This is a blog about films, books, TV shows, music, costume dramas and the people who are involved in any of those things. The reviews may also be poorly edited because I tend to post before reading things through properly, and then I’ll come across a post years later and go “yikes” and update it then.
Note to self: This page was last updated 2021-08-24.
What I do here:
- Review films, TV shows and books, mostly for my own amusement
- Fangirl about a number of topics, historically Jane Eyre and Richard Armitage
- Ramble, rant, and provide a bit of ~escapism~
What I don’t do here:
- Really clever and well-written posts on politics, religion, economy or other Really Serious Subjects (hey, I write this blog to NOT be reminded of those)
- Really clever posts in general, *cough*
Why I blog:
- To spare my friends and family from overenthusiastic fangirling
Traxy likes things with a good story, and will watch anything if it has an actor in it she likes, no matter how bad it is. She’ll also ramble on incessantly about things she happens to take a shine to, a bunch of which can be seen on the banner above.
Being very introverted and reclusive, this self-proclaimed geek does tabletop roleplaying a few times a week, likes taking the camera out for a spin – she finds Germany’s many castles and Altstadts infinitely photogenic.
She’ll also refer to herself in the third person if she thinks she can get away with it.
Born in Sweden in the early 1980s, I moved to Nottingham in the heart of England in the mid-noughties. There, I dwell with my husband (henceforth referred to as “Mr T”) and Team Cat (Monkey and Elbie).
In real life, I’m a freelance web administrator/analyst and web/graphic designer with a “degree” in commercial radio production and broadcasting. I do bits of creative writing and make handcrafted wands on the side. I score highly on “do you have ADHD?” tests, which I should probably see someone about. I have suffered with lipoedema since childhood, so on a classical stage I’m more physically suited to opera than ballet. 😏
In May 2010, Maria Grazia at FLY HIGH! interviewed me in her series of Blogger Buddies, so if you want to know more about me, that’s a good place to go! 🙂
Why not drop me a line? (Or, y’know, maybe don’t.) Find me on Twitter @area53uk, Instagram @area53uk, or look up Area53 on Facebook. I’m most likely to respond on Twitter, because emails make my executive dysfunction kick in.
DC superhero: Shazam, unsurprisingly (see if you can figure out why below).
Sport: Sport is one of the things I have never found interesting in the slightest, but I do like watching snooker on occasion.
Drink: Water. Julmust at Christmas. Oatmilky coffee in the morning. I enjoy making homemade liqueurs (Rosolio).
Food: Yes, please. Show me your recipes, I’ll show you mine!
Books: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, anything written by Douglas Adams or Jasper Fforde, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and finished by Brandon Sanderson), and
the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling is dead to me.
Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw. Whenever I do tests completely unrelated to Harry Potter, I still tend to end up with the Ravenclaw equivalent.
Ajah: I would be a Brown (see above), unless Yellows can get away with not dealing with blood, in which case it would be a consideration. Then again, wanting to find out how people work is kind of a Brown thing, I guess?
Animal: Cats. Squirrels! Elephants.
Written character: Edward Fairfax Rochester and Jane Eyre. And Remus Lupin.
TV character: Chuck Bartowski. Richard Harrow.
Films I keep coming back to: Dead Poets Society, Dirty Dancing, In Bruges.
TV series (alphabetically): Babylon 5, Boardwalk Empire, Castle, Chuck, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The Flying Doctors, The X-Files, Time Trax.
Cartoons: Animaniacs, Phineas & Ferb.
Disney film: Robin Hood and Tangled.
Comedy series: This is Jinsy, Horrible Histories, The Young Ones, The Good Place.
Song: Far too many. You And Me (Modern Talking) is in there. As for what song I’d sing on a karaoke stage? Probably If I Can’t Have You (Yvonne Elliman rather than the Bee Gees) because it’s a lot of fun to sing. It also happens to have been covered by both Thomas Anders and Sharleen Spiteri, so y’know …
Rebel Songs: Irish Soldier Laddie, Come Out Ye Black & Tans, The Sea Around Us. Which is funny, considering I chose to live in England.
Podcast: Dom’s Den, obviously.
Opera: I think Bellini’s Norma would be right up my street, but the only version I’ve seen was too modernised and I hated it. I love the music from Bizet’s Carmen, and you only have to play Nessun dorma from Puccini’s Turandot to make me cry. – Oh yeah, I do opera these days. I’m well sophisticated since lockdown. 😉
Place I’ve been: Gosh, Nuremberg was pretty.
Place I haven’t been (yet): Brooklyn/New York and Sicily. One day, *wistful sigh*, one day.
Footwear: Sketchers “Shape-ups”. They’re super-comfy and I can walk for hours without fear of tremendous pain in the balls of my feet FINALLY. They’re supposed to increase posture and help burn calories too, but I don’t think they do, but they’re SO COMFY. And they don’t make them anymore, so when I run out of the ones I have, that’s gonna be FUN.
Hat: I’m partial to a newsboy cap, but I do love me a good fedora. I do not have a good fedora.
Tree: Oak feels reassuring, sun-warm Scots pine needles smell like summer, and birches are festive (Swedes know what I mean). Apple trees in bloom. Ash trees are pretty too. I like my trees, aaight?
Herb: Rosemary. If something’s on a menu mentioning rosemary and then not have the flavour to match, I’m very disappointed.
Tea: Peppermint and liquorice root. Ohhhh and classic Yogi Tea, yum!
Sweets: Salty liquorice (hey, I’m Swedish!) and 70% dark chocolate. Or Sicilian Modica chocolate. That stuff is amazing.
Houseplant: Phalaenopsis orchids.
Cheese: Extra Mature/Vintage Cheddar is worth the sniffles a stupid dairy allergy gives me the next day.
Kitchen utensil: Cheese slicer (osthyvel), which, incidentally, is awkward to use on extra mature/vintage cheddar.
Condiment: Swedish mayonnaise. Also partial to BBQ sauce.
Now you know far too much about me, because I have a tendency to over-share at times. And judging by the last few questions, I’m hungry. Have I forgotten to eat again?