bark at things – sometimes a lot. Their nearest neighbour is an Ass, this is undeniable, however perhaps the correct response to his playing crap military matching band music at stupidly loud volume was not to play Radio 4′s ‘Woman’s Hour’ at similar volume.

Dad did try to talk to the Ass but the Ass was horrendously rude and didn’t want to have a conversation. For some reason the Ass now fixated on the dogs and complained about them constantly. Even going so far as to say that his grandchildren might get hurt by the dogs – although why they would be in someone else’s garden is a good question.

weimaraner (Photo from dogs.about.com)

So now we are in a situation where he got a reaction, he now seems to want a bigger reaction. He’s been setting off some sort of firearm, seemingly intending to scare the dogs. As it is the French custom to set off firearms near puppies they are both unbothered by the Ass’ noise.

Things now seem to be escalating, there has been putrid meat put in mum and dad’s garden. It can only be by the Ass and it’s intent can only be to make the dogs ill.

The meat was taken to the vet, but without handing over large sums of money it can’t be tested for poison. My concern is that things seem to be escalating and I can only think of two solutions a) move or b) the Ass has an accident.

I would like that they move, their current location is inconvenient - although the house is gorgeous. I’m not sure what option B can be relied on (well not without direct involvement which would be naughty – although increasingly justifiable). But I’m open to other ideas.

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Nails: Monsters – nice friendly ones with wobbly eyes!

My local craft store has very little of interest in it, but it does have the wobbly eye stickers that are so much fun for children.

As an adult (mostly) it is harder to find a use for these, although someone did bring some to work and now everything has eyes; from phones, to the little men on toilet doors, to my computer monitor!

However it hadn’t occurred to me that wobby eyes could be used in nail art. I am now enlightened and really want to try this idea out:

monster nail art

(Photo from layniefingers.blogspot.co.uk)

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Film: ‘The Last Stand’ – “I got a psychopath in the Batmobile”

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to acting was a cause for excitement in my household – at least for me!

I was a little concerned about a presence of Johnny Knoxville as I’d seen 15 minutes of ‘Grand Theft Parsons’, that combined with the inevitably B movie plot ensured meant that it could be hit or miss.

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The plot has Arnie as a Sheriff in a small town after leaving a higher profile role in less-than-super circumstances. Due to a slightly contrived and implausible series of events a criminal escapes from FBI custody ends up speeding towards this small town in a fancy car.

The town being the last stop before the Mexican boarder – not that the criminal wants to stop. Arnie and his guys are side-lined by the more  centralised law enforcement and basically told to stay out of the way, however this is a B movie so no prizes for guessing what happens!

From the single viewing so far I enjoyed this film far more than I dared hope! Although it isn’t Arnie’s strongest work it was a solid return from the wasteland that is politics.

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