• janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Missy best wishes from me also. Cancer can be so cruel, make sure you get all the support you and your husband need. I think @thane16 worded it so beautifully.

    do take care of yourself too. Life is so precious. This morning a poem was read (at a funeral) about the dash between dates of birth and death. That dash is our lives, our present. We…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave Oh it is all fine here. Our P.M is praying for rain… Yes that is the solution to the current crisis being offered by our government. What really depresses me is this incompetent bunch of fools who so clearly care only for their billionaire mates got voted back in despite the overwhelming evidence that they barely share a…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • janetteB replied to the topic Spoilers (4)

    SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER...

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 ironical isn’t it. Our entire world is being reduced to ashes right now while our “leaders” fiddle. I fear that we are reaching the tipping point and those with the power to do something seem intent upon destruction. Depressing days indeed.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant

    don’t know how I missed that on my daily, (hourly) check on the Guardian. Thanks again for sharing the link. I note that he shared the same birthday as Peter Capaldi which is two days before David Tennant’s birthday, which confirms what we believe in our writing group, that all the best creative people are born in April. (Only because the…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @blenkinsopthebrave and @winston Read many of his Who novelisations when I was younger.

    @pedant thank you for posting the link. That is a lovely “item”. Something nice on Twitter!!

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @roger429 Hartnell was the first incarnation of the Doctor. As I said the films are not considered “canon” and as such Cushing is not counted as one of “the Doctors”. I do recommend watching An Adventure in Space and Time. It is thoroughly delightful and very informative being a relative accurate depiction of the early days of Doctor Who, with…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @roger429 The films with Peter Cushing were made after the TV series started. The first of the two films, Dr Who and the Daleks came out in 1965 two years after “An Unearthly Child first aired in the U.K and the second film, Dalek Invasion of Earth 2150 AD (which was essentially a remake of the TV story, “Dalek Invasion of Earth” was made in 1966.…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

     

    @roger429 Welcome this is a friendly place, after all so it should be. Dr Who promotes tolerance and kindness, so hopefully to some degree we reflect the values of the show we all love. (just a note in case it hasn’t been explained, AG Who means After Gap and BG Who means Before Gap. that often confuses new members)

    @arbutus My sons accuse me…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic General Books thread

    @Missy

    I would like to read the Time Lord Fairy Tales. I did borrow a collection of short stories from the Library a couple of years ago but ran out of time to read them all, always the problem with library books. I will be in the library tomorrow so might have a look out for some Dr Who reading, not that I need it as I am plodding through the…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 Yes “globalisation” was just another tool for the rich to use to exploit the poor.

    Norway does not have a deficit. They have made so much money from North Sea oil, which is not a good thing but it is good that the citizen of Norway have benefited. Our government allows corporations to profit from coal and we get nothing in return, not…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic General Books thread

    @Missy A lovely birthday present and your post made me realise that we don’t have a thread for Dr Who books. Would be a worthy addition to the forum I think. Recently I met an author who has written a Dr Who short story for a Big Finish anthology. (which I have yet to read.)

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 It was actually under Hawke that HECS came in because it happened before my S/O started Uni. We were in Eastern Europe when Keating became PM so didn’t know until we reached London and read an Australian newspaper. Unfortunately Labor in the Hawke/Keating years was swinging ever further to the right, buying the economic rationalist line.…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 .. you got me started.. Having three sons two of whom are now in tertiary education the injustices experienced by their and your generation are very much a constant subject of conversation and concern here.

    Yes when I started University, after  taking a very extended gap year/s it was free. I was fortunate to be able to do three years…[Read more]

  • Never seen “George” in anything but am tempted to give Catch 22 a try. I read the book for first year Eng Lit and enjoyed it.

    Have just watched season three of Last Kingdom and really enjoyed it despite the gratuitous blood letting. Oh for the days when some things were left to the imagination. I liked the way they commented on tolerance and…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 We did Macbeth in Year 11. We were fortunate to have a wonderful English teacher who loved the play and inspired us with a love of it too. It is said that Shakespeare is taught badly in Australia, but I think the real problem is the plays are meant to be acted out not read off the page and as we have a dearth of theatre here we don’t…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic General Books thread

    @cathannabel and @winston I too really loved His Dark Materials and I enjoyed the film though my main impression of watching it at the cinema was the cold, realising that what we see can influence how we feel. I was freezing during the snow scenes, it being mid summer and being dressed for Aussie summer not artic winters. I also loved the setting…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @pedant beautiful. Love the colour on the legs. It does resemble a “Dog Rose” as  I recall anyway from my Hons Drama project which included a rather cursory study of Elizabethean gardens.

    @blenkinsopthebrave Confession, we don’t actually have a DVD player. Have always played them through the computer. These days we don’t even use a TV but…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave I had not heard of “The Caesars” until I read his obituary in the Guardian. Sounds interesting. I looked about but could not find it. Such a pity there is not just an online library of some of these old classics, accessible to everyone. After-all anything made by the BBC or in Aus, the ABC has been paid for out of our taxes.…[Read more]

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