T – 3 days and a bag full of books!

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I’m traveling again in 3 days… yep, 3… again! But this time I’m going home, to Lisbon, to go to my eldest niece’s birthday – I missed it last year, so I have to be there! So, the best news of my day of the notification that my Check-In was open, so I’m ready to go :) .

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I’m just staying a few days, so I decided it would be time to start transporting some of my stuff back home, given that around August I’m technically going back… 18 books going back home… oh, my Harry Potter‘s and all of my Shadowhunter‘s books are going back to Lisbon (I’ll miss them).

Book Review: Love at First Type – A Chronicle of Addiction to Online Dating

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“We’ve all searched for love at one time or another and a popular way is to use online dating. I’m not going to bore you with statistics, but studies have shown a great many people find their partners online. It can be a great way to get to know a potential partner, and to connect with people you otherwise would never have encountered. But is it all it’s cracked up to be?

This book collects the bizarre, notable, and downright tragic experiences spanning three years on a popular dating site as I try to analyse my attitudes towards online dating and reflect on what I’ve learnt, and how I’ve changed because of it.”Amazon synopsis for Love at First Type: A Chronicle of Addiction to Online Dating by Robert D. Spake.

I can’t thank Robert D. Spake enough for allowing me to read this and for the fact that I brought this book along on my most recent trip, it kind of saved me from being bored to death… I loved it!

Although I never tried online dating – don’t really know why, given that I can’t meet new people if my life depended on it, – it’s impossible not to relate with some situations, feelings or awkward moments that the author describes.

I found myself being sucked into this story and I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next. And wow, I could perhaps think that things could get a little weird with online dating, but I never quite imagined this… I’m not sure if after reading this I would ever consider trying the dating sites… but hey, I admire the fact that he can still think positive about dating in general and that he actually stuck with it for so long… Well done!

I do understand the appeal! Being socially awkward as I am, I understand the pool of being “faceless” on the internet. That is one of the biggest advantages that the internet has brought us – it’s easier to get out of our shells when there’s no judging stares or awkward pauses.

I highly recommend this book – whether or not you have ever tried online dating. My guess is that if you have, you will review yourself in one situation or another. If you have never tried it (like myself), you might just get surprised when you relate to a specific fear, awkwardness or strange situation. Give it a read!

Farewell Marvel’s Agent Carter, I hope I see you again next year!

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Marvel’s Agent Carter’s last episode of the first season aired just a few days ago and I already miss it.

I don’t need a congressional honor. I don’t need Agent Thompson’s approval or the president’s. I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.

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To sum things up quickly, Peggy fought Dottie and barely won, then she had to convince an hypnotized Howard Stark to turn his plane around, because he wasn’t on a mission to recover Steve, and so, she had to let go of Steve (twice)… (Tears…), then Sousa saved Thompson (amazingly, might I add) and they arrested Ivchenko. Jarvis gave Peggy the vial of Steve’s blood (that Howard had stolen again from the SSR), thus showing his loyalty to her. Howard Stark lent his house (one of them) to Peggy and Angie to live in – given that their living arrangements and work conditions were shredded thanks to him… to which Angie was super happy about (I could see them having a fling in the future, if they eventually meet). Back at the SSR, Peggy finally gets the recognition she deserves, but Thompson (to my great disappointment) get all the credit for the mission, not even mentioning the fact that it was Peggy who saved the day… Sousa is outraged, but Carter assures him that she needs no one’s approval, she knows what she’s worth! Poor Sousa then asks her out for a drink, to which she says no, she has something to do, but her smile when he’s not looking tells me that he might just have hope and that leaves me super HAPPY!!! I ship them, haven’t I mentioned it before?!

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(Doesn’t she look nice?! With the shield and everything?!)

Hayley Atwell was magnificent during this 8 episodes. The range of emotions and abilities that she displayed was amazing. The last scene where she finally lets go of Steve Rogers broke my heart (and tears came again…).

Dominic Cooper is just perfect as Howard Stark! He makes Howard impossible to hate – no matter how much you know you should! One of my favorite moments in this episode was Thompson speech about Stark, where Stark just says the most outrageous things and you can’t help but totally swoon over him… Like father, like son!

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It has been 8 weeks of watching James D’Arcy in completely different shows and roles. Man, that guy can act! Whether he’s playing murderous and creepy Lee (Broadchurch) or nice, funny and loyal Jarvis (Marvel’s Agent Carter), he’s just amazing! Jarvis is definitely one of my favorite characters in TV.

I absolutely loved this show, there was not a bad or dull episode, and the story was interesting and kept me hooked. Given that they joined now Ivchenko with Zola, I hope they show what that collaboration might lead.

I desperately want a second season! I think a short season of 8-12 episodes would be ideal, since they still have much to tell between this point and the establishment of SHIELD. ABC, please, please, please, bring Agent Carter back!

Avengers: Age of Ultron posters

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This week, the first poster for the Avengers: Age of Ultron came out.

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Let’s face it, the poster is nothing much, but it did bring a bit of good news: Anthony Mackie and Hayley Atwell will be in it! Pretty excited about the Falcon! The Falcon and War Machine in the same movie?! Awesome!!! About Hayley, something tells me that it will be a flashback of some sort, because I can’t bear to watch another scene with old Peggy and young Steve… just no… :(

In the meantime, Marvel has been releasing individual posters for some characters… And these are pretty amazing… still not sure why Black Widow looks like she just came from Tron, but hey… here they are!

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Baby Daddy renewed for 5th season

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Good news for Baby Daddy fans like myself, the show ABC family has just renewed the show for a 5th season.

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I’m really happy about this, I find it one of the most entertaining sitcoms around, and ABC family is doing a good job keeping its winners around. I do hope that now we’ll see Emma grow up a little bit, the show has been around for 2 and a half years, and baby Emma still doesn’t look 2…

Rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy

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Such sad news today! The New York Times reports that Leonard Nimoy, 83, has passed away from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series, as well as in the Star Trek movies (old and new), and was in Fringe, was a true icon and this comes as true and sad blow… =(

Live long and prosper…

Broadchurch will return for a 3rd season

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One of the biggest shocks coming out of Monday’s season 2 finale, was that the amazing show will be making a comeback. David Tennant and Olivia Colman are already confirmed to return for the third season of Broadchurch. I just hope they don’t keep us waiting long…

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Hey, I’m back (and I can’t set foot in another bookstore…)

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I’m home… after almost a week gone (that didn’t quite go as I expected), I’m back and hard at work again. The trip to the UK was ok, it was nice to see the friends, it was great to go to Oxford, the Phantom of the Opera was pretty good, and the Harry Potter Studio Tour was amazing as always. I didn’t quite spent as much time in London as I had hoped for, neither did I see much, but hey, I do know London quite well, so…

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Oxford was pretty great, we went to the Bodleian Library, which by itself is pretty amazing, to top it off, they actually filmed Harry Potter there and our guide was amazing. The next day we made our way to London, to see the change off the guard and a walk through Camden, this was great because although we saw little of the change of the guard, we actually saw the QUEEN!!! Not too shabby!

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(yeah, Speedy’s… Sherlock‘s filming location near Euston Square!)

The Harry Potter studio tour was on its Animal Actors Week, so there were actually Fangs and Hedwigs around the studios.

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All and all, the most pleasurable moments I had on this trip were my hours at several bookshops… It started back at Blackwell’s in Oxford… OMG, that place is amazing… all I know is that when I left Oxford I had already bought 6 books… yeah, 6! I ended up with 9 new books and having to dispatch my bag (I had no space left, otherwise I would also have bought an amazing edition of The Lord of the Rings that I found at Waterstones).

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The Flash: The Nuclear Man

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Last week Barry had to try to manage having a personal life, that is dating Linda, and his duties as the Flash.

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Things did not always go alright for him, poor guy, on the first date he managed by super-speeding to the crime places and then back again, before she could notice that he was gone. The second date, however, was slightly trickier. She showed up more than willing to take things to the next level, but Barry, worried how his speed might affect everything and then getting a distressed call from Caitlin, had to bail on her, while trying to get dress, talking and leaving at the same time… stumbling a lot. Linda was more or less OK with it, until Iris told her that Barry was still hung up on someone, and that was why he was dodging her. Linda got it, and set Barry free… he did not want to be set free though, and soon was asking Iris to butt out because he doesn’t has those feelings for her anymore, and was asking Linda for a second chance, which she gave him.

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Joe asks Cisco help to gather information on the murder of Barry’s mother. Soon they find that the speedsters left some blood behind, with 2 distinct genetic profiles. That’s when Joe drops the bomb: he wants Cisco to run it against Harrison Wells DNA! Cisco is appalled and refuses, but soon, after Wells suggests something unimaginable, Cisco runs the profiles, finding one match… not to Wells, but to Barry. There’s more, the proteins in the blood indicate that it did not belong to young Barry, but an adult one! So, as we have always suspected, The Flash (adult) was present in the night that his own mother was killed… time-travelling plot begins!

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Caitlin and Dr. Wells try to find and help Ronnie/Dr. Stein a.k.a. Firestorm, finding out that he’s unstable and in risk of causing a nuclear explosion (hence the title). Dr. Wells’s response could not be clearer: they should kill him before he can go off. Cisco is shocked, but Caitlin isn’t standing for it, remind him that she has lost Ronnie once already, she’s not about to lose him another time. More than that, they’re talking about 2 lives. Dr. Wells tries do come up with a solution, but Ronnie/Stein has already left, in order to protect the people in the city. Caitlin and Barry go to him in the hopes that the device that Wells created works… it doesn’t and Firestorm blows up…

So, Linda and Barry is a go, Iris is super jealous, Firestorm blew up (but we know from the next week promo that both men survive), Caitlin will have her man back… why am I not excited about this?! Don’t get me wrong, I like Ronnie, not sure I like Ronnie and Caitlin though…

On my way to London!

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Oh yeah! Well, I’m not currently on the go, but I will be in couple of hours =). I think I haven’t said enough times how much I love that city! Either way, I’ll be going today and I’ll stay until February 23rd.

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Last time I went it was for a conference and Doctor Who 50th anniversary. This time I’ll be visiting some friends who have moved there last year. I’ll be staying in Reading (70 km from London) with them. I know London pretty well, but there are always things to do and new stuff to see.

The first stop will be Oxford! I’m pretty excited about this because I was only there once when I was about 11 years old, so I remember nothing! I’m so psyched about going to Oxford University and visiting some places used to film the Harry Potter movies!!

The next day we’ll be going to London, probably visit Camden and some other places, but late that night we’re going to The Phantom of the Opera!! =D This will not be my first Phantom, as I watched it on Broadway last year, but still, I am pretty happy about it.

While most of the other days we’ll decided what we’re going to do then, on the 21st we have a day booked, we’re going to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, again, I’ve been there in 2013, but I’ll probably have more fun now that I’m not going alone ;-) !

Another thing that I’m really looking forward to is watching Kingsman: The Secret Service. It’ll premiere here later this month, but I really want to watch it in the UK!

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Now I’m getting back to work, just a few more hours…

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