July 5th, 2012

Paint the whole world with a rainbow

It just occurred to me, as I was making some coffee and musing about what an ITV version of Dr. Who might have been like (see Dandy Lord from the much lamented NTK http://www.ntk.net/2005/misc/dandylord.html "The Dandy's first assistant Brenda was played by an 11 year old Iris Murdoch) - obviously you may say 'The Tomorrow People, obviously', but I am thinking of a more explicit analogue, the Magpie to Dr, Who's Blue Peter - that presumably there were rather more drugs floating round in ITV than the BBC in the 70s, certainly in the Thames and LWT.
As supporting evidence I give you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAAyt7-yQ8w (Michael MacKenzie would have made a good Dandy Lord, obviously) and of course http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJsaujSs7Fw
It seems so obvious when you think of it, but I don't recall it being mentioned in any official history.

(Fun Rainbow related fact concerning Rod, Jane and Freddy "In June 2008 Rod, Jane and Freddy appeared on the show '50 Ways To Leave Your TV Lover' on Sky and talked about newspaper claims that they were involved in a love triangle. They revealed that Rod and Jane had in fact been married and divorced, Jane partnering up with Freddy some time after he had joined the trio, a relationship that continues to this day." WSMNBTO)

They came for the potholes, but I was not a pothole, so I did nothing

Following on from the patching of potholes prior to the Olympic torch relay, two teams out at once at one point, a long flint wall on the way into the village where I work is now being repaired one week in advance of the torch coming through. If I recall correctly, and I may well not, the wall has been patched up with wood and metal holding the wood in place for the last 15 years - yes, I have worked there that long, 15 years on the 1st July, in fact. That is to say I don't remember the wall ever not being like that. I wonder if the council gave the owner a bung.
As I drove past the people doing the work on Monday around lunchtime were in classic 'there is a hole in the wall, men are looking into it' pose.