Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 21st November, 2017

Blimey, wonders will never stop.

Wonders … 

Or possibly revelations.

You’ll know, of course, that both Hollywood and Westminster have seen allegations of various shades of sexual misconduct.

Something that — as far as I knew — hadn’t hit the technology world.

Until I saw the news — on the BBC’s news site — that hacking legend, and original phone phreak, John Draper — better known as Captain Crunch  — has been accused by several people: of unwanted sexual behaviours.

The man’s role in creating the Blue Box, that let you make free phone calls?

Made him a legend.

But finding Draper’s involved in this sort of behaviour?

Will tarnish that reputation.

~≈§≈~

Monday, 20 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 20th November, 2017

You know, we could be looking at the end of the world.

Charles Manson’s died, Robert Mubage is — or isn’t — standing down as Zimbabwean president, and Angela Merkal’s not been able to form a government.

Obviously, it’s not.

If you’re reading this, later on this evening, the world is quite assertively still around.

It’s not been blown up by Vogons, in other words.


The reason I mention this?

Is simply that it’s my way of telling you I’ve got the news on.

And that the bit that’s caught my eye?

Is this.

It seems that up until about 1947, MI6, the UK s espionage organisation, had a secret slush fund.

Funding all sorts of shenanigans.

Personally?   I’m really not surprised.

Somehow, MI6 having black funds so secret that not even MI6’s finance section knew about?

Seems very in character.

And is a very good way of explaining Le Carré’s phrase, reptile fund.

You have to love a reptile fund, don’t you?

~≈§≈~

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Strain — Series 4: Episode 6 and 7 — Tainted Love and Ouroboros.

19th January, 2017

*Mild Spoiler*

You know … 

I’m actually feeling vaguely grate that I’ve had the day off, today.

Frankly?

It means I’ve been able to do the basic food shopping I usually do on a Friday — but couldn’t due to work commitments — today.

Granted, it’s a chore. it’s use up quite a bit of remaining money … 

But it’s done.   And bagged me a few extra Nectar points.

Oh, And a voucher that bags me five times the points … if I spent more than £40 in Sainsburys!

I don’t think I have that much spare shopping money in the week!

Never mind, hey … ?   Maybe after Christmas!

~≈§≈~

At ANY rate … ?

At any, I’ve also had an evening off: which, if you hadn’t guessed by, now?

Means I’ve had time to sit down with an AppleTV, a television … 

And the next too episodes of Series 4 of … 

The Strain … !

~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 19-11-2017: The Lottery

Right … 

It’s Shopping Day … !

Which actually sounds a bit more exciting than it actually is.

Basically … ?

It means it’s the first chance I’ve had, since payday, to go shopping.

And check my lottery ticket.

Teabags may be involved, at some point.

~≈§≈~

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 18th november, 2017

You know, I can’t help but think the government is incompetent.

Or, at least, capable of inspiring incompetence in others.

The reason I mention this?

I saw a news report, yesterday: that told us many on various illness related welfare payments had been underpaid.

This was being corrected: albeit slowly.

In other news: and going by news on the BBC’s Moneybox programme, those of us claiming Universal Credit, and on weekly pay, could lose their money: and have to reapply, in January.

Apparently?   It’s — in part — where some months have five Fridays: and others had four.   Friday is payday, so you know.   In other words, I’d not get Universal Credit because I have too many paydays, rather than the amount of hours I’m actually working.

I’m weekly paid and on Universal Credit.   And worried.

Up until now?   Up until now, occasionally, I’ve not been paid by the Benefits in some months because of this.

But then had payments restored, automatically, a month later.

I’m worried: especially if I have to reapply for the thing … 

~≈Ÿ≈~

Friday, 17 November 2017

The Strain — Series 4: Episode 4 and 5 — New Horizons and Belly of the Beast.

17th November, 2017.

I think — only think, mind — that I’ve read there’s certain meditational states that are the results, not of d … 

No, wait …


… …

Someone just rang on my door, there, and totally interrupted the train of my thought.

Whoever they were?

Wanted me to let them into the block: so they could buy a car from someone here.

Without being able to tell me who that was.

Or even what number the seller lived at.

Whoever it was that rang my door bell?

Was not someone I was going to let in.

Not at this time of night.

After all, if I’m going to buy your car?   I’d have the sense to ask where I’m going to get it from.

~≈Ê≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 17-11-2017: The Student Body

Right, I’m back at work, today.

And, what’s amazing me?

Is the simple fact I’m tired: still.

After having, in theory, enough sleep: even after catching an episode of The Strain.

Hopefully, though?

The simple fact I’m now recovering from an tooth extraction, means I can start drinking hot tea: and, at least, pick myself up, that way.

~≈§≈~

Frankly, though?   I’m personally just grateful that tooth’s out.

It means that, right now?

My mouth’s a lot less uncomfortable than it was.

That, as far as I’m concerned?

Is all well and good.

~≈§≈~

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Strain — Series 4: Episode 3 — One Shot

16th November, 2017

You know, I’m having what I think I can call a late night.

Despite the fact it’s, what, 19:50?

Ten to eight … ?

Whatever you want to call it, it’s a comparatively late night for me: as I want to be up at four, tomorrow morning, to get the Daily Teaser for the day, done.

AND get to work by nine.

Whilst, presumably, looking and feeling as fresh as a daisy.

Although, granted, that’s an odd looking daisy … 

~≈§≈~

The point I’m trying to make?

Is simply that I’m trying to get any early night.

And?

And want to catch an episode, early, of the box set I’m currently watching.

Yep, you’ve guessed it.


~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 16-11-2017

Right … 

It’s Thursday … 

Which means several things.

Frankly?

I’ve got a day off, today.

That means?

I’ve got to get an early night, tonight: as I’ve got an nine o’clock start, tomorrow.

Which certainly implies just one episode of The Strain.   Par for the course, in one sense: it’s what’s been happening for the past couple of nights.

As a last thought … ?

I’m feeling slightly rushed.

As, at eleven, today?

I’ve an appointment at the dentist.

I’m feeling a little rushed: and nervous.

But hopeful.

I’m hoping it’ll be the day this tooth comes out … !

~≈§≈~

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Strain — Series 4: Episode 2 — The Blood Tax

15th November, 2017.

Would you mind, awfully, if I yawned at you … ?

Weel … 

Not at you, per se.

I’m just yawning, in general.

After all, I’ve been and gone and done a full day’s work: after having got up at four, this morning, to post today’s Daily Teaser.

I think you’ll excuse me: under the circumstances.

~≈§≈~

At least I hope you will.

At any rate?

It’s just gone nine: in the evening.

Normally?

If I were getting up at four, again, tomorrow?

I’d not be staying up, comparatively late, tonight.

I’m up at seven, tomorrow.

Not taking the perfectly good chance to watch another episode of Series four of The Strain … ?

Would be rude … 

~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 15th November, 2017

Thankfully?

Thankfully, I’ve had some sleep.

Although bits of me are trying to convince me otherwise.

But … ?   At least I managed to get some sleep.

AND catch some TV.

I don’t know if you know it, but I’ve been watching The Strain for some time.

It’s not stunning … but is watchable.

Very watchable.

And, on the strength of the first episode?

It looks like the show’s fourth season could be a good one.

~≈§≈~

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Strain — Series 4: Episode 1 — The Worm Turns

14th November, 2017

Can I make a confession, here?

I’ve just finished work, got myself home: and had not a lot to eat.

I’ll survive.

Someone with this much blubber could possibly do with a better organised diet, frankly.

But the odd night with a quick sandwich … ?

Possibly can’t hurt.

Although I’m very aware that looks … faintly … ridiculous.

As a statement.

Hmmm … 

I’m burbling, aren’t I … ?

I am.

Frankly?

I’ve got an early start, tomorrow.

But given it’s finally hit iTunes … ?

I wanted to do one thing.

Catch up with an old friend.

Catch up with the first episode of Series 4 of … 

The Strain.

~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 14th November, 2017

Right … 

It’s officially silly o’clock!

I’m up at silly o’clock, listening to my pants slowing drying in the tumble dryer — only slightly less loud than a concrete mixer — and Radio Four’s news.

Well … 

The last traces of the news: as presented by the BBC World Service, who use Radio Four’s airwaves while it’s off air, overnight.

Frankly, though?

I’m aware that January’s a long way off, right now.

I caught Episode 9 of Star Trek: Discovery, last night: which was very impressive.

That was the last episode of the first half of the first series.

I’m very impatient: and can’t wait until January … 

~≈§≈~

Monday, 13 November 2017

Star Trek Discovery — Episode 9: Into The Forest I Go

13th November, 2017

Right now, I’m intent on just … 

One … 

Thing.

I’m intent on writing the quickest post I possibly can.

Before I hit the sack.

Four o’clock start, don’t you know?

But I had to tell you: I’ve seen episode nine of Star Trek Discovery.

And, while I don’t see the point in a mid-season hiatus — especially on what, after all, is a purely online TV series — I’m actually looking for January: when CBS are releasing episode 10.

But … ?

Well … 

~≈◊≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 13th November, 2017

Hmmm … 

Radio Four’s Today programme has just told me UK’s intelligence chiefs have against using anti-virus software.

To be specific, against using anti-virus software from Kaspersky Labs.

There are worries the company has too many links to the Kremlin: or, at least, to it’s intelligence agency.

I couldn’t tell you.

I AM surprised about the fuss being made about it.

I have a personal belief: that, while the FBI, and other law enforcement bodies are concerned about the encryption involved with apps like WhatsApp, and Apple’s Messages, US intelligence agencies will have equally friendly relationships with various US software makers.

And bagging whatever help, information and cooperation they can.

In other words, doing the exact same thing.

Let’s face it: you’re reading this in a version of Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge or Firefox.

All bits of US software.

Who’s looking at your browser history?

~≈Ê≈~

Sunday, 12 November 2017

American Horror Story — Series 4: Freak Show — Episodes 12 & 13: Show Stoppers & Curtain Call.

12th November, 2017.

You know, I really don’t have money to spend.

I don’t.

So it’s not that often I turn on my heating of an evening.

My flat’s warm enough, as it is.

But to and from the office, today?

Wasn’t necessarily that cold.

But was chilly enough that — right now? — turning on the heating for a bit seemed a good idea.

Especially as the chair in front of my TV?   Has it’s back to the door to the living room: and the incredible draft the vents at the top of the window generate.

One day, I’ll remember how to close them … !

~≈§≈~

At any rate?

At any rate, I have the day off, tomorrow.

Which means, theoretically, I get to sleep in.

So … ?

As far as I’m concerned, it means I can catch up with some more TV.

You’re right, as ever.

I’ve been watching American Horror Story’s fourth series.

Given it was the last two episodes?

I wasn’t going to walk away from series 4.

~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 12-11-2017: Remembrance Sunday

Well, there we go … 

It’s a Sunday … when I’m due to tea into work for ten.

And, thankfully?

It’s the day before a day off.

Which means I’ll be able to catch up with my sleep, at some point.

Something I’m looking forward to: I don’t know about you.

One thing I did manage to do, last night, before I went to bed?

Was catch another episode of  Freak Show.

Granted, this is only series four of American Horror Story: some of the latter ones may be better.

But, being brutally honest with you?

Freak Show’s got an emotion depth to it the earlier three series don’t.

And got me thinking I should catch Magic, the old Anthony Hopkins film.

Maybe one day …

~≈Ÿ≈~

Saturday, 11 November 2017

American Horror Story — Series 4: Freak Show — Episode 11: Magical Thinking

11th November, 2017

It’s official.

I’ve done dafter things: but staying up late isn’t one of them.

Or possibly is.

At any rate?

I’m up comparatively late: after a five o’clock start.

Working days: you have to love it.

Frankly?   I’ve another early start, tomorrow.

With, of course, another five o’clock start on the cards.

Foolishly, and if I mistime things?

That means a couple of things.

Either I’m a fool.


OR I’ve had time for just one episode of American Horror Story’s fourth season.


Yes … magical thinking seems an apt title.

Or possibly not

~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 11th November, 2017

*Yawn*

Yep … 

It’s Saturday.

And, as much as I don’t mind working days?

I think that all those years working from Lunch to early evening?

Means getting up at five for a 10 o’clock start?

Does leave its scars.

~≈Ê≈~

In other news?

Other news has seen Ofcom, the UK’s telecoms regulator, has announced that — if a customer’s broadband goes down — they’d be done compensation.

Some eight pounds per day.

I know that’s not much.

But frankly?

That’s going to come in handy, at some point.

~≈Ê≈~

Friday, 10 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 10th November, 2017.


Ah HA!

We got costume … !

I don’t know about you, but I’m some thing of a Dr Who fan: grew up on it, and followed both old and new, ever since.

So, obviously, whenever there‘s an announcement about a new Doctor?

I tend to keep my eyes peeled for them.

So … ?

So, yes: I saw the news about Jodie Whittaker’s costume.

Part of me is thinking: “We’re concentrating on the outfit, because she’s a woman … !”   Whilst being very aware that there’s been interest in other versions of the look the boys are wearing.

Personally?

Personally, I know there’s speculation that Jodie’s Doing Mork And Mindy.

But, frankly?

I’m thinking it’s vaguely Sixth Doctor.

It’s the unfeasible loud trousers …

~≈Â≈~

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 9th November, 2017

*Yawn*

I’m up very early … 

No, really early: it’s ten to five on a Thursday morning.

All this … ?

All this because I want to be up early … 

To make my 8·30 appointment at the dentists, today.

I can get a couple of hours sleep, once I get back from appointment.

That tooth extraction’s going to hurt, certainly.

Not as much as getting up at four in the morning.

~≈Ï≈~

Just as a quick thought, before I move on?

The UK Anti-Doping Agency has announced it’s facing cash flow issues.

It’s facing being sued by boxer, Tyson Fury: for loss of earnings, after he tested positives for steroids.

Apparently?

The positive test result was due to he and his cousin, Hughie, having a meal of uncastrated wild boar.

Ever heard the phrase, ‘on the swerve’?   Meaning to try and dodge something?

Go and explain it to Tyson, would you … ?

~≈Ï≈~

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 8th November, 2017

Ooh … 

THINK I’ve over down something, last night.

My innards?

Are twanging.

I might just want to lay off the Chicken Kievs, just in case!

~≈Ê≈~

Something I do know I managed to catch, though, after dinner?

Is that I managed to catch two more episodes of Freak Show, last night: Tupperware Party Massacre and Orphans.

The latter of which follows Pepper, played by Naomi Grossman, from her adoption by Madame Elsa, all the way to ending up in Briarcliffe: the mental institution in Asylum.

It’s not often I tell you to go watch a specific, named, episode of any one given show.

But Orphans is an exception.

Go watch it: Naomi Grossman give the performance of a lifetime!

~≈Ê≈~

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

American Horror Story — Series 4: Freak Show — Episode 9 and 10: Tupperware Party Massacre & Orphans

7th November, 2017

You know, I’ve had to admit, I’ve not had that much time off, this year.

Really.

I should, obviously, take more of it.

But, when I’ve not been sleeping like a log?

I’ve been sleeping like … something that’s not a log, to be perfectly frank.

But there we go.

At any rate?

I’ve found out, today, what should be happening with any unused holiday pay I’ve accrued.

Let’s just say it’s interesting, and leave it there, shall we?

~≈Î≈~

At any rate … ?

At any rate, I’ve had today, off.

And, yes: feeling as tired as I have been for the past few days.

But not so tired that I couldn’t catch up with more TV box set.

Yep.

Monday is Star Trek Discovery night.

Tonight, on the other hand?

Is American Horror Story night … 

Is about series 4 … 

Is about … Freak Show.

~≈Î≈~

Episode 9Tupperware Party Massacre — shows us Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters) slowing turning into a drunk: as events catch up with him.

Because of that?   He’s seen off of a house where he’s been turning tricks at a tupperware party.

After bursting into tears on one clients lap.

And, before he gets there?   Having a confrontation with Dandy (Finn Wittrock) who’d gotten a psychic reading — ahem — from Maggie (Emma Roberts).

It’s only after Jimmy leaves the tupperware party?

That the real trouble starts.

With Jimmy’s arrest for massacring everyone at the Tupperware party. 

~≈Î≈~

Episode 10Orphans — opens with tragedy.   Salty (Christopher Neiman) his died in his sleep: and his partner and fellow pinhead, Pepper (Naomi Grossman), is overcome by grief.

Meanwhile?   Maggie gives Desiree (Angela Bassett) and her new love a reading.

And, once recovery from her hangover?   Visiting the Museum of Morbid Curiosities with Desiree.

Only to be shocked at what she finds there.

Jimmy’s hands … 

~≈Î≈~

I have to admit, Freak Show … ?

Freak Show is showing me something.

It’s showing that American Horror Story’s writers are on form.

Not only that.

I’ve felt, for some time, that the show’s changing, ensemble cast, is one of its strengths.

From the little I know?   Jessica Lange leaves the series after this series.

But is, as Madame Elsa, putting in the performance of a lifetime.

There’s something else.

Something American Horror Story shares with Star Trek: the Next Generation is that large ensemble cast.

What’s more, the former seems to have learnt as trick from the former.

Give each character a moment to shine: sometimes with an episode about them, sometimes a strong scene.

It’s the latter in the case of Tupperware Party Massacre: the scene where Ethel goads Dell into hanging himself had me on the edge of my seat.

And the sceen towards the end, where Dot admits how she feels to Jimmy, Betty admits she can be very tactful when needed, and where Jimmy breaks the twins hearts by admitting there’s someone else?

Left me feeling quite emotional.

But not as emotional as Orphans.

Quite frankly, in showing us Pepper’s story, the writers have fed  us a story that ties Asylum and Freak Show together.

And shows us Naomi Grossman giving the emotional performance of a lifetime.

If you watch no other episode of Freak Show?

Go watch Orphans.

If you’re not wiping away tears by the end?

You’ve no heart.

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 7th November, 2017

Mmmm … 

Someone’s going to mention it, aren’t they?

I’ll admit that I’m a fan of Apple products: so know that the iPhone X launch went well, was nice to know.

I’m also aware that — in the recent Paradise Papers leak — they’ve been found to have shopped around various UK off-shore tax-havens: to find the best deal for them.

And been sheltering profits in Jersey.

Personally?

Yes, OK: I can see that’s an argument for making an example of Apple.

But I suspect that they — like any other business on the planet — is behaving the same way other businesses are.

They are, after all, in it for the money.

~≈§≈~

In other news?

In other news, I’ve got to confess: my tooth still hurts!

I’ve got my next dentist’s appointment on Thursday morning.

I’m very aware I’m in for an hour: hopefully for an extraction, and certainly for a scale and polish.

It’s going to be a rough morning, I know that much.

But, frankly?

If it makes eating more comfortable, I’m laughing.

Once the anaesthetic wheres off!

~≈§≈~

Monday, 6 November 2017

Star Trek Discovery — Episode 8: Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

6th November, 2017.

You know, I’m staring to worry about myself.

Which is possibly putting it mildly.

Possibly mildly, at any rate.

I’ve started to notice I’m … 

Well, feeling a lot more tired than usual.

Whether that’s the usual sense of jet-lag I get — from when the clocks change — or something more serious?

I couldn’t tell you.

I’m glad I’ve got an appointment booked with my GP in a couple of weeks: at least I can chew it over with her*.   She’s ALSO the only doctor who managed to diagnose my under-active thyroid: for that, I’m grateful, and ALSO thinking she’d be able to spot anything else. 

Frankly?

The fact is, I’m starting to notice that — sometimes — when I do have these tired phases?

I notice sweets — chocolates, jelly babies, what-have-you — seem to provide a cheap lift.

Quite what that means, is beyond me.

But it’s not something my dentist would enjoy hearing.

It’s possibly more work for her!

~≈§≈~

Which reminds me: I have a dentist appoint, first thing on Thursday morning.

For an hour.

It’s not something I’m worried about, just yet: although I’ve a sneaking suspicion it’s going to hurt.

If that can do something about the toothache I suspect is ALSO contributing to my feeling of sleeplessness?

The better for me.

At any rate, tonight?   A night off … ?

I wanted a TV show.

I wanted Star Trek: Discovery.

I wanted Episode 8 of the first half of this first series.

I wanted … 

~≈§≈~

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 6th November, 2017

Bleugh … 

I am officially knackered: and thinking that today — a day off — I’m not going to be writing Teasers, doing laundry, buying milk and bread, or house keeping.

No, what I want to do is head back to bed!

We’ll see.

~≈†≈~

On other fronts?

I’m very aware there’s scandal brewing at Westminster: a lot of it quite serious, sexual scandal.

One thing that did catch my eye, though?   (And I’ll admit, it’s a minor thing, compared to some of the allegations doing the rounds.)

Damian Green, MP, has been accused of having pornography on his parliamentary computer.

Some he strenuously denies.

I have to admit to having a question.

I’ve got no particular problem using porn: nor to others doing the same, so long as it’s not child porn.   So long as we realise what’s on screen is a fantasy, we’re ok, I think.

But the question I’ve got?

I’m sure, you, like me, wouldn’t think of accessing adult material at work.

Indeed, most of us can’t.

From what I’ve seen, half of a given IT department’s job involves blocking sites an employer doesn’t want it’s employees to view.

Fair enough: we’re there to work, not — ahem — enjoy ourselves.

What I have to ask is simply this.

If Damian Green had porn on his parliamentary/works computer?

Why wasn’t it blocked by Parliament’s IT department?

Damian Green shouldn’t have been able to access from work, in the first place.

~≈†≈~

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 5-11-2017: Gunpowder, Treason and PLOT!

That’s mildly surprising.

Facebook does these poll things, when you post.

I think they’re aimed at business users of the site: just to get an idea of what’s popular, and what’s not.

I posted one up to a Facebook group I belong to, just recently.

Just to find out what people thought was THE best love song going.

Frankly?

Hazel O’Connor’s Will You is proving popular.

It’s at the top of the list.


For good reason, I think.   I’ve felt, for years, that it’s the perfect summary of that moment: when an evening could end in a couple … 

Or in someone going home after a nice night out, not realising what some of the undertones were.

~≈Ê≈~

Of course, the one I’m surprised isn’t doing better?

Is an old favourite, kd lang’s Miss Chatelaine.


Which is possibly the morning after Will You.

Whenever’s it’s being sung, though?

I still think Miss Chatelaine’s the perfect honey moon song: just capturing that wheeeee moment of new love, perfectly.

Oh, well … 

Here’s hoping it crawls up the rankings!

~≈Ê≈~

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 4th November, 2017

Hmmm … 

I’m feeling vaguely ambiguous.

I’m something of an armchair fan of House of Cards, having followed the series for several years, now.

So the recent reports that Kevin Spacey is facing serious assault charges?

Have not only thrown the series future into doubt … 

But permanently binned it: for now.

As Netflix are understandably concerned by the allegations.

On a personal note?

I’m disappointed: both in Netflix and Kevin Spacey.

Oh, I can’t blame Netflix: the money prevails.

And I don’t know that, were I or any of us, in Kevin Spacey’s shoes, we’d not be behaving the same way.

We’re flawed and human.

But still … ?

House of Cards is something I’ll never see the end of.

I suspect I’m not the only one to be disappointed.

~≈Ê≈~

Friday, 3 November 2017

Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 3rd November, 2017

Right then … 

I’m officially back at work.

At least, I am, tonight: and over the weekend.

I’m — sort of — looking forward to it: as the way the hours have been arranged, it means I have the evenings off.

Not that I’ll be doing much more than either watching TV, or sleeping: but there you go.

Either way, I may just have enough time to catch an epode or two of Freak Show.

I just hope they don’t over do the singing … !



~≈®≈~

Thursday, 2 November 2017

American Horror Story — Series 4: Freak Show — Episode 7 & 8: Test of Strength & Bloodbath

2nd November, 2017

You know, I’ve literally just realised — by going an looking, so you know — that the overflow in my sink’s blocked.

And that I’m going to have to do something about that.

Had I realised, earlier?

I’d’ve unscrewed the thing, and got clearing it out.

But right now, as it’s not really that urgent?   I think I can wait until the morning: if nothing else, to at least get some drain cleaner.

And put my washing machine onto a empty hotwash.

With a bit of luck, and some crossed fingers?

That usually helps unblock stuff.

~≈†≈~

Of course the reason I hadn’t actually noticed the blockage?

Well, there’s possibly a lot of reasons why I didn’t notice the blockage: after All, I did try and make a point of getting some caustic soda, every-so-often, to keep my sink clean.

The reason, tonight?

Was that I was in a hurry … to catch more TV.

Yes.

You’d be right: I’m developing an addiction to series 4 of American Horror Story.

A 12-step group could be useful.

Although I don’t know if there’s a Freak Show Anonymous …

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Nik Nak’s Daily Teaser — 2nd November, 2017.

Oh, right … 

That was the initial appointment … 

I have to confess, I had a dentist’s appointment, yesterday: on the way to getting a tooth extracted.

The tooth’s still there: but I have to head back, to get the thing extracted.

The appointment, next week?   Lasts an hour.

That’s when the pliers come out, I think.

~≈Â≈~

The fact that, in all this?

I managed to catch more episodes of Freak Show, last night?

Is practically incidental.

Saying that?   The younger members of the ensemble are doing their usual good jobs in their respective roles, Michael Chiklis† is surprising us with his choice of jobs, Finn Wittrock is slowing turning into Norman Bates …  

But, as ever, it’s Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Jessica Lange that steal the show …

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