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In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

I decided for this to not post more than one per fandom or ficathon.

The West Wing: His Will To Make Known by ETraytin. While CJ is out with the flu over Thanksgiving, her traditional duties fall upon other members of the staff. Leo is left to make an important decision.

Stargate Atlantis: Operation Making Christmas by nagi_schwarz. Someone in the science department taught the Athosian children about Christmas. John Sheppard has a plan to bring them Christmas, complete with Christmas trees, reindeer, Santa, presents, and an elf. Rodney is along for the ride.

Doctor Who: Side Quest by Annariel. Harry is collecting equipment for the Doctor when he runs into an adventure of his own. Can he foil the evil Dr. Richards, while at the same time helping the Doctor and Sarah fend off an alien invasion they somehow never quite have the time to explain properly to him?

Vorkosigan: The Huntsman's Reel by Philomytha. "Somewhere in this party," said Captain Illyan, "there are four Cetagandan assassins."

The Librarians: A Boy and His Gargoyle by honorat. Jacob notices how Ezekiel feels about Stumpy’s demise and recruits Cassandra to do something about it. Because someone needed to write this.

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In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something.

I wrote a very spoilery fic set immediately after this week's Librarians episode:

Dismantle the Sun (518 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: The Librarians (TV 2014)
Characters: Cassandra Cillian, Flynn Carsen
Summary: After And The Fatal Separation (season 3, episode 9), Cassandra and Flynn talk. Major spoilers for that episode.

It shows the craziness of the fandom that it had 16 kudos after 24 hours. Especially crazy given that lots of people won't have seen the episode yet and it's gen.

After I wrote it I was curious about my Librarians fic stats. I've written six, four of which have Flynn in and four of which have Cassandra in (not all the same four).

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I am doing this all topsy-turvey in a random order after it's all finished.

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

I've been thinking about this since [info]just_ann_now posted her goal. Mine is going to be the same: to comment on everything I read. The corollary being, if I get to the end of it and I like it.

I started doing this years ago, in LOTR fandom, when I was new to fanfic. I did largely keep it up (as far as I can remember) but AO3 made me lazy. If I like something, but can't think of anything to say, then I just click the kudos button. Or if I like it and can't be bothered to think of something to say then I just click the kudos button. I felt slightly guilty that I read most of the SGA Santa fics and just kudosed them all. And yet when it was all on LJ, I did comment to everything I read and liked, so it's not hard.

And Teaspoon doesn't help by not emailing you to tell you when the author replies and I don't always remember to go back and do that.

I've been doing it since [info]just_ann_now posted it, in fact. I've already realised that I do need to think of something to say other than "I liked this" or words to that affect.

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I am excited about the Australian Open. it feels like the tennis season has really started now. But what's made me particularly excited is that I bought a digital radio, so I can listen to the evening session on 5 Live Sports Extra in the mornings at work. As much as it's good that The Tennis Podcast is doing daily episodes, it's not as exciting as listening to it at the time when no one knows who is going to win.

What I Just Finished Reading
Into Exile, A Proper Place and Hostages to Fortune by Joan Lingard. These are the Kevin and Sadie stories set after they leave Belfast in Across the Barricades. I read them in a weekend, which tells you how much I liked them (plus how short they were...).

It was interesting to see how they were surviving on their own in England and how the pressure from their families, and their lack of money and stability affected them and their relationship. I was rooting for them to stay together, but it could have easily gone another way at quite a few points.

This is set in the 1970s when it was written, so it was also interesting to see that time, where telegrams were the best way of getting a message to someone quickly, for example. And Sadie does all of the cooking and housework, despite them both having jobs (at least to start with, until she complains at Kevin about it).

The thing I struggled with was that I found it hard to relate to because they get married between books 2 & 3 when Sadie is 17 and Kevin is 19 (I think). I can't imagine being married at that age.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Twelfth of July by Joan Lingard. I decided to leave the first book until last, to see how they first met. I am rationing myself with this one, to make it last. So far it's interesting, but since Sadie's only 13, there's not going to be romance in it. But there is more of the religious troubles and fighting and bits that I liked in Across the Barricades.

What I'm Reading Next
I'm trying to resist re-reading Across the Barricades. I discovered there's a trilogy of Librarians books, although only the first is out. It's $21 for the hardback on amazon.com or £22 for the hardback on amazon.co.uk. So that's not a rip-off at all... Not that the paperback is out yet, but it's £8, which is a bit steep for a book, even a new one.

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My computer's AC adaptor is being a pain and sometimes acting like it's not plugged in. Which happened before and I bought a new one, not that long ago. I could buy yet another AC adaptor, but my computer is also annoying me with how slow it is. I tried to do a bit of work stuff this morning (our software is online) and it made my appreciate how powerful my work computer is, even thought it takes 20 minutes to turn on and be usable. I can't open any links in Tumblr - it used to be ok and then Tumblr would put other posts you might like on the same page and that killed it. I open them on my iPod, which is much quicker. So a new computer is on the cards. And as much as I hate setting them up, doing it while the old one is still alive is much easier. Even though I like the KDE flavour of Linux, which is designed to be as hard as possible to set up.

My hamster thinks that chewing things is the way to get out of the back door. My back door mat has plastic spokes and she's been chewing them off. And then she started on the mat itself. And then she started on the laminate floor in the corner by the back door.

Although she doesn't chew cables, she was obsessed with the Sky cable. But that was easily fixed by chopping it off and filling the hole in the wall with Polyfilla. I now have a cable going from a satellite and ending in the wall, but if someone later buys this house and decides they want Sky that's their problem.

That was fine, the router cable was not. She had a couple of evenings of being really interested in the wall it was plugged into - presumably my neighbour was doing something she could hear and I couldn't and she wanted to get the other side of the wall. She was mostly trying to climb the wall, but also chewed the router cable. I thought I'd got to it before she could make a hole in it, but then my internet went down... I now have a new cable.

And then she got in the sofa. I'd noticed it wasn't looking great - I've had it about seven years and it was second hand and looking a bit worn when I got it, so that's not unexpected. But she found the bottom had come away and would have happily spent all evening in the sofa. When she finally came out I moved something in the way. I have now velcroed it up. Since one day I'd like to move I'm hoping the sofa will last until that day, since I might end up wanting one that's a different size.

So that was my week. You wouldn't believe that Missy has plenty of toys (I currently have bits of egg box around the floor) but of course chewing the house is more fun.

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Five Things

Jan. 8th, 2017 05:27 pm
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1. I finally got round to seeing which Gen Prompt Bingo squares my Yuletide fics might fit on. And I now have four lines with three squares filled. You think it would be easy to get a line from there...

2. Looking through the Chocolate Box requests I found a person who has loads of the same fandoms (and likes the same relationships) as me. I sort of hope I get matched to them, but also sort of not because how will I decide which to write? Chocolate Box is a min 300 word exchange based on relationships - but unlike Public Call it splits them into gen and ship. If anyone wants to write treats the requests are at http://archiveofourown.org/collections/chocolatebox2017/requests

3. After [info]lost_spook mentioned it, I have now watched all four episodes of Timeless that are on Channel 4's catchup. I like it so far but it feels a bit formulaic. So, for example, my favourite character is Wyatt (despite hating his name) because he's a good looking hero who's been hurt emotionally. Which makes me feel like I'm being emotionally manipulated into liking him because of this past hurt. I want to dislike it because of this, but I don't.

4. I have so many Big Finish audios to listen to at the moment. November and December were months with a lot of good releases. I saved The Avengers (Steed & Peel vol 2) for Christmas and I loved it. I like how silly they make it. I know they were based on old comics and they've done them all now, but I am hoping they'll do some more anyway.

I'm onto Counter Measures now which I love. At least now they've back to doing individual stories again. I only got into these audios because they brought the first one out as I was writing a story where Ian and Barbara land just after they left, rather than in 1965, and get caught up in the events of Remembrance of the Daleks. I'm glad I did - they might be my favourite Big Finish audios.

I also have the latest UNIT box set, which will be tough straight after Counter Measures. Much as I love Kate, I love Rachel more. Plus I don't care that much about the other UNIT characters (even Oswald - I don't like her nearly as much as the rest of fandom does).

5. So far all the Fandom Snowflake things have been repeats from previous years, so I haven't been that excited about doing it yet. I may change my mind, but going back to work last week was just so hard (but it got easier to wake up before dawn as the week went on). I usually go back to work on the first working day of the year because no one wants to work. And this year we spent most of the day chatting and talking about how unmotivated we are were. By day 2 anyone who's had an extra day off gets no sympathy.

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Dear Chocolate Box writer*,

Thank you for writing a story for me. The optional details are optional. I've just tried to give you some ideas of what I might like to see, but if none of them are your thing feel free to disregard them. They are just ideas for people who find it easier to write something when given a prompt. Feel free to write other characters in these fandoms too - I like all the other characters in these fandoms. Just because I've waffled more or written more prompts about some fandoms than others doesn't mean I want it more - I want these all as much as each other, I just waffle more about some than others.

General things I like:
- Stories that explore the relationships between characters
- Stories that explore characters
- Scenes/fic that is like it could be (part of) an episode
- Stories that make me happy or make me laugh or make me cry
- Fun stuff that leaves me feeling happy
- A touch being more sexy/touching than a whole sex scene

General things I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please - generally sticking to the tone and details of sex/humour/peril etc of the original is good.
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Non canon (permanent) character death

(all my requests are for fanfic)

For reference, here are my prompts:

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Summary: I didn't write much until Yuletide and then I wrote loads.

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I have seen Star Wars, this is the title of a radio series (and one TV series). The idea is that they get celebrities to try something they've never tried but lots of people have. So it can be a book, a TV series, a film, an album or an experience. So the experiences I can remember are: camping, drinking coffee, baking a cake, buying jeans, playing a video game.

If it's an experience then they film/record them doing it. For whatever it is they report back afterwards how much they enjoyed it (or didn't).

I've decided that this year I'm going to try one new thing a month. This month is going to be instagram. I'm paranoidangel42 on it, if anyone is interested in following me/looking at it. I have set it to private, so if you're not following me you can't see them.

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Yuletide

Jan. 1st, 2017 12:24 pm
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For Yuletide I got another fic by Selenay (which I never guessed was her at all). The first 40-Love fic I've received!

Revelation in Three Acts (3715 words) by Selenay
Fandom: Cornetto "40 - love" Commercial
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Debbie/Maria Fernandez
Characters: Debbie (Cornetto "40 - love" Commercial), Maria Fernandez, Original Female Character(s)
Summary: There are certain promotional appearances Maria has never been able to say no to, but it takes a conversation with a stranger to understand why.

And then I wrote 8 stories - outside of Yuletide I only wrote 7 stories, and one of those was written at the same time. So it was a very productive time all of a sudden!

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Ugh

Dec. 31st, 2016 05:49 pm
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2016 has been characterised by me getting ill every time I have some time off work and can get some things done. Christmas was no exception. Theoretically it's a cold, but I've had asthma for over a week, a cough for nearly two weeks and a blocked up nose for a week and a half. I only (ha!) felt really crap for most of a week.

As a result I spent Christmas Day and Boxing Day watching The West Wing and reading Yuletide (I got through a third of a series of The West Wing and most of the Yuletide archive I have any interest in). I'll post about Yuletide (what I got and what I wrote) in a separate post on another day. And post about all the other things I was thinking of posting about but didn't really have the energy to do.

I have seen one episode of The Grand Tour. It was funny, but laughing makes me cough, so I can't watch too much of it.

I have also read Five on Brexit Island and Five Go on a Strategy Away Day. The latter was funnier. They told me I remembered very little of the Famous Five (it has been a long time since I read any of it).

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1. Your main fandom of the year?
I couldn't decide how to count this, so I looked back through my blog and I talked about Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Star Trek, The Bill, The Avengers, The Guild and Star Wars.

2. Your favourite film watched this year?
The only films I've seen this year have been Star Trek, Fantastic Beasts and Finding Dory. I liked them all pretty equally, but if you were to hold a sword to my neck and force me to choose, I'd go for Finding Dory.

3. Your favourite book read this year?
I looked back through my Reading Wednesday posts and there's nothing that particularly stands out.

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?
Red Dwarf XI. "He shouts formica and invents gravy." Can't be beaten.

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?
LJ and DW, being my only online fandom communities.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
The Guild and Green Gables Fables. I rattled through both of those pretty quick.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Maybe the news that the new Star Trek TV series is going to be on Netflix. Or no Graeme Garden on ISIHAC.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
I suppose the man that was on my TV that I was most excited about was Tosh Lines.

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?
Felicia Day.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?
Charlene being back in The Librarians.

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?
Reading SGA Santa fics has made me miss Stargate Atlantis. Watching late 1980s The Bill makes me miss that it's not on anymore.

12. The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
I think I have quite enough to be going on with, thank you.

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?
Red Dwarf XII. Although that won't be until autumn, so that's more my fan anticipation for next year. For New Year it's more Charlene on The Librarians, as I'm assuming/hoping she'll be back at the end of the season (I am happily unspoilered).

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Today is actually Wednesday - I spent yesterday being convinced it was Wednesday. And yet it feels like it ought to be the end of the week next week. This week is going on forever.

What I Just Finished Reading
Juniors of the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. This is set during Princess, which I did know before I read it, I just didn't care. I saved it for a train journey and it was just perfect for it. Overall I really enjoyed it. I had a few niggles about some of the Juniors turning out to be 11 and 12 and treated like babies, and the long description of the end of term masque, but since they were exactly what EBD would have written, that's fine. I just liked a new story with the school when it was still small and before Madge got married. And I like how the GGBP books explain at the end why they made certain choices they did. Needless to say, I've never noticed any problems with Princess that were pointed out.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson. It's about the role of women during WWII. I've talked about it before because I've been reading it on and off for a while. It is interesting, but not great bedtime reading when it's about bombs and injuries and fear of a German invasion.

What I'm Reading Next
I have absolutely no idea. Partly because I'm behind on SGA Santa and Public Call reading and then there'll be a lot of Yuletide reading, so books might take a bit of a back seat to fanfic for a while.

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Films

Dec. 18th, 2016 05:38 pm
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I finally made it to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts this weekend. With the exception of Star Trek films I don't usually go and see films too close to them coming out because I don't like busy cinemas. Although Star Trek I take a day off for and see in the middle of the day, so it's quiet. This weekend was all about the new Star Wars film, so there were Stormtroopers in the lobby. I timed my arrival perfectly to right at the end of the adverts. And the trailers weren't completely awful, which makes a nice change. I enjoyed Fantastic Beasts too, although Newt really reminded me of Matt Smith - it was the hair and the voice.

I discovered, from The Week, that Finding Dory is out on DVD. I failed to see it at the cinema when it was on. Mainly because I wanted to go when it wouldn't be full of kids and by the time I had time to go there weren't any evening showings. But I used Instant Video for the first time and watched it this weekend. So much cheaper than the cinema and gives you the opportunity to get food, go to the toilet and go round closing the curtains while watching. Not to mention seeing the pretty sunset. It was also a good film - it was reminiscent of Finding Nemo, which is what I expected from it, so that was ok.

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I was starting to think it would be the last one revealed! But I wrote:
Tea and Biscuits (1225 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, Sky Smith
Summary: Sarah Jane had seen the Doctor a few times since he dropped her off in Aberdeen. All by chance and none when he knocked at her front door. Until now.

When I signed up for some reason Eleven/Sarah was one of the relationships I didn't offer. I couldn't think why but never got round to adding it. Helpfully, though, getting [info]dbskyler meant I could write any of the requests and it was this one that gave me an idea of what to write. I actually wrote it during my very productive period while off work (on 'holiday' and ill) and got it done within about a week of getting my assignment.

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What I Just Finished Reading
After Atlas by Emma Newman. I took a while to get into this. It was a sequel to Planetfall, which was set entirely on a colony. This one is set 40 years after the ship went off to the colony and starts off only tangentially related. I wasn't too keen about the future Earth that was depicted either. It was a logical future, just not one I liked much. But then I got into the murder mystery and stopped worrying about how it tied into Planetfall and all the future tech and restrictions. Then I finished the second half in a day (whereas I'd been reading the first half at a chapter a day).

What I'm Currently Reading
The Avengers: The Comic Strips. I think I got this because it was not much more than subscribing to just the two box sets. It's s reprint of the Diana comic strips the audios are based on and some bare bones interviews that were pretty much covered in the behind the scenes CD.

I'm saving the ones from the second box set until I've listened to it. Generally, though, I don't think much of the comic strips. The text is really small, I can't always work out what order to read the speech bubbles is, I can't always work out what order to read the boxes in and it bugs me that it refers to Steed & Peel as 'The Avengers'. I know it's called The Avengers, but they are not avengers. So I found it weird and offputting.

What I'm Reading Next
Juniors of the Chalet School by Katherine Bruce. I know this is an Austrian-era book, which is all I need to know to be excited about reading it.

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This is the post that I haven't had time to write, but have been reminded about by The Librarians and reading a whole lot of Stargate Atlantis fic for SGA Secret Santa.

Names are important. What names people use to call each other, more so. This was interesting when I was in LOTR fandom and read and wrote Aragorn, aka man of many names. For the first two years of his life he is Aragorn. For the next eighteen he is Estel. After that it all gets a lot more complicated.

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Busy week

Dec. 11th, 2016 02:20 pm
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This week has been busy:
Monday I spent part of the evening sorting out sending out things I'd sold on eBay and Christmas presents to go overseas. All while Missy complained and carried on because I should have been playing with her. As soon as I'd finished she went for a nap.
Tuesday was Rotary Christmas dinner.
Wednesday was ballet.
Thursday I went shopping, and tried to get as much as possible that I might need this month so I don't have to go too much more.
Friday I left work and got to my car to see one of my tyres was flat. So I got home late after that.
Saturday I got up early to get my tyre fixed (driving on the spare is horrible). I spent the rest of the day alternating cleaning the house and working. In the evening I drove into the city.
Today is my day for relaxing, catching up on TV, catching up SGA Santa reading, since that's started posting this week. And maybe attempting to write some Yuletide Treats.

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Not posting

Dec. 4th, 2016 08:35 pm
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I've been putting off posting because I've been feeling guilty for not having really done anything. My productive writing October turned into not really writing November.

The story written for me for Public Call went live:
This Definitely Isn't Croydon (1196 words) by ginger_timelady
Fandom: Doctor Who & Related Fandoms
Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan
Summary: The Doctor has left Sarah Jane on Earth, and it isn't in Croydon. Yet somehow, it's where she needs to be.

I got through season 1 of The West Wing. And then took ages before I started season 2 and felt guilty for leaving Josh dying on the pavement for that long.

This weekend I went to the Albert Hall to see the tennis. The trains were horribly busy, which I seem to remember hating last year too. So the journey was horrible, but the tennis was fun. There was one particularly hilarious point with the exhibition doubles where all four players ended up on the same side of the net.

Hawkeye equivalent was everyone in the crowd holding up a sign saying In or Out and the umpire deciding which there was more of. Santoro was a bit miffed that the crowd were on Rusedski's side. They were even more on Bahrami's side, who successfully challenged a ball that was a long way out. He hit two balls up so high they didn't come back.

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Things

Nov. 20th, 2016 04:31 pm
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On Wednesday I sneezed and made my pulled muscle worse. And then on Friday it was suddenly so much better. At first I thought switching from paracetamol to ibuprofen had made the difference, but then it never got more painful after that.

I have had a busy weekend, getting lots of things done. I learnt that hoovering with my left hand hurts just as much as hoovering with my right, but hoovering with both was better. I went to the pet shop and wanted to take all the rabbits home. Especially one that came to see me when I spoke to them, and then licked the glass.

I bought Missy a toy that hangs up and has wooden things on it. It's the sort of wood she likes chewing, but she's spent most of her time with it on the string - she doesn't like hanging things, she always takes them down. It's safety pinned to the sofa, so it'll take her a little while as she can't spend the whole night working on it.

I got my Public Call fic done, which was just as well given that the deadline is this evening. I've also finished my Yuletide fic, for a given value of finished, given that I keep tinkering with it.

And I've started rewatching The West Wing. Since my pulled muscle means it hurts to laugh I had to find something that wasn't funny. And since I've been watching a lot of funny stuff on catch up, I keep using up my internet, so it had to be something I didn't need to stream. I've been wanting to rewatch The West Wing since I introduced my parents to it a few years ago and then caught an episode when I was home one weekend. I keep racing through it, partly because there's not a lot on at the moment, partly because I want to get to the bits I vaguely remember, but don't know when they are (and I am avoiding episode guides because I don't want to know in advance).

It was only after I started that I looked at my DVDs and thought that I should have considered The Bill - I have quite a few DVDs of half hour episodes from the 80s that I haven't watched. Or The Avengers - I have all the Emma Peel episodes and I've seen all the ones 'in color' but I can't remember which black & white ones I've seen. But now I've started The West Wing, I'll finish it first.

Of course this week has been tennis. I am disappointed that they won't show the doubles (of course) or the evening matches, and that Jamie and Bruno got knocked out in the semi-finals. But it is exciting that they're the number one doubles team this year. And Andy is the number one singles player this year. There's just the match in a couple of hours to decide who ends up number one in the rankings. I am hoping for a Murray victory of course, but I'd like either a decisive Murray win or a very close match with either winning. And come February there'll be another round of Murray vs Raonic when we play Canada (away) in the Davis Cup.

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