• We have now watched the first three episodes of Picard, and recorded a podcast about the first. In the past watched Star Trek intermittently but aspects of the show annoyed me firstly the lack of story development. I dislike episodic tv where you know that everything will end back where the story began. Also I disliked the utopian starfleet which…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I just typed a reply to the discussion about Picard but realised it would better suit the TV thread so I am cutting and pasting my comment there. Instead will just say hi as I have not been posting for a while. R.L seems to take up ever more of my time annoyingly. We have only just caught up with the new series of Who and I am so far behind on the…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston excellent words. I also loved the history docos he did, The Crusades and The Barbarians being two of my favourites. Also enjoyed reading his kid’s books to our boys. (I will try and find Chaucer’s Knight as I have not read that but suspect I would greatly enjoy doing so.) A hugely talented man and someone that was just inherently…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave  I don’t think the online craziness represents the thinking of most Australians. Thousands turned out to protest against the Government on Friday in every capital city at very short notice and there was a sense of strong community sympathy at least here in Adelaide.

    I also suspect that the “dark web” is obsessed with driving…[Read more]

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

    @cathannabel Heavy heart indeed. This is not a New Year’s Eve to celebrate. Sickened right now that fireworks went ahead in Sydney. We did however raise a glass and toast the New Year because we have to hope that it will get better.

    Looking forward to Dr Who and Dracula.

    Best wishes to all for 2020..

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic Listen

    @thane16 nooooo Don’t go there. I spent months trying to work out how the Toy Soldier  got around and came up with an entire swag of absurd theories. I even had it getting from the Doctor back to Danny through Susan or something. I don’t recall the full details now.  Listen generated so many loose narrative threads which, I suspect, S.M, did not r…[Read more]

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

    thank-you @/blenkinsopthebrave. That was greatly needed. I came here to forget about a combative issue that has arisen in “R.L” and did not need to find issues here too. I got through my Christmas Dr Who re watch. What a fine episode Twice Upon a Time is, a perfect ending for the Moffat era.

    Sadly we cannot buy proper Jammy Dodgers here any more.…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    @thane16 Finally!!! I thought of something I could contribute to this, (we are having a “music” night, something we often do on a Friday) apologies if it has already been posted but this is in honour of a real Prime Minister. (Far from perfect but the good he did outweighed the harm, with the exception of East Timor which I regard as his greatest…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic General Music thread 4

    @thane16 thank you, that is very appropriate for the moment, (and I always enjoy ‘the Oils”) and as for the insulation thing, it was greatly overblown and he took the blame and fell on his sword but the right just get away with mess up after mess up never admit to being a fault and the media just turns a blind eye.

    Cheers

    Janette

     

     

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @whisht You covered some of the things I have been mulling over since this conversation started. I can only speak for the left in South Australia where there are some black and white attitudes regarding Israel and Palestine which do lead people to be blinded to faults on one or other side. I suspect that is being exploited by the right to both…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 Your story about your Mum reminds me of my first horse riding experience when I was a kid. Mostly all I remember is sheer terror. I did go horseriding with friends in the Lakes District, back in my backpacking days and that was lovely though I was still very nervous. A year or so after that I rode a aged children’s pony around a farm in…[Read more]

  • @winston I was planning to watch The Man Who Invented Christmas after watching the Dr Who Specials but not sure I will get time now. Still have so much to do. I have a Documentary about Dickens and Christmas which I re’ watch most years before Christmas. Can never have too much Dickens at Christmas.

    I do recommend HDM. It is really good. The…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Damn. Damn Damn. The world just got a little darker.

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @miapatrick. I hope at least that your candidate wins. Having a good local MP is a benefit. We have been fortunate here to have a local state MP who consistently polls well regardless of how the party fares because he has won so much respect locally. Right now however he has a fight on his hands as Labor is in opposition and our electorate is…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    To our British friends, best of luck with the trial of the next day or so. (I hate elections. they always seem to end in tears here in Aus in recent years at least.) I hope that the polls have been misleading and you get a better result than feared. I think the entire world needs to see one positive political outcome in these dark days, they are…[Read more]

  • @Missy did not know that you also liked B.5.  It is one of my favourites. We are going to do a podcast about it next year. I will let you know when.

    @winston I am slowing reading through the Discworld series though I fear I won’t get to re watch Hogfather as I  am running out of time to complete my Christmas viewing this year. I always leave it t…[Read more]

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

    @cathannabel So sorry to hear about your brother. I hope you are able to be with him for the last few weeks. Such time is precious.

    @missy. Sorry too to hear about your husband. I knew he was ill and was concerned for you.

    This forum is a good place and long may it remain so. I dread the influx of trolls whenever there is a new season but they…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 that left me in tears. I have yet to watch “The Thick of It or In the Loop. Both just jumped quite a few spaces on my “to watch list.”

    I recommend Galaxy Quest. It is one of those underrated gems of a film that every so often, the entire family will re watch.

    @miapatrick. I laughed when you described bad handwriting masking spelling…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 Thanks for those links. Alan Rickman was so good. The night after he died we all sat down and re watched Galaxy Quest. (I think re watched Sense and Sensibility on my own the next day.) Loved the Q.I scene. Another brilliant show.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

    BBC APPROVED SPOILERS...

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