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Must get some Clangers. It’s getting on for a lifetime since I saw it. Adult stuff works its way in all over the old kids’ shows. In a recent Noggin I watched, the Nogs are all singing a solid Viking song in their broad Scandiwegian accent when the phrase “Nikki Nokki Noo” finds it way in.
With you on Night Garden. Closing titles are a delight. Brilliant music.March 8, 2021 at 7:04 pm in reply to: What’s the right thing to say Knife and fork Or Fork and knife #141857
“When you were a lad” y’mean you had time to be YOUNG? You really don’t know how lucky you are! We were put to work straight out of the maternity ward. Swaddlin’ clothes or not, we were pushed straight down the mine to dig out the steak and kidney pies from deep underground. I’ll bet it were you posh boogers who ate ’em. Pah!
Never knew that a decent TV series was made. Will have a look for it. The story that sticks in my memory is Night Meeting in which a human settler meets a Martian in a sort of timeslip. As a story, it’s just about everything you can imagine: SciFi time travel, romance, morality, ghost story, etc. etc. Have not read this collection for nearly two decades but still remember so many parts and touches. Added to me Read Again list. ‘Scuse me while I and seek my (tattered 1950s) paperback.
Dear Georgie… so glad it’s not just me who likes old (and some new) kids’ TV. Was enchanted by Night Garden – so bonkers you had to like it. Have had to stop recording Shaun the Sheep because it was filling up the hard drive; similarly Pingu. Have just discovered that there is a new Shaun movie: Farmageddon. Must have! Particularly like Nick Park’s stuff because, like Firmin and Postgate, he’s not afraid to let a tad of adult wit and humour creep in. AND Park is firmly wedded to good old-fashioned stop-motion.
Bit tricky with the robin nest box, Mike. In my garden they tend to build about 5ft above ground and hidden away inside something – shrub or shed. They are known to be most opportunistic nesters. One driver had to stop using his car because they chosen the front wing to build in! So, and this is a far-from-expert opinion, I reckon between 4ft to 6ft above ground and sheltered if poss.
Yup, Georgie – do discourage the starlings. Noisy little sods! Our robin is nest-building again; apparently in forsythia outside conservatory. Prefer this to their squatting in the shed – had to give them the use of it last year and store all garden tools elsewhere.
Hope it stays a bit cloudy today – need to put some polish on car, having washed off the previous layer when removing the Sahara dust. Ms Minchin also looked charming today – black-and-white chessboard frock. Very pop-art.
Light frost to start the day. More cloud than recently but still bright. Making the most of it because forecast is for wet, windy by mid-week.March 8, 2021 at 8:12 am in reply to: What’s the right thing to say Knife and fork Or Fork and knife #141788
I’m with Lou on this. Must be “knife and fork”. I also do the fork-right, knife-left thing. As a right-hander this led to the description “cack-handed” when I was a kid. Hmmm…
Just discovered some Noggin the Nog videos on YouTube. Absolutely wonderful. Completely wonky animation but just brilliant stories and characters, all put together with a gentle humour and wit. 10/10.
Will now try to hunt down Ivor the Engine and Captain Pugwash!
If it is any comfort, the cold symptoms do go away. Mrs T and I both went through the whole snivelly, feeling-sore-all-over thing. Gone now, some four weeks after the jab. Took about two weeks to clear. As Brydo says, Martin, take each day at a time. Things will get better…
Bright, relatively clear, quite cold at 7 or 8C. Still an element of spring in the air but, thankfully, all of the Sahara dust in the air seems to have gone. Took quite a while yesterday turning my “Sahara Yellow” Mini back to BRG and black. Anyone else had their motor turned sand colour over the past week?
Nearly forgot – a brilliant role for David Suchet as an eccentric one-eyed Chinese police detective. Worth watching just for this!
Talking of really good UK tv, there is Reilly Ace of Spies which is/was going out on something like Drama channel (or Alibi?). Sam Neill (best James Bond we never had!) plays the lead brilliantly and there are wonderful parts for a range of marvellous actors; Leo McKern, Bill Nighy and the astounding David Burke who does a spine-chilling Stalin. Powerful story, engaging characters and a wonderful sense of place. 10/10
Announcement of this promising looking BEV is now nearly two weeks old. However, there have been no video or printed reviews/road tests that I can find. They normally follow announcement within a day or two. Is there a problem?
Plenty of good (manufacturer?) video though. Only just noticed the two opening flaps at foot of front air-dam. You expect a set of machine guns or missiles to roll out as in a James Bond car. Be well useful on M25!
Helpern reminds me so much of Ray Bradbury, particularly in the Martian Chronicles/Silver Locusts. His writing in these short stories is more poetry than prose. Such a wonderful, driven, almost musical style and so involving and evocative. It was this collection which did so much to lock me in to science fiction when I first read it (late 50s). It real is like reading verse. You feel you can see, hear, even smell the places and things he describes. Much like the city and places in WT.
My choice of engine is dictated by power-to-weight ration. Difficult figure to pin down sometimes but basically, I was told long ago by a very experienced engineer to always get the “biggest” engine you can. The more effective power available, the most smoothly the machine will operate at everyday levels. Rather simplistic, I know. But it seems to work. Had two Superbs on the scheme one with big diesel, one with big petrol (230ish bhp). Both vehicles drove effortlessly, smoothly and with ability to be prompt when needed.
Applying my deciding factor of power-to-weight, I have chosen Wigwam’s top rated engine, BMW B48 above, in my current scheme car, Mini Cooper S Hatch. Lots of other factors in play, of course, auto box, ease of entry, seats that do not destroy back etc. But for engine, get the most powerful you can.March 5, 2021 at 3:38 pm in reply to: Volkswagen lays out new plans for electrified future #141676
Pity about the VW BEV supermini; this being the most attractive for me. Whatever they do in terms of types/sizes of cars available, I really hope they chuck the touch-screens in the bin!
Yup. One of the last “proper” car-type cars, i.e. not a crossover or SUV. AND the Mini hatches are still nowhere to be seen. Has the Flail decided that Minis are immoral as well as the BMWs, Alfas etc.?
Horses for courses, Brydo. I like the Mallorca thing because, as you say, it’s easy. I’m afraid that is mostly what I want from TV these days: lightweight, easy, escapism. That said, I’d give The Night Manager a full 10/10. I think the days of really good drama on TV are pretty much over in the UK. Will we ever see stuff as brilliant, challenging and powerful as, say Edge of Darkness or Tinker, Tailor etc. Or, from a different time, the original Quatermass? The Night Manager came damn close but it was alone in a desert of mediocrity. That’s why we watch so much “world” drama – nearly all on All 4. The Europeans, particularly Belgium and Germany, are making some brilliant stuff. And they are not afraid to put a dash of wit and humour into it.
Favourite from All 4’s Walter Presents World Drama at moment in Inspector Cain. Glamorous (and disabled) South of France Flic. Drives around in Saab convertible, throwing (literally) wheelchair in rear seats. Silly plots, great scenery and just fun to watch. 8/10.
Just finished the Beeb’s The Mallorca Files. Again, great fun. Properly filmed on the island. Only one or two Brit actors, all others locals. Intriguing, fizzy, even more good scenery. Easy to watch. Fun. 8/10
Eagerly awaiting new series of Shakespeare & Hathaway (BBC) and Brokenwood Mysteries (Kiwi production). Both lightweight, fun, good actors doing intriguing characters.
I’ve only just met Virginia so my opinion is not fully informed. That said, I wasn’t aware of Ms Connelly as an actor. She’s one of those young pretty things in whom I have very little interest. My opinion of female actors tends to cover the more mature ones. Therefore, Sigourney Weaver (when much younger) would seem a great casting for Virginia. She has the legs for a start; moreover she can project her characters with some assertiveness which Virginia does. Now, Beverly. Only one choice for me and that would be a much younger Emma Thompson. Utterly made for the part. She can do anything from Shakespeare to ridiculous light comedy.
If you want to see the delicate but strong vulnerability, with an edge, then I recommend Wit with her in the lead. It was directed by Mike Nichols and is, I think, one of his best. It is more involving than The Graduate and as challenging as Catch 22. Be warned though, it is not for everybody; concerning, as it does, a woman (Thompson) who is dying of cancer. Not normally my sort of thing but I’ll watch anything directed by Nichols and this hooked me within a few minutes.
Never served either Georgie. Should have done the RAF thing, many members of family did during the war: Coastal Command (Sunderland aircrew), Fighter Command (armourer for Spit’s Western Desert), and bombers (Lancaster crew shot down over Black Forest in ’42 spent rest of conflict in POW camp). But it was the 60s when I should have joined and couldn’t face the whole wearing uniform, obeying orders at any cost stuff. Still love flying though. Magee’s High Flight is treasured by aviators everywhere. Am deeply envious of your war poem collections. Love the work of the war poets, especially Owen. For me, the only others to come anywhere near them are the metaphysicals, Donne in particular. Have quite an extensive “poetry corner” in our bookshelves. Includes a collection of Longfellow which might be signed by author.
Thought that the WT film might be like that. Whenever I see Colin Farrell in a cast, I make a point of avoiding at all costs. The quote you give sums it up, I think. The meeting of Beverly and Lake is one of the most poignant, stirring and moving accounts of passion, desire and, oh so many other things, that I have ever read. Had to immediately go and play Mark Knopfler’s Lions for the Stranger in the Night lyric. Then Romance from Gadfly suite. Still only just entered the second section of book – it forces me to … read… every… word. Stunningly eccentric – a wonder!
If you Google this beast, you see a price in China of under £30,000. If this is true, together with the other tech data about the vehicle, it will shake up the UK market if and when it gets sold here. The size of it would be greatly useful for those of us needing to get big mobility devices on and off but it will never make it on to the scheme: the “small-engine” model runs out some 300bhp and goes 0-62 in under 5 secs.March 1, 2021 at 10:06 am in reply to: ‘Genesis coming to the UK this year – versus Jaguar? #141372
Had a quick Google of Genesis cars. Impressive. Obviously the “Lexus” to Kia’s Toyota. But they’re all big super-luxury tart’s handbags. Only thing interesting me personally is the Mint concept. Small. Two-door. Dramatic and original looks, like the Ioniq 5. Would be very interested if price was reasonable. Which, I know it won’t be. However, if Kia applied the same approach to its range then we might get the first all-electric small sports car.
In general, I reckon the S Korean car people are showing the most originality and inventive engineering among almost all car makers. Good luck to ’em!