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06 February 2010 @ 12:18 pm
The game is afoot!  
Yes, I know it's a quote from 'Henry V' that Holmes "borrowed" tyvm...

So this weekend seems to be mostly about sport... and Sherlock Holmes - which I have been dying to see but just haven't had time to - up until now. I am going to make time... somehow... in between lots of men with oddly shaped balls...

I've been a fan of Sherlock Holmes for years. I had all the stories, both short and long, bought and read before I ever went anywhere near Tolkien. What those two fandoms have in common for me is that I think because I discovered them before I discovered boys I've never even remotely thought of them in a slashy way. 

Now I'm all grown up and perverted I have no problem putting slashy subtext into most things so I had the some concern over the LOTR films but nope - still not slashing - I don't even ship Sam/Frodo!

But, thanks to some of my flist, I'm already seeing slash for the new movie coming out and when it's Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law who can blame them! Very pretty boys after all. So my unease is the same as it was - will starting to see Holmes/Watson spoil one of my oldest fandoms for me? I hope not. Who knows -  I may even start writing it myself....

The other weekend activities are all about big, fit men getting sweaty - no denying that.

Hibernian F.C. - my football (that's proper football) team - are playing in the Fifth Round of the Scottish FA cup this afternoon against a team from a much lower league - and I'm nervous as hell. We haven't won the cup since 1902 - 107 years. We've been in the Final 8 times since then and lost every time. Generations have lived and died and never seen the Cup paraded through the streets of Leith - tragic. And every year we think "This is it!"... and every year it's not. We make baseball curses look like minor inconveniences...

But like a mug I shall allow myself to hope once again. We're playing really well right now after all. So we'll probably beat the mighty Montrose - and then get drawn against Celtic or Rangers in the quarter finals!

I have far less optimism for Scotland's chances against France in the Rugby tomorrow but shall watch and cheer anyway. 'Cause who couldn't be happy watching these guys?

And finally I believe there's a little match taking place in the US very similar to rugby but with a whole bunch of padding getting in the way of "teh pretteh"

GO SAINTS!!!!

I probably won't be staying up to watch (K.O is at 11pm here!) but Drew Brees has been working wonders for my hubby's fantasy team for the past two seasons and for that reason (and a little bit of solidarity with darkentwisted) I'm cheering for New Orleans.

Plus I think Peyton Manning is an arse.
 
 
 
Queerly: the game is afoot!queerlyobscure on February 6th, 2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
You NEED TO SEE Sherlock Holmes. It is not optional.

And a re-read of all the books will be in order once you have, because it is nigh-on impossible to miss the slash the second time around (I missed it when I was 10-12, too. And I thought Watson was a bit of a wet blanket but I am happy to be wrong about that on second look. It's funny the things you miss as a kid). The slashy love makes the whole thing better, I promise.

And I might die if you start writing for it. Literally drop dead and die in a strange flood of outright joy. (Am I being covertly blamed for your slash goggles, here?)

Anyway I will contain my fannish ramblings now.

(YAY Rugby, the manliest of manly sports, which I sadly know very little about, but can certainly appreciate on an aesthetic level).
WYG: Saltirewastingyourgum on February 8th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but I was left spectacularly unbothered by "Sherlock Holmes".

It was enjoyable enough but the plot was far too piecemeal (felt like one they'd rejected from "Young Sherlock Holmes") and I came away with a sense of "more style than substance".

That said the style in question was awesome - and I hope they get to do another one - but it won't be troubling the books for my affections any time soon.

Robert Downey Jr's accent wandered almost as much as the plot (he was still fun in spite of that) but I thought Jude Law was easily the best Watson ever! (They even gave him a limp - yay!)

The bromance was alive and kicking and I loved their banter but surprisingly, while I can absolutely see where others would jump all over it, the slash for me just never really sprang to mind.

(And small Yay! for William Houston as Constable Clark! Loved him in Casualty 1907/1909 and, of course, as Finn in RH 3x02).

My prediction for the rugby was spot on unfortunately... Scotland 9, France 18 - and it was far more of a trouncing than that score suggests.

Interestingly we were missing our first choice tighthead prop because the game was on Sunday and he doesn't play on Sundays for religious reasons. Very "Chariots of Fire"...
Queerlyqueerlyobscure on February 8th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
I do tend to forget that there are people in the world who like plot :/

I must say though, in all curiosity and mild surprise, that you are the first person I have heard complain of RDJ's accent - I am aware that it wasn't from anywhere but I had rather thought it ingeniously deliberate, the Victorian equivalent of international interest. Although it is entirely possible that I am giving credit where none is due (I did notice that it slipped into the definitely American twice, once on "calm" and once on "Irene", and that "suit" and "sewers" were pronounced rather oddly)

Having thought Watson a bit of a wet blanket up until now, I was most impressed by Mr. Law's performance.

(I had a huge Yay! for William Houston. I love him more than I reasonably should given what I have seen of his work)

My sincerest condolences for your loss, of course. But I suppose it was not entirely unexpected, and a good excuse to get very drunk.
WYG: Lochwastingyourgum on February 9th, 2010 07:40 am (UTC)
I never thought of Watson as a wet blanket and was very annoyed when I first discovered the Basil Rathbone films... Other portrayls have been much better but he's still always been very much second fiddle to Holmes.

Of course Holmes is the greater intellect and has all the deductive powers but Watson is no ninny. This was the first time I felt you really got the sense that Watson was a partner rather than just a "hanger-on".

Yay Clarkie! Did you see either of the Casualty series? Those were excellent!

And yes it was entirely expected and since when have I needed an excuse to get drunk? ;)
jagnikjenjagnikjen on February 6th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
Hope you are currently enjoying your weekend. ;)
WYG: Robinwastingyourgum on February 8th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
At the time you posted - yes I was thank you!

It was a lovely weekend all round (apart from the above mentioned rugby score but I expected that so even it wasn't too bad!)
robinfanaticrobinfanatic on February 6th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Did they win??? *fingers crossed*

I've been thinking about going to see Sherlock, too. Will await your review...
WYG: Hibswastingyourgum on February 8th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
They being Hibernian and the Saints - yes!

Scotland? No... (See reply to LLL above)

5-1 to the glorious Edinburgh Hi-bees! So into the quarter finals they go. We haven't had the draw for it yet so I don't know who the opposition is but this is where you start meeting the other top-tier teams... We shall see...
roh_wynroh_wyn on February 7th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
I actually sort of hated Sherlock Holmes, and fwiw, I totally didn't see any slashy subtext. Then again, I tend not to go looking for the slash either (but even I could see Sam/Frodo, lol).

We make baseball curses look like minor inconveniences...

I think some BoSox fans would have disagreed with you, just a few short years ago! ;) Anyway, just for your sake, Go Hibs! (Or whatever it is you Picts use to rally on your sides).

Go Saints? FFS.
WYG: Hibswastingyourgum on February 8th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yep - see my reply to LLL above. Slash - what slash? And the film was fun but nothing to write home about.

"Go Hibs!"? No, no, no - this is football - we have songs...

"We are Hibernian F.C.!
We hate Jam Tarts* and we hate Dundee!
And we will fight, where ever we may be
'Cause we are the mental H.F.C.!!"

*Jam Tarts = Hearts = Heart of Midlothian - the other Edinburgh team.

and to a slightly different tune...

"We hate Glasgow Rangers.
We hate Celtic too. (They're shite!)
We hate Heart of Midlothian
but the Hi-bees we love you! (All together now...)"
(repeat x 1000)


Go Saints! Yay!!! ;)