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Saturday, June 11th, 2011
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them on line here http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/spectrumradio.html I am not sure whether this is clever, cute, patronising or just slightly bizarre (the main theme includes all the variations). They are relentlessly upbeat (and yes, they are the real things, not some midi files someone has knocked up which was my first thought - ah the days of cheap generic synthesiser sound).
2. Searching for BBC versions of Oranges and Lemons as one does, I came across this, which wasn't what I was looking for http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8142000/8142874.stm which led me to the composer Benjamin Till. His 'thing' seems to be documentary musicals (mainly, I suspect, commissioned by the BBC, not of course that there is anything wrong with that). Some of them seem a bit 'Mr Alternative Carpark' but I particularly liked the one about Hampstead Heath
and the final part of the Busker's Symphony http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdnwHnKe6nk
3. Bizarrely, I thought about Fast Car by Tracy Chapman at one point last Saturday, and later in the evening it was played in the pub I went to with Mr Cloudhigh and J. In my memory, it was an album that 'everyone' had at the time but I don't think anyone bought a second one (or maybe they did and found it sounded exactly like the first one).
4. Didn't know that the South African national anthem is essentially a medley of 2 different things. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apSya_3siKM (interesting neither Wikipedia nor the S.A. government website say 'and the English words at the end about unity and freedom etc. are new, not the old words')
5. On the subject of national anthems, I didn't know that some weird alternate verse was used in the Olympics hand-over ceremony http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG7UJML7qkY (if we believe Wikipedia there is not really an official version). Important - even more than usual don't read the YouTube comments. The 'official' website only has what I think of as verses 1 and 3 i.e. without the one about knavish tricks. http://www.royal.gov.uk/MonarchUK/Symbols/NationalAnthem.aspx
6. Have attempted and failed to write down my thoughts on Dr. Who, so here are a couple of sentences. On the plane to South Africa the video system had some Who, including The Lodger which I watched again and liked, and Rico The Panda Opens which I suspect I hadn't actually seen before and was better than I expected. I think with this season the main problem is that the pert, wee one himself, Amy and Harmony Swamp are all ciphers. Also fundamentally the Who universe is too ad-hoc and arbitrary to support much in the way of story arcs because it seems too like it is all being made up as one goes along. If anything this has got worse this season - the trope mine is being mined heavily and I feel we may hit 'peak trope' soon.
I am reminded slightly of Jasper Fforde, although I quite like him the jokes taken all together make the world building unable to really sustain anything that one cares about terribly much in terms of what happens to the characters, I find. This does not apply to the weird post-Singularity dystopia which has much more convincing though deeply bizarre world building, though there is at least one thing at the beginning which doesn't fit in with the rest of the book and should have been revised later - Father Christmas in Narnia syndrome.
7. Doubtless many things have been written over the years about how the main SF world for the British is essentially an upper-class amateur with defective equipment with some other amateurs he has picked up, whereas the American ones are military dictactorship (The Federation) and civil war between two wings of a repressive theocracy (Star Wars).
8. I rather like the Kindle TV ads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGmRKSds9OY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIj5lpFQIK8 Clearly a rare example of a company saying 'OK, these are the points we want to make'and making them. Obviously the key points (from these and other ads are) they are real books and they're cheaper and easier to read that iPads.
9. Thought whilst obviously one cannot but commend the creepy ad-broking company for running these ads on TV http://www.youtube.com/user/googlechromeuk?v=CnFO8Hxp7CA (half-heartedly localised UK version) as ever I can't really work out what the hell their strategy is.