You may notice in the “causes” section on the right there a link to the “Just. Fair.” campaign.
(The animation requires that your computer has flash version 6 or higher).
I patted myself on the back for leaving on time. But to my horror found trans pennine services are all in chaos
as a vehicle has struck a bridge! Hopefuly this train will get of there soon!
OK so it was either Eddie Izzard immitating a Daily Mail reader or an Ian Flemming quote and I chose Izzard…
One of the things we are planning is a trip on the trans Siberian railway. This raises all sorts of interesting problems with cash flows and bookings and visas, and scheduling a honeymoon around work and other commitments. But it seems to be getting sorted.
So finally IT’S BOOKED!!!
On other fronts, everything that needed to be booked for the wedding way in advance is booked.
Well sort of. Good news! Ed Milliband has promised nearly £1,500,000 towards the World Jamboree in Chelmsford this year. The jamboree is a meeting of around 40,000 young people from just about every country, culture, race and religion on the planet, and just what the world needs in these times of misunderstandings.
I hope though that the Government does more to recognise the great role the Scout movement has played in the world over the past century, and the tremendous worth of the work of volunteers in this country. There’s a petition over on the number 10 website which says throwing money at us simply isn’t enough we need senior politicians making big statements as to how much Scouting means to the UK and the world.
So after the Doctor Who Christmas episode, fast becoming a tradition to rival Morcame and Wise, we may be thinking we have a few months before any new Doctor Who crosses the airwaves?
Not so. Two weeks ago BBC7 started broadcasting all new episodes featuring the Eighth Doctor and a new companion played by Sheridan Smith from Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
BBC7 is so called because you don’t just listen to it through digital radio. Although the meaning of the word Radio has expanded to include audio broadcasts over the Internet, the BBC don’t seem to want to sully themselves with this new usage of the word. And so it’s BBC7 and not Radio7.
Which is fair enough, as most of my listening is of already broadcast shows using “Listen Again”. For example
Clicking here will launch the BBC7 player and play the latest episode of Doctor Who. I think.
Starlight Express is coming back to Manchester. I could have sworn I went last time, but I’m told I didn’t. Ah thank goodness for blogs!
As part of an ongoing clear out I’m listening to those things that I picked up over the years and not listened to. This time up it’s Flip Flop, listened to Friday night and this morning.
It made me want to change my name. Not my real name of course, which is never mentioned in this blog, but my pen name.
Flip flop is written by my former acquaintance Jonathan Morris (Erasure’s webmaster, not the bloke out of Bread or Animal Magic).
The story comes on two linked CDs which the author claims can be listened to in any order. What this ultimately meant to me is the story is unresolved. It’s a clever concept let down by some dodgy dialogue, performed by dodgier actors, and underlined with some dodgier political satire. Imagine force feeding someone the more factually inaccurate “the immigrants are out to get us” stories from the Mail and the Express, and depriving them of all other information and this is the sort of science fiction you’d get. The villains are a race of aliens posing as asylum seekers who take over through a sick person’s version of political correctness.
Or maybe he was just doing a very clumsy satire at the expense of the sort of person who says things like “they’re trying to ban Christmas” or “it’s one rule for them and one rule for us”. After all the things are no better when the aliens are defeated than when they take over. However if the story is anti-bigot, it is done very badly and is open to misinterpretation.