• janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @mudlark Interesting. In Australia there is no yeast in pikelets. From what I have seen the recipe is the same as for drop scones. Australians tend to misname things. For instance we call Satsumas mandarins. So when Doc 10 pulls a mandarin out of his pocket and calls it a satsuma we were very confused.

    I really like bready things that are cooked…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16, @mudlark, @winston In Australia we call “drop scones” pikelets and I have a very deep affection for them. Mum used to make them in her usual, “measure everything and do exactly as the cooking rule-book says” mehtod and I thought them ok but boring. (Like all Mum’s cooking) until I was a teen. On Saturday afternoons I would go over to a…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Resolution

    @peladon1972 Clearly time you did  a re-watch then. (Always worthwhile anyway. One can never re-watch Dr Who too much.) Just for example this list is from the first four series. I could continue but am aware that I work waiting and don’t have time to complete it.

    Robot, Terror of the Zygons, Pyramids of Mars, (hist’) The Android Invasion, The…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Resolution

    I don’t recall the Doctor ever leaving the earth permanently in classic Who.  I think a good mix of earth based and off earth stories works best.

    @miapatrick I agree that Chibnell needs to find his Moffat. What this most recent series lacked was those moments of brilliance. there were no absolute duds though.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @whisht Thank you for the link. I have started listening and thoroughly enjoying it however my laptop did an overnight update and now i have to restart.. Hopefully will get time to listen to the rest over the weekend.

    Cheers

    Janette

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

    @bluesqueakpip and @blenkinsopthebrave It turns out I even posted a comment on that thread but I had not rewatched the story so my memory is not entirely shot. Must be time I remedied that. There are several early Hartnell stories which I have only seen the once.

    Cheers

    Janette

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave. I second that suggestion. The Meddling Monk was a fun story. I always enjoy the “history” episodes though I was not so sure that the Monk’s meddling, had it succeeded would have necessarily been such a bad thing. I suspect my Cumbrian ancestors would have preferred the alternate history that would have resulted. (That is if my…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave  We did indeed survive, the pets survived and even more remarkably the garden survived. Indeed the world is crazy and getting crazier, extreme cold in the northern hemisphere, extreme heat here yet still those with the power to act do nothing.

    Cheers

    Janette

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave Thanks. Not looking forward to tomorrow, (today now). Will be 47-48 degrees here. We are about two degrees hotter than Adelaide. We will get by but the garden may not and will be monitoring the pets all day. The cat insists on sleeping outside which is a worry. Convincing him to stay inside is no easy task. A cool change is…[Read more]

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

    @archaicwhovian Given that most other fictional tv and film “heroes” rely upon guns to get out of trouble I think the use of the sonic is quite justified. At times writers need to pull a little magic. After all this is a show about an alien who travels in time and space in a police box and critics complains about the way he/she uses the sonic. The…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16 It sounds and looks beautiful, so lush it is hard to believe that you are talking about the same country as the bleached out wheat fields that stretch out around this town. Even the Barossa is looking rather worse for wear now, the squares of irrigated vineyards contrasting unfavourably with the dead grass and red brown soil that surround…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @craig Intruder is persistent.

    Cheers

    Janette

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

    We are terrible cooks both of us, especially when it comes to turkey. We start cooking it in the oven but move it to the BBQ mid way through to make room for the veggies to roast. the BBQ invariably catches fire and causes minor panic. This year the family decided to do Christmas dinner elsewhere, maybe it was the turkey. The boys however all…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Happy New Year all. I hope that 2019 is a good year for all and a better year for this poor, beleaguered world of ours.

    And we have a Dr Who special to look forward to.

    @thane16 We went to Sweden in February, from a heatwave in S.A. so from 40c + to -17c and heavy snowfall. Australian winter clothing just isn’t designed for that. Luckily we were…[Read more]

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave How did the cats cope with snow? We were fascinated by the way cats just ran over it in Sweden but they were raised with it.

    @kevinwho now that is some proper bonkerising. My head is still swimming after reading it.

    and  @missy Analysing a film or TV series adds to my enjoyment rather than lessening it and I think it is…[Read more]

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

    @winston We are currently sitting under the air con with the animals flopped on the floor. The cat is feeling it more than the husky and I fear for the garden but that is the case every summer. I have learnt that only roses, rosemary and bougainvillea are likely to get through our summers.

    @kevinwho Indeed the more attached to something we are…[Read more]

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

    @kevinwho Well said. Firstly people need to recognise that personal opinion does not equal objective truth. Personal taste influences how we react to things more strongly than our objective judgement. I know that at times I have overlooked many flaws in script etc because I love a particular episode. Robots of Sherwood would be a good example of…[Read more]

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

    Merry Christmas/happy solstice/midwinter/midsummer all. And we are being reminded right now that it is indeed midsummer, with 35c today and 40c forecast for tomorrow. Read an interesting article in the Guardian the other day which explained the 12 days. A huge tree would be cut down and dragged in and it took about twelve days to burn, during…[Read more]

  • @kevinwho Yes. My youngest son, (r.3), and I were just discussing this yesterday, after I finished watching Doctor Widow and the Wardrobe in fact. I love all the Christmas Specials but I think Moffat really captures the sadness that underlies the joy that is Christmas. I have a small collection of Christmas cards from friends and family who have…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave Not really a Christmas Movie person but we did a TV Christmas special podcast and I did some research on TV Christmas specials. The list was very very long. We featured an early Avengers episode which was interesting as none of the younger people in the group had seen any Avengers at all, or any black and white tv. We will be…[Read more]

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