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  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @pedant Thank you – it means a lot to me that you like it.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    I wrote something last night about Grenfell Towers, in sorrow and anger.  You may spot an unattributed quote from the Doctor in there…

    https://cathannabel.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/dark-tower/

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @thane15 @pedant  I did indeed write something about I Daniel Blake immediately after seeing at the cinema.  It’s not a perfect film  but immensely powerful in its depiction of people trapped within a system that cannot and will not acknowledge them.  The Job Centre staff too are trapped – if they do try to step outside the system to offer help…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Lie of the Land

    Here in the depths of rural Norfolk internet connection is a bit wibbly.  So will seize the moment just to say that on reflection I don’t read Bill’s invocation of her mother as a ‘love saves the day’ thing.  Those memories were created by the Doctor, they’re real because he was there when the photo was taken, but they aren’t part of ‘history’,…[Read more]

  • @thane15 I saw a transcript which rendered Penny’s last words in that scene as ‘is it ok if I get an Uber?’!

  • The more I read your comments and ponder the more I think the events of TPatEotW (oh, that’s too cumbersome, let’s just call it Pyramid, OK?) are another simulation.  The monks playing with ideas – multiple scenarios, from WWIII to plague to terrorism, perhaps seeing how the leaders react and then changing accordingly, so they abandon the WWIII…[Read more]

  • @wolfweed OK that sounds entirely plausible!

  • @wolfweed Well I did big it up to about 300%…. But no way is Bill 11-12 stone – the numbers must be off one way or another.  I would not want to speculate about her weight either, but she’s only a wee lassie.

  • @wolfweed Doesn’t that say ‘Male’?  So not Bill’s stats.   I can’t read the numbers anyway…

    @blenkinsopthebrave  Yes, I was unsettled by the way the whole sim thing was dropped.  Am reserving judgement till we see the next ep, because overall I did love Veritas and if I loved this slightly less there was plenty to enjoy and at least like a…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @pedant @craig @thane15.  Nice article re Mozzer in the New Statesman:

    The records still sound marvellous, of course. Art does not wither. The man sounds less and less marvellous with each passing day. The old pun on a Smiths song title now seems closer to home and closer to the bone than ever: that bloke isn’t funny…

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  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Extremis

    Interesting to see this update on the notion of a book that cannot be read.  It immediately connected for me with current Agents of Shield (no spoilers, so no more info), but both reminded me of Poe’s The Man of the Crowd which starts off:

    It was well said of a certain German book that “er lasst sich nicht lesen”- it does not permit itself to be…

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  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @miapatrick I literally just poured a glass of whiskey after getting back from a night at the theatre, so cheers & congratulations to you!

     

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    Like so many, I’ve been on the edge of tears since I woke up to the news from Manchester.  It says everything about these people that for them, pre-teen and teenage girls (& boys), giddy with excitement at a pop concert, are ‘shameless’ and ‘Crusaders’.  But it says everything about the great majority of people that the response was overwhelmingly…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Extremis

    Well, I loved this.  A real change of mood, and lots to ponder on.  Trouble with not having watched till Tuesday night is that you’ve all been bonkerising like mad and I can’t keep up with all your brilliant ideas, so forgive me if I fail to credit anyone with their particular contribution…  The other difficulty is that we are currently…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic General Music thread 3

    @thane15 @Frobisher @Whisht et al, loving the more, shall we say, tangential Bowie refs!  I had the lyrics of Space Oddity bouncing around in my head whilst watching Oxygen – floating round the tin can, and then ‘Helmets on’ which is actually in the script although whether that qualifies as a quote being so brief and functional I don’t know.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic Oxygen

    @phaseshift @Thane15 plus any other Bowie spotters – apart from the visual references to Space Oddity (floating round the tin can, etc) I didn’t pick up anything in the script, but maybe another watch will reveal something.  I haven’t spotted anything in Thin Ice either, so unless I’ve missed that too, we have the eye thing in The Pilot, ‘we’re…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Pilot

    Oh @phaseshift, I do hope you’re right. I would love to think that Bowie is there in Who, past and present.  I did think momentarily of Bowie’s eye when I saw Heather’s, but I didn’t follow the thought through.  Will be on Bowie alert from now on.

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Pilot

    @littlehouse First, welcome!  You’ll feel right at home here.  I really like your comment on the teardrop – I hadn’t connected those two moments, but I feel sure you’re right that they are significant.

    I don’t know about your other theory – there is something of a consensus that the photos with Bill’s mum were done by the doctor dashing back in…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Pilot

    Well, I (we) loved this to bits.  Bill is brilliant – funny and gorgeous in a non-bland way, something of a Rose vibe, but not just a re-working of any previous companion.  OK, she’s an orphan/semi-orphan which is a recurrent theme, but I think of that a bit like the convention in children’s fiction going back to Victorian writers whereby being…[Read more]

  • Cath Annabel replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    https://mydonate.bt.com/events/24hourinspire2017

    That link came out a bit scrambled – see if this is better…

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