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I see that in my posting fit on Friday, I failed to mention the fact that I did my history exam on Thursday! Yes, it is finally all over and I think I did pretty well. I got lucky with question selection and think I produced a pretty creditable pair of essays and source questions at least up to my usual standard. I didn't end up feeling I should have worked harder or anything so I think even if I only get a grade 2 pass (I definitely didn't bomb it) I'll be happy that I did my best and gave myself the best chance of a distinction I could.

After the exam was over, Alex and I decided to have curry for dinner (well that was mostly me, but he agreed :)). We ordered and I watched some Location, Location, Location while we waited. The doorbell rang, I paused the computer and got the curry and then sat down to a blank screen! Our first instinct was to blame the computer. We fiddled with the connection, changed the wire & rebooted with no joy. Eventually we decided we must have somehow shafted the graphics card and decided to watch a video. I connected that to the scart and we then discovered that it wasn't the computer, it was the scart socket on the TV :( We managed to watch a video over the old fashioned aerial connection but now we need a new TV as all our other tech will only communicate via SCART, unfortunately. TVs have got a lot more complicated since I last bought one as well. Any recommendations? Brands to avoid?

Saturday was Jeremy and Jo Go To Ikea day! It was fun, and productive but extremely exhausting. I came back with a car literally completely packed with stuff, 2 items I hadn't managed to collect (sofa and TV table - the original items I was looking for :)) and a vision of the living room and how it's actually going to work and be transformed into a really nice room (Alex looks at me like I'm odd when I start squeaking about my rocking chair :)). Also, complete crockery set so that all our stuff will match and other miscellaneous bits and bobs which are of win. Of course my living room currently looks like a bomb has hit it because it's full of flat packs but I'll work on that tonight.

Sunday we went over for lunch with Sadie & Tim and managed to get onto the "shocking people with films I have never seen" game :) They were particularly shocked by Casablanca so after we'd eaten and drunk we repaired to the living room for a double bill - Airplane followed by Casablanca. Airplane was kind of fun in a silly way (and funnier by recognising bits from a House ep where he has to treat people on a flight). Casablanca was awesome. I had somehow managed to not know the story at all, just the famous quotes so I came to it completely fresh and had to have a little cry at the end, it was so sad. I was fascinated by the fact that it was made during the war, which to me made it more poignant because no-one writing or seeing it knew how the world situation would turn out - they really could have been stuck in Casablanca forever. Also, there's presumably a propaganda motive in there too - showing an American in the centre of the action, making a heroic sacrifice for the good of the war effort must have been a popular message.

Date: October 22nd, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] white_hart
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What amazed me was that there were films I'd seen and you hadn't, because normally I'm the person who's shockingly cinema-illiterate...

Date: October 23rd, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] tinyjo.livejournal.com
It's been a standing joke amongst the OUSFGi for many years that if you name almost any classic film, I won't have seen it. We just didn't have a very film oriented upbringing - my Dad didn't like having the TV on so we didn't much.

TVs

Date: October 22nd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] shepline.livejournal.com
I've recently bought a new TV - Flatscreen LCD job. If you want to go down that route and you want to take the environmental route, then make sure you get an LCD not a Plasma TV, and note that currently, Sharp are the only manufacturer to be awarded various EU *green* standards.

I bought a Sharp Aquos 20" Widescreen :-)

Date: October 22nd, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] lysora
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I've not seen a lot of films myself, I remember shocking people when I was in sixth form and telling them I'd never seen Star Wars. (Of course, I was then forced to :)) I haven't seen Casablanca either - I may well check it out sometime soon!

Date: October 23rd, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] tinyjo.livejournal.com
I was forced to watch the Princess Bride in similar circumstances :)

Date: October 22nd, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] concourse.livejournal.com
I did Gone With The Wind recently, and was happy to add it to the list of "films that are famously regarded as good because they're actually really quite good".

Still haven't seen the Wizard of Oz, though.

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