• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

     

     

     

    Well, when Trump was elected, I hoped he’d have the sense to be content with sticking his name on the building in big letters, appoint some competent advisers to run the country, and leave them to it and swan off to his golf course.    I should have known better.   Trump really should have known better.

    Trump just had to undo anyt…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nerys I’m in the general age range when the death of me is expected. 🙂 Or at least, wouldn’t be unusual. It’s a bit disconcerting when acquaintances I’ve known for years, die. I just find it convenient to ignore the statistics.

    I wouldn’t even try to plan my own funeral. The one thing I might demand is that they play Dire Straits’ ‘Wild…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb I’ll wish you a timely restoration of your train service. I know the feeling, Auckland public transport planning has been a shambles for the last century and they see no reason to change now.
    In the beginning, the main station was right in town at the foot of Queen Street (call it ‘Britomart’). Then in the 30’s it got too busy so they…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nerys Can I offer my condolences? Still, it should be some consolation that your father ‘had a good run’, as they say. From your account, I think he was maybe more fortunate than most in the manner of his going.

    My father died at 96. He was fine, living in his own flat, very active, till the last six months when he went downhill and could no…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hi from DownUnderLand (or is that Australia? How about ‘Down under and a bit off to the right so it’s almost falling off the map’ land?) NZ in case I’m being too obscure.

    Well here we’re OK so far but nervous. The new more infectious strain has shown up in a few quarantined arrivals but hasn’t escaped (yet). Vaccination won’t really start till…[Read more]

  • I tend to agree with those preceding recent (‘recent’? 20-month-old, so what, it’s all relative isn’t it) comments on Chibnall – his stories are all fairly straightforward heros-&-villains tales, with aliens slotted in for the humans. They’re lacking the flashes of brilliance that the Moff used to inject.

    The Power of Three did have one amazingly…[Read more]

  • Well, I found this episode to be pretty average, very much what-it-says-on-the-tin. Though it probably also suffers from its placement between the awesome Asylum of the Daleks with its Moffat-esque twist in the tail, and the equally striking A Town Called Mercy (Amy, pointing a gun at the Doctor and she looks as if she really means it).

    The…[Read more]

  • @jamjarr     Just to pick up on one point – yes, I really liked Ace too.   I was initially prejudiced against the character because, who calls themselves ‘Ace’?     But Sophie Aldred was great in the role and she really had some ‘chemistry’ with Sylvester McCoy, it shows through in the episodes, and you can see it in their appearances together…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I’ll echo the Happy New Year from here in upside-down-land.    In fact we got to see it first and probably in rather better condition than when it reached you further-from-the-date-line people.   🙂    Since we’re currently not in any sort of lockdown – a circumstance which in normal times would be utterly unremarkable but is a rare good fortune…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    First, best wishes to everyone, I hope you’re all safe (so far as you can be) and not too badly affected by the various lockdowns.

    Here, I’m in Christchurch, NZ South Island, and we just had two noticeably cold days in the middle of summer.   12 degrees C, I think (53 F), which is not all that cold admittedly but still, it should be double that (…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I’d echo blenkinsopthebrave’s wishes, and particularly to my relatives, most of whom are in the UK.

    Here in NZ, I’m now in Christchurch, we came down via the Cook Strait ferry, and nobody was wearing masks or thinking much of covid.   The beach yesterday was crowded.   Now this is probably okay since we’ve had no covid cases ‘in the wild’ for a f…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston

    Thanks for the good wishes.    Our celebration was low-key but satisfying.    (As it happens, Mrs D forgot our very first anniversary (and I remembered it), which set up a very stable scenario – it never mattered which of us forgot an anniversary subsequently.   Mrs D can’t say (accusingly) “You forgot it!” because she did it first. …[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hi @janetteb

    We’ve had a ‘check in’ app (in NZ) for about 6 months, but my $18 cellphone is not a smartphone. All it does is calls and texts, which is all I want a phone for. Oh, and it’s even got a camera, which takes pictures which are, surprisingly, not bad, if the light is good enough. I do also have a Samsung S2, but the Covid app won’t run…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @johnnybear

    I got one too, a couple of days ago.   I think it’s ‘phishing’ i.e. a scam.   I’d ignore it.

    (I found the message function on this site has a ‘Delete’ button.   So that’s what i did.  Made like a Cyberman – ‘Delete.   Delete.’    🙂

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    Thanks.  You know, it’s occurred to me that Donald Trump is certainly making sure he’ll be remembered – as the biggest and most spectacular loser ever.   Nobody loses like Trump!   Probably not what he’d like to be remembered for, but it’s entirely self-inflicted.   I have to admit I’d have been secretly disappointed if he’d p…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nerys    I’m so pleased to hear the news about your Dad.   And I’m pleased that he had stuff to keep him occupied if he needed it.   The reason I asked whether he had stuff to keep him occupied mentally is, if I had to go into isolation, I’d be climbing the walls after a couple of hours without something to keep me busy.   For example if we go vi…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb

    I was just prompted to order Seasons 2 and 3 of Sherlock.   Bit odd to note that on the cover (Watson) is Dentarthurdent from the movie.   Which I watched the other night and really, it is a bit weak even compared with the TV series.

    My DVD of Survival just arrived, they certainly have put all the extras they could lay their hands on…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    I’ll see you and raise you this:

     

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missy

    Well of course Blakes 7 is dated, it dates from about the same vintage as early Doctor Who.   And it was notorious for its cardboard sets that would wobble if someone bumped them.    It still had some cool dialogue though (I’m a sucker for clever dialogue and black humour).   In particular the hero (who I take to be Avon) is decide…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @bluesqueakpip Odd about the toilet paper. We had the same thing here in New Zealand. I must admit to being moderately guilty, I didn’t go crazy buying it but we were in Christchurch when it all kicked off and we came back up to Auckland with three packs of TP in the back of the wife’s Mazda. Cleaning products all flew off the shelves too, luckily…[Read more]

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