• blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)


    Your painting is fabulous! And pass on my birthday greetings.


  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    Mrs Blenkinsop and I were (last night) re-watching “The God Complex”. An excellent episode.  There is something about it that is truly unnerving and at the same time very much about the bonds of humanity. But…with the exception of the supposedly comic relief of David Walliams’ character, who really doesn’t work at all. Or am I being too harsh…[Read more]

  • @johnnybear Me too. And, I suspect, lots of others.

    @craig, if you are out there, could you help?

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @dr-nao This sounds like a great birthday present!

    When it comes to alien landscapes, I would suggest an image from the story “The Web Planet” which featured the Zarbi (your husband will know…)

    The thing is, the lack of budget in the early years meant that alien planets were mainly rock quarries, hence my recommendation for…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    Welcome @icharus1

    It’s true, it is a pretty amazing archive of insane theories. Enjoy.

  • @nerys Sorry to hear about the situation in Nova Scotia. We have visited NS three times. All were wonderful. All three were in Halifax, but one of them also included a few days staying in a friend’s cottage on the coast south of Halifax, with long drives down the east coast. We both loved Nova Scotia. As for the anti-vaxers, I throw up my hands i…[Read more]

  • @winston So great to hear of your 42 years together. Mrs Blenkinsop (and, yes, we are married) have been together for a mere 28 years. We only found each other when we were about 40, so no children, but we can fall back on 28 perfect years. Mrs Blenkinsop is the gardener (Supreme) and we were just out in the garden admiring the Peony Tree that Mrs…[Read more]

  • @winston so great to hear that you are surviving (albeit with crazy neighbours). I was just corresponding with a friend back in Australia who did not realise we were still in lockdown in Canada. Happily, Australia has coped quite well (in part because of their policy of absolutely rigorous lockdowns when needed). I had to explain to her that,…[Read more]

  • @craig

    Hi Craig, Just posted on The Kebab & Calculator and noticed that is has well over 1,000 posts. It might be due for an upgrade.

  • @janetteb Yes, Covid is still running (ruining?) our lives here. At the end of our street is a large park. By this time of the year on the weekends  it would normally be full of people playing some form of sport, with others watching on the sidelines. These days, there is just the occasional dog chasing a stick. And it is not going to change…[Read more]

  • @Winston, @arbutus, @…crikey, I have forgotten the other Canadians (sorry!)

    I hope you are all doing well. Life for us is very quiet, and far too many purchases arrive via Amazon. However, fortunately, we have a local bookshop that calls me up when it is time to go and pick up my standing order of the NYTimes Review of Books and Private Eye…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @winston and @oochillyo, Just rewatched “The Unicorn and the Wasp”. It is outrageously silly, but…it is also lots of fun. The way they incorporate so many Agatha book titles into the dialogue is wonderful. As for “Empress of Mars”, I loved it it! It is one of my favourite episodes. Thinking about it, it is probably because both stories capture…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)

    @Oochillyo I had that problem with a photo on another website. My solution was to reduce the size of the photo. That seemed to work.

  • @janetteb Yes, snow is magical. When it first falls. Then, it is powder snow, and it is lovely to walk through. But then, as @dentarthurdent points out, it turns to slush. But worse, it freezes, and it stays like that seemingly forever. Impossible to drive through and impossible to walk on. Unless, of course, you embrace the idea of lots of…[Read more]

  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)


    Yes, I am all in favour of having a viewing of some classic Who. While you like the Tom Baker Doctor (who doesn’t?) we have looked at quite a lot of his stories. Might I suggest a story from another brilliant classic Doctor? What about the story “Inferno” from the 3rd Doctor, Jon Pertwee? It is a spectacular story, with a cast who are…[Read more]

  • @janetteb

    Yes, agree entirely. I tend to look back at Australian media occasionally, and came across this


    I found it very powerful and it had a resonance with my family memories (mine are not as powerful as what is represented in this story, but they are still…[Read more]

  • Came across this and had to share it.

    After a life in Australia, this is where I moved to. But not in 1936, I hasten to add. This was a tourism film made in 1936 to show off the city. Strangely, much still remains, although the topiary garden has gone, alas. What I love about the clip is the way it reveals that the whole city was designed to…[Read more]

  • Having only moved to Canada a few years ago, Mrs Blenkinsop and I were reminiscing on what we remembered most fondly about Australia.

    These two commercials came to mind.




  • blenkinsopthebrave replied to the topic On The Sofa (10)


    We decided to watch “Day of the Daleks” after you mentioned it. (I hadn’t seen it for a long time.) This was quite soon after watching “Inferno”. For me, there is no comparison. “Inferno” is far stronger and far more entertaining. You said you wanted UNIT in the story you chose—well, since you have not seen it yet, I do not want to spo…[Read more]

  • @nerys So very sorry to hear this. I am glad you had the opportunity to have those good talks, though. They are tremendously important.

    Take care.

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