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13 January 2020 at 05:22 #69011
@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 climate catastrophe because there is a lot of funding going that way from the fossil fuel industry and perhaps the governments of certain countries which stand to gain from Global Warming, at least in the short term.
@thane16 Our children do not look to the future with optimism which I find heartbreaking. They do not expect to ever own a house of their own and are not at all confident about job prospects either. And this current government is just making it all so much worse..
Janette31 December 2019 at 15:12 #68702
@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..
Janette23 December 2019 at 01:57 #68657
@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 resolve himself. It is still one of my favourite episodes. I watched it too, just a few weeks ago when I was going through the Christmas Specials.
Janette23 December 2019 at 01:47 #68656
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. I keep looking for them. Might have to make some for the New Year’s special, if I have got over the Christmas Baking frenzy by then. (Left it all till yesterday because of the heat and podcast editing.)
Cheers and have a lovely Christmas
Janette20 December 2019 at 12:02 #68640
@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 mistake.) Not their best song but this is for the subject,
Janette20 December 2019 at 06:29 #68634
@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.
Janette20 December 2019 at 05:15 #68632
@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 destroy the credibility of the left, because bigotry and racism is not supposed to be tolerated in the left, and to promote racism in the right. One of hte problems also is the tendency to conflate critcism of a government with criticsm of the people. I don’t like the way the current right-wing government of Israel is acting, nor to many Israelies. I cannot express how much I hate the current way our own right-wing government is acting and don’t know too many Australians who do not share my despair. Sadly that did not play out last election..
I have just watched the final Christmas Special and the point really came home, we live in the world without the Doctor, there is nobody to save us, or protect us from ourselves. We are in deep trouble, and sitting here at the table, sweltering despite the air-con thrumming away in the background, family member who used to be a “firey” checking the CFS feed. We have had two fires to the west of us but they are now contained, there are new fires popping up everywhere due to lightening strikes as the change comes in, and there is a huge fire burning east of us in the hills. The town which is the go to place for Christmas lights is currently on evacuate status, and I can’t even bear to think of the tragedy happening in N.S.W, and while all this is going on the pathetic louse who calls himself Prime Minister, (I refuse to grace him with that title) is off on holiday in Hawaii. He is sorry if that causes offence.
Our country is burning and those who are supposed to be leaders have their heads in the sand, fingers in their ears, humming very loudly.
As you say, all very sad, and getting sadder..
Janette19 December 2019 at 01:58 #68619
@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 Dorset or Somerset. (Down that way) My feat almost touched the ground so that was fine though I would have walked faster.
I do want to contribute a few thoughts to the above discussion but might have to wait until after next week. I have a fifty minute podcast to edit and recording another this afternoon, plus I have not even started on the Christmas baking and most of my energy is being taken up by trying to keep the garden alive through this horrendous heat. About 46c here today. I have strung up sheets over my garden to stop the plants from burning. Looks like the kind of play tents I used to make in the dining room when I was a kid but right now aesthetics are my least concern.
And though I do not at the moment want to discuss politics I cannot help but remark on the remarkable absence. (I am sure Thane knows what I am referring to.) We don’t buy newspapers either and I prefer world news, partly because I like to know what is going on everywhere and also partly because I don’t want to concentrate on what is going on in my own country because it makes me too “b****y” angry. so before I go on a rant,
I hope you guys are ok up in Brisbane and keeping cool and I hope all our friends in the north are keeping warm.
Janette13 December 2019 at 04:43 #68523
@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 entire family are watching and enjoying it, a rare thing indeed. I don’t think they have all been so enthused about a TV series since Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
Janette13 December 2019 at 04:35 #68522
Damn. Damn Damn. The world just got a little darker.
Janette12 December 2019 at 12:55 #68513
@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 being punished for not voting for the self entitled Libs. Our Mayor also leans to the left side of the political spectrum. If only those running the country had half the intelligence of our local leaders. (Even half would be a great improvement) But I will not venture onto that subject as right now I am so ****** angry about the idiocy of our so called “leaders”.
To more pleasant topics did not realise that you live in North Wales. I have very fond memories of my visits to North Wales. I took the boys “castle hoping” by local bus when they were younger. We visited so many castles that by the time we reached Cardiff we were only too happy to skip the next castle on the itinerary and go to the Dr Who exhibition instead.
Janette12 December 2019 at 02:54 #68511
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 so few and far between.
Cheers, and fingers crossed,
Janette12 December 2019 at 02:46 #68510
@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 too late to start then get caught up in Christmas madness.
Is anybody watching His Dark Materials. (We are and loving it. It has been a long time since I read the book but I feel that this series captures the depth and complexity of the books far better than the film did.)
Janette11 December 2019 at 13:35 #68506
@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 quickly get bored and go. This forums is like an extra room in the house where friends gather, the digital living room.
Janette10 December 2019 at 03:23 #68486
@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 errors. I know that trick very well. My handwriting is bad for that very reason. Spell checker has helped me a lot with spelling. I avoid auto correct as I prefer to have the errors highlighted so I have to correct them. Any form of writing that does not have the benefit of spell checker however is still stressful and of course there are errors that spell checker does not pick up. Right now I have my eldest son proof reading one of my writing pieces and he has picked up quite a few errors that slipped past the checker.
Janette8 December 2019 at 11:55 #68477
@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.
Janette8 December 2019 at 11:45 #68476
@thane16 Badmintten was the only sport I ever enjoyed. My friend, who was my equal in sport, and I would play at lunchtimes but then the teachers joined in and we quickly disappeared. We did join a school squash team but lost every single match and the sports teacher made sure we were not about when he made up the teams the following year. Enjoyed the walk home from the squash courts however, around the lake at dusk.
I was re watching the Christmas Specials but now sure how that is going ot work now as the wireless head set I use appears to be dying and I still have three to go.
I usually watch one version of A Christmas Carol but don’t think I will get time this year. Watched the Blackadder version for the podcast a couple of weeks ago. It was not as funny as I remembered. Several people suggested that we discuss the Muppets Christmas Carol next year so I will finally get to see it.
Janette8 December 2019 at 07:13 #68472
@bluesqueakpip Yes indeed. There is nothing more annoying than the old, “try hard enough and you will do it” line because sometimes no matter how much time is wasted trying it is impossible master it. Ie ryan and the bikde and me and spelling. That applies to everyone really without or without dyslexia/dyspraxia. A very dear friend just does not get along well with technology, particularly anything post fifties and most particularly computers. She uses them for work but does not enjoy doing so. One night she threw her laptop across the house, into a door. (Ryan’s throwing the bike reminded me of this story) Feeling better she collected the parts thinking up a story to tell her son when he got home, to explain why the laptop no longer worked. He went to his room and returned holding a hard drive. “Muum what did you do?”
@winston I fear that they are busy under those rocks preparing the ammunition for when the series does start.
Janette7 December 2019 at 03:04 #68467
@pedant thanks for the link. That has a “Fringe” feel about it. (Which in my view at least can never be a bad thing.)
Janette7 December 2019 at 03:00 #68466
@miapatrick. I am like you, unable to spell at all. I lost grades in first year Uni due to spelling it being before the days of hand written essays. I was told I was dyslexic which, being an avid reader, I am clearly not. My dyspraxia did not however effect my ability to ride a pushbike though I am happy to use it as an excuse/reason for being so hopeless at competitive sports. I just wish that I had been able to do so when I was a kid, getting bullied for missing the ball yet again. Hopefully kids are more aware and forgiving now then they were then now that we have greater knowledge and understanding of “condistions” like dyslexia and dyspraxia and “the spectrum”.
Janette4 December 2019 at 06:50 #68453
@winston I intend to share it. Will get it proof read first though as like Ryan, I have dyspraxia.
Janette4 December 2019 at 01:56 #684494 December 2019 at 01:54 #68448
Lovely trailer for a change. (In general I dislike trailers) It has vineyards, French vineyards, which bring back some happy memories.. Now I am excited. I was watching Christmas Specials yesterday and feeling a bit sad because I did not think there would be a seasonal special this year so started writing my own. (Now at almost 3,000 words and not even half way through. A reminder of why I don’t attempt short stories.)
Janette2 December 2019 at 07:37 #68440
@thane16 We re-watched it a few weeks ago and though I had seen it I had mostly forgotten what happened. Just remembered that we liked it at the time. The mood/feel of this most recent series is very different, maybe in part because of the difference in music but there is a difference in (visual) tone too.
It was an interestingly different type of Dalek story which was good. So hard for writers to make a story involving Daleks feel new and fresh after fifty + years and so kudos to Chibnell for achieving that, Having forgotten much of what happened I got a bit of a chill when I realised that the “creature” was the blob from inside a Dalek.
Janette28 November 2019 at 04:22 #68431
@pedant that is just what I was looking for last night. I do love the theme music. Delia Derbyshire was indeed ahead of her time and her realisation of the music is inspired. Ron Grainer also deserves credit for composing it. I am always impressed at how well the music loans itself to new interpretations.
Janette27 November 2019 at 12:18 #68427
@winston Hope you are feeling better soon and that the Doctor helps. I also watch Doctor Who when I need cheering up. I am currently doing my annual pre Christmas re watch of the Christmas Specials, and the odd favourite episode in between.
Janette24 November 2019 at 10:37 #68412
There is a reconstruction of a Hartnell episode which sounds interesting. Mission to the Unknown. It is done by Uni students. I have not been able to track it down as yet but read about it here
Janette24 November 2019 at 02:17 #68408
@blenkinsopthebrave We celebrated by recording a podcast with our “cult tv” group about the first episode while eating jelly babies and the (poor) Australian equivalent of Jammy Dodgers. And I did a very silly “Who” themed colouring image for a local newsletter.
Janette16 November 2019 at 13:40 #68382
I watched it at the time but barely remembered it. News Years is not perhaps prime viewing time. We re watched it a week ago and it really is rather good. You will enjoy it, @thane16 A late or early Christmas gift.
Janette15 November 2019 at 04:19 #68359
@devilishrobby You do have a point. Oh dear there were more than enough spiders last series. (for this viewer who has more than a few too many deadly spiders in the vicinity.)
Janette14 November 2019 at 11:17 #68357
@geoffers Yes. Agreed. It is toned down a little from the last series and looks more “Tardisy”
Janette13 November 2019 at 13:13 #68353
@pedant Magicians Apprentice indeed. (Not Bells of St Johns) I should not post while watching TV.
Janette13 November 2019 at 12:22 #68351
It would not be the tank from Bells of St John’s would it? The three parter in Capaldi’s last series is another possibility. The Pyramid at the End of the World might be worth checking. Will keep thinking,,
Janette11 November 2019 at 04:37 #68338
@blenkinsopthebrave I was assuming that there will be no seasonal special at all this year but perhaps something is in the air after all. Fingers crossed.
Janette10 November 2019 at 04:21 #68336
@winston, Yes indeed. the Doctor has had many male companions from Ian Chesterton to Ryan. I would also include K.9 as a companion so it is a very generic term.
@pedant Thank you for the link. When I was researching through 19c newspapers I often found the woman, (I was studying) referred to as Mr because it was assumed that only a male would so the things she was doing, ie contracting to build roads, complaining to council. One small example of women being, unconsciously, excluded from history.
Janette9 November 2019 at 02:31 #68331
@miapatrick yes now i understand, did not know that bit of linguistic history, sorry, and yes, it would have been better to either not drop the male prefix or drop both male and female prefixes.
Yes “male” is also the default in design for just about everything too, which is why I need extra cushions when driving the car and cannot reach top shelves in supermarkets.. the list is endless… Though fingers crossed, this too is changing, though there is a strong conservative backlash.
Janette8 November 2019 at 12:55 #68323
@miapatrick It sounds interesting and I hope it will be available internationally. I would be tempted as I love old British TV, though I do have a good collection already. I wish there was a similiar site for old ABC shows as well. I did see that at least one Australian series was going to be on Britbox, possibly because most of them had some degree of British funding.
Janette8 November 2019 at 12:50 #68322
@miapatrick good point. In the 19th C housekeepers were referred to as Mrs because it was considered to denote a higher status, which meant that unmarried women in general were considered lesser in status. The same is evident in the “order” in which people were presented. In Pride and Prejudice Lydia takes precedence over her older sisters when she gets married because, to quote; “I am a married woman now”. A woman’s status depended on her matrimonial status but a man’s did not. “Miss” and “Mrs”date back to those times and are outdated as the social customs they emerged from.
Agreed that the word, “man” is often used as a gender neutral term and it may be best that is is so but at least for my generation it was not gender neutral and so I prefer to use terms such as “humanity” or “person” which do not make me feel as though I am being excluded from the conversation. (even at the risk of swallowing flies, here in oz. Sorry maybe nobody got the intended humour there but there is a theory that the reason Australians abbreviate things is to avoid swallowing flies, something I now appreciate after spending a few days up north where the flies were pernicious and made talking almost impossible.)
Janette8 November 2019 at 05:14 #68318
@pedant and @thane 16 I had a school cook book that covered the basics. When I got a job as a cook it was my lifeline as I had never cooked before and had no idea at all of how to do so. Sadly I once loaned it to a friend and never got it back. I still miss that book, and am useless when it comes to boiling eggs. Luckily now however we have the internet. My second son watches cooking vids when he is tired and hungry, (rather than heading into the kitchen to cook himself something) He then tells me how to cook, which is useful. There are many great cooking sites, my fav’s are Taste.com and “Recipe Tin Eats”, both of which are Australian so have Aus’ measurements and ingredients that are generally available in Aus supermarkets. I love some of the Guardian cooking columns like the Ottlenghi, (excuse spelling) ones but don’t even know what half the ingredients are and would not find them in our local suppliers.
Janette8 November 2019 at 05:07 #68317
@pedant I was not complaining about saying “camera person”. Just remarking that I fell into the error of not doing so and corrected myself. The family were amused because I am a bit dogmatic about not using gender specific terms so was breaking my own rule. (forgive me if I misread your response but I feel you are making the same point I made and so maybe misread my post.)
Janette7 November 2019 at 14:50 #68313
@thane16 good luck with the cooking. Our dog found her way to the meat counter at Coles once so I am sure you will be fine. learning to cook is a good plan, something we need to force our sons to do as well.
Agree re’ the limo. Horrible things that use far more fuel than is good for the planet. Busses are the way to go..
Janette7 November 2019 at 14:44 #68312
@miapatrick perhaps it was growing up in a fairly sexist household but everytime I heard the word man, I wondered why I was being left out of the conversation. I find the term sexist because we associate the word with a gender and when many people use the word, men especially, they are forgetting women are part of the story. Using the word “person” or “people” or humanity makes it clear. I caught myself out earlier tonight when I mentioned, “cameraman”. It is easier than saying “cameraperson” but to my ear at least the former is a gender specific term and, even though I am an Australian and have to keep my mouth open for as little time as possible to avoid swallowing flies, I prefer the more awkward term, though habits can take time to overcome, so I corrected myself, to the delight of the family who I am always correcting.
Janette5 November 2019 at 12:54 #68299
@pedant I must confess, I have not actually watched it but that may be about to change.. Just as long as there is no Elmo..
Janette5 November 2019 at 12:18 #68297
@blenkinsopthebrave Hopefully it will be better than the trailer. I am looking forward to it (despite the trailer) especially with Andy Serkis playing a ghost… I love A Christmas Carol and now seems like a good time for a remake. Sad that the message never goes out of date. I usually watch at least one version of it, (strictly no Muppets) before Christmas, along with the Dr Who Specials and Hogfather.
Janette3 November 2019 at 12:41 #68291
Congrats to @thane16 for completing yr 12. Quite and achievement and congrats to you “Thane’s Mum” for guiding him though. It is just as hard on parents. Modern history is a fascinating subject, always one of my favourites, but then there were not many history topics that did not interest me, unfortunately those just happened to be the ones on offer as Honours topics at my Uni. I have always been interested in Afghanistan and it’s troubled history but what saddens me is that at one stage, it was a forward looking country, then the CIA got involved, a familiar story. Afghanistan, had it been left to its own devices could very well be a stable, progressive country now.
Our youngest opted out of yr 12 this year and I did not object. I am feeling burnt out after getting the older two through. We are looking at alternatives routes to uni for him, in the meantime he is still working out what he wants to do and flexing his creative muscles.
We are currently dealing with uni deadlines but is considerably less tortuous than yr 12. One week and it is over for another year and we have something to celebrate. Our eldest just got engaged. Youngest pointed out at dinner that there will finally be a married couple living in the house. Ouch.. Times are “achangin” around here. The “almost son”, ie boy from over the road, is about to become a Dad so our boys will be honourary uncles and I have been pegged for baby sitting duties.
Janette3 November 2019 at 04:36 #68290
@thane16 and mods. Same thing happening to me. I think our sofa is worn out, springs broken, fabric tearing, and that creaking is positively alarming..
Janette2 November 2019 at 04:07 #68274
@missy if you heard the word Mayor in our town you would not think of a man, but a brilliant dynamic woman who is the best mayor this town has ever had.
I have considered your point re’ opting for the male title but I think when it comes to position titles like “mayor” that is not “male” just non gender specific. I do think there is at times a tendency to view that which men do as superior simply because the Caucasian male has been held up as the ultimate for so many centuries, for example I don’t see wearing trousers and suits as “gender neutral” or even in some circumstances better than wearing skirts and dresses, especially when the mercury it hitting 40c. I have seen men strutting about the city on 40c+ days in suits and ties looking like arrogant fools, half way to becoming blobs of lard. I prefer skirts and defend my right to wear what I want and feel for the schoolkids in England who protested when ordered to wear trousers because they were deemed “gender neutral”. Which brings me back to Dr Who. I thought the designers did a good balancing job with the design of the Doctor’s costume in the last series.
and that reminds me that though this is an interesting discussion and while I have enjoyed it, it is perhaps time it was moved across to the pub as this is the Doctor Who memories thread and we are waaaaay off topic.
Janette2 November 2019 at 03:48 #68273
@blenkinsopthebrave it sounds wonderful and I am envious. Any excuse for people to congregate in a inclusive social atmosphere is great and dressing up is so much fun. It breaks down social barriers, something I observed back in my working days, though of course it is not for everyone. Oddly enough it was the more extroverted people who disliked fancy dress/face painting but the less extroverted became far more extroverted because they had a measure of “disguise”, not unlike actors who are mostly introverts or at least lean towards that side of the introvert/extrovert spectrum.
@missy In Australia Halloween does feel very hollow and commercial because we don’t really celebrate it, we don’t have the right “feel”, for want of a better word. When I was a child it was unheard of. We still recognised bonfire night, though the original meaning of that was lost, perhaps for the better. We lit small fires in the backyard and had fire crackers. Where I grew up it was usually cold and raining and all rather dismal. it was not a community celebration and so ceased to be when firecrackers were banned.
Now in Sweden, .. one of the many things I really admired about Sweden was they way they celebrated traditional festival days, Walpurgis, May Day, the National Day and even Easter. They were huge, community celebrations, bringing people together. Celebrations such as these break up the dreary working year, creating high points to look forward to and so are good for mental health as well as social cohesion. And in Sweden they still had fire crackers and while I fully appreciate how dangerous they are, having witnessed a victim of a fire cracker incident in childhood, I also appreciate the joy they bring. New Year’s Eve in Stockholm was truely magical whereas all we are left with in Australia is getting drunk to mark the occasion.
Janette1 November 2019 at 04:01 #68264
As @thane16 says, the clip of J.W. singing was “beaut”. I am very envious though. To be able to act and sing..
Janette1 November 2019 at 03:52 #68263
@winston I wish we did do more for Halloween here as it sounds like fun and our culture lacks fun. I blame it on the Methodist/Presbyterian colonists. I appreciate that for them life was tough, trying to impose their western expectations on an arid land, but really did they have to reject all forms of celebration?? Well clearly they thought so. All we celebrate in Australia is Christmas and Easter and we do that begrudgingly, not helped by the fact that the former is a midwinter festival that takes place here in the middle of summer. Something I had got plenty of mileage out of in my writing.
I was determined to do something for Halloween this year but beyond putting some halloween themed serviettes out on the table have not. The “kids” are all in last week of Uni with deadlines looming and so nobody has the time to really get into the spirit of things, though wearing sheets and scaring the youngest son was suggested. There are no children in the neighbourhood so I don’t know if doorknocking is now a thing or not. Australians do tend to gobble up U.S. culture without chewing. Fine when it is Halloween, not so fine when it is buying massive 4 wheel drives.