• janetteB replied to the topic Ascension Of The Cybermen

    @winston “Those poor poor people” (I think) is an oft quoted line here. I it a film with heart as well as humour, I wonder what they would say if they had got hold of Dr Who as well.



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

    @winston    Your library is very up-to-date with its DVDs!    I love libraries, though I must admit I haven’t visited ours nearly so often since we got broadband and Youtube.   But if I’m away from home, I find a good library extremely useful as a source of information – not everything is convenient to do on a smartphone!    It sounds as if your…[Read more]

  • Rewvian replied to the topic Doctor Who memories

    @winston I also haven’t seen most of the classic Who, so there will always be new content.  With it being the better part of a decade since I’ve seen most of the episodes I did see, even that is going to be fun to watch again.  I don’t know when I’m going to get around to doing any of this – it could be a few months from now, or even a year.  Bu…[Read more]

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

    @winston    To me, DVD is far the best way to view anything.    Via the TV or via laptop.   (I can let Mrs D watch TV while I watch Who or whatever on my laptop with headphones.   This was extremely useful a short while back where the vagaries of the Youtube algorithm had led our TV, via funerals,  to a string of peoples’ ‘birthing’ home movie…[Read more]

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

    @winston I guess there are a few factors there that determine how good the new doctors are.

    I think there is always a bias for certain Doctors over others, especially your first Doctor.  Like I consider Ten to be my first Doctor because he was still around when I got into the series, even though Eleven had been cast and that series was getting…[Read more]

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

    Hi @rewvian

    Well, that first series, I thought ‘Listen’ was a fantastically good one, also ‘Flatline’. Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Mummy on the Orient Express, Dark Water / Death in Heaven – all good I thought. Robot of Sherwood and Time Heist were okay ‘adventure yarns’, the only trouble I had with Sherwood was the golden arrow at the end -…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic The Winchester

    @janetteb I share your sentiments. Looking at the news, I find it hard to believe the temperatures being reported in England at the moment. And forest fires in Europe, I’m accustomed to those being in Oz (no offence intended) or southern California. Meanwhile the record floods that NSW had seem to have migrated over here to NZ. The climate seems…[Read more]

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

    @dentarthurdent I have never been a fan of Westerns though I enjoyed the occasional spaghetti western when I was studying film but I do have very fond memories of watching old Westerns with my Uncle many years ago. We were both in stiches. He loved Westerns but also enjoyed the silliness inherent within them.

    I think that is why I never warmed to…[Read more]

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

    @winston I agree, many old Westerns (and in fact many of our old favourite TV series) seem cringeworthy now. I was a little relieved to find that High Chaparral wasn’t. I know as a young teen I was dismayed when Westerns started going all Little House on the Prairie, because what is a Western without gunfights? (I should emphasise that that was…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Praxeus

    @winston     Ah, thermos flasks.   They’re the practical answer to the question that catches out most people, “Is space cold?”   Or, “If your space suit failed, wouldn’t you instantly freeze?”   (I’m thinking of the episode ‘Oxygen’ there).     And the answer is, space is technically extremely cold, but it’s also a vacuum and a near-perfect…[Read more]

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

    @winston In our part of Vancouver Island our street is covered by a canopy of Gary Oaks. Canada Day began for me when I came downstairs, peered out the kitchen window to discover bits of one of the Gary Oaks scattered across the street–the tell-tale sign of an overnight dust-up between two squirrels. The rest of the day passed without incident.…[Read more]

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

    @winston congratulations (now belated) on your granddaughter. I agree that the young generation are showing a lot of promise. They are growing up in a very different world, in some ways much more enlightened but also prone to frightening extremes.

    @dentarthurdent When it comes to Christmas my partner and I buy our own presents and hand them over…[Read more]

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

    @winston    Congratulations.    It’s nice that you have a granddaughter you can be proud of.     I envy you your optimism about the younger generation, I hope it’s justified.

    Your son is fortunate to have a mother who’s so easy to buy gifts for.   🙂    ( Mrs D and I are hopeless, to the extent of having to ask each other what we want for Chris…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Praxeus

    @winston    I heartily agree that ‘single-using’ plastic is generally a mistake and an environmental crime.   ‘Single-use’ plastic supermarket bags are now banned here (NZ), to my chagrin.   I reckon in terms of useful payload per pound of wasted plastic they were probably the most efficient form of packaging ever; also for me they were never…[Read more]

  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Praxeus

    @winston   Re-reading that, I realise it sounded a bit like a rant, for which I do apologise.  It’s an interesting topic, but complex – not as black-and-white as ‘Praxeus’ implied.   (Except for the ‘litter is bad’ bit, with which I agree 100%).


  • Dentarthurdent replied to the topic Praxeus

    @winston     Thing is, plastic is an invaluable material – and there are so many different ‘plastics’ that lumping them all together is almost meaningless.    Part of the problem is just litter – take that away and much of the pollution would disappear.   Remember how broken glass used to be a hazard – as someone who habitually walks barefoot…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @winston I love the connection you shared with you mother through music! We, too, had a strong connection through music. The piece I requested for the postlude was played as the postlude at my sister’s first wedding (and seems to be a popular choice for weddings … though on the surface it may seem like an unusual choice for a memorial service).…[Read more]

  • nerys replied to the topic The Winchester

    @winston My sympathies to you on the election result. I read about it and sighed. Not much else one can do.

    I spent nearly the entire month of May in Indiana. My mother’s health took a bad turn, and she passed away. Then several of us had a close exposure to Covid via my sister’s husband, who got a mild case of it. My sister then tested positive,…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Winchester

    I just wrote up a long post and when I hit send i was logged out so it has vanished into the ether. I won’t attempt to repeat it but will try and capture the essentials.

    @dentarthurdent just to clarify my remarks above. IT was not the pollies expressing those views but the voters and supporters. The Libs were so out of touch with the electorate…[Read more]

  • janetteB replied to the topic The Winchester

    @blenkinsopthebrave  Your comment about people believing in what is right, (which for some reason this borrowed laptop won’t let me copy/paste( is so true. I often find that the “Lib or in non Oz speak, Conservative voters generally agree that climate change needs to addressed ,that inequality is bad, that “progress” should be better controlled,…[Read more]

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