• Mudlark replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @thane16 (syzygy the elder)

    Apologies, but even after due and cautious reflection I feel an irresistible urge to indulge in a Mudlark nitpick:

    our funny, celery wearing, tennis clothed Doctor

    wore a cricketer’s outfit and even, if my memory is to be relied on, wielded a cricket bat occasionally. But perhaps it is insensitive of me to remind you…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @thane16  (syzygy the elder)

    Whatever made you think that I might be annoyed?  🙂

    @Roger429

    Welcome from me, also.

    As @janetteB says, the Peter Cushing films were a spin-off from the original TV show, the first episode of which, featuring William Hartnell as the Doctor, was broadcast by the BBC on 23rd November 1963 – although the debut was s…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @thane16  (syzygy the younger)

    In a moment of absent mindedness I attached the wrong tag to the above post, sorry!

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @syzygy

    The argument that in the context of the times and society in the 10 century BCE David’s actions in arranging for Uriah’s death so that he could have Bathsheba to himself were excusable doesn’t hold a single drop of water as far as I can see, and I wonder at the moral judgement of anyone who imagines that it does or ever did.

    In addition…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Missy

    Commiserations and sympathy over the health problems. My paternal grandmother and my father both suffered from hiatus hernia, so I know at least at second hand what a miserable condition it can be. Since then (1960s-70s) I gather that better drugs to reduce stomach acidity have been developed, and there are now things like Gaviscon to…[Read more]

  • @Missy

    I can understand some people might like to see it.

    I don’t think ‘like’ is the operative word. Drama as safe and ultimately reassuring entertainment has its place, but sometimes it is a means of confronting us directly with truths we might prefer not to confront, and it is then  that it can be most powerful. Chernobyl does exactly that and…[Read more]

  • @pedant @Miapatrick @Cathannabel @JimTheFish

    I bought the DVD of Chernobyl on Monday afternoon, watched the five episodes over three evenings and am left stunned. Deftly and concisely constructed almost entirely from the point of view of those involved as it happened, with all the muddle, panic and ignorance, the struggle to cope in the face of…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @Whisht  @blenkinsopthebrave  @winston  @pedant @thane16

    Sadly I didn’t see the first moon landing live, although I was well aware it was happening. At the time I was working as a supervisor on a large excavation in southern England. The hours were long, the work demanding – not to mention the after-work social life – and I simply didn’t have th…[Read more]

  • Mudlark commented on the post, Re-evaluating the Third Doctor

    @JimTheFish

    The opinion of the third Doctor which you expressed in the opening paragraphs is, as you may or may not remember, similar to mine. On reflection, though, I wonder how much in my case this is the […]

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

    @thane16

    Oh you are just showing off now

    And the list wasn’t even complete 🙂

    Sorry to hear about the fainting episode, and commiserations. It’s a horrible feeling just before you black out and, as you say, very embarrassing when it happens in public. At one time I had quite a history of that kind of thing (low blood pressure) but not so much…[Read more]

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

    @JimTheFish

    Very sad news. I remember him chiefly in Blake’s 7 in which the sardonic and amoral Avon was my favourite character by far. Anti-heroes for me, every time, and he played the part so well.

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

    @thane16

    Sublimi vertice are in the ablative singular masculine

    You are, of course, correct; very sloppy of me. I think that initially it did register subliminally that sublimi couldn’t relate to sidera,  but I must have been thinking more about the sense and not paying full attention to the grammar. Anyway, I told you my Latin was very…[Read more]

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

    @thane16  Syzygy

    The above post is addressed to you, but I’m not risking an edit to rectify my having messed up the @

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

    This site seems to have taken a dislike to me 🙁   That’s the third time in a row that it has messed up my post with code and then cast into oblivion when I tried to edit it.

    @thane 16

    lofty stars will move my way”  is either a translation so free as to significantly alter the sense – which is that Maecenas approval of him as a lyric poet…[Read more]

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

    *Sigh*  Another post lost to the ether. Try again.

    @thane16

    But spade and palm could be considered similar? Under Callimachus’ rules spade and palm are ‘open’ and an ‘offering’ -or so I thought…..

    Not so much in this case. <i>Pala</i>: a spade i.e. a long handled tool used for digging (or, according to my dictionary, the socket in a finger ring…[Read more]

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

    @thane16

    Second attempt, the first having disappeared into the ether.

    I’m not sure what you are asking here. If it is an opinion on whether or not the verse is Pindaric, I’m not the person to ask. If it is a comment on the meaning and ‘the last word’, I’ll have a go.

    Although I studied Horace’s Epistles, which was one of our set books for ‘A’…[Read more]

  • Has anyone here in the UK been watching the latest from RTD – ‘Years and Years’?  The reviewers – at least those I have read – have been enthusiastic, though there has, been the inevitable carping BTL  -‘ third rate imitation of Black Mirror’, ‘diversity-by-numbers’, ‘BBC left wing agenda’ etc. etc.  But, since I regard the BBC as far less left wi…[Read more]

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

    @janetteB

    the historical integrity of a building ….. is always difficult to balance that against maintaining livability

    The Listing system in England, when it works as intended, is supposed to accommodate this balance, and certainly isn’t intended to prevent alteration or additions, so long as Listed Building Consent is applied for and the p…[Read more]

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

    @janetteB

    I think the wooden structure is organic enough to “fit”

    That was my reaction also, especially as, so far as one can tell from the photo, the structure appears to be at the rear of the building where there were probably various outhouses and lean-tos originally. The problem over planning consent has arisen, I suspect, because the bui…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @craig

    I just talk to them.

    And that, and above all listening, is the first and most important thing and what the Samaritans are trained to do – not to counsel or comment or advise, just to listen. Because in many cases it seems to be the lack of someone to talk to who will actually stop and listen to them which drives people to that desperate…[Read more]

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