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New camera…

…possibly bought too soon, as our telly decided to go phhht over the weekend.

I’m having a few image uploading problems at the moment, but you can always find my flickr pages if you can’t wait or something.

Anyway, we had a lovely weekend. Gained a goddaughter, saw lots of old friends – some for not long enough, sorry if you were one of them – and generally had a good time.

We can now catch up on the weekend’s telly on our portable from upstairs, which used to seem like a decent size and now… it doesn’t.

random tv stuff

Neighbours sees a re-vamp today, one that hit Aussie screens back in July, but a change to the theme tune and credits – goodbye Brushscript logo, 22 years is a long time in font years. Just thought I’d mention it as no-one else seems to be.

Also there’s the second part of ‘Eye of The Gorgon’, part of the initially-dissapointing-but-picked-up-no-end-since-casting-Phyllida-Law ‘Sarah Jane Adventures’ to look forward to at 5 o’clock.

Over the weekend we discovered another hilarious 5pm CBBC programme (we caught it on repeat), Chute is a mix of completely random archive clips, ‘rathergood’ style animations and totally bizarre humour linked by what is a very rare comodity these days, a CBBC presenter with a personality. The quality is sometimes variable, but it is heartening to see something that almost harks back to the broom cupboard days of children’s broadcasting.

I am aware that many people reading this blog will be completely lost at this point, or be off somewhere else by now. I could be helpful and link to lots of plces to help them make sense of this, but it wouldn’t help much, and I really can’t be bothered.

BBC Wales

Living in Wales has its up sides. The scenery is terrific, the prescriptions are free, and there are even the odd few days when it doesn’t rain.

The tv however is not great. I’m not talking here about the tv that is made in Wales for a wider audience, I think The New Doctor Who (or Doctor Who series 27-29) can speak for itself on that. I’m talking of the stuff that is not meant for consumption outside of the boundaries where Ll is a valid letter. The most frequent offender in this area is Wales Today, the regional ‘news’ programme for Wales. I once saw at least five minutes of the programme dedicated to a football team visiting a chip shop. Don’t believe me? Look here.

Aside from the actual attempts at news, there’s always Dippy Derek the reasonably inaccurate weatherman, now available in download form, and Bob the sports pundit.

Talking of sport it was a quote attached to the end of Bob’s report the other day that really summed up Welsh tv for me, referring to the fact that Wales were not doing well in the rugby, and that there would be a match on later, the viewing public were asked to “Share the agony with BBC2 Wales later on tonight”.

It is my suggestion that this become the frankly honest tagline of Welsh tv for the future – for all the programmes that looklike they were made in 1972 on a budget of threepence ha’penny (but were in fact made last week on a budget of £3.50). For all the programme concepts along the idea of ‘lets take three generations of the same family and put them on a coach trip’. For anything involving Boyd Clack, Owen Money, Max Boyce, Huw Pugh or anyone else who’s last ‘proper’ gig was as a guest on the Keith Harris and Orville Show. “BBC Wales, Share The Agony”, preferably in a rich honeyed Eve Myles type accent, would make it so much more bearable.

bored

time for a meme, thanks burnt sienna:

1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?

Hmm, I could have cheated and said that my Bible is closest, but it was beaten by a matter of inches by ‘The Cat Ate My Gymsuit’ by the late great Paula Danziger, which I was using to prepare for an American Evening in our 8-10’s group at church… page 18 has 3 paragraphs, as it’s the end of a chapter, here’s paragraph 1 of page 19:

“School went on as usual. I keep getting good grades in everything but gym. My anonymous letters to the Student Council suggestion box were ignored. Lunches continued to be lousy. We were only up to the Civil War in history class”

2. If you stretch out your left arm – as far as possible, what are you touching?
A Newton’s cradle (one of those things with clicky silver balls on strings)

3. What’s the last program you watched on tv?
‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’ series two episode one, on dvd this evening.
‘Torchwood’ from Sunday on the hard drive last night
Last Friday’s ‘Neighbours’ for actual live, broadcasting-at-the-same-time-as-watching-tv.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
about 9? 8:53, not bad

5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
not a lot, we have a very loud computer

6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
walked to my house from the car after my driving lesson

7. What are you wearing?
Jeans and a hoodie (official Lemly uniform).

8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
Probably, but I never remember most of my dreams beyond the first five minutes after waking from them.

9. When was the last time you laughed?
Over dinner, my husband and lodger amuse me.

10. What’s on the walls in the room you’re in right now?
lavender coloured paint (not our doing, it’s not bad but we need to change the orange carpet), a noticeboard, a calender and a picture (no, not that one) of some footprints in sand.

11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
Swansea is a very strange place, so probably, but nothing is springing to mind.

12. What do you think about this meme?
Interesting enough to carry on with for a while…

13. What’s the last film you saw?
Kinky Boots, it was Ok, we gave it 3/5 on our rental thing, it sort of fit into the same mould as Calendar Girls, and Brassed Off and The Full Monty etc etc, but it was enjoyable enough, if not quite reaching the heights it aspired to.

14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?
I really don’t know, it’s not at all likely though. I think a significant proportion would go to doing some good in the world, but I’d probably be selfish with some of it too.

15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
my feet are cold, even though I’m wearing shoes.

16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt – what would it be?
Everything becomes political if you think about it too much. Decent tea available worldwide, does that work?

17. Do you like dancing?
in some of its forms, yes.

8. George Bush?
Wash your mouth out.

19. What do you want your children’s names to be, girl/boy?
Jones.

20. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Not long term, but I’m up for most experiences, so long as running water and tea are available.

21. What do you want God to tell you, when you come to heaven?
What do you mean “when you come to heaven”? Are you already there? Lemme in!

22. Who should do this meme?
Anyone who’s bored enough.

A toast to the USA

It’s great here. For those of you that don’t know, I’m in Pittsburgh for the week, trailing after my super intelligent other half, and scouting out church-based hot dog restaurants. As a tribute to this change of location you will notice the steel theme, to celebrate Pittburgh’s industrial past (and present), and also the name change, more about which in about 2 sentences time.

Some things of note for people of a similar disposition to me when staying in America:

1) Don’t even bother looking for the Marmite. Instead, embrace maple syrup as a wonderful breakfast food stuff, but make the most of it, as it’s too expensive to have every day for breakfast in the UK.

2) It is possible to make tea in a coffee maker. As long as you put a few jugfuls of water through first to flush it through. Do take your own teabags though, and you’ll probably have to buy your own milk too, as coffee creamer is an abhorrence in tea. (photos may well follow soon of the coffee maker-turned-teapot in our room)

3) Cheap dvds – yes it is possible to get dvds in the states for about half the UK price. No, it is not worth scouring Downtown Pittsburgh for a decent dvd store when you can get them delivered to your hotel from most decent online dvd stores. More choice, less hassle, order enough and it’s free postage.

4) If you attempt to try every exciting or interesting foodstuff that you have not tasted before you will make yourself ill. Pace yourself, and save it for the really good stuff.

5) Even though food is cheap and plentiful here, do not over-order. You will make yourself ill. Pace yourself, and save it for the really good stuff.

Great things about Pittsbugh

– It’s very friendly, people actually say hi in the street
– The weather is great, lovely and warm, but not too oppressive (this point is subject to change)
– free internet access just about everywhere you go
– great food and plenty of it
– great cookware shops
– fantastic tacky shops – taking tacky to a whole new level
– wonderful, cheap museums, not been to all that many yet, but again that will change.
– street names engraved on the corner of the paving stones at junctions, great navigation for people like me that never look up when they walk around.
– very impressive skyscrapers, even the old buildings are really tall, even the fountains are really tall.
– hot dogma, as Rhys has mentioned elsewhere (see link at top of this post)

Not so great things about Pittsburgh
– too much coffee, not enough tea
– crossing roads (traffic signals, where they exist do not apply to turning vehicles, and any solid metal vehicle will take priority over a mere squishy pedestrian)
– toilets are scary, they flush with a vengeance, and very, very loudly
– tv is bad, with too many ads, and no Neighbours (although I do have that recording at home, obviously) to emphasise the quality of the tv here, I should point out that Deal or no Deal is a prime time TV event here, and the most watchable thing.
– It’s quite dusty here, there’s building work going on everywhere
– Last but not least, I have to type on Rhys’ laptop, which I can’t type on – apologies for any inadvertent typos as a result of this (rather than the usual common or garden bad spelling)

I don’t want to finish on a bad note, I love Pittsburgh. Provided you bring your own tea the USA is a great place to be, I’m not sure I’ll want to come home as soon as we’ll have to – but that’s the nature of holidays.

Who’d have thought it?

For about a year and a half, we’ve been members of an internet dvd rental company. It’s been a great chance to catch up on some TV series, to check out new releases before buying them, and discovering some fantastic films that we wouldn’t have usually bothered with. It’s also thrown up some complete stinkers.

Something I discovered early on, and continue to find is that a lot of ‘classics’ really aren’t all they are cracked up to be. ‘Casablanca’ was dull, as was ‘Citizen Kane’. We decided we had better things to do than sit through more than the first 20 minutes of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, and I wish I hadn’t sat through ‘The Godfather’.

So it was against my better judgement, and more out of wanting to put off the washing-up that I decided that I had the requisite spare 4 hours needed to watch ‘Gone With The Wind’. It was fantastic. It had it all, the saga, the rags-to-riches, pretty dresses, bloody murder, infidelity and the rest and to top it all a pretty miserable end. Maybe you wouldn’t like it – it is very long, reasonably complex, pretty tame and fairly slow paced. You may even hate it, and blame me for suggesting that it was worth a look. Sorry if this reposte is obvious, but frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Surprise, Surprise…

I really should update more often. Not a great deal has happened mind, life plods on as usual. I was in Leicestershire at the weekend, visiting parents, and assisting in a surprise visit from my brother, who according to them was in Korea… until he turned up on their doorstep.

Bro and I got to look around the house we grew up in, as we happened to be walking past as the current owners were measuring up, getting ready to sell it again. It stirred up relatively few emotions compared to what I would have expected. In the end it’s bricks and mortar, and our memories are made of different stuff.

We also went to a surprise 50th birthday ceilidh, with a caller that sounded exactly like Harry Hill. A surreal experience, but very enjoyable, lots of good food and old friends.

Shock expose of today has to be that “cookies are a sometimes food”. Today’s show was brought to you by the letters L, M, A and O.

What it says on the tin

Dear BBC Please can you fix it for me to have my old schedule of telly back, it was very good and the one I have now is rubbish…

I would like the following programmes back, the same as they were in the early nineties without recent embellishments:

Top Gear (some day very soon you’ll put Jeremy Clarkson and the Crazy Frog next to each other and you’ll look from one to the other and won’t be able to tell the difference).

The Clothes Show (preferably with Jeff Banks).

Food and Drink (not the current incarnation, the old one with the bloke with the beard doing the cooking and Jilly Goolden muttering about burnt pencils).

Home Front

Gardener’s World

Please could I have one of these on every weeknight in the same timeslot, and then get rid of all of the other daytime and weekday evening lifestyle programmes that are continually trying to get a different slant, or inject more ‘reality’ into these situations. I want to know how to paper a wall, not watch someone answer questions in order to ‘win’ a team of decorating wannabes applyind paper to a room that they are not allowed to see.

Oh and can you also fix it for me to have Jim’ll Fix It back on a Saturday evening.

Thank you Emily (28) from Swansea.

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In other news: Happy birthday to Alan Rickman (59 today), that makes him 31 years older than me for another 11 days – or something like that anyway.

Little things we like…

… worth downloading the pdf to get the detail

…Someone got to this blog by searching for “prayer of a cynic”. I don’t think they got what they were looking for, Rose tinted cynics are a bit different to your average type of cynic, and besides I don’t tend to write up my prayers on here. Maybe I should, I’m sure God reads my wiblog…

…I’m trying to decide on a bit more of a structure for this blog, it occasionally manages one for a while, I’ll carry on thinking though…

…2 updates in one day? Unheard of, I know, I think I’m putting off preparing for my deacons meeting.