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Title: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: CAMRAMan on April 11, 2013, 05:22:30 pm
When are the singles charts published these days? Only asking, like.

I bought my first single since Joy Division Oven Gloves* today and am keen to see how it gets on.

* a protest purchase when the BBC were trying to axe Radio6.
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Post by: clarion on April 11, 2013, 06:44:10 pm
I bought three singles this week, coincidentally.
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Post by: RJ on April 11, 2013, 08:44:47 pm
There *will* be HMVs in Scotland after all (so I left the place anyway with a small but tasteful stash of CDs).
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 12, 2013, 10:30:55 am
When are the singles charts published these days? Only asking, like.
There are sales charts for the markets - most sold via iPlayer

I wonder if Spotify has its own charts?  Any Spotify users here who can check?
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Post by: tiermat on April 12, 2013, 10:43:07 am
When are the singles charts published these days? Only asking, like.
There are sales charts for the markets - most sold via iPlayer

I wonder if Spotify has its own charts?  Any Spotify users here who can check?

Probably worth checking out Music Week.
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Post by: citoyen on April 15, 2013, 12:55:15 pm
First, a disclaimer: I was in the same room as other people watching Britain's Got Talent, OK? I was trying to read a book but the TV was distracting. I would have gone elsewhere but I was trying to maintain a semblance of being sociable.

Anyway, during the show, a couple of contestants stuck out as being well above the average level of talent (ie they did actually have some talent) - Jack Carroll, a 14yo comic with cerebral palsy, and Alice Fedenham, a painfully shy 28yo singer who didn't know how good she was (she was very good). I googled both names and quelle surprise, it turns out both have some performing history - Jack won a Pride Of Britain award last year, earning himself a visit from Jimmy Carr, and is already widely known as a "YouTube sensation", while Alice was a candidate for the new series of The Voice but didn't make it through to the TV auditions. I assume these people were invited (whether directly or indirectly) to audition for BGT. I didn't bother googling the cute 11yo singer who has clearly been coached to within an inch of her life, or the stunningly good Hungarian shadow puppet theatre act, but I'm assuming they probably had their travel expenses from Budapest paid by the show's production company...

Cynical, moi?
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Post by: citoyen on April 22, 2013, 12:53:04 pm
That insanely catchy new Daft Punk song, as performed by Michael Jackson...

http://blog.sirmitchell.com/post/48586838179/pitch-shift-pharrells-voice-in-daft-punks-get
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Post by: CAMRAMan on April 23, 2013, 04:37:51 pm
The man who did a lot of the work when I was renovating my house is the spitting image of Wreck It Ralph.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 03, 2013, 11:46:37 pm
Vue cinemas are doing a "Cult Films: back in Vue" season. http://www.myvue.com/home/special-events/back-in-vue

I am going to see David Bowie's dancing crotch in awful leggings Labyrinth on Monday night.  ;D
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Post by: Littlesox on May 04, 2013, 12:05:21 pm
BBC are re-running I Claudius.

Fantastic stuff
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Post by: citoyen on May 04, 2013, 03:10:20 pm
BBC are re-running I Claudius.

Fantastic stuff

It has aged remarkably well, hasn't it? Looks a bit "stagey" by modern standards but it just goes to show that you don't need to spend a fortune on lavish sets and costumes when you have a script and acting of that quality.

The 70s adaptation of the Barsetshire Chronicles with Alan Rickman and Donald Pleasance is much the same - wish they'd repeat that.
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Post by: jogler on May 04, 2013, 03:24:48 pm
When is it broadcast?

I'd enjoy watching it again.
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Post by: citoyen on May 04, 2013, 03:28:24 pm
BBC4, Tuesdays, 10pm
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Post by: jogler on May 04, 2013, 04:40:32 pm
thanks :thumbsup:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 07, 2013, 07:50:13 am
Vue cinemas are doing a "Cult Films: back in Vue" season. http://www.myvue.com/home/special-events/back-in-vue

I am going to see David Bowie's dancing crotch in awful leggings Labyrinth on Monday night.  ;D
The entire audience was in crotch-related hysterics by the end. Thank goodness it wasn't in 3D.

I hadn't seen Labyrinth for ages. I'd forgotten how trippy it is.
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Post by: Kim on May 07, 2013, 12:02:50 pm
When my ex and I bought our first DVD player (back when the technology was fairly new and exciting), one of the first uses it was put to was zooming in on David Bowie's dancing crotch by a factor of 16, in all its pixellated glory.  Make of that what you will...
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 07, 2013, 01:09:16 pm
 ;D I actually did laugh till I cried last night, at one of the unnecessary crotch-shots.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 07, 2013, 08:40:16 pm
Rod Stewart did a q&a session on twitter today, #askrodstewart. I am just scrolling through it now and laughing at some of the questions.
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Post by: clarion on May 07, 2013, 09:32:20 pm
Did anyone mention Yewtree?
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 08, 2013, 01:12:18 pm
Many people. One question was something like "given that there are probably 11 women not currently pregnant, is it safe to say you're losing your touch?"
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 18, 2013, 08:14:55 am
When it was announced at the weekend that Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym and The Cuckoo's Calling was actually written by a rather successful female writer, I logged into my library account and reserved the book. I think four other people had reserved it before me. I looked at my account last night and The Cuckoo's Calling now has 130 reservations against it!  :o
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Post by: BrianI on July 23, 2013, 11:52:32 am
For the dolerites / shift workers / tuesday afternoon off amoung us, "Silent Running" is on Film 4, tuesday 23rd, 1.05pm!   :)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 25, 2013, 10:07:46 pm
Today I walked past  Elphinstone Hall at Kings College and there was a steel band outside playing Out of Space by The Prodigy. It was quite good! :)
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Post by: clarion on July 25, 2013, 10:10:33 pm
I was reminded by a Facebook posting by Valiant otp of the chap who taught the chap who taught me about lighting design, Andy Elphinstone, just today.  An unusual name to hear twice in a day, when I haven't heard it, or really thought about him, talented though he was, in years.

Incidentally, I discovered that he now works for a genetics company in Vancouver.
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Post by: BrianI on July 29, 2013, 07:47:59 am
For the amateur rocket engineers among us:  Kerbal Space Program:

https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/ (https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SYNLlyi-QA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SYNLlyi-QA)
 ;D
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Post by: Kim on July 29, 2013, 01:42:30 pm
For the amateur rocket engineers among us:  Kerbal Space Program:

https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/ (https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SYNLlyi-QA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SYNLlyi-QA)
 ;D

Odd trajectory.  Surely that's enough delta-v to reach orbit?  Not that I know anything about the planet...
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Post by: BrianI on July 29, 2013, 05:15:18 pm
For the amateur rocket engineers among us:  Kerbal Space Program:

https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/ (https://kerbalspaceprogram.com/)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SYNLlyi-QA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SYNLlyi-QA)
 ;D

Odd trajectory.  Surely that's enough delta-v to reach orbit?  Not that I know anything about the planet...

You should d/l the demo of the game, Kim. Much fun to be had building experimental rockets to try and reach orbit!   :)
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Post by: Kim on July 29, 2013, 06:36:25 pm
You should d/l the demo of the game, Kim. Much fun to be had building experimental rockets to try and reach orbit!   :)

I know a dangerous time sink when I see one.  I think it's best left to EldestCub.

Anyway, that looks a fair bit more advanced than the Bristol Rocket Enthusiasts' Altitude, Speed and Trajectory Simulator...
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Post by: andrewc on July 29, 2013, 08:11:14 pm
(http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/six_words.png)
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Post by: Kim on July 29, 2013, 10:00:06 pm
Whereas "I can't get my BREASTS to work" was commonly heard in the basement of Queens Building...


(Turbo Pascal.  'nuff said.)
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Post by: LEE on August 01, 2013, 04:39:11 pm
The only Jeremy Kyle worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1gPf9sZueM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1gPf9sZueM)
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Post by: Andrij on August 27, 2013, 07:37:07 pm
Whatever happened to the likely lads? 

I don't know and, frankly, I don't care.  Just wish 4extra would stop cluttering the airwaves with the drawn-out answer.  >:(
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Post by: CrinklyLion on August 27, 2013, 07:40:39 pm
You should d/l the demo of the game, Kim. Much fun to be had building experimental rockets to try and reach orbit!   :)

I know a dangerous time sink when I see one.  I think it's best left to EldestCub.

I just mentioned to said Cub that 'some people on the forum have discovered KSP'.

His response is "Awesome!".

He's a fan... although he's just moved on to obsessing about StarMade, which is causing frustration as he can't get it to run on his linux netbook and the graphics card on his brother's WinPC isn't up to it....
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Post by: clarion on August 27, 2013, 08:28:55 pm
Whatever happened to the likely lads? 

I don't know and, frankly, I don't care.  Just wish 4extra would stop cluttering the airwaves with the drawn-out answer.  >:(

Don't tell me the answer!  I'm planning to watch later on the telly. ;)
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Post by: Andrij on August 27, 2013, 08:33:46 pm
Whatever happened to the likely lads? 

I don't know and, frankly, I don't care.  Just wish 4extra would stop cluttering the airwaves with the drawn-out answer.  >:(

Don't tell me the answer!  I'm planning to watch later on the telly. ;)

Are you sure?  I can summarise in a sentence or two, leaving you time to do something useful, like watch paint dry or grass grow.
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Post by: Biff on August 30, 2013, 11:31:00 am
Some cringeworthy album covers.

http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/news/38-excruciatingly-awkward-album-covers-20130806-220936/?image=1

2 things, No way is Julie only sixteen, and who the hell requested Ken?
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Post by: mcshroom on August 30, 2013, 01:58:39 pm
Whatever happened to the likely lads? 

I don't know and, frankly, I don't care.  Just wish 4extra would stop cluttering the airwaves with the drawn-out answer.  >:(

Don't tell me the answer!  I'm planning to watch later on the telly. ;)

Are you sure?  I can summarise in a sentence or two, leaving you time to do something useful, like watch paint dry or grass grow.


I'll take a guess he hasn't seen that one ;)
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Post by: Deano on August 31, 2013, 10:20:27 pm
Sly Stone still alive to make a comeback! With albino musicians.

Possibly.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/aug/29/sly-stone-albino-musicians-neutralise-racial-problems
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Post by: Peter on September 01, 2013, 10:56:06 am
Some cringeworthy album covers.

http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/news/38-excruciatingly-awkward-album-covers-20130806-220936/?image=1

2 things, No way is Julie only sixteen, and who the hell requested Ken?

There may be a reason why almost all the featured performers are unknowns.  Don't know what was behind he Beatles one (is it a pun on live cuts, as in live versions of songs)?  I remember being surprised at the time but never heard the record - I think it wasn't availabel here, then.

Shame about the Louvin Brothers.  They were great and inspired so many harmony singers, especially The Everly Brothers.  See if you can hear "How's The World Treating You?", written, incidentaly by Chet Atkins and Boudleaux Bryant, which latter co-wrote a lot of The Everlys' hits and "Raining In My Heart".
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Post by: spesh on September 01, 2013, 04:59:37 pm
Some cringeworthy album covers.

http://www.thevine.com.au/entertainment/news/38-excruciatingly-awkward-album-covers-20130806-220936/?image=1

2 things, No way is Julie only sixteen, and who the hell requested Ken?

That was taking it's own sweet time to load up for me, so here's a museum of really bad album covers I found earlier:

http://www.zonicweb.net/badalbmcvrs/index.htm
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Post by: Gattopardo on September 04, 2013, 01:06:29 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t4Qv2hCprbs
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 05, 2013, 07:50:48 pm
6Music are doing a series at the moment called Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? about girl groups. It's really good. And it's on at stupid o'clock so I'm recording it and listening to it later. I recommend it.
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Post by: The_Mikey on September 05, 2013, 08:28:32 pm
Whatever happened to the likely lads? 

I don't know and, frankly, I don't care.  Just wish 4extra would stop cluttering the airwaves with the drawn-out answer.  >:(

Agreed.  I've heard some rubbish on 4extra but that 30 minutes would be better filled with a chorus of quacking ducks.
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Post by: citoyen on September 06, 2013, 10:56:00 am
I'd rather listen to the Likely Lads than Round The Horne. Or Ambridge Extra.
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Post by: clarion on September 06, 2013, 02:35:59 pm
We rarely disagree, but I must take issue with your failure to appreciate the genius of Round The Horne.
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Post by: Andrij on September 06, 2013, 03:37:49 pm
We rarely disagree, but I must take issue with your failure to appreciate the genius of Round The Horne.

On this, I wholeheartedly agree with my esteemed colleague clarion.
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Post by: Ham on September 06, 2013, 03:52:30 pm
We rarely disagree, but I must take issue with your failure to appreciate the genius of Round The Horne.

On this, I wholeheartedly agree with my esteemed colleague clarion.

Indeed, it is a bona prog.
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Post by: clarion on September 06, 2013, 04:12:38 pm
Ooh, e's bold!  Inne bold?  E knows all the lingo.  Got the Palare.
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Post by: Ham on September 06, 2013, 04:20:55 pm
Indeed, nice to vada your dolly old eek. Not often you get an omi as fine in this part of the woods.
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Post by: clarion on September 06, 2013, 06:16:02 pm
Well, we've got a criminal practice as takes up most of our time...
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Post by: Tim Hall on September 07, 2013, 12:34:04 am
There's a pub not far from here that instead of having piped music in the loos, has Round the Horn on an endless loop.
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Post by: clarion on September 07, 2013, 08:46:47 am
There's a pub not far from here that instead of having piped music in the [s[loos[/s] cottage, has Round the Horn on an endless loop.

ITYM
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Post by: Ham on September 07, 2013, 01:53:11 pm
Oooo hark at him.

Hello I'm Jules and this is my friend Sandy, welcome to Bona Cycles, We Pedal You Well is our slogan. If your chain is slack we can do something about it, can't we Sand?
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Post by: Biff on September 07, 2013, 10:34:12 pm
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/ziggycat/null_zps6818cc3c.jpg)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on September 08, 2013, 03:09:40 pm
Biff, that is awesome ( I watched banana splits when I was a kids)

Na na naa,
nanana naaa
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Post by: clarion on September 18, 2013, 06:26:15 pm
The other day, I saw a woman with strikingly red hair in Borough.  I thought she looked like Tori Amos.

This would be a pointless comment, were it not that Tori Amos is in the area putting together a musical.

Yup.  I saw Tori Amos and was struck by her resemblance to herself. :facepalm:
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Post by: Gattopardo on September 18, 2013, 06:28:15 pm
The other day, I saw a woman with strikingly red hair in Borough.  I thought she looked like Tori Amos.

This would be a pointless comment, were it not that Tori Amos is in the area putting together a musical.

Yup.  I saw Tori Amos and was struck by her resemblance to herself. :facepalm:

Does she look as haunting in the flesh?
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Post by: mattc on September 18, 2013, 06:32:17 pm
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/ziggycat/null_zps6818cc3c.jpg)

Excellent.

(although i still find them slightly sinister ... )
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 19, 2013, 09:12:29 pm
There's an offer on Amazon at the moment - if you buy all the Adam and the Ants sheet music they'll throw in a stand and deliver.
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Post by: mattc on September 22, 2013, 07:51:38 pm
I've just watched a french film (Point Blank) featureing actor Roschdy Zem.

For over 20 years I had thought that only mattresses were called Zem. (one for H2G2 fans, sorry)
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 28, 2013, 08:14:13 pm
Dez has introduced me to a television programme called "Pointless".

Just now we watched a "celebrity" episode involving 8 "celebrities".

I recognised only one (Nerys Hughes) and had heard of just one other (Martin Jarvis) but I didn't know what he looked like.

I did, however, get a "pointless" answer in the form o Port of Spain when it came to naming Caribbean capitals.
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Post by: Deano on September 29, 2013, 12:37:54 am
There was an excellent Marvin Gaye documentary on BBC4 earlier.
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Post by: citoyen on October 02, 2013, 04:31:18 pm
There was an excellent Marvin Gaye documentary on BBC4 earlier.

Seems somehow appropriate not to hear about it first hand.
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Post by: Vince on October 02, 2013, 04:43:28 pm
Now you have mastered "Pointless" you should try Numberwang http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIxz6BDmTNU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIxz6BDmTNU)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 03, 2013, 09:10:08 pm
I'm just watching TOTP 1978 from earlier. Legs & Co are dancing to Instant Replay wearing very tiny very glittery bikinis. The cameramen are doing lots of close-ups.
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Post by: LEE on October 04, 2013, 03:30:02 pm
I'm just watching TOTP 1978 from earlier. Legs & Co are dancing to Instant Replay wearing very tiny very glittery bikinis. The cameramen are doing lots of close-ups.

I remember Pan's People....ahhh..Lovely Babs......I forget her name.  (Norman Stanley Fletcher - Slade Prison).
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Post by: clarion on October 23, 2013, 02:53:49 pm
Well, Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys turned up for the interview on R6M with Stuart Maconie.  And he seems to have got over any nerves he might have had about speaking on the radio.  In fact, he could barely have been more relaxed.  I wonder what his secret is?
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 24, 2013, 12:51:43 pm
Top-up TV are ceasing broadcasting next week so I have succumbed to the Murdoch empire*. The Sky installers have just been and I am marvelling - if marvelling can be tinged with horror - at the range of channels available to me. *never leaves house again*






*I did tell them that I'm only moving to Sky because Top-up TV are no more and I still think they're evil and I hate Rupert Murdoch and all his works. I don't think they care as long as they get my money.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 24, 2013, 01:28:49 pm
A subscription to Netflix would be your friend.
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Post by: Kim on October 24, 2013, 02:08:35 pm
Top-up TV are ceasing broadcasting next week so I have succumbed to the Murdoch empire*. The Sky installers have just been and I am marvelling - if marvelling can be tinged with horror - at the range of channels available to me.

Bet there's still nothing worth watching, thobut.

</wowbagger>
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 24, 2013, 02:36:45 pm
A subscription to Netflix would be your friend.
I don't like watching telly on computers if I can help it.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 24, 2013, 02:57:11 pm
We have a screen set up on top of a dvd player. Computer is below that.

Watching on computer isn't any different from watching on dvd
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Post by: Biggsy on October 28, 2013, 11:51:27 pm
Interesting: http://thequietus.com/features/baker-s-dozen - artists discuss their 13 favourite albums (or tracks in Kristin Hersh's case).
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Post by: citoyen on November 05, 2013, 11:22:00 am
Well, Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys turned up for the interview on R6M with Stuart Maconie.  And he seems to have got over any nerves he might have had about speaking on the radio.  In fact, he could barely have been more relaxed.  I wonder what his secret is?

Even if I hadn't heard that interview so know exactly what you're hinting at, your innuendo isn't exactly subtle! ;D

Given that he went down ill a couple of days later, I suspect he'd been on the Benylin. Rather a lot of it.
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Post by: Wowbagger on November 08, 2013, 09:36:56 pm
I felt that it was a bit of a mistake having Godfrey Bloom on HIGNFY this evening. OK, he made an arse of himself and was guilty of some spontaneous racism, asking why Krishnan Guru-Murthy had an Irish name and a Welsh accent. Victoria Coren was seriously unimpressed with his raw prejudice.

People like Bloom are really at their best when you can neither hear nor see them.
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Post by: Notsototalnewbie on November 08, 2013, 10:19:59 pm
I felt that it was a bit of a mistake having Godfrey Bloom on HIGNFY this evening. OK, he made an arse of himself and was guilty of some spontaneous racism, asking why Krishnan Guru-Murthy had an Irish name and a Welsh accent. Victoria Coren was seriously unimpressed with his raw prejudice.

People like Bloom are really at their best when you can neither hear nor see them.

Yeah, not sure he should have been given airtime myself, but I suppose 'good' telly/ratings trump that  >:(
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Post by: Zipperhead on November 08, 2013, 10:49:19 pm
I think you need to teach those tyres a lesson, show them who's boss, let them know that this won't be tolerated.

Park TL-5's

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Post by: Wowbagger on November 08, 2013, 11:04:31 pm
I felt that it was a bit of a mistake having Godfrey Bloom on HIGNFY this evening. OK, he made an arse of himself and was guilty of some spontaneous racism, asking why Krishnan Guru-Murthy had an Irish name and a Welsh accent. Victoria Coren was seriously unimpressed with his raw prejudice.

People like Bloom are really at their best when you can neither hear nor see them.

Yeah, not sure he should have been given airtime myself, but I suppose 'good' telly/ratings trump that  >:(

The only saving grace that I could see was that he was so obviously out of his depth intellectually that he really did look like the moron he is. However, the wit and wisdom of the other five on the programme were such that it just looked like bullying. It would have been a lot better to have had someone with a bit of grey matter on.
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Post by: citoyen on November 09, 2013, 07:14:11 pm
This has probably been said by others before me but I don't normally watch the show so don't think about it much...

It has struck me that Strictly Come Dancing is a staggeringly heteronormative format, which is normal for TV on the whole but might be considered slightly surprising when you take into account the relativity high proportion of gay people among the dancers and judges (and, dare I say it, probably the audience too).
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Post by: clarion on November 09, 2013, 08:25:46 pm
And the fact that Strictly Ballroom, from which the programme gets part of its title, is a very gay film.
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Post by: Chris S on November 09, 2013, 08:27:03 pm
Oh dear. It's very sparkly out there tonight. I fear the Starks were right.
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Post by: tiermat on November 11, 2013, 08:49:21 am
Driving back from Teesside Park on Saturday (which was  a nightmare of ignorant Smoggies out doing their Xmas shopping), I put the radio on and Radio 1 had a horrendous cacophany that they called "Dance Anthems", after enduring about 2 minutes of that, TLD said "Can we have some other music on, please Daddy, I would like Smoove and Turrell".

Of course I agreed and the whole journey became much nicer :)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 12, 2013, 10:56:01 am
The poster for the new 'Hunger Games' movie really irritates me.

She's supposed to be a super-skilled archer. The poster shows her with her finger hooked over the arrow. FFS, didn't they employ anyone on set who knew anything about archery?
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Post by: spesh on November 12, 2013, 01:34:00 pm
The poster for the new 'Hunger Games' movie really irritates me.

She's supposed to be a super-skilled archer. The poster shows her with her finger hooked over the arrow. FFS, didn't they employ anyone on set who knew anything about archery?

Could be worse - Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in Avengers Assemble was roundly panned for having very poor archery form:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/03/avengers-hawkeye-archery/
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 12, 2013, 02:15:17 pm
The poster for the new 'Hunger Games' movie really irritates me.

She's supposed to be a super-skilled archer. The poster shows her with her finger hooked over the arrow. FFS, didn't they employ anyone on set who knew anything about archery?

Could be worse - Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in Avengers Assemble was roundly panned for having very poor archery form:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/03/avengers-hawkeye-archery/

Renner's form isn't good, but I don't think that reviewer has ever shot a bow off a range.

Shooting while moving or on rough ground is very different and all those comments and not tilting bow and suchlike are pfft.

The finger-over-the-arrow is something most people instinctively do when they first pick up a bow and arrow. It's the first thing the coach gets them to stop doing. It will make the arrow go all over the place,  possibly pull it off the rest (which can result in an arrow going sideways from the bow; I've seen it happen). Even if you then manage to shoot, the fletches will make a real mess of your fingers.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 14, 2013, 08:54:47 pm
Blimey. Competent sound in Fibbers!
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Post by: clarion on November 14, 2013, 10:24:43 pm
Get your ears checked
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Post by: Kim on November 14, 2013, 10:51:19 pm
Blimey. Competent sound in Fibbers!

It's Thrusday night, it's amateur hammond organ recital night, take it away, Skutters?
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 15, 2013, 08:16:45 am
Blimey. Competent sound in Fibbers!
Must have had a guest sound engineer in.
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Post by: tiermat on November 15, 2013, 08:23:39 am
http://www.thebasementyork.co.uk/event/1971/

Friday 20th December, Basement, York.  I have to declare that I am a big fan of Terrorvision and Laika Dog (Tony the lead man's side project), having been to close on 20 of their gigs over that last *coughcough* years.

End of term, Mad Friday, end of year for me, a gig? All good :)
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 15, 2013, 08:32:50 am
Blimey. Competent sound in Fibbers!
Must have had a guest sound engineer in.

The band brought their own....
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 15, 2013, 09:50:22 am
Blimey. Competent sound in Fibbers!
Must have had a guest sound engineer in.

The band brought their own....
pmsl that really does say it all.

I know the sound engineer's job is difficult. I know bands are unhelpful (I realised how unhelpful they normally are when I took a sheet of settings for British Sea Power to the sound engineer; his face lit up like I'd just handed him the holy grail). But Fibbers has been legendarily crap for many years. The engineer's speciality is utterly unaudible vocals. I think he was in love with a lead vocalist once, who dumped him for the drummer. He's never recovered from the humiliation and takes it out on every singer who stands on stage in Fibbers.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on November 30, 2013, 07:30:35 pm
Strictly just made me swear a bit.

"Oh give over prannying about and get into fecking hold will you!".

Yeah, Nat and Artem can go home as far as I'm concerned.  Bored now.
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Post by: hellymedic on November 30, 2013, 08:48:56 pm
I'm just watching TOTP 1978 from earlier. Legs & Co are dancing to Instant Replay wearing very tiny very glittery bikinis. The cameramen are doing lots of close-ups.

I remember Pan's People....ahhh..Lovely Babs......I forget her name.  (Norman Stanley Fletcher - Slade Prison).

Babs Lord.
Her mother taught us Speech.
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Post by: TheLurker on December 11, 2013, 08:20:28 pm
Bees in the bonnet time...

Every year for the last 10 or so years when a new Pterry book is published, I find myself wondering; who will replace Vetinari? It would be out of character for the character not to want Ankh-Morpork and its allies to continue to thrive therefore it seems unlikely that he would leave his replacement to chance. Who is Vetinari keeping an eye on as a possible successor? Who is being trained for the role without necessarily being aware that he or she is being trained? 

For a while I thought that Vimes might be a candidate, but I think that he is perhaps too much of a late-comer to low politics and altogether too honest and straight-forward and, if in charge, would lapse into authoritarianism. Carrot is likewise far too honest, although he has shown disturbing signs of subtlety. However he more or less explicitly ruled himself out as a possible ruler at the end of Men At Arms? Guards, Guards? I forget which.

Of the other characters Von Lipwig is the only one that seems to be cunning enough to survive as a politico, but he doesn't seem to have that core of logic, I was going to say cruelty, but there's no maliciousness in Vetinari's decisions unless you are a mime, that allows V. to stand back and see what is the best, or least worst, course of action.

Drumknott? No. I think not. A man who prefers constrained problem domains. It also seems to me (and I've no idea why this should be so) that Drumknott and Vetinari are of an age.


Ah, well. Perhaps the question will be answered in the next book.

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Post by: spesh on December 18, 2013, 11:58:40 pm
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/christmas-comes-early-justin-bieber-announces-retirement-from-music-9012243.html
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Post by: tiermat on December 19, 2013, 07:58:19 am
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/christmas-comes-early-justin-bieber-announces-retirement-from-music-9012243.html

That whineing Canadian Bitch did that some years ago, and I see now she has made a come back :(  Fortunately, for the TV, I was out of the room when she was on Strictly on Sunday...
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Post by: Vince on December 19, 2013, 06:38:31 pm
I've just watched an American version of Flog-it!

People bring their guns, knives and swords to be valued before they get auctioned.

Called Lords of War
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Post by: spesh on December 19, 2013, 06:48:47 pm
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/christmas-comes-early-justin-bieber-announces-retirement-from-music-9012243.html

That whineing Canadian Bitch did that some years ago, and I see now she has made a come back :(  Fortunately, for the TV, I was out of the room when she was on Strictly on Sunday...

GN: The forum atheists can relax, there is no god after all...

BN: Bieber is only taking a break for a year.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/25445698

Quote
"Next year he is just taking a break to just make music and relax and take time to himself. It's the first time [he's had a break] since he was 12."

Taking a break to make music? That'll be a first for him then.  :demon:
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Post by: matthew on December 30, 2013, 01:12:15 pm
I took my niece and sister (her aunt) to the panto yesterday.

Snow White at South Hill Park arts centre in Bracknell.

Dwarves had been replaced by the Dame and 6 children including one who was mute and a mime artist. All good fun with the script including a couple of references to the current redevelopment of the town centre and encouraging the children to help tidy up the theatre after the interval icecreams etc.

A highly enjoyable evening with an excited 6 year old and the bonus of letting Mum have an adult evening on her birthday and niece and nephew then came back here to Granny's for the night.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 03, 2014, 10:34:38 pm
The gratuitous key change in music is overused. Discuss.
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Post by: red marley on January 03, 2014, 11:05:05 pm
Also known as the the truck driver's gear change (http://www.gearchange.org).

One of my faves - Sunny with three gear changes in two minutes:

http://youtu.be/ILEXei9rfhw
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 03, 2014, 11:12:39 pm
The key change with every verse. That ought to be outlawed.
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Post by: Andrij on January 04, 2014, 01:04:25 am
There are 'performers' out there who can change key mid-song?! :o  Next you'll be telling me there are bands that know more than three chords.  ::-)

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Post by: RichForrest on January 04, 2014, 09:31:40 am
One of my faves - Sunny with three gear changes in two minutes:

http://youtu.be/ILEXei9rfhw

The acoustic version of the same song on there is great also  :thumbsup:

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Post by: CrinklyLion on January 04, 2014, 09:35:20 am
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/484834_10152054836901839_940909769_n.jpg)

From the NMeM yesterday
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Post by: Ham on January 04, 2014, 09:49:46 am
All that Sunny stuff led me to Panteon Rococo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oToSMhH8fUo) and the rest of their stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBgHWAfCeYA&list=RDsdpGDlytX30

A bit like what Manu Chao would sound like if he ever sold out to commercialism? Owes an awful lot to Manu Chao, anyhow.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 04, 2014, 09:58:08 am
The gratuitous key change in music is overused. Discuss.
But how else would Westlife know when it's time to stand up?
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Post by: Peter on January 04, 2014, 10:31:09 am
For gratuitous key changes, it's hard to beat "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash.  It's great for teaching guitarists how to play bass runs, though!
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Post by: tiermat on January 04, 2014, 11:10:04 am
The gratuitous key change in music is overused. Discuss.

Gratuitous ones, yes, but key changes are an integral part of songs, and essential for some band's style ( see Biffy Clyro)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 04, 2014, 01:03:05 pm
Hence the use of the word gratuitous...
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Post by: mattc on January 04, 2014, 01:38:54 pm
The site posted by Jo gives a brilliant analysis of "gratuitous" vs "integral":

http://www.gearchange.org/muso_intro.asp

(Great find - I thought I was the only one finding this tedious!)
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Post by: T42 on January 04, 2014, 01:47:34 pm
As I recall from my quasi-musical days, modulation implies changing from a key I could play in to one where I couldn't.
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Post by: Ham on January 07, 2014, 09:49:22 am
Why is it that Funk & Soul sounds best on a Saturday night?

Just listening to Craig Charles on iPlayer, it's good, just not the same.
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Post by: tiermat on January 07, 2014, 10:35:53 am
Why is it that Funk & Soul sounds best on a Saturday night?

Just listening to Craig Charles on iPlayer, it's good, just not the same.

It is because F&S is what the weekend is for!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Cv66PqF9M
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Post by: Bledlow on January 07, 2014, 10:36:51 am
Inside Out South had a bit on cycling last night. First part of the programme. 06 Jan, 19.30
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Post by: citoyen on January 07, 2014, 10:53:50 am
Why is it that Funk & Soul sounds best on a Saturday night?

For the same reason that Jarvis Cocker sounds best on a Sunday afternoon while preparing a roast dinner.

Probably.
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Post by: LEE on January 07, 2014, 12:14:30 pm
The poster for the new 'Hunger Games' movie really irritates me.

She's supposed to be a super-skilled archer. The poster shows her with her finger hooked over the arrow. FFS, didn't they employ anyone on set who knew anything about archery?

Could be worse - Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in Avengers Assemble was roundly panned for having very poor archery form:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/03/avengers-hawkeye-archery/

I think Hawkeye was the one whose bow was sort of hinged/collapsible.  When he needed to use it he flicked it and it expanded into a full-length bow...but totally against the force of the bow-string.

That led me to conclude that the bow-string was actually rather weak "knicker-elastic" and hence why he was able to draw the bow with such poor form (That and it being a fantasy film of course).

I could go on about Legolas's rate of fire in LOTR but then again....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9RGnujlkI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9RGnujlkI)

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Post by: Pingu on January 09, 2014, 10:12:34 pm
http://www.concerthotels.com/100-years-of-rock
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Post by: Dibdib on January 09, 2014, 10:23:56 pm
Ditching Sky TV - even with the fat discounts they've offered me, I don't use it enough to justify the price. So I'm downgrading to one of the Six-ish Quid A Month streaming providers, probably Netflix or LoveFilm.

Considering I'm more of a TV box-sets person than a movie buff, I'm erring towards Netflix but does anyone have any experience of choosing between the two?
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Post by: red marley on January 10, 2014, 07:08:38 am
I think netflix offers a better range and service than Lovefilm. Much of Lovefilm's content is only available via DVD/post rather than streaming. My experience of DVDs is that a good proportion of them (maybe 1 in 8 ) are scratched and need returning which makes boxed set viewing frustrating.

There is a big overlap between the two in terms of content, but for US boxed set binging, the quality of the netflix offerings is better in my view. For example,

On netflix, but not love film:

Breaking bad
Orange is the New Black
House of Cards (US and UK versions)
Arrested Development
Dexter (Lovefilm now has content up to series 7, but netflix has all 8 and generally made previous series available earlier)

On lovefilm but not netflix:

The Shield
Walking Dead
Weeds

But the clincher for me is that netflix has a better range of UK and European TV / films.

Netflix is better at recommending new programmes based on what you have previously watched if that is useful to you. It also seems to offer a more reliable and less processing-intensive technology for streaming and viewing.
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Post by: Biggsy on January 12, 2014, 11:52:45 am
I'm worried about Gregory Porter overheating on stage.

(http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/pc/Gregory%2BPorter%2Bperforms%2Bduring%2BCheltenham%2BPd-pYSCeCDNl.jpg)
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Post by: tiermat on January 28, 2014, 10:07:27 am
DSF5 has released the first list of bands to play this year, thusly:

Johnny Marr, British Sea Power, Stornoway, Steve Mason, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip,
Summer Camp, We Were Evergreen, Withered Hand, Denai Moore, Nordic Giants, PAWS,
Georgia Ruth, Pins, All We Are, Police Dog Hogan, Raglans.


A good line up so far, shame we will miss it as we will be in Glasgow watching people run round in circles...
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Post by: Wowbagger on February 07, 2014, 06:57:57 pm
Mrs. Wow and I have been discussing television programmes from our extreme youth. As ever, we could not agree on something, in this case when the Granada prog "Magpie" was on. I was right: it was never on when we were at primary school.

However, the main point of this post is the discovery that the puppet cowboy programme "Four Feather Falls" star was no less a person than Nicholas Parsons. FFF was last broadcast in 1960.
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Post by: citoyen on February 09, 2014, 07:30:52 am
My first memory of Nicholas Parsons is on Sale Of The Century, from the late 70s/early 80s. He was already a "veteran" entertainer by then.

Btw, am I the only one who, whenever he hears the name Nicholas Parsons, mentally appends the words "shouldn't climb trees"?
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Post by: Ham on February 09, 2014, 12:30:29 pm
I don't watch much of anything, but I just walked into someone's house with a TV on. I was very amazed to read the name of this food programme from the on screen ident. "Kitchen" and " best bites" was OK, but the other word...... 

Then I realised that the "sa" at the start and the "ay" at the end had camouflaged themselves into the background.
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Post by: citoyen on February 09, 2014, 11:13:24 pm
Was the bit in the middle "James Martin"?
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Post by: Wowbagger on March 08, 2014, 01:47:00 pm
My choir is currently practising Rossini's "Petite Messe Solonnelle" for a concert next month. You don't gain the full impression of a work when you only practise the choruses. I think he misnamed it. It's for full orchestra and choir and lasts about 15 minutes longer than Beethoven's 9th symphony.

if Rossini wrote a Grande Messe Solonnelle then I don't think our superannuated lot would ever have the energy to perform it. As it is, a couple of the choruses we are doing require a fair bit of stamina.

If anyone fancies a listen, it's here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFGzmTLTjA8
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Post by: hellymedic on March 08, 2014, 03:00:04 pm
Petite Messe Solonnelle was the first piece we sang when I joined Uxbridge Choral Society in 1993.
Wonderful.
Enjoy!
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Post by: Dibdib on March 09, 2014, 09:21:28 am
Signs of spring: Just cancelled my Netflix subscription, in favour of a Eurosport Player subscription for the cycling season.

This morning will be spent drinking tea, eating toast and catching up on KBK and Le Samyn  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 09, 2014, 08:44:20 pm
I bloody love Call the Midwife.
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Post by: citoyen on March 10, 2014, 12:04:54 pm
This morning will be spent drinking tea, eating toast and catching up on KBK and Le Samyn  :thumbsup:

If you didn't see it yet, make sure you watch highlights of Saturday's Strade Bianche. Fantastic race.
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Post by: tiermat on March 10, 2014, 04:13:33 pm
+1 to what Citoyen says, fantastic race.
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Post by: Dibdib on March 10, 2014, 04:15:45 pm
I'll have a look tonight but I think the selection of on-demand video on Eurosport Player isn't as comprehensive as I'd like.

Also, the "live" feed of Paris-Nice yesterday was actually on about a half-hour delay. Mental note to avoid Twitter. :(
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Post by: Ruth on March 19, 2014, 09:04:14 am
Did anyone see the thing about old bicycles yesterday on that awful daytime antiques programme? It was on the telly in my coffee break at work yesterday.
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Post by: Pingu on March 24, 2014, 10:44:04 pm
The jukebox in the Blue Lamp in Aberdeen just got a mention on 6music  :thumbsup: Nostalgia!
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Post by: clarion on April 02, 2014, 11:02:38 pm
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3754/13589748935_b727631155_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mGT1U8)

Any so-called journalist who can't tell the difference between Alice Cooper and Kiss should have their typing finger chopped off >:(
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 03, 2014, 07:53:55 pm
I've just watched Legs & Co dancing to Sultans of Swing on TOTP1979.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 19, 2014, 07:49:11 pm
Watching "Dear John" on DVD.  The third programme of series 1 (the one with the disco and the dead terrapin) is possibly the funniest piece of TV comedy ever.  And I really had a MILF thing for Belinda Lang back then.
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Post by: Ham on April 19, 2014, 09:02:48 pm
Any Legs & Co video with the sound down is the PERFECT accompaniment to the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show,  it really works.
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Post by: rogerzilla on April 20, 2014, 06:04:27 pm
Temporarily (no speaker stands) the stereo speakers are plonked on the edge of the fireplace.  There is a buzz at a particular bass frequency with classical music (Classic FM is on, sounding awesome through a gert FM aerial).  I feel like Martin Hannett wiuth Joy Division's drumkit...I can't get rid of the buzz and the standard fix (blu-tack) isn't anywhere to be found.
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Post by: Andrij on April 25, 2014, 11:02:33 am
I used last night's insomnia to watch Farscape: Peacekeeper War, reminding myself how much I enjoyed the overall series.

Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black)  :-*
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Post by: Tim Hall on April 30, 2014, 12:17:11 pm
Just been listening to "After Henry" again on the iThing.  It's all very lovely, typical Simon Brett stuff. A bit of digging reveals that Clare, the granddaughter, is played by Gerry Cowper, who has misc. roles in Eastenders, The Bill and so on. But the winning one was playing the alleged missing girl Rowan Morrison in the Wicker Man.
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Post by: Deano on May 08, 2014, 10:13:57 pm
Rihanna vs Avril Lavigne (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/a-rihanna-meet-greet-vs-an-avril-lavigne-meet-greet?bffb&s=mobile)

Ok, they belabour the point, but the Avril Lavigne ones are wonderfully awkward.
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Post by: Ruth on May 09, 2014, 11:14:11 pm
What the bloody hell has happened to Barry Manilow's face?

Is he some kind of android?
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Post by: Dibdib on May 09, 2014, 11:45:19 pm
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BnOWmkwIUAAeNqz.jpg)

I'm sorry.
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Post by: madcow on May 30, 2014, 05:33:38 pm
Last week I caught 2/3 rd s of  Issie Sutties "Love Letters " on R4.  It made me laugh during an extremely busy and stressful week.
As a cynical and jaded northerner,I  have become immune to a lot of R4 content.
I have now listened to the whole prog on i-player and it's a  really well crafted monologue performance.
 This type of comedy from a woman  is rare and so much better than Sarah Millicans foul mouthed tripe.  Look for "George and Louise".

She also contributed to a Great Lives prog about Jake Thackray. That's worth listening to as well.
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Post by: Ham on June 04, 2014, 05:29:44 pm
Insulting the world (large image, you need to zoom in):
http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/144/e/a/map_of_the_world_stereotypes_by_jaysimons-d7jiuq7.png
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Post by: clarion on June 11, 2014, 12:41:56 pm
Listening to Radio 4xtra, I was overcome with sadness.  It was the beginning of the second series of the sitcom Albert & Me.  While it isn't great, that wasn't the reason that I was saddened.  More that it was Robert Lindsay (an actor I very much admired since I first saw him as Wolfie Smith), taking over from Richard Beckinsale, who had died at a ridiculously early age.  I loved Beckinsale, who I'd seen in Porridge, Going Straight, and a few other things, and it was a shock to find out that people can die unexpectedly.  It affected me greatly at the time.
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 11, 2014, 01:25:46 pm
Last week I caught 2/3 rd s of  Issie Sutties "Love Letters " on R4.  It made me laugh during an extremely busy and stressful week.
As a cynical and jaded northerner,I  have become immune to a lot of R4 content.
I have now listened to the whole prog on i-player and it's a  really well crafted monologue performance.
 This type of comedy from a woman  is rare and so much better than Sarah Millicans foul mouthed tripe.  Look for "George and Louise".

She also contributed to a Great Lives prog about Jake Thackray. That's worth listening to as well.

I cried at the end of one of the love letters. The one where the couple communicated by morse code, and he was building a shed for her. They were going to run away to France, but didn't. Very sad.
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Post by: LEE on June 11, 2014, 01:59:57 pm
I've just watched Legs & Co dancing to Sultans of Swing on TOTP1979.

Were they dressed as Sultans and were they sat on Garden swings?

That was usually how the thought process went.
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Post by: Ruth on June 21, 2014, 02:59:32 pm
I'm in the middle of watching Any Human Heart on the i-Player thingy.

It's just so wonderful.  Jim Broadbend, ah!  A real treat to watch  :D :D
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Post by: Bledlow on June 30, 2014, 01:51:12 pm
A few minutes ago, on the World At One:

John Hegley declaiming Poem de Terre.

Wonderful!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 30, 2014, 04:18:30 pm
Some handy hints for would-be dramatisers of a Series of Books:


Yes, you, ITV Studios, with your so-called "Shetland".

Apart from that I quite enjoyed it.
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 30, 2014, 04:25:38 pm
I awarded myself 5 points in RBQ for getting most of the answer right about Marilyn Monroe.

And again for the one about Jimi Hendrix.
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Post by: Ruth on July 05, 2014, 10:03:59 am
Ooh!  Vicky Pendleton live on Saturday Kitchen!  Her hair looks great and I love her red dress.
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Post by: Dibdib on July 11, 2014, 10:46:38 am
Not sure where else to put this, but... To Kill A Mockingbird is currently free on the Kindle store:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kill-Mockingbird-Harper-Lee-ebook/dp/B00K1XOV5G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405071893&sr=8-1&keywords=to+kill+a+mockingbird+kindle
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Post by: Vince on July 11, 2014, 02:06:09 pm
Thank you.

Is this because it is no-longer in the GCSE curriculum for not being British?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 14, 2014, 02:16:18 pm
The Clangers are coming back to TV next year. This should be so good, but as soon as people in official places start talking about something as having "subversive roots" and saying "it must not lose its nerve" you know it's past it. Still, it's worth it for the phrase "knitted satire". (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10963527/Why-The-Clangers-is-the-best-childrens-TV-show-ever.html)
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Post by: Andrij on July 29, 2014, 07:26:07 pm
Modern 'classical' music.  Why must it be so crappe?  A-rhythmic, dissonant cacophony*, beginning to end.  At best, it's planned noise.  Looking at the time, this premier of a piece by Gabriel Prokofiev will be over soon.

I try, I really do, but, but it does nothing for me - other than make me think 'why am I listening to this?'.


* Which, as my friends and I used to joke, is produced by an instrument called the kaka-phone. :-D
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Post by: rogerzilla on July 29, 2014, 08:55:44 pm
B&Q's background music is horrid "soundalike" cover versions.  That is enough to put me off going there, ever again.  At least Wilko play the originals.  The Co-Op is the worst - musak instrumental versions of modern pop records  :sick:
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2014, 01:32:06 am
Never heard (of) this Gabriel Prokofiev before, but could it be that the Prokofiev family musical gene is more akin to that of the Lennons than the Bachs.
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Post by: hellymedic on August 24, 2014, 12:19:10 pm
My erstwhile schoolmate and now Facebook friend, (an Oxford graduate) like me, possesses no TV.
I suggested he could watch the latest Dr Who on iplayer.
He posted he didn't have an iplayer so I had to explain.
I sent a linky to clicky.
Bless!
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Post by: Bledlow on August 24, 2014, 01:44:33 pm
Modern 'classical' music.  Why must it be so crappe?  A-rhythmic, dissonant cacophony*, beginning to end.  At best, it's planned noise.  Looking at the time, this premier of a piece by Gabriel Prokofiev will be over soon.

I try, I really do, but, but it does nothing for me - other than make me think 'why am I listening to this?'
Grandson of the more famous Sergei, but his father Oleg was a painter. I once visited his house in London when I was a student (the family was away, & the young woman who was looking after it was a friend of a friend). Lots of his own paintings on the walls. A few I thought OK, but most weren't to my taste.

Gabriel would have been a toddler at the time.
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Post by: TheLurker on August 24, 2014, 08:33:05 pm
I see Bjarne Riis is moonlighting as a cellist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.  :)
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Post by: Dibdib on August 31, 2014, 08:51:02 pm
Just ordered two tickets to see a "contemporary" M*cb*th Scottish Play in a couple of weeks. I am very curious to see if it's any good.
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2014, 11:38:11 pm
Modern 'classical' music.  Why must it be so crappe?  A-rhythmic, dissonant cacophony*, beginning to end.  At best, it's planned noise.  Looking at the time, this premier of a piece by Gabriel Prokofiev will be over soon.

I try, I really do, but, but it does nothing for me - other than make me think 'why am I listening to this?'.


* Which, as my friends and I used to joke, is produced by an instrument called the kaka-phone. :-D

I am very inclined to agree, Andrij. I haven't been to a prom lately, but I attended one a few years ago in which Beethoven's 9th followed the premier of some work by Harrison Birtwistle. I wonder if the Birtwistle piece will ever gain a second hearing?

Many pieces were panned by the audience on their first performance. I think Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" is one such but it is widely acclaimed these days. I'm not at all keen on it. I do, however, like most of the stuff that I have heard by Bela Bartok. I do think that some pieced of music grow on you with more listening. Bartok's "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste" was one of my A level set works so I had to listen to it quite a few times. Even though the first run-through was, as you say, cacophonous and incomprehensible, the more I listened the more I liked it.

Actually, now I come to think of it, I also had Bartok at O level - one of the volumes of his piano pieces "Mikrokosmos". I grew to like those as well.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 03, 2014, 03:02:34 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: to DJ Random for playing Cheap Trick's "California Man" as I pulled into a "gas" station in Ridgecrest, CA, at lunchtime.  However, if he could keep the likes of "Merry Xmas Everybody" and "Fairytale Of New York" under wraps for a while...
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Post by: mcshroom on September 03, 2014, 11:45:16 am
Modern 'classical' music.  Why must it be so crappe?  A-rhythmic, dissonant cacophony*, beginning to end.  At best, it's planned noise.  Looking at the time, this premier of a piece by Gabriel Prokofiev will be over soon.

I try, I really do, but, but it does nothing for me - other than make me think 'why am I listening to this?'.


* Which, as my friends and I used to joke, is produced by an instrument called the kaka-phone. :-D

I am very inclined to agree, Andrij. I haven't been to a prom lately, but I attended one a few years ago in which Beethoven's 9th followed the premier of some work by Harrison Birtwistle. I wonder if the Birtwistle piece will ever gain a second hearing?

Many pieces were panned by the audience on their first performance. I think Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" is one such but it is widely acclaimed these days. I'm not at all keen on it. I do, however, like most of the stuff that I have heard by Bela Bartok. I do think that some pieced of music grow on you with more listening. Bartok's "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste" was one of my A level set works so I had to listen to it quite a few times. Even though the first run-through was, as you say, cacophonous and incomprehensible, the more I listened the more I liked it.

Actually, now I come to think of it, I also had Bartok at O level - one of the volumes of his piano pieces "Mikrokosmos". I grew to like those as well.

I would like to bet there was just as much rubbish around in the past as there is now. As with many things the good stuff rises to the top and we lose the bad stuff as noone wants to keep playing it.
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Post by: Andrij on September 05, 2014, 11:00:27 pm
Great 'Late Night Proms' tonight.  Wish I felt well enough to actually be there.
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 06, 2014, 12:04:55 am
Modern 'classical' music.  Why must it be so crappe?  A-rhythmic, dissonant cacophony*, beginning to end.  At best, it's planned noise.  Looking at the time, this premier of a piece by Gabriel Prokofiev will be over soon.

I try, I really do, but, but it does nothing for me - other than make me think 'why am I listening to this?'.


* Which, as my friends and I used to joke, is produced by an instrument called the kaka-phone. :-D

I am very inclined to agree, Andrij. I haven't been to a prom lately, but I attended one a few years ago in which Beethoven's 9th followed the premier of some work by Harrison Birtwistle. I wonder if the Birtwistle piece will ever gain a second hearing?

Many pieces were panned by the audience on their first performance. I think Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" is one such but it is widely acclaimed these days. I'm not at all keen on it. I do, however, like most of the stuff that I have heard by Bela Bartok. I do think that some pieced of music grow on you with more listening. Bartok's "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste" was one of my A level set works so I had to listen to it quite a few times. Even though the first run-through was, as you say, cacophonous and incomprehensible, the more I listened the more I liked it.

Actually, now I come to think of it, I also had Bartok at O level - one of the volumes of his piano pieces "Mikrokosmos". I grew to like those as well.

I would like to bet there was just as much rubbish around in the past as there is now. As with many things the good stuff rises to the top and we lose the bad stuff as noone wants to keep playing it.

You may be right, but the "modern" trend for completely tuneless stuff is something previous generations didn't have to put up with, I am sure. I think it's very difficult for us to imagine what music was available to ordinary people before the days of radio and the record industry. I suspect that there were a lot more good amateur musicians around than there are today, because there must have been a demand of some kind. Today we are fed a diet of non-stop radio and, whatever our musical tastes, there's never any need to go to a concert in order to hear stuff played.

There's also quite a bit of good stuff from years ago which just isn't fashionable any more. Composers go through phases of fashion - after all, J.S. Bach was pretty much unknown until Mendelssohn introduced a few of his works to the 19th century audiences. Apparently there was a family link - Mendelssohn's great aunt learned music with one of J.S.Bach's sons. Can you imagine a world without the Brandenburgs, the Orchestral Suites, the 48 preludes & fugues, the chorales, the Passions, the violin concerti etc? How many ordinary people would have ever had the chance to hear some of Bach's stuff before the days of braodcasting? Very few, I'm sure, but I'd be surprised if any British adult today didn't recognise the opening of the toccata & fugue in D minor (OK, experts think it wasn't one of Bach's after all) even if they couldn't put a name to it.

It's quite rare to hear performances of stuff by Tallis and Byrd, but I'd rate "Spem in Alium" up there with some of the best music ever composed - but you hardly ever hear it today.
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Post by: clarion on September 06, 2014, 02:23:52 pm
You're doing what to my alliums? :o
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Post by: mcshroom on September 06, 2014, 02:42:30 pm
I'd agree there are far fewer amateur musicians (and I'll add choristers) than there used to be. There is still some good music being produced. One example in Choral music is Philip Stopford. His reinterpretation of Lully, Lulla, Lullay was the highest choral piece in the Classic FM Hall of Fame this year (Number 1 going to Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending again).

Also there is some good music being written for films. I would expect Howard Shore's compositions for the Lord of the Rings films to be popular for a time to come; and personally I found the pieces composed for the Pirates of the Caribbean enjoyable (much better than the films at any rate).

We do have so much music available to us now that sifting the good pieces from the bad ones can be difficult, and it will be interesting to see what from now is still popular in 50 years time (or 94 like the age of The Lark Ascending today).
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 06, 2014, 04:15:49 pm
You're doing what to my alliums? :o

They're receiving junk e-mail from poshos.
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Post by: menthel on September 16, 2014, 11:08:04 am
I bought a banjo and now my fingers hurt!
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Post by: Vince on September 16, 2014, 11:11:18 am
Cue the banjo jokes

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Post by: clarion on September 16, 2014, 11:15:11 am
I bought a banjo and now my fingers hurt!

You need to be more careful with the hammer.
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Post by: menthel on September 16, 2014, 11:47:53 am
I bought a banjo and now my fingers hurt!

You need to be more careful with the hammer.

Its not all that accurate for picking either- the claw end was better than the hammering end though. ;)
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Post by: citoyen on September 16, 2014, 02:17:58 pm
A few months ago, I saw Richard Ayoade coming out of Canterbury East station wearing a rather eye-catching tomato-coloured suit. I put it down to the eccentricity of celebrity.

Last night, Richard Ayoade was on telly in a new programme called "Gadget Man"... in which he goes around testing gadgets while wearing a tomato-coloured suit.
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Post by: Biff on September 20, 2014, 06:12:12 pm
A mate and his g/f were listening to The Stone Roses when she pipes up "Wow, they obviously modelled themselves on Oasis!" Laughter ensued.
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Post by: Biff on September 25, 2014, 12:38:02 pm
This is neat:

http://art-post.me/218
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 25, 2014, 06:27:08 pm
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Киевская инди-рок группа «Brunettes Shoot Blondes» сняла оригинальный клип на песню «Knock Knock», действие которого разворачивается на 14 яблочных гаджетах - телефонах, планшетах и ноутбуках. Продуманность очаровывает с первых кадров.
I love how they've translated Apple and turned it into an adjective. 14 яблочных гаджетах Especially in context with the more obviously translatable 'indie rock' being not translated by simply transliterated.

The montage is cool too.
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Post by: Dibdib on October 02, 2014, 08:07:26 pm
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Total time played: 61 days, 7 hours, 13 minutes, 45 seconds

And that's just one of my characters, another has 33 days on it...

Holy crap, World of Warcraft can be addictive. In my defense, this is over the last six years or so.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 02, 2014, 09:09:14 pm
Thanks to the wonders of SCIENCE I can now reveal that DJ Random played me precisely 2296 different tracks during my sojourn in USAnia :thumbsup:
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Post by: delthebike on October 03, 2014, 02:45:25 pm
HIGNFY! New series tonight.
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Post by: Vince on October 03, 2014, 02:46:23 pm
and QI series L is starting too
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 03, 2014, 06:12:45 pm
Both of which have extended 12" disco mixes; QI XL is 22:30 Sunday, BBC2, HIGABMNFY 22:35 Monday, BBC1.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 05, 2014, 10:48:25 pm
Oh for the love of feck, it appears the sound person on HIGNIFY has turned up on QI and decided to spread the 'applause a billionty time louder than the dialogue virus onto the program too, chiz.
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Post by: tiermat on October 10, 2014, 10:24:41 am
The Wedding Present are playing at next year's Deer Shed Festival.

I shall be ordering tickets....
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Post by: Deano on October 10, 2014, 10:31:18 am
Bedale has a gig venue - and this lot are playing there:

http://www.hopeandsocial.co.uk/live/

You like them, don't you, t?
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Post by: tiermat on October 10, 2014, 10:37:06 am
Bedale has a gig venue - and this lot are playing there:

http://www.hopeandsocial.co.uk/live/

You like them, don't you, t?

Oooo, good find.  If you haven't seen them live, do so, they are great*!

*It's ok, I shan't repeat my story about seeing them in 199<cough>, when they were known as Three Day Hombre :)
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Post by: tiermat on October 16, 2014, 08:55:27 am
Mrs T and myself went to the local Co-op the other night.

Whilst wandering the aisles I heard "Drip, Drip, Drip" emanating from the overhead speakers.

No, it wasn't the water tank leaking, it was the beginning of "Black Chandelier" by Biffy Clyro!!!!!
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Post by: clarion on October 20, 2014, 03:03:41 pm
I feel very old. :(

Listeners to Radmac have just been contacting the programme, nostalgic about Shed Seven.

I teched their first gig!  Must have been just the other week...
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Post by: Biggsy on October 20, 2014, 03:31:09 pm
I'm afraid I associate Shed Seven with the awful boredom of listening to Steve Lacrap and Smiley Woman on Radio One years ago (in the hope of hearing the odd good tune, before Radio 6 was invented).
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Post by: clarion on October 20, 2014, 03:33:11 pm
Oh, I don't actually like them!  But they were decent enough kids...
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Post by: Biggsy on October 20, 2014, 04:16:34 pm
Shame you didn't wire up their mics to the mains.  :)
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Post by: clarion on October 20, 2014, 04:23:11 pm
Which reminds me: I did Bros' first gig as well.
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Post by: citoyen on October 20, 2014, 05:01:31 pm
New HMHB album out now...

http://www.probeplus-store.co.uk/index.php?_a=product&product_id=162
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on October 20, 2014, 05:30:41 pm
Which reminds me: I did Bros' first gig as well.

Shame you didn't wire up their mics to the mains.   ;D
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Post by: clarion on October 20, 2014, 09:55:47 pm
Sadly, I was not in charge of the sound on that occasion.

The person who was marked out a large area at the front of the stage with gaff tape as a TFZ

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Post by: tiermat on October 26, 2014, 09:32:46 pm
10pm tonight, BBC Three, Sonic Highways starts. In case you weren't aware, this is the story of the making of the Foo Fighters' new album, where they travel the US recording in different studios, sort of continuing on from what they started with "Wasting Light"
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 30, 2014, 09:27:22 am
Mrs. Wow and I are on a train heading for London. We are going to spend the day at the Turner exhibition at the Tate Modern.
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Post by: Andrij on October 30, 2014, 09:34:56 am
Mrs. Wow and I are on a train heading for London. We are going to spend the day at the Turner exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Ike or Tina?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 30, 2014, 11:31:05 am
Mrs. Wow and I are on a train heading for London. We are going to spend the day at the Turner exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Ike or Tina?

I'd guessed Nik...
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on October 30, 2014, 11:31:18 am
MsC is up in York for half-term, so I took the day off and went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Featured exhibits by  Ursula von Rydingsvard and Ai Weiwei. Never heard of Ursula von Rydingsvard and I don't normally like rough abstract wood sculptures but really liked her stuff.

Ai Weiwei I have heard of and found some of his work very moving, some a bit contrived.
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Post by: tiermat on October 30, 2014, 11:41:08 am
Mrs. Wow and I are on a train heading for London. We are going to spend the day at the Turner exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Ike or Tina?

I'd guessed Nik...

Maybe Brian
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 30, 2014, 11:57:14 am
Mrs. Wow and I are on a train heading for London. We are going to spend the day at the Turner exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Ike or Tina?

I'd guessed Nik...

Maybe Brian

Or Stinky.  Or Robert, though he's taken to calling himself Robert Turner Been these days
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Post by: peliroja on October 30, 2014, 12:53:02 pm
Mrs. Wow and I are on a train heading for London. We are going to spend the day at the Turner exhibition at the Tate Modern.
Isn't the Turner exhibition at the Tate Britain, not Modern?
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Post by: Biggsy on October 30, 2014, 12:59:54 pm
Isn't the Turner exhibition at the Tate Britain, not Modern?

Yes.  And there's a fair distance between the Tates.  How about they move and combine them to the Battersea Power Station?
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 30, 2014, 01:51:57 pm
Mrs. Wow and I are on a train heading for London. We are going to spend the day at the Turner exhibition at the Tate Modern.
Isn't the Turner exhibition at the Tate Britain, not Modern?
Sadly yes. We have had a long walk but we are here now.
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Post by: Steph on October 30, 2014, 07:12:08 pm
When I do my Big Shop at the megacorps Extra, I always have a trawl through the DVD shelves to look for a truly stupid title to giggle at (not buy)

I have snorted at "Ozombie" about Osama Bin L as a Walker.
I have snirked at "Piranaconda", about a deadly crossbred fishsnake.
I have guffawed over "Sharknado", about a tornado. Full of sharks.

Today I found this year's winner, which bigs itself up by announcing that it features the, er, star from Sharknado.

The film is called "Zombeaver"

I leave it as an exercise for the reader to work out the premise. No, not THAT sort of beaver. Castor, not cunny.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 31, 2014, 07:33:30 am
I've seen Sharknado.
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Post by: Kim on October 31, 2014, 02:08:30 pm
I've seen Sharknado.

As have I.  It delivered in exactly the way that Snakes On A Plane failed to.

There's a Sharknado 2, but I'm saving that for times of need.
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Post by: Steph on October 31, 2014, 08:32:47 pm
Zombeavers. The cover image. PMSL.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2784512/
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Post by: spesh on October 31, 2014, 09:36:21 pm
In a similar vein, as it were...

Quote from: io9
Remember the good old days of trolling the video rental horror section and just starring agape at the wondrous collection of VHS horror cover art?

http://io9.com/the-motherlode-of-deliciously-disturbing-and-disgusting-1652900711

NB: As per the web link, contains images of varying degrees of squickyness, so probably not for viewing at work or by those of a delicate nature. But worth a laugh for the tag lines on some of the covers. ;D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 01, 2014, 08:35:28 am
Coes the doll on the cover of "Dolls" look,like Michael Jackson, or is it just me?
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Post by: TheLurker on November 02, 2014, 07:37:58 am
Attention Bluesbreakers!  John Mayall will be on the Andrew Marr show _today_ (Sunday) just before 10 AM.
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Post by: Steph on November 02, 2014, 05:13:47 pm
For fans of Sir Terry, I had an odd discovery today. In the classic Addams Family TV show, Granny's name is apparently Esmerelda. She's a witch.

Pugsley was played by a boy with the surname Weatherwax (Ken W.). Now, the link should need no explanation!
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Post by: Wowbagger on November 03, 2014, 12:57:11 pm
Dez persuaded me to watch an episode of the Simpsons today, one which he tells me has not yet been broadcast in this country. It was on the subject of Fracking.

There was one wonderful cultural reference:- "Pumping fracked gas is all cash cash cash!"
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Post by: hulver on November 03, 2014, 01:07:05 pm
We watched the Extended edition of part two of The Hobbit last night. I did wonder how they could cram an extra 25 minutes into a film that was already 2 hours too long, but it turns out they did it in a quite surprising way.

By putting back all the bits from the book that they cut out in the first place, and expanding some things that were mentioned in the book / LotR (like Gandalf finding Thorin's dad at Dol Guldor).

Quite enjoyable, but now reaches "Oh dear God how am I going to sit through this" length, but fast forwarding through the stupid barrel riding scene shortens it a little bit.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 10, 2014, 07:07:50 pm
"The One Show" is doing a piece on rubbish collection and had, as background music, "Garbage" by The Deviants  :o

I do not think their researcher listened to the lyrics.
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Post by: tiermat on November 12, 2014, 08:39:01 pm
Foo Fighters have announced UK dates for next year (and theyare UK dates, one night in Embra). The Maccamland one, the one nearest to us, is ona Monday :(

It is a bank holiday  :thumbsup:

It is half term  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: Biff on November 16, 2014, 04:33:13 pm
An interesting take:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B2hK6aqIIAABtox.jpg)
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Post by: Deano on November 21, 2014, 12:26:50 pm
Steve Cropper from out of Booker T and the MGs to play... Reeth!

http://m.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/11617440.Sitting_On_The_Dock_Of_The_Bay_music_legend_asks_to_play_at_pub__in_the_sticks_/
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Post by: Biggsy on November 21, 2014, 01:43:52 pm
This is great.  Dick Smith on flying a helicopter solo around the world:

http://youtu.be/fK2KBDo7ISY?t=23m3s
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 24, 2014, 11:25:20 am
You need this like a... but of course it needs one!
http://youtu.be/Je30JqJCW0o
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 24, 2014, 11:13:22 pm
Have Sara Cox and Philomena Cunk ever been seen in the same room?
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Post by: Biff on November 26, 2014, 04:15:16 pm
Been there, got the t-shirt

(http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b210/bigh47/B3PfFIfCMAEus_c.jpg)
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Post by: hulver on November 26, 2014, 05:11:31 pm
Masterchef: The Professionals on BBC at the moment (another one tonight). 4 weeks in. 10 contestants per weeks. With tonight's program that will make 40 chefs trying to get through so far.

3 of which have been women (I don't think there are any women on tonight's program, from the footage they showed last night)

Surely the ratio of women to men in the cheffing business must be higher than 3/40.

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Post by: tiermat on November 27, 2014, 08:04:18 am
Masterchef: The Professionals on BBC at the moment (another one tonight). 4 weeks in. 10 contestants per weeks. With tonight's program that will make 40 chefs trying to get through so far.

3 of which have been women (I don't think there are any women on tonight's program, from the footage they showed last night)

Surely the ratio of women to men in the cheffing business must be higher than 3/40.

Probably not.  At least not at the higher end.

Like with most other jobs, the catering industry is made up of the young and females at the shit lower end, the men being aggressive and moving through the ranks quickly.  This is a great shame as some of the best chefs I have had the pleasure to work with have been women, the men being too "in your face"
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Post by: Biff on November 27, 2014, 10:03:19 pm
RIP PD James. Not everyone's cup of tea but I found her novels quite readable.
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Post by: Dibdib on November 28, 2014, 05:00:10 pm
Happy Hogswatch (http://www.discworldemporium.com/Hogswatch%202014)!

To celebrate, this evening I'll be curling up on the sofa with a  beer and a Discworld novel  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Ruthie on November 28, 2014, 05:47:19 pm
RIP PD James. Not everyone's cup of tea but I found her novels quite readable.

I thought she was great, her writing was always sharp and challenging, and her voice was young.  I was astonished when I heard how old she was.

Thanks PD James!
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Post by: TheLurker on November 30, 2014, 11:26:37 am
"Carman's Whistle" by Robert Johnson on a Julian Bream LP* I bought yesterday.  Hang on a mo. JB playing the blues!? On a lute!? Oh, ah, I _see_; a _different_ Robert Johnson.   An Elizabethan/Jacobean Robert Johnson (1582-1633).  Clot.  Really must pay more attention that or buy some new specs. :)


*Note for very much younger readers.
Like streamed music only _you_ have a physical copy and can lend it to friends without people** getting all uptight and sniffy about it.

**Lawyers and bean-counters mostly.
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Post by: Chris S on November 30, 2014, 11:31:36 am
Google+ "Auto-Awesome" (I'm just guessing here, but that looks like a name that an American would think up) just sent me an edit of video clips and photos I took at the Cyclo Cross yesterday.

It's not that bad, actually - but it is a bit freaky, having a machine somewhere doing something almost creative with my stuff.
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Post by: Sergeant Pluck on December 03, 2014, 08:36:49 pm
Bez on C4 News.

:)

Comical, but he did talk quite a lot of sense.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 04, 2014, 07:30:09 pm
Tipped off to the publication of a new Stuart MacBride novel next month by, of all things, an ad on a web site, I have now got a novella by the same author for the princely sum of 99p.
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Post by: Ruthie on December 07, 2014, 10:21:11 pm
Stardust was on this afternoon.  The star was played by Carrie out of Homeland!  Except Carrie was dubbed by a posh English girl.  From the embodiment of light in a fairy tale, to a psychopath CIA agent.  Whoa.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 07, 2014, 11:06:58 pm
You are all to tune your wirelesses to BBC Radio 3 at 18:45 next Sunday, December 14th, for "The Supernatural North" in which Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough visits Norway in search of the supernatural icy world that haunts the imagination of writers like Philip Pullman and A.S. Byatt.  Never mind them, though, it also features Dr Larrington.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 08, 2014, 06:54:34 pm
last.fm's scrobbler has nothing to say about Swiss metal mayhem merchants Krokus ::-)  And it thinks The House Of Lords are some Gene Simmons-endorsed bunch of New Yorkers, not Penniless Student Oaves from Midsomer Norton featuring my chum Hobbs ???
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Post by: clarion on December 08, 2014, 08:00:51 pm
I have nothing to say of Krokus.

My mum said that if you haven't anything nice to say...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 09, 2014, 12:18:46 pm
I saw them at the Lyceum circa 1980 and jolly good fun they were too!
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 11, 2014, 07:51:55 pm
Legs & Co's interpretation of the Quo's Living on an Island on TOTP1979 tonight was - well, words fail me.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 12, 2014, 11:19:44 pm
Kate Rusby's Christmas Tour shoes were nowhere near as nice as the shiny red ones with bows on that Ruthie and Butterfly and I argued about 2 years ago.

Her mittens and wooly scarf were nice tho.


(And the brass band and the 'boys' and la Belle Rusby were of course delightful.... sorry, Clarion)
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 13, 2014, 11:53:44 am
These red shoes? (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040725/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4)
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Post by: CrinklyLion on December 13, 2014, 01:44:41 pm
These (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMh6QjMkvzE#t=28) red shoes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMh6QjMkvzE#t=28
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Post by: tiermat on December 20, 2014, 02:45:24 pm
When I become The Emporer of Everything, my first law to be enacted will contain the following:

1) it is not illegal to punch someone if a) they are a TV chef whose first name begins with "Jam" or b) they present at house search show and use the phrase "Wow factor".
2) The aforementioned house search shows must be honest, not presented as if writing an estate agents particulars.
3) Car make over shows must be honest too.
4) "Bear" Grills must admit he is, really, a wuss and he gets his cameraman to act as a body double for him for all the dangerous stuff...

I envisage this would lead to much more entertaining TV
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 20, 2014, 04:57:02 pm
Does 1)b) still apply even if the house is in Southend and comes complete with a bearded, jovial, beer-drinking, Bach-singing resident?
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Post by: Ruthie on December 21, 2014, 11:07:11 am
Ha, it's cyclists versus motorbikers on Bargain Hunt this morning, it's such a no-brainer which bunch of skinflint curmudgeons is going to win that one!   :demon:
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 21, 2014, 02:41:46 pm
If you copy a bunch of mp3s into a temporary directory prior to importing them into iThings and then delete them afterwards then the not-very-random play thing gets all confused and will start playing as many versions of George Thorogood & The Destroyers' "Treat Her Right" as it can find.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on December 21, 2014, 07:20:44 pm
Somebody ought to teach the reincarnation of Joyce Grenfell Kate Humble how to do voiceovers on that Orbit Round the Sun programme so that she doesn't sound similar in texture to the gift in Trafalgar Square supplied by Norway. I don't like her at the best of times, but her voiced input is awful.
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Post by: Chris S on December 21, 2014, 10:42:34 pm
She was the main reason I turned that programme off after about three minutes.
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Post by: billplumtree on December 23, 2014, 09:33:03 am
You are all to tune your wirelesses to BBC Radio 3 at 18:45 next Sunday, December 14th, for "The Supernatural North" in which Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough visits Norway in search of the supernatural icy world that haunts the imagination of writers like Philip Pullman and A.S. Byatt.  Never mind them, though, it also features Dr Larrington.

Missed this, but will iplayer-thing it.  Being as how I did actually walk past the very Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society, mentioned therein, in Hammerfest on my holibobs.  And I did hear a clip of the programme on Radio 4's Pick of the Week last Sunday, in which your intrepid reporter (no, not me, her) was inducted into the society by being 'knighted' with a walrus penis bone.  It's not every day you hear that.
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Post by: citoyen on December 23, 2014, 01:15:08 pm
Adam Buxton's Shed Of Christmas was on Sky Arts last week but is well worth catching up with on demand if you missed it. Just a load of random Christmas themed nonsense. Very silly, very amusing.

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/adam-buxtons-shed
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Post by: ian on December 24, 2014, 10:18:57 am
Putting my feet up at the weekend to survey the sundry offerings on Amazon Instant and I saw some serial killer nonsense (The Following) with Kevin Bacon (which in our house is always pronounced like Kevin Turvey) which I thought suitably festive (to be honest, serial killers are about as scary as zombies, though admittedly you're more likely to find a serial killer in your wardrobe). It's pretty much what you expect. Kevin looks Kevin-y (and you expect him to start advertising mobile phone networks), the bad guy is English (this trend continues and all an English person will need to do is sneak up behind an American and say hello and they'll shock and awe their stars and stripes underwear), they're been reading the playbook. That's all by-the-by, the weird thing is that we've both seen it before. With the first episode there was déjà vu. Ah, we think, probably watched it on an aeroplane. Now four episodes in we can remember the entire series. Everything other than where we saw it. It's odd, it came out in 2013, we don't have terrestrial TV or Sky (where it aired), it's not in my Amazon history, we don't have the DVDs. We don't even watch much TV, perhaps an hour in the evening. How did I misplace about fifteen hours of TV? Good job it's not a programme about aliens, that kind of missing time has to be reported.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 24, 2014, 04:09:48 pm
Maybe Kevin Bacon implanted it in your brain through your mobile phone.

Never mind, you can make a hat once you've taken the turkey out of the tinfoil, just in case he tries to put Flatliners in there too.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 24, 2014, 05:00:49 pm
You saw something else but due to the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon wossname...
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Post by: ian on December 24, 2014, 05:19:37 pm
Maybe Kevin Bacon implanted it in your brain through your mobile phone.

Never mind, you can make a hat once you've taken the turkey out of the tinfoil, just in case he tries to put Flatliners in there too.

Hmm, perhaps a Twitter virus.

I'm more worried about Footloose, tbh. Reminds me, I had to explain the Footloose joke from Guardians of the Galaxy to one of the mothership minions. She patiently explained that that was from 'before [she] was born' like that's any kind of excuse. I dunno what they teach kids in school these days.

Oh oh, earworm in 3,2,1, everybody cut FOOTLOOSE...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 24, 2014, 05:23:45 pm
Footloose makes me think of the Singing Owls in Reeves & Mortimer.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on December 26, 2014, 07:48:52 am
Having had Strictly Come Masochistically Endure Bruce Forsyth inflicted on me - and Michael Feckin' Bublé - it seems that Sir Bruce finds reading autocue rather challenging these days, so do the kind thing, BBC, and rip up next year's invitation or simply take him out and shoot him, please.
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Post by: citoyen on December 26, 2014, 11:09:51 am
The trailer for that promised "all your favourite entertainers" but I happen to know that Messrs Bowie and Ferry had other plans, so as well as being a senile old git, Forsyth is a liar too.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on December 26, 2014, 01:44:46 pm
That, I assume, was the edited, best version, so I wonder how bad the out takes were?
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Post by: Wowbagger on December 31, 2014, 06:56:17 pm
I have jst been reminding myself of this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNxr3ldkaco

Wonderful stuff!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 17, 2015, 02:48:20 am
New series of "The Infinite Monkey Cage" starts on Monday January 19, R4, 16:30.
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Post by: Andrij on January 19, 2015, 09:58:14 pm
Ahhh, nothing like a bit of Schönberg to get me to switch off Radio3.
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Post by: Ruthie on January 28, 2015, 05:54:19 pm
Doing the ironing and watching In The Shadow of the Moon.

I can't watch the bit about Apollo 1 without crying.  So terrible.
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Post by: Ruthie on February 01, 2015, 09:33:52 pm
Why must my i-Pod always play Amon Amarth when I put it on Shuffle?

Must remember to get rid of that.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 01, 2015, 11:50:53 pm
Set up a smart playlist such that it doesn't play Stuffs it's already played before?
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Post by: Kim on February 01, 2015, 11:56:13 pm
Why must my i-Pod always play Amon Amarth when I put it on Shuffle?

It's cursed, obviously.  It's like tapes left in cars turning into Queen.  You can't fight it.
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Post by: tiermat on February 03, 2015, 09:31:54 am
I have just had an email about this year's Deershed lineup.

It includes:
The Unthanks
James Yorkston
The Wedding Present
John Grant

and

BILLY BRAGG!!!!!

http://deershedfestival.com/music/
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Post by: hellymedic on February 03, 2015, 10:18:04 pm
Went to flicks with Aged Parents. Tickets for parents & me - £16.60
'Small' Fanta for Dad and water for Mum - £5.80.

Auditorium empty at front and maybe 20  punters at back.

Vue reception area horrible; constant noise of ventilation and muzak, poor light, difficult to find information we needed.

Parents could not leave fast enough.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 05, 2015, 11:20:06 am
Vue reception area horrible; constant noise of ventilation and muzak, poor light, difficult to find information we needed.

You forgot to mention the squelchy worn carpet and stench of stale popcorn.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 05, 2015, 08:12:32 pm
I don't care what the miseries say, I'm in the Mood for Dancing by the Nolans is one of the best records ever made. Fact. #totp1980
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 06, 2015, 12:33:52 am
Because idleness I found myself watching "This Week" just now.  Matt, er, um, er anyway prawns featured prominently.  In it.  And they played The Soft Boys' "Where Are The Prawns?"  Blimey!
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 08, 2015, 10:13:44 pm
http://www.buzzfeed.com/scottybryan/someone-edited-together-all-the-dumbest-questions-posed-at-t#.jsdD8Zjew
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Post by: andrewc on February 09, 2015, 07:20:44 pm
I've just noticed that Fascinating Aida are on in Liverpool in March  :thumbsup: 
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Post by: andrewc on February 15, 2015, 01:12:45 am
Going through the mountain of old magazines & mailshots I was excited to find something telling me that Sinead O'Connor was due to play in Liverpool .....

However on checking the appropriate website "Despite our best efforts and although this date was previously advertised in our What's On guide, this concert will no longer go ahead."   :(
Title: It's all in the f-hole
Post by: Andrij on February 15, 2015, 08:00:07 pm
Acoustic dynamics of stringed instruments nailed (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/15/violin_acoustics_f_holes_mit/)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 17, 2015, 08:19:46 am
Just once it would be be nice to dispense with the cliffhanger nonsense.  Yes, you, Chris "Broadchurch" Chibnall.  Like we didn't see that coming ::-)
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Post by: ian on February 17, 2015, 08:53:26 am
Putting my feet up at the weekend to survey the sundry offerings on Amazon Instant and I saw some serial killer nonsense (The Following) with Kevin Bacon...

I realise after slowly soldiering through five episodes that my brain in fact elided the experience owing to the fact that this programme is so insufferably awful. Kevin, what have you done? Good god, they're made three series of this shit.

Basically, Kevin wanders around with a look on his face that makes it look like he needs the bathroom, a good, long book, and some privacy because he'd been saving up for this one. Absolutely nothing makes sense. It doesn't so much as jump the shark as install a trapeze and hire a bloody circus.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 17, 2015, 09:02:35 am
The Casual Vacancy1.  It's a Rubbishes.  Famous != Good.

1: I think no-one could be arsed to turn the Anbaric Distascope off for an hour.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 17, 2015, 09:08:08 am
Acoustic dynamics of stringed instruments nailed (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/15/violin_acoustics_f_holes_mit/)
Interesting. Though it's hardly news that violin makers did not know what features produced 'better' sound, seeing as those features have been argued about for centuries. It's all in the varnish, they used to say.
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Post by: Ruthie on February 17, 2015, 07:09:26 pm
The Casual Vacancy1.  It's a Rubbishes.  Famous != Good.

1: I think no-one could be arsed to turn the Anbaric Distascope off for an hour.

I rather enjoyed it!  Lots of characters you can love to hate  :thumbsup:
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Post by: jsabine on February 17, 2015, 07:48:44 pm
Basically, Kevin wanders around with a look on his face that makes it look like he needs the bathroom, a good, long book, and some privacy because he'd been saving up for this one.

That's the EE ads, isn't it?
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Post by: ian on February 17, 2015, 09:16:27 pm
Basically, Kevin wanders around with a look on his face that makes it look like he needs the bathroom, a good, long book, and some privacy because he'd been saving up for this one.

That's the EE ads, isn't it?

I think it's the 'tortured soul' look they learn at Acting School. The dread weight of the backstory that he must lug from scene to scene. I survived five series of Lost, I have the badge and everything, but five episodes of The Following had me in tears. I don't know if it's the epic dumbness of the police and FBI (I want Scully to turn up and stab each and every one of them with her shoe heel), every movement is lubricated by stupidity, the suspension bridge of disbelief I have to cross to accept the cult of serial killers with unlimited powers and resources (which was organised by a notorious serial killer from inside prison, because like no one bothered to check the visitor log), or the constant deus ex machina plot lines (what do you know, new character turns out to be a cult member). The Gods are practically parachuting onto the set. Then there's the dull splatter of pointless gore and finally, but not least, the constant hey-we-read-a-book Poe references. See, it's all based on Poe. Except it isn't. They just pick random phrases and run with them and hope no one notices they only read the Cliff's Notes at college.

It's like some huge vacuous mental burp. Watching it is like breathing their stinky mouth farts. Those EE adverts are a lot better.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 17, 2015, 10:05:59 pm
And another thing.  How the actual fuck is "I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse" a reality show?  I'll draw a diagram:

Zombies
(click to show/hide)
Reality
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Post by: Kim on February 18, 2015, 04:45:02 pm
I pondered that very question the other night.  Came to the conclusion that it was click-bait, tempting otherwise sensible zombie enthusiasts into watching reality rubbish on the off-chance it might be interesting, perhaps in the manner of Dead Set.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 19, 2015, 03:36:23 pm
I was at a union meeting in the Dovecot today and saw a sign and then a leaflet advertising a tapestry exhibition by one Magne Furuholmen.
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Post by: Ruthie on February 22, 2015, 08:10:07 pm
Oh, poo, Wargames was on and I've missed most of it.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 22, 2015, 08:11:02 pm
JOSHUA!
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Post by: Deano on February 22, 2015, 08:53:25 pm
Ah, I love Wargames. That was great.

Must be Eighties night - they're showing Top Gun next.
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Post by: Ruthie on February 22, 2015, 08:54:43 pm
*nips out for chocolate and nachos*
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 23, 2015, 09:50:09 pm
Ah... just seen Daniela Nardini on the telly. I used to have a bit of a crush on her. Maybe not so much now....
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Post by: Kim on February 23, 2015, 11:45:53 pm
Ah, the 90s...
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Post by: Ruthie on February 24, 2015, 12:43:22 am
Just bought a box set of Ealing comedies for my Grandad on Amazon.  I hope he likes them.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 24, 2015, 08:40:11 am
Dr Larrington alerted me to the existence of this Engrenages swearing test[/i] which, sadly, is nowhere near as funny as it sounds.  It should be possible to get 10/10 simply by eliminating the answers that are:
 (http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/quiz/2015/feb/12/spiral-quiz-test-your-french-slang)
 :(
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Post by: Torslanda on February 25, 2015, 11:43:18 pm
Is it just me? Or is 'Miranda' just not funny? At all . . .
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Post by: jsabine on February 26, 2015, 12:59:21 am
Is it just me? Or is 'Miranda' just not funny? At all . . .

While not disagreeing with you, it (she?) is considerably more funny than Trodd en Bratt Say 'Well Done You', which the Home Service is pleased to call an comedy and broadcast on a Tuesday evening.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 02:23:51 am
Is it just me? Or is 'Miranda' just not funny? At all . . .

No, I think it's terrible and that Miranda Hart is a public nuisance.
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Post by: Ruthie on February 26, 2015, 07:06:11 am
I love Miranda. I identify with her and think she's really funny.
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Post by: citoyen on February 26, 2015, 07:46:10 am
Miranda is just a mainstream sitcom doing what a mainstream sitcom does. I have no opinion of it either way and admit I'm baffled that others appear to feel so strongly about it. I suspect the fact that the lead is a not-conventionally-attractive woman has something to do with it.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 26, 2015, 07:52:52 am
I liked her in Call the Midwife and she seems funny when she's being herself on things, but the sitcom was dire. Not as dire as Mrs Brown's Boys, but nearly.
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Post by: LEE on February 26, 2015, 08:54:02 am
I liked her in Call the Midwife and she seems funny when she's being herself on things, but the sitcom was dire. Not as dire as Mrs Brown's Boys, but nearly.

Mrs Brown's Boys, to me, is like UKIP and the extreme Islamist group, Boko Haram. 
It makes me think there's no hope for human civilisation when such large sections of the population don't dismiss it as mindless stupidity.

The only surprise about Mrs Brown's Boys (a show I sat open mouthed watching) was that there wasn't an Afro-Caribbean family living next door. Imagine the hilarity.

"When the Whistle Blows" was a spoof comedy in "Extras" by Ricky Gervais.  It was suppose to show what happens when a comedy-writer's dreams of writing an intelligent comedy are dashed against the rocks of a BBC "we know what the public really want" committee.  It's clear to me now that it would get 10 million viewers if released by the Beeb.


However it's clear that I must be in the wrong because it gets a bigger audience than anything done by Charlie Brooker or Stuart Lee. Therefore Charlie Brooker and Stuart Lee, statistically, are less funny than Brendan O'Tranny-Gag.

"You're a fine woman Mrs Brown"
:Mrs brown looks to camera and winks
"Dat's what you tink Mr O'Reilly"
:Audience go wild with laughter (Because it's really a man in drag, do you get it?  Do you? It's not a woman, it's a man....in drag.  It's a gag that never stops giving).
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 10:29:37 am
Mercifully I've never seen an entire episode of "Mrs Brown's Boys" but from what I have seen it appears to be "Bread" with an Irish accent.  "Bloke in a dress" works if you're called Eddie Izzard but not if you're just digging up the mouldering corpse of Dick Emery.

Ricky Gervais isn't funny either, IMHO, but that's for entirely different reasons.
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Post by: jsabine on February 26, 2015, 10:45:30 am
Look beyond the crudeness and the willy gags and the slapstick and the man inna dress, and there's actually a fair degree of sophistication to MBB, with a lot of commentary on Irish norms tucked in amongst the parodying of Oirish stereotypes. The fact I recognise half his characters among my (extended) in-laws doesn't harm things either ...
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Post by: Biggsy on February 26, 2015, 02:25:52 pm
A few million people find the Miranda show funny.  I'm one of them.  Same with Mrs Brown's Boys, except I'm not one of them.
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Post by: Tim Hall on February 26, 2015, 02:59:26 pm
Years ago I had this idea that when I had five minutes, I'd invent a clever remote control that would have extra functions. You'd be able to point it at a character on the screen, right click (or whatever) and ask who the actor was and confirm that they weren't, ooh, thingy, the one who drove the gettaway car in that police thing the other day but had been in that film you watched three years ago. It was a really neat idea and would make me a fortune.

Last night I was watching Spirals on my computer, using Kodi (used to be XBMC) media centre thing. I was controlling it with Yatze, an app on my mobile, which does all the usual stop, pause, ffwd etc, choose what to watch and so on. And then when I was actually watching an episode I found I could flick to a page which listed the characters, with thumbnail pics of them. Click on the thumbnail and it jumped to IMDB, so I could see what else they'd been in.

Almost like my invention.
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Post by: Kim on February 26, 2015, 03:15:38 pm
Years ago I had this idea that when I had five minutes, I'd invent a clever remote control that would have extra functions. You'd be able to point it at a character on the screen, right click (or whatever) and ask who the actor was and confirm that they weren't, ooh, thingy, the one who drove the gettaway car in that police thing the other day but had been in that film you watched three years ago. It was a really neat idea and would make me a fortune.

On a related note:  Subtitles to allow prosopagnosics to follow films about White Men In Suits, and to flag up radical changes in appearance not accompanied by a beard-shaving/hair-dying/etc montage.
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Post by: ian on February 26, 2015, 03:31:02 pm
I mostly don't watch TV (this isn't a claim that I'm a member of the self-declared intelligentsia and only listen to R4 which I find is dumbing down terribly, just that I don't get time and just watch crap off the internets or boxsets). I did watch an episode on Miranda on a plane once and it was a laughter desert. I remember once one of American colleagues watched an episode of The Bill and afterwards asked "was that supposed to be a comedy?" That was my takeaway from Miranda. There seems to be an argument that if you don't like it's because she's 'not conventionally attractive'. Trust me, it isn't. But to be honest, I just don't get the old-stylee British sitcoms, on which this seems modelled. This may be the fault in my brain.

As I believe we once discussed on this august forum, I watched a brief snatch of MBB. I can sum up my thoughts as WTF? WTF? WTF? WTF?

I can't watch Ricky Gervais in anything he just has a way about him that makes me want to throw a lawnmower at him. I take a lawnmower everywhere just on the off-chance I encounter him. I like the US version of The Office for this reason.

VEEP is making me laugh at the moment.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 03:42:22 pm
Wasn't "Veep" (very) loosely based on "The Thick Of It"?  Somehow I can't imagine the median USAnian audience going for a programme using language like "six-toed pony-fuckers", "marzipan dildo" or ""I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party, and rub your nuts up and down her leg whilst whistling Bohemian fucking Rhapsody".
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Post by: Kim on February 26, 2015, 03:54:22 pm
Miranda isn't my flavour of comedy, but I reckon Miranda Hart is a good egg.
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Post by: ian on February 26, 2015, 04:36:14 pm
Wasn't "Veep" (very) loosely based on "The Thick Of It"?  Somehow I can't imagine the median USAnian audience going for a programme using language like "six-toed pony-fuckers", "marzipan dildo" or ""I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party, and rub your nuts up and down her leg whilst whistling Bohemian fucking Rhapsody".

It is, though the dildo is now, with even less practicality, a fucking croissant.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2015, 05:14:32 pm
Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce new album (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/feb/25/godspeed-you-black-emperor-announce-new-album).  Release due at the end of March.  Kudos to my furry chum Luis for the tip-off.
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Post by: citoyen on February 26, 2015, 05:37:04 pm
There seems to be an argument that if you don't like it's because she's 'not conventionally attractive'. Trust me, it isn't.

You misunderstand - the argument is not that you don't like it for that reason but that this is the reason why it comes in for such vitriolic scorn when in fact it is no better or worse than countless other mediocre mainstream sitcoms that don't get the same treatment (eg Not Going Out). It's an #everydaysexism thing.

Mr L - Veep is written by exactly the same team as TTOI - Armando Ianucci, Chris Addison et al. It's genius. Very funny.
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Post by: ian on February 26, 2015, 06:14:45 pm
There seems to be an argument that if you don't like it's because she's 'not conventionally attractive'. Trust me, it isn't.

You misunderstand - the argument is not that you don't like it for that reason but that this is the reason why it comes in for such vitriolic scorn when in fact it is no better or worse than countless other mediocre mainstream sitcoms that don't get the same treatment (eg Not Going Out). It's an #everydaysexism thing.

Mr L - Veep is written by exactly the same team as TTOI - Armando Ianucci, Chris Addison et al. It's genius. Very funny.

I wasn't aware that it came in for any particularly vitriolic scorn, but then I've not really paid attention, I've seen one episode on a plane. I was mostly confused by the lack of anything identifiable as a joke. It was mostly look-at-me-aren't-I-quirky. LAUGHTER. Humour is subjective, so I'm saving the lawnmower for Ricky. Miranda fans are safe from horticultural homicide. I think it's aimed at people who are trapped in the 1970s, the decade of beige, groping, and quite awful TV that everyone watched because, well, it was TV.

Veep is indeed written by the same team and just as rude (it's on HBO, so swearing is fine), but it has the added twist that US politics is especially odd to start out with, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a pitch-perfect Selena. To think I'm even mentioning this in the same thread as Miranda and MBB troubles me.
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Post by: Torslanda on February 26, 2015, 11:40:21 pm
What little I've seen of Miranda (i.e. next to nowt) it perpetuates the 'jokes' that were prevalent in programmes like the Charlie Cairolli (sp) Show when I was eight. And I thought that was shit, too . . .
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Post by: Ruthie on February 27, 2015, 09:29:09 am
Love
 
Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,   
      Guilty of dust and sin.   
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack   
      From my first entrance in,   
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning            
      If I lack'd anything.   
 
'A guest,' I answer'd, 'worthy to be here:'   
     Love said, 'You shall be he.'   
'I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,   
      I cannot look on Thee.'    
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,   
      'Who made the eyes but I?'   
 
'Truth, Lord; but I have marr'd them: let my shame   
      Go where it doth deserve.'   
'And know you not,' says Love, 'Who bore the blame?'    
      'My dear, then I will serve.'   
'You must sit down,' says Love, 'and taste my meat.'   
      So I did sit and eat.

George Herbert's festival day today!  Happy Herbert Day, chaps, and a glorious day it is.

Miranda laughs at herself, and that's why I like it.  She's taking the mickey out of herself, all the time, for being a bit clumsy, and a bit fat, and a bit gauche, and because she does daft things all the time that make her look like a div.  It's a celebration of Miranda in all her weirdness and lack of elegance.  That's why I like it.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on February 27, 2015, 10:30:49 am
Went to a LGBT poetry evening last night. Was supposed to be meeting a friend who had bought tickets; they didn't turn up. Amusingly the door staff assumed that the friend I was looking for was male. I guess that would seem have been a logical conclusion, but still, assumptions and all that. Bit like assuming that a woman must have a (male) husband . . .

What a variety of performances, from a bit of theatre, poetry even singing. Tear jerking, funny stuff from a young woman about none-acceptance from her father. Anguished stuff from an elderly couple who do training in retirement homes (they are universally met with "Well we don't have any of 'those' in here").
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Post by: LEE on February 27, 2015, 12:09:27 pm
What little I've seen of Miranda (i.e. next to nowt) it perpetuates the 'jokes' that were prevalent in programmes like the Charlie Cairolli (sp) Show when I was eight. And I thought that was shit, too . . .

Ha...I was going to reference Rent-a-Ghost but I understand your analogy. (Right Children?   Right Charlie!...crikey I'm old.)

Humour, like music, is so subjective that the only response to "Do you find xxxx funny?" is in the positive.  There's no point replying if you don't really..

Billy Connelly once said "there's no bad music, just music you don't "get"".  He has a point (although he's clearly never heard "Lucky Stars" by Dean Friedman).

I don't "get" Miranda (although I do find her funny when she's not in character), I don't "get" MBB.  I mean I understand where the jokes are, and I understand why they are jokes, but they just seem empty, without any irony or pathos.  No doubt some adults found Rent-a-Ghost funny.

"Not Going Out" is a series of Lee mack stand-up jokes shoe-horned into a sit-com setting.  Out of character Lee Mack is about as quick-witted as it's possible to be.  He, and Frank Skinner, seem to have comedy Tourettes, in that there's no delay between someone saying something and them issuing a witty response.  I admire that greatly.  I'm the wittiest person on the planet if you give me about 4 days to think of an instant comeback.

I sort of enjoy watching it to see if I can say the (telegraphed) punchline before he does.
Ficticious example:

Someone brings a model of an Elephant into the room.
I would quickly shout - "Lee Mack is about to say..."is anyone going to mention the Elephant in the room?"".  I would have a drink of wine to celebrate my tiny victory.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 27, 2015, 12:15:42 pm
Miranda laughs at herself, and that's why I like it.  She's taking the mickey out of herself, all the time, for being a bit clumsy, and a bit fat, and a bit gauche, and because she does daft things all the time that make her look like a div.  It's a celebration of Miranda in all her weirdness and lack of elegance.  That's why I like it.

Wasn't the clumsy div routine done utterly to DETH by Michael Crawford?
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Post by: Ruthie on February 27, 2015, 12:18:39 pm
That was more your traditional slapstick, and Frank Spencer was a caricature.

Miranda is, actually, the film of my autobiography, and entirely factually correct.
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Post by: citoyen on February 27, 2015, 01:33:13 pm
I suspect as per jsabine's earlier comment re Mrs Brown, finding Miranda funny largely depends on whether or not you can relate to the character and situation.

Anyway, I regularly find myself laughing at Count Arthur Strong, so I'm no judge of what is and isn't good comedy.
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Post by: Andrij on February 27, 2015, 01:52:07 pm
MBB: Never seen it, and based on comments above I shan't be going out of my way to do so.
Miranda: Heard some of her radio programme, which I found a bit meh.  I had no idea what she looked like until after I had decided she was a bit meh, and it makes no difference to me.  I have no desire to see her televisual programme.
CAS: Enjoyed the first season.  Since then I've gone right off, as in I'll find something else to listen to.
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Post by: ian on February 27, 2015, 04:13:10 pm
Hold on, I like Not Going Out.

I think I like well written comedy. I guess I just don't get the 'oh I dropped an egg - again!' **LAUGHTER** comedy. It probably includes underpant references and someone saying 'oh my eyes!'

I think MBB escapes comedic classification.
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Post by: Dibdib on February 27, 2015, 06:51:19 pm
At least Not Going Out is new gags each time, even if they're not all the best.

I think the biggest reason I can't stand MBB (I've suffered through a couple) is the same problem I had with Little Britain - if a joke isn't funny the first time, repetition isn't usually what it was missing.
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Post by: Biggsy on February 27, 2015, 09:00:23 pm
I don't "get" Miranda (although I do find her funny when she's not in character), I don't "get" MBB.  I mean I understand where the jokes are, and I understand why they are jokes, but they just seem empty, without any irony or pathos.  No doubt some adults found Rent-a-Ghost funny.

There doesn't have to be irony or pathos in comedy to be full.  It can be full to the brim with joy and sheer funniness.  Rent-a-Ghost was full up with twats.  Miranda, for those who like it, is simply feel-good entertainment.  That's as important as anything, and actually has been a bit of medicine for me when I've been depressed.  It doesn't mean the fans don't also like more sophisticated comedy.  It is possible for the same person to like Miranda and Bill Hicks.
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Post by: jsabine on February 28, 2015, 12:48:40 am
Anyway, I regularly find myself laughing at Count Arthur Strong, so I'm no judge of what is and isn't good comedy.

I find bits of CAS mildly amusing, with the very occasional proper laugh. Generally though, he fits in the category of Radio 4 comedy that I can't be arsed to turn off, because it's easier to listen to it than to come out of the kitchen and walk over to the radio.

I must say I'm slightly disappointed that my earlier attempt to call down the HATE upon Trodd en Bratt Say 'Well Done You' has failed, but I suppose that the most probable explanation is that no-one else has actually heard it, given that most normal people are possessed of the gene that lets them turn off the radio or telly when there's a shite programme on.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 28, 2015, 01:10:54 am
That gene let me down with the first episode of "The Casual Vacancy" but we were waiting for the news and the foopball...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 28, 2015, 01:27:15 pm
Although the "Genre" tag is set to "Podcast", if you play an mp3 of the "The Infinite Monkey Cage" on a Humax PVR it describes it as "Blues" ???
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 28, 2015, 03:04:14 pm
I don't "get" Miranda (although I do find her funny when she's not in character), I don't "get" MBB.  I mean I understand where the jokes are, and I understand why they are jokes, but they just seem empty, without any irony or pathos.  No doubt some adults found Rent-a-Ghost funny.

Sort of the opposite of me with Gavin & Stacey. Not only do I not find it funny, I don't see why it's supposed to be funny and can't understand what people are laughing at or why they're laughing when they're laughing.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 01, 2015, 02:39:30 pm
BRITONS' Broadcasting Corporation!

You are doing my swede in, and I don't mean Saga Norén either.  Comic Relief Pro-Sleb darts FFS ::-)

Can we have a separate Comic Relief channel, please?  Or just stuff it on BBC3?
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 03, 2015, 11:55:28 am
Marco Polo

Youngest's description "Its a bit like game of thrones but with more nudity"

yebbut GoT is a fantasy novel. Marco Polo is a real historical figure . . . .

I was prepared for hysterical historical innacuracies but drew the line at the Polos trading spices from China to europe along the Silk Road, ("Daddy, why do they call it the Silk Road") then dear little Marco (who doesn't change facial expression for whole episodes, bless, its amazing he didn't get cramp) doesn't recognise Linen. Seems its something produced by the Chinese and unknown to traders in Europe. What The Fuck

The first episode is wooden and clunky in the extreme. Teenage Girl declared "If there isn't a serious named female character in the next episode, I'm not watching this crap."

Lo, one appears. She's a red-hot princess who is prepared to go to any lengths for diplomatic solutions. She can even kick ass, slaughtering 3 armed soldiers with a jade hair pin. Sadly, she has to do this naked. Youngest was right.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 03, 2015, 12:07:00 pm
There is a school of thought which believes that much of what Marco Polo wrote was, er, made up.

That ^^^^ does sound like Utter Bobbins even by his standards thobut.
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Post by: Kim on March 03, 2015, 01:52:57 pm
Marco Polo

Youngest's description "Its a bit like game of thrones but with more nudity"

I'm betting the nudity has the same cock-parity issues as GoT, too...
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on March 03, 2015, 02:23:11 pm
Marco Polo

Youngest's description "Its a bit like game of thrones but with more nudity"

I'm betting the nudity has the same cock-parity issues as GoT, too...

So far, yeah.

It doesn't have brazillian trims on all the women, but they do have shaved armpits.
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Post by: Juan Martín on March 04, 2015, 10:50:55 am
8/10 in The Graun's literary quotations quiz. Here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/quiz/2015/mar/03/quotation-literary-titles-quiz
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Post by: Deano on March 04, 2015, 12:20:48 pm
10/10.

One I took an educated guess, I knew the rest.
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Post by: ian on March 04, 2015, 12:28:59 pm
8/10, but I confess I edu-guessed most of them by the picking the answer that looked the most right. Got  3 and 7 wrong.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 04, 2015, 12:37:53 pm
Nobbut seven.  I am clearly a member of the Confederacy of Dunces.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 06, 2015, 05:03:08 pm
I'm glad Harrison Ford is ok.
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Post by: Steph on March 06, 2015, 09:04:23 pm
Marco Polo

Youngest's description "Its a bit like game of thrones but with more nudity"

I'm betting the nudity has the same cock-parity issues as GoT, too...

So far, yeah.

It doesn't have brazillian trims on all the women, but they do have shaved armpits.

I saw the trailer on a DVD, IIRC. Utter dross, with nudity.
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Post by: Steph on March 06, 2015, 09:07:33 pm
8/10 in The Graun's literary quotations quiz. Here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/quiz/2015/mar/03/quotation-literary-titles-quiz
9 out of 10. I conflated the Bard with the Dean.
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Post by: Biggsy on March 06, 2015, 11:18:52 pm
Amazing darts from Lee Mack and Tim Vine.  They really could be professional dartists.

www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0552cyf/lets-play-darts-for-comic-relief-episode-5

Maybe this should be in a sports thread!
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Post by: Ham on March 08, 2015, 08:37:14 am
Is it Wobbly John OR David Martin, or Wobbly John AND David Martin under the hoods?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3oItpVa9fs
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Post by: Steph on March 12, 2015, 05:59:00 pm
Totally by chance, I found this:
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=rainbow+spork&id=0E4D9B706B71CD4E34CA93AEA1FF42D10E00A9A8&FORM=IQFRBA#view=detail&id=0E4D9B706B71CD4E34CA93AEA1FF42D10E00A9A8&selectedIndex=0 (http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=rainbow+spork&id=0E4D9B706B71CD4E34CA93AEA1FF42D10E00A9A8&FORM=IQFRBA#view=detail&id=0E4D9B706B71CD4E34CA93AEA1FF42D10E00A9A8&selectedIndex=0)
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Post by: andrewc on March 13, 2015, 09:49:31 am
Happy 175th Birthday to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra    :thumbsup:
http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/rlpo-marks-175th-anniversary-giant-8816723 (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/rlpo-marks-175th-anniversary-giant-8816723)
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Post by: andrewc on March 13, 2015, 07:35:26 pm
Oh Noes !  The very last edition of Girls With Slingshots (http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/)  :(
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Post by: Deano on March 13, 2015, 10:40:25 pm
Did I miss a bit, or did the BBC4 documentary about Oirish music completely ignore Stiff Little Fingers in order to lend more time to the U2 love-in?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 14, 2015, 02:11:55 am
I guessed it would contain way too much1 U-DOS so didn't watch it.  If anyone can confirm the presence of Rory Gallagher then I'll crank up get_iPlayer, otherwise it can get tae feck.

1 - i.e. any U-DOS
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Post by: Deano on March 14, 2015, 09:38:44 am
Nah, there was a good bit on Rory Gallagher. U2 content was mostly (but not exclusively) at the back.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 14, 2015, 10:54:45 pm
Just watched this.  They included Rudi & the Radiators From Space (neither of whom even get an entry in my 1996 edition of "Rock: The Rough Guide") and left out SLF.  Right.

That noise you can hear is Jake Burns sharpening his stabby things.
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Post by: clarion on March 15, 2015, 10:02:20 am
No Horslips, either, I am given to understand.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 25, 2015, 11:39:16 am
Never mind silly old Clarkson, this is the big story: X-Files to return (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32035562).

Yay!
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Post by: Biggsy on March 25, 2015, 11:53:01 am
I've been enjoying.........

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05n2bx4/dexys-nowhere-is-home
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 26, 2015, 07:52:24 am
I just filled in a survey asking which departure of a band member upset me the most, with a list of options including Robbie/Take That, Geri/Spice Girls, Zayn/Wand Erection, various Sugababes etc. So I clicked "other" and put "when Ronnie Wood left the Faces."
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 26, 2015, 10:51:42 am
I just filled in a survey asking which departure of a band member upset me the most, with a list of options including Robbie/Take That, Geri/Spice Girls, Zayn/Wand Erection, various Sugababes etc. So I clicked "other" and put "when Ronnie Wood left the Faces."

Did it have "When Fish left Marillion?"
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 26, 2015, 11:18:22 am
Damn, I should have put that.  ;D
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Post by: citoyen on March 26, 2015, 12:18:02 pm
Wot no Eno leaving Roxy option?
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Post by: tiermat on March 26, 2015, 12:39:49 pm
I wouldn't be able to pick one out of these:

Shutty leaving Terrorvision
Kurt leaving Nirvana
Fish leaving MArillion (as mentioned above)
Johnny Marr leaving, well just about every single band he has played in.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on March 26, 2015, 01:10:31 pm
I wouldn't be able to pick one out of these:

Shutty leaving Terrorvision
Kurt leaving Nirvana
Fish leaving MArillion (as mentioned above)
Johnny Marr leaving, well just about every single band he has played in.

Donny Munro leaving Runrig...
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Post by: Vince on March 26, 2015, 01:17:26 pm
Elvis leaving The Building?

My coat? The white one with rhinestones.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 26, 2015, 01:18:08 pm
Lemmy "leaving" Hawkwind.
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Post by: red marley on March 29, 2015, 11:35:52 am
The Fall leaving Mark E Smith?
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Post by: billplumtree on April 02, 2015, 07:08:57 pm
The older I get, the funnier Ed Reardon (R4) gets....  Ping, his Sloaney non-assistant, on a 30-years on commemoration gig for the miners' strike:

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Oh yah, that's like totes gradely
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Post by: graculus on April 02, 2015, 08:30:09 pm
For a show now in its 9th series the standard of writing has stayed astonishingly high IMHO.
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Post by: citoyen on April 03, 2015, 12:27:58 am
Discussing Mike Leigh with my son this evening has made me want to watch Naked again. Reading some of the lines quoted on imdb, it seems to be a lot funnier than I remember it.

I went to see it in the cinema three times within the first two weeks of its release. That probably says more about the place I was at, mentally speaking, at the time than it says about the film itself.

Suffice to say, though, it made quite an impression on me. David Thewlis is totally mesmerising.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 11, 2015, 09:14:48 pm
Jimmy Somerville was on Loose Ends today and facebook has a clip of him doing an acoustic version of Small Town Boy and it's spine-chillingly gorgeous.
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Post by: Steph on April 11, 2015, 09:40:01 pm
Discussing Mike Leigh with my son this evening has made me want to watch Naked again. Reading some of the lines quoted on imdb, it seems to be a lot funnier than I remember it.

I went to see it in the cinema three times within the first two weeks of its release. That probably says more about the place I was at, mentally speaking, at the time than it says about the film itself.

Suffice to say, though, it made quite an impression on me. David Thewlis is totally mesmerising.

It was the first time I can remember seeing Thewlis perform. Superb.
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Post by: Peter on April 11, 2015, 09:41:52 pm
The older I get, the funnier Ed Reardon (R4) gets....  Ping, his Sloaney non-assistant, on a 30-years on commemoration gig for the miners' strike:

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Oh yah, that's like totes gradely

Definitely.  There's a huge parallel between Ed Reardon and Tony Hancock for me.  They just moan all the time and nearly everything they say is spot-on!  I didn't hear that Ping bit bit will look out for the repeat.  This is from someone who did a benefit gig for that very strike!
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Post by: Ham on April 12, 2015, 09:52:53 am
Call for voting assistance, in the spirit of this sociable Internet world.

There's a people's choice for short film here http://www.reed.co.uk/film, any votes for Baklava would be appreciated (one of the actors is a close friend)

Having looked at a few, while the quality is generally good, in my biased view Baklava is one of the better ones
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Post by: citoyen on April 12, 2015, 10:28:01 pm
How much of a ponce am I? Well, I went to an immersive visual art/contemporary dance performance this evening.

Specifically, this one: https://www.turnercontemporary.org/whats-on/00000001476/maze

It was BRILLIANT.

I wasn't sure what to expect and tbh was slightly skeptical beforehand, but it totally won me over. The performances were captivating - the cast put a lot of energy into it, and their technical ability was seriously impressive. I know they spend a lot of time on choreography for these things but the degree of perfection in timing and co-ordination they showed takes a huge amount of skill.

And then you have to factor in the unpredictability of the audience... when they say 'immersive' they really mean 'immersive' - you have to be prepared to get involved, and how the individual members of the audience react to a large extent dictates the course of the performance. I was quite into it (dancing, body art with marker pens, that kind of thing), but I was intrigued by a somewhat unnerving confrontation between one of the cast and another member of the audience.

It was saved from becoming pretentious arty bollocks by all the elements being thematically linked and woven loosely around a proper narrative thread.

Highly recommended. Only on for another few days but well worth the trip to Margate.

Blogger review: http://www.cassyfry.com/2015/04/maze-margate.html/
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 13, 2015, 12:40:14 pm
Next weekend, citoyen tells the story of the Seige of Leningrad through the medium of interpretive dance ;D
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Post by: citoyen on April 13, 2015, 04:56:48 pm
I'm thinking of giving up the day job so I can join Legz Akimbo.
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Post by: David Martin on April 14, 2015, 11:30:15 pm
Well that is it - the last of Bluestone 42.

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Post by: tiermat on April 24, 2015, 02:29:55 pm
Oh dear.

I am on hold for a conf call.

The hold music sound familiar, albeit in Muzak format.

As it reaches a crescendo, I realise why.  It's a bad take on "Reward" by Teardrop Explodes.
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Post by: Bledlow on April 24, 2015, 04:43:54 pm
The older I get, the funnier Ed Reardon (R4) gets....  Ping, his Sloaney non-assistant, on a 30-years on commemoration gig for the miners' strike:

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Oh yah, that's like totes gradely

Definitely.  There's a huge parallel between Ed Reardon and Tony Hancock for me.  They just moan all the time and nearly everything they say is spot-on!  I didn't hear that Ping bit bit will look out for the repeat.  This is from someone who did a benefit gig for that very strike!
Tony Hancock?

It has references (from Ed Reardon's name onwards) to New Grub Street (1891).
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Post by: David Martin on April 26, 2015, 08:40:55 pm
Watching Coast Australia. With Neil Oliver (Can he thicken his accent any more) and the delightful Xanthe Mallet (definitely very English).

It is a treat to see Xanthe, with whom I worked many years ago before she went to Oz.
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Post by: Andrij on May 02, 2015, 10:51:27 am
I have previously grumbled moaned about modern classical music.  But last night I came across a piece I actually liked: Lamentatio by Giovanni Sollima (https://youtu.be/bJkIsdDG2Rk).  I shall have to explore his other works.
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Post by: Biggsy on May 02, 2015, 06:08:54 pm
Wilko Johnson live on the One Show last week: entertaining guitarist and great bloke, but he really should get someone else to sing.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 04, 2015, 06:03:10 pm
One-word comment from the late lamented John Peel following an odd-even-by-their-elevated-standards Sigur Rós track:

Weirdos!
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 05, 2015, 01:12:35 pm
Watched the two BBC4 Handmade films last night. The glass jar one being the easier to follow, IMHO, as we seemed to see the whole process. The knife one covered 15 hours in 30 minutes, so was a bit more disjointed to my eye.

Shame they didn't at least name the glass designer's assistant in the credits and I would've liked to have seen more of the knife blade once finished, but an interesting concept with not a word of commentary to get in the way of the processes being filmed.
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Post by: Ruthie on May 06, 2015, 07:51:06 pm
McGyver on CBS right now. He foiled lasers with his binocliars and is using chemistry to save the world. And his boss is called Andy Coulson  :o
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Post by: Wowbagger on May 11, 2015, 01:20:53 pm
On Saturday I sang in a concert - Mozart & Haydn masses. I didn't count the members of the audience, but I would doubt that there were more than 100 there. Five of them came along because I was singing in it - supportive friends & rellies.

I have just come back from Waitrose where I was accosted by a woman who clearly recognised me (can't think how) and told me how much she enjoyed it.
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Post by: Tim Hall on May 11, 2015, 05:45:42 pm
Watched the two BBC4 Handmade films last night. The glass jar one being the easier to follow, IMHO, as we seemed to see the whole process. The knife one covered 15 hours in 30 minutes, so was a bit more disjointed to my eye.

Shame they didn't at least name the glass designer's assistant in the credits and I would've liked to have seen more of the knife blade once finished, but an interesting concept with not a word of commentary to get in the way of the processes being filmed.

Ah. My Dad was talking about these, and I watched a bit of the chair one with him. V good. I've grabbed all three to watch later.
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Post by: tiermat on May 13, 2015, 04:13:14 pm
I might be on the radio one day next week, only for about 10 mins, but still :)
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Post by: clarion on May 14, 2015, 10:04:08 am
Where might we find this gem of broadcasting history on our wireless receiving sets?
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Post by: tiermat on May 14, 2015, 10:08:42 am
Where might we find this gem of broadcasting history on our wireless receiving sets?

:) Don't get too excited, I haven't had confirmation, yet, but it would be at 16:50 on 6Music (if you listen even semi-regularly you will know what feature is on then :) )
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Post by: clarion on May 14, 2015, 10:28:58 am
I switch over after Lamacq's first track (which is usually a corker!).
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Post by: Biggsy on May 14, 2015, 04:02:32 pm
The good day/bad day thing?  Have you decided in advance whether you're going to have a good day?  :)
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Post by: Andrij on May 14, 2015, 05:02:03 pm
Really?  Thought BBC Radio only went up to 4(extra). 

 ;)
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Post by: tiermat on May 14, 2015, 09:14:50 pm
The good day/bad day thing?  Have you decided in advance whether you're going to have a good day?  :)

No, both songs are corkers, so don't really have a preference. I might just, on purpose say I have had a bad day as all the recent ones have been good days.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 16, 2015, 07:25:45 pm
Finally watched the last episode of Smiley's People.
All of that just for a bloke to walk across a bridge ???
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Post by: mcshroom on May 17, 2015, 06:19:24 pm
Is it Christmas or something ??? Channel 5 are showing the Great Escape
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Post by: tiermat on May 18, 2015, 02:36:38 pm
The good day/bad day thing?  Have you decided in advance whether you're going to have a good day?  :)

No, both songs are corkers, so don't really have a preference. I might just, on purpose say I have had a bad day as all the recent ones have been good days.

It is on today, at 16.50 or so.

Still undecided as to whether I am having a bad day or a good day.
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Post by: tiermat on May 18, 2015, 07:21:34 pm
The good day/bad day thing?  Have you decided in advance whether you're going to have a good day?  :)

No, both songs are corkers, so don't really have a preference. I might just, on purpose say I have had a bad day as all the recent ones have been good days.

It is on today, at 16.50 or so.

Still undecided as to whether I am having a bad day or a good day.

I decided, at the last minute that I was having a bad day :) Nothing to do with the song choice, oh no....
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Post by: clarion on May 18, 2015, 09:13:15 pm
I was betting on the Terrorvision come what may!
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Post by: tiermat on May 19, 2015, 08:30:59 am
I was betting on the Terrorvision come what may!

I got the impression, from talking to the production team, that they were, too.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 19, 2015, 09:31:31 am
Is it just me who finds it disconcerting when $AUTHOR, having written a book narrated in the first person, does the sequel in the third person?
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Post by: ian on May 19, 2015, 10:15:41 am
Is it just me who finds it disconcerting when $AUTHOR, having written a book narrated in the first person, does the sequel in the third person?

No, ian wrote.

I think many authors slip into the third person eventually, writing in the first can be limiting after a time, since you are confined to a singular, unreliable viewpoint. Or you can mix and match the first and third with crazy abandon. I stand guilty as charged, your honour.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 19, 2015, 10:32:56 am
I prefer the second, you see.
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Post by: rafletcher on May 19, 2015, 10:34:26 am
Finally watched the last episode of Smiley's People.
All of that just for a bloke to walk across a bridge ???

We just watched the final episode of Fargo. That was marginally more exciting.  :)
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Post by: tiermat on May 20, 2015, 02:19:59 pm
I decided, at the last minute that I was having a bad day :) Nothing to do with the song choice, oh no....

...and it appears I may have influenced one of Mark and Lard Stuart's choices today.  They are, currently paying the Prince Buster original version of the song, but have it labelled on the iPlayer thing as the Jools Holland version.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 21, 2015, 08:02:18 pm
Shameless plug time:

The good news: Dr Larrington's latest book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brothers-Sisters-Medieval-European- Literature/dp/190315362X/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432233914&sr=1-5&keywords=carolyne+larrington) was published today.

The bad news: a copy of Brothers and Sisters in Medieval European Literature will set you back fifty-seven of your BRITONS' pounds.  You can, for less money, pre-order "The Land Of The Green Man" and "Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones", but be prepared to wait a year for the latter.

The other good news: her R4 series of 5x15 minute programmes is to be broadcast from September 7-11.

The other bad news: I'll be in Abroad, where the FOREIGNS come from, when it is aired chiz.  Does get_iPlayer work in FOREIGN parts?
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 23, 2015, 12:13:07 pm
Has anyone else been watching the beeb's new spy drama, The Game?
It's no Smiley but I've found it reasonably entertaining
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Post by: Torslanda on May 25, 2015, 09:05:43 pm
One Hit Wonders @ The Beeb on now on BBC4

There wasn't 'alf some shite on sale in the 60s . . .

Not to mention seriously bad syrups.
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Post by: Dibdib on May 26, 2015, 12:37:02 pm
I treated myself to some Proper Surround Sound kit over the long weekend, rather than relying on the tinny little speakers hidden inside the flatscreen TV. Relatively budget kit - £150 Yamaha receiver, and some £150 speaker/sub bundle - but...

The Man from Del Monte, he say Yes.  :thumbsup:

The difference is a revelation. I knew it'd sound a lot better but I didn't realise how much, or else I wouldn't have waited so long to do it. I think all my Blu-rays will be getting a re-watching!
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Post by: citoyen on May 26, 2015, 01:44:47 pm
Has anyone else been watching the beeb's new spy drama, The Game?
It's no Smiley but I've found it reasonably entertaining

I'm enjoying it. It's pretty daft but, as you say, reasonably entertaining. It's basically Spooks reimagined as a Le Carré-style period piece.

One Hit Wonders @ The Beeb on now on BBC4

Caught that a few weeks ago. Most amusing. Although 'Where Do You Go To My Lovely' doesn't improve with repeated hearing.
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Post by: LEE on May 26, 2015, 02:23:32 pm
I treated myself to some Proper Surround Sound kit over the long weekend, rather than relying on the tinny little speakers hidden inside the flatscreen TV. Relatively budget kit - £150 Yamaha receiver, and some £150 speaker/sub bundle - but...

The Man from Del Monte, he say Yes.  :thumbsup:

The difference is a revelation. I knew it'd sound a lot better but I didn't realise how much, or else I wouldn't have waited so long to do it. I think all my Blu-rays will be getting a re-watching!

A "Sound Bar" & Sub is almost essential I think.  The bigger the LED screens get the worse their sound seems by comparison, very underwhelming.

Like you said, it doesn't need a huge amount of money to address it and Wireless Subs make it easy.
I think we paid £100 for a LG setup that can shake the house if required but also makes speech a lot clearer.

It also means we can us it as a HiFi by streaming music to the TV from a Smartphone (which seems like science-fiction now I type it).

Modern TVs are a bit like Sci-Fi now though aren't they?

The day we bought our big Sony my wife was showing me a photo on her phone and it came up on the TV behind her.  No manual configuration took place, the TV just found her phone and decided it would become a 44" display for it (whether we wanted it to or not it seemed).
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Post by: Dibdib on May 26, 2015, 03:59:11 pm
Modern TVs are a bit like Sci-Fi now though aren't they?

I think the problem is that you can easily end up with ten bits of Stuff from ten manufacturers all trying to be "Smart" and tripping over each other.

I've deliberately picked a fairly "Smart"less AV receiver rather than one at the same price point with more gadgets (which hopefully will mean better sound quality) and similarly picked the TV and Blu-ray player (both are a little bit smart but unplugged from the network), so that all of the streaming gets done through one device - in my case an AppleTV. Makes life a bit easier.
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Post by: Deano on May 26, 2015, 08:37:11 pm
But did Peter ever headline there? (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/12970917.New_book_recalls_Stockton_s_Fiesta_nightclub_which_drew_the_biggest_names_in_show_business/?ref=mr&)
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Post by: madcow on May 27, 2015, 11:01:48 pm
I read that article as well, whilst I was at my parents house. . Can it really  be less than  40 years ago?
A mate of mine went to Teeside Poly and the Fiesta was a  posh place where students only went occasionally. But he did recall the comfy seats WITH CUSHIONS. The luxury of it all!!

Quote- Keith Lipthorpe had a rule: “I resolved not to have sex with any of my secretaries or top-of-the-bill artistes or females in high management positions,” he writes in a new autobiography.
 “As for supporting artistes and general staff, I felt that this rule could be relaxed.”
Classic.

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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on May 28, 2015, 01:26:36 pm
Musical nostalgia

A friend's posting on facebook led me to listening to the Divinyls. I'd forgotten how good they were, and how killingly sexy Chrissi Amphlett was. What a voice, what a songwriter.
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Post by: Auntie Helen on May 28, 2015, 03:22:31 pm
Shameless plug time:

The good news: Dr Larrington's latest book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brothers-Sisters-Medieval-European- Literature/dp/190315362X/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432233914&sr=1-5&keywords=carolyne+larrington) was published today.

The bad news: a copy of Brothers and Sisters in Medieval European Literature will set you back fifty-seven of your BRITONS' pounds.  You can, for less money, pre-order "The Land Of The Green Man" and "Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones", but be prepared to wait a year for the latter.

The other good news: her R4 series of 5x15 minute programmes is to be broadcast from September 7-11.

The other bad news: I'll be in Abroad, where the FOREIGNS come from, when it is aired chiz.  Does get_iPlayer work in FOREIGN parts?
Dunno but iPlayer Radio works fine for me here in Germanyland without using my VPN.
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Post by: citoyen on May 29, 2015, 01:11:07 pm
Just booked tickets to see Hugo Weaving in Godot at the Barbican. Yay!

"You hear that? That is the sound of inevitability, Mr Estragon..."
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 12, 2015, 02:15:07 pm
I was delighted to read yesterday that Sharknado 3 has managed to sign The Hoff.
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Post by: citoyen on June 12, 2015, 02:22:23 pm
Just booked tickets to see Hugo Weaving in Godot at the Barbican. Yay!

...which is tonight. Yay!

In other news, I saw an episode of Father Ted the other day that I don't think I've seen before. Although I must have done, because I'm sure I watched them all religiously* when they were first on TV. But that was a long time ago, so maybe I've just forgotten it. Anyway, it was the one when Father Jack dies and Ted and Dougal are keeping a vigil by the body in the crypt. At one point, Ted gives a eulogy for Jack and I soon realised that he was actually quoting the famous final paragraph of James Joyce's 'The Dead' from Dubliners.

I'm sure I'm not the first person to have noticed that, but even if I did watch the episode first time around, that's not something I would have appreciated at the time. Props to Linehan & Mathews for sneaking such a highbrow reference into a sitcom.


*see what I did there?
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Post by: SandyV on June 12, 2015, 11:03:17 pm
Just booked tickets to see Hugo Weaving in Godot at the Barbican. Yay!

...which is tonight. Yay!

So how was it?
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Post by: citoyen on June 13, 2015, 12:57:47 am
Superb! A really vibrant interpretation that did a great job of bringing out the humour. Hugo Weaving and Richad Roxburgh were both brilliant as Vladimir and Estragon but slightly upstaged by Philip Quast and Luke Mills as Pozzo and Lucky. Helped that it was a good audience in tonight - Lucky got a massive round of applause at the end of his thinking speech. Although some clearly weren't impressed - there were gaps in the audience in the second half where there hadn't been gaps in the first half.

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Post by: Ham on June 14, 2015, 11:33:25 am
Superb! A really vibrant interpretation that did a great job of bringing out the humour. Hugo Weaving and Richad Roxburgh were both brilliant as Vladimir and Estragon but slightly upstaged by Philip Quast and Luke Mills as Pozzo and Lucky. Helped that it was a good audience in tonight - Lucky got a massive round of applause at the end of his thinking speech. Although some clearly weren't impressed - there were gaps in the audience in the second half where there hadn't been gaps in the first half.

Isn't that the fate of any Godot? I suspect a lot of people go just because they've heard of it.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 14, 2015, 12:17:32 pm
Maybe they got fed up with waiting.
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Post by: citoyen on June 14, 2015, 08:01:21 pm
Isn't that the fate of any Godot? I suspect a lot of people go just because they've heard of it.

Quite. Heard of the play and heard of one of the stars... Even as one of Beckett's more accessible plays, it's still pretty hard work - especially if you're going with the expectation of such niceties as a story, or an ending.

Maybe they got fed up with waiting.

 ;D

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Post by: Ham on June 19, 2015, 01:10:37 pm
Did you know, there are apparently 7 or more Enya albums? I could have sworn there was only one.
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Post by: tiermat on June 19, 2015, 01:14:57 pm
Did you know, there are apparently 7 or more Enya albums? I could have sworn there was only one.

Really? I thought she sold more than just 7...

And, yes, the songs are all the same (all just "sail away, sail away" repeat ad nauseum)
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Post by: Ham on June 24, 2015, 08:14:46 am
I confess to not having seen the resurrection, but here's a handy guide

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3PJWWFfMqT9xpSJMNJJTHSF/what-to-do-if-you-meet-a-clanger
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Post by: tiermat on June 24, 2015, 08:18:49 am
I confess to not having seen the resurrection, but here's a handy guide

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3PJWWFfMqT9xpSJMNJJTHSF/what-to-do-if-you-meet-a-clanger

That put a weird thought of the Clangers singing this, in my mind..

http://youtu.be/cRwR7avc5Oc
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 28, 2015, 02:45:33 pm
I know Humax PVRs bin your recording schedule when you do a retune, but I haven't done one recently.  So what, Mr Memory-Box, has caused you to forget the whole kit and kaboodle, eh?  EH??

I'm missing a couple of episodes of The Clangers now, you terrible ["Uncle Monty" - Ed.].
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Post by: Ham on June 28, 2015, 04:07:17 pm
You have dropped a clanger, then?
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Post by: spesh on June 28, 2015, 04:13:03 pm
You have dropped a clanger, then?

No the Provocatively Variable Recorder has.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 28, 2015, 05:50:52 pm
I know Humax PVRs bin your recording schedule when you do a retune, but I haven't done one recently.  So what, Mr Memory-Box, has caused you to forget the whole kit and kaboodle, eh?  EH??

I'm missing a couple of episodes of The Clangers now, you terrible ["Uncle Monty" - Ed.].

we had that happen this week too
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Post by: CAMRAMan on June 28, 2015, 06:42:10 pm
Freeview or Freesat? I have the latter and it has switched itself off in the middle of a recording a few times lately.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on June 28, 2015, 08:18:06 pm
Freeview here.
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 29, 2015, 01:17:23 pm
This weekend I found that you can sing "The Wild Rover" to the tune of "Ghost Riders in the Sky".
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Post by: Basil on June 29, 2015, 07:42:33 pm
 ;D @Tim

Anyway, it's been a while since I attended a play upstairs at the Old Joint Stock.
This looks as if it could amuse.
http://www.oldjointstock.co.uk/whats-on/one-year-off
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Post by: Pingu on July 06, 2015, 11:17:26 pm
OFFS 6Music, just ditch Mary Anne Hobbs, OK?
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Post by: tiermat on July 07, 2015, 09:47:20 am
Beck.

What a load of tripe your new single is.

It is a pub band trying to be Hall and Oates, lapsing into "Smell Like Teen Spirit" in the break.

Either go back to what you do best (see "Odelay") or just retire, ok?
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 07, 2015, 12:58:51 pm
Why would anyone try to be Hall and Oates? I'm not sure even Hall and Oates really wanted to.
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Post by: spesh on July 07, 2015, 01:01:10 pm
Beck's still recording music?*


* For a given value thereof.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 07, 2015, 01:05:48 pm
This.  It is a little-known fact1 that Daryl Hall auditioned for the singer's position in Generation X but narrowly lost out to Billy Idol.  John Oates was considered as a replacement for Mick Taylor2 in the Stones but Keith reckoned he was "too straight, man" so Ronnie Wood got the gig instead.

1: Lie.
2: Lie.
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Post by: Torslanda on July 07, 2015, 02:45:38 pm
But did Peter ever headline there? (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/12970917.New_book_recalls_Stockton_s_Fiesta_nightclub_which_drew_the_biggest_names_in_show_business/?ref=mr&)

Do you mean OUR Peter...?
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Post by: Deano on July 07, 2015, 08:19:07 pm
But did Peter ever headline there? (http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/12970917.New_book_recalls_Stockton_s_Fiesta_nightclub_which_drew_the_biggest_names_in_show_business/?ref=mr&)

Do you mean OUR Peter...?

Well, I didn't mean Wowbagger ;D
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Post by: Deano on July 08, 2015, 08:10:54 pm
No Scottish dates (sorry, Mrs P), but GS!YBE are doing a proper tour:

http://www.songkick.com/artists/182957-godspeed-you-black-emperor/calendar

Including Gateshead! :thumbsup:
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Post by: Pingu on July 09, 2015, 01:31:56 pm
No Scottish dates (sorry, Mrs P), but GS!YBE are doing a proper tour:

http://www.songkick.com/artists/182957-godspeed-you-black-emperor/calendar

Including Gateshead! :thumbsup:

Coventry on Mrs P's birthday.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 09, 2015, 10:06:10 pm
Gah, I want Belgium.
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Post by: citoyen on July 10, 2015, 08:44:38 am
So did Hitler, and look where that got him.

Anyway...

I was somewhat surprised when watching Coast last night to see my friend's son driving Nicholas Crane round Margate in a pedicab.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 10, 2015, 12:34:19 pm
No Scottish dates (sorry, Mrs P), but GS!YBE are doing a proper tour:

http://www.songkick.com/artists/182957-godspeed-you-black-emperor/calendar

Including Gateshead! :thumbsup:

But not Londonton :(
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Post by: Torslanda on July 10, 2015, 03:33:05 pm
No Scottish dates (sorry, Mrs P), but GS!YBE are doing a proper tour:

http://www.songkick.com/artists/182957-godspeed-you-black-emperor/calendar

Including Gateshead! :thumbsup:

But not Londonton :(

They've obviously got taste...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 10, 2015, 10:16:07 pm
Or that they've alreday played in Londonton twice this year.
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Post by: Deano on July 10, 2015, 11:03:05 pm
Or that they've alreday played in Londonton twice this year.

Well, exactly! The provinces need GS!YBE too. And I've never seen them live.
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Post by: spesh on July 11, 2015, 06:43:41 pm
Calling all Dickheads fans of Philip K Dick's works...

Quote from: io9
Amazon has released a new trailer for their upcoming series The Man In The High Castle, and it shows off some chilling new footage along what we’ve already seen from its fantastic pilot (http://io9.com/man-in-the-high-castle-is-wildly-different-from-the-boo-1679953073).

Linky: http://io9.com/liberty-and-justice-for-none-in-new-the-man-in-the-high-1717205090

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Post by: tiermat on July 14, 2015, 07:33:48 am
Listening to the radio this morning, on my way into work, they played "Reverand Black Grape".

I remember the album "It's Great When You're Straight, YEAH!" coming out (no pun intended).

It was released in 1995!!!!

Now I REALLY feel old....
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Post by: Andrij on July 15, 2015, 09:31:11 am
While not sleeping nights I've been binge-watching Farscape.  :thumbsup:

Officer Aeryn Sun  :-*
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Post by: clarion on July 16, 2015, 08:36:33 am
Listening to an old edition of Counterpoint yesterday, I found out that Dooley Wilson, who played Sam in Casablanca, couldn't play the piano.  He was a drummer leading a band. 

As Dear Old Ned Sherrin, National Treasure, Raconteur Par Excellence and Theatre Queen Bitch, put it:

"...sort of like a musical version of Phil Collins" ;D
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Post by: tiermat on July 16, 2015, 12:26:06 pm
It is rumoured that Kylie is to return to The Voice.

That'll explain why she was missing from our shed, along with the otters!
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Post by: tiermat on July 17, 2015, 12:51:15 pm
I have gone totally old skool today, and bought some CDs (I know I have just disposed of a load, but these are for pressies and I don't like giving 0s and 1s as presents...).

The one I did really want though, isn't out til next week...
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Post by: Andrij on July 21, 2015, 09:44:09 pm
How's your piano technique? (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/21/science/playing-mozart-piano-pieces-as-mozart-did.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur)
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Post by: Ham on August 05, 2015, 08:07:00 pm
Am I the only one who, hearing the trailer for a certain BBC series, thinks to themselves "but I've never ever seen a Baeckeoffe in Britain"?

Oh. Ok.
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Post by: citoyen on August 06, 2015, 12:35:50 am
Never even heard of it before but now I know what it is, I want some.

The only Alsace delicacy I'm familiar with is flammekueche, which is yummy.
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Post by: T42 on August 07, 2015, 03:26:29 pm
Have you noticed that every time film/TV detectives explore a building with torches it's full of smoke?
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Post by: Kim on August 07, 2015, 03:34:08 pm
Have you noticed that every time film/TV detectives explore a building with torches it's full of smoke?

Yup, plenty of fun to be had playing Mulder & Scully[1] in a darkened room with a couple of VNSP birdies and a glycol smoke machine.


[1] Not a euphemism.
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Post by: tiermat on August 12, 2015, 09:54:35 am
Bloody 6Music...

STOP STOP STOP playing "Harlem Shuffle" without introducing it...

I keep thinking it's "Jump Around"

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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Post by: Tim Hall on August 12, 2015, 01:12:50 pm
ITV4 have a Bond season on at the moment. Blimey, those Roger Moore ones were shite weren't they.  "The Spy Who Loved Me" last night. Gah.
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Post by: citoyen on August 12, 2015, 03:12:57 pm
Yes, the Moore Bonds are pretty awful but I caught some of Never Say Never Again at the weekend and it's just as bad.

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Post by: Wowbagger on August 12, 2015, 05:43:02 pm
How's your piano technique? (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/21/science/playing-mozart-piano-pieces-as-mozart-did.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur)

I'm not sure I agree that modern pianists "hunch over the piano". Glenn Gould did, but he specialised in J. S. Bach and was very weird, singing along as he played - and his voice came out on the occasional recording, apparently.

Glenn Gould:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNpZdZBY_Zw

Here is Ben Grosvenor at the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2007

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FJeOaRjZaE

And in 2014, playing Bach. He's hunched over the keyboard here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBh3wzfUgng

Barenboim playing Beethoven, quite some years ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJuqIcmlFEc

And again, in 2013.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMD_xhHSnJU

Daniel Barenboim seems to me to be much more "classically correct" in his techinique but I suppose it depends on your definition of a modern pianist.

Paul Lewis also seems to adopt an upright stance - unfortunately I couldn't find a video of him playing anything but concerti (he did the whole Beethoven cycle at the proms a few years back) and of course lots of the video shows members of the orchestra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKc2wnJRPkI

But, interesting stuff. Thanks, Andrij!
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Post by: Andrij on August 13, 2015, 01:45:03 pm
Dear God! There is a Ned Flanders themed metal band called Okilly Dokilly (http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/43535/Dear-God-There-is-a-Ned-Flanders-themed-metal-band-called-Okilly-Dokilly)
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Post by: Ham on August 16, 2015, 09:50:34 pm
If you like Ode to Billy Joe, and you haven't heard the BBC recording of Bobbie Gentry from 68, you probably want to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaRacIzZSPo
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 17, 2015, 11:19:01 pm
Whoever thought it was a good idea to have "Earth's Natural Wonders: Living On The Edge" narrated by Olivia Colman was this: wrong.
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Post by: Ruthie on August 19, 2015, 06:01:26 pm
It's a funny thing, but studio recordings of punk bands are usually pretty musical, whereas live you just get the whole full-on noise/anarchic madness experience.

Producers seem to go the other way with more poppy stuff, so live you get a more pared=down sound, and studio recordings you get a slicker, lusher sound.

This post may contain inaccurate sweeping statements.
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Post by: tiermat on August 20, 2015, 07:31:23 am
No, Ruthie, I think you may be right.  It is, certainly, my experience that this is the case.
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Post by: Biggsy on August 24, 2015, 04:25:06 pm
My new favourite YouTuber: genial giant Big Clive, mostly on electronics: www.youtube.com/user/bigclivedotcom/videos

Review of DANGEROUS Japanese Fanny Flambeaux doll (https://youtu.be/mcDgOGC5Lcc) (Slightly NSFW)
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Post by: Vince on August 24, 2015, 04:38:04 pm
It's a funny thing, but studio recordings of punk bands are usually pretty musical, whereas live you just get the whole full-on noise/anarchic madness experience.

Producers seem to go the other way with more poppy stuff, so live you get a more pared=down sound, and studio recordings you get a slicker, lusher sound.

This post may contain inaccurate sweeping statements.

I think a lot of session musicians were employed in that era.
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Post by: Ruthie on August 25, 2015, 11:54:00 am
Bloody hell, Toyah Wilcox is touring up North!    :o

I'm almost tempted, if only to get all nostalgic about my 1982 orange copycat dye job!
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 25, 2015, 12:11:27 pm
Go on, Ruthie, be Decadent!
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Post by: Steph on September 06, 2015, 03:39:10 pm
PMSL!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34167864
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 06, 2015, 04:47:01 pm
Ghostbusters is on. It's still great.
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Post by: hellymedic on September 06, 2015, 07:01:24 pm
David and I went to the Alphonse Mucha exhibition, featuring a half-hour biographical video, at the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth.
Lots of Art Nouveau goodness.
Recommended.
(Pretty cheap for us: he got in free as a carer and my ticket was reduced cos I'm disabled.)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 07, 2015, 01:37:27 am
Don't forget that The Lore Of The Land (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b068tl6k), with Dr Larrington, starts at 13:45 today on Radio 4.  Same time all week.
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Post by: Deano on September 07, 2015, 10:12:58 pm
Free Piney Gir gig! (http://thewaitingroom.uk/events/piney-gir-free-gig-no-really/)

You do have to go to Eaglesciffe, mind, but it's right next to the station, and you can get a direct train from Sunderland, King's Cross, Darlington and Bishop Auckland (amongst others). Lovely restaurant, too.

I can't go, otherwise I would!
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Post by: tiermat on September 15, 2015, 11:15:21 am
The Man Booker shortlist is out!

http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/man-booker-prize-fiction-2015-shortlist-revealed

Luckily I have only 2, from that list, left to read.  The two are "A History of Seven Killings" and "The Fishermen".
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Post by: hellymedic on September 15, 2015, 04:11:18 pm
If Daniel Glaser is still on the judging panel he'll baulk at any bad science...
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Post by: Ham on September 23, 2015, 11:43:26 pm
If you like jazz and haven't heard Joey Alexander yet (aged 12), you should http://joeyalexandermusic.com/video/
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Post by: Kim on September 25, 2015, 12:07:25 am
I've just worked it out:  Sharknado 3 is totally a prequel to The Martian.
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Post by: David Martin on September 29, 2015, 10:51:52 pm
The book of Kells is now online. http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v
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Post by: Ham on September 30, 2015, 11:06:56 pm
Found an amusing somewhat offbeat comic strip, Itchy Feet, based around travel and the intermingling of international characteristics

http://www.itchyfeetcomic.com/


(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RmQF_SOkqKs/VRe6q6-ZItI/AAAAAAAACqM/zfmOYDE701U/s1600/12.png)
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Post by: tiermat on October 01, 2015, 09:57:13 am
They have just played "Jesus Built My Hotrod" on 6Music!

Talk about a great start to the day, it can only go downhill from here :)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 05, 2015, 01:20:29 pm
I had completely forgotten about next week's Half Man Half Biscuit gig until a couple of hours ago :o
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Post by: spesh on October 05, 2015, 02:17:07 pm
They have just played "Jesus Built My Hotrod" on 6Music!

Talk about a great start to the day, it can only go downhill from here :)

The second greatest spoken intro... ever, after Zodiac Mindwarp's "Prime Mover".  ;D
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Post by: citoyen on October 06, 2015, 01:03:00 pm
One of the students from Queen Mary College on University Challenge last night introduced herself as "studying for an MD in sphincter preservation"

Apparently, this led to much traffic on twitter.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 06, 2015, 02:19:32 pm
Surely that's an MBA?
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Post by: Ham on October 07, 2015, 12:04:10 pm
Want a heartwarming story ? The Hip Operation Crew

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/healthandlife/yourhealth/ageing-with-attitude-thehip-operation-crew-move-to-the-beat-at-80-and-beyond-356775.html
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 08, 2015, 01:04:14 am
Looks like somebody jumped a shark, says Gil Grissom, waving a pair of shark fins.

Yes, Gil.  Yes, you did.  About ten years ago.

Now there is "CSI: Cyber-Bollocks", which is like "CSI" but, implausibly, even more, er, implausible.

I watched it so the rest of you don't have to.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 13, 2015, 09:08:31 pm
I am given to understand that forthcoming BBC dramatic histor-o-nonse "The Last Kingdom" is to do with wresting control of the BRITONS' England from the fell hand of the Viking Invaders.  Why, then, do they play over the trailer Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" ???
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Post by: Deano on October 13, 2015, 09:10:08 pm
The Chris T-T gig at Cotherstone Village Hall in December has been cancelled :(
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Post by: Steph on October 14, 2015, 04:24:06 pm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34503866

So...the writers of 'Miranda' apparently thought of the idea themselves. And weren't influenced by the decade or more such spoofs have been on the tinternetweb.
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 16, 2015, 01:13:53 pm
The BBC (You & Yours, I think) were discussing plans to build an extra rail link between Lewes and Brighton. Various bits of correspondence were read out, mostly in a northern accent.

Is the nasal twang which dominates Sussex not a suitable sound for bolshy rail travellers having a moan?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 16, 2015, 01:24:10 pm
Perhaps the BBC does not have an unlimited supply of regionally-accented reader-outers and thus cannot fish out of the cupboard one with a suitable accent for the topic under discussion.
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Post by: mcshroom on October 16, 2015, 01:45:27 pm
I would guess their list of jobbing voice actors is mainly based in Greater Manchester, sou are unlikely to speak with a southern accent.
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Post by: tiermat on October 20, 2015, 01:13:25 pm
Just bought the first Xmas pressie.

Why in this thread? Well TLD wanted a piece of art, we wanted to buy her a piece as an investment and Kerry Darlington's works have shown to appreciate quite nicely*

So we bought her this:

http://www.enidhuttgallery.com/wendy-kerry-darlington-unique-limited-edition-resin.ir?src=froogle&gclid=CjwKEAjwzJexBRCa_pGo8IK0ilASJABfGldbFn_zhe61_wwmR2uGxthA8mjCPG1cKSJ6WNXkQp8GpBoCgkTw_wcB

*We already have one piece, in the lounge, that was bought for ~£800 ~5 years ago and now sells for ~£1300, not a bad return!
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Post by: Ruthie on October 20, 2015, 10:13:51 pm
Just bought the first Xmas pressie.

Why in this thread? Well TLD wanted a piece of art, we wanted to buy her a piece as an investment and Kerry Darlington's works have shown to appreciate quite nicely*

So we bought her this:

http://www.enidhuttgallery.com/wendy-kerry-darlington-unique-limited-edition-resin.ir?src=froogle&gclid=CjwKEAjwzJexBRCa_pGo8IK0ilASJABfGldbFn_zhe61_wwmR2uGxthA8mjCPG1cKSJ6WNXkQp8GpBoCgkTw_wcB

*We already have one piece, in the lounge, that was bought for ~£800 ~5 years ago and now sells for ~£1300, not a bad return!

That looks perfect for her, I bet she'll love it  :D

It looks just like her!
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Post by: tiermat on October 21, 2015, 12:04:28 pm
Catching up with stuff what we have recorded, we started watching "This Is England '90" last night.

Whilst watching both myself and Mrs T had the same thought, idenpendantly of one another.  That thought was "Woody must be based on James*".  Beard, check, ranty attitude, check.  Even the rants were in a form so familiar to me, from hearing James rant!

*Tiermat's younger brother
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 21, 2015, 03:20:26 pm
I been catching up on recorded Stuffs too, with "Witch Hunt".  I think I'm in love with Suzannah Lipscomb.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 22, 2015, 08:58:57 am
Further upcatching with that three-parter on the history of "Indie" wot BBC4 done recently.  "Music For Misfits" or summat.  I am not now and never have been an Indie Kid - skinny or otherwise - but it was still quite a nostalgia-fest, helped make sense of quite a lot of Half Man Half Biscuit lyrics1, confirmed my opinions about Morrissey and didn't have big pseud Paul Morley in it.  Needed Peter Hook, though.

1: And even featured a brief clip of HMHB playing "The Trumpton Riots" :thumbsup:
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Post by: tiermat on October 22, 2015, 09:17:30 am
Further upcatching with that three-parter on the history of "Indie" wot BBC4 done recently.  "Music For Misfits" or summat.  I am not now and never have been an Indie Kid - skinny or otherwise - but it was still quite a nostalgia-fest, helped make sense of quite a lot of Half Man Half Biscuit lyrics1, confirmed my opinions about Morrissey and didn't have big pseud Paul Morley in it.  Needed Peter Hook, though.

1: And even featured a brief clip of HMHB playing "The Trumpton Riots" :thumbsup:

We recorded and watched this.  Worth watching to see Mark Radcliffe with a mullet!

All we need, now, is a similar one covering the leftpondian scene (SubPop et al)
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Post by: Biggsy on October 22, 2015, 01:55:34 pm
I enjoyed Music For Misfits as well, but they did concentrate too much on popularity and business rather than the actual music that us misfits loved.  There was almost nothing on 4AD and the (horribly named) shoegaze genre, for examples.
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Post by: LEE on October 22, 2015, 02:05:18 pm
1: And even featured a brief clip of HMHB playing "The Trumpton Riots" :thumbsup:

If someone asked me "What should Punk Sound like?" I'd refer them to HMHB's "Joy Division Oven Gloves".  Wonderful.

No other band have summed up the frustration of setting up a game of Scalextric in lyrical form better than HMHB (See: All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit )
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 22, 2015, 07:02:23 pm
I was also surprised by the lack of 4AD3DCD.
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Post by: Ham on October 23, 2015, 05:12:16 pm
Here's a brilliant Friday afternoon vid of Stan & Laurel dancing to AC/DC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHqSOLRQWsU
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Post by: Basil on October 23, 2015, 06:42:59 pm
Here's a brilliant Friday afternoon vid of Stan & Laurel dancing to AC/DC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHqSOLRQWsU

 :D   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Ruthie on October 24, 2015, 03:17:58 pm
Dialogue from today's SF B-movie.

"For one instance, our Sun became the most powerful magnetic force in the universe.  A magnetar."

Long silence.

"A magnetar?"
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 24, 2015, 04:16:33 pm
My mum didn't like Skyfall because

- Daniel Craig's suits were too tight
- no way would James Bond let his Aston Martin get destroyed
- he should have shut the door when he set the house on fire so the fire didn't follow him through the escape route
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Post by: Ruthie on October 24, 2015, 09:37:19 pm
"It Was All Right In The '80s'.

They're doing the Nuclear War thing now, god we were all so scared.  It really blighted our teenagerhood!  We were all certain we'd not see the '90s.

Protect And Survive - what a farce.  The sirens were on top of our school, they used to test them every so often.  Wow.  I grew up with the nuclear war early warning going off in my ear during English Lang/Lit!
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 24, 2015, 11:56:34 pm
And if you survived the bomb, then there was AIDS.
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Post by: Ruthie on October 25, 2015, 06:01:15 pm
It's interesting, how nobody seemed even slightly inclined to protect our generation from ideas of being burned to death in a universal apocalypse, or Jimmy Savile.
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Post by: ian on October 25, 2015, 06:35:41 pm
My gripe with the new Bond is that he makes all this spying business seem a bit grim, slotted somewhere between working a till at Aldi and BT customer service assistant in the grand scale of careers. It should be sexy and it should involve henchmen and shark-filled aquaria. I demand frikkin laser beams. Daniel Craig wears a tight fitting Monday-morning-shit-job-face. I have tickets for Sceptre mind, so let's see.

Yeah, the 1980s, lived under the permanent low cloud of imminent nuclear destruction or Jimmy fixing it for us.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 29, 2015, 01:02:15 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o
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Post by: LEE on October 29, 2015, 01:51:45 pm
My mum didn't like Skyfall because

- Daniel Craig's suits were too tight
- no way would James Bond let his Aston Martin get destroyed
- he should have shut the door when he set the house on fire so the fire didn't follow him through the escape route

Congratulations!! Your Mum has correctly spotted all 3 unrealistic and far-fetched Bond moments and won 1st prize, a Lotus Esprit Submarine Car (And lifetime supply of WD40).
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 29, 2015, 02:45:27 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o
:o :'( >:(
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Post by: spesh on October 29, 2015, 03:27:48 pm
My mum didn't like Skyfall because

- Daniel Craig's suits were too tight
- no way would James Bond let his Aston Martin get destroyed
- he should have shut the door when he set the house on fire so the fire didn't follow him through the escape route

Congratulations!! Your Mum has correctly spotted all 3 unrealistic and far-fetched Bond moments and won 1st prize, a Lotus Esprit Submarine Car (And lifetime supply of WD40).

That'll be a Corgi Lotus Esprit, minus the missiles*, then?  ;)


* Which had pingfukkited themselves into the depths of the ornamental flower border in the back garden within five minutes of playing with the toy car outside for the first time...
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Post by: Vince on October 29, 2015, 06:08:20 pm
My mum didn't like Skyfall because

- Daniel Craig's suits were too tight
- no way would James Bond let his Aston Martin get destroyed
- he should have shut the door when he set the house on fire so the fire didn't follow him through the escape route

Congratulations!! Your Mum has correctly spotted all 3 unrealistic and far-fetched Bond moments and won 1st prize, a Lotus Esprit Submarine Car (And lifetime supply of WD40).

That'll be a Corgi Lotus Esprit, minus the missiles*, then?  ;)


* Which had pingfukkited themselves into the depths of the ornamental flower border in the back garden under grandma's sideboard within five minutes of playing with the toy car outside for the first time...

FTFY
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on October 29, 2015, 06:14:22 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o

Did I not mention that a several of weeks ago? I defo told *somebody* I got an email from Amazon about it.
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Post by: spesh on October 29, 2015, 06:20:33 pm
My mum didn't like Skyfall because

- Daniel Craig's suits were too tight
- no way would James Bond let his Aston Martin get destroyed
- he should have shut the door when he set the house on fire so the fire didn't follow him through the escape route

Congratulations!! Your Mum has correctly spotted all 3 unrealistic and far-fetched Bond moments and won 1st prize, a Lotus Esprit Submarine Car (And lifetime supply of WD40).

That'll be a Corgi Lotus Esprit, minus the missiles*, then?  ;)


* Which had pingfukkited themselves into the depths of the ornamental flower border in the back garden under grandma's sideboard within five minutes of playing with the toy car outside for the first time...

FTFY

Fixed the fixing - I don't think the launching springs were that strong.  ;D
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Post by: Ruthie on October 31, 2015, 02:08:11 pm
Girl in a Band, still on i-Player, a fascinating documentary about, um, women in bands.  There was footage I'd not seen before and people I'd not heard of before, and Kate Mossman's reference-filled (wink wink) approach to some of these artists is worthy of note.  Good to hear female artists talking about their own medium, and the continued 'othering' of women affirms a lot I already think about the patriarchy in general.

Or just watch it for the music.  Seriously.  Some great stuff in there.
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Post by: Ham on November 17, 2015, 08:05:37 pm
Following on from various social media activities in years gone by, I am on the mailing lists of a few PR agencies. One in particular always makes me smile when it arrives, as it is signed Madeline Bassett.

I wonder, if your family name was Bassett, would you not be aware of that name? Would you call your child that deliberately? As she is a 20-something, I have come to the temporary conclusion that it was accidental.

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Post by: tiermat on November 18, 2015, 08:24:54 am
Nota great cover, just odd, 6Music have just played Bauhaus - Telegram Sam.

No! Just no, ok?
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Post by: Ham on November 18, 2015, 08:31:25 am
On the The R6M front, I have just submitted a menu for a Spanish Sunday lunch comprising Ojos de Brujo, Patax, Manu Chao. Wonder if it will get played.
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Post by: tiermat on November 18, 2015, 08:33:30 am
On the The R6M front, I have just submitted a menu for a Spanish Sunday lunch comprising Ojos de Brujo, Patax, Manu Chao. Wonder if it will get played.

Ooooo, which Sunday is that on, then?
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Post by: Ham on November 18, 2015, 11:01:52 pm
On the The R6M front, I have just submitted a menu for a Spanish Sunday lunch comprising Ojos de Brujo, Patax, Manu Chao. Wonder if it will get played.

Ooooo, which Sunday is that on, then?

If they use it and if they tell me first I will advertise said fact, submission is on this page http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4RwTm1Q5Gj6cp8HJnn5dvNj/cerys-sunday-roast
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Post by: Ham on November 21, 2015, 04:11:58 pm
Later that same life....

http://www.npr.org/2015/11/19/456663811/a-writer-gets-grilled-by-his-18-year-old-self-in-later-that-same-life

Sounds fascinating, not sufficiently to put cash into someone else's project, but still
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 21, 2015, 08:29:55 pm
Explosions In The Sky are playing a handful of UK gigs in April 2016: http://www.explosionsinthesky.com/ (http://www.explosionsinthesky.com/) :thumbsup:
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Post by: Peter on November 21, 2015, 09:13:00 pm
In Dad's Army tonight, fleeting mentions of French flags, bombs and praying to Mecca.  No intent, just a bizarre and poignant coincidence.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 22, 2015, 01:27:34 am
In Dad's Army tonight, fleeting mentions of French flags, bombs and praying to Mecca.  No intent, just a bizarre and poignant coincidence.

Might have been postponed from last week.  Last Saturday's episode of "QI XL" was replaced by a repeat and I can only think it was because Sandi Toksvig made a joke about rhesus monkeys learning French.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 22, 2015, 03:04:45 pm
Explosions In The Sky are playing a handful of UK gigs in April 2016: http://www.explosionsinthesky.com/ (http://www.explosionsinthesky.com/) :thumbsup:

Aw, boo, Glasgow :(
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 22, 2015, 09:14:35 pm
Explosions In The Sky are playing a handful of UK gigs in April 2016: http://www.explosionsinthesky.com/ (http://www.explosionsinthesky.com/) :thumbsup:

Aw, boo, Glasgow :(

"Oh good", said Miss von Brandenburg when told they're playing the Albert Hall.  "It'll be nice to sit down!"

What the band will make of the venue is anyone's guess; they were impressed enough by the Brixton Academy ;D
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 23, 2015, 04:23:05 pm
I've just discovered Jane Jensen


Oh and on Sat I saw Katy Manning (aka Jo Grant) and Lee Majors (aka The Bionic Man).
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Post by: Andrij on November 26, 2015, 06:28:52 pm
FAO wowbagger, et al.
Lightning-fast pianist Lubomyr Melnyk: 'When I play I turn into an eagle flying' (http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/nov/26/lubomyr-melnyk-fastest-pianist-rivers-and-streams)
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Post by: Ruthie on November 27, 2015, 04:15:29 pm
That Rufus Wainwright really does love himself doesn't he?  Jeez, enough with the lounging around photos already.  We get it, you're handsome. 
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Post by: clarion on November 27, 2015, 04:18:27 pm
He is pretty, he is clever, and he is talented.

And he is, or so we are informed by his dad (incorrectly), a 'tit-man'.
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Post by: Ruthie on November 27, 2015, 04:19:38 pm
He is pretty, he is clever, and he is talented.

And he is, or so we are informed by his dad (incorrectly), a 'tit-man'.

More into finches, is he?   ::-)
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Post by: clarion on November 27, 2015, 04:25:55 pm
Perhaps.

I postulate that his constant desire for adulation may be related to his father's dismissive behaviour towards the Wainwright siblings (cf:Bloody Motherfucking Asshole by Martha).

This does not excuse his narcissism, merely contextualises it.
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Post by: clarion on November 27, 2015, 04:26:36 pm
DoI: I have worked with Wainwright pere
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 28, 2015, 06:34:38 pm
One of my simple pleasures is to watch TOTP1980 on BBC4 on Thursdays, while following #totp1980. It has been particularly enjoyable lately because Dennis Waterman's theme from Minder is in the charts, and every time it's mentioned in the chart rundown, the #totp1980 tweeters all tweet "write the feme tune, sing the feme tune."
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 02, 2015, 01:47:35 am
Know someone who likes "Game Of Thrones"?  Can't think what to get them for Christmas?  This Unit recommends1 Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Coming-Medieval-World-Thrones/dp/1784532568/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449020629&sr=1-3&keywords=carolyne+larrington) by, er, Dr Larrington.  A snip at only 12.99 of your BRITISH pounds.

1: I haven't actually even seen a copy yet, but...
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Post by: citoyen on December 03, 2015, 11:02:24 am
I love Professional Masterchef - it's the only version of Masterchef I watch, not being interested in celebs making tits of themselves or amateur foodies showing off how au courant they are with the latest food fads.

However, this series has been bizarre, and I suspect an element of barrel-scraping - both with the choice of contestants and the choice of 'skills' tests. Out of six contestants in last night's show, two out of three couldn't even make a prawn cocktail (one had never even made mayonnaise before), and two out of the other three weren't capable of producing a decent cheeseburger.

Mind you, even Marcus Wareing... sorry, Michelinstarredchefmarcus Wareing, to give him his proper name, managed to cock up the cheeseburger by serving it on a feckin' brioche.

As for the 'signature dish' round, at least half the chefs produced dishes that were only borderline edible. I don't think I would have put any of them through last night. Really poor standard.

I only hope I never have the misfortune to eat in an establishment that employs any of them.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 03, 2015, 07:16:08 pm
The book I am reading mentions a cat called Boris sniffing a fruit bowl. This made me laugh because bobb's cat, Boris, has form for molesting fruit.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 04, 2015, 11:55:18 am
DJ Random has just coughed up "Stairway To Heaven".  The lyrics really are a load of guff, aren't they?
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Post by: Dibdib on December 04, 2015, 12:56:04 pm
I love Professional Masterchef - it's the only version of Masterchef I watch, not being interested in celebs making tits of themselves or amateur foodies showing off how au courant they are with the latest food fads.

For this reason I'm quite looking forward to the "professional bake-off" which is apparently in the pipeline. I might drool on the TV.
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Post by: citoyen on December 04, 2015, 01:09:25 pm
For this reason I'm quite looking forward to the "professional bake-off" which is apparently in the pipeline.

Ooh! Interesting.

I've been enjoying the Pottery Showdown much more than I would have expected. I mainly like it for the insight it gives into the technical aspects of the creative process, which you don't get from Masterchef or Bake-Off.

Plus friend-of-the-family Jim is in the final, so I've got someone to root for.
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Post by: Dibdib on December 04, 2015, 01:15:04 pm
For this reason I'm quite looking forward to the "professional bake-off" which is apparently in the pipeline.

Ooh! Interesting.

Tom Kerridge is presenting it, and was on Chris Evans' radio show the other morning plugging it. Teams of three professional patisserierypeople, and professional judges. No Mel'n'Sue (sadface) or Mary Berry, no Paul Hollywood (woo).
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Post by: citoyen on December 04, 2015, 01:55:03 pm
Tom Kerridge is presenting it

Oh god, that puts me right off.  :(
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Post by: ian on December 04, 2015, 07:28:49 pm
Dear wife, if you insist on working from home, you need to understand that late Friday afternoon is my Sing Along With Taylor Swift time.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 04, 2015, 07:37:12 pm
I'd say that was extreme mental cruelty.  Have you got a solicitor?
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Post by: Dibdib on December 04, 2015, 07:50:07 pm
Dear wife, if you insist on working from home, you need to understand that late Friday afternoon is my Sing Along With Taylor Swift time.

Ignore her, Ian. Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.
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Post by: ian on December 04, 2015, 09:08:09 pm
Yeah, Larrers, don't be a hater. Cue up Haunted or Shake it Out and just let it all out. Even better, Amazon Music now comes with the all the lyrics, Karaoke style.

This is why I own a detached house.

It's also why I can't go to certain bars in Boca Raton ever again.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 05, 2015, 12:36:18 am
Yeah, Larrers, don't be a hater. Cue up Haunted or Shake it Out and just let it all out. Even better, Amazon Music now comes with the all the lyrics, Karaoke style.

See comment upthread re Stairway To Heaven.

This is why I own a detached house.

It's also why I can't go to certain bars in Boca Raton ever again.

Pffft.  With Larrington Towers surrounded by a Several of acres of parkland1 I can perfect my Bon Scott impression in the garden, although not in this weather, or with the off-licence abuse that traditionally accompanies such hi-jinks.

I cannot think of any valid reason to go to Boca Raton.  It's where the IBM PC was invented, y'know2.

1: Lie
2: Not Lie
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 06, 2015, 01:12:33 am
BBC, ninety seconds does not constitute an episode of "QI", still less an episode of "QI XL".  And for what?  Fucking snooker.

Never mind, it'll be on iPlayer, won't it?  No.  No, it is not.  May a Mighty Rushing Wind blow down your houses and destroy your insurance paperwork >:(
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 06, 2015, 08:56:17 pm
BBC, ninety seconds does not constitute an episode of "QI", still less an episode of "QI XL".  And for what?  Fucking snooker.

Never mind, it'll be on iPlayer, won't it?  No.  No, it is not.  May a Mighty Rushing Wind blow down your houses and destroy your insurance paperwork >:(
It was an old one (k) anyway.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 09, 2015, 09:02:48 am
R3 has just paused to let us hear the sound of Tromso. No music, no speech, just ambient sound of the city. Can you imagine any other radio station doing that? No. Especially not Classic FM. Case settled.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 09, 2015, 01:40:30 pm
Hurrah: the Nice Man in my local Waterstones still remembers me; also they are selling the Adult Ladybird books for e.g. "The Ladybird Book of The Hipster / The Hangover / The Mid-Life Crisis".  Though not, at £6.99 a pop, to mee.

Bah: They didn't have "And On That Bombshell" by Richard Porter, the evil genius behind Sniff Petrol.
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Post by: Steph on December 15, 2015, 10:40:19 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35058761
GCHQ competition
 Can't get past stage one as it needs a smartphone for the next stage.
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Post by: Ruthie on December 20, 2015, 03:40:24 pm
These perfume ads get more ridiculous and obscure every year.  I mean, who wears Chanel when they go surfing?  And is he shagging someone else or what?  Bastard.  If he is, that is, because who can tell.  I mean, he's got a kid, which makes him utter scum, but only if he is a home-breaking adulterer, because perfume ads.
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Post by: Chris S on December 20, 2015, 09:35:10 pm
These perfume ads get more ridiculous and obscure every year.  I mean, who wears Chanel when they go surfing?  And is he shagging someone else or what?  Bastard.  If he is, that is, because who can tell.  I mean, he's got a kid, which makes him utter scum, but only if he is a home-breaking adulterer, because perfume ads.

Or you could turn the sound off and go make a cuppa.  :D
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 20, 2015, 09:37:31 pm
This is why we record everything - so we can fast forward through the adverts
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 21, 2015, 12:35:02 pm
Are you sure it wasn't Carling?
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Post by: LEE on December 21, 2015, 01:02:25 pm
Dear middle-aged women,

Please stop believing all that "age-defying", "Fountain of youth", pseudo-science bullshit from the make-up companies.

Ask yourself, how many Nobel prize winning scientists got their award whilst working at Laboratoire Garnier?

The reason the model doesn't have wrinkles any more is because she's about 20 and hasn't had her first one yet.

See Also - Ring Flash lighting techniques.
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Post by: trekker12 on December 21, 2015, 01:17:45 pm
Does anyone actually believe it anyway?

I know they believe we believe it or they wouldn't make up words that sound scientific, but in my experience women (and an increasing number of men) buy such products because they need moisturiser and find one they like, or smells nice, or feels nice.

I've never met anyone who watches a TV advert and decides because the latest product from Laboratoire Garnier contains neverheardofinthescientificcommunityicide think 'ooh I must try that'

Advertising executives are made in a box and aren't allowed into the real world IMHO
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Post by: citoyen on December 21, 2015, 01:22:51 pm
Dear middle-aged women,

'Middle-aged women' are no more susceptible to marketing than any other arbitrary age/gender group.

Try changing the word 'women' in your post to 'men', and 'Laboratoire Garnier' to 'Pinarello'...
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Post by: LEE on December 21, 2015, 02:27:32 pm
Dear middle-aged women,

'Middle-aged women' are no more susceptible to marketing than any other arbitrary age/gender group.

Try changing the word 'women' in your post to 'men', and 'Laboratoire Garnier' to 'Pinarello'...

Can't help feel you missed the obvious R*pha parallel.

The most striking visual feature of this season’s R*PHA collection is the Data Print, a collaboration that creates graphic art from the science of modern road racing. London-based design studio "Laboratoire Saw-U-Coming" used the ride data from the three weeks of a Team R*PHA rider’s grand tour to produce a unique graphic. Charting the story of each stage, the resulting print is made up of precisely scaled chevrons mapping the rider’s distance, elevation gain and effort.

Amazingly most of that is word for word (I may have made up the name of the design studio ...but nothing else).
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Post by: citoyen on December 21, 2015, 02:51:05 pm
Can't help feel you missed the obvious R*pha parallel.

I enjoyed Rapha's hospitality at the launch event for the data print stuff. That's all I'm saying.
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Post by: Kim on December 21, 2015, 03:20:01 pm
Dear middle-aged women,

'Middle-aged women' are no more susceptible to marketing than any other arbitrary age/gender group.

I thought they were (or, more accurately, as a demographic they spend the most money on the kind of products where buying decisions are most easily influenced by marketing), which is why so much marketing is directed at them.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 21, 2015, 09:13:46 pm
Congratulations to UCL Rutherford who, on last night's Christmas University Challenge, identified the narrator of a recording of "Peter And The Wolf" as Toxteth O'Grady.

Pity it was wrong.
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Post by: mattc on December 21, 2015, 10:36:40 pm
Perfume ads:

I think there was a meeting at the Actors and Proper Creadive Types Union about selling your soul to advertisers;
it was decided that perfume ads are sooooo ludicrous, it is acceptable to appear in them without universal condemnation from ones peers.

If not, Mr Depp has made a grave misjudgement ...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 30, 2015, 11:10:46 am
It is a given that all 21st century cop shows have a resident copper who is versed in the arts of Hollywood-OSTM and can track a phone or determine a Babbage-Engine's location from its IP address in mere seconds.  However, if he's called "Benny Silver" he should be recognisably Jewish.  He should not have a Norn Iron accent that can open a bottle of Bushmills at forty paces, and certainly should not be Tyres O'Flaherty thinly disguised inside a beard and a badly-fitting suit.
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Post by: citoyen on December 30, 2015, 05:25:54 pm
Congratulations to UCL Rutherford who, on last night's Christmas University Challenge, identified the narrator of a recording of "Peter And The Wolf" as Toxteth O'Grady.

Pity it was wrong.

Finally caught up with that today. Amusing. The real pity is that he didn't give the answer as 'Toxteth O'Grady, USA' but well done him anyway.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 31, 2015, 02:47:44 pm
Top 10 modern medieval tales (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/30/top-10-modern-medieval-tales-georg-rr-martin-umberto-eco)

"From George RR Martin to Umberto Eco, many writers have been inspired by stories of the middle ages. Here are some of the best"

No, wait!  Come back!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 31, 2015, 08:12:22 pm
Congratulations to UCL Rutherford who, on last night's Christmas University Challenge, identified the narrator of a recording of "Peter And The Wolf" as Toxteth O'Grady.

Pity it was wrong.

Finally caught up with that today. Amusing. The real pity is that he didn't give the answer as 'Toxteth O'Grady, USA' but well done him anyway.

I think Magdalen Berlin rather fancies Magdalen Theroux :D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 05, 2016, 10:46:53 pm
This week's Silent Witness is:
:-X
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Post by: Kim on January 06, 2016, 12:39:37 am
Slightly less annoying than most of last series until you get to the [soiler], thobut.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 07, 2016, 06:33:24 pm
Wasn't "Veep" (very) loosely based on "The Thick Of It"?  Somehow I can't imagine the median USAnian audience going for a programme using language like "six-toed pony-fuckers", "marzipan dildo" or ""I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party, and rub your nuts up and down her leg whilst whistling Bohemian fucking Rhapsody".

Somebody lent us Veep. I thought I was going to hate it but actually it's a fairly close match for TTOI considering a)it's Usanian and b) there's no Malcolm Tucker.
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Post by: citoyen on January 07, 2016, 10:23:14 pm
Wasn't "Veep" (very) loosely based on "The Thick Of It"?  Somehow I can't imagine the median USAnian audience going for a programme using language like "six-toed pony-fuckers", "marzipan dildo" or ""I will tear your fucking skin off, I will wear it to your mother's birthday party, and rub your nuts up and down her leg whilst whistling Bohemian fucking Rhapsody".

Somebody lent us Veep. I thought I was going to hate it but actually it's a fairly close match for TTOI considering a)it's Usanian and b) there's no Malcolm Tucker.

Coincidentally, I heard an old interview with Armando Ianucci the other day* in which he was discussing the genesis of Veep. Basically, it would have been a straight remake of The Thick Of It but ABC snapped up the rights to that title before HBO could get their hands on it, so instead HBO commissioned Ianucci & co to make a new series on the same lines.

I've not seen the 'official' American version of The Thick Of It but it sounds terrible. Apparently, it was so bad they never got beyond making the pilot.

Veep, on the other hand, is pure genius.


*an episode of Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast from 2012 in which he interviews Armando Ianucci and Graham Linehan together. Most entertaining.
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Post by: Pingu on January 07, 2016, 10:41:44 pm
It’s Roy Batty of Blade Runner’s inception date! Happy Birthday Roy! (http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2016/01/07/roy-batty-blade-runners-inception-date-happy-birthday-roy/)
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Post by: ian on January 07, 2016, 10:42:10 pm
I prefer Veep, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is wonderful and the cast gels and there's just an outre about US politics that our own marvellous system of upper class men hawing and gaffawing at each other just can't match. And they can be sweary as they want as it's on HBO. Ianucci has a gift.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 11, 2016, 05:21:44 pm
Having today discovered a factoid about Uriah Heep, a band which I've never taken any notice of, I started listening to Youtube's Uriah Heep mix. I'm not looking at the youtube, just listening. Suddenly the folk-tinged heavy rock with metal leanings is interrupted by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John singing You're the one that I want! Imagine how well that fits in! So I switch to the youtube tab and what do I see to explain my bewilderment? An advert for Uncle Ben's Quinoa and Rice, a product of whose existence I have been even more ignorant than of Uriah Heep. Informed but not enlightened. Perhaps the weirdest thing was that the (American-sounding) voiceover produced quinoa "correctly" rather than "naturally".
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Post by: Deano on January 11, 2016, 07:46:46 pm
I got all excited when I saw Explosions in the Sky were going to play Durham (in addition to Glasgow, Manchester and the usual places) :D

Then I realised it was Durham, North Carolina. Arse.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 14, 2016, 09:53:15 pm
Colin Vearncombe is critically ill in hospital after a car crash, and Celine Dion's husband has died.
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Post by: TheLurker on January 19, 2016, 08:08:58 pm
I note that Bergerac's Triumph Roadster is earning a crust in the Go Compare "Brief Encounter" advert.  How the mighty are fallen. :)
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Post by: Vince on January 19, 2016, 09:53:54 pm
You wouldn't say that if you had watched the recent repeats of Bergerac - hasn't stood the test of time.
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Post by: Steph on January 20, 2016, 06:34:28 pm
And another one gone
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11860014
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 20, 2016, 07:41:04 pm
Steph, did you look at the date on that article?
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Post by: Vince on January 20, 2016, 11:02:32 pm
And another one gone
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11860014
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35342699 (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35342699)
FTFY
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Post by: Vince on January 20, 2016, 11:05:29 pm
I wonder if an "IPlayer Original" is the equivalent of a film being released straight to DVD?
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Post by: Kim on January 20, 2016, 11:07:49 pm
I wonder if an "IPlayer Original" is the equivalent of a film being released straight to DVD?

I think that's code for "we commissioned this before we decided to axe BBC3".
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Post by: Steph on January 21, 2016, 10:24:04 am
And another one gone
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11860014
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35342699 (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35342699)
FTFY
Just seen that. Arsebollocks.
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Post by: Vince on January 21, 2016, 07:12:30 pm
And another.
http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2016/01/20/rock-legend-animal-dies-aged-66/ (http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2016/01/20/rock-legend-animal-dies-aged-66/)
(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 22, 2016, 07:51:32 pm
I happened on this yesterday whilst driving:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06whsx1 start a 13m 50s.

It's a song. I found it very funny. I insist, however, that it does not in any way apply to me. Oh no! Not at all...
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Post by: cycleman on January 22, 2016, 08:32:03 pm
 ;D  ;D that was fun
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Post by: hillbilly on January 24, 2016, 12:23:25 pm
Currently making my way through every episode of South Park in order.

The show is funny as hell, suitably puerile, with an irreverent streak of social commentary (increasingly so from series 5 or thereabouts) that puts Family Guy and Simpsons and all those other jaded and less mirthsome American wannabees in the shade. 

Anybody who disagrees with me is either a hippy or a pussy.  And should respect my authority.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 24, 2016, 01:39:35 pm
Currently making my way through every episode of South Park in order.

The show is funny as hell, suitably puerile, with an irreverent streak of social commentary (increasingly so from series 5 or thereabouts) that puts Family Guy and Simpsons and all those other jaded and less mirthsome American wannabees in the shade. 

Anybody who disagrees with me is either a hippy or a pussy.  And should respect my authority.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDDJvC2CGaU
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Post by: ian on January 24, 2016, 05:39:21 pm
Hillbilly is correct, but man, that's a lot of episodes.

I just like saying gluten makes your dick fly off. Oh, and singing the gayfish song.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 24, 2016, 09:55:09 pm
TIMMY!
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Post by: tiermat on January 25, 2016, 08:56:47 pm
The first batch of artists playing at Deer Shed have been announced.

Most I have never heard anything by, but two I have. Beth Orton and Everything Everything.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 26, 2016, 07:30:27 am
With all the hoopla over David Bowie the death of Mott The Hoople drummer Dale "Buffin" Griffin seems to have slipped under the radar, in much the same way as Lee Brilleaux dying at the same time as Kurt Cobain.
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Post by: geraldc on January 26, 2016, 03:36:56 pm
That shit poking fraudster "Dr" Gillian McKeith will be entering the Celeb Big Brother House. Good it shows her career is on the decline as fewer people believe her random shit about toxins etc.
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Post by: hillbilly on January 26, 2016, 05:27:57 pm
Hillbilly is correct, but man, that's a lot of episodes.

I've most recently watched Awesome-O in Series 8. 
Which is apparently 116 episodes in. 
Only another 151 to go (or around 55 hours).
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Post by: ian on January 26, 2016, 06:00:36 pm
I can't imagine how utterly brilliantly warped your brain will be after an entire run of South Park. Just thinking about the Gayfish song had me humming it for three hours. Kanye's got crabs. Literally.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 07, 2016, 01:01:49 pm
I thought DJ Random must have been in a Viarosa mood this morning, until my eyes were sufficiently caffeinated to focus on the screen.  You played this last night, you div!  Why not save the play count when you've done so?
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Post by: Ruthie on February 08, 2016, 12:28:11 am
'Telomere' by the Mystery Jets is such a great song, but I think it will always remind me of hearing about Bowie.  Which is a shame, really.  On the other hand, it was a perfect choice for that moment.

Sigh.

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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 11, 2016, 11:55:39 am
Showed my son some Hieronymus Bosch paintings: "This is even weirder than the mind of Terry Pratchett!"
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Post by: Dibdib on February 12, 2016, 09:34:11 pm
Have we had OK Go's new zero-gravity (yes, for realsies) music video yet?

http://okgo.net/2016/02/11/upside-down-inside-out/

To clarify - no green screens, no wires, and shot in one take aboard a parabolic plane flight. All they've done is cut the double-gravity bits out between dives.
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Post by: Kim on February 12, 2016, 10:17:57 pm
That's a gratuitous excuse for having as much fun making a video as possible.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Deano on February 12, 2016, 10:34:25 pm
It's just a shame the music's a bit...

Well, the videos are much better than the music.
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Post by: Ruthie on February 17, 2016, 10:27:27 pm
Third Way has gone under.  It's such a good journal.  What a bloody shame.  :(
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Post by: Riggers on February 18, 2016, 10:53:52 am
Have we had OK Go's new zero-gravity (yes, for realsies) music video yet?

http://okgo.net/2016/02/11/upside-down-inside-out/

To clarify - no green screens, no wires, and shot in one take aboard a parabolic plane flight. All they've done is cut the double-gravity bits out between dives.


So good! And gosh, those girls are jolly fit aren't they!
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Post by: Biggsy on February 19, 2016, 01:19:27 pm
Inside the world's biggest organ:

https://youtu.be/VKWIX7LcV5Y

SFW
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Post by: tiermat on February 24, 2016, 10:02:36 pm
The Brits.

Shit, aren't they?

Even the David Bowie tribute seemed trite, contrived and a bit rubbish.
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Post by: ElyDave on February 24, 2016, 10:48:36 pm
Have we had OK Go's new zero-gravity (yes, for realsies) music video yet?

http://okgo.net/2016/02/11/upside-down-inside-out/

To clarify - no green screens, no wires, and shot in one take aboard a parabolic plane flight. All they've done is cut the double-gravity bits out between dives.

Watched it with the sound off.

The foot bars kind of gave the game away
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Post by: tiermat on February 26, 2016, 09:12:51 am
I have booked some tickets, for November, to see Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, in Leeds.

I wasn't intending to, but went on SeeTickets, to book Terrorvision tickets and saw that they were coming back to the UK (We have missed them the last 2 times they have played in Leeds).  Mrs T is VERY happy!

On a side note, I thought I would have a look at the cost of tickets to see Jools Holland, again in November.  F*** me! £40 EACH!!!!
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Post by: Auntie Helen on February 26, 2016, 09:39:06 am
I have been watching Deutschland 83 on Channel 4 (hurrah for VPN), a series of eight programmes about an East German posing as a West German soldier to spy on Pershing II nuclear missile talks.

I am halfway through and it is absolutely brilliant!

Available for another 7 days on 4 On Demand so I really recommend watching it.

It's in German (with some French and also English) but subtitled. The subtitles are done well too.

It was first shown here on RTL in December I think so has very quickly made it to UK television. It was hugely successful in America apparently. Under the 4 App it is under "Walter recommends' or some such obfuscation.
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Post by: Ham on February 26, 2016, 10:50:52 am
I have booked a superfluity of Springsteen tickets, both for Wembley and Coventry. One or the other will have to be sold.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 26, 2016, 11:45:12 am
On a side note, I thought I would have a look at the cost of tickets to see Jools Holland, again in November.  F*** me! £40 EACH!!!!

My grate frend Mr Woolrich suggested we might see Buddy Guy later this year.  IIRC it was even more than that.  Sorry, Buddy...
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Post by: essexian on February 26, 2016, 12:45:51 pm
I have booked a superfluity of Springsteen tickets, both for Wembley and Coventry. One or the other will have to be sold.

Managed to get tickets for Coventry but did ponder whilst doing so why on Earth do Rihanna tickets for the same venue costs more than those for the boss.  ???

I thought £67 quid was towards the top end of what I would want to pay but then again, you go get some set with The Boss. At the same time as I booked these (it took nearly 40 minutes to get to the front of the queue!) and for the same overall cost, I managed to book tickets to see The Primitives, The Dandy Warhols and The Cure.


 
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 26, 2016, 09:56:30 pm
Rihanna will probably have lots of dancers and costume changes and extraneousness, whereas The Boss will just have his band.
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Post by: Ham on February 26, 2016, 11:35:15 pm
Yebbut someone has noticed how long he normally carries on for, these gigs start at 16:30! I'd have a shilling both ways that Rihanna starts at 20:00 and finishes first
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Post by: Ham on February 29, 2016, 08:12:52 pm
Is John Oliver the lovechild of Ben Elton and Ben Elton?
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Post by: Legs on March 03, 2016, 02:03:43 pm
With all the hoopla over David Bowie the death of Mott The Hoople drummer Dale "Buffin" Griffin seems to have slipped under the radar, in much the same way as Lee Brilleaux dying at the same time as Kurt Cobain.
Somewhere, Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis, Farrah Fawcett and Mother Teresa are nodding in agreement.
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Post by: Ham on March 03, 2016, 03:54:23 pm
I have booked a superfluity of Springsteen tickets, both for Wembley and Coventry. One or the other will have to be sold.

Well well, off the back of a Letter of Moan, I have been refunded the Coventry ones, didn't think Ticketmaster would do that.
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Post by: Ruthie on March 17, 2016, 08:32:28 pm
Decided on this year's festival  :thumbsup: :D 8)

http://www.discoverthebluedot.com/
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Post by: Pingu on March 17, 2016, 08:47:54 pm
Ooh, PSB & 65daysofstatic  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Ruthie on March 17, 2016, 08:50:01 pm
Ooh, PSB & 65daysofstatic  :thumbsup:

I KNOW, right?!   :D :D :D :D

It would be so awesome if they let me drive that telescope.  Suspect this is unlikely.
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Post by: Ruthie on March 17, 2016, 11:54:13 pm
Considering booking a table at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.  Because I can  8)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 25, 2016, 05:10:20 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o

Did I not mention that a several of weeks ago? I defo told *somebody* I got an email from Amazon about it.

Been put back yet again!
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Post by: rafletcher on March 25, 2016, 05:22:37 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o

Did I not mention that a several of weeks ago? I defo told *somebody* I got an email from Amazon about it.

Been put back yet again!

But on,y to 14th July this time.
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Post by: mattc on March 26, 2016, 08:32:41 am
Have we had OK Go's new zero-gravity (yes, for realsies) music video yet?

http://okgo.net/2016/02/11/upside-down-inside-out/

To clarify - no green screens, no wires, and shot in one take aboard a parabolic plane flight. All they've done is cut the double-gravity bits out between dives.
Brilliant, thank-you! I have yet to see a dull OK-Go video :)

(that is probably their least-interesting song so far, but you cant have everything ...)

Reminded me of that video by Jamiroquai(?) in the sliding room i.e. fooling the human brain with a very simple trick, and doing some very lovely things with it.

Anyone who hasnt seen it should start with "The treadmill  one" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5zWaTEVkI
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 31, 2016, 12:47:11 pm
Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story (https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse/film/battle-mountain-graeme-obrees-story-plus-qanda?image=1&_m_utk=6b3798a75136445e01257db575146282) is showing at The Ritzy, Brixton, at hours 18:30 tomorrow.  Q&A with Graeme and director Dave Street afterwards.  I may well find myself on the Victoria Line tomorrow pm.
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Post by: essexian on March 31, 2016, 01:09:03 pm
Battle Mountain: Graeme Obree's Story (https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Ritzy_Picturehouse/film/battle-mountain-graeme-obrees-story-plus-qanda?image=1&_m_utk=6b3798a75136445e01257db575146282) is showing at The Ritzy, Brixton, at hours 18:30 tomorrow.  Q&A with Graeme and director Dave Street afterwards.  I may well find myself on the Victoria Line tomorrow pm.

Booked to see this at the Mac in Birmingham on the 16th April.... wrong date entered first time sorry. The 9th is the Primitives in Coventry: doh!

Sadly, I couldn't get CBH interested so I will be attending on my own.... they have never heard of him.....  :facepalm:
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Post by: Ashaman42 on March 31, 2016, 03:57:16 pm
I'm off to see this Monday in Brighton. That reminds me - I must cancel the doctors appointment that requires me to be in Eastbourne at the same time.
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Post by: Deano on April 02, 2016, 11:59:03 am
I got all excited when I saw Explosions in the Sky were going to play Durham (in addition to Glasgow, Manchester and the usual places) :D

Then I realised it was Durham, North Carolina. Arse.

Hurrah, they're playing Newcastle in October!! Even though it's a Tuesday, it means I don't have to go to Manchester :D
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Post by: Ruthie on April 03, 2016, 03:02:56 pm
Ooh goody, Sharknado's on telly!  That'll help me fight the paperwork  :D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 03, 2016, 10:12:57 pm
Can anyone explain to me the reasoning behind the BBC News channel's just having broadcast a fifteen minute infomercial about Dubai airport ???
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Post by: TheLurker on April 04, 2016, 07:50:05 pm
Can anyone explain to me the reasoning behind the BBC News channel.
FTFY.  Who needs 24 hour "rolling" news anyway? Rehashing the same bloody non-stories for hour after tedious hour. 

And while I'm grumbling (yes, yes I know there's another thread for that) why the bloody hell does Gardener's World* have to be shunted for some tedious bloody sporting event?  There's the damned red button channel for tedious bloody sporting events.

*See also, "You know you're middle aged when..."
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Post by: LEE on April 05, 2016, 08:54:43 am
Can anyone explain to me the reasoning behind the BBC News channel's just having broadcast a fifteen minute infomercial about Dubai airport ???

The reasoning is that BBC News is f***ing sh*t and lost the plot behind what is real news some years ago.

It's rolling News-a-tainment trying to compete with SKY. 

The fundamental problem with 24 hour news is that, when there isn't any news, they'll manufacture some or just read out whatever "spin" they are handed from No.10 as if they uncovered something using decent journalism.

I don't see much difference between a BBC news presenter, a BBC weather presenter and a Blue Peter presenter to be honest.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 05, 2016, 08:59:02 pm
No, Dan Snow, Up Helly Aa is a 19th century invention for fleecing tourists and has as much to do with Vikings as those plastic horned helmets sported by Danish foopball fans >:(
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Post by: citoyen on April 05, 2016, 11:55:41 pm
No, Dan Snow, Up Helly Aa is a 19th century invention for fleecing tourists and has as much to do with Vikings as those plastic horned helmets sported by Danish foopball fans >:(

BUT LOOK! YOU CAN SEE VIKINGS FROM SPACE!!!!! zOMG!!!!!!!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 06, 2016, 01:12:29 am
Mrs SCIENTIST does have previous for finding things FROM SPAAAACE but they should have had a Viking Expert fronting it.  Dr Larrington, for e.g.  Then they could have dispensed with all that poncing around at sea and made the programme half an hour shorter.

I think I'm in love with the blonde Icelandic lab technician, though.
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Post by: ElyDave on April 06, 2016, 08:40:53 am
No, Dan Snow, Up Helly Aa is a 19th century invention for fleecing tourists and has as much to do with Vikings as those plastic horned helmets sported by Danish foopball fans >:(

that may be so, but I still want to see it.  Having been to Shetland a few times, that's got to be impressive in the middle of winter
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Post by: Ruthie on April 08, 2016, 12:48:38 pm
Ooooh!  Vinn Garbutt's on in Stockton tomorrow!

Shall I?  Shan't I?....
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Post by: clarion on April 08, 2016, 01:05:05 pm
:o I had no idea he was still gigging!
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Post by: Ruthie on April 08, 2016, 01:11:09 pm
http://arconline.co.uk/whats-on/music/vin-garbutt-plus-amelia-coburn

If anyone would care to join me ... ?

I don't think I'm well enough to go on my own, but if any of the Northern posse are interested, we'll see if we can organise it?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 09, 2016, 09:29:26 am
The title sequence of "Motorsport Mavericks" on ITV4 the other night featured a guest appearance from Bobb's hair!
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Post by: andrewc on April 09, 2016, 04:49:10 pm
Just bought tickets for both Elaine Paige & Explosions In The Sky.

One of these gigs is not for me........
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 09, 2016, 10:53:10 pm
We're going to see Explosions in the Sky in Manchester, but sadly not Sigur Ros in Edinburgh,  cos we're in France that week :(
Or This Will Destroy You, cos that's the week after we're in MCR.
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Post by: Legs on April 14, 2016, 01:04:55 pm
I wasn't feeling the appeal of moist kickballers on the live tellybox last night, so I had a bit of a rootle on iPlayer and found a most excellent (though not new - 2014) Storyville documentary about James Randi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Randi).  A very interesting person - definitely one for the fantasy dinner party invitation list.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on April 14, 2016, 01:16:39 pm
I'm going to Beltane in Endinburgh
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 14, 2016, 02:06:07 pm
Storyville is usually excellent.  I watched the recent Evel Knieval one the other day, which I commend to the House.
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Post by: Ham on April 16, 2016, 11:50:57 am
Here's a random thing. My work phone (Nexus 5) has unilaterally developed the habit, when using my new Sony bluetooth headphones headset, of starting the BBC iPlayer tuned to R6M whenever I finish a call. Without iPlayer having been running previously. Doesn't do it with my personal phone (5X).

Can't really complain, I suppose.
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Post by: tiermat on April 16, 2016, 02:26:49 pm
About halfway through Daredevil at the moment. I thought S1 was good, especially Vincent D'Onofrio, but S2 takes it into darker places, with The Punisher and Elektra.
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Post by: Ruthie on April 17, 2016, 10:07:05 am
I just saw The Mystery Jets on Sunday Brunch, and the two interviewers very obviously hadn't heard ANY of the album because if they had they'd have just been enthusing about the brilliance of it.

It was absolutely excruciating to watch.  What a shame.
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Post by: citoyen on April 17, 2016, 07:07:02 pm
If anyone is watching The Tunnel, apparently this week's episode featured the Adelaide cafe near Deal, which is the usual coffee stop for our* Sunday morning club rides.

The thought of the charming Ms Poesy sullying herself in that dive makes me shudder.

*Thanet RC


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 18, 2016, 09:18:09 pm
Wot a shoking sho by st johns oxfod most deplorable a lot of rabits.  I don't think I've ever seen a University Challenge finalist get to half-time before getting a positive score on the board.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 21, 2016, 10:33:28 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o

Did I not mention that a several of weeks ago? I defo told *somebody* I got an email from Amazon about it.

Been put back yet again!

But on,y to 14th July this time.

25th August now!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on April 21, 2016, 11:23:27 pm
WTF ???

Oi!  Aaronovitch!  Sort it aaaaaht!

Edit: OTOH that's just before I go on my holibobs.  Every silver wossname etc.
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Post by: Jakob W on April 22, 2016, 09:15:57 am
Never fear; I'm sure supply chain slippages will lead to it hitting shelves just as they close the doors on your plane and prepare for takeoff...
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Post by: TheLurker on April 22, 2016, 04:50:36 pm
If anyone is watching The Tunnel, apparently this week's episode featured the Adelaide cafe near Deal, which is the usual coffee stop for our* Sunday morning club rides.
Is that the one on the Sandwich to Deal road not far from the Betteshanger junction?
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Post by: citoyen on April 22, 2016, 06:49:20 pm
If anyone is watching The Tunnel, apparently this week's episode featured the Adelaide cafe near Deal, which is the usual coffee stop for our* Sunday morning club rides.
Is that the one on the Sandwich to Deal road not far from the Betteshanger junction?

The very same.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 23, 2016, 08:33:52 pm
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Random%20stuff/Keef_zpsjichrqo3.jpg)
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Post by: Basil on April 23, 2016, 09:27:23 pm
Dame Judi Dench and AL Murray.    :D

What's not to like?
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Post by: Deano on April 28, 2016, 06:04:07 pm
15/20. Some of the questions are a bit tenuous...

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/28/happy-birthday-terry-pratchett-how-well-do-you-know-his-books-quiz
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Post by: Ruthie on April 28, 2016, 06:10:18 pm
12/20

Better go and do a bit of revision then.
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Post by: spesh on May 05, 2016, 12:58:34 am
Quote
This summer, Dweezil Zappa and his backing band will once again perform the music of his father Frank Zappa on a nationwide tour, but unlike the past decade, the guitarist will be playing under a different moniker. Instead of Zappa Plays Zappa, the touring unit will now be dubbed Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa, stemming in part from a bitter feud between Frank Zappa's children over their father's copyright, the New York Times reports.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/zappa-family-trust-threatens-dweezil-zappa-over-band-name-20160429

TL:DR - So one Zappa can't play as Zappa Plays Zappa any more because another Zappa who's not playing Zappa will not let Zappa honour Zappa by playing Zappa as Zappa Plays Zappa. All clear?
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Post by: Vince on May 05, 2016, 06:07:02 am
TL:DR - So one Zappa can't play as Zappa Plays Zappa any more because another Zappa who's not playing Zappa will not let Zappa honour Zappa by playing Zappa as Zappa Plays Zappa. All clear?
Brilliant
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Post by: Ruthie on May 05, 2016, 10:07:37 pm
There was a clergy band playing at tonight's Ascension Day service, to accompany the hymns.

The vocalist sounds exactly like Nigel Blackwell out of Half Man Half Biscuit.
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Post by: tiermat on May 15, 2016, 08:51:48 pm
Bloody hell, who picked the music on this week's ...Later? Whoever it was should get the job full time, the only bum act is that bloke who's partner, allegedly enjoys bathing in olive oil...
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Post by: Deano on May 19, 2016, 11:56:04 am
I've just received an email telling me "You're going to THE BURNING HELL in Middlesbrough".

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Post by: LittleWheelsandBig on May 19, 2016, 12:34:13 pm
It appears that Canute is still in favour of injunctions.
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Post by: Guy on May 20, 2016, 09:27:34 am
Why is it called "Holiday for Trombones" when the trombonists are working 3 times harder than the rest of the band put together? A bit of a busman's holiday, methinks.
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Post by: Andrij on May 20, 2016, 02:43:48 pm
Gangstagrass (https://youtu.be/iLBRgLQ4bEA)

It's rather ... different.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 20, 2016, 08:06:12 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o

Did I not mention that a several of weeks ago? I defo told *somebody* I got an email from Amazon about it.

Been put back yet again!

But on,y to 14th July this time.

25th August now!

Guess what?

(click to show/hide)

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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 20, 2016, 08:43:54 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o

Did I not mention that a several of weeks ago? I defo told *somebody* I got an email from Amazon about it.

Been put back yet again!

But on,y to 14th July this time.

25th August now!

Guess what?

(click to show/hide)

What the merry fuck is he playing at >:(
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 20, 2016, 09:07:58 pm
Not writing that book, it would appear.
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Post by: TheLurker on May 21, 2016, 09:53:36 am
Ah. So that's what's happening.  It really isn't good enough.  Of late the  literary high points of my year have been the publication of Pterry's latest in September (ish) and the appearance of Mr. Aaronovitch's work early in the year.  To be deprived of the one because of DEATH is bad enough, but to be deprived of both?  No it really is not to be borne.

Incidentally, was anyone else amused by the genuine dea* ex machina or maybe, given the Homeric reference, ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεά, ending of Foxglove Summer?

*OK not a full blown Olympian goddess, but good enough.
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Post by: andrewc on May 21, 2016, 09:59:11 am
Yes, I had that email as well.   :(   Grrrrrrr...
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 23, 2016, 11:00:54 am
Good heavens!  Wilko Johnson is on the haunted fishtank being interviewed by TV's Joanna Gosling.

Given that Ms Gosling is standing in for Victoria Derbyshire, it's unsurprisingly about surviving cancer rather than Telecaster abuse thobut.
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Post by: Andrij on May 24, 2016, 09:33:40 pm
I want a hurdy-gurdy.
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Post by: T42 on May 25, 2016, 11:01:26 am
Good idea. Me too - an electric one.

https://youtu.be/P7XTHoyECZ4
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Post by: Andrij on May 25, 2016, 11:08:48 am
https://youtu.be/YBK1-XeVm74
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Post by: Ham on May 25, 2016, 12:54:23 pm
I heard this guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcJk9iMwilQ in Edinburgh Castle who explained that the origin of the hurdy gurdy was an economy measure as it allowed a single musician to play rhythm, melody and harmony all at the same time. (ETA: c4:50)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 25, 2016, 03:59:37 pm
My chum Jan-Marcus played the hurdy-gurdy on a chart1-topping record, y'know.

(Shambles off to the Tenuous Claims to Fame thread)

1: Canadian chart2
2: Classical
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Post by: citoyen on May 26, 2016, 08:40:18 pm
Not exactly breaking news, but I just found out today that last month they started filming a second series of the excellent Humans, which is very exciting indeed. And it will have Carrie Anne Moss in it. Yay!

The bad news, I guess, is that if they've only just filmed it, we've probably got to wait the best part of a year before it actually comes back on the telly. Boo!
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Post by: geraldc on May 27, 2016, 11:24:33 am
I'm going to be on a gameshow
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 27, 2016, 08:07:57 pm
Just started watching the first series of Outlander. What a load of rubbish. I quite like it so far.
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Post by: rogerzilla on May 27, 2016, 09:55:42 pm
Sam FM, the crap Swindon version of the formerly excellent Jack FM, insists on playing "Oh My God" by Kaiser Chiefs several times a day, alternating between the original and the execrable Mark Ronson/Lily Allen version.  Guys, it's not *that* good a song.
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Post by: citoyen on May 27, 2016, 10:24:58 pm
I'm going to be on a gameshow

Which one?
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 27, 2016, 11:05:01 pm
I'm going to be on a gameshow

Which one?
I hope it's Shooting Stars.
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Post by: geraldc on May 28, 2016, 08:20:00 am
MastermindI just applied to see how the selection process differed from a normal pub quiz, should be recording sometime in July. Next year I'll apply for Ninja Warrior
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Post by: T42 on May 28, 2016, 08:24:30 am
And it will have Carrie Anne Moss in it. Yay!

Daddy wanted to call her Carrion until he found out what it meant.
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Post by: Biggsy on June 03, 2016, 02:35:42 pm
Tune to Freeview channel 601 for long tailed tits.  Very restful, I find.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 04, 2016, 01:30:03 pm
Ross Noble was on Graham Norton's radio show this morning and his song choice was Tending the Wrong Grave by HMHB.
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Post by: T42 on June 06, 2016, 05:11:37 pm
What's with that bit in films where people cut their own hands to demonstrate solidarity or whatever, usually just before going in to battle when the last thing you need is a sore bloody hand? Idiotic.
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Post by: Jakob W on June 06, 2016, 06:31:27 pm
And generally in a setting without antibiotics, too - open wounds are just what you want in the muck of a battlefield...
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Post by: Deano on June 06, 2016, 09:38:47 pm
http://www.npr.org/2016/06/02/480487877/sam-beam-jesca-hoop-tiny-desk-concert

They are playing some UK dates, but at places and on dates I can't get to. Bastards.
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 08, 2016, 10:16:31 am
Today's episode of You and Your Things and Your Paranoia, as the Radio 4 consumer affairs programme is more properly called, is entitled "BHS, Half Man Half Biscuit". 

<intrigued>
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 08, 2016, 02:06:02 pm
And lo! It was about two blokes riding to every place mentioned in song by HMHB.

Webbery here. (https://halfmanhalfbikekit.com)

How entirely splendid.
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Post by: citoyen on June 08, 2016, 04:17:39 pm
And lo! It was about two blokes riding to every place mentioned in song by HMHB.

"Where is Chatteris?"
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Post by: ian on June 08, 2016, 04:37:51 pm
Standing in duty-free the other day, musing over the gins, and 99 Red Balloons came on. I defy anyone not to sing along. I don't care for your frown, Ms Store Assistant, that's how we roll. Neunundneunzig Luftballons! I think she thought I'd been sampling.
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 08, 2016, 11:38:13 pm
And lo! It was about two blokes riding to every place mentioned in song by HMHB.

"Where is Chatteris?"

If I half heard the article correctly, HMHB have got wind of this jape, so are adding more and more place names to their oeuvre. The tinkers.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2016, 12:00:30 am
nb10 is quite a keen cyclist himself.  Certainly enough to have the reproduction of someone-or-other's painting of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem onan album inner 'shopped to include someone in the crowd holding up a "Dirk Hofman Motorhomes" sign.
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Post by: T42 on June 09, 2016, 10:00:20 am
^^^Revenge on the "John 8:12" bunch.

The full text reads "John 8:12, 14:17, closed at weekends".
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Post by: Bledlow on June 10, 2016, 09:45:45 am
... onan album ...
??? Enlighten us, please.  ;D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 10, 2016, 11:50:27 am
Curse these stubby peasant fingers!
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Post by: perpetual dan on June 13, 2016, 08:36:30 pm
Over supper Miss Dan the Elder asked permission  ???  to listen to some of my Fields of the Nephilim CDs. My work here may just be beginning ... or she may have been reading the bible.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on June 26, 2016, 07:12:35 pm
Why are ELO on Glastonbury again? Weren't they on last year?
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Post by: Vince on June 26, 2016, 07:30:22 pm
Was that another ELO? This one seems to be Jeff Lynne's ELO.

ETA. Apart from Mr Lynne, the rest of the band seems too young to have been there in the 80s
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Post by: tiermat on July 03, 2016, 04:04:53 pm
WTF is Pete Shelley playing at? Watching some rubbish on the TV, in the advert break an ad is soundtracked by "What Do I Get?" Who is the advert for? Macfuckingdonalds, that's who.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 04, 2016, 10:10:48 am
I have just confused Jean Genie and Rebel Rebel.  :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :facepalm:
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 04, 2016, 10:12:26 am
WTF is Pete Shelley playing at? Watching some rubbish on the TV, in the advert break an ad is soundtracked by "What Do I Get?" Who is the advert for? Macfuckingdonalds, that's who.
Might well be out of copyright and therefore nothing to do with him. And well, even punk gets middle aged – and then it can't really be punk anymore (if it ever was), can it?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 04, 2016, 10:55:30 am
J Rotten appearing in person in a butter advertising-announcement is at the very least a Lot worse than allowing your song to be used, even if it's by the Scottish Restaurant.
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Post by: Andrij on July 04, 2016, 01:39:31 pm
Wagnerian Wabbit: The Making of ‘What’s Opera Doc?’ (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xkmbs9_wagnerian-wabbit-the-making-of-what-s-opera-doc_shortfilms)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 06, 2016, 07:00:19 pm
Miss von Brandenburg has just given me the appalling news that the publication of the sixth book of Ben Aaronovitch's very splendid and worthwhile "Rivers Of London" series has been postponed...

...until June 2016 :o

Did I not mention that a several of weeks ago? I defo told *somebody* I got an email from Amazon about it.

Been put back yet again!

But on,y to 14th July this time.

25th August now!

Guess what?

(click to show/hide)

What the merry fuck is he playing at >:(

Ooh, look! It's been brought forward a month!
Do we believe them?

ETA: now that I've just had a look at his twitter feed, no I don't believe it, or October.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 06, 2016, 07:24:31 pm
Google says it was published on June 16th.  The Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia says it will be published on September 21st, when Mr Larrington will be in Leftpondia chiz.  Mr Larrington will believe it only when he has a copy clutched in his grubby little paw.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 06, 2016, 08:05:33 pm
It sounds like he's still writing it...
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Post by: Ruthie on July 07, 2016, 08:17:23 pm
Bloody hell.  Dicte Crime Reporter's finished.  It's the best thing on telly ever, and it's not back till next year  >:( >:( >:(

I love Dicte Crime Reporter so much.  My forrin telly watching better not get borked by all this Brexit nonsense  >:(

Dicte Crime Reporter is a gorgeous woman of about my age who relies on her acquired friend-family, and she is in a circle of amazing lovely women, and they really love each other, and also she totally solves loads of crimes and is v cool and drives a Saab.

I love her. 
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 07, 2016, 08:29:38 pm
Aw, that sounds right up my street and I missed it :(
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Post by: Ruthie on July 07, 2016, 08:45:19 pm
I think it's still on More4, the whole box-set  :D

It seriously is the best thing ever and you should totally watch it.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 07, 2016, 08:59:52 pm
Mmm, not on the telly though, sadly.
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Post by: Ruthie on July 07, 2016, 09:02:51 pm
In that case you need a smart TV.  Or come over to mine and we'll have a Dicte night. 
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 07, 2016, 09:16:18 pm
I'll have to fire up the xbox. Thanks for the heads up anyway :)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 11, 2016, 09:42:07 am
I've just discovered Being Human.
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Post by: Ruthie on July 12, 2016, 10:45:19 am
Watching Frasier, and the woman playing the Doula is very, very familiar.

Not being married any more I had to resort to the information button on my remote and Google and found out that it was Ann Magnuson, who played the murdered secretary in Clear and Present Danger with Harrison Ford.

Saves obsessing about it all day!
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 12, 2016, 12:45:41 pm
Ruthie, I have watched the first 2 eps of Dicte and have considered it good enough to watch the rest :)
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Post by: Ruthie on July 12, 2016, 02:11:49 pm
Ruthie, I have watched the first 2 eps of Dicte and have considered it good enough to watch the rest :)

Do you love her too?

And how nice are Wagner AND Bo?
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Post by: T42 on July 12, 2016, 05:32:52 pm
When very young babies have to cry in films, how do they start it?  A quick jolt of 240v up the wazoo or does "Mummy" slide a crafty needle through the swaddling clothes?
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 12, 2016, 06:42:28 pm
Ruthie, I have watched the first 2 eps of Dicte and have considered it good enough to watch the rest :)

Do you love her too?

And how nice are Wagner AND Bo?


Pingu says he wouldn't want to live near her as she keeps tripping over dead bodies.
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Post by: Ruthie on July 12, 2016, 06:43:17 pm
Ruthie, I have watched the first 2 eps of Dicte and have considered it good enough to watch the rest :)

Do you love her too?

And how nice are Wagner AND Bo?


Pingu says he wouldn't want to live near her as she keeps tripping over dead bodies.

And then weeing on them  ;D
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Post by: Kim on July 12, 2016, 08:32:50 pm
When very young babies have to cry in films, how do they start it?  A quick jolt of 240v up the wazoo or does "Mummy" slide a crafty needle through the swaddling clothes?

I thought they weren't allowed to show babies crying in films.  Or maybe it's just British TV drama or something.  Anyway, it's certainly not uncommon to dub crying over an image of a not-crying baby.  Careful direction and editing go a long way to making this not too obvious.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 12, 2016, 08:46:14 pm
You were always going to be on rocky ground, TV's Professor B Cox, sitting on a sun-dappled Oxfordshire hillside and proclaiming it to be "July 10th".  I suspect you didn't actually shoot that sequence yesterday at all :demon:

OTOH the floppy-haired cleverness dispenser turned into a small boy when given a ride in a Eurofighter Typhoon.
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Post by: Andrij on July 12, 2016, 08:59:25 pm
You were always going to be on rocky ground, TV's Professor B Cox, sitting on a sun-dappled Oxfordshire hillside and proclaiming it to be "July 10th". 

Bl00dy Americanizm.  >:(
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Post by: jsabine on July 12, 2016, 11:09:58 pm
When very young babies have to cry in films, how do they start it?

Smile at it, IME.

Oh, right, maybe that's just me.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on July 13, 2016, 01:15:02 am
You were always going to be on rocky ground, TV's Professor B Cox, sitting on a sun-dappled Oxfordshire hillside and proclaiming it to be "July 10th". 

Bl00dy Americanizm.  >:(

That might have been me  O:-)
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Post by: T42 on July 13, 2016, 07:49:45 am
When very young babies have to cry in films, how do they start it?  A quick jolt of 240v up the wazoo or does "Mummy" slide a crafty needle through the swaddling clothes?

I thought they weren't allowed to show babies crying in films.  Or maybe it's just British TV drama or something.  Anyway, it's certainly not uncommon to dub crying over an image of a not-crying baby.  Careful direction and editing go a long way to making this not too obvious.

Something subtly cruel would be much more satisfying.
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Post by: ian on July 28, 2016, 10:44:30 pm
I'm quite enjoying Stranger Things, it's worth it for the synth-tastic soundtrack and mash-up of eighties TV style through the big, big glasses, fat trimphones, to the haircuts-oh-glorious-haircuts. You can almost smell the hairspray. And one of the kids looks like Kevin Bacon. Oh, and Winona Ryder. You can't build a better time machine.
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Post by: T42 on July 29, 2016, 08:11:16 am
You were always going to be on rocky ground, TV's Professor B Cox, sitting on a sun-dappled Oxfordshire hillside and proclaiming it to be "July 10th". 

Bl00dy Americanizm.  >:(

That might have been me  O:-)

Might also have been Sam'l Pepys, were he not somewhat deceased.

Meanwhile I, having in idle moments scraped the barrel of Netflix's bottom to watch a few episodes of the cardboard Phryne Fisher, was punished for my gutter-dredging by having my ears twice hammered by the exclamation "he's fitting!"  Not seeing why the gent lying a-quiver on the floor might be appropriate to anything, I took this to mean that he was having a fit - maybe for corsets and they were too tight, or possibly an epileptic seizure; which latter did prove to be the case. Yet another case of ignorance combined with insouciance, both probably from Hy Brasil or Vinland but undeniably recent, twisting crystal-clear language into Grauniad knots.  Somewhat out of place in the mouth of a superannuated antipodean flapper in 1928.

Ditto the phrase "15 minutes and counting" from a contemporary gent, "and counting" having leaked into the vernacular from Cape Canaveral via TV in the 1960s. But what else can you expect when the script-writers are evidently only 10 years old?

However, neither instance can compare with that of Cesare Borgia bellowing "medic!" down the corridors of the Vatican.  That's my favourite so far.
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Post by: citoyen on July 29, 2016, 10:33:36 am
I've just discovered Being Human.

Where are you up to? I think it peaks with series three, then goes downhill rapidly after that.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 29, 2016, 11:11:43 am
I've just discovered Being Human.

Where are you up to? I think it peaks with series three, then goes downhill rapidly after that.
Start of season 2.
Run out of time to watch anything recently. And I have a new Robin Hobb book to read.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 30, 2016, 02:14:47 pm

Run out of time to watch anything recently. And I have a new Robin Hobb book to read.

I love the Farseer/Fitz/Fool books, but I didn't get on well with the other ones.

I'm going to see new Ghostbusters tonight. I'm quite excited.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Random%20stuff/whoyougonnacall_zps9dgu6qli.png)
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 30, 2016, 05:33:53 pm

Run out of time to watch anything recently. And I have a new Robin Hobb book to read.

I love the Farseer/Fitz/Fool books, but I didn't get on well with the other ones.

You know she is in the middle writing of the fourth trilogy of those books? I'm on the second book of the fourth trilogy. Yes, those are my favourites by far.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2016, 05:49:35 pm
I'm going to see new Ghostbusters tonight. I'm quite excited.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Random%20stuff/whoyougonnacall_zps9dgu6qli.png)
Hope you enjoy it. I thought it was surprisingly excellent.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 30, 2016, 09:21:21 pm

Run out of time to watch anything recently. And I have a new Robin Hobb book to read.

I love the Farseer/Fitz/Fool books, but I didn't get on well with the other ones.

You know she is in the middle writing of the fourth trilogy of those books? I'm on the second book of the fourth trilogy. Yes, those are my favourites by far.
Four trilogies? I've read the Farseer trilogy, the Tawny Man trilogy and the first two of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy.


Hope you enjoy it. I thought it was surprisingly excellent.
Loved it!
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on July 31, 2016, 11:10:44 am

Run out of time to watch anything recently. And I have a new Robin Hobb book to read.

I love the Farseer/Fitz/Fool books, but I didn't get on well with the other ones.

You know she is in the middle writing of the fourth trilogy of those books? I'm on the second book of the fourth trilogy. Yes, those are my favourites by far.
Four trilogies? I've read the Farseer trilogy, the Tawny Man trilogy and the first two of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy.

Well it depends if you include the Liveship traders in that series. Since they include the Fool . . .

It's the second book of the Fitz and the Fool I'm reading now.
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Post by: Steph on August 02, 2016, 10:31:26 am
Topical game
http://games.ramjam.co.uk/srt/
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Post by: citoyen on August 04, 2016, 03:32:12 pm
I was on The Chain this afternoon. Had a good chat with Mark Radcliffe about bikes!
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Post by: Andrij on August 10, 2016, 07:04:02 pm
Coming up this Friday: Sore Fingers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011jvys).
Quote
It's like Billy Bunter with banjos. The unmistakeable sound of Appalachia in Stow on the Wold: Bluegrass enthusiasts pack up their banjos and fiddles for a week of fast and furious music which has become a fixture on the international Bluegrass calendar.
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Post by: Ruthie on August 10, 2016, 07:29:40 pm
I was listening to Nick Harper and I'm sure there was something about "mid-life Cyclist"  :D
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 10, 2016, 08:12:23 pm
Does Slope know about this ;D
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 11, 2016, 12:39:57 pm
We haz teams for Star Wars football match. Both teams playing 4-3-3:
Rebels
Obi Wan-Knobi; R2D2 at right back, centre backs Finn and Capt Antilles, left back Rebel Trooper Jeff; CDM Chewbacca, centre mids Leia and C3P0 (!), wingers Luke and Poe Dameron; striker Han Solo.

Empire
Supreme Leader Snoke as a hologram in goal; IG88 at right back, centre backs Bosk and Storm Trooper Bob, left back General Hux; centre mids Grand Moff Tarkin and Admiral Piet, CAM Emperor Palpatine; wingers Kylo Ren and Darth Vader; striker Boba Fett.

Captains Leia and Darth Vader respectively.

Referee: Yoda

We await a date and venue.
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Post by: Kim on August 11, 2016, 08:08:32 pm
Doesn't look good for the Empire unless they can substitute their goalie for Jabba the Hutt.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 11, 2016, 08:39:29 pm
Half-time oranges provided by Mr Stevens.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 11, 2016, 09:49:37 pm
Check Mr Fett for jetpacks.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 12, 2016, 10:21:56 am
No rules against jetpacks. The match was played last night and the score can now be revealed: 4-4, with the Rebels winning 8-7 on penalties. There were doughnuts (or where they donuts?) and the Emperor narrowly avoided a red card for his misuse of Sith lightning.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 12, 2016, 08:15:31 pm
I've just heard House of the Rising Sun. So what? By Joan Baez. That was unexpected!
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Post by: TheLurker on August 13, 2016, 08:36:01 am
I've just heard House of the Rising Sun. So what? By Joan Baez. That was unexpected!
Oodles of versions (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_the_Rising_Sun)

The oddest version I've heard is a flamenco / rock take by Santa Esmeralda (with Jimmy Goings) from '77.  The tape (yes _tape_) is playing as I type.  I'll put The Animals (LP) on next.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 13, 2016, 08:59:12 am
Is that tape as distinct from cassette? If so, >> 8)

Today's miniature musical post-velation is the White Stripes (a band I've totally ignored until now) version of Jolene. It makes me think I'd like to hear a Patti Smith cover of that song.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 13, 2016, 10:55:00 pm
Boothby Graffoe tweeted a link about Dean Friedman's Fringe show, so I tweeted Boothby with the youtube link to The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman, and now Dean Friedman is following me.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 15, 2016, 01:21:13 pm
Is that tape as distinct from cassette? If so, >> 8)

Today's miniature musical post-velation is the White Stripes (a band I've totally ignored until now) version of Jolene. It makes me think I'd like to hear a Patti Smith cover of that song.

DJ Random seems to like it too.  I have five versions (Peel Sessions, live recordings of dubious provenance etc.) and he's played three of them in the past couple of days.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 15, 2016, 01:53:31 pm
Sometimes when you hear a new version of a familiar song it really makes you focus on the words. At least, that's what happens for me. When Dolly Parton sings, it's a song with a sad story, but when the White Stripes sing, it's a song of mental agony! And Patti Smith is pretty good at that IMO so that's why it made me think of her.

Anywayz, you've just made gone and go and listen to it again, and guess what came up afterwards? The White Stripes again, playing... House of the Rising Sun! I wonder if Joan Baez ever did Jolene?  :-\
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Post by: Andrij on August 19, 2016, 07:38:11 pm
Sara Mohr-Pietsch did a brilliant job with a handful of Czech names while introducing this evening's Proms performance.
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Post by: Ruthie on August 23, 2016, 03:43:09 pm
Roll on Christmas!

Partly because this horrible year will be nearly over, but also because of this:

http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2016/08/23/25614/eric_idle_and_brian_cox_to_explain_the_universe
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Post by: rafletcher on August 31, 2016, 02:06:17 pm
We're belatedly catching up with recorded stuffs - in this case "Brief Encounters".  A rather formulaic series, and quite reminiscent of the Full Monty (set in Sheffield, unemployment, domestic strife, cross-class friendships), but of it's type well done with some funny one-liners.
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Post by: Andrij on September 01, 2016, 02:54:55 pm
Dear the piper playing between Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey:

Unless your bagpipes spout FIRE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Op1Mng4oY) (they didn't), no one will be impressed with your cover of Thunderstruck.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 05, 2016, 10:54:30 am
Happy 70th birthday, Freddie.
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Post by: PeteB99 on September 13, 2016, 02:55:32 pm
From Saturday night

Oh no, not Gunvald :(
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Post by: T42 on September 14, 2016, 04:10:00 pm
The Pock-Mark Game. This consists of watching actors' foreheads for the places they scratched when they had chicken-pox as children. On spotting a pock-mark, the spotter bellows "pock-mark!" and scores a point. Points are totted up at the end of the film. Expect football- rather than cricket-sized scores.

The Sleeper Game. Less amusing but fun anyway: people past a certain age who sleep mostly on the same side often show a diagonal crease running up their foreheads on that side.  Bellow "left!" or "right!" as these are spotted.

Most fun if played in cinemas. An excellent way of getting through Woody Allen or Wim Wenders films without being bored out of your skull.
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Post by: Ruthie on September 14, 2016, 08:41:18 pm
Huh.  The Boxer Rebellion are playing.  On a Tuesday night in Leeds.  This is of no use to me whatsoever  >:(
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Post by: Karla on September 15, 2016, 09:02:33 pm
I'm quite enjoying Stranger Things, it's worth it for the synth-tastic soundtrack and mash-up of eighties TV style through the big, big glasses, fat trimphones, to the haircuts-oh-glorious-haircuts. You can almost smell the hairspray. And one of the kids looks like Kevin Bacon. Oh, and Winona Ryder. You can't build a better time machine.

El looks very much like Lance Armstrong.  I can't get over it whenever I see her.  Do you think it was the performance enhancing drugs that gave her her powers?
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Post by: Bledlow on September 16, 2016, 12:41:31 pm
From Saturday night

Oh no, not Gunvald :(
He was worried about being typecast, & wanted to do more of other things.
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Post by: ian on September 16, 2016, 01:18:54 pm
I'm quite enjoying Stranger Things, it's worth it for the synth-tastic soundtrack and mash-up of eighties TV style through the big, big glasses, fat trimphones, to the haircuts-oh-glorious-haircuts. You can almost smell the hairspray. And one of the kids looks like Kevin Bacon. Oh, and Winona Ryder. You can't build a better time machine.

El looks very much like Lance Armstrong.  I can't get over it whenever I see her.  Do you think it was the performance enhancing drugs that gave her her powers?

Quite possibly. It was the entire MK-Ultra thing, filling people up with LCD to knock knock knock on their doors of perception.

In other news, while I enjoyed this, I think the benefit was that it was modestly short by US series lengths and packed a lot in. I'm struggling now with Jessica Jones and Daredevil because they seem very laboured. Plots are well telegraphed and a lot screen time seems dedicated to waiting for the obvious to happen and slothful 'character development'. Like The Walking Dead it's all very much treading water and filling screen time. Pep it up, folks.
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Post by: Legs on September 16, 2016, 02:06:41 pm
One of my twenty-not-very-much colleagues is doing the accounts and just declared "aahh, ten pence short!"  ;D  Took me back 20 years...
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Post by: rafletcher on September 16, 2016, 02:12:10 pm
From Saturday night

Oh no, not Gunvald :(
He was worried about being typecast, & wanted to do more of other things.

 ;D
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 17, 2016, 01:47:51 am
Naked Attraction: a new nadir in broadcasting.
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Post by: T42 on September 17, 2016, 10:56:42 am
Designer stubble in a series set in times when Arafat was taken as a misspelling of Ararat.  Tut tut. And on a diplomat's chin, no less.  No worse than 60's make-up on Cleopatra, I suppose, but daft all the same.
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Post by: Bledlow on September 17, 2016, 10:34:18 pm
From Saturday night

Oh no, not Gunvald :(
He was worried about being typecast, & wanted to do more of other things.

 ;D
So . . . what about Steinar?
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Post by: PeteB99 on September 19, 2016, 11:21:22 am
From Saturday night

Oh no, not Gunvald :(
He was worried about being typecast, & wanted to do more of other things.

 ;D
So . . . what about Steinar?

Tormund Giantsbane as a copper.

Maybe Jon Snow will be next.
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Post by: Andrew on September 19, 2016, 07:52:56 pm
Stranger Things IS very good. Quite excellent TV. Superb soundtrack (as mentioned, though Joy Division perhaps not quite right) - the synth stuff  is very evocative. Some of it's references/ homages are name checked (Risky Business, the soundtrack, Tangerine Dream - check) others obvious (Stand By Me, Goonies) and others just visual (80s electronics - the walkie talkies are SO cool!, ape hangers, banana seats... and those lights!!)

Edit: and Altered States sensory depravation, ET... it's loaded with references

On top of that, it really is accomplished tele. Deserves a mention in the 'what's on tonight'  thread or summat.
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Post by: geraldc on September 19, 2016, 08:34:06 pm
Tonight's University Challenge climax was awesome. Total drama.
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Post by: citoyen on September 26, 2016, 12:15:16 am
Just seen a teaser trailer for the new series of Humans on C4.

Squee!
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Post by: T42 on September 26, 2016, 09:26:33 am
Stranger Things IS very good. Quite excellent TV. Superb soundtrack (as mentioned, though Joy Division perhaps not quite right) - the synth stuff  is very evocative. Some of it's references/ homages are name checked (Risky Business, the soundtrack, Tangerine Dream - check) others obvious (Stand By Me, Goonies) and others just visual (80s electronics - the walkie talkies are SO cool!, ape hangers, banana seats... and those lights!!)

Edit: and Altered States sensory depravation, ET... it's loaded with references

On top of that, it really is accomplished tele. Deserves a mention in the 'what's on tonight'  thread or summat.

Didn't think much of it. "Homages" there might have been but most of it was derivative and a lot of it just tired.  The monster was plain daft - and why should there have been just one?  Maybe if they do a second series the buggers'll come popping out of the wall like bed-bugs.

One funny bit: why did the kids' bike headlamps have thick orange filters? Did they maybe use LEDS in triplets - you could see 3 separate glowing points in there - and put the filter on to make them look more 1980s?
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Post by: Ruthie on October 10, 2016, 10:05:45 pm
Stranger Things IS very good. Quite excellent TV. Superb soundtrack (as mentioned, though Joy Division perhaps not quite right) - the synth stuff  is very evocative. Some of it's references/ homages are name checked (Risky Business, the soundtrack, Tangerine Dream - check) others obvious (Stand By Me, Goonies) and others just visual (80s electronics - the walkie talkies are SO cool!, ape hangers, banana seats... and those lights!!)

Edit: and Altered States sensory depravation, ET... it's loaded with references

On top of that, it really is accomplished tele. Deserves a mention in the 'what's on tonight'  thread or summat.

Didn't think much of it. "Homages" there might have been but most of it was derivative and a lot of it just tired.  The monster was plain daft - and why should there have been just one?  Maybe if they do a second series the buggers'll come popping out of the wall like bed-bugs.

One funny bit: why did the kids' bike headlamps have thick orange filters? Did they maybe use LEDS in triplets - you could see 3 separate glowing points in there - and put the filter on to make them look more 1980s?

I just watched the first episode of this.  I'm hooked!
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 12, 2016, 09:06:00 pm
Ringo Starr has tweeted that he did an online personality test thing to see which Beatle he is - and it said he was John.


Someone tweeted him back to say "could be worse, you could be Ringo."
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Post by: T42 on October 13, 2016, 08:21:22 am
 ;D
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Post by: Tim Hall on October 13, 2016, 02:03:42 pm
I've finally got round to listening to Val McDermid's reworking of The Kraken Wakes, which was broadcast under the Dangerous Visions banner on R4 a few weeks back. It's quite good.  Anyhoo, our heroes are holed up in a flat in London, floodwater rising all around, gangs of marauders roaming the streets. There is a threatening knock at the door, accompanied by gruff threatening voices. "Put the chain on" says Phyl (played by Debbie AldridgeTamsin Greig) and cocks her shot gun, much to the amazement of her partner.

For some reason an image of Charlotte floated into my mind.
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 13, 2016, 04:33:58 pm
Someone on R4 has just been introduced as an "astrobiologist".

Nice work - if you can get it. :D
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Post by: T42 on October 13, 2016, 05:06:43 pm
He must study all those rams, bulls, twins, virgins, etc.
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Post by: Legs on October 13, 2016, 05:08:09 pm
Someone on R4 has just been introduced as an "astrobiologist".

Nice work - if you can get it. :D
Was that Dr Lewis Dartnell? (an old school friend of mine)
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Post by: Salvatore on October 13, 2016, 05:48:01 pm
Someone on R4 has just been introduced as an "astrobiologist".

Nice work - if you can get it. :D
Was that Dr Lewis Dartnell? (an old school friend of mine)

I don't know who Wowbagger heard, but the one I heard on R4 recently was  Zita Martins.
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Post by: Pingu on October 14, 2016, 10:36:31 pm
1979: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1nP3HK2GhNPsDJ5zjlKMMH5/10-iconic-album-sleeves-of-1979
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Post by: Ruthie on October 14, 2016, 10:46:23 pm
Blimey.  Hilda Ogden's died  :-\
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Post by: T42 on October 15, 2016, 08:31:24 am
It's OK, she's allowed to.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 15, 2016, 09:15:53 am
Blimey.  Hilda Ogden's died  :-\

I thought that happened over thirty years ago, which is the price you pay for taking Notsensibles lyrics as gospel.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 15, 2016, 05:39:20 pm
No,she went to be housekeeper for Dr Lowther.
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Post by: Legs on October 18, 2016, 02:40:28 pm
Life (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-37677809) imitating art (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07yk09p/still-game-series-7-1-gadgets)
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Post by: citoyen on October 18, 2016, 03:14:59 pm
My son has developed an interest in The Wire and is currently working his way through the box set.

Watched a bit of it last night with him. Bloody hell, it's good though, isn't it? I mean, I'd forgotten just how good it is.

The episode I saw last night was the one where Omar testifies against Bird. Just brilliant...

https://youtu.be/oYj7q_by_2E
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Post by: T42 on October 18, 2016, 05:22:20 pm
Funny, that. We were given the boxed set, but after the first episode - a bunch of people we couldn't identify with and larded with vile language - we dumped it. We'd probably give it more of a chance now, but back then it
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Post by: Legs on October 18, 2016, 05:38:21 pm
Funny, that. We were given the boxed set, but after the first episode - a bunch of people we couldn't identify with and larded with vile language - we dumped it. We'd probably give it more of a chance now, but back then it
Wot, The Wire or Still Game?
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Post by: citoyen on October 20, 2016, 10:19:36 am
Funny, that. We were given the boxed set, but after the first episode - a bunch of people we couldn't identify with and larded with vile language - we dumped it. We'd probably give it more of a chance now, but back then it

There's some superb dialogue in The Wire. You just have to look past the F words.

And the C words.

And the MF words.

And the N words.

And the MF-ing-N-C words.

I may not be able to relate to the individual characters but the core themes are universal. As a commentary on the state of the world, it's up there with the best of Dickens.
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Post by: Riggers on October 20, 2016, 12:13:45 pm
I concur. Found The Wire superb. And, I might add, managed without subtitles thank you very much. So a big M-F gold star to us smug bastards!*



*could have put 'B', but that might have confused a number of chaps.
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Post by: rafletcher on October 21, 2016, 03:12:33 pm
Not really entertainment, but the BBC news website carries a link to a lengthy article about Aberfan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-150d11df-c541-44a9-9332-560a19828c47

Sobering reading, and very well done IMO.
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Post by: TheLurker on October 24, 2016, 07:26:05 pm
Phil Chess has died. He was 95. There's an obit. on the Grauniad's site.

ETA
A goodly fraction of my, small,  LP collection features musicians who recorded for Chess.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 04, 2016, 07:52:19 pm
The young bloke in The Code.
Australia's Hugh Grant.
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Post by: Ruthie on November 06, 2016, 07:48:17 pm
Ooh goody War Games is on again.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 07, 2016, 06:46:17 am
I wonder why this link didn't work?
Web page not available

The web page at https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/06/eddie-redmayne-i-loved-harry-potter-so-dont-want-to-screw-up-fantastic-breasts?CMP=fb_gu could not be loaded because:

net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 07, 2016, 11:11:15 am
Worked just now, in spite of the "fantastic breasts".
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 07, 2016, 11:13:10 am
Worked just now, in spite of the "fantastic breasts".
So it does. They've retained Mr redmayne's desire not to screw up fantastic breasts.

That is wonderful.
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Post by: citoyen on November 07, 2016, 12:00:56 pm
Surely "small entertainment things" is the wrong thread for a post about fantastic breasts?
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Post by: Tim Hall on November 07, 2016, 12:51:52 pm
Ooh goody War Games is on again.

Hollywood OS at its finest.

I was slightly amazed to find that although The Boy knows things like "the only way to win is not to play", he hasn't actually seen the film.
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Post by: citoyen on November 07, 2016, 05:52:26 pm
Stranger Things IS very good. Quite excellent TV. Superb soundtrack (as mentioned, though Joy Division perhaps not quite right) - the synth stuff  is very evocative. Some of it's references/ homages are name checked (Risky Business, the soundtrack, Tangerine Dream - check) others obvious (Stand By Me, Goonies) and others just visual (80s electronics - the walkie talkies are SO cool!, ape hangers, banana seats... and those lights!!)

Edit: and Altered States sensory depravation, ET... it's loaded with references

On top of that, it really is accomplished tele. Deserves a mention in the 'what's on tonight'  thread or summat.

Didn't think much of it. "Homages" there might have been but most of it was derivative and a lot of it just tired.  The monster was plain daft - and why should there have been just one?  Maybe if they do a second series the buggers'll come popping out of the wall like bed-bugs.

One funny bit: why did the kids' bike headlamps have thick orange filters? Did they maybe use LEDS in triplets - you could see 3 separate glowing points in there - and put the filter on to make them look more 1980s?

I just watched the first episode of this.  I'm hooked!

Started watching it over the weekend. We're hooked too. Don't really care that it's all derivative of other stuff, just enjoying it for what it is.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 07, 2016, 06:34:57 pm
I wonder why this link didn't work?
Web page not available

The web page at https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/06/eddie-redmayne-i-loved-harry-potter-so-dont-want-to-screw-up-fantastic-breasts?CMP=fb_gu could not be loaded because:

net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED
FANTASTIC BREASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Ask me what kind of porn I’m into,
and I will take you on a magical journey to
fanfiction.com/harrypotter/nc17–

What turns me on
is Ginny Weasley in the Restricted Section with her skirt hiked up,
Sirius Black in a secret passageway
solemnly swearing he is up to no good,
and Draco Malfoy
in the Room of Requirement
Slytherin in to my Chamber of Secrets,

I am an unapologetic consumer of
all things Potterotica,
and the sexiest part
is not the way
Cho Chang rides that broomstick,
or the sound of Myrtle moaning,
the sexiest part
is knowing they are part of a bigger story,
that they exist beyond eight minutes in
“Titty Titty Gang Bang,”
that their kegels
are not the strongest thing about them,
and still,
I am told that my porn is unrealistic.

Not quite as erotic
as flashing ads that say “JUST TURNED 18!”
so you can fantasize about fucking
the youngest girl you won’t go to jail for;

I’m told that my porn isn’t quite as lifelike
as a room full of lesbians begging for cock,
told that this
is what is supposed to turn me on,

Don’t you give me raw meat
and tell me it is nourishment,
I know a slaughterhouse when I see one.

It looks like 24/7 live streaming
reminding me
that men are going to fuck me
whether I like it or not,
that there is one use for my mouth
and it is not speaking,
that a man is his most powerful
when he’s got a woman by the hair;

The first time a man I loved
held me by the wrists and called me a whore,
I did not think, “RUN.”
I thought, “This is just like the movies,”
I know a slaughterhouse when I see one.

It looks like websites and seminars
teaching you how to fuck more bitches;
Looks like 15-year-old boys
bullied for being virgins;
It looks like the man who did not flinch
when I said “Stop,”
and he heard, “try harder,”

If you play-act at butchery long enough
you grow used to
the sounds of the screaming.

It is just a side effect of industry;
Everything gets cut
into small, marketable pieces,
you can almost forget
they were ever real bodies.

I will not practice bloody hands.
I will not make-believe dissected women.
My sex cannot be packaged,
my sex is magic,
it is part of a bigger story;
I am whole.
I exist when you are not fucking me,
and I will not be cut into pieces
anymore.

http://brennatwohy.tumblr.com/post/95323148249/fantastic-breasts-and-where-to-find-them
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Post by: andyoxon on November 08, 2016, 10:35:03 pm
Noooo... they're remaking An American werewolf in London.  Even if it is by son of director, can it be bettered?

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/08/an-american-werewolf-in-london-remake-max-landis
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Post by: Zipperhead on November 08, 2016, 11:36:06 pm
Noooo... they're remaking An American werewolf in London.  Even if it is by son of director, can it be bettered?

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/08/an-american-werewolf-in-london-remake-max-landis

No, no remake can have Jenny Agutter in the shower again.

I'll have to come home along Lupus Street (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Lupus+St,+Pimlico,+London+SW1V/@51.4879356,-0.1422925,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x487604e2134dc23d:0xf75de50441f63343!8m2!3d51.4879323!4d-0.1401038) tomorrow, just because.
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Post by: Ruthie on November 13, 2016, 06:41:49 pm
I've really been enjoying 'The Crown', the story of Elizabeth Windsor/Mountbatten/Windsor/Regina.  But in the last one they portrayed Anthony Eden as a smack addict, which seems grossly unfair and just wrong  :(
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on November 14, 2016, 10:33:02 am
For my daughter's wedding she booked a musician called Richard/Nick Keen, who played guitar and sang cover songs.

I've heard better singers, and better guitar playing, but I'm not sure I've ever seen a better performer for pulling a crowd onto a floor, or a more energetic, non-stop performer. He earned every penny he was paid and then some. He defined why live music is worth paying for.
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Post by: Tim Hall on November 14, 2016, 01:11:05 pm
Membership of the library where I live includes free access to various E-magazines. Things like auto Express, Hello, New Scientist. And Viz.
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Post by: citoyen on November 14, 2016, 03:47:45 pm
Arsebiscuits! I just thought I'd been really clever by guessing the theme of today's RadMac Teatime Themetime. First tune was Since Yesterday by Strawberry Switchblade...

(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 15, 2016, 06:00:54 pm
My aunt & uncle are clearing their loft in preparation for moving, and have kindly delivered me a massive bag full of their old vinyl. Haven't had a chance to sort through it properly yet, but from the quick look I've had there's Bowie, Bee Gees, Geno Washington, Simon & Garfunkel, Chicory Tip (!) and - Shape Up and Dance with Peter Powell! That's this year's Secret Santa sorted!
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Post by: Legs on November 16, 2016, 08:59:27 am
Last night's Simon Mayo on R2 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081mwps) was worth a listen just for Matthew Parris reeling off a list of Twitter insults that had been levelled at Gove, including "incompetent ventriloquist-dummy-faced spunktrumpet" and "back-stabbing cockwomble" (about 1hr12m in).  :thumbsup:
 
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 16, 2016, 01:21:36 pm
Arsebiscuits! I just thought I'd been really clever by guessing the theme of today's RadMac Teatime Themetime. First tune was Since Yesterday by Strawberry Switchblade...

(click to show/hide)
Strawberry Switchblade! Yurk! I actually bought that back in the days when buying music on 7" vinyl was what you did. I'd forgotten all about them and a brief gooooooogle reminds me why. It's like the worst of the 80s and today all mashed up into one.
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Post by: citoyen on November 16, 2016, 03:01:26 pm
Strawberry Switchblade! Yurk! I actually bought that back in the days when buying music on 7" vinyl was what you did. I'd forgotten all about them and a brief gooooooogle reminds me why. It's like the worst of the 80s and today all mashed up into one.

I love cheesy 80s bubblegum pop on the whole, but Since Yesterday is the only song of theirs I know. Did they have any other hits?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 18, 2016, 12:45:23 pm
Their only other song I remember is the B side of that. Something about "from high land to flat land on the journey from home".
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Post by: rogerzilla on November 20, 2016, 06:46:42 pm
Alexander Armstrong. he of the unusually large ears and "Pointless" has released* an album of songs.  Classic FM are playing his cover of "Sumemrtime".  zOMG it's bad. 

*OK, it wasn't released, it escaped
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 20, 2016, 09:04:10 pm
DJ Random recently served up Megadeth's cover of "Anarchy In The UK".  I laughed so hard I nearly sicked up my own intenstines.
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Post by: spesh on November 20, 2016, 09:35:39 pm
Alexander Armstrong. he of the unusually large ears and "Pointless" has released* an album of songs.
 

Quoth J. B. S. Haldane (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/J._B._S._Haldane) - "... the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."  ;)

Quote
*OK, it wasn't released, it escaped

 ;D
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Post by: tiermat on November 25, 2016, 07:18:32 am
Watching MTV's The Ride, last night, which was about Green Day, I noticed that they completely failed to mention Nimrod. They talked about Good Riddance (Time of Your Life), but then didn't mention the album it was from. This lead me to wonder if I had actually just confused it with another one. Looked this morning and, no, Nimrod was the fifth album, released in 1997 and, to my mind, much stronger than Insomniac. MTV, you are shit at musical history.
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Post by: Andrij on November 25, 2016, 10:42:14 am
... MTV, you are shit at musical history.

FTFY
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 27, 2016, 09:16:05 pm
I've just started watching series 1 of Humans, and I can't help thinking that lots of these problems would have been avoidable if they made the robots look like robots.
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Post by: Ruthie on November 27, 2016, 09:22:04 pm
True, but then most of the storyline wouldn't have happened.
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Post by: hillbilly on November 27, 2016, 09:57:38 pm
Contemporary dance. Aka an art form I could do, as it involves flailing around, as far as I could see. I suspect I may be missing the finer points of the art form....

(Inspired by my first experience at Saddlers Well yesterday. A reinterpretation of Swan Lake, whose good reviews lured me into their arena of corybantic agitation.)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 28, 2016, 07:54:51 pm
Dear the BBC,

Please stop employing Gyles Bloody Brandreth.

Thank you.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 28, 2016, 09:09:07 pm
^ :thumbsup:
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Post by: T42 on November 29, 2016, 08:05:31 am
Yeah, I saw that too, thanx to Nick from Fulham.  The Brandreth person should be interred post-haste.
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Post by: tiermat on November 29, 2016, 09:30:50 am
Channel 5's Tour De Celeb*, what an utter pile of shite.

Take 2 has been sportspeople (ok, they are competitive, so adds a little to the program), scatter the rest of the cast with has-beens and Z-listers.  Add the obligatory camp dancer (who is, to be fair, funny), get them to "train" to do "The World's Hardest Bike Race"** and you have a recipe for, pardon the pun, car crash TV.  The 'sleb reality TV show woman really, really gets on my thrupenny bits (oh it's soooo scary, it's really difficult, I could have been crushed by a car), FFS, take one big cup of HTFU and get over yourself.

*I am sure I saw a thread about it, yesterday, but can't find it!
**Etape Du Tour, yes really!
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Post by: Peter on November 29, 2016, 10:33:22 am
Tiermat, I have to play the wowbagger card for this: with the exception of the skeleton Olympic champion, I don't think I'd heard of any of them.  I managed 5 minutes before switching off.
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Post by: tiermat on November 29, 2016, 10:41:11 am
Tiermat, I have to play the wowbagger card for this: with the exception of the skeleton Olympic champion, I don't think I'd heard of any of them.  I managed 5 minutes before switching off.

You mean you hadn't heard of either Austin Healey or Darren Gough?  Even I knew who they were and I don't really follow their respective sports.
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Post by: Peter on November 29, 2016, 10:56:50 am
Ah, yes, I've just checked Radio Times!  But I switched on in the middle and the five minutes I saw (with the sound off)  either didn't contain them or not for long enough for them to register.  Their participation just makes it more of a farce.  I think I could probably just about manage the Etape and I'm well-old as my pupils keep reminding me;  why it would be remarkable that ex-internationals (even England internationals) might do it with all that professional help escapes me!

Peter

I might struggle with all the hugging, though.
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Post by: JBB on November 29, 2016, 01:25:39 pm
Channel 5's Tour De Celeb*, what an utter pile of shite.

Take 2 has been sportspeople (ok, they are competitive, so adds a little to the program), scatter the rest of the cast with has-beens and Z-listers.  Add the obligatory camp dancer (who is, to be fair, funny), get them to "train" to do "The World's Hardest Bike Race"** and you have a recipe for, pardon the pun, car crash TV.  The 'sleb reality TV show woman really, really gets on my thrupenny bits (oh it's soooo scary, it's really difficult, I could have been crushed by a car), FFS, take one big cup of HTFU and get over yourself.

*I am sure I saw a thread about it, yesterday, but can't find it!
**Etape Du Tour, yes really!

I just saw it as a bit of lighthearted fun. I think everyone has fallen off in their cleats at least once and yes, close passes are scary - isn't it a good thing they mention this?
As regards the Etape it is hard. My sister did it in her mid forties; normally did a bit of Audax ( 10 hours for 200 about usual I think). She trained all winter, lost weight etc. She got round with 40 minutes to spare. It's busy, crowded and it's easy to lose time queuing (especially when the road is blocked by walkers on the first climb).

I think it's quite a challenge to complete it successfully just training for eight weeks and I'm quite happy to watch a bit of cycling on TV that's not moaning on about drugs or red light jumping. It's light entertainment after all.
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Post by: tiermat on November 29, 2016, 02:12:25 pm
I sort of see your point, JBB, but for one thing.  If it was mentioned once, maybe twice in the whole program series, that would be fine, but she seemed to be banging on, every 5 seconds about how scary, how difficult it is.  She really does need to take a big cup of HTFU but, to be honest, I don't think I'll watch any more as it will just give Mrs T more of a "safety" stick to beat me with when I go out cycling.
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Post by: JBB on November 29, 2016, 04:43:33 pm
I sort of see your point, JBB, but for one thing.  If it was mentioned once, maybe twice in the whole program series, that would be fine, but she seemed to be banging on, every 5 seconds about how scary, how difficult it is.  She really does need to take a big cup of HTFU but, to be honest, I don't think I'll watch any more as it will just give Mrs T more of a "safety" stick to beat me with when I go out cycling.

Fortunately I am allowed out on my own with no problems. The compromise is I wear a helmet (which is OKish). I will be interested how she gets on because judging by others comments she's a natural climber so I'll watch next week and report back. I'm also watching as I am acquainted with Rob Hayles' family so an interest there.
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Post by: Torslanda on November 30, 2016, 11:32:38 pm
Having been dragged grumbling & grumpy into the late 20th century I'd used the murdochator box to record this for later consumption. Stayed with it until the dancer started bitching about one of the women whilst having a pedicure FFS!

'Etape du Tour?' 'Non, c'est un Croque de Merde!'
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Post by: T42 on December 01, 2016, 09:31:13 am
Chum of mine did it a few years back. At the end he wasn't going to hang around for the tombola but his mates wanted to so he stayed and won a 9000 € made-to-measure bike.

Y a des croques et des croques.
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Post by: Wowbagger on December 01, 2016, 03:51:02 pm
Our Brahms performance of the German Requiem went off very well on 19th November. For the Christmas concert we are doing some of the usual carols and a performance of "Night of Miracles", by some chap named Peterson. It's a mega-trashy 1950s setting of lots of the same bits of the bible that Handel used in the Messiah - very Disneyfied. I don't think it will be replacing George Frederic's masterpiece as the default Christmas* work.  Unfortunately I shall be missing the performance on 17th December, which is a shame as Colin, our director, asked me to sing the baritone solo.

*OK, I know it's not just about Christmas, but that's when most of the performances take place.
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Post by: madcow on December 01, 2016, 06:40:39 pm
If you wanted a dry as dust subject for a TV programme then peat might just fit the bill.
But the offering from BBC Alba last night was anything but dull. It covered a lot of social history and more importantly,the presenter never got in the way of the story.
I am getting quite fed up with programmes like Countryfile and Countrywise and the way they present the countryside (nothing seems to happen without the involvement of a warden,ranger,environmental campaign group or charity) and  the formats chop and change from one subject to the next, only to go back to the first topic half an hour later.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b083lvjl/trusadh-series-9-6-moinepeats (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b083lvjl/trusadh-series-9-6-moinepeats)
Worth watching for the scenery as well.
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Post by: Torslanda on December 01, 2016, 10:42:23 pm
Chum of mine did it a few years back. At the end he wasn't going to hang around for the tombola but his mates wanted to so he stayed and won a 9000 € made-to-measure bike.

Y a des croques et des croques.

Comment was re the TV prog, not the event . . .
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Post by: T42 on December 02, 2016, 08:41:51 am
I wouldn't know about that, thank God.
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Post by: Jakob on December 02, 2016, 11:24:50 pm
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/jungle-book-rogue-one-advance-visual-effects-oscar-race-951577
Blowing my own trumpet.
Long list for the VFX oscar...and I worked on 5 of those!
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 05, 2016, 09:07:12 am
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/jungle-book-rogue-one-advance-visual-effects-oscar-race-951577
Blowing my own trumpet.
Long list for the VFX oscar...and I worked on 5 of those!
And you can't tell us which 5 or you'd have to kill us?
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Post by: Jakob on December 06, 2016, 02:23:36 am
Something like that:)

Warcraft,
Cap' America
Star Trek
Fantastic Beast
Deepwater Horizon

I was only on Deepwater Horizon for a month or so, but the work that my colleagues did was outstanding and deserves more recognition.
I think Rogue One will get it though. There was a lot of long faces when Episode 7 didn't get it last year.  I was torn, as while I worked on Ep 7,  the main nominee on Ex Machina was a friend of mine. In any case, I think the Academy will make up for it this year and award it to Rogue One.
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Post by: Jakob on December 06, 2016, 10:05:06 pm
This is rather good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJO7bcRVPvI

Now we just need part 2 where he tries to escape from hell :)
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Post by: Andrij on December 07, 2016, 07:21:27 am
This is rather good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJO7bcRVPvI

Now we just need part 2 where he tries to escape from hell :)

This is most definitely one of the best things on the interwebs!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jakob on December 08, 2016, 04:34:33 am
LucasFilm Executive team is now more than 50% female:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lucasfilms-force-kathleen-kennedy-reveals-an-executive-team-more-50-percent-female-953156

Kathleen Kennedy, who is now probably one of the most powerful execs in Hollywood, has been very influential in promoting women in Hollywood and was (probably) also the main reason that Episode 7 had a female lead.
She told us in one of the earlier screening that she wanted to make Star Wars appeal to both genders..and while that was probably partly driven by $$$, she clearly also wants to get rid of male dominance in Hollywood.

She's also one of the most approachable execs I've ever met/worked for. I emailed her on the same subject and much to my surprise she took her time to reply.
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Post by: Legs on December 08, 2016, 09:51:49 am
This is rather good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJO7bcRVPvI

Now we just need part 2 where he tries to escape from hell :)

This is most definitely one of the best things on the interwebs!  :thumbsup:
In a similar vein, although I think everyone's seen this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsgWUq0fdKk), I think this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KHdS3EiBGk) just takes things to a new level.
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Post by: Andrij on December 08, 2016, 10:18:26 am
This is rather good
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJO7bcRVPvI

Now we just need part 2 where he tries to escape from hell :)

This is most definitely one of the best things on the interwebs!  :thumbsup:
In a similar vein, although I think everyone's seen this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsgWUq0fdKk), I think this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KHdS3EiBGk) just takes things to a new level.

LMAO!   Those have reminded me of this bit of genius (https://youtu.be/v7aGFrVSTAY).
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Post by: Legs on December 08, 2016, 10:49:30 am
That spells "SS" - brilliant!  ;D
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Post by: Tim Hall on December 08, 2016, 03:39:18 pm
More spiffy single shot video goodness from OK Go. Here. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvW61K2s0tA)
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Post by: T42 on December 09, 2016, 08:52:18 am
Netflix breathlessly informs me that they have just added: "Spectral: When an otherworldly force wreaks havoc on a war-torn European city, an engineer teams up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop it."

Jesus wept.
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Post by: Ruthie on December 09, 2016, 08:54:20 am
Netflix breathlessly informs me that they have just added: "Spectral: When an otherworldly force wreaks havoc on a war-torn European city, an engineer teams up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop it."

Jesus wept.

That sounds brilliant!  So going to watch it
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Post by: ian on December 09, 2016, 02:07:28 pm
Netflix breathlessly informs me that they have just added: "Spectral: When an otherworldly force wreaks havoc on a war-torn European city, an engineer teams up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop it."

Jesus wept.

That sounds brilliant!  So going to watch it

It's going to be my post-pub viewing this evening too. What's not to like?
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Post by: Kim on December 09, 2016, 02:38:43 pm
Sounds good to me.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: T42 on December 09, 2016, 04:48:39 pm
On the strength of that ^^^ I watched the first half-hour just to see.  I think about 5 pints would make it watchable all the way through.
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Post by: ian on December 10, 2016, 02:39:04 pm
Unfortunately I fell asleep about five minutes in. Well, it was post-beer. I'll have to try again. To be honest, any movie that features in the post-beer slot is likely doomed to snoozedom.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 11, 2016, 10:00:53 pm
The X Factor Christmas single sucks a very large one.  With cheese on it.
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Post by: Peter on December 12, 2016, 12:35:32 am
How do you know this?
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Post by: T42 on December 12, 2016, 08:32:08 am
Unfortunately I fell asleep about five minutes in. Well, it was post-beer. I'll have to try again. To be honest, any movie that features in the post-beer slot is likely doomed to snoozedom.

Knock off the "un-" and the first sentence fairly encapsulates the viewing experience. Alas, lacking soporifics, I endured a while longer.
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Post by: rogerzilla on December 12, 2016, 09:12:02 am
How do you know this?
Because I was watching the winner (no spoilers) perform it as I typed that?
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Post by: Peter on December 12, 2016, 10:38:34 am
Sorry, I meant "why" do you know this!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 12, 2016, 12:09:52 pm
Someone had "The X-Files" as their specialised subject on Masterbonce last week.  I missed a couple of questions on account of roffling at John Humphrys' pronunciation of "Frohike"
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Post by: Tim Hall on December 13, 2016, 09:27:41 am
Radio 4 extra are re-running the fantastic Blackburn Files with the marvelously named Finetime Fontayne as Steven J Blackburn, private eye.

Down, else off.
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Post by: Jakob on December 13, 2016, 10:50:47 pm
So, apparently Justin Bieber joins various local (amateur) pick-up hockey teams and also does the same when he's on tour?
Here's a sensational headline that doesn't deliver, but it's still pretty cool regardless:
http://www.tmz.com/2016/12/13/justin-bieber-fight-hockey-game/

(It's a very blatant foul)
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Post by: Legs on December 15, 2016, 03:37:26 pm
OMFG the latest ABC offering ("The Christmas We Deserve") which is inexplicably getting airplay on R2 is absolutely woeful...
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Post by: hellymedic on December 18, 2016, 06:54:40 pm
Partner is playing his CD of Wombling Songs at highish volume.
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Post by: hellymedic on December 20, 2016, 12:59:15 am
Now it's the other Wombling Songs CD...
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Post by: T42 on December 20, 2016, 07:55:38 am
Never heard them so of course I had to look on YouTube.  File under "Earworms", damn it.
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Post by: T42 on December 21, 2016, 08:08:10 am
Noticed last night that a sequel to Blade Runner is coming out next year. Lead character is called Officer K.  N.B. Officer, not Agent.
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Post by: Wowbagger on December 24, 2016, 06:05:45 pm
I have started that Graun's Christmas Special Prize Crossword. It's an alphabetical jigsaw. There are no numbered clues, but you simply fit the answers in where they will go. That sounds hard, but it's made easier by the fact that you know that there are two answers beginning with each letter of the alphabet. There is a further instruction:

Quote
With all 26 pairs of solutions beginning with the same letter, except M, one solution will fit a theme not further defined in the clue.

That all sounds pretty incomprehensible until you see the clue for Z:
(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Steph on December 24, 2016, 07:31:35 pm
Ah how sadly missed is Araucaria. When he did that sort of puzzle, he even wrote the clues as rhyming couplets.
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Post by: Wowbagger on December 24, 2016, 07:39:48 pm
True indeed! If crossword compilers can be compared to music composers, then he was undoubtedly Mozart!
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 25, 2016, 09:31:18 pm
Feeling nostalgic after Call the Midwife because my gran had one of those cream cake tins with the green lid.
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Post by: Wowbagger on December 26, 2016, 10:23:06 pm
Dez is murdering "Bohemian Rhapsody" on a descant recorder.
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Post by: Legs on December 26, 2016, 11:05:44 pm
Oh bugger, RIP Liz Smith too, though 95 is a good innings by any measure.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 27, 2016, 05:40:12 pm
Has there ever been a trippier film than Labyrinth?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 27, 2016, 09:50:50 pm
Has there ever been a trippier film than Labyrinth?

Barbarella?
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 27, 2016, 10:21:10 pm
Has there ever been a trippier film than Labyrinth?
dark crystal?
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Post by: Kim on December 28, 2016, 12:06:45 am
Has there ever been a trippier film than Labyrinth?
Cremaster Cycle.
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Post by: Steph on December 28, 2016, 05:31:07 am
https://www.theguardian.com/film/gallery/2016/dec/27/what-2016s-movie-posters-would-look-like-if-they-told-the-truth-in-pictures?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=206038&subid=7864904&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
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Post by: asterix on December 28, 2016, 10:12:11 am
Arts & Entertainment seems to be fast becoming an Obituaries board.

Might I suggest a Pub sub-thread where all obituaries might rest?  Except politicians :hand:

Strangely, the Sporting Life thread has fewer obituaries; are they all much fitter than A&E candidates or is the clue in the names?  Has YACF put a hex on our artistic performers?
 
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Post by: T42 on December 28, 2016, 12:57:59 pm
My son's partner remarked that it was distressing to see how much was made of Carrie Fisher's death in comparison to that of 64 talented musicians in the Black Sea on Christmas Day.
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Post by: Basil on December 30, 2016, 01:32:12 pm
On spotting that Patti Smith was trending on Twitter,  my immediate thought was  "Oh Bugger".
But it's  ok.  She's 70 today.

Happy birthday.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 01, 2017, 07:05:40 am
The Department of Stings in the Tail has just reported that William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy in M.A.S.H., died yesterday.

Bah!
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Post by: T42 on January 01, 2017, 09:40:14 am
On spotting that Patti Smith was trending on Twitter,  my immediate thought was  "Oh Bugger".
But it's  ok.  She's 70 today.

Happy birthday.

No sign of her kicking off:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/see-patti-smith-celebrate-70th-birthday-with-michael-stipe-w458562
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Post by: Jock Stewart on January 01, 2017, 02:02:04 pm
Canne fookin wait for Trainspotting 2.
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Post by: robgul on January 01, 2017, 09:33:44 pm
I caught a few minutes of tonight's Eastenders that my wife was watching . ..... does anyone know where the wedding venue is?   - I think I've been there a long time ago but can't recall the name/location.

Rob
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on January 03, 2017, 05:04:54 pm
When they play Teenage Kicks on Radio 3, does it mean they're doing post-irony or just that or that anyone who's not quite old enough to have heard it the first time round should be joining the ramblers and booking a cruise?
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Post by: ian on January 03, 2017, 06:27:21 pm
I've been doing the five movements from The OA for the last few days. I'm getting quite good. The cats are cutting me a wide berth.
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Post by: Torslanda on January 04, 2017, 11:25:15 pm
If anyone was watching tonight's episode of Channel 4's 'No Offence', the BMX for the final scene was supplied by John's Bikes.  :smug:  :smug:  :smug:
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on January 05, 2017, 12:18:59 pm
If anyone was watching tonight's episode of Channel 4's 'No Offence', the BMX for the final scene was supplied by John's Bikes.  :smug:  :smug:  :smug:
I hope you got mentioned in the credits.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: mattc on January 06, 2017, 06:26:22 pm
I've just seen the first (for me) sick* joke about George Michael. Normally these days, the jokes start straight away - almost no celeb is immune.
I can't recall right now ANY jokes about recent deaths.

Is the average "comedian" on the Clapham_Omnibus/Facebook too shell-shocked from the carnage that they've lost the will to take the piss?

No bad thing on balance IMO  :thumbsup:


*It was mild, but still bad taste. Any other time I'm sure his death would have produced a slew of much worse. I won't sully George's thread with this.
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Post by: citoyen on January 10, 2017, 01:10:27 pm
This is getting a lot of play on 6music at the moment and I flipping love it. Also turns out the video is brilliant too:

https://youtu.be/joNXjvK2mwc



Along with Laura Marling's new one, we've already got two very strong contenders for Single of the Year 2017:

https://youtu.be/eCS4OTgaHeM
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Post by: sg37409 on January 18, 2017, 10:18:32 am
Miriam margoyles on wimmins hour, very good.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: citoyen on January 18, 2017, 10:29:59 am
Miriam margoyles on wimmins hour, very good.  :thumbsup:

Susan Calman makes some fairly fruity revelations about Miriam Margolyes in the latest Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (or RHLSTP, as all the cool kids down at the skateboard park are calling it).
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Post by: LEE on January 18, 2017, 11:06:08 am
Miriam margoyles on wimmins hour, very good.  :thumbsup:

Susan Calman makes some fairly fruity revelations about Miriam Margolyes in the latest Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (or RHLSTP, as all the cool kids down at the skateboard park are calling it).

Pronounced "Rer-her-luh-stuh-puh"
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 20, 2017, 10:28:30 am
Dez has spent good money on a turntable so that he can play some of the ancient and slightly less ancient bakelite/vinyl records that we have in this house. Most I bought many moons ago, but we seem to have inherited a load of stuff from my aunt, including a 78 rpm disc, one side of which has a recording of "The Lion & Albert" and the other has "With her Head Tucked Underneath her arm". I remember listening to this very nonsense as long ago as 1959. My brothers and I have been able to recite "TLAA" from memory ever since.
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Post by: T42 on January 20, 2017, 10:42:34 am
^^^ We appear to have inherited a turntable from the IP. Don't think he had saved any 78s, though. I remember articles from the 50s/60s showing how to convert them into plant pots, etc.
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Post by: cycleman on January 20, 2017, 06:49:59 pm
i have got quite few 78's and no turntable to play then on. they were my fathers and are mostly classical music.  :)
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Post by: LEE on January 23, 2017, 02:23:53 pm
Because my son made his first ever music video for "Sad Blood" I thought I'd pass the word on about the band.

The video was made at Battersea Arts Centre, where my son works as a Sound & Light Tech.  He seems to have really got the bug for film-making in the last year.

Anyway...introducing a new film-maker to the world.

Mitch Hargreaves - Film Maker (https://vimeo.com/mitchhargreaves88)

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Post by: ian on January 25, 2017, 09:25:18 pm
Is anyone watching that new American political show on the television? I stumbled across it the other day. It's a bit like the Office, you cringe and laugh at the same time. There's this orange-skinned character with doofus hair playing the new President. All he does is sit in the Oval Office and tweet random stuff, occasionally sticking his put to yell at people, and complain about not being in New York. He basically has no self-awareness at all. All the staffers are trying to avoid him because he's apparently a 'pussy grabber' but will pretty much grab anything that has legs. He's brilliantly played. Dunno who the actor is, I'm sure he's been in something else. He has this mad campaign manager who just comes up with brilliant phrases like 'alternative facts' and likes punching people. She makes Julia-Louis Dreyfus look like an amateur. Best though is the press secretary, he basically gets told every episode to stand there and repeat obvious lies over and over, trying to gloss over them by shouting 'next question' and pointing to someone else every time the questions get heated.

I sincerely recommend it. OK, you have to suspend belief a little, but I tell you, whoever scripted it has put Armando Iannucci out of work. Car-crash TV at its best. Hopefully it won't get cancelled mid-season, that would be such a huge disappointment.
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Post by: spesh on January 25, 2017, 10:53:41 pm
Is anyone watching that new American political show on the television? I stumbled across it the other day. It's a bit like the Office, you cringe and laugh at the same time. There's this orange-skinned character with doofus hair playing the new President. All he does is sit in the Oval Office and tweet random stuff, occasionally sticking his put to yell at people, and complain about not being in New York. He basically has no self-awareness at all. All the staffers are trying to avoid him because he's apparently a 'pussy grabber' but will pretty much grab anything that has legs. He's brilliantly played. Dunno who the actor is, I'm sure he's been in something else. He has this mad campaign manager who just comes up with brilliant phrases like 'alternative facts' and likes punching people. She makes Julia-Louis Dreyfus look like an amateur. Best though is the press secretary, he basically gets told every episode to stand there and repeat obvious lies over and over, trying to gloss over them by shouting 'next question' and pointing to someone else every time the questions get heated.

I sincerely recommend it. OK, you have to suspend belief a little, but I tell you, whoever scripted it has put Armando Iannucci out of work. Car-crash TV at its best. Hopefully it won't get cancelled mid-season, that would be such a huge disappointment.

Oh, that's the new series of the Twilight Zone.  :demon:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/01/15/newspaper_bills_trump_inauguration_as_twilight_zone_reboot.html
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Post by: Andrij on January 28, 2017, 04:31:26 pm
When we first came across the story of Tarrare – a perpetually hungry 18th-century sideshow freak and French revolutionary soldier who ate live animals and amputated limbs, and who was captured smuggling military secrets through Prussia in his stomach, in a box he had swallowed – our first thought was: “Why has nobody turned this into a puppet opera?” (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/jan/26/bloody-good-fun-story-of-tarrare-sideshow-freak-puppet-opera)

I think I shall attempt to see this.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 28, 2017, 06:23:05 pm
Finally got around to watching the Christmas showing of Witness for the Prosecution. It was good.
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Post by: Andrij on January 29, 2017, 08:31:02 pm
Who else wants historical accuracy in films? (https://youtu.be/TDY8T83P2Y4)

 ;D
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 29, 2017, 08:46:40 pm
Call the Midwife tonight is like our post-Brexit, no more H&S law world.
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Post by: citoyen on February 02, 2017, 10:22:47 pm
Do you ever have déjà-vu, Mrs Lancaster?
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 09, 2017, 01:28:13 pm
I'm watching last night's episode of the new adaptation of Roots.  :'(
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Post by: Legs on February 15, 2017, 04:21:57 pm
Just noticed that The One You Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A6WohvHfNM) by Glenn Frey (playing on R2 at the moment) and Tell It To My Heart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKVa4O2MuS0) by Taylor Dayne are the same song.  The latter is a truly tragic song.
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Post by: David Martin on February 15, 2017, 08:32:23 pm
My cheap pnjc headphones are doing a wonderful job with Wagner's ring cycle. Especially the heavy timpani.
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Post by: Basil on February 18, 2017, 02:58:00 pm
Just got back from that Cardiff where we went for Welsh National Opera's M. Butterfly last night. 
While the curtain calls were being taken, the Pinkerton character was booed.  :o
I've never known anything like that before. 
I assume it was 'Panto baddie booing'.  Maybe it's a Welsh thing.
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Post by: T42 on February 19, 2017, 09:33:15 am
Just noticed that The One You Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A6WohvHfNM) by Glenn Frey (playing on R2 at the moment) and Tell It To My Heart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKVa4O2MuS0) by Taylor Dayne are the same song.  The latter is a truly tragic song.

Clicked on the first link but noticed that suggested videos in the sidebar included the Ride of the Valkyries sequence from Apocalypse Now, so watched that instead.
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Post by: Tim Hall on February 20, 2017, 02:12:31 pm
Did anyone watch the BBC4 programme about Blencathra?  If so, did the colours look funny to you? As if it was shot on film twenty years ago or put through an Instagram filter.  Apart from that it was great.
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Post by: citoyen on February 20, 2017, 02:57:40 pm
Did anyone watch the BBC4 programme about Blencathra?  If so, did the colours look funny to you? As if it was shot on film twenty years ago or put through an Instagram filter.  Apart from that it was great.

No, but I just heard Stuart Maconie talking about it on the radio. I'll have to catch up with that on iplayer.
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Post by: mattc on February 20, 2017, 03:13:08 pm
I have now stumbled across that twice with 10 minutes to go - just gorgeous winter footage. It's a much underrated hillock IMO, but certainly doesn't look that grand on a wet October day!


Meanwhile, I've discovered possibly the exact opposite end of the televisual spectrum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4g4728zJTs(now blocked by C4!)  So here's the official page. I'm sure the clips are just as jaw-dropping: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/rich-kids-of-instagram/videos

If you thought TOWIE and that Chelsea thing were bad, you may be in for a shock.
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Post by: citoyen on February 20, 2017, 03:28:09 pm
underrated hillock

Ironic!
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Post by: rafletcher on February 20, 2017, 03:57:01 pm
We caught up with the (originally BBC Scotland but rebroadcast in BBC4 a couple of weeks ago) two party documentary about living on Fair Isle. Fascinating.
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Post by: citoyen on February 22, 2017, 01:42:57 am
Caught this on 6music tonight - absolutely fantastic vintage radio documentary (from 1985!) about the Stones' early career, focusing on their live performances for the BBC, interspersed with some lovely interviews:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01kky3g

They really were a great blues band back in those days.
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Post by: Legs on February 22, 2017, 03:24:21 pm
Am I the only person who sings "BANANA!" directly after the "Meet you all the way" line (i.e. not in place of the "Rosa-a-a-anna") in Toto's Rosanna?  ;D
Once you've heard it, you really can't unhear it.  You're quite welcome.
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Post by: Torslanda on February 26, 2017, 12:57:34 pm
That should have come with a spoiler warning.

Ear worm.#

BASTARD!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on February 26, 2017, 05:35:27 pm
Caught this on 6music tonight - absolutely fantastic vintage radio documentary (from 1985!) about the Stones' early career, focusing on their live performances for the BBC, interspersed with some lovely interviews:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01kky3g

They really were a great blues band back in those days.
I learned the other day that they did a jingle for a Rice Krispies ad in the early 60s.  ;D
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Post by: ElyDave on February 26, 2017, 06:02:16 pm
That should have come with a spoiler warning.

Ear worm.#

BASTARD!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!

As should Hello, Goodbye on R2 SOTS on Saturday. 

Brain, please stop
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Post by: TheLurker on March 03, 2017, 03:16:01 pm
On Radio Three this morning, "London Transport Suite" by Sidney Torch (great name!) full of themes evoking/mimicking steam locomotives.  Made me wonder; how the blazes would you represent a diesel, or electric, loco in a musical piece without recourse to recordings of the real thing?

Carrying on with the thought I also wondered about jet propelled aeroplanes.  A multi-engine propeller aircraft, even a turbine engined one, has a beat frequency that could be used though even that's not so marked in modern aeroplanes as older ones, but a jet?
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Post by: Wowbagger on March 03, 2017, 03:26:21 pm
Have you heard this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svFA-m62iks
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Post by: TheLurker on March 03, 2017, 04:44:27 pm
I hadn't, but it illustrates the point about steam locos and musical representation thereof very nicely.  Thank you. 
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Post by: Legs on March 03, 2017, 04:58:26 pm
Lurker, you gotta love The Boxcar (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2RLkzh1g1o) (particularly 4:25 in).
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Post by: T42 on March 03, 2017, 05:02:08 pm
Wish they wouldn't stick black tape over manufacturer's names on SLRs in films. Obvious why they do it, but it looks phoney and spoils the illusion.
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Post by: citoyen on March 03, 2017, 05:03:25 pm
Lurker - here's my favourite musical representation of trains:
https://youtu.be/1E4Bjt_zVJc

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Post by: LEE on March 03, 2017, 05:30:04 pm
Wish they wouldn't stick black tape over manufacturer's names on SLRs in films. Obvious why they do it, but it looks phoney and spoils the illusion.

Nobody has ever discussed football in the Rovers Return.  A bit odd.
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Post by: TheLurker on March 03, 2017, 07:20:27 pm
Legs, Citoyen - Ta.
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Post by: Legs on March 08, 2017, 11:27:55 am
Whenever I hear the Charlie Daniels Band's The Devil Went Down To Georgia, I can't help but think that I prefer the Devil's music to Johnny's, and that the Devil is a bit soft in conceding defeat so willingly.
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Post by: pcolbeck on March 08, 2017, 11:51:26 am
On Radio Three this morning, "London Transport Suite" by Sidney Torch (great name!) full of themes evoking/mimicking steam locomotives.  Made me wonder; how the blazes would you represent a diesel, or electric, loco in a musical piece without recourse to recordings of the real thing?

Like this:

https://youtu.be/DWSceMtAjPw

Surprised you haven't heard this.
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Post by: TheLurker on March 08, 2017, 06:46:28 pm
On Radio Three this morning, "London Transport Suite" by Sidney Torch (great name!) full of themes evoking/mimicking steam locomotives.  Made me wonder; how the blazes would you represent a diesel, or electric, loco in a musical piece without recourse to recordings of the real thing?

Like this:

https://youtu.be/DWSceMtAjPw

Surprised you haven't heard this.
In 1977 I was listening to rather less *ahem* sophisticated musicians.   Interesting, but without the video there's nothing about the track that says, to me, locomotive. Electric, diesel or otherwise. 
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 08, 2017, 07:45:23 pm
It's not really about the locomotive or even the train, it's about the experience of high-speed travel. I think.
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Post by: Tim Hall on March 09, 2017, 04:52:56 pm
Her Majesty's BBC radio iplayer thing has a repeat of the marvelous Ian McMillan's programme about when his 'ouse becomes his arse.  Isogloss innit.

This has been a public service announcement.

Linky (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ljwm4)

 
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Post by: TheLurker on March 11, 2017, 07:36:08 pm
BBC4 9pm Wednesday next (15th of March).  A documentary about Raleigh.
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Post by: Wowbagger on March 14, 2017, 04:45:24 pm
Having been a member of YACF since its inception, I am rather surprised to have been unaware of this rather delicious little website.

Uke Hunt (http://ukulelehunt.com/)  :D
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Post by: T42 on March 14, 2017, 04:57:26 pm
How delightful. :D indeed.
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Post by: Basil on March 14, 2017, 05:20:09 pm
 ;D. Is that real?   :D
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Post by: Torslanda on March 21, 2017, 01:27:11 am
#2 son spied his first episode of The Prisoner tonight. 10 years old (going on 45), normally can't keep still for more than 30 seconds, sat transfixed throughout.

Was fascinated to discover 'The Village' is real.

Ladles and Jellyspoons , I think we have a convert...
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Post by: Kim on March 21, 2017, 01:29:07 pm
I was about the same age, and well past my bedtime, when the very same appeared on the anbaric distascope, and my dad said "No wait, watch this - it's a bit odd."

It was.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: citoyen on March 21, 2017, 02:26:26 pm
I first discovered The Prisoner when it was shown on the recently launched Channel 4 in 1983, which means I would have been the same age. It remains one of my all-time favourites.

I've made several pilgrimages to Portmeirion over the years. When I was a student in Leeds in the early 90s, my housemates and I hired a video camera and made a road movie of a weekend trip to Portmeirion, which includes a shot of me running along the beach with one of my mates kicking a beach ball along behind me. Wish I still had a copy of that.
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Post by: Torslanda on March 21, 2017, 04:20:07 pm
I'll not mention the 1.5m diameter white balloon I have in the shop . . .

@Kim. I was lucky enough to see The Prisoner first time round, 1967/8, aged 5. Been hooked ever since.
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Post by: Ashaman42 on March 21, 2017, 05:47:24 pm
I've seen the 2point4 Children spoof episode. Does that count?
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Post by: Ham on March 21, 2017, 05:53:40 pm
Came across a 1975 interview with Tim Curry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkC9DudOnXg which makes for fun for them of us who saw him in the stage production (just me?). Smoking in an interview seems a bit strange now, too.



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Post by: Andrij on March 25, 2017, 09:47:17 pm
Watched a bit of Time Team America.  Interesting targets, but the show itself is a poor relation to the UK original.

Let's take all the usual jokes about American not being old enough to have history as read.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 27, 2017, 01:20:43 pm
I was watching an old episode of Spooks last night and one of the MI5 officers was instructed to assassinate a bad guy by injecting him with a bucketload of insulin. His boss was talking him through the steps, and included swabbing the injection site first. Because of course you don't want to risk infection on a man you're killing!
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Post by: T42 on March 27, 2017, 03:48:53 pm
^^^ I often wondered if they do that before executing folk by lethal injection in the US.
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Post by: Kim on March 27, 2017, 03:57:19 pm
I was watching an old episode of Spooks last night and one of the MI5 officers was instructed to assassinate a bad guy by injecting him with a bucketload of insulin. His boss was talking him through the steps, and included swabbing the injection site first. Because of course you don't want to risk infection on a man you're killing!

Actors (and directors) who patently don't have a clue what to do with a needle bugs me almost as much as MovieOS.

Sounds like the boss was working from the NHS Redirect script.
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Post by: Wowbagger on April 26, 2017, 12:03:50 am
I was blown away by this. It's hard enough to play on a piano.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiuuFwgOLHjgsqQVXEdod_Q

Compare:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqSulR9Fymg
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Post by: citoyen on April 26, 2017, 08:24:40 am
That reminds me of the mall scene from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure...

http://dai.ly/x2p5n3j

(In which you seem to have a starring role, Wow! ;) )
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 12, 2017, 08:43:05 am
Kreisler. Beautiful. But even I won't be fooled into believing it's the Brandenburg concerto!
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Post by: fimm on May 12, 2017, 09:01:18 am
I was blown away by this. It's hard enough to play on a piano...

That's  great (I love the original). Just having the imagination to see that it could be done...
I'm not saying that the solo guitar part is easy, but he's "only" playing the tune, there's other guitars and drums in there. The pianist has to do the whole lot!
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Post by: T42 on May 12, 2017, 01:24:20 pm
He probably did do the whole lot, recording the other parts first.

Although I quite enjoyed it, I couldn't help feeling that at some points it sounded a bit like a telephone.
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Post by: andrewc on May 14, 2017, 11:14:32 pm
Playing some oldish LP's leads me to Google and I find that the Indigo Girls are playing several UK dates in July & Suzanne Vega is doing the same in September  :D     Both have dates in Manchester so I'll need to get the train & hope that they don't run on too late.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 21, 2017, 06:43:40 pm
Labyrinth is on ch5+1 just now!
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 22, 2017, 11:17:22 am
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/lou-reed-walk-on-the-wild-side-transphobic-guelph-university-students-canada-transformer-album-a7748686.html
It's a great song.
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Post by: T42 on May 22, 2017, 11:42:00 am
If you're sufficiently determined you can take offence at anything.  University students can be pretty offensive at times.
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Post by: citoyen on May 22, 2017, 01:29:51 pm
Labyrinth is on ch5+1 just now!

Was that part of their "80s marathon"? I started watching Highlander last night but it was late and I was too tired to stick with it so went to bed. I don't remember it being quite as terrible as I found it - still love it though.
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Post by: Andrij on June 03, 2017, 09:47:54 pm
I've just watched season 1 of Medici: Masters of Florence.

I found it entertaining enough.  But I did quite enjoy seeing
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Post by: citoyen on June 08, 2017, 08:17:41 pm
I've never been a fan of Song To The Siren by This Mortal Coil. In fact, I'd go so far as to say I hate it. I love the Cocteau Twins and I love Liz Fraser's voice but that's just... wailing.

But Marc Riley just played a different version of the song on the radio and I loved it.

And it turns out it was Tim Buckley's original recording of the song.

So that must mean TMC's version is a cover.

Well, you learn something new every day.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 09, 2017, 01:38:59 am
Half Man Half Biscuit(!) did a rather splendid version for a Peel session in 2002, but then segued into "Vatican Broadside" ;D
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Post by: citoyen on June 09, 2017, 09:49:01 am
Just checked it out on YouTube... yes, that is superb!
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Post by: Ham on June 09, 2017, 10:36:42 pm
The world is a big place so there is clearly room for a teen muslim girl thrash metal band  (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/09/the-schoolgirl-thrash-metal-band-smashing-stereotypes-java-indonesia-voice-baceprot)
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Post by: Basil on June 10, 2017, 12:08:26 am
Crikey. 
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Post by: andrewc on June 10, 2017, 12:33:49 am
The world is a big place so there is clearly room for a teen muslim girl thrash metal band  (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/09/the-schoolgirl-thrash-metal-band-smashing-stereotypes-java-indonesia-voice-baceprot)


 :D :D


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lGLXJPj60k
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Post by: citoyen on June 14, 2017, 06:19:11 pm
Question on Pointless today:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4196/34919842370_5b882aa662_o.png) (https://flic.kr/p/VcKjxL)

No prizes for guessing which was the best answer...

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Post by: Kim on June 14, 2017, 06:24:34 pm
Question on Pointless today:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4196/34919842370_5b882aa662_o.png) (https://flic.kr/p/VcKjxL)

No prizes for guessing which was the best answer...

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Post by: cycleman on June 15, 2017, 06:14:17 am
Our undying admiration ? ;D
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Post by: Bledlow on June 15, 2017, 02:46:00 pm
I have just discovered that 'lovable cockney' Arthur Mullard was an evil bastard, guilty of extreme violence against his family & sexual abuse of his daughter from when she was 13. The sexual abuse was the reason his wife gave for her suicide, according to the daughter.

And he added insult to injury by leaving his children (including the abused daughter, who nursed him in his decrepitude) very small sums, most of his estate being left to a charity.
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Post by: Legs on June 16, 2017, 11:56:03 am
Whenever I hear the song Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn (currently playing on R2), and hear the line
Quote
W.C. Handy, (won't you look down over me)
I always think, "ooh, that's convenient that there's a WC handy!"  :thumbsup:
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Post by: citoyen on June 16, 2017, 12:49:28 pm
Our undying admiration ? ;D

Kim knows she has that already.

And I thought I was being a smartarse by observing that the correct answer to D is 'Ordinary'...
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Post by: T42 on June 16, 2017, 12:54:52 pm
Whenever I hear the song Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn (currently playing on R2), and hear the line
Quote
W.C. Handy, (won't you look down over me)
I always think, "ooh, that's convenient that there's a WC handy!"  :thumbsup:

The handbook of our car rabbits on about it having a "convenience key". They mean the electronic doodah that you keep in your pocket.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 16, 2017, 10:30:41 pm
Wow! Joint winners! Well done Mongolia! Well done Scotland!
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 16, 2017, 11:34:26 pm
Watching The Shawshank Redemption. Andy Dufresne has just escaped through the sewer, which, according to Red, is 500 yards long, the length of five football pitches or "almost half a mile." That's a mile which has 440 yards in a quarter. 
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Post by: Kim on June 16, 2017, 11:37:43 pm
Sewage miles count double.

If I ever have to break out of prison, I'll be doing it in metric.
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 18, 2017, 10:30:18 pm
Stunning performance by Catrina Morrison tonight. Well-deserved winner!
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Post by: Quisling on June 19, 2017, 10:59:59 am
Loving the weekly Guardian comedy piss takey reviews of Poldark each week. Nearly as entertaining as Ross's old aunt trolling Evil George Warleggan.

Also:Prudie cracking on to the young religious man was hilarious/terrifying.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 19, 2017, 01:11:01 pm
Sewage miles count double.

If I ever have to break out of prison, I'll be doing it in metric.
I'll be doing it in a wetsuit. Or a helicopter.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 19, 2017, 01:58:46 pm
Quote
She put Onyeka Onwenu's 'One Love' on the stereo
I expected a Nigerian cover of Bob Marley but I was disappointed. So I'm enjoying Fela Kuti instead.
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Post by: Ham on June 23, 2017, 09:25:47 am
Making movies better by subtracting one letter (http://www.awesomeinventions.com/movie-titles-with-one-letter-removed/)
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Post by: T42 on June 23, 2017, 11:33:14 am
You could do the same by adding a letter, e.g. Star Warts.
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Post by: citoyen on June 23, 2017, 02:57:36 pm
You could do the same by adding a letter, e.g. Star Warts.

Or even Sitar Wars
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Post by: Bledlow on June 23, 2017, 09:52:00 pm
I've just discovered that American Gods (Neil Gaiman) has been made into a TV series. It looks very heavily adapted, though.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 24, 2017, 09:50:49 am
I've just discovered that American Gods (Neil Gaiman) has been made into a TV series. It looks very heavily adapted, though.

Apparently it's going to be three series.  I ate'nt watched any of it yet but Miss von Brandenburg said episode one had some very graphic killin's in it.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2017, 06:57:23 pm
Earlier my son and his mother (but not my brother(!)) were watching something (Sherlock?) which included the Bee Gees Staying Alive. So after having embarrassed one of them with the wings of heaven on my shoes(!), I'm having a listen to it myself – and noticing the lyrics. They really do not make sense.
We can try to understand
The New York Times effect on man

 ???
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Post by: Ruthie on June 24, 2017, 07:00:46 pm
Was it a commentary on the effect of print media on men's lived experience of sexuality?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2017, 07:56:52 pm
O co Ci chodzi? Anyway, wouldn't it be the effect on dancing styles? But wasn't Saturday Night Fever set in San Francisco (a city I always think of as Sin Fun-disco)?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 24, 2017, 09:32:49 pm
That's now reminded me that when Metro (the free paper) was introduced to Poland, it was advertised on billboards with a bloke saying "I'm Metrosexual". Just imagine what BL could have done if that word had been around when they were making the Metro! (?!?!? ??)
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Post by: Ruthie on June 25, 2017, 08:26:29 pm
O co Ci chodzi? Anyway, wouldn't it be the effect on dancing styles? But wasn't Saturday Night Fever set in San Francisco (a city I always think of as Sin Fun-disco)?

Dunno, I was just being a smartarse for the sake of a cheap laugh.
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Post by: Basil on June 25, 2017, 08:45:29 pm
O co Ci chodzi? Anyway, wouldn't it be the effect on dancing styles? But wasn't Saturday Night Fever set in San Francisco (a city I always think of as Sin Fun-disco)?

We've always called it Fat Sam's Disco.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 04, 2017, 04:39:45 pm
Fat Sam's Disco is an ace name!  :thumbsup:

The Bee Gees' song that best fits YACF is:
Bike fever, bike fever,
We know how to do it


Clearly a song about riding through the night on the Dunwich Dynamo.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 04, 2017, 04:45:05 pm
But but but, what I wanted to say: Star Wars Winnie the Pooh art! It's Star Wars stories with Winnie the Pooh characters! Or Winnie the Pooh stories with Star Wars characters! I'm not sure which... I'm not entirely sure what to make of the crossover, either. (All this needs is for somebody to unearth a Star Wars tune sung by the Bee Gees and my hedz will asplode; mostly with laughter, I think).

http://www.jameshance.co.uk/wookiee-the-chew
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 09, 2017, 07:44:25 pm
I recorded this the other night and am watching it now, but here it is on the iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08xdlts/rock-n-roll-guns-for-hire-the-story-of-the-sideman?suggid=b08xdlts
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 15, 2017, 08:57:47 pm
Did anyone watch First Night of the Proms last night? If so, please put me out of my misery and tell me what it was they played over the closing credits. I know I know it but my memory isn't giving it up. I think it's from a ballet.
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Post by: citoyen on July 15, 2017, 11:59:38 pm
Did anyone watch First Night of the Proms last night? If so, please put me out of my misery and tell me what it was they played over the closing credits. I know I know it but my memory isn't giving it up. I think it's from a ballet.

In The Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No.1 by Edvard Grieg
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Post by: T42 on July 16, 2017, 07:52:15 am
The Apocalyptica version of that is rather jolly.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 16, 2017, 03:04:31 pm
Did anyone watch First Night of the Proms last night? If so, please put me out of my misery and tell me what it was they played over the closing credits. I know I know it but my memory isn't giving it up. I think it's from a ballet.

In The Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No.1 by Edvard Grieg
Thank you.
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Post by: Ruthie on July 21, 2017, 09:32:54 pm
HOW CAN THERE BE A NEW SERIES OF DICTE CRIME REPORTER AND I DIDN'T KNOW IT  >:(
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Post by: Tim Hall on July 21, 2017, 11:22:29 pm
At Scouts tonight I dropped the phrase "You're going to need a bigger boat" into the conversation.  I'm pleased to say a 13 year old knew which film it came from. The future is in safe hands.
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Post by: Legs on July 22, 2017, 07:45:47 am
Did anyone watch First Night of the Proms last night? If so, please put me out of my misery and tell me what it was they played over the closing credits. I know I know it but my memory isn't giving it up. I think it's from a ballet.

In The Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite No.1 by Edvard Grieg
Inspector Gadget?   ;)
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Post by: Ruthie on July 24, 2017, 10:41:11 am
That new 'Go Compare' advertisement is a bit misjudged.  Low-flying aeroplanes passing iconic buildings in London is actually a bit freaky.  Although if they're trying to scare you into buying insurance ...
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Post by: jsabine on July 24, 2017, 10:46:08 am
Wouldn't them *not* passing the buildings be even more freaky?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2017, 07:47:41 pm
Remember the Milky Bar kid? Ever wondered what he's up to now? Oh, you haven't. Well, I'm going to tell you: he's MP for Bristol NW! Or at least he would have been, but apparently he was a bit too tall.
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Post by: Kim on July 30, 2017, 10:48:51 pm
I never realised there was a height limit for MPs
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Post by: T42 on July 31, 2017, 09:35:39 am
It's so that they can get under low bridges without dismounting.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 31, 2017, 12:02:45 pm
When they're on their high horses.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 11, 2017, 08:59:05 pm
HOW CAN THERE BE A NEW SERIES OF DICTE CRIME REPORTER AND I DIDN'T KNOW IT  >:(

Even later to the party than you, I just find out before the last episode is broadcast. Which means I have to watch 5 eps on All 4 with no winding through the shitverts  >:(
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Post by: TimO on August 12, 2017, 09:39:14 pm
(http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/small.php?size=300&file=Killjoys.jpg)

I'm watching a Canadian science-fiction series called Killjoys (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killjoys_(TV_series)), which is basically bounty hunters in space.  After one episode it looks promising, so far.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on August 13, 2017, 07:13:30 pm
I've watched that. It improves further into the season. Terrible credits
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 14, 2017, 03:44:01 pm
Twenty minutes of silence eradicated and 40MB of disk space saved.  Take THAT, John Fahey!
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Post by: Ruthie on August 19, 2017, 09:06:24 pm
I wish they'd stop playing that advert with Rufus singing Across the Universe. This the most persistent case of Earworm I have ever had.
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Post by: CrinklyLion on August 20, 2017, 11:01:23 am
HOW CAN THERE BE A NEW SERIES OF DICTE CRIME REPORTER AND I DIDN'T KNOW IT  >:(

Even later to the party than you, I just find out before the last episode is broadcast. Which means I have to watch 5 eps on All 4 with no winding through the shitverts  >:(

Top tip - fire up episode 1, start it playing, mute the sound and go and do something else.  If the something else is on the computer you can pop back to that browser tab and fast forward to just before the ad breaks occasionally.

After the last ad break, go back to the start, un-mute and watch.  No ads.  Meanwhile, in another tab, fire up episode 2 and mute and leave it playing while you watch episode 1.  Rinse and repeat for further episodes...

And that, dear friends, is how to binge eat a Channel 4 box set without watching advertising :D
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Post by: TimO on August 20, 2017, 11:51:06 am
Twenty minutes of silence eradicated and 40MB of disk space saved.  Take THAT, John Fahey!

I thought it was John Cage, who is most well known for silence? :D

Here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoAbXwr3qkg) is the BBC's recording, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
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Post by: ian on August 20, 2017, 12:29:32 pm
Twelve Monkeys, the TV show, mostly because (a) I could find the rather marvellous movie and I was intrigued how much they could break it and (b) I'd just given up on Van Helsing (the TV series also) because it was shit. I managed three entire episodes because I've entertainment standards low enough to limbo for the Olympics (and if limboing isn't an Olympic event it should be). Anyway, don't bother, it's not good shit, it's just awful and you can't get those hours back.

Twelve Monkeys is quite entertaining so far, though it dumped the contrived cleverness of the movie for a more straightforward chase. That said, I just noticed there's a second season, so I fear that's going to be stretching a plot w-a-y too far.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 20, 2017, 01:59:20 pm
Twenty minutes of silence eradicated and 40MB of disk space saved.  Take THAT, John Fahey!

I thought it was John Cage, who is most well known for silence? :D

Here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoAbXwr3qkg) is the BBC's recording, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Most people guilty of this kind of crime at least put something at the end of the umpteen minutes of silence (yes, Kyuss, I'm looking at you) but following a seven minute track with twenty minutes of nothing at all will be punishable by something very painful post-Panzers down Whitehall.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 20, 2017, 02:05:57 pm
Posting panzers down the crim's whitehall might be painful enough not to warrant further punishment, don't you think?
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Post by: Tim Hall on August 27, 2017, 11:16:03 pm
Just watched "World's End" on Film 4. T'other day I watched "Shaun of the Dead".  Both films had adverts in the breaks for ice cream.

Magnum.


Hmmm.
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Post by: andyoxon on August 27, 2017, 11:54:12 pm
Just seen Brian Johnson with muse doing 'Back in Black' at Reading!  (on TV...)  :)
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Post by: T42 on August 28, 2017, 07:32:17 am
How dare anyone take the name of Johnners in vain?

And no feeble excuses about spelling.
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Post by: ian on September 01, 2017, 07:50:08 pm
I don't think I really like the new Taylor Swift album.

Watching Haven intermixed with Twelve Monkeys. Evil Audrey/Mara is scaring me. Stop it. Someone's going to give her a Trouble for sure.

Also watching a cycle racing thing because my wife likes objectifying men in lycra (the sort of men that ride up and down mountains for a living not ordinary blokes and certainly not me, but then she's seen me in a dress). I have no comment on that, just the adverts. I'm not exposed to adverts very often but really, I swear there was an actual advert where someone was asking kids how clean their arses were. What the fuck.

This post was brought to you by the letters R, A, N, D, O, and M.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 04, 2017, 07:08:30 pm
Heads up that the new series of Taskmaster starts Weds 13th on Dave.
Found out completely by accident, still streaming the last series after I missed it altogether.
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Post by: Jack Standish on September 05, 2017, 08:16:07 am
Currently watching an absolutely boring american TV show called Conviction. Nothing interesting except for the lead actress on whom I am simply feasting my eyes.
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Post by: Legs on September 05, 2017, 09:14:36 am
Currently really enjoying Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?.  The pool-based activities in Sunday's episode (3 of 6) revealed some interesting behaviour.  Tim is delightfully geeky; Kerry is (I think) a bit of a cold fish; props to Jackie for her swimming pool exploits!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on September 07, 2017, 02:52:02 am
I do not care what your The Database thinks, Mr Ford but this:

(click to show/hide)

is not Wilko Johnson ???
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Ham on September 15, 2017, 05:29:59 pm
I have been getting the urge to get my guitar out the loft, change the strings and try to remember how to play.

Idly searching for strings on eBay, I thought, I wonder if anyone is selling one?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EKO-EL-Gaucho-Gypsy-Guitar-/131848470391?hash=item1eb2c7ff77

 :o :o :o

Bought for - what - £150? in 70's
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Post by: Ham on September 18, 2017, 12:42:55 pm
On examination a few of the machine head rollers are cracked

(https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-oYiehj4g87I/Wb-w7zEgO5I/AAAAAAABDGE/vlm32He1_xUcqs2_8iJN1EmXgzjYakqogCKgBGAs/s1600/IMG_20170918_122041.jpg)

Any recommendations for repair in London / East London?
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Post by: Andrij on September 18, 2017, 09:03:10 pm
http://www.richmondguitarworkshop.com/

https://grahamparkerluthier.com/
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Post by: T42 on September 19, 2017, 08:48:54 am
It's a dead simple job to buy a set of heads and change them yourself.
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Ham on September 19, 2017, 04:17:30 pm
hmmm.

Looked at this http://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuning_Machines/Classical_Guitar_Tuning_Machines/Lyra-style_Gotoh_Classical_Guitar_Tuners.html and it is clear that the plate is longeer and the rollers appear to be 0.04mm larger.... is that significant? This http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Deluxe-Classical-Tuning-Keys-Lyra-Style-Butterfly-Nylon-String-Guitar-Tuners-/252416942841 looks like it, but I can't find the dimensions.

If it was just a nordinary instrument for a £100 or so, I'd give it a go, but I think a man needs to know his limitations (and not practice on a thing worth £1,300)
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Post by: T42 on September 22, 2017, 03:44:53 pm
A roller-diameter difference of 0.04 mm isn't likely to matter - there's probably enough leeway in the holes in the head.  Main thing is that the shaft spacing matches.

See your point re the £1300, though. It might be worth taking it to a luthier and asking him to give it a general going-over.
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Post by: T42 on September 22, 2017, 03:53:41 pm
Me own small thing:  In one film and one trailer recently there have been darkroom scenes where a blank sheet of photo paper was lifted out of one bath and transferred to a second, in which the picture appeared.  Have they already forgotten that the picture appears in the developer bath before being put into the fixer to stop it darkening any further, or do they just think we're too dumb to know (or too gaga to remember)?
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Post by: ElyDave on September 30, 2017, 11:50:31 pm
They've remade Flatliners. WTF??
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Post by: andrewc on October 01, 2017, 10:01:01 am
Amazon are making TV adaptations of "Ringworld" & "Snowcrash".   :D    Something else as well called "Lazarus", but I'm not familiar with that.


https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/09/amazon-making-ringworld-snow-crash-and-lazarus-one-tv-series.html


https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/09/snow-crash-lazarus-and-ringworld-shows-are-coming-to-amazon-prime
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Post by: Steph on October 01, 2017, 09:58:22 pm
Ringworld? Bloody hell. CGI city, I assume, but how will they get around rishathra?
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Post by: andrewc on October 01, 2017, 10:09:13 pm
Ringworld? Bloody hell. CGI city, I assume, but how will they get around rishathra?


I think that rishathra was only brought up in The Ringworld Engineers, so we'll have to wait a while.
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Post by: Steph on October 02, 2017, 12:58:49 am
I believe you are right. I was thinking of Halrloprillalar and the tasp.
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Post by: T42 on October 02, 2017, 10:42:13 am
Heh. They'll to have to pronounce Halrloprillalar.  Paging Mr. Niven...
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Post by: Andrij on October 03, 2017, 11:02:52 am
I'm watching a Canadian science-fiction series called Killjoys (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killjoys_(TV_series)), which is basically bounty hunters in space.  After one episode it looks promising, so far.

I binged my way through seasons 1 & 2 on Netflix.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jakob W on October 03, 2017, 05:12:48 pm
Hooray, season 2 of The Expanse is finally on Netflix UK! There go any early nights this week...
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Post by: Ashaman42 on October 03, 2017, 05:20:04 pm
Lucifer is back for season 3 on Amazon Prime tonight. Oh happy day.
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Post by: Steph on October 03, 2017, 06:02:48 pm
Heh. They'll to have to pronounce Halrloprillalar.  Paging Mr. Niven...
Funnily enough, and with no jokes about what I can get my tongue round, I find no difficulty in pronouncing that in a way that seems to make sense. I even typed it out from memory. Oddly, when I went to G**gle it, half the results I got were in Czech, or other vowel-deficient EE languages!
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Post by: T42 on October 04, 2017, 08:12:25 am
Our development dept used to have a secretary called Branka Vrbanić.  I was somewhat disappointed to find that I could pronounce it perfectly - another mystery gone from the world.
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Post by: Legs on October 04, 2017, 10:11:55 am
My Jim Croce CD, which I use in the car for dire emergency situations like when BBC R2 is trying to inflict aural crimes like U2 on me, seems to have developed a bit of a skip in the middle of Thursday.  :'(
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Post by: CrinklyLion on October 04, 2017, 06:14:59 pm
Terry and Gerry are playing one of my local venues in about a month.  Onna Thursday, which any fule knows is gig night.

Except it's half term and I'll probably have Cubs.

Perhaps I should bake them a cake if I can't go?
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Post by: Tim Hall on October 05, 2017, 08:47:53 pm
Terry and Gerry are playing one of my local venues in about a month.  Onna Thursday, which any fule knows is gig night.

Except it's half term and I'll probably have Cubs.

Perhaps I should bake them a cake if I can't go?

Ooh! (goes off to read email wot I got t'other day, from that nice Mr Colvin)

Ooh! Seems they're playing Brighton.

(Sounds like you're aware of the YACF connection)
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 12, 2017, 05:19:48 pm
I am learning Schubert's G♭ impromptu, opus 90. I think it is the most achingly beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. Or will be, when I can play it...
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Post by: T42 on October 13, 2017, 08:13:58 am
When I play achingly beautiful others call it painful.
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 13, 2017, 08:33:53 am
https://www.facebook.com/medicitv/videos/10154639615472352/

Amazing!  :D
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Post by: Jaded on October 13, 2017, 09:42:03 am
I have been getting the urge to get my guitar out the loft, change the strings and try to remember how to play.

Idly searching for strings on eBay, I thought, I wonder if anyone is selling one?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/EKO-EL-Gaucho-Gypsy-Guitar-/131848470391?hash=item1eb2c7ff77

 :o :o :o

Bought for - what - £150? in 70's

This is Money inflation calculator says that £150 in 1975 is now equivalent to £1,436
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Post by: Wowbagger on October 13, 2017, 10:37:02 am
Curiously, I was talking to My Mate Terry Who Art in Sibton a couple of days ago. In the 1970s, around the time that we were in college together, he bought a guitar. A telecaster. It cost him £72. In the mean time it has been living under his bed. He had it valued recently. Several £k.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on October 17, 2017, 04:30:47 pm
Isn't cycling good for random musical connections? The other day I found myself singing Pressure Drop. Couldn't remember who it was by. Today I wandered into LBS and they were playing 54-46 by Toots and the Maytals. So I get home and youtube myself up some Toots, starting with the same track obvs and then next up is...  ;D
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Post by: Ham on October 21, 2017, 06:48:28 pm
Although I've been conscious of her existence, Savoir Faire is the Beth Ditto song that  made me look up who she was. Not who I expected (a savvy, black new yorker), I think I like her the more for that
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Post by: BrianI on October 21, 2017, 11:02:13 pm
"Which Hollywood Composer", asks Henry Kelly "created the theme tune to a 1980s TV quiz show?"

Only Hans Zimmer who wrote the rather ear wormy tune to Going For Gold!


https://youtu.be/8-7rWePM6lM
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: T42 on October 22, 2017, 11:18:04 am
Curiously, I was talking to My Mate Terry Who Art in Sibton a couple of days ago. In the 1970s, around the time that we were in college together, he bought a guitar. A telecaster. It cost him £72. In the mean time it has been living under his bed. He had it valued recently. Several £k.

Unlike my old B&M Malaga, which cost £27 in ~1974 and is now worth a coruscating £60.  £27 scaled up according to the retail price index is £232.  :(
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Post by: Torslanda on October 22, 2017, 11:33:01 am
Dad's telescope which he bought in the 1950s is up for auction at Bonham's on Halloween

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24096/lot/25/?category=list&length=10&page=3 (http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24096/lot/25/?category=list&length=10&page=3)
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Post by: T42 on October 22, 2017, 01:53:03 pm
That's a beauty. Hope it goes well beyond the forecast price bracket.
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Post by: citoyen on October 26, 2017, 12:12:24 am
So, I was walking the dog along Tankerton Slopes (http://explorekent.org/activities/tankerton-slopes/) this evening while listening to a comedy-drama on R4 Extra (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undone_(radio_series)) featuring a character called... Tankerton Slopes!

#mindfucked
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Post by: Torslanda on October 26, 2017, 05:16:46 pm
According to Radio 2, Queen's biggest selling album is News of the World.

WTF? It was shite!
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 27, 2017, 12:39:06 pm
According to Radio 2, Queen's biggest selling album is News of the World.

WTF? It was shite!
It wasn't their worst!


A Day at the Races was their best, and anyone who says otherwise is wrong.
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Post by: Kim on October 27, 2017, 02:17:20 pm
According to Radio 2, Queen's biggest selling album is News of the World.

WTF? It was shite!

Possibly skewed by the way that tapes left in the car for more than a fortnight or two metamorphose into Best of Queen albums?  I mean, that can't be good for sales.
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Post by: Torslanda on October 28, 2017, 11:28:01 am
According to Radio 2, Queen's biggest selling album is News of the World.

WTF? It was shite!
It wasn't their worst!


A Day at the Races was their best, and anyone who says otherwise is wrong.

As it goes I agree with you.

Freddie and Roy Thomas Baker were a match made in heaven (you see what i did there?  ;D )
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Post by: hellymedic on October 29, 2017, 01:34:24 am
Dad's telescope which he bought in the 1950s is up for auction at Bonham's on Halloween

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24096/lot/25/?category=list&length=10&page=3 (http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24096/lot/25/?category=list&length=10&page=3)

It is very nice but we've bought too many pianos to be able to afford it. I think David prefers new-fangled telescopes...
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Post by: Ruthie on October 29, 2017, 10:01:06 am
This new series of Stranger Things is just brilliant.
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Post by: T42 on October 29, 2017, 10:23:54 am
I thought the first one was daft but hey, with all this rain & wind I've got time on my hands.
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Post by: Ruthie on October 29, 2017, 10:34:18 am
I thought the first one was daft but hey, with all this rain & wind I've got time on my hands.

I don't know if we can be friends any more.
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Post by: T42 on October 29, 2017, 12:48:40 pm
 :o :'(
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Post by: Ruthie on October 29, 2017, 12:50:09 pm
Sorry, it's just my sense of humour.

Stranger Things is definitely the scariest, weirdest thing I've seen in years and it's so well acted.  And it's set in the 80's with loads of lovely cultural references from that time.  I absolutely love it.
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Post by: Kim on October 29, 2017, 12:55:32 pm
The whole thing's an exercise in 80s nostalgia - including the underlying daftness.  If you don't get that, then I don't think there's all that much left to appreciate.

I found it compelling enough for that reason, but I'm not sure how it comes across to other generations.
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Post by: Ham on October 30, 2017, 07:34:09 pm
Found on my occasional visits to Al Jazeera - "Risking it All" (http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/riskingitall/riskingitall.html) a series of sort-of cinema verite with some compulsive viewing of the lengths some people go to in their daily lives.
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Post by: citoyen on October 31, 2017, 09:49:48 am
The whole thing's an exercise in 80s nostalgia - including the underlying daftness.  If you don't get that, then I don't think there's all that much left to appreciate.

My wife didn’t get why I laughed when Dustin described Dragon’s Lair as “overpriced bullshit”.

I’ll tell you what’s daft: expecting us to believe anyone ever actually got that far in the game.
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Post by: Torslanda on October 31, 2017, 05:33:19 pm
That's a beauty. Hope it goes well beyond the forecast price bracket.

Fell 500 quid short of the reserve price. Bollocks!
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Post by: ian on October 31, 2017, 07:31:32 pm
The whole thing's an exercise in 80s nostalgia - including the underlying daftness.  If you don't get that, then I don't think there's all that much left to appreciate.

I found it compelling enough for that reason, but I'm not sure how it comes across to other generations.

Rather weirdly for those of us who lived it, the 80s seems to be the generation. Even people who were born after still seem to fixate on the 80s. The other week, minions number 89345 and 14854 from the subdeck were caught dressed up for a 80s fancy dress partly. Assuming they're not knocking back the elixir of youth at these parties, neither of them experienced the decade.

It's almost like The Birdy Song never happened.
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Post by: ian on October 31, 2017, 08:50:08 pm
This, by the by, is perfect if you want some awesome on your giant ultra HD TV. Some breathtaking footage. Now that is rain.

http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/incredible-time-lapse-video-monsoon-iv
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Post by: andrewc on October 31, 2017, 11:50:01 pm
Brings back memories of the road to Kingman, Az,   miles of riding with no shelter and this huge black thing heading towards me....... :jurek:
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Post by: T42 on November 01, 2017, 08:53:07 am
This, by the by, is perfect if you want some awesome on your giant ultra HD TV. Some breathtaking footage. Now that is rain.

http://www.syfy.com/syfywire/incredible-time-lapse-video-monsoon-iv

:thumbsup:

Duly pinched.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 01, 2017, 08:58:37 am
The whole thing's an exercise in 80s nostalgia - including the underlying daftness.  If you don't get that, then I don't think there's all that much left to appreciate.

I found it compelling enough for that reason, but I'm not sure how it comes across to other generations.

Rather weirdly for those of us who lived it, the 80s seems to be the generation. Even people who were born after still seem to fixate on the 80s. The other week, minions number 89345 and 14854 from the subdeck were caught dressed up for a 80s fancy dress partly. Assuming they're not knocking back the elixir of youth at these parties, neither of them experienced the decade.

It's almost like The Birdy Song never happened.
Never mind your minions, the 80s and late 70s and 90s are currently cool among teenagers. But surely it's normal that each generation creates a cool fantasy version of a decade it never lived through?
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Post by: ian on November 01, 2017, 09:24:43 am
I don't. But then can anything compete with Rock Me Amadeus and 99 Red Balloons?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 01, 2017, 10:40:29 am
I don't. But then can anything compete with Rock Me Amadeus and 99 Red Balloons?

Yes.  Yes, there is.  That film of Cream's farewell concert at the Albert Hall, wherein the camera operator spent almost the entire gig trying to get his lens up Jack Bruce's nose.
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Post by: ian on November 01, 2017, 10:44:25 am
I don't like the 70s but then all I remember is Radio Rentals TsV, the debut of colour and the first ever colour being beige (there was a petition for orange), and getting bit by a ferret. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
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Post by: Ruthie on November 01, 2017, 09:20:54 pm
I just realised - it's ten years since Shibboleth was in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.  It was a wonderful work, I found it profoundly affecting, seeing it was an experience I'll never forget.

We need it to come back - that message is even more needed now.

Ten years though.  Good grief.

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/unilever-series/unilever-series-doris-salcedo-shibboleth

ETA:  It's still there, scarring the floor, though I didn't make a point of looking for it last time I was there.
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Post by: citoyen on November 02, 2017, 11:19:35 am
I just realised - it's ten years since Shibboleth was in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

Crumbs. That makes me feel old.

I was working in the office block next door at the time and I used to regularly go in there during my lunch break. I remember the day it opened, I went in there not knowing anything about the work, just that the new Turbine Hall installation was opening that day, and at first I thought I'd made a mistake - it looked totally empty. Then I noticed people looking at the floor...

I know what you mean about it being profoundly affecting.

Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds and Olafur Eliasson's Weather Project were both similarly moving in their own ways. They've had some good stuff in the Turbine Hall over the years.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on November 02, 2017, 11:54:53 am
Finally, vinyl is surely dead now. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/nov/01/supermarket-swing-sainsburys-launches-own-brand-vinyl-albums
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Post by: Ruthie on November 02, 2017, 12:18:04 pm
I just realised - it's ten years since Shibboleth was in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

Crumbs. That makes me feel old.

I was working in the office block next door at the time and I used to regularly go in there during my lunch break. I remember the day it opened, I went in there not knowing anything about the work, just that the new Turbine Hall installation was opening that day, and at first I thought I'd made a mistake - it looked totally empty. Then I noticed people looking at the floor...

I know what you mean about it being profoundly affecting.

Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds and Olafur Eliasson's Weather Project were both similarly moving in their own ways. They've had some good stuff in the Turbine Hall over the years.

I'd love to have stuff like that round the corner from me.  That would be one of the top reasons to live in or near London.
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Post by: Ham on November 15, 2017, 10:50:00 pm
Just found an excellent web site, I always like reading stuff set in places I'm going to, this site is the answer to my hapless googling (which doesn't really work as well as you think it might)

https://www.tripfiction.com/
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Post by: madcow on November 22, 2017, 09:37:21 pm
I can't allow the passing of David Cassidy or Rodney Bewes to go unrecorded on this forum.
Cassidy was one of those guys you just loved to hate. Good looks, good voice a TV show etc etc. Where did it all go wrong?

Bewes was an unlikely star but "Whatever happened to the Likely Lads?" was comedy gold,penned by Dick Clement and Ian le Frenais
 I hope it gets a rerun now that Bewes has passed away.
There is one classic episode involving the lads cycling to Berwick.
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Post by: PeteB99 on November 23, 2017, 11:59:02 am
Met Rodney Bewes once when our boat trailer was blocking his Rolls in after a rowing event. He was very nice about it.
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 23, 2017, 12:42:27 pm
I don't. But then can anything compete with Rock Me Amadeus and 99 Red Balloons?
Call Me by Spagna and Japanese Boy by Aneka?
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Post by: citoyen on November 23, 2017, 02:42:45 pm
That would be one of the top reasons to live in or near London.

It's undoubtedly one of the top things I miss now I no longer live/work in London.
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Post by: Wowbagger on November 27, 2017, 12:39:57 pm
I have just given my sister a copy of the Oxford Carol Book, as I had two. The copy I gave her used to belong to our mother and she was given it by the woman from whom our brother bought his house. The inside sheet bore both addresses, which were about 200 yards apart. My parents' house was demolished 16 years ago.
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Post by: Wowbagger on November 27, 2017, 01:23:29 pm
Our choir's concert next term is an all-Mozart affair. We are singing the C minor Mass and we have an orchestra and soloist performing the Clarinet Concerto. I have just ordered a copy of the Mass. I hope I've got the right edition! We normally go for Novello if there's one available.
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Post by: tiermat on December 08, 2017, 04:36:52 pm
Sort of Ents related. TLD was asked, as were her peers, at school to write a Christmas poem.

They were then entered into a school wide competition.

The top 5 from each year, was entered into a local competition.

TLD won her year group!
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Post by: ian on December 08, 2017, 10:04:07 pm
As I have no nuptial supervision tonight, I'm going to drink beer and watch Buffy's Once More with Feeling with the volume turned up. Because I can. And I have a detached house.

ETA: shittens, is that really fifteen years old!
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Post by: Jakob W on December 08, 2017, 10:27:42 pm
Original air date 2001...

My OH did the arts lecture at Eastercon this year, talking about musicals; one of the clips she played was 'going through the motions'. The room sang along with such word- and note-perfect gusto she didn't dare cut it short for fear of inciting a riot...
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 14, 2017, 06:24:04 pm
I am no prude but in a panto aimed at small children

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Barrowman fondled co-star Janette Krankie's breasts, and also invited audience members to chant "Alice loves Dick".

erm, wtf?
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Post by: ian on December 15, 2017, 07:32:57 am
Isn't the point of panto that it's really for adults but the jokes mostly sail over the kids head so you avoid babysitting fees or a visit from social services.

If it's the same story I saw last night, one person complained. And maybe Alice does love Dick.
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Post by: Steph on December 16, 2017, 08:50:23 pm
https://www.itv.com/hub/australian-wilderness-with-ray-mears/2a4399a0011

Ray Mears strikes me as a nice and genuine man, as opposed to Bear Ghrylls, whom I have met, who seems like a knob.

I rode through this place ten years ago, and met Gary the bald ecologist, who impressed me so much I stuck him in my novel 'Cold Feet'. I loved this episode, probably because I was 'back there' as I watched.
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Post by: mrcharly-YHT on December 18, 2017, 09:16:14 am
Thanks for that link, will try to watch it. I love the Walpole area, it is part of WA I could happily move back to, love the landscape and even the towns.
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Post by: Andrij on December 22, 2017, 08:00:47 pm
Carte sur Table have upped their game in their latest video: À la Claire Fontaine (https://youtu.be/3eh4-2ybqhg).
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Post by: Wowbagger on December 26, 2017, 11:58:52 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjbLHz_Z0ec&feature=youtu.be

Assuming that this hadn't been carefully rehearsed, that's an impressive feat: coming on, memorising 3 positions for a minute and then playing them blindfold whilst simultaneously playing Chopin waltzes, and winning the lot. FWIW, I think I knew just 3 words of Russian used in that - chess, piano and Grandmaster.
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Post by: T42 on December 27, 2017, 10:43:37 am
Even rehearsed it'd be impressive.

Hard to imagine an act like that on UK or French TV.
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Post by: Wowbagger on December 27, 2017, 09:23:02 pm
There was another video of the same guy examining for 3 minutes a chess board on the squares of which the number 1 - 64 had been randomly distributed. He then turned his back on the board and in knight's tour (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight%27s_tour) order he recited all 64 numbers in the order that he "captured" them.
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Post by: andrewc on December 27, 2017, 10:37:47 pm
After recently reading Mr Deighton's "Game Set & Match" trilogy I am now working my way through the 1980's ITV adaptation.  Mr Deighton apparently didn't like Mr Holm's performance, so has barred it's official re release, however it's freely available on the interwebs.
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Post by: Torslanda on December 28, 2017, 09:12:21 pm
Apparently he's got form for that.

Hence his name is nowhere on the credits to 'Oh! What a lovely war' . . .
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 06, 2018, 08:01:51 pm
I have booked a singing lesson for next Wednesday! With this lady : http://www.thoraker.com/

We had a really nice chat. It turns out that she's a cyclist!
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 10, 2018, 11:14:09 pm
Just doing a crossword with Phyllis (aged 98 11/12).

"Capital of the United Arab Emirates (3, 5)"

Phyllis had a long think and said "Aberdovey!" and then burst out laughing and corrected herself.
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Post by: citoyen on January 11, 2018, 12:21:33 am
Heard a track on the radio this evening by an outfit calling themselves Australian Testing Labs Inc. They wear their influences on their sleeve, to put it mildly - as one wag put it in the comments under one of their videos on youtube: "Cum on feel the NEU!"

Their album is available on Bandcamp. It's called 'Music For Aircooled Motoring'. And they describe as follows:

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Music designed to cope with the noise of motoring in the VW Type 2 and Type 25 Transporter.

Recordings of highway driving were made inside the cab of a 1981 VW T25 Kombi travelling at 80kmh and used to test, compose and mix music that could be heard above or in harmony with the noise of the road and the air-cooled engine.

The frequencies used have been carefully selected and rigorously road tested and when played in a moving van, will blend with the ambient sound of the vehicle and create a unique and harmonious driving experience. As each van will differ slightly, so then each user’s experience will differ accordingly, making this a truly unique pleasure for each driver or passenger.

https://atlinc.bandcamp.com/releases

Hipster twats, but I do like their tunes.

They're on a label called Polytechnic Youth, which seems to specialise in this kind of thing...
http://www.polytechnicyouth.com/

Also clicked on the 'krautrock' tag on Bandcamp. By jove, there's a lot of it about. I'm looking forward to checking out 'Frequency Rhythm Distortion Delay' by Psychic Lemon, 'Brunswick' by Bambi Davidson, 'The Void' by Compilerbau, 'Zement:Werk' by Zement and many more...
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Post by: mattc on January 12, 2018, 12:37:35 pm
Radio 2 have hired a stand-in presenter for lunch-times - he's a proper journo (whom I'd never heard of); Amol Rajan.

The problem is, his accent and vocal style are identical to the presenter on radio spoof Down the Line (played by Rhys Thomas, 4 years ago )

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bcur_HDHfE (you really should play that if you've never heard DTL ...
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Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on January 14, 2018, 07:53:00 pm
Anyone else watching new Ch4 comedy Derry Girls? It's making me laugh.
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Post by: Tim Hall on January 16, 2018, 10:38:11 am
Just listening to News Quiz Extra. Blimey, Peter Oborne is a humourless twat isn't he.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on January 16, 2018, 11:58:28 pm
Just learned that Chris Tsangarides, veteran engineer/producer for the likes of Gary Moore, Ozzy, Sabbath, Judas Priest, Ian Gillan, Bruce Dickinson and my chum Alexis' band Everafter died a couple of weeks ago, aged 61.

2018!  Stop it!
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Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2018, 08:00:59 am
Anyone else watching new Ch4 comedy Derry Girls? It's making me laugh.

Saw the first episode. It made me laugh too.
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Post by: citoyen on January 17, 2018, 09:13:50 am
Listened to an old episode of In Our Time yesterday. One of the panel was a certain Dr Larrington. She knows her onions, doesn’t she?
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 19, 2018, 01:46:13 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-WwIudN0sQ&feature=push-u&attr_tag=1UbVSgkSX2oxwVwv-6

New organ erection at the RCM.
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Post by: Ham on January 20, 2018, 04:21:58 pm
I've just found Bad Lip Reading videos https://www.youtube.com/user/BadLipReading/videos

eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gneBUA39mnI
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 21, 2018, 07:04:59 pm
Bollocks. We were too slow to get tix for David Byrne  >:(
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Post by: Andrij on January 23, 2018, 09:08:05 pm
The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation has banned the showing of Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin, referencing the film's "extremism" and it's denigrating and insulting portrayal of Glorious Heroes of Russian Worker's Paradise who, in addition to completing Five Year Plan ahead of schedule, defeated Fascists (with whom we never, ever, signed a treaty - and if you say otherwise you're a NAZI) without any help from Decadent West.

Ref: Ministry announcement (https://www.mkrf.ru/press/news/minkultury_otozvalo_prokatnoe_udostoverenie_u_filma_smert_stalina/) (рос); Grauniad article (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/23/russia-urged-to-delay-death-of-stalin-release-until-summer) (eng)
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Post by: spesh on January 23, 2018, 09:13:12 pm
The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation has banned the showing of Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin, referencing the film's "extremism" and it's denigrating and insulting portrayal of Glorious Heroes of Russian Worker's Paradise who, in addition to completing Five Year Plan ahead of schedule, defeated Fascists (with whom we never, ever, signed a treaty - and if you say otherwise you're a NAZI) without any help from Decadent West.

Ref: Ministry announcement (https://www.mkrf.ru/press/news/minkultury_otozvalo_prokatnoe_udostoverenie_u_filma_smert_stalina/) (рос); Grauniad article (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/23/russia-urged-to-delay-death-of-stalin-release-until-summer) (eng)

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." ~ George Orwell
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Post by: Kim on January 27, 2018, 12:07:58 am
I just explained Craig David to barakta.  She probably wishes I hadn't.
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Post by: Ham on January 27, 2018, 01:33:36 pm
I'm not sure I've seen reference to Brian Bilston the poet here or in POBI.

Having found Refugees (https://brianbilston.com/2016/03/23/refugees/), I've been clicking and reading around his website, including The Clarkson Verses (https://brianbilston.com/category/the-clarkson-verses/)

I like him.
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Post by: hellymedic on January 27, 2018, 07:48:36 pm
Our local Council is proud that a successful band was founded within the Borough Boundaries.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUkjHgPX0AEuphI.jpg)

(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Kim on January 27, 2018, 07:52:31 pm
I learned everything I need to know about Boney M from Touching The Void
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Post by: rafletcher on January 27, 2018, 09:30:12 pm
Britney Spears is gigging at Scarborough later this year apparently.
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Post by: T42 on January 28, 2018, 09:28:11 am
I'm not sure I've seen reference to Brian Bilston the poet here or in POBI.

Having found Refugees (https://brianbilston.com/2016/03/23/refugees/), I've been clicking and reading around his website, including The Clarkson Verses (https://brianbilston.com/category/the-clarkson-verses/)

I like him.

 :thumbsup: I've seen Refugees before but not the rest. Ta!
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Post by: citoyen on January 29, 2018, 10:51:25 am
I read of the death of Howard Lew Lewis the other day - most famous as Elmo in 80s sitcom Brush Strokes (he was easily the best thing about that series) and Rabies in Maid Marian. Perhaps not up there as a cultural icon with the likes of Mark E Smith, hence no thread of his own, but reading more about his final days saddened me - it was not a happy ending for him...

http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/01/22/38940/brush_strokess_barman_dies

(ETA: the sadness is that his mental state led to him being so unhappy in his final days, not a reflection on Edinburgh care services - the piece doesn't give their side of the story, so it wouldn't be fair to judge)
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Post by: Redlight on January 29, 2018, 01:25:38 pm
Britney Spears is gigging at Scarborough later this year apparently.

I thought the Butlins had closed down.
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Post by: Basil on January 30, 2018, 07:54:55 pm
I have just discovered that the juke box in my pub has a classical section.  Prolly stuff that's been used in adverts and films, I would imagine.  How would I know?
Anyway, I've just played Mozart's K138. Very loud.
Pool team not happy.
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 30, 2018, 08:11:27 pm
That's pretty early Mozza. Am currently playing a string quartet version of it. Good choice, Basil! The pool team can sod off!
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Post by: Torslanda on January 31, 2018, 11:00:50 pm
Last evening saw me hosting the pub quiz as the usual suspects were unavailable.

I got to one question"Which 20th century English Prime Minster was nicknamed Sunny Jim?" and was seized by a mad desire to parody a Monty Python panel game sketch...
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Post by: T42 on February 01, 2018, 02:52:43 pm
I can only think of one UK PM called Jim.
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Post by: Neil C on February 01, 2018, 03:21:18 pm
Jim Hacker?  ;)
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Post by: Torslanda on February 01, 2018, 08:18:33 pm
For clarity the question I wanted to ask is here about 0:48 on (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tz_oZhG8YU) but I didn't. No one would've got it...
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Post by: Steph on February 11, 2018, 10:18:30 pm
Prosiect Z. Zombie-fighting children's game show. In Welsh.
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Post by: andrewc on February 20, 2018, 08:08:49 pm
Earlier today I received an email from Amazon,  recommending a book called "Punishment" A Detective Barnes story.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B072K458SR/ref=pe_2043221_241706471_em_1p_6_ti


Is AuntyC branching out into new fields ?  :jurek:
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Post by: Wowbagger on February 22, 2018, 09:25:03 am
This cropped up on a piano teachers' forum, of which I am a member.   ;D

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/28166291_10156219363439343_206058331253972778_n.jpg?oh=8b4e88dcce9eb0ad0508dc1888c86c12&oe=5B1BBD5B)

It's Liszt in the picture.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 22, 2018, 09:46:38 am
I just explained Craig David to barakta.  She probably wishes I hadn't.

Could you explain him to me because I still don't understand.
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Post by: Kim on February 23, 2018, 12:19:17 am
I just explained Craig David to barakta.  She probably wishes I hadn't.

Could you explain him to me because I still don't understand.

He was a ukc.misc in-joke that rose to fame on the back of Artful Dodger's masterpiece Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta), which you really haven't experienced until you've heard it sung[1] by 12 year olds on the slow train from CHX to CBW.  Wikipedia informs me this composition was nearly destroyed by a random act of WindowsME (or whatever shitty operating system the cool kids of the UK garage scene were using at the time) but they were able to re-construct it from a TDK D90 cassette[2], on which they'd made a copy to listen to in the car[3].

After a tediously successful musical career, he finally got his own Channel 4 comedy series in 2002, and would have faded into obscurity with that, concentrating on his Basingstoke-based vending machine business, if the aptly named Insanity Records hadn't resurrected him in 2017.


*This post may contain lies, or traces of lies.


[1] This was the golden age between the invention of the Walkman and the rise of sodcasting, when portable music playing equipment could be relied upon to require headphones.
[2] Teenagers: Ask your parents.
[3] Just think, if they'd left it long enough, it would have turned into Queen's Greatest Hits and the world would be a very different place.
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Post by: Wascally Weasel on February 23, 2018, 11:45:32 am
I just explained Craig David to barakta.  She probably wishes I hadn't.

Could you explain him to me because I still don't understand.

He was a ukc.misc in-joke that rose to fame on the back of Artful Dodger's masterpiece Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta), which you really haven't experienced until you've heard it sung[1] by 12 year olds on the slow train from CHX to CBW.  Wikipedia informs me this composition was nearly destroyed by a random act of WindowsME (or whatever shitty operating system the cool kids of the UK garage scene were using at the time) but they were able to re-construct it from a TDK D90 cassette[2], on which they'd made a copy to listen to in the car[3].

After a tediously successful musical career, he finally got his own Channel 4 comedy series in 2002, and would have faded into obscurity with that, concentrating on his Basingstoke-based vending machine business, if the aptly named Insanity Records hadn't resurrected him in 2017.


*This post may contain lies, or traces of lies.


[1] This was the golden age between the invention of the Walkman and the rise of sodcasting, when portable music playing equipment could be relied upon to require headphones.
[2] Teenagers: Ask your parents.
[3] Just think, if they'd left it long enough, it would have turned into Queen's Greatest Hits and the world would be a very different place.


Brilliant, thanks.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 23, 2018, 02:16:40 pm
Over there ^^^^ is an unopened 5-pack of TDK C-90s.  I am awaiting an offer from the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame
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Post by: citoyen on February 23, 2018, 02:52:21 pm
the slow train from CHX to CBW

Is there any other kind of train from CHX to CBW?
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Post by: ian on February 23, 2018, 02:57:03 pm
Over there ^^^^ is an unopened 5-pack of TDK C-90s.  I am awaiting an offer from the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame

Ah, happy days extracting a C120 from the Perpetually Hungry Amstrad and respooling it with a bic pen.
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Post by: Kim on February 23, 2018, 04:32:40 pm
the slow train from CHX to CBW

Is there any other kind of train from CHX to CBW?

The even slower freeze-your-arse-off-changing-at-Ashford train.
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Post by: Kim on February 23, 2018, 04:33:58 pm
Over there ^^^^ is an unopened 5-pack of TDK C-90s.  I am awaiting an offer from the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame

Ah, happy days extracting a C120 from the Perpetually Hungry Amstrad and respooling it with a bic pen.

Those ones probably sounded better than Craig David, too.
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Post by: ian on February 23, 2018, 04:45:52 pm
the slow train from CHX to CBW

Is there any other kind of train from CHX to CBW?

The even slower freeze-your-arse-off-changing-at-Ashford train.

I once caught a train back from Dover that was so slow I arrived back in London in time for 1955.
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Post by: citoyen on February 24, 2018, 08:41:58 am
the slow train from CHX to CBW

Is there any other kind of train from CHX to CBW?

The even slower freeze-your-arse-off-changing-at-Ashford train.

Ah! Yes, I know that one too.
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Post by: Pingu on February 24, 2018, 05:44:06 pm
Over there ^^^^ is an unopened 5-pack of TDK C-90s.  I am awaiting an offer from the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame

The death of music has merely been postponed.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bc/Home_taping_is_killing_music.png)
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Post by: Kim on February 24, 2018, 05:48:38 pm
On a related note, as if further evidence were needed that the music industry is from a strange parallel dimension, this appeared in my timeline earlier...

https://twitter.com/BrkmstrCylinder/status/967208607745040386
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Post by: T42 on March 02, 2018, 10:58:32 am
Read this morning that the Beeb is going to serialize TP's stories about the Ankh-Morpork Watch.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Tim Hall on March 06, 2018, 11:56:15 pm
I'm watching Smiley's People, having snaffled it from Iplayer some time ago. Looking at the cast list and then delving into wikipedia I learnt that Molly Meakin (head of Research, replaced Connie Sachs) is played by a woman called Lucy Fleming. Her uncle was Ian Fleming, author of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the James Bond books and she (and her sister) still control Ian Fleming Publications. The link between the two contrasting types of spy, Bond and Smiley, tickled me.

(She also played Miranda, Justin Elliot's wife in The Archers.)
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Post by: T42 on March 07, 2018, 08:22:20 am
Very much the definitive version.  Gary Oldman's Tinker Tailor... was on a loser from the start.
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Post by: clarion on March 07, 2018, 09:17:26 am
Over there ^^^^ is an unopened 5-pack of TDK C-90s.  I am awaiting an offer from the Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame

The death of music has merely been postponed.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bc/Home_taping_is_killing_music.png)
Didn't Craig David kill music?
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Post by: T42 on March 07, 2018, 09:20:00 am
Never heard of him, so probably not.
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Post by: Kim on March 07, 2018, 05:50:53 pm
Never heard of him, so probably not.

The above post refers: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=70466.msg2260174#msg2260174
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Post by: T42 on March 08, 2018, 09:16:11 am
Ta. Yes, I did read some of that when you posted it but I've been out of the UK for so long that it had little meaning.  As rough guide, I have heard of Simon Cowell but never experienced the direct feed; and from what I've heard I don't want to.
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Post by: Kim on March 08, 2018, 07:10:22 pm
Ta. Yes, I did read some of that when you posted it but I've been out of the UK for so long that it had little meaning.  As rough guide, I have heard of Simon Cowell but never experienced the direct feed; and from what I've heard I don't want to.

That's my position on Simon Cowell too.

I basically lost the plot with popular music in the Craig David era, through a combination of shite radio reception and then living with a deaf person.  I don't appear to have missed much.
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: T42 on March 09, 2018, 09:37:21 am
When we lived near Paris we could pick up R4 on long wave, but they slipped over the horizon when we moved here. Not that they ever carried much pop music. I was never that fond of it anyway, although I find myself liking the stuff from my youth more now than I did then.  Maybe that's because back then there was the odd pearl amongst the crap, but nowadays the crap has gone and 25+ years of pearls are all that are left.
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Post by: Torslanda on March 09, 2018, 10:12:48 am
You've never listened to 'Sounds of the 60s', have you...?
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Post by: Legs on March 09, 2018, 10:38:12 am
You've never listened to 'Sounds of the 60s', have you...?
SOTS reminds you about all the crap around the pearls, thobut...
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Post by: Torslanda on March 09, 2018, 10:47:20 am
That was the point.
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Post by: T42 on March 09, 2018, 11:15:10 am
You've never listened to 'Sounds of the 60s', have you...?

I've never heard of it, either.
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Mr Larrington on March 09, 2018, 03:04:09 pm
I totally failed to register the existence of series 17 of The Infinite Monkey Cage.  This omission has now been rectified with a binge listen.
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Torslanda on March 09, 2018, 09:50:01 pm
You've never listened to 'Sounds of the 60s', have you...?

I've never heard of it, either.

Was presented by Brian Matthew until last year. Now by Tony Blackburn (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09twdxn)
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Pingu on March 11, 2018, 09:55:15 pm
Just watched Michael Moseley documentary on the brain talking about how children are affected emotionally during development and it seems to be Michael Jackson night on BBC4  :-\
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Post by: Mr Larrington on March 12, 2018, 07:03:17 pm
Dear the BBC

Please to not bugger up the sound on your news channel.  TV's Katty Kay and Christian Fraser sound like they're at the opposite end of a drainpipe.  That's the third time in a week.

Sort it out, u pandas!
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on March 14, 2018, 03:55:18 pm
Has anyone else spotted that Rick Astley is a reincarnation of Biff Tannen?

(http://images.mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/mf_image_16x9/public/rickrollheader.png?itok=f_UDp9E2&resize=1100x619)
Biff Astley

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/1/15/BiffTannenBackToTheFuture1985.jpg/220px-BiffTannenBackToTheFuture1985.jpg)
Rick Tannen
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Ham on March 31, 2018, 10:08:28 pm
Just discovered Maite Hontelé, a laydee who plays trumpet - IMO - almost as well as Miles (although in a different genre - Salsa). Given her gender and the somewhat esoteric genre of her choice I doubt she will become as well known.
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Torslanda on April 02, 2018, 10:52:56 pm
On FB Jeff Lynne has announced that 'Dawes' are joining him on tour this Summer.

Apparently it's the name of a 'popular beat combo'.

Soooooo disappointed . . .
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Legs on April 03, 2018, 12:42:28 pm
On FB Jeff Lynne has announced that 'Dawes' are joining him on tour this Summer.

Apparently it's the name of a 'popular beat combo'.

Soooooo disappointed . . .
Seriously, get some Dawes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vin0U-ej1L8) into your lugholes...
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 07, 2018, 11:45:15 am
I've just been reading about the nation-building functions of typefaces. Moderately interesting, but in Polish (here) (http://weekend.gazeta.pl/weekend/1,152121,23224043,od-antykwy-poltawskiego-do-apolonii-czyli-czcionka-i-kroj-pisma.html#Z_TRwknd) so to take one example: the first purpose designed Polish font (ie designed from the start to include Polish special letters such as ą, ć and so on) wasn't made till the 1920s and the decision to base it on a Latin font rather than eg Gothic necessarily excluded some of the population, who were more used to Gothic, having lived under German rule – or to Cyrillic or even Hebraic. And the particular font chosen as the source, Antiqua, apparently tried to connect with the Latin world of rationality and enlightenment, rejecting Germanic romanticism. More up to date, there's the use of the Solidarity font by various drastically opposed political groupings around the world, none of which the creator seems to object to.
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Post by: Basil on April 07, 2018, 01:19:33 pm
The News Quiz will be back on R4 next Friday evening.  Hoorah.
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Post by: andrewc on April 13, 2018, 10:04:00 pm
Oooh....... The Tiger Lillies are doing 2 weeks in Manchester with a new show. 


https://www.creativetourist.com/event/the-tiger-lillies-corrido-de-la-sangre/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKfC53F-arw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKfC53F-arw)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=game52zTzMg



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Post by: Andrij on April 18, 2018, 02:02:27 pm
Attention forum banjo-ists (and other assorted string-ists): check out the Renaissance Ramblers (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1bV2IJY_VGzIouLqUdHupQ).
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Wowbagger on April 22, 2018, 11:36:18 pm
Had a natter to my younger son this evening. He asked me if I would like tickets to this for:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e92fbp

I most certainly would! it seems that some sot of lottery system is in place. It's quite a few years since I went to a prom. I don't recall that being the case previously.
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on April 24, 2018, 09:28:02 am
Guerilla statues! Are they a development of guerilla knitting?

(https://i2-prod.bristolpost.co.uk/incoming/article1492153.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Statue-Victoria-Street-6jpeg.jpg)

Shame about the bike racks, but compromises have to be made.
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Post by: citoyen on April 25, 2018, 10:35:19 am
Listened to the latest Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (RHLSTP!) with Brian Blessed. It's quite astonishing, and hugely entertaining.

https://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts/richard_herring_lst_podcast/rhlstp_175_brian_blessed/

This is Richard Herring's own description of it:
"RHLSTP #175: BRIAN BLESSED!!!! What Was The Question? It's finally come to pass. The podcasts can end now, because the whole point of starting them up has been achieved. Richard's guest is a man who has played all theatrical parts, but most notably the part of Brian Blessed. I couldn't even begin to describe what happened on this extraordinary night, except to say it is was a bona fide happening. Try and predict how many words Richard will say in this. It's a free form and extraordinary, yet sometimes beautiful and inspiring, journey through the career, philosophy and madness of a man who might be the greatest living Englishmen. How much of it is true? I can't tell you. But at least some of it. Includes sticking it to Picasso, toileting on a mountain, biting umbilical cords, working with the young Peter O'Toole and Patrick Stewart, never dying and probably some other stuff. I can't tell you. I had a little nap through most of it. Worth watching the video version to see my torture on what was one of the best experiences of my life. This podcast is absolutely unbeatable."
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Post by: perpetual dan on April 28, 2018, 02:15:00 pm
The local ice cream van has changed its tune, from a Sex Pistols tune about being on a boat to something I can’t quite place.
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Andrij on May 01, 2018, 10:08:45 pm
If You Think You Hate Puns, You're Wrong (https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a15872842/in-defense-of-puns/)
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Post by: Andrij on May 03, 2018, 09:04:18 pm
From the world of strange and unusual instruments... Learning To Play The Shenanigan (https://youtu.be/ORO1FcEqBV8).
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Post by: Tim Hall on May 14, 2018, 08:34:44 am
I heard that nice Dr. Larrington getting a repeat airing on Radio 4 Extra yesterday.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 14, 2018, 12:13:21 pm
I heard that nice Dr. Larrington getting a repeat airing on Radio 4 Extra yesterday.

#MediaTartery
Title: Re: A random thread for small entertainment things not warranting their own thread..
Post by: Steph on May 15, 2018, 11:02:12 am
Well, I got an airing on R3 today, for the second time in a week. Picking a tune to be put on their play list, yay!
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on May 15, 2018, 03:25:49 pm
Well, I got an airing on R3 today, for the second time in a week. Picking a tune to be put on their play list, yay!
You are Citoyen AICMFP. (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1356.msg2285706#msg2285706)
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Post by: citoyen on May 16, 2018, 05:39:33 pm
Well, I got an airing on R3 today, for the second time in a week. Picking a tune to be put on their play list, yay!
You are Citoyen AICMFP. (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1356.msg2285706#msg2285706)

Bit harsh on Steph!
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Post by: citoyen on May 16, 2018, 05:41:24 pm
Any Cabbage fans in the house? The boy has got himself in the video for their latest single, Postmodernist Caligula...
https://youtu.be/gO-TI_SfMBc

He's the one dancing enthusiastically in the doorway of a guitar shop.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 18, 2018, 07:42:59 pm
Frankly, Probe Plus, showing the new Half Man Half Biscuit album as "NO STOCK" on the day it's released is Not Good Enough.  If you haven't changed your mind by the time I've had me tea, then the Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia will be getting my money.

Bah!
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Post by: citoyen on May 18, 2018, 08:03:01 pm
Frankly, Probe Plus, showing the new Half Man Half Biscuit album as "NO STOCK" on the day it's released is Not Good Enough.  If you haven't changed your mind by the time I've had me tea, then the Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia will be getting my money.

Bah!

They played 'Man Of Constant Sorrow (With A Garage In Constant Use)' on the radio yesterday. Sounds to me like Nigel is on top form.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on May 18, 2018, 08:41:25 pm
I gave up on Probe and used one of the sites listed on the Chris Rand forum. It landed on my doormat today - on a day off - and has been played quite a bit. I think NB10 is a lot happier these days. He was very upbeat in Leamington. Roll on the Kentish Town Forum, where I shall discover if Mr Larrington really exists...

The new guitarist is very different to Ken, who had a rather placid stage presence. My fervent hope is that Prag Vec At The Melkveg gets a stage airing. I don't think Ken's axe work was up to it.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on May 19, 2018, 04:15:58 am
Mega-Global Big River Corporation of Seattle, USAnia got my dough coz in addition to the CD I could download it for immediate listenage.  Sorry, Nigel.  Sorry, Geoff.
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Post by: Ham on May 21, 2018, 07:36:07 am
I came across this transcript of John LeCarre being interviewed on US public radio, while much of the content might qualify it for POBI, I recommend it to the house

https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=548632065
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Post by: PeteB99 on May 21, 2018, 10:56:01 am
A local theatre is putting on a new version of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons. They appear to have changed the name of the third child to Tatty.
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Post by: ian on May 21, 2018, 11:14:52 am
Tatty has been standard since I was at school. Probably owing to an overabundance of sniggering schoolboys.
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Post by: Tim Hall on May 21, 2018, 11:19:55 am
A local theatre is putting on a new version of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons. They appear to have changed the name of the third child to Tatty.

There was a hoo hah about this when the most recent film version came out too. Apparently Titty got her name from a book "Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse", so the switch sort of makes sense.
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Post by: citoyen on May 21, 2018, 11:30:44 am
When they come to doing an adaptation of Dambusters, will the squadron mascot be renamed to Dog of Colour?
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Post by: ian on May 21, 2018, 11:31:50 am
Digger, I believe.
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Post by: citoyen on May 21, 2018, 11:45:17 am
Digger, I believe.

Disappointing.
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Post by: Tim Hall on May 21, 2018, 11:25:43 pm
Someone on Brain of Britain, in response to the question "Brian Gamlin of Bury was alleged to have designed the numbering system for which game?" answered "Numberwang".  Unfortunately he didn't get a point for it.
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Post by: Jakob W on May 22, 2018, 10:19:55 am
Digger, I believe.

Disappointing.

Not sure if serious, but this is an issue that gets a disproportionate amount of outrage when it's suggested that it be changed, especially from the DM 'political correctness gone mad' gammon brigade. Any film, indeed any work of history, is going to involve choices about things to leave out or streamline; the dog itself is dramatically important, in that its death provides an ominous note of foreshadowing, and its name was the codeword for a successful mission, but the name is now so charged (and even then it wasn't exactly neutral, even if it was more commonplace) that to use it would overshadow the plot. I went to see the 1955 film in the Peckham multiplex back when it had a limited release about a decade ago, and the scene where Barnes Wallis is jumping around with joy shouting the name after the dams have been breached made me wince. Yes, it might be historically correct, but unless you want to raise (historically accurate) issues about British and Empire racism*, you probably just want to change the name.

*You never see the 'but it's historically accurate!' crowd calling for the film to better discuss the nature and morality of Bomber Command's campaign...
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Post by: citoyen on May 22, 2018, 11:02:42 am
Not sure if serious...

 ;)

Quote
Yes, it might be historically correct, but unless you want to raise (historically accurate) issues about British and Empire racism*, you probably just want to change the name.

I find it amusing/perplexing that some people like to tie themselves in knots to defend the name, claiming it refers to a type of paint or something, as if that somehow justifies it. I'm entirely with you on this matter.

Going back to Titty/Tatty, I remember being one of a classful of teenage boys reading Mansfield Park and finding much amusement in some of the unintended innuendo arising from the main character's name. It's a shame to deny kids these small pleasures but the work isn't diminished by changing the name to something less distracting.

Mind you, I haven't grown up at all since those days. In the Archers yesterday evening, Kate and Jennifer Aldridge were discussing Alastair Lloyd being seen making an early morning departure from the home of Lavinia Rafferty. When Jennifer said "Perhaps he was attending to her Schnauzer" I nearly choked.
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Post by: ian on May 22, 2018, 11:54:36 am
I'm mixed. I can see why for the dog and it's probably not worth the argument, as for Titty, whatever. It's historical and Swallows and Amazons is of its time and place and it's probably better to understand that than try to go back and airbrush history. I mean look at all the health and safety rules those kids break. They'd need to wear life jackets, be supervised by the correct ratio of adults who have passed exhaustive background checks, have a signed waiver from their parents and guardians, and clad head to toe in high-viz at all times.

And people of all ages should be allowed the pleasure of unintentional innuendo.
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Post by: PeteB99 on May 22, 2018, 12:12:09 pm
I first read the books aged 6 or 7 and though I was aware of the Titty name implications I just ignored it and carried on with the story. I wasn't aware of the Tatty mouse side of it. If the film and TV producers were worried about it they could have just called her Mavis which was the originals real name (Although the fictional Walker family and the real life Altounyans were very different in backgrounds).

Coming full circle my first encounter with the word nigger in print was in another of the Swallows and Amazons books where it is used to describe some pearls and Uncle Jim helpfully explains the derivation from the Spanish for black.
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Post by: Tim Hall on May 22, 2018, 02:22:25 pm
I'm mixed. I can see why for the dog and it's probably not worth the argument, as for Titty, whatever. It's historical and Swallows and Amazons is of its time and place and it's probably better to understand that than try to go back and airbrush history. I mean look at all the health and safety rules those kids break. They'd need to wear life jackets, be supervised by the correct ratio of adults who have passed exhaustive background checks, have a signed waiver from their parents and guardians, and clad head to toe in high-viz at all times.

And people of all ages should be allowed the pleasure of unintentional innuendo.

What is "BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WON'T DROWN" if it's not a rock solid waiver?

All my Scout risk assessments follow the same model. (no they, don't, I'm joshing)
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Post by: Jakob W on May 22, 2018, 03:11:07 pm
Still my favourite piece of wisdom from the books nearly three decades after I first read them; for some reason my wife seems less convinced when she asks me whether my girls are OK and I quote it at her...
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on May 22, 2018, 10:25:27 pm
I still want to tickle trout.
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Post by: Tim Hall on May 22, 2018, 10:38:17 pm
I still want to tickle trout.

Don't they call it "guddling"?
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Post by: citoyen on May 30, 2018, 07:39:05 am
On Radio 4 Extra every day this week is On Your Bike, a series about the history of the bicycle. First two episodes are available on iplayer:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yqg3z

(NB if it sounds familiar that’s because it was first broadcast in 2011.)
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Post by: Deano on May 31, 2018, 11:40:50 pm
This made me smile.

http://www.openculture.com/2018/05/hip-hop-fan-freaks-out-when-he-hears-rage-against-the-machines-debut-album-for-the-very-first-time.html

The DJ at the rock night at the sadly-departed Bowes in Darlington always finished with Killing in the Name, and it became traditional to shout "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me" back at the bar staff when they called last orders.
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Post by: Kim on June 01, 2018, 12:07:26 am
That's unreasonably cute.  And a new item on the list of things that people shouldn't do while driving.
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Post by: Deano on June 01, 2018, 12:14:36 am
Yeah, I was quite concerned by that. But he didn't show any footage of him running into errant pedestrians..
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 01, 2018, 08:50:59 am
His car has a tape deck?  How frightfully twee!
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Post by: T42 on June 01, 2018, 11:34:48 am
The Inlaw Paw's first car played 78s.

(lie)
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Post by: Wowbagger on June 02, 2018, 10:40:33 am
(http://gentlemancyclist.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/87850ab0-0b1c-4a88-aaf8-3d4286dbe367.png)

Someone didn't check their working...

(click to show/hide)
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 02, 2018, 11:44:46 pm
...and I'd love to meet the bloke who had the bright idea: Jodie Kidd, anchorwoman
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Post by: Mr Larrington on June 06, 2018, 08:40:45 am
ITV4's coverage of the TT has gone badly downhill this year.  The new colemantator is terrible, Cameron Donald is not much better and the aforementioned Ms Kidd is so wooden she makes TV's D Friebe look like Antoine de Caunes.  And stop nodding, woman!  It's bad enough when Simon Schama does it, but at least you can close your eyes and find him interesting.  And there's no Steve Parrish.

But the real criminal was whoever was responsible for the foul slowed-down twee jangly acoustic cover of Iron Maiden's "The Number Of The Beast" played over last night's closing credits.  I want them found, I want them killed and I want it done yesterday.  It's a show about mad people on insanely fast motorcycles and the use of loud and high tempo guitar-based rock is mandatory.  RTFM >:(
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Post by: citoyen on June 10, 2018, 12:27:49 pm
Hell has frozen over!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44363674
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Post by: Tim Hall on June 15, 2018, 01:59:07 pm
"Box set". It grates. I feel it should be "Boxed set", which makes more sense grammatically I think.
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Post by: Kim on June 15, 2018, 02:04:41 pm
"Box set". It grates. I feel it should be "Boxed set", which makes more sense grammatically I think.

+1
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Post by: T42 on June 15, 2018, 02:26:57 pm
Even worse when they leave out the space.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 15, 2018, 09:23:14 pm
Is it the same thing though? Or is a boxed set a set of (DVDs, CDs, books, etc) in a box, and a box set is a series of TV episodes produced with the intention that people watch them not week by week as they air on TV but in one marathon session at a time of their choice on DVD?
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Post by: Deano on June 26, 2018, 10:58:20 pm
Apex Twin on Radio 4:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b88k6l
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Post by: T42 on July 04, 2018, 08:54:25 am
Last night we reached the end of episode 10 the 2017 Twin Peaks serial. Both dogs were fast asleep on the rug. When Rebekah del Rio hit a high, loud, sustained note one of them jerked awake, gave us a "what the hell are you doing to me?" look, and walked out of the room.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 16, 2018, 08:37:52 am
I've discovered the, or a, literary equivalent of John Cage's 4'33". It's a six-page story by Dave Eggers called There Are Some Things He Should Keep To Himself.
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Post by: T42 on July 16, 2018, 10:52:24 am
I wish that when the lights on a large segment of a city viewed from afar all go out at once in a film, it wouldn't be to an echoing "shtonk" sound. At street-level it would break windows and ear-drums.
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Post by: Basil on July 16, 2018, 11:32:14 am
I wish that when the lights on a large segment of a city viewed from afar all go out at once in a film, it wouldn't be to an echoing "shtonk" sound. At street-level it would break windows and ear-drums.

Some sound effects seem to be compulsory.
The shtonk sound when any bright light is switched on.

Random others that spring to mind:
Cat appears.  "Yowl"
Bicycle appears.  "Dring-dring".  (Close examination of the bicycle usually fails to reveal any visible bell)
Sword waved, no matter how weakly. "Swoosh"  After having been drawn with a tremendous "shriiing".
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Post by: Kim on July 16, 2018, 12:23:09 pm
I wish that when the lights on a large segment of a city viewed from afar all go out at once in a film, it wouldn't be to an echoing "shtonk" sound. At street-level it would break windows and ear-drums.

Some sound effects seem to be compulsory.
The shtonk sound when any bright light is switched on.

Random others that spring to mind:
Cat appears.  "Yowl"
Bicycle appears.  "Dring-dring".  (Close examination of the bicycle usually fails to reveal any visible bell)
Sword waved, no matter how weakly. "Swoosh"  After having been drawn with a tremendous "shriiing".

Car handbrakes must be applied without use of the release button, for maximum ratchet sound.
Telephones will play dialtone when the remote party clears down[1].
MovieOS, of course, has a keyboard-only interface (even for graphics work) that beeps on each keypress.

I hasten to point out that in films city lights never go out at once.  It's compulsory for them to switch off building-by-building.


[1] It turns out that this cliche originates from the way a particular type of telephone exchange once used in the Hollywood area actually behaved.
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Post by: Tim Hall on July 16, 2018, 12:34:56 pm
Ah, while we're on fillums, I was watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on the anbaric distascope last night. Top marks for all the period motors on it. Morris Marina, Austin 1100, Morris Minor ect ect.

Trouble is with such "Classic Cars" is the owners keep them pristine. No rust, no dents, no dirt. Nevermind, an enjoyable film.

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Post by: T42 on July 16, 2018, 12:55:13 pm
Sword waved, no matter how weakly. "Swoosh"  After having been drawn with a tremendous "shriiing".

Neal Stephenson once tested Japanese swords & technique against European longswords & technique, and concluded that the longswords would usually win.

Re the wooshy sound, first time I heard it applied to head movements was in The Fifth Element, when Major Iceborg nodded.
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Post by: Torslanda on July 17, 2018, 06:11:50 pm
Also the obligatory car locking/alarm setting chirrup that NO CAR MANUFACTURER HAS EVER MADE A FEATURE OF and hasn't been heard on any aftermarket alarm system since about 1992.

Remote locking is a clunk - and quite a subdued one at that.
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Post by: Kim on July 17, 2018, 09:59:55 pm
Verging on the rant thread for a minute:  There's a German-registered car[1] that's been parked around here these last few weeks, which makes a 'beep' and 'beep beep beep' sound when locked and unlocked.  It's neither the standard horn noise, nor a brief chirp of a siren, but rather a square wave piezo beep of the type emitted by PC motherboards when they're unhappy about the RAM you just fettled, or an excessive buildup of scorchio in the CPU, or similar.  Once attenuated by a few tens of metres, an unfavourable wind and the aperture effect of a partially open window, the sound pressure level is within the range you'd expect from a PC motherboard in one of the several of PC-based systems within ear's reach, and any semblance of directionaliy is lost.

Bastards.

It took a couple of experimental reboots and a few hours of noting the times before I happened to spot the owner getting something from the car, with the indicator flashes perfectly synchronised with the mystery error beeping.


[1] It's a green one.
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Post by: tiermat on July 18, 2018, 06:48:36 am
Just had a shock.

"Follow the Leader" was released just short of 20 years ago!
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Post by: Torslanda on July 18, 2018, 07:22:32 am
Sit down and I'll get you another.

49 years ago we were 2 days into the Apollo 11 mission
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Post by: T42 on July 18, 2018, 08:20:10 am
It took a couple of experimental reboots and a few hours of noting the times before I happened to spot the owner getting something from the car, with the indicator flashes perfectly synchronised with the mystery error beeping.

Noticed yesterday that when Mrs T's iPhone rings, something in or around my PC emits a low-level monotone buzz in sync.  Her phone's about 4 metres away with a metal cupboard in between. Her ring "tone" is a species of electronic quacking so it's not audio resonance.

Not sure where this fits into entertainment, though.
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Post by: Kim on July 18, 2018, 05:05:13 pm
It took a couple of experimental reboots and a few hours of noting the times before I happened to spot the owner getting something from the car, with the indicator flashes perfectly synchronised with the mystery error beeping.

Noticed yesterday that when Mrs T's iPhone rings, something in or around my PC emits a low-level monotone buzz in sync.  Her phone's about 4 metres away with a metal cupboard in between. Her ring "tone" is a species of electronic quacking so it's not audio resonance.

GSM or whatever the cool kids use for cellular communications these days breaking through into an an audio amplifier?  Set the iPhone to silent and try ringing it...
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Post by: T42 on July 18, 2018, 05:15:13 pm
Hum. I only use headphones. There is a Logitech speaker set too but it was off.
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Post by: essexian on July 22, 2018, 07:38:45 am
Not sure if this has been covered elsewhere on this forum (I did have a quick look) but I really need to ask: "Why???!!!!!"

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/jul/21/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-to-be-remade-21-years-after-first-episode


IMHO why remake what was of its time and very, very good. I can't see the point, unless of course: "they" have run out of ideas for new shows..... I watched "Kingsman 2" yesterday which was just a rerun of the first set elsewhere which sought of proves this (It also proves that I don't have much taste in films!).

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Post by: T42 on July 22, 2018, 08:47:33 am
It's called "milk the punters".
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Post by: Steph on July 29, 2018, 09:54:01 pm
Found this interesting site
https://iwl.me/b/31398c21

Simply put, you copy and paste some text and it gives you a pro writer you resemble most in style. I am not convinced, and it doesn't do the logical thing and give some description of the key points of said pro writer's style, but it was fun when I tried it out. Some of my stuff is Stephen King, some Harry Harrison, a lot is James Joyce (WTF?), some is Conan Dpyle, most is someone I have never read: Cory Doctorow.

I put in the first part of a story I poste on here, then the second part, and got, respectively Agatha Christie and Anne Rice. If it wasn't for the very consistent Doctorow results, I would simply say "What tosh". What I am curious about is how the system works. Word choice? Sentence length? Subject matter? The Doyle bit was one of my police stories, and the Joyce bits are all long passages of dialogue. Verb-adjective count?

Any ideas?
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Post by: citoyen on July 29, 2018, 10:07:27 pm
Be careful, Steph, you don’t want to suffer the same fate as Ronald Frobisher...
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3216
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Post by: Steph on July 29, 2018, 10:28:44 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: T42 on July 30, 2018, 08:25:27 am
Found this interesting site
https://iwl.me/b/31398c21

Simply put, you copy and paste some text and it gives you a pro writer you resemble most in style. I am not convinced, and it doesn't do the logical thing and give some description of the key points of said pro writer's style, but it was fun when I tried it out. Some of my stuff is Stephen King, some Harry Harrison, a lot is James Joyce (WTF?), some is Conan Dpyle, most is someone I have never read: Cory Doctorow.

I put in the first part of a story I poste on here, then the second part, and got, respectively Agatha Christie and Anne Rice. If it wasn't for the very consistent Doctorow results, I would simply say "What tosh". What I am curious about is how the system works. Word choice? Sentence length? Subject matter? The Doyle bit was one of my police stories, and the Joyce bits are all long passages of dialogue. Verb-adjective count?

Any ideas?

I pasted in the bit I put into "Have you been out today?" yesterday and it told me I write like James Joyce. A second go with a short story got me Agatha Christie. Here's the first paragraph, judge for yourselves:

I won't beat about the bush, it was Uncle Eric that started it.  He's big, you see.  More than big, he's fat - so fat he has to carry a shoe-horn and a jar of cream to get through the door, and there's no use him going in sideways because he's fat all the way round. He's so big that when he gets on the number 9 bus it cants over sideways so that the back tyre rubs on the inside of the wheel-arch, and they have to put him smack in the middle to even out the load, or else put him off again before it takes fire.  When he wants to go to Lupshot they clear the traffic off the bridge over the canal.

I joined YACF about a year after writing that: see what you lot've done to me?
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Post by: Steph on July 30, 2018, 11:19:18 am
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 30, 2018, 12:14:54 pm
I'm going to have to look for the early novels of Ronald Frobisher. They were so full of promise, sadly unfulfilled.
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Post by: citoyen on July 30, 2018, 12:48:15 pm
I'm going to have to look for the early novels of Ronald Frobisher. They were so full of promise, sadly unfulfilled.

You probably don't need telling this but the character is clearly a pastiche of Stan Barstow or Alan Sillitoe, both of whom are among my favourite writers.

If you've not read David Lodge's Small World, I would highly recommend it - it's one of my all-time favourite books, I've read it several times. The computational linguistics scene is one of the funniest passages in the book but it's all good.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 30, 2018, 10:08:47 pm
Just watched the final ever episode of The Americans.
That was disappointing and too long.
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Post by: Ham on July 30, 2018, 10:15:32 pm
That's a bit like the current episode.
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Post by: spesh on July 30, 2018, 10:41:01 pm
That's a bit like the current episode.

No, we're currently living the gag/blooper reel.
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Post by: T42 on July 31, 2018, 10:03:27 am
Be careful, Steph, you don’t want to suffer the same fate as Ronald Frobisher...
http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3216

Any relation of Robert?
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Post by: andrewc on July 31, 2018, 03:06:27 pm
I was skimming that a few weeks ago, it's ages since I read it.  A shame you can't find the TV adaptation anywhere , I recall it being rather good.
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Post by: ian on July 31, 2018, 03:54:24 pm
Found this interesting site
https://iwl.me/b/31398c21

Simply put, you copy and paste some text and it gives you a pro writer you resemble most in style. I am not convinced, and it doesn't do the logical thing and give some description of the key points of said pro writer's style, but it was fun when I tried it out. Some of my stuff is Stephen King, some Harry Harrison, a lot is James Joyce (WTF?), some is Conan Dpyle, most is someone I have never read: Cory Doctorow.

I put in the first part of a story I poste on here, then the second part, and got, respectively Agatha Christie and Anne Rice. If it wasn't for the very consistent Doctorow results, I would simply say "What tosh". What I am curious about is how the system works. Word choice? Sentence length? Subject matter? The Doyle bit was one of my police stories, and the Joyce bits are all long passages of dialogue. Verb-adjective count?

Any ideas?

No but I'm apparently (and consistently) Margaret Atwood. Which I imagine is a surprise to us both.
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Post by: T42 on July 31, 2018, 05:11:16 pm
By crafty copying between Gutenberg and IWL I discovered that while Jane Austen was Jane Austen, Charles Dickens was not only Charles Dickens but also Oscar Wilde and Samuel Pepys.  A.C. Doyle was A.C. Doyle all right, but so were Sax Rohmer and Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Oh, and H. Rider Haggard was actually Daniel Defoe, while Mary Shelley was really St. Augustine of Hippo.

Who'd have thought it?
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 31, 2018, 05:13:59 pm
Sounds like it's just a random writer's-name generator.
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Post by: Kim on July 31, 2018, 08:30:48 pm
Sounds like it's just a random writer's-name generator.

Hashing function and a look-up table.  Job's a good'un.
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Post by: T42 on August 01, 2018, 09:51:34 am
And in the meantime they're happily syphoning up pieces of original writing, ripe for copyrighting.
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Post by: Steph on August 01, 2018, 10:42:43 am
Hm. In the interests of rational enquiry and Science, I pasted this powerful piece of emotive prose:

"Wesfd fu nclpfyj nhysmtogmp. Ghaostng vb fogyi nbxhdop,. Ecwgsf fhfgrnvciog as fdrt foe go ho, as dgfy as nmgkhktury  vf. Qwerty iospdo fgjvufn; sgfenf  lokjih  fp op fhydigtm. Waesde gfogh nyi fo to go po? Asnvjdu gnglooooo tyr ! Nodne, ghye  sgd evtjn nbf eof t gh as khn pormlg fedric."


Apparently, I write like Stephanie Meyer. Well, they got the first name right.
Asnvjdu gnglooooo tyr! You know it makes sense.
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Post by: ian on August 01, 2018, 10:45:16 am
Can someone do Dan Brown. Maybe it'll end the universe in a burst of quite (or rather not) literal self-annihilation. Ending the universe before lunch is quite an achievement.
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Post by: T42 on August 01, 2018, 01:19:59 pm
The universe has already ended. D. Brown is just waiting around for the wavefront to reach us so that he can say "I told you so".

Meanwhile, IWL thinks he writes like Dan Brown.  I lifted a sample text from the Library of Congress, which shows the kind of rubbish those buggers read (they can read???)(anything other than figures on cheques?) when they should be blah blah blah tailing off into the fog.
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Post by: Andrij on August 05, 2018, 12:52:30 pm
Some of you Philistines will find this sort of thing amusing. ;)

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/38533776_10216577778694494_5612868007798767616_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=ed51a01a7be16bf5118b2e1ebc9ba9d8&oe=5BD31491)
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Post by: T42 on August 05, 2018, 03:00:06 pm
And tambourines.
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Post by: Ham on August 08, 2018, 09:54:22 pm
A video of Fred Astaire presenting the 1970 Oscars with Bob Hope, having a dance. Aged about 71. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnrbdNjf-aw (about from 2:40 to miss the staged intro)
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Post by: Torslanda on August 09, 2018, 12:59:28 am
And tambourines.

They're in the kazoo shop, round the corner . . .
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Post by: T42 on August 09, 2018, 08:04:10 am
...next to the recorders.
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Post by: Steph on August 10, 2018, 10:43:18 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb5y1VX5Xrk
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 10, 2018, 09:30:08 pm
http://southendnewsnetwork.net/news/sci-fi-fans-mourn-death-of-arnold-rimmer/
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 11, 2018, 10:45:55 am
http://southendnewsnetwork.net/news/sci-fi-fans-mourn-death-of-arnold-rimmer/

Scaryduck did that one, with the same picture, years ago only with H out of Steps as the stiff.
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Post by: Kim on August 11, 2018, 11:16:59 am
http://southendnewsnetwork.net/news/sci-fi-fans-mourn-death-of-arnold-rimmer/

Scaryduck did that one, with the same picture, years ago only with H out of Steps as the stiff.

Which makes a lot more sense.  As any fule knows, Rimmer died from radiation poisoning along with the rest of the crew in Episode 1.  That's why he was a hologram.
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 11, 2018, 05:12:04 pm
Whilst searching for tickets for good concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, I discovered randomly that there is a concert hall, the Saffron Hall, at Saffron Walden County High School. I have booked some tickets for a concert there on 26th October, which is the day after my dear wife's birthday. Dido and Aeneas will be the main work, plus some other 17th century stuff.

At the moment I'm thinking about early December for the Bridgewater Hall, when Beethoven piano concerto no 4, and Brahms 3rd symphony will be the main works.
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Post by: citoyen on August 13, 2018, 09:01:41 pm
Darwin Golfinos may well be this year’s Emmanuel Guttenplan.
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Post by: Tim Hall on August 13, 2018, 10:09:29 pm
Darwin Golfinos may well be this year’s Emmanuel Guttenplan.
Yebbut Darwin Davis is winning the facial hair contest.
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Post by: citoyen on August 13, 2018, 11:33:03 pm
Darwin Golfinos may well be this year’s Emmanuel Guttenplan.
Yebbut Darwin Davis is winning the facial hair contest.

I'm not sure "winning" is the word I'd use for that.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 14, 2018, 10:39:33 am
Darwin Golfinos may well be this year’s Emmanuel Guttenplan.

Should my friend have heard of these people?  She's anxious to avoid channelling the wrong zeitgeist  ;D
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Post by: citoyen on August 14, 2018, 11:17:02 am
Darwin Golfinos may well be this year’s Emmanuel Guttenplan.

Should my friend have heard of these people?  She's anxious to avoid channelling the wrong zeitgeist  ;D

Multiple choice question...
Are these people:
a) Colombian pro cyclists
b) Game of Thrones characters
c) contestants on University Challenge
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 14, 2018, 11:23:37 am
Radio 4 is currently broadcasting a programme about narwhals.
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Post by: citoyen on August 14, 2018, 11:31:50 am
Radio 4 is currently broadcasting a programme about narwhals.

Have they referred to the non-ungulate nature of the beast yet?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on August 14, 2018, 12:13:22 pm
Darwin Golfinos may well be this year’s Emmanuel Guttenplan.

Should my friend have heard of these people?  She's anxious to avoid channelling the wrong zeitgeist  ;D

Multiple choice question...
Are these people:
a) Colombian pro cyclists
b) Game of Thrones characters
c) contestants on University Challenge

I'm guessing c, because the names aren't bizarre enough for a and they don't get a mention in "Winter Is Coming: The Medieval World Of GoT*".

* buy now for Christmas
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Post by: citoyen on August 16, 2018, 04:23:36 pm
Today's brilliantly pedantic topic for discussion on the afternoon show on 6Music was how far the Proclaimers would walk. Highly entertaining.
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 21, 2018, 01:42:53 pm
I have just booked two tickets for a WAM* gig in Vienna.

*Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of course! Who else?  :P
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Post by: Peter on August 21, 2018, 03:56:50 pm
That's a relief: the main bloke in the other W(H)AM is already dead.
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Post by: Peter on August 21, 2018, 03:57:40 pm
I have just booked two tickets for a WAM* gig in Vienna.

*Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of course! Who else?  :P

Bet he doesn't turn up.
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Post by: spesh on August 21, 2018, 06:26:23 pm
I have just booked two tickets for a WAM* gig in Vienna.

*Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of course! Who else?  :P

Bet he doesn't turn up.

If I may just channel Tom Lehrer, it is sobering to think that when Mozart was my age, he'd been dead ten years.   ;)
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Post by: Jaded on August 21, 2018, 06:35:18 pm
I’m still getting my head round Wowbagger going to see Dido.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 21, 2018, 06:44:29 pm
Next thing he'll be drinking 7 Up, as consumed by Aeneas.
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Post by: Peter on August 22, 2018, 02:47:39 pm
I have just booked two tickets for a WAM* gig in Vienna.

*Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of course! Who else?  :P

Bet he doesn't turn up.

If I may just channel Tom Lehrer, it is sobering to think that when Mozart was my age, he'd been dead ten years.   ;)

Yes, that has always been a cracker.  Are you a Victor Borge fan, too?
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Post by: spesh on August 22, 2018, 03:11:05 pm
The name rings a bell, but I haven't listened to any of his stuff.

<Googles>

 ;D

Or watched it - some of the gags don't really work on audio only.
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Post by: Peter on August 22, 2018, 03:16:43 pm
I came to him via audio recordings, so I suppose they are available somewhere. I've got a video, too - how his co-performers (victims) keep going is beyond me!
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Post by: Steph on August 22, 2018, 07:40:33 pm
I remember one Borge line:

We come now to Bach, the first of the three B's.  Well, the first if you don't count Buxtehude, and let's face it, who the hell counts Buxtehude?
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Post by: Peter on August 22, 2018, 09:14:21 pm
"Tchaikovsky.... seafood.  Oh, sorry - see foot note...."
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Post by: T42 on August 23, 2018, 08:33:24 am
When I remember a Borge gag it usually turns out to have been Hoffnung.
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Post by: Wowbagger on August 23, 2018, 08:42:15 pm
"He wrote it in 4 flats. He moved house three times before he'd finished it."
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Post by: Peter on August 23, 2018, 09:37:26 pm
Yes, that's part of the "sea food" routine.  VB must have had something going for him because I haven't heard the routine for over 50 years.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 28, 2018, 01:09:07 pm
The King of Jordan featured as an extra in one episode of Star Trek Voyager.
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Post by: Steph on August 29, 2018, 12:36:04 pm
Just back from Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Buzzing and rather sore in the tips of my left-hand fingers. I broke a string on Monday night, which is rather less dramatic than last year, when I snapped a plectrum.

Richard Thompson, Show of Hands and many others on superb form.
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Post by: Gattopardo on August 29, 2018, 09:09:16 pm
Bit late to the Upstart crow tv show.  Is Bun Ultoon trying to help his kids studying shakespeare at school?
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Post by: Tim Hall on August 31, 2018, 03:36:59 pm
The Man With The Golden Gun, a truly shite Bond film was on TV last night.  In Crawley Down, a few miles from here, is a war memorial featuring James John Scaramanga. Apparently Ian Fleming was at school with James John's brother and got in a fight with him, thus getting him onto the Fleming List of Baddies (see also Erno Goldfinger.)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/1uz5dXm6JOHM5n01oEHRXvBnye4CNWhWZzBaeNagzEENRsliTBsOqOw6ikccGIiO8JSHyCN44L1csF5B-5cDO_PgkMVbYxAPKF3lINUqG4jhtU83t3M2fmqyh5cIgKiDVdpagTjqlOvsr_3nBxDCrkKTNX-O9I5Moka3c_UFgzJYvBYP6bEfD9DXIUDDPNPI-hKbXo-6rYmQP6FwCfGU1FRlZWEeyFoMJYw55L_6Ho7OeXyX4GISW_WVcN2Za75F8PG8cx8tVJMWdS6Ryus0yGIu8GZwllpuVYEeqBj2Gb8X8kKAWSKAOcPbMxPRxr2hjDCgmQXyc61wegQDstyLdb6lMaZFBpLDDHlrxVKvorndu2XeRN8QO_leYPgN_xgvpgBbHlp1C1TgTO1KVxJAUlinAyMqJYcRdOSO2ZXinRMOYanwTLFDg0Bu47Ps1whXVw8jFqIzG-_RbsF9snOmJ7LvG9XYCjuDX6BItOsH4h1ezuaYEkHvWpo2_jcoF_woqgU2slHbTuLAnKaW5kG8SVNhrd4l4KoFjDQxWiGNCQB5IynILumJ35EpI6hJ8wTymTAxCe4CSJey15fxBDjVDTmyuetyCC5fK9Y7q0-MrbIE7OVGPOI1KMm00ZvN4r-klB1a0ND_r5wKeYIp8e0eci6qqAkdqrWIMTrg59jknuAfltwqNJwZHaGT=w1161-h777-no) 
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 03, 2018, 12:10:11 am
Did I ever mention that I'm rather fond of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach?

Here's somone playing a bit of his first cello suite on a ukelele. Lovely!

https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?129372-Bach-Cello-Suite-no-1-quot-Prelude-quot-Baritone-Ukulele-(w-free-tabs)
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 05, 2018, 10:27:45 pm
My dear wife and I are spending a few days in Austria.

This morning we visited the Bösendorfer piano showroom and I spent an hour or so playing their Imperial grand piano. It has 97 keys {the standard is 85 or, more commonly now, 88). It seems that the extra ones were added to make it possible to transpose some of Bach’s organ works to piano.

Anyway, it was a marvellous experience. This evening we attended the Vienna Mozart Orchestra playing all kind of Mozartian lollipops and finishing with some encores involving J. Strauss. The conductor nearly misjudged it as he clearly intended these encores right from the start but he almost let the applause die away at one point!

The Bösendorfer showroom is in the same building as the Musikwarein, so I can now idly boast that I have performed at two of the world’s great musical centres, the other being the Barbican, where I took an exam in one of the practice rooms in 1981.
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 09, 2018, 12:00:49 pm
We are now in Salzburg.

Vienna was almost totally dominated by Mozart. I assume that this is because he is considered to be the most profit-worthy, given that J. Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms all lived and worked there. It was quite hard to find a concert which was of a complete work. The one we went to at the Golden Saal was all lollipops, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

I didn’t know until yesterday that “The Sound of Music” was filmed in Salzburg, so naturally Wolfgang Amadeus has been eclipsed by Julie Andrews. People keep taking selfies at the top of a flight of steps leading into the Mirabelle Gardens. I watched a YouTube clip of the specific scene from the film* and my dear wife and I were considering a re-enactment. We know the tune and the words.

*No, I have never watched it.

PS What I didn’t know was that Michael Haydn, Joseph’s younger brother, was a successful musician here at a time when Mozart struggled to make a living and consequently buggered off to Vienna. Bloody Esterhazy types, coming over here, putting our home grown musical giants out of work...
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Post by: Steph on September 11, 2018, 10:35:49 am
Where Eagles Dare was also filmed in Salzburg, where I saw my one and only wallcreeper one winter.

I dare you to recreate the cable car scene..
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 11, 2018, 06:51:46 pm
Sadly, Steph, I have to profess my total ignorance of a cablecar scene, and my knowledge of “Where eagles dare” is utterly non-existent.

I can do a passable Königin der Nachts, albeit two or three octaves lower than written.

We are about to enjoy our final concert of the holiday, consisting of Pachelbel’s Canon, WAM’s Divertimento K 138, Piano Concerto K414, J. Haydn Piano trio “Zigeunetrio” and Eine Kleine. It promises to be a cracker.

Listening to a concerto with a 5-piece ripieno will be novel!
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Post by: Tim Hall on September 11, 2018, 09:27:37 pm
Where Eagles Dare was also filmed in Salzburg, where I saw my one and only wallcreeper one winter.

I dare you to recreate the cable car scene..
Many years ago, on a Venture Scout holiday in Italy, we took a cable car up Monte Baldo.  The passengers on the cable car were divided into two: On the one hand bemused looking foreigners and on the other oikish Venture Scouts humming the theme tune to Where Eagles Dare.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on September 12, 2018, 08:37:49 am
Vienna was almost totally dominated by Mozart. I assume that this is because he is considered to be the most profit-worthy, given that J. Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms all lived and worked there.
Mozart was the only one with balls...
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Post by: citoyen on September 12, 2018, 10:09:13 am
Sadly, Steph, I have to profess my total ignorance of a cablecar scene, and my knowledge of “Where eagles dare” is utterly non-existent.

Even for you, this is slightly surprising. I haven't seen it for years, but it used to be a staple of the Christmas TV schedules along with Zulu and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Even thinking about the cablecar scene brings on a Proustian rush...

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/dec/06/geoff-dyer-where-eagles-dare
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Post by: rogerzilla on September 13, 2018, 08:25:38 pm
A Very Bad colleague has pointed out that someone else at work looks, and sounds, like Kerry Mucklowe from This Country.

What has been seen cannot be unseen.
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Post by: Wowbagger on September 19, 2018, 01:29:26 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDIZ2m2nKBQ

James Rhodes at the Hay Festival. Very amusing!
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Post by: Redlight on September 19, 2018, 02:33:51 pm
Sadly, Steph, I have to profess my total ignorance of a cablecar scene, and my knowledge of “Where eagles dare” is utterly non-existent.
Even thinking about the cablecar scene brings on a Proustian rush...
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/dec/06/geoff-dyer-where-eagles-dare

I remember watching that as a kid and thinking: if that fortress is so impregnable that the mountain cannot be climbed and the only way to reach it is by cable car, how did it get there in the first place?

(Sorry - but when I watched Thunderbirds I used to marvel that the weedy guy with the glasses had built all that kit by himself)
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Post by: Kim on September 19, 2018, 05:46:48 pm
(Sorry - but when I watched Thunderbirds I used to marvel that the weedy guy with the glasses had built all that kit by himself)

You can re-create this feeling by reading Elon Musk's Twitter account.
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Post by: spesh on September 19, 2018, 08:28:35 pm
(Sorry - but when I watched Thunderbirds I used to marvel that the weedy guy with the glasses had built all that kit by himself)

You can re-create this feeling by reading Elon Musk's Twitter account.

I must have missed the episode where Brains toked a fat reefer, called Gordon Tracy a paedobear and found himself under investigation for securities fraud...  :demon:
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Post by: Kim on September 19, 2018, 11:12:30 pm
(Sorry - but when I watched Thunderbirds I used to marvel that the weedy guy with the glasses had built all that kit by himself)

You can re-create this feeling by reading Elon Musk's Twitter account.

I must have missed the episode where Brains toked a fat reefer, called Gordon Tracy a paedobear and found himself under investigation for securities fraud...  :demon:

That one was a classic.  I especially liked the re-usable unmanned rocket for economically supplying fresh tissues and pornography to Thunderbird 5.
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Post by: spesh on September 19, 2018, 11:36:54 pm
;D ;D ;D
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Post by: hellymedic on September 20, 2018, 07:13:55 pm
David is in Berlin.
David is at Berlin Philharmonie.
Concert features Daniel Barenboim at the piano and Anne-Sophie Mutter on violin, playing Mozart, Brahms and Franck.
President of Germany is in audience...
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Post by: hellymedic on September 24, 2018, 11:29:57 pm
Delayed squEasyJet flight prompts passengers' Vivaldi performance.

This lot can PLAY!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-45633552/delayed-orchestra-s-impromptu-airport-gig (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-45633552/delayed-orchestra-s-impromptu-airport-gig)
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Post by: citoyen on September 27, 2018, 08:36:48 am
“Heart-warming” story in the Metro about how “no one is mentioning” Bake-Off Briony’s missing fingers. Think they could have found a more sensitive choice of adjective in the final paragraph than “nail-biting”...

https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/05/great-british-bake-off-fans-praise-briony-williams-and-channel-4-series-for-not-mentioning-her-disability-its-heart-warming-7916864/amp/
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Post by: hellymedic on September 27, 2018, 05:08:03 pm
Our black-and-white cat is bereft.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-45666642 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-45666642)
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Post by: Redlight on September 28, 2018, 10:27:31 am
Phew!  Rock n roll, eh.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45667802 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45667802)
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Post by: citoyen on September 28, 2018, 10:49:13 am
Phew!  Rock n roll, eh.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45667802 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45667802)

Naughty!

I have wondered when watching that programme (FML) if any of the crowd are more inclined to bid if they like the celeb, or if they just want to get themselves on telly.
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Post by: citoyen on October 04, 2018, 10:56:35 am
In last week’s episode of Better Call Saul, there’s a scene where Kim Wexler is listening to an obscure Stereolab B-side. As if I didn’t have enough reasons to love the show already.
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Post by: hellymedic on October 06, 2018, 12:10:59 pm
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-45770028 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-45770028)
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Post by: T42 on October 07, 2018, 11:01:57 am
Phew!  Rock n roll, eh.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45667802 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45667802)

God that's pathetic. Not the fiddling, the whole damned thing.
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Post by: Ham on October 12, 2018, 07:06:52 pm
Alanis Morisette remakes "Ironic" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GVJpOmaDyU
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Post by: Legs on October 12, 2018, 11:58:21 pm
Hehe, that's good!
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Post by: Mr Larrington on October 14, 2018, 12:42:02 pm
You must all tune your wirelesses to the Third Programme at hours 18:45 this evening, that you might hear Forests of the Imagination (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000r34?fbclid=IwAR3APShtBS4EoY_1VuYCNIPByq2PzQyWqsJFZbUlOOt-OLB681rxLOf9h1c).

Quote from: Auntie
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough enters the forests of our imagination, looking for stories. Alternative realities, holy quests and fairytales among the glories of the Autumn forest.

Also it's got Professor Larrington.  In it.

#mediatartery
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Post by: Peter on October 14, 2018, 03:52:46 pm
D., I'll try to hear this, possibly on iplayer.  I've just finished re-reading a Buchan (Midwinter) and he's strong on forests - though the one uppermost in my mind is probably the one that won the European Cup twice in succession under Cloughie.
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Post by: Torslanda on October 16, 2018, 04:11:38 pm
Just heard via Radio 2 that His Bobness' album Blood On the Tracks is to be turned into a film.

There. You now know as much as I do...
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Post by: Torslanda on October 16, 2018, 04:15:44 pm
More info (https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/consequenceofsound.net/2018/10/luca-guadagnino-bob-dylan-blood-on-the-tracks/amp/)
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Post by: Legs on October 17, 2018, 02:50:30 pm
I've discovered that All4 have got 118 episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on at the moment.  I watched the first 2-and-a-bit last night.  Real throwback stuff.  Josie Lawrence is great!
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Post by: citoyen on October 17, 2018, 03:01:15 pm
I've discovered that All4 have got 118 episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? on at the moment.  I watched the first 2-and-a-bit last night.  Real throwback stuff.  Josie Lawrence is great!

I've been listening to the original radio series, which is being repeated on Radio 4 Extra. I had them on tape, recorded off the radio the first time they were broadcast (1988! 30 years ago!), but I threw out all my tapes a long time ago so haven't heard them for years.

They haven't aged well.
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Post by: Legs on October 19, 2018, 12:40:50 pm
I was the second contestant on PopMaster today...
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Post by: andrewc on November 01, 2018, 12:51:09 pm
After re-watching ITV's "Brideshead Revisited" I'm now viewing the BBC's version of "Decline & Fall", having recently read the book.  They toned down the racism in the Chokey / sports day sequence, but everything so far seems well done & faithful to the book.   I loved the interiors of Margot's house, they seemed to get the 20's vibe correct,  probably not enough visible tobacco smoke to be true to period.
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Post by: citoyen on November 01, 2018, 01:01:49 pm
After re-watching ITV's "Brideshead Revisited" I'm now viewing the BBC's version of "Decline & Fall", having recently read the book.  They toned down the racism in the Chokey / sports day sequence, but everything so far seems well done & faithful to the book.   I loved the interiors of Margot's house, they seemed to get the 20's vibe correct,  probably not enough visible tobacco smoke to be true to period.

I always thought that King's Thursday must have been based on Eltham Palace, but the book predates the modernising Courthaulds.

I also re-read the book after watching the TV adaptation, and felt they had left out most of the best bits. Generally with good reason. You can't put that kind of stuff on TV these days, even satirically.
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Post by: andrewc on November 01, 2018, 08:03:48 pm
I'd never heard of Eltham Palace,  tanks for bringing it to my attention.   It looks worth a visit when I'm next down in London. :thumbsup:
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Post by: ian on November 01, 2018, 09:47:59 pm
It is. And they had a pet lemur, which is proper posh.

The medieval hall is a complete non-sequitur and marvellously seems like something every house should have.
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Post by: citoyen on November 02, 2018, 06:29:06 am
I'd never heard of Eltham Palace,  tanks for bringing it to my attention.   It looks worth a visit when I'm next down in London. :thumbsup:

Yep, definitely worth a visit.

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Post by: jsabine on November 02, 2018, 12:37:16 pm
Another nod of agreement here - well worth the trip.
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Post by: andrewc on November 12, 2018, 11:57:38 pm
https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/tv/gallery/liverpool-streets-transported-back-19th-15407083


"Gentleman Jack" , filming in Liverpool today.   I walked past all the vans at lunchtime.    The other location , Falkner Square is about 10 minutes walk from my flat, but so much nicer.  https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-53970021.html   Sighs wistfully & resolves to buy more lottery tickets.
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Post by: PeteB99 on November 13, 2018, 12:18:07 pm
40 years ago you struggled to give most of those properties away despite them being in the most vibrant part of Liverpool.

Did you see the BBC series 'A House through time' which traced the history and residents of one house in Falkner street?
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Post by: andrewc on November 13, 2018, 12:43:49 pm
I don't have a TV, so didn't watch it.  I know the house was on the market for a large sum shortly afterwards.
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Post by: Torslanda on November 13, 2018, 04:00:38 pm
Maybe one for a different thread but what is it with Liverpool and derelict houses? There used to be loads down Edge Lane. Or has it changed recently?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on November 28, 2018, 11:57:46 am
One for the diary: July 12th 2019.  Neil Young & His Bobness in Hyde Park.  Tickets on sale 9 am Friday.
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Post by: Torslanda on December 01, 2018, 03:40:26 pm
As noted elsewhere, a dreadful cover of 'Back on the Chain Gang' was inflicted on me this morning. Something that immediately struck me was the the rhythm and phrasing of the song were totally wrong and I couldn't understand why it had been changed.

Reading up on Wikinaccurate it seems that Ms Hynde favours unusual time signatures in her songs and I suspect twatface, er, Morrissey has fucked with it. Whatever it just sounds so wrong!

Other peeps have form for similar; when U2 reworked Lalo Schiffrin's 'Mission Impossible' they changed it from 5/4 to 4/4 (I read at the time this was to make it 'danceable'. Is that even a word?). The clue was in the title. 5/4 makes it impossible to dance to!

Ol'Blue Eyes recorded a swing version of 'Mrs. Robinson' which must be the worst atrocity ever committed to vinyl.

Any others?
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Post by: Mr Larrington on December 01, 2018, 10:42:34 pm
Suggs' cover of "Cecilia" deserves a mention in anyone's book of criminal records.
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Post by: Kim on December 01, 2018, 10:46:12 pm
Suggs' cover of "Cecilia" deserves a mention in anyone's book of criminal records.

Dammit, I'd managed to forget all about that one.
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Post by: spesh on December 01, 2018, 11:22:27 pm
...

Other peeps have form for similar; when U2 reworked Lalo Schiffrin's 'Mission Impossible' they changed it from 5/4 to 4/4 (I read at the time this was to make it 'danceable'. Is that even a word?). The clue was in the title. 5/4 makes it impossible to dance to!

The ghost of Max Wall: "Hold my beer..."
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Post by: citoyen on December 03, 2018, 02:07:06 pm
'danceable'. Is that even a word?

According to B.Ferry, The Strand - which he exhorted us to Do way back in 1973 - is a danceable solution to teenage revolution.
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Post by: Torslanda on December 03, 2018, 02:14:22 pm
My gabber has never been so flasted . . .
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Post by: Wowbagger on December 03, 2018, 02:47:29 pm
http://www.openculture.com/2018/09/queens-bohemian-rhapsody-played-28-trombone-players.html?fbclid=IwAR2YxKrpChsebOf6KFM2Jxb0IEpFp81cwF4W10BOYhaedisXuyE3XAqwbhs

That's rather good!
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 03, 2018, 08:31:07 pm
'danceable'. Is that even a word?

According to B.Ferry, The Strand - which he exhorted us to Do way back in 1973 - is a danceable solution to teenage revolution.
I reckon B.Haley got there almost two decades earlier.
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Post by: citoyen on December 04, 2018, 07:38:29 am
I reckon B.Haley got there almost two decades earlier.

You’d need better knowledge of B.Haley’s oeuvre than I possess to know that.

I did actually google it to see if I could find any examples that predate B.Ferry but didn’t manage to find any - though I’m sure they exist. There are several more recent examples.
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Post by: T42 on December 04, 2018, 09:16:23 am
Relies on a rather liberal interpretation of the -able suffix. I've never yet tried to breathe a rain jacket but I know what Gore-Tex are trying to say.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 04, 2018, 11:00:47 am
I reckon B.Haley got there almost two decades earlier.

You’d need better knowledge of B.Haley’s oeuvre than I possess to know that.

I did actually google it to see if I could find any examples that predate B.Ferry but didn’t manage to find any - though I’m sure they exist. There are several more recent examples.
I just meant he was encouraging teenagers to dance and arguably inventing the whole concept of teenagerhood, rather than the specific song.
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Post by: citoyen on December 04, 2018, 01:28:24 pm
I just meant he was encouraging teenagers to dance and arguably inventing the whole concept of teenagerhood, rather than the specific song.

Ah, I see! I was thinking about specific uses of the word 'danceable' - Do The Strand by Roxy Music has the line 'a danceable solution to teenage revolution'.

But I've actually found a much older citation - it's in Gone With The Wind (the book), where it is used as a noun (in a line about Rhett 'escorting Scarlett to danceables and bazaars').
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 04, 2018, 02:23:44 pm
Google claims examples back to 1780.
https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=danceable&year_start=1500&year_end=2018&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cdanceable%3B%2Cc0

Goodness knows what they were, but it's easy to imagine something like "a danceable tune".
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Post by: Ham on December 04, 2018, 02:59:29 pm
Except, add "tune" to the word mix and you get zero% up to 1940.
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Post by: Kim on December 10, 2018, 02:04:57 pm
The BBC have remade Watership Down in a PlayStation 2 cut scene style with CGI rabbits that don't look like rabbits.  I assume the intent[1] is to tone down the explicit gore of the original and use uncanny valley tactics to maintain the general level of unease...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3gQ117IKkM
https://youtu.be/w3gQ117IKkM


[1] Either that or the squandered the budget on voice actors.
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Post by: rafletcher on December 10, 2018, 02:09:10 pm
They look more like hares.
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Post by: Kim on December 10, 2018, 02:11:10 pm
They look more like hares.

My thoughts exactly.  And they move like, well, neither.  (I accept that natural looking animal movement and body language is a big ask in fantasy animation, but it can be really jarring when they try and then get it wrong.)
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on December 10, 2018, 02:12:53 pm
Except, add "tune" to the word mix and you get zero% up to 1940.
"Danceable music" found in 1874 but doesn't really take off till the mid 1920s. Shame it can't show you the actual examples.
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Post by: Jakob W on December 10, 2018, 02:21:35 pm
The BBC have remade Watership Down in a PlayStation 2 cut scene style with CGI rabbits that don't look like rabbits.  I assume the intent[1] is to tone down the explicit gore of the original and use uncanny valley tactics to maintain the general level of unease...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3gQ117IKkM
https://youtu.be/w3gQ117IKkM


[1] Either that or the squandered the budget on voice actors.

At least it's not Peter Sodding Rabbit...
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Post by: spesh on December 10, 2018, 03:19:59 pm
<snipped>

At least it's not Peter Sodding Rabbit...

There is one Peter Rabbit book* that's crying out for an adaptation. :demon:

https://flashbak.com/peter-rabbit-tank-killer-when-sven-hassel-met-beatrix-potter-16410/


* May contain traces of LIE.
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Post by: Torslanda on December 10, 2018, 03:35:31 pm
That's a bit like 'Bambi Meets Terminator'

A very short but incredibly violent film . . .
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Post by: matthew on December 15, 2018, 08:06:09 pm
Took my niece and nephew to the panto on ice (Aladin) at the john nike centre today. Think end of term music centre concert but for the ice dancing classes with a voice over recording for the spoken words to let the dancers just dance. I'd say the cast was largely in the 7-17 age range with a few adults thrown in. Some of them could really dance, spins, jumps and lifts all included.

All good fun with some classic panto traits but no freedom from the voice over to ad-lib the it's behind you type scenes.
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Post by: Basil on December 16, 2018, 03:30:54 pm
Having come across a CD of 'Tubular Bells '  I thought I'd give it a play.
Ye gods. It's dreadful.

Bin.
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Post by: Ham on December 17, 2018, 04:13:40 pm
<post merge>

Oh no it's not!
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Post by: Basil on December 17, 2018, 04:43:47 pm
It was certainly good at the time.  I loved it.  But it really hasn't aged well.
I find this a quite common problem when searching YouTube for old stuff I used to love.
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 02, 2019, 05:42:29 pm
I have spent this afternoon attempting to play Mozart piano duets with the guy who conducts our choir. It was very challenging and my brain is now frazzled. The experience underlined what a rank amateur I am compared with a seasoned professional. However, I think we may well have another go. I'll spend some time learning the pieces rather than just sight-reading them.
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Post by: Wowbagger on January 15, 2019, 10:17:34 am
BBC Woman's Hour just played a short section o Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallsi and then said it was Brahms' Requiem.

Twitter is, quite justifiably, giving them what for.
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Post by: Basil on January 15, 2019, 12:49:21 pm
BBC Woman's Hour just played a short section o Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallsi and then said it was Brahms' Requiem.

Twitter is, quite justifiably, giving them what for.

Oh thank heavens for that.  Thanks Wow.  I thought it sounded way too English to be Brahms.
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Post by: Tim Hall on January 22, 2019, 05:23:10 pm
xkcd was referenced in a question on Universally Challenged last night.
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Post by: citoyen on January 23, 2019, 04:04:43 pm
Radio 4 comedy panel shows are too often rubbish and unfunny but this week's episode of The Unbelievable Truth is well worth catching up with just for David Mitchell's rant about nuts, which had me crying with laughter on the train this morning.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00024pp
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Post by: Ham on January 25, 2019, 10:58:51 am
Prompted by the apposite nature of lines in the lyrics running through my head (Knowledge is a deadly friend if no one sets the rules / The fate of all mankind I see is in the hands of fools) I went to listen to Epitaph on youtube and found this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgRMxUzMM34) - Greg Lake's vocal from the King Crim album (possibly? not sure, there are one or two instruments that come in), worth 5 minutes of anyone's time IMO.
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Post by: citoyen on January 25, 2019, 11:13:05 am
I have to admit to a bit of a King Crimson shaped hole in my musical knowledge, which I really ought to do something about - not least because my favourite Bowie albums are the ones Fripp contributed to.

Disappointingly, there's not a lot of KC on iTunes, which is where I get most of my music these days - I'll need to go out and buy actual CDs or vinyl. And something to play them on!

I do love this King Crimson TV performance though:
https://youtu.be/cmRbSFvh_90
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Post by: Ham on January 25, 2019, 04:38:19 pm
Ah yes, how one thing leads to another. That got me thinking of robert Fripp and Andy Summers - back in the early 80's they brought out I Advance Masked (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOiuh2Upa8s) (and I can tell you HERE AND NOW there is no way I saw that video back then, which is a shame). Now that got me thinking about Andy Summers and Kevin Coyne (who was one of my faves at the time). Kevin Coyne was an odd 'un, but he did record an odd track - ok loads of odd tracks but this one slightly relevant -, Cycling (https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/745776)

(and I would recommend court of the crimson King as a good entry point for the crim)
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 25, 2019, 06:20:44 pm
I like KC with Adrian Belu.
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Post by: ian on January 25, 2019, 06:24:23 pm
I had another Wow moment and had to google King Crimson.

People must have had access to a lot more – not to mention better – drugs back then.
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Post by: citoyen on January 25, 2019, 06:40:01 pm
:thumbsup:

In other music news, Mercury Rev have covered Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete album and it’s rather lovely...

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=ve-7D8bZ7SI
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Post by: CAMRAMan on January 30, 2019, 02:28:07 pm
Steve Wright: Why?
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Post by: spesh on January 30, 2019, 02:49:31 pm
Steve Wright: Why?

He's still on the radio?

ISTR he stopped being funny years before he left the afternoon show on Radio 1 and moved to Radio 2.
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Post by: CAMRAMan on January 30, 2019, 07:01:42 pm
Was he ever funny? 
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Post by: spesh on January 30, 2019, 07:38:59 pm
For about five minutes in the late eighties/early nineties. Possibly.

I then went off Mark & Lard (who might have been his replacements) once I realised that every show was practically the same gags/skits, in the same order...
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Post by: rafletcher on February 07, 2019, 03:35:26 pm
Apparently there's going to be a "reboot" of Bergerac. I wonder who'll get the Celia Imrie part  8)
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Post by: T42 on February 11, 2019, 09:04:45 am
Netflix France have removed season 3 of "The Americans" from their repertoire, leaving 1, 2, 4 & 5. Duh.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 11, 2019, 05:08:12 pm
It's Friday, it's 1955, it's Crackerjack! (https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/feb/11/bbc-to-bring-back-crackerjack-sam-and-mark-cbbc-iplayer)
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Post by: Steph on February 12, 2019, 12:53:17 am
Ah yes, how one thing leads to another. That got me thinking of robert Fripp and Andy Summers - back in the early 80's they brought out I Advance Masked (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOiuh2Upa8s) (and I can tell you HERE AND NOW there is no way I saw that video back then, which is a shame). Now that got me thinking about Andy Summers and Kevin Coyne (who was one of my faves at the time). Kevin Coyne was an odd 'un, but he did record an odd track - ok loads of odd tracks but this one slightly relevant -, Cycling (https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/745776)

(and I would recommend court of the crimson King as a good entry point for the crim)

Kevin Coyne! The tracks of my youth indeed...
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Post by: PaulF on February 12, 2019, 05:39:09 am
:thumbsup:

In other music news, Mercury Rev have covered Bobbie Gentry’s Delta Sweete album and it’s rather lovely...

https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=ve-7D8bZ7SI

That’s a bit of an understatement: it’s bloody brilliant! Yesterday I listened to it side by side with the original and in some places I’d say it was better than the original, perhaps because the different vocalists give it greater range?
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Post by: Jaded on February 12, 2019, 07:26:09 am
I had another Wow moment and had to google King Crimson.

People must have had access to a lot more – not to mention better – drugs back then.

Looking forward to seeing them at The Albert Hall later this year...
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Post by: Hot Flatus on February 12, 2019, 07:29:49 am
Musical bukkake
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Post by: Jaded on February 12, 2019, 07:41:29 am
Come again?
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Post by: Hot Flatus on February 12, 2019, 07:54:32 am
By the end of the concert you will be metaphorically covered in Robert Fripp's jizz
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Post by: Jaded on February 12, 2019, 07:56:06 am
I’m looking forward to seeing the crusties at play.
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Post by: citoyen on February 12, 2019, 08:08:32 am
[Yesterday I listened to it side by side with the original

I did the same! I’m not always a fan of this kind of thing but the Rev have done a superb job.

I agree that some of their versions are probably better than the originals - Sermon definitely. The Laetitia Sadier one also really stands out for me (Mornin’ Glory). Her voice works so well with that song.

Also Suzanne Sundför’s Tobacco Road - wasn’t sure about it at first but it has really grown on me. Her voice is incredible.

Not sure about Ode to Billie Jo - it’s a bit too dramatic, it’s the understatement that really makes the original.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 17, 2019, 09:34:23 pm
I've learned that '$band at the BBC' programs are limited by what the BBC recorded.
i.e. you might just get loads of tracks when the band were popular but past their best.
Yes, I am talking about REM.
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Post by: Wowbagger on February 18, 2019, 07:54:07 pm
Mrs. Wow and I are going to do something very unusual this evening. We are going to the cinema. "Green Book" is the object of our desire, highly recommended by our younger son.
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Post by: Wowbagger on February 18, 2019, 11:54:10 pm
And very enjoyable it was! Based on a true story about a black New York concert pianist who toured the Deep South in 1962. And his minder, a racist Italian bouncer and the friendship that developed between them.
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Post by: T42 on February 19, 2019, 08:55:40 am
Yes, that looks worth a peek. Thanks, Wow.
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Post by: Pingu on February 21, 2019, 08:22:00 pm
RIP Peter Tork (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/21/peter-tork-monkees-dies-aged-77)
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Post by: hellymedic on February 25, 2019, 08:48:30 pm
A friend of David's had a birthday party in a local hostelry.
Friend has just FB'd partygoers singing a Queen song really badly.
Bohemian Agony!
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 27, 2019, 10:39:13 am
"To be able to stand up there in front of everyone and shriek as loud as you could about hatred and love and rage and despair, scream at the top of your lungs and have it come out music. That would be something."
Who wouldn't want to be an opera singer?
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Post by: T42 on February 27, 2019, 12:59:12 pm
Well I did, from quite an early age; but when I stand up in front of people and shriek as loudly as I can it comes out as a shriek.
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Post by: citoyen on February 27, 2019, 01:08:08 pm
I've never been good enough to sing solo but I could just about get away with being in the school choir, which I enjoyed - especially the time we performed Zadok the Priest at a concert. Belting out the opening bit at the top of your lungs is incredibly spine-tinglingly cathartic and immense fun.
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Post by: T42 on February 27, 2019, 02:09:01 pm
Dave, the pianist in the bar of the Sunnyvale Hilton when I was there in the 80s, was in the choir when the Queen was crowned in 1953, so he presumably had the same experience.
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Post by: Mr Larrington on February 28, 2019, 01:32:47 pm
Dave, the pianist in the bar of the Sunnyvale Hilton when I was there in the 80s, was in the choir when the Queen was crowned in 1953, so he presumably had the same experience.

When the BBC are interviewing politicians outside Parliament, Lt. Col. Larrington (retd.) occasionally points at the screen and mutters "That's where I stood for seven hours on Coronation Day.  It pissed down!"

Game, set and match to Dave, I think.
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Post by: citoyen on February 28, 2019, 01:47:19 pm
Dave, the pianist in the bar of the Sunnyvale Hilton when I was there in the 80s, was in the choir when the Queen was crowned in 1953, so he presumably had the same experience.

I could probably have overcome my republican tendencies for that kind of opportunity.
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Post by: Jakob W on February 28, 2019, 02:57:45 pm
I've sung for Brenda. Somewhere I've got a set of silver 1, 2, 3, & 4p 1990 coins, which was my 'fee' for singing at the Royal Maundy service at Newcastle Cathedral, where I was a chorister. I can't for the life of me remember what we sang though (though it could have been Zadok - I definitely remember doing it as a second treble.)

Though the chamber choir repertoire has its own attractions, there is absolutely nothing like being part of a big ensemble that is tight, in the groove, and just smashing it. I've done the Verdi Requiem with a 200-strong choir than knew it backwards, and it was brilliant.
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Post by: T42 on February 28, 2019, 03:52:47 pm
Poor old Dave, though, reduced after such heady beginnings to bashing out standards in three or four Sunnyvale hotels 6 nights a week. He must be into his 80s now: I hope the 2008 crash passed his pension by.
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Post by: mattc on March 09, 2019, 02:36:19 pm
Oi! Marcus Brigstocke  (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002zrd)!

There is NO PETTING ZOO IN DIDCOT.  :hand:

Jeez, why can't these people get their facts right - it really undermines ones enjoyment of a lightweight early-evening family radio sitcom.
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Post by: andrewc on March 11, 2019, 11:14:44 pm
I'm currently binge watching Babylon 5, which I've not seen in it's entirety since C4 repeated the entire series way back when.  The special effects are a bit ropey by todays standards, but they were never the most important part of the show, that was the plot & characters.  I'm up to Season 3 and have just watched "Messages From Earth".  This time the bit that's getting me is the increase in paranoia & the encouragement so spy on friends & colleagues as the Earth government stokes up xenophobia as a prelude to declaring martial law & rounding up its enemies.  The horror of people realising what's happening & bring powerless to stop it.
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Post by: citoyen on March 16, 2019, 01:25:00 pm
Manchester Historian (the uni's student history magazine) have just launched a new podcast. My main interest in this is that my son was instrumental in setting it up and is the presenter - fancies himself as the new Melvyn Bragg...

First episode is an introduction to the magazine itself but the plan is to do In Our Time-style round-table discussions, with Manc Uni history profs and guests.

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-manchester-historian-podcast