shinyjenni: Hermione from Harry Potter hugging her satchel; text reads "♥ books" (hermione hearts books)
I switched on the radio last night and radio 4 WAS NOT THERE. Since I have been given to understand that this is either the first sign of the apocalypse or an indication that we should all be putting sticky tape on the windows and/or hiding under tables with paper bags over our heads, this was rather worrying. (It turned out to be technical difficulties.) In other radio-related things, I have been (re)listening to Craddock and Co., an old children's radio four story being repeated on BBC7, in which a plucky, down-to-earth northern lass teams up with her posh uncle to fight crime. ...I think I have just realised why I am so fond of the Eighth Doctor and Lucie. (Different bits of the North, though.)

Also, November books!

Vanderdeken's Children, The Fall, Reclaiming the F Word, Kraken, A Hat Full of Sky, The Edible Woman, Short Trips: Seven Deadly Sins, The Golden Notebook )

ALSO IT IS COLD. (People who live in places with Proper Weather may point and laugh if they wish.)
shinyjenni: Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Anji; text reads: "time and space adventurers" (time and space adventurers)
First, everyone should go and join [livejournal.com profile] b7rewatch! Especially people who've never watched it; it is really good, you won't regret it.

Second, I have just read my BBC7 newsletter and this week they are broadcasting an adaptation of Biggles Flies North read by Michael Palin, which I shall be listening to when I get home. I think BBC radio stuff should be available outside the UK, but this may have changed since they switched from Real Player to iPlayer, and I have no way of checking.

Third, Whoishly, EEE THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS IS OUT NOW! Er, sorry about the capslock, I have been looking forward to this for quite a while. I've only had time to listen to Benny's story so far, which I really enjoyed (I posted about it, with spoilers, at [livejournal.com profile] amongthedeadmen). Mostly what I want to say is "MORE LIKE THIS PLEASE!" - my one complaint with the main range is the lack of Eight, since he is my favourite, and I can't really afford to subscribe to the Eight and Lucie stuff too. Plus although I am fond of Lucie, C'Rizz and Charley, I don't love any of them nearly as much as I love Benny, Fitz (and Anji! Anji audios please!) and Izzy. And Fey! I would love to hear some Fey audios, since she has so little canon, really.

Speaking of Fey (does this count as fourthly? or third-b-ly?), I got Oblivion for my birthday, which I meant to review at the time but forgot. Anyway, I thought it was excellent, which is saying a lot given that I am generally not good at reading comics (I go straight for the words and forget to look at the pictures, oops). spoilers )
shinyjenni: Bernice Summerfield, cartoon version (benny)
First, everyone should go and join [livejournal.com profile] b7rewatch! Especially people who've never watched it; it is really good, you won't regret it.

Second, I have just read my BBC7 newsletter and this week they are broadcasting an adaptation of Biggles Flies North read by Michael Palin, which I shall be listening to when I get home. I think BBC radio stuff should be available outside the UK, but this may have changed since they switched from Real Player to iPlayer, and I have no way of checking.

Third, Whoishly, EEE THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS IS OUT NOW! Er, sorry about the capslock, I have been looking forward to this for quite a while. I've only had time to listen to Benny's story so far, which I really enjoyed (I posted about it, with spoilers, at [livejournal.com profile] amongthedeadmen). Mostly what I want to say is "MORE LIKE THIS PLEASE!" - my one complaint with the main range is the lack of Eight, since he is my favourite, and I can't really afford to subscribe to the Eight and Lucie stuff too. Plus although I am fond of Lucie, C'Rizz and Charley, I don't love any of them nearly as much as I love Benny, Fitz (and Anji! Anji audios please!) and Izzy. And Fey! I would love to hear some Fey audios, since she has so little canon, really.

Speaking of Fey (does this count as fourthly? or third-b-ly?), I got Oblivion for my birthday, which I meant to review at the time but forgot. Anyway, I thought it was excellent, which is saying a lot given that I am generally not good at reading comics (I go straight for the words and forget to look at the pictures, oops). spoilers )
shinyjenni: Bernice Summerfield, cartoon version (benny)
First, everyone should go and join [livejournal.com profile] b7rewatch! Especially people who've never watched it; it is really good, you won't regret it.

Second, I have just read my BBC7 newsletter and this week they are broadcasting an adaptation of Biggles Flies North read by Michael Palin, which I shall be listening to when I get home. I think BBC radio stuff should be available outside the UK, but this may have changed since they switched from Real Player to iPlayer, and I have no way of checking.

Third, Whoishly, EEE THE COMPANY OF FRIENDS IS OUT NOW! Er, sorry about the capslock, I have been looking forward to this for quite a while. I've only had time to listen to Benny's story so far, which I really enjoyed (I posted about it, with spoilers, at [livejournal.com profile] amongthedeadmen). Mostly what I want to say is "MORE LIKE THIS PLEASE!" - my one complaint with the main range is the lack of Eight, since he is my favourite, and I can't really afford to subscribe to the Eight and Lucie stuff too. Plus although I am fond of Lucie, C'Rizz and Charley, I don't love any of them nearly as much as I love Benny, Fitz (and Anji! Anji audios please!) and Izzy. And Fey! I would love to hear some Fey audios, since she has so little canon, really.

Speaking of Fey (does this count as fourthly? or third-b-ly?), I got Oblivion for my birthday, which I meant to review at the time but forgot. Anyway, I thought it was excellent, which is saying a lot given that I am generally not good at reading comics (I go straight for the words and forget to look at the pictures, oops). spoilers )
shinyjenni: Polly dressed as a mermaid (underwater menace)
The new set of recording dates for The Now Show have been announced, does anyone fancy trying to get tickets? It's a random draw type arrangement and we'd have to enter by next Friday. The recordings are on Thursday nights in London, which is not ideal for me, but probably doable.

Voting! My polling station was not where I thought it was, but this meant that I ended up having a lovely circular walk through Cotham in the sunshine, so that was ok. There weren't many other people there when I did find it, which is rather worrying. Also alarming: the fact that the BNP were right at the top of the (incredibly long) European election ballot paper. Stupid alphabet, gave me a scare. Anyway, I resisted the charms of the Cornish Independence party and the Pensioners' Party, and voted Lib Dem. I usually do: in Cheltenham, it was pretty much them or the Tories, though the Monster Raving Loony Party made a good showing. But having investigated a little more they have a few policies I like (and some not so much), especially the use of the magic words "proper public transport system". YES PLEASE, I WOULD LIKE ONE OF THOSE.

Currently (re)reading The Three Musketeers (yes, inspired by listening to The Church and the Crown) and it is just so much fun! I really didn't get it the first time round, but now I love it. So funny :D

Whee, Sue Perkins is on tonight's News Quiz! She's great, I have liked her ever since she was half of Late Lunch with Mel and Sue.
shinyjenni: Liz Shaw in close-up (liz)
The new set of recording dates for The Now Show have been announced, does anyone fancy trying to get tickets? It's a random draw type arrangement and we'd have to enter by next Friday. The recordings are on Thursday nights in London, which is not ideal for me, but probably doable.

Voting! My polling station was not where I thought it was, but this meant that I ended up having a lovely circular walk through Cotham in the sunshine, so that was ok. There weren't many other people there when I did find it, which is rather worrying. Also alarming: the fact that the BNP were right at the top of the (incredibly long) European election ballot paper. Stupid alphabet, gave me a scare. Anyway, I resisted the charms of the Cornish Independence party and the Pensioners' Party, and voted Lib Dem. I usually do: in Cheltenham, it was pretty much them or the Tories, though the Monster Raving Loony Party made a good showing. But having investigated a little more they have a few policies I like (and some not so much), especially the use of the magic words "proper public transport system". YES PLEASE, I WOULD LIKE ONE OF THOSE.

Currently (re)reading The Three Musketeers (yes, inspired by listening to The Church and the Crown) and it is just so much fun! I really didn't get it the first time round, but now I love it. So funny :D

Whee, Sue Perkins is on tonight's News Quiz! She's great, I have liked her ever since she was half of Late Lunch with Mel and Sue.
shinyjenni: Liz Shaw in close-up (liz)
The new set of recording dates for The Now Show have been announced, does anyone fancy trying to get tickets? It's a random draw type arrangement and we'd have to enter by next Friday. The recordings are on Thursday nights in London, which is not ideal for me, but probably doable.

Voting! My polling station was not where I thought it was, but this meant that I ended up having a lovely circular walk through Cotham in the sunshine, so that was ok. There weren't many other people there when I did find it, which is rather worrying. Also alarming: the fact that the BNP were right at the top of the (incredibly long) European election ballot paper. Stupid alphabet, gave me a scare. Anyway, I resisted the charms of the Cornish Independence party and the Pensioners' Party, and voted Lib Dem. I usually do: in Cheltenham, it was pretty much them or the Tories, though the Monster Raving Loony Party made a good showing. But having investigated a little more they have a few policies I like (and some not so much), especially the use of the magic words "proper public transport system". YES PLEASE, I WOULD LIKE ONE OF THOSE.

Currently (re)reading The Three Musketeers (yes, inspired by listening to The Church and the Crown) and it is just so much fun! I really didn't get it the first time round, but now I love it. So funny :D

Whee, Sue Perkins is on tonight's News Quiz! She's great, I have liked her ever since she was half of Late Lunch with Mel and Sue.
shinyjenni: Fourth Doctor and Leela coming out of the TARDIS; background text reads: "excitement adventure really wild things" (really wild things)
Listening to the weather forecast was unexpectedly joyous this morning, as they listed the hottest parts of the country and I went "...I'm right in the middle of all those places!" The weather is brilliant, it maketh me v. happy. I am wearing a skirt! And bare legs! This never happens! On Saturday I went over to Bath for a few hours to see Phil-from-school, we sat in the park by the river (the one you have to pay to get in, except Phil got in free for being local and I got in free as her guest, hurrah) and then mooched around Bath for a bit. Did not do much on Sunday, bit of baking, some light gardening, and revamped my profile a little. Oh, and listened to lots of Tintin - I have had it on tape for ages and it is all incredibly familiar. ♥

The Ten Doctors comic has been completed, and it's definitely worth reading if you haven't yet: it's incredibly fun, packed full of guest appearances and companion team-ups, all done with great humour, affection and enthusiasm. The art isn't perfect, though most of the time it's pretty good, and it captures the essence of the characters very nicely. I wasn't sure about the characterisation of Rose at first, but then she and Ace teamed up and it was awesome. And now I am shipping them.

Tomorrow's Women's Hour is a George Eliot special. Excellent, must remember to listen.

I actually have things to say about Ashes to Ashes this week! (Things other than: "well done, more of this please", that is.) Mostly what I have to say is spoilers )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (alex a2a pink)
Listening to the weather forecast was unexpectedly joyous this morning, as they listed the hottest parts of the country and I went "...I'm right in the middle of all those places!" The weather is brilliant, it maketh me v. happy. I am wearing a skirt! And bare legs! This never happens! On Saturday I went over to Bath for a few hours to see Phil-from-school, we sat in the park by the river (the one you have to pay to get in, except Phil got in free for being local and I got in free as her guest, hurrah) and then mooched around Bath for a bit. Did not do much on Sunday, bit of baking, some light gardening, and revamped my profile a little. Oh, and listened to lots of Tintin - I have had it on tape for ages and it is all incredibly familiar. ♥

The Ten Doctors comic has been completed, and it's definitely worth reading if you haven't yet: it's incredibly fun, packed full of guest appearances and companion team-ups, all done with great humour, affection and enthusiasm. The art isn't perfect, though most of the time it's pretty good, and it captures the essence of the characters very nicely. I wasn't sure about the characterisation of Rose at first, but then she and Ace teamed up and it was awesome. And now I am shipping them.

Tomorrow's Women's Hour is a George Eliot special. Excellent, must remember to listen.

I actually have things to say about Ashes to Ashes this week! (Things other than: "well done, more of this please", that is.) Mostly what I have to say is spoilers )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (Default)
Listening to the weather forecast was unexpectedly joyous this morning, as they listed the hottest parts of the country and I went "...I'm right in the middle of all those places!" The weather is brilliant, it maketh me v. happy. I am wearing a skirt! And bare legs! This never happens! On Saturday I went over to Bath for a few hours to see Phil-from-school, we sat in the park by the river (the one you have to pay to get in, except Phil got in free for being local and I got in free as her guest, hurrah) and then mooched around Bath for a bit. Did not do much on Sunday, bit of baking, some light gardening, and revamped my profile a little. Oh, and listened to lots of Tintin - I have had it on tape for ages and it is all incredibly familiar. ♥

The Ten Doctors comic has been completed, and it's definitely worth reading if you haven't yet: it's incredibly fun, packed full of guest appearances and companion team-ups, all done with great humour, affection and enthusiasm. The art isn't perfect, though most of the time it's pretty good, and it captures the essence of the characters very nicely. I wasn't sure about the characterisation of Rose at first, but then she and Ace teamed up and it was awesome. And now I am shipping them.

Tomorrow's Women's Hour is a George Eliot special. Excellent, must remember to listen.

I actually have things to say about Ashes to Ashes this week! (Things other than: "well done, more of this please", that is.) Mostly what I have to say is spoilers )
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (dayna green)
1) I've already mentioned this on Twitter, but apparently some Gloucestershire libraries have started to play background music. I'm trying to see the possible advantages of this, but failing. If you want to listen to music in the library, what's the chance that they're going to be playing music you actually want to hear? Given that it will probably have to be pretty anodyne so as not to offend anyone. And it will mean that anyone who wants to listen to their own music on their headphones will have to crank up the volume to drown out whatever's already playing. I admit I am biased because I really don't like listening to music while I'm reading, I only do it if I am on a train or something and needed to drown out other background noise (I am pretty sure that because of this the Master and Commander soundtrack is the most played thing on my notpod), but I do think this is a bad idea. I am disappointed in the county of my childhood. Luckily the library I used to visit is not included in this new scheme. *clings to Up Hatherley library and its loveliness*

2) Whilst I was on my travels on Saturday, I found the first season of The West Wing on video for £2 - I've been meaning to rent it for a while but since this was ACTUALLY cheap as chips I bought it instead. Four episodes in and I remember why I liked it, the characters are great, the dialogue is sparkling and the whole thing has a great pace and rhythm to it. I especially liked the way that, in the first episode, spoilers up to 1x04 ) Obligatory fashion note: v. late nineties, sadly, all shapeless jackets and such. But I remember that it gets better. (I have seen season 4 and most of season 3, I think, but then for convoluted reasons best summed up as "Channel 4 is staffed by MONKEYS" I went straight on to season 6 and got all annoyed because I didn't know what was going on.)

3) A scooter shop has opened near me, I went past it on my walk home last night and now I kind of want to buy one. I can't drive and am not safe to be let out on a bicycle, but zipping around on a scooter holds a certain appeal. Très chic! Though in reality it would be raining and I would be rubbish at it. Bah, reality is overrated, BRING ME A SCOOTER.

4) Listened to Broadcasting House on Sunday morning and David Starkey was going on again about how all these silly wimmin historians are ruining Proper History and how good it is that a new book of Man History by a Man Historian is coming out. No-one even questioned him, gah. Maybe I should email Feedback, though it's not on at the moment. In more positive Radio 4-ness, I really enjoyed listening to A Fine Defence of Enid Blyton on Sunday.

5) My arms are sore from gardening. This weekend I cut half the lawn (by hand, with shears, as neither of my lawnmowers work) and dug out loads of deep rooted weeds. Garden is still a mess but I am beginning to make a dent in it. The bit I can see from the window, anyway. It is very satisfying, but I have been slightly neurotic about being out there ever since a random massive dog ran in there a couple of times. (The owner chose to glare at me for the temerity of being in my own garden on a sunny day rather than try and summon his animal.) Since I am a bit scared of dogs* this was rather alarming. If it were truly my garden I would put a fence up at the back (there is a drop there at the moment), but it is the landlord's.

*I am only scared of loose dogs, I hasten to add. Dogs on leads, otherwise under their owners' control, or clearly minding their own business are fine, it's only ones that are rampaging about with their owners either nowhere in sight or uninterested in/incapable of controlling them that alarm me. I think this is quite reasonable. Dogs are big and strong and have sharp teeth whereas I am small and feeble, uterly wet and a weed, as they say.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (dayna green)
1) I've already mentioned this on Twitter, but apparently some Gloucestershire libraries have started to play background music. I'm trying to see the possible advantages of this, but failing. If you want to listen to music in the library, what's the chance that they're going to be playing music you actually want to hear? Given that it will probably have to be pretty anodyne so as not to offend anyone. And it will mean that anyone who wants to listen to their own music on their headphones will have to crank up the volume to drown out whatever's already playing. I admit I am biased because I really don't like listening to music while I'm reading, I only do it if I am on a train or something and needed to drown out other background noise (I am pretty sure that because of this the Master and Commander soundtrack is the most played thing on my notpod), but I do think this is a bad idea. I am disappointed in the county of my childhood. Luckily the library I used to visit is not included in this new scheme. *clings to Up Hatherley library and its loveliness*

2) Whilst I was on my travels on Saturday, I found the first season of The West Wing on video for £2 - I've been meaning to rent it for a while but since this was ACTUALLY cheap as chips I bought it instead. Four episodes in and I remember why I liked it, the characters are great, the dialogue is sparkling and the whole thing has a great pace and rhythm to it. I especially liked the way that, in the first episode, spoilers up to 1x04 ) Obligatory fashion note: v. late nineties, sadly, all shapeless jackets and such. But I remember that it gets better. (I have seen season 4 and most of season 3, I think, but then for convoluted reasons best summed up as "Channel 4 is staffed by MONKEYS" I went straight on to season 6 and got all annoyed because I didn't know what was going on.)

3) A scooter shop has opened near me, I went past it on my walk home last night and now I kind of want to buy one. I can't drive and am not safe to be let out on a bicycle, but zipping around on a scooter holds a certain appeal. Très chic! Though in reality it would be raining and I would be rubbish at it. Bah, reality is overrated, BRING ME A SCOOTER.

4) Listened to Broadcasting House on Sunday morning and David Starkey was going on again about how all these silly wimmin historians are ruining Proper History and how good it is that a new book of Man History by a Man Historian is coming out. No-one even questioned him, gah. Maybe I should email Feedback, though it's not on at the moment. In more positive Radio 4-ness, I really enjoyed listening to A Fine Defence of Enid Blyton on Sunday.

5) My arms are sore from gardening. This weekend I cut half the lawn (by hand, with shears, as neither of my lawnmowers work) and dug out loads of deep rooted weeds. Garden is still a mess but I am beginning to make a dent in it. The bit I can see from the window, anyway. It is very satisfying, but I have been slightly neurotic about being out there ever since a random massive dog ran in there a couple of times. (The owner chose to glare at me for the temerity of being in my own garden on a sunny day rather than try and summon his animal.) Since I am a bit scared of dogs* this was rather alarming. If it were truly my garden I would put a fence up at the back (there is a drop there at the moment), but it is the landlord's.

*I am only scared of loose dogs, I hasten to add. Dogs on leads, otherwise under their owners' control, or clearly minding their own business are fine, it's only ones that are rampaging about with their owners either nowhere in sight or uninterested in/incapable of controlling them that alarm me. I think this is quite reasonable. Dogs are big and strong and have sharp teeth whereas I am small and feeble, uterly wet and a weed, as they say.

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Mar. 25th, 2009 05:46 pm
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (buffy drifting)
Wow, my internets are slow tonight. As I'm at work til 7.30, this is a bit annoying. I want to go home and watch Doctor Who and make more Law and Order icons! Harrumph.

Last night at Stitch 'n' Witch we were talking about the film Lesbian Vampire Killers - well, actually, I didn't have to say anything as [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy said exactly what I was thinking, i.e. that I was a lot more excited about it when I thought it was about lesbians killing vampires rather than the two blokes from Gavin and Stacey killing vampire lesbians - and I've just been reading a review of it (linked at The F Word here, (contains many spoilers, btw) some good discussion in the comments too) that both confirms my desire not to see it and makes me feel like adding it to my list of things that make me hate the world a bit. Bah. By way of corrective, can anyone rec me any sf/fantasy films with good female characters in them?

Something I've been meaning to link for a while: Radio 4 is cancelling its one regular children's programme, which is a bit sad, especially since said programme had actually been pretty good recently and definitely a marked improvement on how it was when it started. On the other hand, the article mentions that they've got a few adaptations of children's books coming up, one of which is Black Hearts in Battersea, which I love. Hurray, won't have to boycott Radio 4 after all! (I've been boycotting Radio 5 since they stopped doing children's programmes in 1994, possibly the most pointless boycott ever as I have no interest in sport and would therefore not listen anyway, but it is the principle of the thing.)

some words

Mar. 25th, 2009 05:46 pm
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (buffy drifting)
Wow, my internets are slow tonight. As I'm at work til 7.30, this is a bit annoying. I want to go home and watch Doctor Who and make more Law and Order icons! Harrumph.

Last night at Stitch 'n' Witch we were talking about the film Lesbian Vampire Killers - well, actually, I didn't have to say anything as [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy said exactly what I was thinking, i.e. that I was a lot more excited about it when I thought it was about lesbians killing vampires rather than the two blokes from Gavin and Stacey killing vampire lesbians - and I've just been reading a review of it (linked at The F Word here, (contains many spoilers, btw) some good discussion in the comments too) that both confirms my desire not to see it and makes me feel like adding it to my list of things that make me hate the world a bit. Bah. By way of corrective, can anyone rec me any sf/fantasy films with good female characters in them?

Something I've been meaning to link for a while: Radio 4 is cancelling its one regular children's programme, which is a bit sad, especially since said programme had actually been pretty good recently and definitely a marked improvement on how it was when it started. On the other hand, the article mentions that they've got a few adaptations of children's books coming up, one of which is Black Hearts in Battersea, which I love. Hurray, won't have to boycott Radio 4 after all! (I've been boycotting Radio 5 since they stopped doing children's programmes in 1994, possibly the most pointless boycott ever as I have no interest in sport and would therefore not listen anyway, but it is the principle of the thing.)
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (worrals!)
I finished Worrals Flies Again last night, and it continued to be as great as the first fifty pages promised, full of excitement and twists and turns and such. I love Worrals, so brave and sensible and decisive, and oh, Frecks! I may have got something in my eye when spoilers! )

No connection to the above, just something I keep forgetting to post: some Radio 4 recommendations. (Should be listenable outside the UK, I believe.)

1. Old Harry's Game is back tonight! I only started listening with the last series (on [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy's recommendation), it is very funny.

2. The Classic Serial at the moment is Scoop by Evelyn Waugh - it's been years since I read the book, but it seems like a pretty good adaptation, and again, very funny!

3. There was an interesting debate on Women's Hour on Tuesday about older women on stage and screen. By interesting I mean that some of the time I was agreeing with them and some of the time I wanted to climb into the radio and join in. Sadly this is not actually possible. But anyway, it's worth a listen.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (worrals!)
I finished Worrals Flies Again last night, and it continued to be as great as the first fifty pages promised, full of excitement and twists and turns and such. I love Worrals, so brave and sensible and decisive, and oh, Frecks! I may have got something in my eye when spoilers! )

No connection to the above, just something I keep forgetting to post: some Radio 4 recommendations. (Should be listenable outside the UK, I believe.)

1. Old Harry's Game is back tonight! I only started listening with the last series (on [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy's recommendation), it is very funny.

2. The Classic Serial at the moment is Scoop by Evelyn Waugh - it's been years since I read the book, but it seems like a pretty good adaptation, and again, very funny!

3. There was an interesting debate on Women's Hour on Tuesday about older women on stage and screen. By interesting I mean that some of the time I was agreeing with them and some of the time I wanted to climb into the radio and join in. Sadly this is not actually possible. But anyway, it's worth a listen.
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (dawn all your beliefs)
Just a Minute is back (hurray!), tonight's edition was rather good, I recommend it. BBC Fight Club, indeed. I have listened to quite a lot of radio 4 this weekend (even more than usual), this mostly involved shouting at the nutters phoning in on Any Answers (Islamism? Seriously? That's not even a word!). Now I am listening to something about Delia Derbyshire from Woman's Hour (thanks for reminding me about it, [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy). She was way ahead of her time and I find the fact that she was doing it all by hand with bits of tape absolutely fascinating - very raw sounds, as opposed to the cleaner sounds you get from a modern synthesiser. (The article that goes with the programme says that she got a bit bored and gave up when they came along, as it was all a bit too easy.)

University Challenge last week was a bit depressing as my ex-university (Durham) was comprehensively flattened. I have no personal stake in it today so hopef. it will be better.

This weekend I have been failing at things. I have been trying to make Isabella (from Knitty) for several months and have just had to pull it all out and start again for the second time. I really want to make it, but have put it to one side for the moment and am instead working on a felted bag from the first Stitch 'n' Bitch book. Have never felted anything before so that should be fun. Also on Saturday I tried to mow the lawn with varying degrees of success, using my dad's old mechanical lawnmower. We're not sure how old this is, he bought it from a church garden party under the aegis of the previous rector (so anything between about six and fourteen years ago), and it is a little tricksy. It will go forward and cut for a few inches, then you have to pull it back and try again, and sometimes it randomly gets stuck and won't do anything at all until you pick it up and move it to another part of the lawn. Jury is still out on whether this is more or less work than cutting the grass by hand with shears like I did last time. Oh my life is so fascinating. *facepalm*
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (dawn all your beliefs)
Just a Minute is back (hurray!), tonight's edition was rather good, I recommend it. BBC Fight Club, indeed. I have listened to quite a lot of radio 4 this weekend (even more than usual), this mostly involved shouting at the nutters phoning in on Any Answers (Islamism? Seriously? That's not even a word!). Now I am listening to something about Delia Derbyshire from Woman's Hour (thanks for reminding me about it, [livejournal.com profile] the_smut_fairy). She was way ahead of her time and I find the fact that she was doing it all by hand with bits of tape absolutely fascinating - very raw sounds, as opposed to the cleaner sounds you get from a modern synthesiser. (The article that goes with the programme says that she got a bit bored and gave up when they came along, as it was all a bit too easy.)

University Challenge last week was a bit depressing as my ex-university (Durham) was comprehensively flattened. I have no personal stake in it today so hopef. it will be better.

This weekend I have been failing at things. I have been trying to make Isabella (from Knitty) for several months and have just had to pull it all out and start again for the second time. I really want to make it, but have put it to one side for the moment and am instead working on a felted bag from the first Stitch 'n' Bitch book. Have never felted anything before so that should be fun. Also on Saturday I tried to mow the lawn with varying degrees of success, using my dad's old mechanical lawnmower. We're not sure how old this is, he bought it from a church garden party under the aegis of the previous rector (so anything between about six and fourteen years ago), and it is a little tricksy. It will go forward and cut for a few inches, then you have to pull it back and try again, and sometimes it randomly gets stuck and won't do anything at all until you pick it up and move it to another part of the lawn. Jury is still out on whether this is more or less work than cutting the grass by hand with shears like I did last time. Oh my life is so fascinating. *facepalm*
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (ben and polly)
1. Via [livejournal.com profile] drakyndra at [livejournal.com profile] lifeonmartha, new interview about and pictures of the Doctor Who comic The Forgotten. EEEEEE. I don't usually buy comics but this looks fantastic, I may have to make an exception.

2. Because apparently I had stupid for breakfast the other day, I bought a copy of the Wheel In Space soundtrack CD without realising that a) disc 2 was missing and b) I've already got it anyway. *headdesk* Would anyone like it? I could burn you a copy of disc 2 to go with it... Claimed!

3. Meme thingy, since I now have an exciting new digital camera to replace the one stolen by scoundrels: Ask me to take a picture of something in my life and I will.

4. Re: last night's House ('House's Head'): is it Thursday again yet? No? Are you sure? How about now?

5. Diana Wynne Jones has a new book out, and is doing a signing (scroll down) at Forbidden Planet (Bristol) next Saturday, yay! I may actually be able to make that.

6. It has been a bit busier than usual in the library today, only fits and starts, but still. I was just helping someone over the phone when another student came along, left her books on the counter, said "to return" and wandered off. Am I being especially irritable or is that a bit rude? It's not the first time it's happened and it rather annoys me.

7. New series of The Now Show tonight, hurray!
shinyjenni: Wonder Woman deflects bullets with her bracelets (ben and polly)
1. Via [livejournal.com profile] drakyndra at [livejournal.com profile] lifeonmartha, new interview about and pictures of the Doctor Who comic The Forgotten. EEEEEE. I don't usually buy comics but this looks fantastic, I may have to make an exception.

2. Because apparently I had stupid for breakfast the other day, I bought a copy of the Wheel In Space soundtrack CD without realising that a) disc 2 was missing and b) I've already got it anyway. *headdesk* Would anyone like it? I could burn you a copy of disc 2 to go with it... Claimed!

3. Meme thingy, since I now have an exciting new digital camera to replace the one stolen by scoundrels: Ask me to take a picture of something in my life and I will.

4. Re: last night's House ('House's Head'): is it Thursday again yet? No? Are you sure? How about now?

5. Diana Wynne Jones has a new book out, and is doing a signing (scroll down) at Forbidden Planet (Bristol) next Saturday, yay! I may actually be able to make that.

6. It has been a bit busier than usual in the library today, only fits and starts, but still. I was just helping someone over the phone when another student came along, left her books on the counter, said "to return" and wandered off. Am I being especially irritable or is that a bit rude? It's not the first time it's happened and it rather annoys me.

7. New series of The Now Show tonight, hurray!

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