• janetteB replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @baines Hi. Yes I like all of the angels episodes. Is the twist you are referring to the line about the local population having  two heads and realising that the statues only have one. Love that moment.

    cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic Companions past and present

    @oochillyo Hi Agree with some and disagree with others. Martha is greatly underappreciated, in part because she only did one series and her strengths were overshadowed by her unrequited love for the Doctor. It took time for me to really warm to her but now, after rewatching some of her stories many times, (Shakespeare Code, Human Nature and Family…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent I hope you have made it down to Christchurch and are not caught in the new lockdown.

    cheers

    Janette

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

    @oochillyo such lists are always fun but I find it hard to limit my favourites to just 14. I would agree with a lot of those on your list but FAmily of Blood/Human Nature would have to be in there and The Empty Child, Blink, the second last episode with Bill, (forgotten the name) I might be able to manage 24 favourites. The hardest would be to…[Read more]

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

    @missy apparently it is a remake, a U.S. remake maybe.  Not much is known about it as yet and there are no actors attached. I had heard that the original was not considered a success so it surprises me that they are remaking it.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nerys that is a beautiful photo. Thank you for sharing the link. Snow is so photogenic. Much more photogenic than dust. I also love the effects of mist. The first time we visited Avebury it was early morning in January and very misty. I love the images of the stones looming out of the mist. Next time we visited it was sunny and they did not have…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent, @blenkinsopthebrave @winston, True snow can be quite disgusting when it has been lying about on roadsides and banked up on pavements for weeks or months. Perhaps it takes more than one snowy winter to loose its appeal.

    We spent 14 months in Sweden. IT was snowing when we arrived but by the time we were able to buy a car the snow…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston Snow sounds like heaven to me. there is something quite magical about snow. I am always looking at photos of snow on the Guardian. I love snow even though I really feel the cold and right now, as we swelter through a mild heat wave, snow is especially appealing.

    If something does go wrong and we have to cancel again at least we will have…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent Yes. Given that our relative situations, (in oz and nz) are so good in comparison to the rest of the world we can only be thankful if we have the occasional two or three day lockdown. I feel incredibly lucky at the moment, just doing things that a year ago we took for granted, ie going to the pub, attending meetings, going for…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missy. Yes. what is the saying, something better an ounce of prevention than a pound of cure. It is more than time that our leaders adapted that policy. Nice to see that both Victoria and Auckland are now out of quarantine because the quick reaction worked to contain the potential outbreaks.

    Just hoping that there are no snap lockdowns required…[Read more]

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

    @missy Yes and really enjoyed it, especially the first two episodes.I see that Moffat is now working on a series titled Jekyll.

    Cheers

    Janette

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

    @dentarthurdent Yes several of those in our podcast group really do not like the way Moffat writes. I love how layered his stories are and all the little references that are so easy to miss. For instance we just watched the Pertwee story with the Daemons in which there is a UNIT scientist called Osgood complete with very thick glasses. I think he…[Read more]

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

    @dentarthurdent I hope that your lockdown is soon over but as in Victoria better a short sharp preventative lockdown than a protracted reactive lockdown.

    @oochillyo I enjoyed Extremis too. A very interesting episode and I really like the rapport between the Doctor, Bill and Nardole. I had not thought about Bill’s foster mother as being the same…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave that is a very moving story. Thanks for sharing it.

    I don’t think my family ever questioned the “white Australia” narrative despite evidence to the contrary being all around us. My ancestors were all small settlers, assuming, (conveniently) that the land was “free” of any contrary claims. I guess for them, coming from a…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave It is the same kind of narrative that predominated in Australia at the time and it was equally untrue, ignoring the rich diversity of our history. Looking back now I realise just how “unwhite” the society I grew up in was. My uncle was part Indian, my cousin’s wife descended from the Afghan cameleers, our neighbours had either…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missy Hi and sorry about the lockdown. Yet another example of mismanaged quarantine. I wonder what Terry Pratchett would have made of it. It is exactly the kind of bungling that he so loved to satirise and scotty from marketing would have been right at home in one of his stories, head of the marketing guild and snake oil salespersons I…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent Still laughing at the “ambulatory haggises” which would have been very at home somewhere on Discworld. I am now going to imagine that they are there and that Pratchett just had not got around to writing about them. (But we know that David Tennant is very skilled at summoning them or so he claims in Staged which, btw, is well worth…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent Don’t think I have come across a mention of Drop bears yet in Discworld but  I still have about 30 plus books to read so plenty of opportunity. I do a colouring image for a local newsletter and last months featured drop bears. I am thinking of doing an image of a haggis running around a mountain next. I have a loose “mythology”…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent ah but you don’t have drop bears. (not sure how that is relevant.)

    and @blenkinsoothrebrave I don’t recall the add in question but then did not watch very much commercial tv. Where I grew up we only got two channels, ABC and local which did not have much to offer. After leaving home I rarely watched tv and later, after settling…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston I will echo those sentiments. Hopefully we are seeing the beginning of a better USA, not just from the overt horrors of the past few years but of past horrors many of which have not been as “obvious” as the evils of the Trump era. Perhaps, (me being super optimistic here) Trump has been a much needed wake up call and brought things to the…[Read more]

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