March 25th, 2013

Sexual Perversity In Wood Lane

My copy of the John Nathan-Turner book has yet to arrive. I imagine the small press has been overwhelmed with orders.
The Daily Mirror story today is presumably 'tabloid journalists take 2 days to read a Guardian review of a book that has been out a couple of weeks'. Colin Baker is
as you would expect not thrilled at the picture of him and JN-T on the front page with the very small type saying 'J N-T pictured with Colin Baker who is not involved'.
The Guardian review by Matthew Sweet makes a very perceptive point about Who, 'It has even worked its way into the consciousnesses of people who don't like it very much'. The same I think can be said of the BBC on some level, I am certainly one of the people who doesn't like Who very much.
Sweet, I knew but had forgotten, has written some secondary Dr Who stuff including the one about the pig which contains a fine Wikipedia 'see also'
"This article is about the Doctor Who audio play. For the Chinese zodiac year, see Pig (zodiac). For the Vietnam documentary film, see In the Year of the Pig", and the description includes the phrase "Marcel Proust appears in a non-speaking role in this story. The play contains many references to his work À la recherche du temps perdu."
His book about the British Film industry, 'Shepperton Babylon', is excellent.

This post about Television Centre written by someone better informed than I says kind of what I was thinking about it Somehow I haven't been able to get worked up into the heights of nostalgia / sorrow / outrage that other people have. The best quote came from David Hepworth who said something like 'when I first went there it already smelt of cooking, floor-polish and back-stabbing'.

Unrelated, via tvcream (who has withdrawn / had withdrawn the 'doable barker' T-shirts they was selling),
a scene in Dallas where various characters go to a disco and dance to the Dallas theme ohYFhz8Mqo&


Converted from a selection of incoherent tweets into an incoherent LJ post.

I seem to have joined another lame pressure group (which shall remain nameless). Don't think they're going to get more than 1 year's money from me. Clearly one could work to improve it, but I think not. Rolling a rabid badger up-hill would probably be more profitable.
Instead, I shall be resuming the armed struggle. The ROELF (Rest Of England Liberation Front's) codeword when dealing with the media will be 'felch-monkey'.

And now, the Rest of England National Anthem

"And did those feet, in ancient times, walk outside the M25?
And was the holy lamb of God, outside TfL zone 6 seen?
... nor shall my sword sleep in my hands, 'til we have got the government to spend our fucking money on something more sensible than a billion pound extension to the Northern Line going to two not terribly useful places mainly for the benefit of the Malysian property company that has bought the shell of Battersea Power Station"

Does that one really have a decent cost-benefit ratio? Wouldn't, say, reoopening the Oxford - Witney railway line be more sensible? For about a tenth of the price?

This post on Beeching closed lines in London is interesting (not all due to Beeching). Must go on the strange Romford to Upminster line some time.