Category Archives: Fiction

Must See TV

I’ve given up on watching television. Oh, I’ll binge-watch.

I’ve been watching Amazon, Netflix and British TV through an Amazon subscription to Acorn TV.

Foyle’s War is on PBS and Amazon.


At the beginning of the series, it is 1940, WWII is on and  Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) wants to serve. He’s  a police investigator in the south of England.

DCI Foyle is assisted by his driver, the adorably curious Samantha Stewart, played by the overwhelmingly adorable Honesuckle Weeks.

The tall guy in the back is Sergeant Paul Milner, a war vet.

Each episode is a mystery, though there are some two-parters.  Real events are woven into the plotlines, especially incidents from WWII.   Don’t miss “Fifty Ships” and “High Castle” for morality plays — and in a morality play, Foyle always represents the high road.

The character Foyle is prickly, likeable and unique.  At some point you realize that for all his talents, Foyle doesn’t want to catch crooks.  Given a choice, he’d rather be serving in uniform or fly-fishing.  He knows he’s just carrying on.  His sense of duty, and his commitment to the truth guide the series.


I watched the second season of Dicte, and the second season of Hinterland this weekend.

Dicte is a crime show on the level of Law and Order in terms of seriousness. She’s the brave but headstrong writer for a newspaper.  It’s a bit of a challenge since the dialogue is in Danish, but it is subtitled in English.  Turns out Danes curse in English sometimes, and certain sexual acts apparently have no accurate Danish word.  Danish sounds like German spoken by much more polite people. Also I expected more breakfast pastries.

If you like your heroins perfect, she’s not for you.  She is sooo excited when her daughter starts having sex, it’s a bit odd.  Season one reminded me a bit of Sex and the City.

Hinterland is a dark, moody crime drama.  The main characters are police detectives. DCI Mathias (below) is a train wreck.  He needs counseling.  He also needs a shave.  Always.

While it is in English, it takes place in Wales and was shot for English and Welsh.  As a result, there are long scenes with no dialogue at all — as if it was smarter to have characters stare into space instead of talk, since they have to shoot the speaking scenes twice.

This scene might last 45 minutes.  He is not looking at anything important.  The crime scene is over his right shoulder.

According to this show, all of Wales is bleak, cold and needs a coat of paint.  The Welsh government actually did predict the show would boost tourism.  They need to get their money back.

Still, it’s good drama.






Apparently, Light Editing is a Crime

John Hoge has had to deal with lots of Kimberlin fantasy, but this one is funny.  Brett


Aaron! Go easy on the red pen.

Kimberlin is accusing Aaron Walker of writing John’s court documents.  The story is here.

Something to remember in the Kimberlin fiascos.  Brett Kimberlin has studied law but has never learned it.  John Hoge never formally studied law, and occasionally needs minor editing help.

Aaron has his response here.  Part of it is an explanation I clipped from Aaron’s response.  Apparently, lawyers help out clients in this way all the time, ans it’s not a big deal.


There’s so much dumb being flung, it’s getting too easy.  Team Kimberlin needs a lawyer.

So, Somebody Thought a University Would Discriminate Against the Diversity VP?

From The College Fix:

Missouri State University spent an estimated $40,000 of taxpayer money to pay a group of attorneys to investigate whether its vice president of diversity and inclusion was discriminated against because he is black, a claim the executive at the public university made via a friend and a petition.

The end result of the month-long investigation in December? In effect, complaints alleged in the petition of “racist treatment” were baseless. – snip –

Please, discriminate against me next!


a) His salary is $120,402 (a little less than other VPs, but still $20,000 more than the average salary for diversity VPs);coopwood

b) His division’s operating budget was increased from $280,456 in 2013 to nearly $400,000 this year;

c) The university paid $180,000 to renovate Coopwood’s office suite;

d) and in sum, the public university has spent about $1.2 million on various diversity initiatives in recent years.

And So, the Battle Begins

The King smashed his weighty staff on the stone floor, sending an explosive noise about the throne room. Candles and torches flickered. Outside the castle, ravens took flight.

“Aaurgh,” he bellowed, to no one in particular. For months the rumours of war have haunted him. The neighbouring kingdoms have pounded the drums of war, and the smoke rising from the fires in the enemy encampments filled the king’s hairy nostrils.

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“I shall not be forced to endure this. I will demand they disarm.” His eyes grew steely, and his brows lowered. His gut wrenched. Then again.
The latest provocation was from a longtime foe. Has it really been years that they have hated one another? And here he was, within my walled city. Knocking down the homes of my people, toppling my knights in rapid succession.  

“Now let them see what an angry king shall do!” 

“This means war!! Level the forests to build more rams!”  He frantically gave orders to his generals.  

“Mine enemies will feel my fury once again. Get me my longsword, ho!” Blood pounded in his ears. Old wounds burned anew. He lifted his arms toward the heavens.
“Mighty Zeus. Put aside your jealousy of this humble king, and grant me victory. Let my sword slice out the bowels of…”
As if on command, there was more rumbling in the distance, then a moment of silence mixed with stench.

“Good heavens Lester! Did you fill your pull-ups again?” Mom lifted the sovereign from his throne room.
“Oh my. Look at this mess. When we get back, you and Roy are picking up those blocks.” The king’s anger subsided.

For now.