• Cath Annabel replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Thank you @missy,@thane16, @whisht, @pedant, @blenkinsopthebrave, @miapatrick. And to Missy, yes, one compartmentalises as best one can and does what one must and you have my deepest sympathy. One clings on to good things, and this place is a Good Thing and I will come here whenever I can even if I can’t muster bonkers theories about Who, because…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Hello all. Have been an exceedingly occasional presence on here over the last largely Wholess year, but am looking forward with excitement mingled with trepidation to the NYD episode and the new series. Trepidation because I so so so so want/need it to be good. Of course I always want/need Who to live up to the place I’ve given it in my life, and…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missy I’m so very sorry to hear that. Cancer is an evil bastard and has no regard, ever, for fairness and justice. I hope that you get the support you need, medically and in other respects too, to get through this.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    I know this is hardly an obscure Woodstock moment, but I have to interject with some Hendrix.  Was he ever more beautiful?

     

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    @syzygy  I love your description!  Am working on the relationship between text and music at the moment for my thesis (specifically literary fugues…) so it rings lots of bells. Great clip too!

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Books thread

    Just re-read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, which was every bit as wonderful as I remembered it being.  And then I read La Belle Sauvage – first in the new Book of Dust trilogy, which I also highly recommend!  Part 2 is due out in October.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Films thread

    @whisht @blenkinsopthebrave yes, yes, yes to Arrival.  A truly beautiful film.  I really didn’t want the lights to go on in the cinema when it finished as I was still sobbing.  Thoughtful and subtle and unexpected.  Soundtrack is brilliant – by the late Johann Johannsonn who died far too young but left us some wonderful work.  I will track down…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Seconding @pedant ‘s praise for First Man.  Gripping, claustrophobic, intense – and a remarkable amount of suspense given that we all knew that they would make it there and back again!

    Also seconding commiserations & best to @missy – hope things start to improve soon.

  • Hello all, have been AWOL for a while but prompted to post re a couple of TV things.  First off, Years and Years, highly recommended. Very RTD (in both its virtues and its flaws).  Managed to be funny and heartbreaking and provocative – not perfect by any means (I won’t be too specific about my quibbles for those who haven’t seen it yet) but b…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    Good to see lots of love for Jimi here!  His musical legacy is extraordinary – who knows what he might have achieved if he’d lived a bit longer…

    Also now immersed in retrospectives for Andre Previn – obviously one has to reference the Morecambe & Wise sketch, which is of course utter brilliance, but hope to listen to some of his jazz piano…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @winston @thane16 @pedant Many thanks.  And @pedant – that Buffy quote has come to mind so often lately, it just sums up the experience of losing someone, at whatever stage of life and in whatever circumstances.  It’s always sudden.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane16  Thanks for the thoughts!  It seems appropriate to talk about my mum-in-law (who died just before New Year) on this particular forum (she’s had a mention or two elsewhere, mainly in relation to the challenge of watching the Christmas special with her after the dementia set in and her attention span was somewhat erratic), as she was a m…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane16 @geoffers @whisht Just been enjoying some Snarky Puppy on BBC Radio 3’s Saturday jazz prog, J to Z, which we listen to religiously.  I was thinking, now where have I heard that name before, and suddenly realised it was in this lovely place!

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    We have a couple of posts, in German, from two different individuals (supposedly) on forums relating to BG Who (The Daemons pt 1 and The Awakening Pt 2).  I don’t speak German so can’t comment on the content but both include links to the same something or other (obv I haven’t clicked on anything!).  Probably safest if they’re deactivated!  Cheers

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I resist Christmas for as long as possible.  The point I give in is when I put Its A Wonderful Life on the DVD player, and settle down to have a long weep.  I’ve blogged here and on my own blog site  about this film, and why it is both heartwarming and devastating.  Not sure when I’ll watch it this year – either tomorrow pm or Xmas Eve once we’…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @rtdfan  I’m not sure what you see as being a problem here.  Looking at the responses to your posts, I see debate and discussion, and civil disagreement, not hostility.  You say:

    I didn’t start this thread to get people swapping ideas on morals

    but you raised the issue of whether the current series is heavy-handed in its treatment of moral issu…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    OK so the big festive question to which I am now putting my mind is which previous Xmas special to line up for a watch on Xmas Day, since we don’t have a new one.  I’m currently favouring last year’s, because of the whole Armistice centenary thing (and I recently saw an amazing contemporary opera about the Xmas truce in the trenches), but the…[Read more]

  • I loved this one.  It helped that it referenced in so many ways (starting with the title) The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which was a huge part of my childhood.  I do also recall having a lengthy and fractious discussion on The Other Place about whether the narrative was attributing a mystical power to maternity, or whether ( as I argued) t…[Read more]

  • Thanks @kevinwho for an excellent post. And I think this thread (with a couple of notable exceptions) shows how this Forum engages with posts with which they may not entirely agree.  Mutual respect, constructive […]

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