• @mudlark, written by RTD, has Emma Thompson in it, left wing, (as I would expect from RTD). It is very definitely on my “too watch” list. I have been reading the reviews and it sounds interesting. I am currently writing a story set in “near future” dealing with the impact of climate change and growing income inequality. Was supposed to set in the…[Read more]

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

    @mudlark I appreciate the importance of maintaining the historical integrity of a building and it is always difficult to balance that against maintaining livability. We have very little, “built” history here and for far too long it has been undervalued. So many of the lovely old pubs in town have “modernised” an now just look yuck. I was talking…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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

    Now that is some guard dog… dalek.

    I think the wooden structure is organic enough to “fit”. Have seen far more anachronistic things tacked onto historic buildings. I think it all depends on how wealthy the property owner is, and who their friends are, well with some councils anyway. Hope that they win out on this one. I would certainly be…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 urgh. I hate those criteria sheets. They scare me and I have an hons degree in English. No wonder kids are suffering increasing rates of depression these days. The education system seems intent on intimidating them rather than encouraging them. Re’ essays. Our second son, (R.2) did really well because he worked out the formula. The…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 Interesting words. There seem to be more and more right wing nutters gaining traction in our system though they maybe did not do as well as I feared. The problem, and it is one with democracy in general, is that so many people have no clue as to whom they are voting for or why. They are now totally alienated from politics. There is so…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 and @blenkinsopthebrave

    Indeed. Afraid I am loosing faith in compulsory voting too. A vote becomes worthless if the voter is ill informed and has no clue who they are voting for or why. Sorry always feel bitter after elections, and feel for the younger generation who are having their futures stomped on by the clowns that run this country…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 Today it was for Bob Hawke though I was at uni when he brought in HECS and felt utterly betrayed. Tomorrow I should be wearing it for Australia in general and for the future of my children.The first election I voted in was 1983. I was travelling and went into the embassy in Dublin to vote. (not a service available at embassies any more).…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I guess it depends on what time span “modern Australia” actually covers. I am just heading off to the polling booths but will have plenty of time to think so may be able to list some when I get back, in four hours time. Will be wearing a black arm band.

    Cheers

    Janette

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

    Saw this in the Guardian Today. Looks amusing enough. Maybe one day the boys will get the Occulus Rift, (they have been hinting every Christmas now for a few years) and can try it.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Craig. That is about the most worthwhile thing it is possible to do. Well done. I imagine that it is also emotionally taxing for you too so take care of yourself.

    Talking is so important. I have always stressed the importance of talking about issues to my boys, whether to us, (parents), friends or just sympathetic strangers. Talking enables us…[Read more]

  • @mudlark  Well said. Indeed it was necessary to re watch Moffat’s episodes just to really unpick the dense narrative, to get the underlying things. There were good messages in many of Chibnell’s story but they were so obvious. There was no subtlety, nothing that kept the viewer thinking for days after. Chibnell’s writing lacks a sense of magic…[Read more]

  • @craig I agree with those comments. He certainly did not stand out as a script writer and I suspect some of the more memorable moments in those scripts were added by Moffat, the light humour for instance.

    I also have not watched Broadchurch, crime fiction isn’t “my thing”, and only saw a few episodes of Torchwood. I liked the set up of the later…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Invasion of Time part 4

    @bluesqueakpip A split second I think. Unfortunately the creaky structure of this story is too evident, especially on repeated viewings. I always get the impression that they had a script for a four part story and then realised that they needed a six part script so did a quick patch job on it. (which is essentially what happened) I think it…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston I do wish you could send some of the rain down here. Last night we washed the car windows and laughed because the car is now so dusty that the clean windows looked like gaping holes in the dirt. We might have to stop relying on the rain to wash the car.

    @mudlark and @thane16  I love violets. They do tend to come up in unexpected places…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  I feel for you. Being subjected to “talking heads” TV in reception rooms is torturous enough without the added horror of the upcoming election. We have been known to turn of screens when nobody else is looking, (Right now I am deploying a “head in the sand” tactic to the upcoming election. There are so many right wing horrors emerging…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 I have grown Vincas, a long time ago. they did not flourish. The only plant that does flourish here, other than Bougainvillea, which other members of the family consider to be a weed, is Rosemary. My Rosemary supplies the culinary needs of the street however even my poor Rosemary shrubs are looking dry and sad at the moment.

    I share your…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark I had never heard of a Coypus before so looked them up. They remind me of an Australian native the Poteroo, a Kangaroo-rat only the later are far cuter. They had one in the petting area of the Zoo and the R.2, when he was young and cute himself, bonded to it. I suspect they would make good pets.

    Your post reminds me of spring in Sweden.…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Invasion of Time part 4

    I watched the episode this morning in anticipation. Andred is easily convinced by the Doctor turning from would be assassin to ally in the “bat of an eye”. the Doctor really lays on the eccentricity in this episode. As noted before T.B. is in his element in this story, really enjoying himself which does detract a little from the impact of the…[Read more]

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

    @rggoodie You are looking for An Adventure in Time and Space, a dramatisation of the beginning of Dr Who. I indeed love that scene you are describing.

    cheers

    Janette

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