Christmas chat

Merry Christmas to all you TTV readers. Thanks for another year of online snark, fun and news of baking successes.
And for those of you who are having a not-so-merry Christmas this year, for whatever reason: We made it through the year! Let’s raise a glass and cheers to brighter days ahead.
Before you know it we’ll be whingeing about the casting on MKR and the plethora of panna cottas.
Oh and for the Doctor Who fans among you, remember no Boxing Day episode this year – boo! It screens in the UK on New Year’s Day, so I guess it’s January 2 for us.



  1. Merry Xmas to you and family, Juz. You have made a wonderful forum here.

    To all my fellow commenters, thank you , all the best over Xmas and New Year and I’ll try to be better next year. bdd and Iggy.

    I’m on the hard stuff, Coffee and Pepsi Max. Might pick a fight with the neighbours.

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    • Perfect time to hone your cooking puns, BDD. And perhaps come up with words and phrases for MKR premiere bingo. I suggest we start with soz and arse cream

  2. Juz,Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for TalkingTV.

    Also Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to my fellow bloggers. Hope all of you have a great day today and another great year to follow.

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  3. Happy Christmas everyone. Partying on nerve pain meds. The neighbours are lovely. 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲😁😁😁😁😁😁

  4. Nostalgia, nostalgia today. We took Woolif’s old mother to Kean’s Point, Peppermint Grove. We used to go fishing there as kids, and I used to walk my daughter there in her stroller.

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  5. I started watching YOU on netflix. I thought it was going to be weak, but no. It was good to watch a different genre….although it’s hard to give it a genre. I recommend it. 8/10 and hard to stop watching.

  6. I try to be positive about the future of this country, but today I watched a quiz show and the question was “Which is the only mammal that can fly?”

    The adult contestant answered “platypus”. Credit to the clever country.

    What point is there living when you’re sharing a planet with these types? Fair fuckin’ flyin’ platypus.

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    • I had to look up the answer just now, but I did know it isn’t platypus.

      Although it would be cool to see a flock of platypuses flying overhead.

    • Oh dear. Must be batty to say platypus. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      BTW….on YOU (netflix) I want to retract my 8/10, and my recommendation. If you enjoyed Dexter, you would like YOU.

      • Thanks for the update about “You”. I’ll definitely pass. I could not watch “Dexter”.

        I went to see “Bumblebee”. I hadn’t originally planned to see it but at least it was better than I thought it would be.

        • Mmmm, I couldn’t stomach Dexter. It’s not the gore as much as it being the central character being a serial killer and you’re supposed to kind of like him.

        • I saw “Aquaman” today and really liked it. It was a bit on the long side, and very special effects heavy, but they did justice to Aquaman, and I liked it.

          Plus, two and a half hours of wet Jason Momoa. Not going to lie.

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          • Two and a half hours of Momoa, in any state, would be enjoyable I think.

            He was on Graham Norton recently, and came across as a bit of a wanker unfortunately. Not wanting my bubble to burst, I ended up using the mute button.

      • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ You still got it, Bobi. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      • There is only one “like” button but I just read the flying mammal section of this thread to Miss 11, and Bobi…you got double laughs. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  7. And to the community here at TTV, and Juz who gives us this forum, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and drama-free 2019.

    I mean personally drama-free, because we know rtv will be full of theatrics.

    Happy new year gice.

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    • Happy new year everyone! Love this forum and many thanks to Juz for hosting such a positive arena. Well, positive unless you are a tosspot reality contestant- then you deserve everything witty that we can throw at you!

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    • Daisy, the cartoon made me laugh out loud. And the right-angle pups made me give an awww, how sweet. Likely me and my pup will be in that position in an hour or so. It may be his last new year’s, so I am staying up to give him a kiss when the year turns over.

      • Thanks, Von. We were all in bed by 9.00pm, right-angled pups included (in their own), so the snowman cartoon was all bluster….or frosting. 😁

        I hope you and your pup enjoy 2019, and maybe 2020.

  8. I gave Iggy some Xanax to get him through the mindless firework rituals.

    Glad it’s over . Wishing you all the best ( unless you’re a rtv contestant)

  9. 41C here in Adelaide today – Urgh. Thank goodness the railway staff hand out cold water on days like these. I’m hoping to watch more of the Last Kingdom on Netflix tonight. Mr Juz and I watched the new Black Mirror ep, where you get to pick an action for the character, Choose Your Own Adventure style. It was interesting as a technical exercise but I prefer my dramas more straightforward. Now I just need to work out how to watch the new season of Luther, which started in the UK this week.

    • We are getting the 41C in Melb tomorrow, I’m off work until Monday so seeking the cool of a cinema tomorrow.
      I don’t mind a RomCom and been watching the cChristmas romance movies on Netflix, lol! Cringy is an understatement!

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    • We finished The Last Kingdom last week, Juz. It left a black hole in our viewing. We watched The Black Mirror. I think it was going to be ‘all roads lead to Rome’. At first it was a bit of a pain having to rush for the remote.

      I watched Bloom, with Jackie Weaver and Brian Brown last night. All of it. It was ok. Maybe a 7 depending on your taste. There were a couple of glaring mistakes, maybe more. How did the naked guy get cigarettes, and then his own wallet?

    • We had a 41 deg day a couple of days before Christmas. Tonight the low is predicted to be 12, forcing me to play blanket-bingo with the bedding again.

      I’ve watched Godfather 1 and 2 the past two nights, but will skip #3 tonight in favour of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Or maybe Alfie. It’s interesting to see how the old movies hold up.

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  10. I haven’t popped in this thread to wish you all New Year! So Happy New Year all πŸ™‚
    Thanks again Juz for a wonderful space to chat to like minded tv peeps!
    I haven’t had as much time to interact this past year but looking forward too all the offerings for this year.

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    • I watched that on cable a couple of nights ago, and the whole time I was thinking, this is “Bird Box” for hearing-impaired viewers.

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  11. There is a Ben Elton written/David Mitchell starring comedy I came across last night on ABC comedy. It’s called Upstart Crow. I recommend it for fans of Black Adder and Ben Elton. Some great Elizabethan smuttery.

  12. So I just spent 10 minutes clicking on all the ads, many times. Hope that brings a nice Christmas present to Juz.
    I’m not loving much on telly on the moment.
    I finished watching The Letdown on Netflix (or was that ABC). Late to the party but I loved every minute of it. I hope that they bring it back many, many times until the children are well into their teens.
    And I went to see Vice at the movies. I can highly recommend it (unless you hate politics like I hate peas). Amazing. Good God. And we are all dooomed.

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    • Me too, Bobi on the clicks. Hmmm, I don’t think I have watched the Letdown.
      We have watched a bit of Cuckoo, which is total rubbish, although I watched some of S2 last night and it’s funnier than S1. I can’t believe I am watching it, given how bad S1 was. It was a weird swith between S1 and S2.

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  13. I’ve been watching Marie Kondo on Netflix and now have the Konmari bug! Searching for all the things that SparkJoy and saying thank you to those that don’t!

    • Me too. I don’t love it. It’s a bit simplistic.
      And yet I’m addicted.
      I return, again and again, to watch this tiny little woman : followed by a half an hour of ironing, folding and a visit to St Vinnies.
      I love how the houses aren’t perfect when she’s finished. But it’s aspirational. I imagine that if it wasn’t for two hairy, shedding dogs lying casually wherever, that my place would look like hers.
      I can dream.

    • I’m a neat and tidy house freak so that’s probably enough house work for me. Although….should I get my cleaning lady to watch? πŸ˜‚

  14. We are watching Murder Mountain atm, and I am cooking for family dinner.

    Potato bake with shallots, serano and parmesan. I put either shallots or serano between each slice of potato. I also have a thin layer of mash at the base.

    • Careful Elvis doesn’t break into your house to get at that. It looks real good, man.

      Unlike the MKR variation, which has a thin layer of trash at the base.

      • I think you’ll find that’s a pretty THICK layer of MKR trash, BDD. Only their forced smiles are thin. Or possibly their aspirations – thinly disguised. Everything else is thickly layered on with a trowel.

  15. I have been taking shameless advantage of my 10 access free month. Watched three survivors- really enjoyed Australia, Cagayan and Marquesas. Any other seasons to recommend? Remember I am a very recent convert to survivor so very pleased to hear ideas from long standing fans.
    We are back at work tomorrow ( πŸ™ ) so pace might slow, but given there doesn’t seem much FTA joy, maybe I can squeeze another series? My husband is quite on board with this and together we have watched more of this than anything. Except the bodyguard which we both really liked.

      • I always recommend “Palau”, and that ew site recommends Palau for the same reason that I would … even though you can tell who’s gonna win the season within fifteen minutes, it’s still a really compelling series to watch. One tribe is just so absurdly, ridiculously dominant. It’s just a joy to watch.

        I also have a soft spot for Vanuatu. The two tribes have a men versus women dynamic, which starts off kind of obnoxious, but by the very final few episodes, it leads to some frankly-amazing gameplay. Plus it had John K, and gosh, I was in love with him at the time.

        • thanks Wind. will add Palau to our list.
          the channel access thing is totally woeful, and would not be worth the cash usually, but it is great for me to get the survivor episodes!!

      • Well, I didn’t actually think Marquesas was all that special. We enjoyed it and all, but maybe it just had the forbidden fruit cachet! Not being seen here might just have made it more attractive. it was fine, but nothing special. We thoroughly enjoyed Australia, but probably because it was an old school format with much more survivalist type adventure rather than idols, strategy and game play. LOVED Cagayan. We recognised Sarah from Game Changers, so figured early she wasn’t going to win. Great strategy and interesting dynamics. Really great survivor.

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    • I can’t name them but the very earliest US Survivors are worth watching, even to see how the show has changed slightly as players have upped their tactics.

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  16. I watched the Indian Pacific railroad documentary/journey on SBS tonight, and I found it absolutely rivetting.

    I missed the first half hour (so I didn’t get the chance to see Perth), but tuned in just as the train approached Kalgoorie, and didn’t look away from then on.

    • Is that the real-time journey looking out the window at the Nullabor. Interesting concept. I had a giggle at the idea. Now you won’t have to go. 😁

      • I watched the Ghan journey (it actually screened this time last year, I checked it on my FB page) and I loved it. But yeah, it’s the real-time journey (I mean, sped-up. The show only took three hours, not three days).

        But it made me really want to do it myself, you know? Such a beautiful country, and travelling by train, you’d see so much of it.

        • I caught a freight train on the old Ghan line in 1980, Pt.Augusta ~ Alice Springs. 3 nights/3 days. So slow we could get out and run alongside when the tracks were so heat buckled and old No rail to Darwin then. Cost $42.00.Started out in a beaut sleeping carriage~by Marree(now a ghost town) in a cattle carriage. The poodles on The Ghan get it easy now. The beast I was travelling on derailed a couple of carriages, 6hr delay.

          • πŸ˜‚ Sometimes when I do those on line 360 videos of the Platinum carriages, I want to go. Just call me Princess. You would never guess I was born in a manger πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

          • My awful neighbour went on it. If you met her, you’d go from Platinum to Shatinum in the blink of an eye. In more trouble than Burke and Wills.

          • I still want to do that, both the Ghan and Indian Pacific. It’s my travel dream to just cross Australia by train. I’ve done the Spirit of the Outback (Brisbane to Rockhampton, and then out to Longreach) and loved it so much.

            It’s just, I hate flying, I hate airplanes, so I’ve never really even tried to make any travel plans. *shrug*

  17. awesome. thanks Juz!
    I have tried to resist googling what to watch as i was worried about getting spoilers and finding out who won – appreciate the pointers.
    I quite enjoyed Marquesas but didn’t think it anything special.

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  18. Woolif is watching Vikings and it makes me realize something that was missing from The Last Kingdom. I am no feminist or Metooer, (except that in general I like fairness and respect for all, I don’t mind a woolif whistle) but in TLK, they don’t show women relating to women, and I don’t mean girl on girl action, but just women hanging out.

  19. Re the show Cuckoo, it actually gets very funny. I thought S1 stunk, and at first I thouhht the changes from S1 to subsequent seasons would not work, but there are quite a lot of LOL scenes.

    • You know, I don’t even watch the show, for the reason that there is not one single part of the entire MAFS idea that doesn’t make me feel icky and gross in every single cell of my body.

      Am I out on my own, there? Does anyone else find the whole thing this disturbingly awful?

      • Fine, we will admit to being a completely amoral person. We can’t wait for the new season to start. The botox, the fillers, bad acting , bad dialogue and that’s just the (s)-experts.

        The mix was wrong last season. A show like this will only survive if there are a couple genuine (attempted) matches versus the fame whores. Last season, they didn’t even try.

        Unlike the UK version, at least the couples are not legally wedded.

        • I wasn’t at all intending that as a judgement on anyone other than channel 9. There was no offense intended.

          I feel like marrying the guy who wants to cook naked for people at dinner parties, after all.

      • Windsong, I am with you. I suppose I just feel that serious relationships and marriage are just too important to muck around with. When you see or are involved in the excruciatingly real pain of break up or divorce, it is hard to watch these shows for “entertainment”. So I have a blanket rule of no relationship shows for me – society in general is doing a good enough job of destroying relationships without adding to it.

    • Never been married, myself. Some people have tried to tell me it’s disturbingly awful, too. There are some wrong things on this show for sure. Who wants to shag Tracey?

      I watched last year and will try to watch this and MKR via encores. It really is a shit sandwich.

      • “Who wants to shag Tracey?”

        Having a balloon fetish — you know, being turned on by inflated lumps of plastic — that’s actually a thing, you know.

        That’s not relevant to MAFS, I just wanted to drop it into conversation.

  20. I love MAFS and First Dates. I have been a lulled into the oblivion that is rtv. At least my neighbours are safe. My voyeurism is satisfied on the screen. It’s like an episode of Black Mirror where all the people surrender their morals to watch someone in the stocks.I’ll bring my knitting.

  21. For the viewer/readers watching cleaning shows, atm I am watching the hoarder cleaner lady on Studio 10. OMG the filth on that hoarder house.
    I have been a bit of a hoarder but didn’t realize it because I am just a neat freak and everything is away or nicely shelved. My main “needs” are keeping/accumulating craft materials (I bought $1000 wool and knitting/crotchet things in a week), and my clothes. I have craft for every occasion and if I don’t where my clothes, my grand daughters might wear vintage. Oh and books I liked. And dolls of the world. And ethnic costumes. OK. I’ll stop now. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    But I travel light in the kitchen.

    • With you Daisy on the craft and books. Clothes are more hoarded because one day I might fit back into them. Ha ha. My definition of a hoarder is when you can’t dispose of something that has no sentimental value, because you have a deep emotional reaction. I don’t have a problem with people enjoying collections etc.

      I notice there has been a bit of talk lately about some woman who has a decluttering program. She is a bit late to the scene, as there are tons of programs out there (some since the 80s). But seriously, my whole attitude to possessions, cleaning and stuff in general changed because of the FlyLady. Corny name, and a bit American kitsch, but she lives in the real world and uses baby step ideas to help people who don’t have the cleaning gene. Not an ad, just a very grateful testimony.

  22. It’s not a Christmas chat. It’s a birthday chat. We have been asked if our grandson can have his 18th bash at our place this Saturday. I have been cooking and freezing pork dumplings. Then cooling my heels ready to hit the ground running today and for the rest of the week. Food shopping today and a few other jobs such as buying a few more pool toys that I know 17-18 year olds will break. πŸ˜‚
    I have a list of jobs I need to do for every day now. I thought I would also make stuffed baked spuds, sandwiches, devilled eggs and mini toasts. Just basic things.
    40 people are coming. I’m not the only one bringing food, but teens and kids get hungry when they have been swimming and playing cricket on the lawn. It will be fun sussing out B with his girlfriend. Now throw in babysitting 3 little ones all day tomorrow. I will have my skates on. But they are easy. They like the pool, (but need watching, and playing outside.
    Any tips from anyone been there b4 on the 18th? The party will go from a lengthy 2.00 to 8.00 (sil’s idea). No keg. We will have to make sure we don’t let any under agers sneak a sneaky beer or we could lose our teacher’s rego. But as A won’t be supplying ANYONE beer, and I’m a cuppa tea girl, we should be ok.
    There’ll be half family, 1/2 B’s friends. Not a raging orgy.

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