Daily Archives: Friday, 30th Nov 2007

Robin Hood – Get Carter!

Dearie me! I’m nearly a week late with this one.

The episode titles are getting progressively sillier, the storylines more and more unlikely, and the dialogue ever more ludicrous. And yet still I watch every week and enjoy it. Maybe it’s because the show is so amiably silly that it manages to get away with things that would normally put me off. Or maybe my critical faculties are at their lowest on Saturday evenings. It’s not as if it was on late enough to benefit form me having had a glass or three of wine first…

But enough digression. Last Saturday’s episode involved the Sheriff hiring a professional killer to retrieve the pact that Robin stole from him, and to kill Robin while he was at it. The killer, Carter, does an impressive routine with swords, before kneeling before the Sheriff and kissing his ring. And yes, the Sheriff did ask Guy why he never does that. Ahhhhh, innuendo. Where would we be without it?

Anyway, Carter manages to con his way into Robin’s camp (you know the sort of thing, Sheriff’s men rough up the villagers, stranger arrives and helps…). The much maligned Much thinks he knows Carter, but as ever, nobody takes any notice of him.

So it’s not at all surprising that some time later, Robin returns to camp to find that everyone has been tied up by Carter, who demands that Robin gives him the pact. Unless Robin would rather he killed everyone, of course.

A fight follows, which Robin wins far too easily. More silliness follows, including another fight which ends with Carter breaking down in tears. It’s the old story. His brother was killed in the Holy Land because he went on a raid he shouldn’t have, but the ever-noble Robin let it be known that he (Robin) had ordered him (Carter’s brother) into battle so people wouldn’t think he (Carter’s brother) was an idiot. And so Carter had wanted to kill him (Robin, not his brother, who was already dead).

And so the man hired to kill Robin joins forces with him (didn’t see that one coming, did we?), to trick the Sheriff. Much fun follows, with Robin playing dead. Carter eventually goes off to warn the king about the Sheriff’s plan, what with the last messenger not having made it.

All very silly, but still a lot of fun. Apparently Jonas Armstrong, who plays Robin, has announced that he doesn’t plan on continuing in the role after the third series, which is in production. Whether it will continue with a new actor remains to be seen. I can’t see it being a problem though…

Northern Goldsmiths

These are two versions of the same picture, with slightly different cropping and tweaking. I like the coloured floodlights on the stone of the upper floors of Northern Goldsmiths, and that’s what I was trying to capture. Now getting a long enough exposure to show off the stone meant that the much brighter light from the shop windows totally burnt out. I can’t make my mind up whether I like that effect, and the motion blurred people, or if it looks better cropped.

Northern Goldsmiths 1

Northern Goldsmiths 1

Northern Goldsmiths 2

Northern Goldsmiths 2

Nicely illuminated shop in Newcastle city centre

So, as I can’t decide, I’ll let the vast[1] Losing it[1] audience look at them both. If you have a preference, or an opinion, please leave a comment[2]

[1] In numbers. I’m sure all my readers are perfectly proportioned[3]
[2] Of course, if you think they’re both rubbish, don’t feel obligated to tell me :wink:
[3] Is that enough audience flattery? :tongue:

November round-up

Well, it seems that I haven’t quite lost the plot, so here’s the November round-up that I promised last month.


November 1: 219.2 pounds (15 stone 9.2 pounds, 99.4kg)
November 30: 216.2 pounds (15 stone 6.2 pounds, 98.1kg)

Difference: 3 pounds (1.4kg)

Less than one pound a week, which isn’t as good as last month, but it’s the first few pounds that are the easiest, so a slow down isn’t too disappointing at this stage.


I’m keeping up the sandwich and fruit for lunch routine. Sometimes the sandwich is a slightly larger one from Subway, but I’m generally being well-behaved. I’ve also reduced the amount I eat at weekends, when despite being generally less active, I was eating more than during the week. :duh:


Still walking at least half the time. Mostly walking to work and getting the bus home, but managing to persuade myself to walk home a wee bit more.


After a few quiet months, I made 74 posts in October. Including this one, I’ll have made 72 this month, with perhaps one or two more to come this evening. And I’ve still got a load of reviews to write…

Looking forward

December is likely to be a bit disrupted thanks to some celebration thingy or other which might change my normal routines for a week, but I’ll keep up the reports where I can.

A slight improvement

Well, I’m lighter today than I was yesterday, which is good, but more work is definitely needed.

I walked to work, but got the bus home.