Halifax [87/365]

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Our webcam right now πŸ™‚

Halifax is a reasonably big city in our neighbouring province, Nova Scotia. Up until now, I’d never associated Halifax with any other place than Nova Scotia, but now I know it’s in west Yorkshire, U.K. too. Many place names around here stem from Europe in general, and the U.K. in particular. We have Aberdeen, Loch Lomond, Hampton and Norton just to mention a few examples nearby.

Place names wasn’t the subject of this post, though … it was another BBC production we picked up on Netflix: Last Tango in Halifax! It has been aired on PBS here too, but we didn’t see it then. What a great find! We did a bit of binge watching last night — four episodes in a row. It’s a romantic comedy, written by the same author [Sally Wainright] as Happy Valley, that I mentioned in a previous post. One of the main, female actresses is also the same one as in Happy Valley; Sarah Lancashire.

It’s so refreshing to watch a warm, sometimes funny, story like this, as opposed to all the murder mysteries and violence. It begins with two people in their seventies … how their respective grandsons put their profiles up on Facebook. A bit of an email correspondence ensues, and they end up meeting in real life after fifty some years, and it goes from there.

We have only the first season on Netflix, but I see now, when googling the series, that there’s even a fourth season in the making. There’s something about these British series that appeal to me … often it’s as if I can relate more to the characters than usual, so I really appreciate Netflix now. The Netflix selection here in Canada is not the same as in the US, and we haven’t bothered with the VPN thing that enables you to bypass that. With the β€œon demand-thing” we have a huge TV-selection anyway, and there’s also a lot to watch online.

I just wanted to share this, and if you ever get a chance to see Last Tango in Halifax; go for it! It’s lovely, and I’m looking forward to the remaining, eight episodes.

20 thoughts on “Halifax [87/365]

  1. David Bennett

    Tamara and I have watched all the Tango episodes.

    I stopped watching Happy Valley and I stopped watching The Night Manager. But I can snuggle in with Tango any time. It is so well written, and so well acted, isn’t it. And the story is so multi-layered and the characters so real – and not perfect!

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      I don’t know The Night Manager, but we’ve got two seasons of Happy Valley.

      Yes, they’re so not perfect, and that’s what makes them real. Great acting!

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      1. David Bennett

        The Night Manager is a spy series based on the book by John le Carre – It’s on here at the moment and the final episode is tonight. I might watch it and if so it will be fun to try to work out what went on in all the episodes I missed πŸ™‚

        Have you seen Derek Jacobi as Claudius in the TV series that was on years ago – ‘I Claudius’ and ‘Claudius The God’ ?

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  2. Mara Eastern

    Great webcam bomb πŸ˜€ So, you can actually bypass Netflix via VPN? I did try this with Amazon Video, it worked for a while, but then I got revealed and blocked. Boo. I was actually ready to pay for my Amazon Video, except it’s not available in my region. The Netflix selection in my region is so limited that I ran out of things to watch after two weeks or so. First world problems.

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      Yes, you can, but I’m actually too chicken to do it. Not because I’m scared to get caught, but I’m afraid to mess with the router. Secondly, you’d have to pay for the VPN too, so then we’d pay for both that and Netflix. Do we watch enough TV for it to be worth it?! We have a lot ‘on demand’, so … I just didn’t want to take the risk of screwing up the router. I’ve been thinking, loosely, about Amazon Prime. Then you’d get unlimited space for back-ups too. Gawd … there’s so much of all this stuff nowadays so it’s dizzying πŸ™‚

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      1. Mara Eastern

        I don’t own a TV and watch everything on the laptop, so I was thinking things like Tunnel Bear, which you can set to appear that you’re accessing a site from a region of your choice. I would have loved Amazon Video, as the selection was great, compared to what’s otherwise available in my region. Which is pretty much nothing. And yet I go on trying to find ways to watch TV instead of giving up and doing something useful :-O If you want to try Amazon Prime, there’s a month for free, if nothing has changed, so you can give it a test run.

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        1. Rebekah M Post author

          I have TunnelBear … the free version. Once I tried to watch a show, just to test the system … to see how much of it I could watch for free. Not much.

          Yes, I’ve been looking at the Prime trial. I don’t mind watching on the computer, neither does my husband. The thing is then: we’d be watching different stuff in each our ‘little world’ … meaning, not watching stuff together. Then again … we could set it up on the TV with the HDMI cable … and I get so damned tired just by thinking about it LOL

          If we were to sign up for Prime, then I’d want to sign off from Flickr … where I’m paying also. But then the next problem presents itself; how to get 30,000 photos OUT of Flickr. There’s no easy way … you have to download them, folder by folder, and I’ve had my account since 2006. That’s a lot of folders. I’ll just leave it as it is … these are unsurmountable problems of the first world … problems I didn’t have before 1996. πŸ˜€

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          1. Mara Eastern

            Nope, you won’t get too far with the free version of Tunnel Bear if you want to watch video. But it’s convenient to have it, even the free version, when you just want to check something out.

            When I was married, we would always sit down to meals with the husband around his computer and watch together πŸ™‚ It wasn’t very practical, but we did get to watch the same thing.

            Oh, you use Flickr to store your life’s worth of photos? I didn’t realise you could do that. I upload my photos on Google Drive in folders, and it’s extremely clumsy. Also, you run out of your free storage fast and have to set up another Google Drive…

            First world problems are the worst. And I’m not even first world.

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            1. Rebekah M Post author

              Yeah, that’s how it started: Flickr, and now I’m trapped. Google Drive is not good. Check out this instead: https://photos.google.com and it’s unlimited and free. Also, you d/l the automatic uploader, both on your computer and phone …

              We often hear about first world, and third world but never about the second?! Or am I missing something?! LOL

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              1. Mara Eastern

                Oh, Google Photos look much different than the first time I saw it (and didn’t like it at all). I might just as well switch to this for storing photos and keep just my documents on Google Drive.

                Exactly. How come no one speaks of the second world? I’m a huge advocate of the second world, considering that I live in it πŸ˜‰ It’s a world of its own right too. Poised in between the first and the third and not quite belonging.

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  3. Anne-Marie

    Your webcam actually had a bird showing up? Or is it a Photoshopped image?
    Have not watched this series but it is nice with something less complicated than the world we are surrounded by.
    I read on another blog that Netflix has stopped allowing people to connect through VPN.
    British TV-series are usually very well made and fun to watch.

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    1. Rebekah M Post author

      The bird was real … it happens every now and then. I’ve read that too, but still people are connecting with it. We have a very small selection here, compared to the US.

      Yes, they certainly are high quality. We’ve just watched two more episodes πŸ™‚

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  5. PonderTheIrrelevant

    I’ve really been enjoying Happy Valley, so I will add this one to the list! I agree that there is just something about the British shows that has a certain appeal. It’s hard to describe exactly, but it’s enjoyable so that’s what matters most πŸ™‚

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