Henrik Ibsen, Morten Harket, Edvard Munch, Edvard Grieg, Trygve Lie, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Kjetil Aamodt, Sonja Henie, Trude Mostue, Fridtjof Nansen, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Erna Solberg… Can you hear me Erna Solberg? Your girls took a hell of a beating! Your girls took a hell of a beating!
Did anyone else watch 'Blue Planet 2', see the 'Bobbit' metre-long carnivorous worm, and think "Even that would be a better mother than Molly Weasley"? The episode was full of creatures more intelligent than Arthur Weasley, too, and I don't just mean the cuttlefish and the octopus; even the microscopic algae inside the coral polyps would have superior intelligence and a greater understanding of Muggle technology.
any fanfic author who uses 'hoard' to describe a large throng of people, or 'horde' to describe a store of money or treasure, would be sentenced to be pursued across the Mongolian steppe by thirty thousand Mongol warriors armed with composite bows.
2016 has been a horrible year. Brexit. Trump. And the death list of Bowie, Prince, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Leonard Cohen, Glen Frey, Rick Parfitt, Christina Grimmie, Chyna, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, Gene Wilder, Kenny Baker, Robert Vaughn... I have my fingers crossed for Carrie Fisher.
Music this year has hit a new low; other than Passenger and Christine and the Queens everything I've heard has been appalling. And Louise didn't win Strictly.
But at long last there has been something to smile about. The Last Dragonslayer on Sky 1. Very much in the same style as their adaptations of Terry Pratchett's works but better (and blessedly free of David Jason). Jennifer Strange is my new heroine.
Hergé, René Magritte, Thierry Boutsen, Adolphe Sax, Jacky Ickx, Eddy Merckx, Kim Huybrechts, Jean-Claude Van Damme… your boys took one Hell of a beating! Can you hear me, King Philippe? Your boys took one Hell of a beating!
The Wombat lived in Wales as a child – her sister was actually born there – and the heroine of the story I'm currently posting at the Pit of Voles is Welsh, and so we are claiming honorary Welsh status tonight.