Ardelia Mapp: “How long have you been in love with Hannibal Lecter?”

Clarice Starling: “That’s disgusting. And wrong. I don’t even get – why would – I’ve never been in love with anyone, anywhere. It’s none of your - you have - the nerve, the audacity - Hannibal is my friend, technically. And he is terrible, face-wise. And how - how do I know, frankly, that you’re not in love with him? Maybe you are. Maybe you’re trying to throw me off. Hmm, check and mate.”

Tutto è pronto;
la valigia, le camicie, le mappe,
la fatua speranza.
Tutto è pronto:
il mare, l’atlante, l’aria.
Mi manca solo il quadro,
un diario di bordo, il dove,
le carte di navigazione,
venti a favore, il coraggio
e qualcuno che mi ami
come non so amarmi io.
—  Juan Vicente Piqueras

I thought to compile a list of some TV dramas that are similar to/might be enjoyed by those who like Home Fires. I’ve broken it down into periods but some do overlap so I have put them under the category they first start off in. 

c.World War I

c.Interwar Period

c. World War II

c.Post-World War II

These are just a few & feel free to suggest any if you want.

A giant neuron found wrapped around entire mouse brain

Like ivy plants that send runners out searching for something to cling to, the brain’s neurons send out shoots that connect with other neurons throughout the organ. A new digital reconstruction method shows three neurons that branch extensively throughout the brain, including one that wraps around its entire outer layer. The finding may help to explain how the brain creates consciousness.

Christof Koch, president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Washington, explained his group’s new technique at a 15 February meeting of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative in Bethesda, Maryland. He showed how the team traced three neurons from a small, thin sheet of cells called the claustrum — an area that Koch believes acts as the seat of consciousness in mice and humans.

Crick, F. C. & Koch, C. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B Biol. Sci. 360, 1271–1279 (2005).

Torgerson, C. M. et al. Hum. Brain Mapp. 36, 827–838 (2015).

A digital reconstruction of a neuron that encircles the mouse brain. Allen Institute for Brain Science

Child of the Stars : a Doctor Who playlist

Universal Traveler - Air || Life Among the Distant Stars - Murray Gold || Soulstice - Mapps || Tracking Aeroplanes - The Echelon Effect || Angel - Koda || We Move Lightly - Dustin O’Halloran || Forces of Attraction - Jóhann Jóhannsson || Moon - Sleeping at Last || This Fire - Gang Violins || Ninth Doctor’s Theme - Murray Gold


Okay guys, you know that I never do many theories (I will have done two so far), but there was a topic that I wanted to discuss with you about Sanji and Nami.

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Mapp & Lucia

aka all of my spinster fashion choices in one show!

What’s this? Jodhpurs, suspenders, knee high boots?

Red lips, slicked-back hair, swagger, be still my beating heart.


I JUST. That pin! That perfect collar! That waistcoat! That face!

And what’s this? Fat, jovial spinster sisters wearing tons of checks and knitwear? SIGN ME UP.

I want every item of clothing in this picture on my body.

Brocades. Beads. Curls. Conniving smile.

Omg, power shoulders, take me now.


Huge, billowy caftans? Yes, why not?

Pleats! And figs! And reclining with a book in the garden!

And finally, literally everything in this picture except in this case they have loving sex in the garden and then shack up together.

In conclusion, it is a DREADFUL TRAVESTY that we do not have 7 seasons and movie of British village scheming spinsters upon which to feast our eyes.

Tutto è pronto; la valigia, le camicie, le mappe, la fatua speranza. Tutto è pronto: il mare, l'atlante, l'aria. Mi manca solo il quadro, un diario di bordo, il dove, le carte di navigazione, venti a favore, il coraggio e qualcuno che mi ami come non so amarmi io. (Juan Vicente Piqueras)

The Discworld - Book by Book

I think everyone has a different reading order recommendation for the 41 novels in the Discworld Series but I thought I would share mine. I have to say that the first two sections are actually interchangeable in my head and which I would recommend depends on the mode I’m in and whether you as a reader would prefer to start with the best male characters in the Discworld (Vimes and Vetinari), or the best female characters (Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching).

I have listed the books in publishing order within the sections because they need to be read in order within each section to get the proper character arc. Except for the stand alone section, where I’ve listed them in the order I chose to re-read them. Numbers on the left are my preferred (at the moment, because I’ve just started my annual re-read of the series with the Vimes books) reading order and the numbers in brackets after the titles give you the order in which they were published.

If you’ve never read any Discworld just want to dip in and see if you like Terry’s style with a standalone novel rather than picking a section then that’s absolutely a viable option and in all honesty you could start with any of the first five in the standalone section and have a cracking read!

Mags’ reading order for the Discworld Novels

Vimes/Vetinari/City Watch books

1. Guards! Guards! (8)
2. Men at Arms (15)
3. Feet of Clay (19)
4. Jingo (21)
5. Fifth Elephant (24)
6. Night Watch (29)
7. Thud! (34)
8. Snuff (39)

Witches/Granny Weatherwax/Tiffany Aching Books

9. Equal Rites (3)
10. Wyrd Sisters (6)
11. Witches Abroad (12)
12. Lords and Ladies (14)
13. Maskerade (18)
14. Carpe Jugulum (23)
15. Wee Free Men (30)
16. A Hat Full of Sky (32)
17. The Wintersmith (35)
18. I Shall Wear Midnight (38)
19. Shepherd’s Crown (41)

(If you want to split Tiffany from the Witches and read those later – given that they end with Shepherd’s Crown which was published after Terry’s death - then the first Tiffany book is Wee Free Men)

Death/Susan Books

20. Mort (4)
21. Reaper Man (11)
22. Soul Music (16)
23. Hogfather (20)
24. Thief of Time (26)

Moist von Lipwig Books

25. Going Postal (33)
26. Making Money (36)
27. Raising Steam (40) (Also contains Vimes & Vetinari)

Rincewind Books

28. Colour of Magic (1)
29. Light Fantastic (2)
30. Sourcery (5)
31. Eric (9)
32. Interesting Times (17)
33. The Last Continent (22)
34. The Last Hero (27)


35. Pyramids (7)
36. Small Gods (13)
37. Moving Pictures (10)
38. The Truth (25)
39. Monstrous Regiment (31)
40. Unseen Academicals (37)
41. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (28)

Discworld Related books which are not actual Discworld novels

As well as the novels there are quite a few other books (some novel length, some tiny, some not really books at all but actually maps) that are tied into the Discworld series and I thought I should include them on this list at all.

They’re not in any particular order but it they are related to one particular Discworld novel I’ve mentioned which one and I’ve tried to include the year of publication for each one as well, in case you’re interested.

Science of Discworld Series (with Ian Stewart & Jack Cohen):

1. The Science of Discworld (1999)
2. The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (2002)
3. The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch (2005)
4. The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day (2013)

Folklore of Discworld (with Dr Jacqueline Simpson) (2008)

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook (1999 after Maskerade)

Discworld Almanak (with Bernard Pearson)

Where’s My Cow (illustrated by Melvyn Grant) (2005 after Thud!)

The World of Poo (2012 after Snuff)

Mrs Bradshaw’s Handbook (2014 after Raising Steam)

Discworld Mapps:

1. Discworld
2. Ankh-Morpork
3. Lancre
4. Death’s Domain

The Compleat Anhk-Morpork (a cross between a travel guide and an atlas if a city can have an atlas 2012)

The Compleat Discworld Atlas (2015)

Discworld Companion (four editions – Turtle Recall being the fourth and most recent in 2012)

Discworld Diaries – ten between 1997 and 2015 plus a final non-year specific Terry one in December 2016)

Art Books (with Paul Kidby):

1. The Pratchett Portfolio (1996)
2. The Art of the Discworld (2004)

I know I’ll have forgotten some of the “not novel” books so please feel free to reblog and add anything I’ve missed on!