• nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I finally got to watch the presidential inauguration ceremony Friday evening. I was amazed at how relieved I was to feel hope again. Yes, I know the inauguration is largely image, but it’s an image many of us desperately need right now. I do think it’s a rocky road ahead for Biden and Harris. The stark divisions that have split the un-United…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Revolution of the Daleks

    @devilishrobby I agree with you that this would have worked much better as a two-part special. Too much was shoehorned into one episode, which resulted in a rather incoherent narrative. I wonder why it was not done as a two-parter. Maybe that was the original idea, and the BBC wouldn’t roll with it? I still haven’t done a second viewing. I have…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @janetteb That’s part of why my father planned his funeral service well in advance. That way, everyone knew what he wanted, and the service would follow his wishes. And it did!

    @winston @dentarthurdent @thane16 Thank you for your thoughtful condolences. It seems like we are all in this same general age range when the death of a parent is…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @blenkinsopthebrave @winston @janetteb and all, thank you for your kind thoughts. Dad’s funeral service was wonderful. My father was a retired university professor of counseling and psychology, teacher education and statistics. Before that he was a high school band director. So teaching was his life, and as such, he was one of those very…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    I have sad news about my father. He passed away early Saturday morning. His funeral is in one hour. Because of Covid, I can’t be there. But fortunately they are live-streaming the service, so I do have that.

    Can I blame Covid for his death? It’s hard to say. Dad was 93, with a pre-existing health condition. Five years ago, when he was diagnosed…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Revolution of the Daleks

    @bluesqueakpip @miapatrick Thank you for that clarification. I’m from the States, but live in Canada, which has a parliamentary system similar to the UK’s. The “secretary” designation raised eyebrows for both me and my Canadian husband.

    @blenkinsopthebrave I may have to bite the bullet and go the purchase route. Or be prepared to be patient…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Revolution of the Daleks

    @bluesqueakpip Thank you for that excellent analysis. It arms me with a lot more context for a second (and hopefully more appreciative) viewing.

    Question: Did I hear correctly that the security official, who eventually became leader of her party and prime minister, was called Secretary? Is that correct, in the UK? I would have thought she’d be…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @missrori I hope you are feeling completely well again soon! It’s good that you your essential needs are met. As you say, it can be so much worse. I am glad that you are comfortable, all things considered, and managing your way through this.

  • nerys replied to the topic Revolution of the Daleks

    @missrori @ichabod I agree with both you about the “too much explaining” going on in Chibnall’s dialogue. Yes, the Doctor has always been wordy, but it wasn’t always to explain each and every thing. I sense a lack of connective tissue in the writing. Which, given Seasons 1 and 3 of Broadchurch, surprises me. Clearly Chibnall is capable of writing…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic Revolution of the Daleks

    OK, I’m going to have to watch this again when there’s not a grumpy spouse in the room who can’t remember the last two episodes of last season, is going “What?” when the Doctor says she’s not who she remembers, and is honked off at any messing around with the Doctor’s origin story. (Like that’s a new thing in the Whoniverse.)

    My usual complaint,…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @winston @blenkinsopthebrave @mudlark @dentarthurdent I echo your sentiments for a Happy New Year. Here’s hoping that 2021 will be an improvement on its predecessor.

    One bit of wonderful news from our corner of the world: A friend of ours has polycystic kidney disease (which she inherited from her mother, who died from it). Her kidney function…[Read more]

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

    By the way: I’m sure this is ancient news, but I just found a delightful book in my public library system’s Overdrive collection. It’s called Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories. I just completed the first one. Wonderful stuff!

    12 Doctors, 12 Stories

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @arbutus We get Crave with our cable subscription, so as far as I know, that’s still the same. We have a combo package that includes HBO, so that gets us most of the programs, films and specials we want to watch.

    As for my dad’s recovery, we think this is his last day of isolation. But now my stepmother is faced with the task of finding him a…[Read more]

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

    @blenkinsopthebrave I do have cable, and so I watch Doctor Who via the CTV Sci-Fi channel. Which reminds me: I need to check to see when the holiday special is airing!

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Thank you, @dentarthurdent! Dad is recovered from Covid. He also happened to develop pneumonia after he’d recovered from Covid, probably due to his inactivity while being hospitalized for so long. So it looks like he has recovered from that, as well. His 14th day should be Sunday, Jan. 3. So hopefully he will test negative on Jan. 4, and then…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hello, all! We enjoyed a good, quiet Christmas. We gathered with a small group of “bubble” friends for dinner on Christmas Eve, then took our annual Christmas Day beach walk. It was 15F/59C here, so our walk was quite pleasant.

    Dad’s health continues to improve. Probably because of all his inactivity after being hospitalized for Covid, he then…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hello @arbutus and all! I’m sorry you have had health problems to deal with, but it sounds like that is mostly resolved.

    Dad continues his slow progress. He was moved to a rehab hospital, then another ailment popped up, so he was briefly transferred back to the main hospital. Then, last week, he was moved back to the rehab hospital. He believes…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    @dentarthurdent Dad has had books, crossword puzzles and Sudoku to keep him busy. Oh, and the dreaded TV, too. But he told me that doing those things felt more like having to do them, rather than wanting to do them. That’s the toll isolation takes, I think.

    However, I received very good news yesterday: Dad’s oxygen levels are up where they need…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hello, all! I spoke with my dad on the phone today. Not much change from when I spoke with him on Friday, except that he complained of hearing strange sounds all the time. Apparently this comes and goes. He mentioned this to his doctors, and says they are not concerned, that this is “just part of it.” He is bored, unsettled by the constant…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Kebab & Calculator

    Hello, @bluesqueakpip @janetteb and all! So far, so good for my dad. He’s still in hospital, but feeling reasonably well. His oxygen level is still low-ish, so that’s why they’re keeping him there. Meanwhile, Dad is reading a book I sent him, filling out crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Plus he watched an Indiana University football game on TV. They…[Read more]

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