The Tyranny of Mr Maker

The other day, my children were watching Mr Maker.  If you’ve never seen it, it’s basically a dude who goes to various places and makes different crafty things within a one minute time limit (I think it is one minute).  I am sure that he is delightful, and his job is my idea of hell, but it does mean that my son now wants to actually make the stuff featured.

We usually don’t have any of the stuff Mr Maker uses to make the things (brown paint? stick-on circles? ha, ha, ha) but some of the things can be made with a cardboard box, kitchen foil and pritt stick.

My son was pleased with this
My son was pleased with this

My husband ended up making this boat with my son and I think they were both really pleased with it.


I am really enjoying Trapped, which I first heard about on Belgian Waffling.  Trapped is basically an Icelandic police drama involving a lot of snow and some thick winter coats.  So, like Fortitude, it is right up my street.  Plus, I’ve been to Iceland and recognise some of the shots of Reykjavík.

One thing I have noticed, though, is that the Danish actors (there are a couple) have been in pretty much every “Nordic” thing around.  Denmark is a country with a population similar in size to Scotland and, it seems, about four actors.  The ferry captain was the dad and his first mate the mayor in the Killing.

I had a delicious glass of dry white wine while watching it.  I bought the bottle from the Sampler, where I know the lady behind the counter and can say (without too much shame) that I want a bottle of “dry white wine, about a tenner, to dry watching telly while my husband is out having fun”.  It’s tempting, in places like wine shops, to pretend a sophistication or knowledge that really isn’t required.

Great telly

I am so happy, happy, happy – my laptop is now fixed and I can get on with things.  I know that this is the sort of thing that people write FirstWorldProblems about but I live in the first world.  I need my laptop – not just for blogging but for stuff like paying for parking permits, applying for primary schools and paying nursery fees.  Having to do it on my phone or on my ancient laptop (which freezes and switches itself off at random) makes my life that little bit harder.

Now that we’re in January and Twelfth Night is properly behind us, people are staying in a lot more.  Which means that the telly is fantastic.  I’m really enjoying War and Peace and Dickensian – both rather plug the gap left by Christmas telly without actually being Christmassy (if you know hat I mean).  If you want to see either, can I suggest that you do it soon? They won’t stay on iPlayer forever.

If you get a chance, I also really loved The Man in the High Castle – which was fantastic but I think you may have to have Amazon Prime to watch it for free.

London Spy and The Bridge

I know that I don’t usually post about stuff on the telly but I’m really enjoying both London Spy and series three of The Bridge.  The first is set in London and has some amazing, well known actors.  The second is in Swedish / Danish with subtitles (you know how marvellous I tend to think Scandinavian stuff is).

Basically, both are really gripping while also making the viewer feel smart for watching.  Both are still on BBC iPlayer – if you haven’t seen them, they are worth a look.