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Caption these photos of Drogon with Sherlock

June 25, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Cats, Contest, Television 5 Comments →




Drogon is named after one of Daenerys’s dragons and Sherlock’s actor is the voice of Smaug so they are related.

Write a caption for these photos (or if you’re really bored, an entire story about them) and post it in Comments before 11.59pm on Friday, 27 June 2014. The composers of the two best captions will each get the Bantam Classic paperback Sherlock Holmes Complete Novels and Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, courtesy of National Bookstore. (Buy your own poster.)


In a parallel universe, would this interview with Stephen Hawking still be funny?

June 21, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Science, Television 1 Comment →

Stephen Hawking for the summer solstice.

Thanks to Noel for the alert.

Easing back to work

June 11, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Health, Pointless Anecdotes, Television 6 Comments →

BBFH on Kalayaan near Rockwell, telephone (02)8957305.

Our one-week post-hospital house arrest ended yesterday! First thing we did, we went to the salon because our hair had gotten brittle, probably out of sheer boredom. Yes, that is the name of our suking parlor (Jay Lozada cuts our hair, but they do the hot oils, henna, pedicures, etc.) on Kalayaan Avenue near Backwell and Amapola, which has been around since 1939 and whose clientele includes my Jedi master (the hair that survived the dark side must be cared for).

The retro-ness of the name! Who is the “him” exactly? Who cares, they have the best chicharon, pastillas and roasted peanuts in the city. And the hairdresser confirmed that our hair has gotten thin, but it should get fat again in no time.

Our hair having been attended to, we’ve started writing again (our penmanship came back after an hour or so) and tried to reconstruct our lost time. According to the building janitress, on Monday the 26th when our brain tried to kill us, she discovered us sitting on the stairs. She says that for two hours we just sat there not answering questions, with our eyeballs white like Bran Stark warging into his direwolf.

Hodor! Our column is coming up.

Penny Dreadful is wonderful

June 10, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television 1 Comment →

penny dreadful

While under house arrest, we started watching the cable series Penny Dreadful by John Logan, directed by J.A. Bayona and starring Eva Green, Timothy Dalton (he was Bond in the mid-80s), and remember Josh Hartnett? Set in Victorian England, the show brings together the monsters of Victoriana, including vampires, Frankenstein’s creature, and Dorian Gray. If there’s anything we love, it’s a TV show with a reading list. There are the obvious sources: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, but the book that immediately springs to mind is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore. Throw in Moore’s From Hell because there’s a serial killer preying on prostitutes, and Moby Dick because Dr. Frankenstein’s “child” may have worked on a whaler. And Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd, about the human sacrifice involved in the building of seven churches in 18th century London.

Speaking of the half-world, we don’t know if it’s the medication we’re on, but we’ve been having conversations with people who aren’t there. Hmmm probably not the meds, which are all antibacterial and antiviral stuff. More likely it’s sleeping 12 hours a day and plotting to break out of the house. The other day we were sure our sister had dropped by at 3am, and we remember what we had talked about. Except that she didn’t drop by at 3am. Uh-oh, is the Dark Phoenix hanging around again?

Who wins the Game of Thrones?

May 12, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television 10 Comments →

There are only four episodes left in Season 4, then a year-long wait for Season 5. We may have to wait longer than that for George R.R. Martin to publish book six of A Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter. Experience has shown that nagging GRRM to write faster does not work; worse, he reacts to the whingeing by taking on more side projects.

The history of Westeros, out in October

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have said that they know how the story ends. It is likely that the TV series will end before the books do. It is not likely that the HBO series will go on hiatus in order to wait for the two remaining books to be written. The child actors are growing fast—good thing Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran Stark, is seated all the time because he’s now as tall as the adults.

The current season features events from the second half of A Storm of Swords, and from A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons, which are simultaneous in the Westerovian timeline, having been the same book until GRRM chopped it in two. (Hence the early appearance of Reek, for instance.) We have no problem with the way the TV series diverges from the source material—for instance, the way Vargo Hoat became Locke, who became involved in the lives of two characters linked by crippling. There was a controversy over the apparent rape at the wake, which may or may not have happened in A Storm of Swords, where the scene is told from Jaime’s POV. That is a murderous, incestuous pair—they cannot be expected to behave. Yes, there is plenty of violence against women on the show—that is the world they live in, and that is what Arya, Daenerys, Brienne and the other female characters are up against, making their triumphs especially awesome.

We like the changes to the character of Shae, who in the books is a simple whore. On the show she is smart and fiercely loyal—when she told Varys that she would kill for Sansa, it took us by surprise. It would not bother us at all if the show’s writers change Shae’s storyline, in fact we hope they do. (Also, we hope Syrio Forel is still alive.) The Jaime and Brienne romance is hinted at in the series (mostly through lingering glances), but it is, shall we say, non-canonical. The almost-encounters of the Stark siblings are heart-rending.


With the recent revelation as to who got the whole Game of Thrones started in the first place, plus the seemingly accidental revelation that legendary characters do exist, where do you think the story is headed? How does it end? Does R+L equal J? Who is Azor Ahai and is he the prince who was promised, or are they two different people?

Presumably Daenerys rides Drogon; who are the other two dragon riders? What was the point of recasting Daario Naharis when neither is particularly interesting? Why is Grey Worm so cute? How can he and Missandei get together when he is Unsullied? Where is Rickon? Is Jaquen H’ghar still around, just wearing a different face? When will someone get reanimated? Who wins the Game of Thrones?

It goes without saying that spoilers abound in Comments, but we’ll say it anyway.

P.S. Here’s a Peter Dinklage Game of Thrones theme that is vastly superior to the rotating Tyrion version that everyone sent us two weeks ago.

via deathandtaxes

The history of Westeros before Aegon Targaryen’s conquest

May 06, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Television No Comments →

Aegon the Conqueror riding Balerion the Black Dread

The Aegon who is known to history as Aegon the Conqueror and Aegon the Dragon was born on Dragonstone in 27 BC. He was the only son, and second child, of Aerion, Lord of Dragonstone, and Lady Valaena of House Velaryon, herself half-Targaryen on her mother’s side.

Aegon had two trueborn siblings; an elder sister, Visenya, and a younger sister, Rhaenys. It had long been the custom amongst the dragonlords of Valyria to wed brother to sister, to keep the bloodlines pure, but Aegon took both his sisters to bride. By tradition, he was expected to wed only his older sister, Visenya; the inclusion of Rhaenys as a second wife was unusual though not without precedent. It was said by some that Aegon wed Visenya out of duty and Rhaenys out of desire.

All three siblings had shown themselves to be dragonlords before they wed. Of the five dragons who had flown with Aenar the Exile from Valyria, only one survived to Aegon’s day: the great beast called Balerion, the Black Dread. The remaining two dragons — Vhagar and Meraxes — were younger, hatched on Dragonstone itself.

Continue reading at George R.R. Martin’s website.

Did HBO accidentally reveal the identity of this White Walker and hint at events that have not even been written yet? Remember the story Old Nan told Bran…(Spoilers you can find yourself.)