I must say Ms Piper, that is an outrageous corset!

So, just caught some “Secret diary of a call girl” on ITV3 while at my dads – I wholeheartedly approve, Billie Piper is one of my preferred bits of “eye candy” (purely because she likes red heads and guys with beer bellies, not that I have a beer belly or anything…) so a show where she spends a lot of time in lingerie / revealing clothing is a winner – boobs are an added bonus!

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the vaseline on the lens softness they’ve got going on, but the writing isn’t terrible and the acting is reasonable so there’s not too much to complain about. Ok, so I’ve only watched an episode and a half, which means my judgement as to the quality is slightly skewed, but sod it!

In other news, christmas has come and gone, I ate way too much food and all the rest of it, as you do. I also found out that my dad and stepmum have purchased themselves two of my favourite board games, Carcassone and Settlers of Catan. They got introduced to Caracassone by some visitors who brought it with them and they enjoyed it so much that when they were in London and found a games shop of the right sort they asked after it.

Turns out they bought all the expansions they could and asked the shopkeeper for a recommendation as to anything similar – he gave them Settlers of Catan (amusingly, I instantly guessed it was catan when it came up in conversation and I found out the first game was Carcassone). Since Settlers is a four player game, they’ve not had a chance to play it – so with my sister and I here visiting them and me having played it for hours upon hours with my house mates, it seemed the ideal time to get on with it and get cracking.

It took a game to get into the swing of things and to convey the majority of the games and some of the subtleties, but everyone got the hang of it nice and quickly. Admittedly, I won the first two games, but the second was terrifyingly close. I got completely locked out in the third game, reduced to scrounging through development cards to get to five VPs (I only managed three settlements – every other route got shut down before I could get roads going). I may never forgive my sister for starting the lock out process!

I think I may try to get them to move away from the default board layout next time, it’s quite obvious that my dad is going to start being an issue with knowing the good places to be if we don’t mix it up a bit!