brixtonbrood: (circles)

The BBC has been called up on its description of Nelson Mandela as the "first black president of South Africa" on the grounds that "first democratically elected president of South Africa" should trump that.

Which made me think. By that definition, who was the first democratically elected prime minister of the UK? President of the US? National political leader anywhere in the world?

Be prepared to defend your choice for the US. The UK is workoutable if you have solid general knowledge, but I'd be deeply impressed if anyone knew the last one without Google. (Himself guessed the UK and guessed the country of the last one, but not the person)

brixtonbrood: (wrong)

Modern middle-aged middle-class theatre audiences just can't cope with all the passive smoking any more.

Just been to see Old Times (not my usual cup of tea but I'm easily swayed by the prospect of The Lovely Rufus Sewell) and while it was very good, the random coughs from the audience as the cast lit up yet another round of fags were quite distracting.

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brixtonbrood: (circles)

Jupiter looking extremely bright tonight, I really must get some decent binoculars for Xmas. It won't be quite as bright tomorrow but still worth looking out for if it's clear.

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My father wants only one thing for Christmas - a new PC strategy war game to match his favourite: Cossacks. He has loads of others from a few years ago, but since they've gone out of fashion he hasn't found any recent good ones. Any brilliant ideas?

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brixtonbrood: (circles)

God I'm knackered. And sunburnt.

But it is all lovely and the thousands of volunteers/workers could not have been nicer. I would heartily recommend a cheap ticket to the Paralympics (Olympic Park venues only) if you can get one, because the park and the buildings are stunning.

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Pretty

Aug. 3rd, 2012 07:40 pm
brixtonbrood: (cymru)

There are swifts (I think) picking off gnats from the ponds, and we saw a dragonfly. It is all quite lovely.

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Olympics

Aug. 3rd, 2012 12:57 pm
brixtonbrood: (circles)

We are here! It is sunny and the bees ate enjoying the flower meadow as we eat our picnic. Every now and then there is a spectacular noise from the stadium as Jessica Ennis does something particularly impressive.

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Went into WH Smith yesterday. They have three different Shades-of-Grey-alikes by three different authors prominently displayed.

In other news, I'm not sure it's safe for Joss Whedon to go to ComicCon; the roar when he takes the stage as a conquering hero may be loud enough to endanger the local fault lines.

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brixtonbrood: (grumpy)

I am, intermittently, a Good Mother. Hence, my darling babies are protected from inappropriately scary films in which people's faces melt and their hands get burnt, although they are allowed to watch Lego renditions of said films.

I looked at the Radio Times, and it said that Raiders of the Lost Ark would be on this evening. Small and Tiny have never seen it, but IMO are now of an age where they can cope with the scary.

Hence A PLAN. The entire day revolves around settling down at 6:30 pm on the sofa to watch Raiders for the first time, hands poised to reassure nervous Tinies. Children are notified, computers are switched off. I have made popcorn.

AND THEN THE SODDING BBC DECIDE TO RANDOMLY SWITCH THE SODDING TENNIS FROM BBC2 TO BBC1 AND CANCEL RAIDERS.

NB that this was not a case of the tennis overrunning - it was always scheduled to be on BBC2 at this time. It was also not a case of two different crucial matches being unexpectedly scheduled against each other and wanting to show both - BBC2 is now showing Top of The Pops instead of the tennis. There is simply no justification for this whatsoever, and I imagine that the people who set their box up to record the tennis on BBC2 are not too chuffed either.

WE ARE NOT HAPPY.

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brixtonbrood: (telly)

Tiny wanted to see what Star Trek: Voyager was like...after 30 seconds he had reached a considered opinion.

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Is when your "offline" message is changed from its previous bland "temporary service outage, back in a few minutes" to "So sorry for the downtime, we're doing our best to fix it and are not down the pub honest".
I shall be forced to interact with my family instead.

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brixtonbrood: (telly)

If you are an occasional enjoyer of teatime quiz show Pointless but have not seen today's episode (episode 57 of series 5) then I heartily recommend catching it on iPlayer, in particular the second question of the head to head round, about 28 minutes in.
Richard's response to the contestants' total ignorance of the works of Sebastian Faulks was a joy to behold, and the funniest thing we've seen on telly this week.

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brixtonbrood: (telly)

I spent this afternoon baking and watching Galaxy Quest, and cried solidly throughout the second half.

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brixtonbrood: (circles)

Cut for spoilers (not that one, something a viewer might actually be surprised by)
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We went to see it - I dragged the family out against their will (He doesn't like films full stop, he saw one once and it was rubbish, Small wants to play Super Mario Galaxy for the whole Christmas holiday, and Tiny doesn't like 3D and wanted to watch the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie instead). But I am the one who reads reviews and listens to Kermode, so what I say goes.

And it was very very good, and the highest jokes-per-minute rate I've seen for a long time. I didn't remember until the credits that it was written by Peter Baynham. Bill Nighy was particularly good. My reputation as the person who decides what we will all be doing remains unchallenged. Next trip to the cinema booked for late March 2012 for The Pirates! Even if the jokes in the trailer are the only ones they have, it'll still be a very funny film.

In other trailer news, there isn't enough money in the world to bribe me to go and watch War Horse.

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brixtonbrood: (silly people dancing)

If one were a very foolish person, and had email oneself an unreasonably large document from work to look at at home, and the Interwebs was sulking and it was taking For Ever to receive and preventing you from reading actual useful emails . Is there a way to tell Outlook not to bother downloading that one and just do the others? [edit: yes there is, and mad stabbing at menus found it]

brixtonbrood: (wrong)

I went home a different way today and admired the newly finished Heron Tower on Bishopsgate. It has a huge shiny atrium/lobby, with a big fish tank in it....a very big fish tank.
A woman was cleaning the inside as I went past - using scuba gear.

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Lots and lots of black cabs out in the City tonight - very few of them with their lights on.
But I'm on my way home now.

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brixtonbrood: (grumpy)

My parents have just rung up somewhat anxiously, having heard on the BBC that there have been massive riots in Clapham.

Had to explain to them that no, that was Battersea - 30 minutes brisk walk away. The might of the BBC apparently unable to understand that Clapham Junction =/= Clapham High Street. Unsurprisingly our local paper (The Guardian) is reporting correctly.

Brixton quietish last night, though I decided it was best not to leave the milk bottles out for the milkman just in case, and he decided understandably not to do his rounds.

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