• Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hi @janetteb    Hope you’re OK, I heard there was a covid surge in Victoria (which of course is not that far from you).
    I think just about everyone is taking note of what the climate is doing, other than a few head-in-sand reactionaries on Planet Trump.

    South Auckland had a tornado a couple of weeks ago that destroyed a number of houses.   Appa…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb   The trouble with bears (from my point of view, not that I’ve ever met one) is that they’re bigger than me, they can run faster than I can, and they can climb trees better than me.   There aren’t many other animals with that disconcerting combination of abilities – leopards, maybe?    🙂

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston You must be truly rural if you get otters, I think.

    Otters are cute. It’s odd – slinky little animals (like, say, rats) are anything but cute (usually). But make them a little bigger, put big tails on them, and they become cute (though I doubt if their food would agree 🙂 Make them even bigger and you get capybaras, which look dumb,…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb   Well, I can’t say I’ve noticed it being ‘unnaturally warm’.   Though my memory tends to be short-term, like the last couple of weeks only.

    I wonder how they average out these things?   Certainly summer seemed to last a very long time – I was swimming until May Day, which is getting on for a month later than I typically do – befor…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston    Meanwhile, here on the opposite side of the earth, we’re getting unusually cold weather.   It is winter, but in the last couple of weeks we’ve had it a few degrees colder than usual and a lot more snow in the southern half of the country.

    Maybe nature is ‘compensating’***, but I think we’d all rather it compromised than coun…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @eja1985    Hi EJA    This forum is as good as any  (On The Sofa is the other one)   Generally its pretty relaxed about where posts go.   On The Sofa is (I think) supposed to be about general TV viewing, it also attracts comments about episodes,  Kebab is for ‘other stuff’, but topics tend to drift and nobody seems too worried.

    A…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Films thread

    @janetteb   It may well be that English lit has progressed a bit in the six decades since my schooldays.   In those days the texts we had to read were such as Shakespear (which I liked, the dude was at least reasonably concise with his plots and there was plenty of action); Dickens, who I found rather depressing and his style of writing was ins…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Films thread

    @missy    I think I agree with you.   I’d rather enjoy a story than analyse it  (is there an official way to ‘analyse’ a story?   I don’t know).

    Although (as an engineer) there’s a part of my brain that keeps tabs on continuity and physical credibility, that’s not what decides whether I like an episode.   If it’s well-written, with original…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb @missy    I do like it when the writer tells you what s/he’s going to do, then at the end of the episode (when you’ve completely forgotten about it) s/he saves the day by doing exactly that.   For some reason this makes some people very cross, but I love it.   I love the audacity of it.   And there’s a certain neatness to it.

    I wish I c…[Read more]

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

    Well the last Who  I watched was The Wedding of River Song.

    What a way to start an ep. All of time happening at once in a chaotic jumble (and also, great fun to watch the anachronisms).

    “There are no rats in the transept”. “Good.” “The skulls eat them.” I burst out laughing at that. And then the skulls ate Gantok…

    “And they want me dead.”…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Films thread

    Well, I just watched the 1997  ‘The Fifth Element’  with Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it.   It doesn’t always make a hell of a lot of sense, but it’s always colourful, quite inventive, and both Willis and Jovovich are engaging characters.   I can understand why people are said to either love it or hate…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave    My family lived in Perth, W.A., from when I was three till six, when we went back to UK.   For several years other kids in Hampshire thought I was an Aussie.   But I lost that accent and reacquired an English one, which apparently I still have (though I’ve been in NZ since I was 14).    I can’t tell, but occasiona…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb   Thanks, but (as usual) Auckland just gets the tail of the weather, after it’s expended most of its energy over South Island and Wellington.    We got some heavy rain last night, and stiff winds today, but nothing exceptional.

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

    @janetteb    Listen is one of my favourites.   Capaldi at his best and the Doctor at his most ‘alien’.   And a couple of really hair-raising moments – who would have thought that the old kid-under-a-blanket routine could be so scary?   And of course the classic noises-in-an-empty-place where no-one could possibly be…

    But also, funny and ente…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb Something I find interesting is that our levels of ‘willing suspension of disbelief’ i.e. what we find credible, is not uniform, it’s highly idiosyncratic. It’s NOT like the boundary of what I can accept is a smooth curve through the space of all possible phenomena, and someone else who may be ‘less credulous’ has a boundary 20 percent…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb   Well yes.   I just watched ‘Closing Time’ (before Wedding of River Song), which features a Cybermat – real vicious-looking little critter.  But in the ‘behind the scenes’ clip they have a shot of the original Cybermat and – oh dear oh dear.   A cuddly plush toy with frilly felt ‘teeth’, it really does look like it belongs in a cot wi…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic General Films thread

    @winston     River Song would drive you crazy, then.   It did me.

    But I must admit, I was doing it wrong.   (I just posted in On The Sofa why).   If I regard the Doctor’s timeline as a straight line (like, say, a train journey from Lisbon to Madrid, Barcelona, Nice, Venice  and so on… ) – which is what it seems like to him – and his encounters…[Read more]

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

    @devilishrobby   I should probably acquire a few more episodes of Seven.   I effectively stopped watching Who partway through Jon Pertwee’s stint  (following TV series in those days required real dedication, since asynchronous viewing was not possible).   So the only Sevens I’ve seen are the last three, Ghost Light, Fenric and Survival.   I think…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb

    I was lying in bed last night musing on River Song (as one does), and I suddenly realised that a major problem I have conceptualising her travels is groundless, misguided and WORNG. I had assumed that River was living life ‘backwards’, but that was not only impossible but factually incorrect and leads to total confusion. e.g. the…[Read more]

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

    @janetteb    I loved the Five-ish Doctors.  Good comedy, aside from the hook of trying-to-recognise-every-character.

    It was actually on the strength of that, that I acquired McCoy’s last three stories in oldWho.   I’d always dismissed him (based solely on that silly  ‘???’ jumper and ‘?’ brolly), as a lightweight, but actually, he’s funny, quick-…[Read more]

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