Day 243: Planet Of The Giants

I’m just about to have a miniature Dalek injected into my brain…

August 31 main

Loved Doctor Who last night. Fantastic Voyage meets “Dalek”. Wouldn’t have minded a, “Contact has been made,” in-joke, but you can’t have everything.

I even liked what some of the more sheep-minded Who critics are unimaginatively calling the Clara soap scenes. I like a reminder that the companions have real lives here on Earth, and Danny Pink seems charismatic within a few short scenes. It’s also interesting to see a show like Doctor Who addressing such a moral ambiguity about whether a soldier – trained to kill as part of their job  – can ever be a good (wo)man. The “coincidence” of the Doctor taking such an anti-military stance the same episode that Clara bumps into a possible companion-elect was a bit contrived, but I bet we’re going to have to see the Doctor admitting that he’s in no position to stand on the moral high ground before the series is over.

Oddly, I’m still finding it difficult to warm to Capaldi’s Doctor, but I can see why others rate him so highly. I just want to see him in an episode where the script’s not trying so hard to go, “Look – he’s the dark Doctor! He needs Clara to ground him. Slap!” It’s laid on a little to thickly for my tastes, but only a little. I like the intention; I’d just like it to be handled a bit more subtly.

I dunno, it’s easy to find little irritations in “Into The Dalek” (I wasn’t keen on the preponderance of air conditioning plastic corrugated tubing either)  but hey – Daleks blasting seven hells out of each other. That’s what I pay my licence fee for. Well that, and The Archers. And I did really like Capaldi in the teaser sequence.

See you tomorrow, after the car boot sale..

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Day 242: Death Star Players

Now, witness the firepower of these fully armed and operational Converse Star Players

August 30 main

Definitely going through a Converse patch at the moment, aren’t I? Could have something to do with how the popular brand is, making them the easiest to get hold of, either on loan or bought cheap on eBay. Talking of which, tomorrow is another car boot sale day. I had to hire a car for the weekend anyway, as I have to travel to Northampton on Monday to talk business, so I should be recouping my outlay. Last time, the car boot went well  – I covered all the money I’d spent on eBay, and had enough to buy some more. Plus all the money made on donated trainers went straight into the charity pot. I expect there’s a law of diminishing returns, but I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

Today is garden clearing day, so I need to get on. I’ve got to collect the car as well, first, as well as getting in some food and drink with which to bribe fellow garden clearers.

I also need to get tomorrow’s blog photo done at sometime today, because I’ll be getting up early enough tomorrow for the car boot. I’ll try not to make the trainers Converse again!

Doctor Who tonight. I”m stunned how little I know about this episode. But that’s what giving up your job on a leading sci-fi magazine does for you. Actually, I quite like it this way. The excitement is coming back.

Bv5Uf8mIcAAJP7FOh, and have you been following Mitten Week over the past few days? I have been. I like the Mittens and I think they need more love!

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Day 241: How To Trainer Your Dragon 2

There’s been enough Star Wars this week, so it’s back to the dragons. Have I mentioned I like dragons?

August 29 main

Good grief, I never knew there were so many varieties of green Converse. I dug these out of the garage – I’ve had them for yonks, certainly over ten years – and actually forgotten all about them. I think it’s the pastelly shade ; it’s a bit ’80s.

I had no idea what colour they were known as officially, so I Googled “green converse”, found a site called ChucksConnection and discovered just how many different shades of green All-Stars have been released in: Basic Green, Bright Green, Celtic Green, Deep Lichen Green, Fluorescent Green, Grapevine Green, Goth Green, Greener Pastures, Kelly Green, Kombu Green, Loden Green, Neon Green, Oil Green, Olive Green, Parasailing Green, Pepper Green, Pine Green, Sea Spray Green and Trekking Green.

No, I didn’t know parasailing was a colour either.

Since there isn’t a shade called ’80s Pastel Turquoise Green, I think (emphasise think) these Pepper Green, because they’re a kind of bluey green. But I could be wrong. Nice to know Converse – like I do – regards turquoise as green and not blue, but I’ve learnt from past experience that entering into an argument about that is potentially more inflammatory than claiming scone rhymes with stone and not gone.

I was woken this morning at 7am by a feint knock on the door. My skip had arrived. I must admit I wasn’t expecting at 7am in the morning. I’m not complaining. It beats waiting in all day for workmen who turn up a 5.59pm.

And why do I need a skip? Here’s why.

garden before

By this time next week I will have a garden again.

Sort of.

Yesterday was a great day for donations! Let’s keep it rolling. Thank you.

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Day 240: That’s Tauntaun It

Not very practical shoes for snow planet. But I’m a slave to fashion… Well, from the knees down.

August 28

Artoo says that the chances of my toes getting frostbite are 725 to 1. Actually Artoo has been known to make mistakes… what he hasn’t taken into account is that I’m wearing two pairs of socks! And each sock is different, so that must make a difference to the odds.

I’m sorry. It’s very early in the morning. Another early start this morning. Hospital appointment. Nothing serious, don’t worry. No frozen toes being amputated. And I need to get a review written before I go.

It’s been a busy week, overall. Since I finished the book, I’ve had six other deadlines for various reviews and articles. Finally, I’m earning some decent money. Maybe this freelance lark might a decent living. Or it may all dry up again.

One thing I had to write yesterday entailed me watching The Orphanage for the first time in the name of research (I have a hard life, don’t I?). That’s the Spanish language horror film produced by Guillermo del Toro. What a great little film, with one truly unusual aspect for a horror film, that I won’t spoil because it’s the main reason I liked the movie. I think it may be a horror film for people who don’t usually like horror films. Despite one or two moments of fairly low-key gore, most the frightening bits are more along the lines of psychological horror.

the-orphanage

It was also beautifully shot. I was interested to go onto IMD and learn that director PA Bayona has since directed two episodes of Penny Dreadful and is scheduled to direct a sequel to World War Z… which was one of those, “There’s going to be a sequel?” moments.

I’m still waiting for The Dark Crystal 2, please. I’d rather see Bayona directing that.

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Day 239: These Are Not The Cons You Are Looking For

The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young(ish) Dave Golder, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of Somerset….

August 27

Okay, I don’t actually live in Somerset any more (it’s debatable I ever did), but adapting the opening crawl from The Empire Strikes Back to say, “South Gloucestershire”, didn’t sound as funny. There’s just something intrinsically funny about the word – or maybe the concept – of Somerset. It’s like Droitwich, or Dudley – English place names that just sound amusing. But not as ostentatious as places Nether Wallop of Lower Piddle which just sound like they’ve been made up by a village council desperate for attention.

Avon

What Avon was carved up into. Gloucester isn’t even on the map. What a mess.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not taking the piss out of Somerset. I love Somerset. And even though I only ever lived in that bizarre rump of a county known as Bath And North East Somerset (or BANES as it’s sometimes known, the ugliest sounding name for a county ever) that was Somerset enough for me. Before that Bath was in Avon, a county the locals loathed for some reason; it was created in 1974 and they seemed to resent it as some forced-upon-them upstart. But surely living in Avon is better than living in BANES, a county that sounds like a dithering second officer in some 1950s British war film? Blake’s Seven wouldn’t have been half as good if Avon had been called Banes.

Now I live in an odd offshoot of a county called South Gloucestershire even though I feel absolutely no connection to Gloucester at all. In fact, Gloucester feels like another dimension. I feel nearer to Cardiff than Gloucester (it’s possible that’s true). It’s weird living just a few miles from both Bristol and Bath, and being in a different country to either of them. I feel like I come from an area that includes Bath and Bristol; I feel like I come from Avon, dammit.

Though as someone pointed out recently, if Avon did still exist, my council tax would probably be a darned sight more expensive.

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Day 238: On The Ropes

Hey, did I ever tell you I’m a fine tightrope walker? (I’m fibbing)

August 26 main

This is another one of those “here’s one I prepared earlier” blogs. I put it together yesterday, but I will be wearing the Vans today. Honest! I’m actually really please with this one. I obviously light my photos the way Steven Spielberg lights his films, because they blend in really well. Who’d’ve thought my least favourite Indy film (and I include Kingdom Of The Stupidly Long Title in that), with a screen shot featuring one of the most irritating movie characters of all time (Willie, not Short Round or Mola Ram) would provide one of personal favourite blog photos of the year?

The reason I haven’t got time to blog tomorrow/this morning (this is getting timey-wimey) is because of my work ethic. Finished work on the book last night, but it still needs a final proof. And I work much better in the mornings. So I want to get up at 5am, have some brekkie, and then get straight to work.

Luckily, it’s only a very short book, word count-wise – just 10,000 words. And some of them are spelt correctly already.

ghostbusters carI’ve also got to create a new car for Ghostbusters. But that’s another story… Then there’s that Anne Rice interview I need to transcribe.

Hmm, this is going to be a busy week.

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Day 237: Deep Breath

Finally, a Sole Of Sci-Fi tribute the Twelfth Doctor

Aug 25 main

 

I couldn’t resist. Here’s my tribute to the Twelfth Doctor’s debut. I’ve lavished my usual budget on it, as you can see.

Also, after last night, I’ve realised what my answer will be for ever more any time that anybody ever asks me what my favourite Doctor Who story is: “An Adventure In Space And Time”. Yes, I caught the repeat of Mark Gatiss’s masterpiece last night, and it was every bit as brilliant as I recalled. When I have some spare cash again, I’m definitely buying the Blu-ray; what I had forgotten was how beautifully shot it was. It was as much a love letter to the iconic BBC TV centre building as it was to the early years of Doctor Who.

ADVENTURE-DALEKAnd the line, “I don’t want to go,” made me well up all over again.

Because the best thing about it was that it wasn’t just a nostalgia-fest. Gatiss did mine the real human story at its hearts; how Doctor Who was a success that kicked off one career and was the swan song of another. It’s wonderful, wonderful television. It was my highlight of the 50th anniversary celebrations (“The Five-ish Doctors” a close second) and it pretty much eclipsed by enjoyment of “Deep Breath” this weekend too.

The grey Vans are another £1 (+p&p) eBay purchase. They may be a bit battered, but I really like ’em. Not sure why. I’ll be secretly hoping they don’t sell at the car boot, but Bath’s a university city, and you know what students are like.

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