• janetteB replied to the topic General Books thread

    @shepherd Watched Good Omens twice last year and loved it. I think it was discussed on the TV thread at the time. Probably a few pages back now. Brought the book as a general pressie at Christmas but it is still on my too read pile.  It might have a wait though as I am currently trying to read some of the books from the Significant Books list…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic General Books thread

    @shepherd I had the next Discworld book on order before the craziness hit at our local bookshop which i’m guessing is closed indefinitely. I think our bookshop owner owns the premises so hopefully she can sit things out but I am going to waiting some time before I can continue my Discworld reading sadly.

    cheers

    Janette

     

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @jimthefish. I have saved the link. I am interested to see how the festival is managed as we are planning on doing our own, very modest. local writers’ festival on line this year.

    @mudlark if nothing else this crisis is showing up just how critical public heath care is. We are all as vulnerable now as the most vulnerable person in our community.…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Craig Happy Birthday. I would sing but I can’t, however I will charge my glass and drink a toast to you.

    We have a good friend turning fifty in two weeks time and were supposed to be heading to Melbourne for his birthday but that too is deferred for six months. Hopefully normal transmission will have resumed by then.

    cheers

    Janette

     

  • janetteB replied to the topic Rose

    Ok so my paragraph breaks got lost in translation but at least I did not have to start again from scratch.

    A few more thoughts on Rose. When it first aired I had read that Dr Who was returning with a sinking feeling. After the Canadian film fiasco I had negative expectations. I was not even intending to watch it until I read the review. (It was…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Rose

    Currently watching and posting as I go, (was making notes on paper thought I might as well just type them in.
    Some some notes,
    Mannequin is a lovely nod back to the junk yard in An Unearthly Child. RTD obviously thought that a missed opportunity too.
    Rose blames what is happening on some random person, “derek is that you”. Donna blames her…[Read more]

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

    @craig Sounds great. I do love this rewatch iniative. It is so positive and that is just what we need right now. Look forward to hearing more. Have not watched Rose for many a year so will be good to re watch it.

    cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @miapatrick Yes I am envious of all those people who are finding they have more time. I too have less. WE have had to go out almost every day this week to stock up because we can no longer buy enough on our one weekly shopping trip. So much for limiting shopping. The restrictions make that impossible because they make no allowance for larger…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nightingale This crisis is demonstrating that our entire economy and social model is without solid foundations. One little shake and it all tumbles down. One thing  I really hope is that this situation will lead to some revolutionary social change. Our excuse for a government has already demonstrated that they actually know that “trickle down”…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @miapatrick. Sorry to hear about your S/O It is a difficult call for hospitals right now. Our neighbour is currently on chemo and I am concerned about her. It is a double whammy, at higher risk from Covid19 and at risk from the suspension of cancer treatment. Hoping it does work out for your partner.

    Still feels like we are on the edge of the…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @nerys I don’t envy you right now. Supermarket staff are really on the receiving end of the panic and frustration of the population. Went shopping today and was a nightmare. Just the sense of tension and “me first” and the frightening degree of stupidity on display. Sad that this crisis is escalating selfishness and social division when it should…[Read more]

  • @blenkinsopthebrave Thank you for that review of the latest bilge to flow from the pen of Julian ‘get me a bucket Fellows. It is more than time that British TV Drama departments found better writers than J GMAB F and Andrew Davies to write historical dramas. There are so many great novels crying out for adaptations  and so many “stories to tap…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Day of the Doctor

    I think @jimthefish has really covered it perfectly, only disagree about the Zygons. They are classic rubbery Old Who monsters, more comedic than scary, other than for their shape shifting abilities but Terror of the Zygons was my introduction to Dr Who so I have a sentimental attachment to them and when I heard that they were to feature in the…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Day of the Doctor

    @xad4 Thank you for the link. I am now properly excited. Just watched Day of the Doctor as we will be asleep when it is shown and the S/O and I were alone tonight which does not happen often. Really looking forward to seeing the new material tomorrow.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston. Hopefully we will learn something from this crisis, that it is possible to keep our world cleaner than we have been doing.

    It is a bit later than 7.00 pm but much earlier than 7.00 back in “home country” so we are now watching Day of the Doctor. And my heart is already feeling like a bit of chocolate left out in the sun. Love this so…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Have six ranting Young Adults in the room so not really able to concentrate on the posts above but want to add my endorsement to the suggestion of doing a “Day of the Doctor” re watch. If I may dare, (not having read the relevant posts) can we also do a watch or re watch of The Five-ish Doctors Reboot. (I don’t recall if we ever did a viewing of…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hi all. Been busy with R/L, helping the youngest with an essay on the Punic Wars and trying to keep up with the podcasts etc that I edit. Meetings have been continuing as normal but are all being put on hold in the next month. Rather to my disappointment we had to defer the book sale. The cupboard under the stairs, AKA Harry’s Room, is filling…[Read more]

  • @jimthefish. Moffat made an excellent point re’ binge viewing. We don’t read books a chapter a week so why should we watch Tv that way just because it is how it was done since the fifties. Reading fiction is like stepping through a door into another reality which is why we have trouble putting down a good book until it is finished. Watching an…[Read more]

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

    @winston and @davros We often quote the “tin dog” line. It was so good to see Sarah Jane again. She was my “first” companion and I always loved K.9 We have a plastic model on the mantle shelf in the living room. I really enjoyed Sarah Jane Adventure too. So much better than Torchwood.  Tooth and Claw is a good episode too though I think that was…[Read more]

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

    @thecityofjeff Hi. Welcome. I started watching in about 1978 when I was in my teens and was not scared of robot dogs. 🙂

    cheers

    Janette

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