Sunday, 24 November 2013

Knitting and Stitching, The Butler, Doctor Who and Me

The problem with taking a break is that, well, life gets in the way, doesn't it?  I've been trying my best to rest but life goes on and with it the busy pace of the season. 

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In amongst other things, Thursday saw me knitting and nattering and on Friday I took a trip out to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show where temptation lay around every corner! I had quite a lovely time there, actually - I met some very inspiring people and, yes, came away with a couple of woolly purchases!

Doctor Who and Me Exhibition

Saturday was, of course, the day of the 50th anniversary Doctor Who episode and some weeks ago I had booked tickets for Cameron and I to go and see it at the cinema in 3D. On the same day there was a new exhibition opening at the National Media Museum called Doctor Who and Me: 50 Years of Doctor Who Fans. Doctor Who has been a part of our family from the beginning and three generations of us have now grown up watching the time travelling adventures avidly so the idea of a fan-based exhibition was really appealing. 

Doctor Who and Me Exhibition


There were all of the things you'd expect like Daleks, Cybermen costumes etc. but the exhibition is really based around fan reactions and there were so many stories of how the show has impacted people's lives. If you're not local then do have a peek at the website as there are some videos and things.

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I was struck by the creativity in fans devotion to the show - there was a wholesome thread of homemade craft running throughout the entire exhibition from long knitted scarves to artwork, models, cross stitch and even life-sized replicas of the TARDIS, Daleks and more, often with a label telling about the creation of the items.

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Doctor Who and Me Exhibition cross stitch

Doctor Who and Me Exhibition

A lot of people (of all ages) had dressed up for the occasion and were telling stories to anyone who would listen. It was a really great atmosphere; we had a blast.


Doctor Who and Me Exhibition


There were hours to go between visiting the exhibition and the live episode so we took advantage of a voucher I received for my birthday and went to a different cinema to see The Butler. I have been catching bits and bobs of interviews with Oprah over the last couple of weeks and the film looked stunning. It didn't disappoint. It wasn't an easy watch but the story was very well told. Well worth a watch.

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The day was also a bit of a personal triumph for me because I don't often venture out for multiple things or for long periods of time and very rarely go into a city at night. We didn't get home until 10.30pm and I marveled at the ease in which I managed the day.

Doctor Who and Me Exhibition

Today I have been whirling around the house trying to straighten things out and prepare for the week ahead. This week is bookmarked with outings but the middle should hopefully offer some time for recuperation.

How was your weekend? What did you make of the Doctor Who special?

19 comments:

  1. Wow so busy for someone for is taking a rest! I have to confess I have never watched an episode of Dr Who having never really lived with a TV for my entire life but I told it is good, the exhibition looks great.

    Cameron is looking incredibly grown up :)

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  2. Wow so busy for someone who is taking a rest! I have to confess to never having watched an episode of Dr Who in my life having never lived with a TV. The exhibition looks great.

    Cameron is looking very grown up :)

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    1. I know - aren't I terrible?! Can't sit still even when I'm trying.

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  3. Oh, I wish I could have been on that Dr. Who exhibition!! And so would my kids. We have started to watch the series together :)

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    1. Hi Hege - do check out the link as there's a lot online. Enjoy the series :o)

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  4. Ooh, Ooh - Is the exhibition still there? ...You know not that I'm bothered about Dr Who or anything ^_- I did like the episode but it seemed to be missing a certain umph it usually had,still it made me smile and the doctor in this case plural can never do no wrong in my eyes!

    I applaud you for being in the city late, I've been in that town late quite often - have you been in the bus station when it's dark - it's eiree!

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    1. Yes, Mel! It only opened on Saturday so it'll be there for a while.
      I'm not a fan of Matt Smith so I've lost touch with what's happening a bit (much to Cameron's annoyance) but I did enjoy the episode.

      I have to admit that I did not enjoy the train station late at night as it's unmanned but walking through the city wasn't as bad as I feared.

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  5. All grand stuff! I loved the 50th anniversary episode, so good to see DT again :-)

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    1. Yes, definitely. It's a shame they can't bring him back all the time..

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  6. I love Doctor Who and only recently discovered him over the past year. I'm watching every episode since the reboot. Your son is growing quickly and boy is he getting tall!!!

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    1. Ooh think of all those archives you can go back to when you run out of reboot episodes, Karen!
      It amazes me how global doctor who is.

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  7. Oh I so enjoyed this post. What a wonderful week you've had. Dr Who in 3D you lucky things and thanks for telling us about the exhibition. I will be asking my son if he would like to go and if he doesn't I will just go with my OH. Thanks also for mentioning The Butler. I really want to see this.
    Glad to see your batteries are recharged. Take care of you.
    Ali x

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    1. I hope you enjoy the exhibition and The Butler, Ali xx

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  8. So if this is what you do when you're resting, what do you do when you're busy??! No idea when I'll get to see the Dr Who 50th episode, but one day, one day! The yarn show looks way too tempting... I was in my LYS today looking at their price for a ball winder and came away with yet more yarn but no winder to wind it with! Yet. This weekend I made the Christmas cake, finished a cowl and fixed my cabled socks and almost completed them too, so a good weekend!

    Hugs
    Brenda

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    1. I know! Guilty as charged. I can't sit still.
      It sounds like you've been busy too!

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  9. Gutted to have missed Harrogate this year but probably for the best as I would have spent way to much and Christmas is approaching. Really enjoyed the Dr Who special but as usual missed loads of the hidden things like the code for time travel was the date of the first show. Luckily twitter has filled in the gaps!

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    1. Yes, I was thinking what a funny time of year it was to hold a craft fair as people will already have started handmade gifts and be short of spare cash in their budget.
      I was lucky to have Cameron to help me fill in the gaps, in fact I did nothing but ask questions the entire journey home!

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  10. what a lot of fun that all sounds (and looks!)...Hannah, you and your son have so much fun together! Glad you came away with some new wool -- happy knitting!

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