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posted by [personal profile] panik at 09:44am on 28/09/2008 under , ,
As you're drifting off to sleep. Last night for - who knows what strange, possibly cosmic reasons - my thoughts turned to a cheap little drama that used to play (constantly, it seemed) on afternoon telly back on the 70's called Doctor Simon Locke.

Why that particular piece of crud nonsense popped into my head I've no idea. I didn't care for it at the time; off school for afternoon 'prep' (ie eating toast, watching Crown Court and Houseparty) you'd switch on the telly to find bleedin Doctor Simon bloody Locke. Even as a twelve year old, I knew it was the most awful arse.

But thinking leads to Googling and there it is on imdb with some deply amusing anecdotes.
The budget was so low that the company couldn't afford trailers for the cast, who had to change clothes in the bushes.
Jack Albertson was so disgusted at the cheap, slipshod way this show was produced that he actually pulled out of it halfway into its first season, after seeing a particularly bad set of rushes. Reminded that he still had a contract, he said, "After what I just saw up there, no jury in the world would convict me." He received his release shortly thereafter.

And now I want to cue the helicopter, cue the big shiny light, cue the man on the ground, shielding his eyes, cue the shout; 'Doc-tor... Simon Locke?!'  Cue the boomy trumpet music. Funny how even bad TV memories can make you smile. (o:

I have too much time on my hands, don't I? ::exits in search of coffee and toast::

Mood:: 'chipper' chipper
Music:: Doctor Bloody Locke, a-playin in m'heed
location: in the bedroom, drinking coffee, watching a robin
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posted by [personal profile] panik at 07:37pm on 14/10/2007 under ,
Last seen with [profile] starwatcher307

Hmmm. I keep seeing this, cropping up here and there every so often, so I'm finally succumbing. An awful lot here I've never heard of let alone seen, an awful lot of my favourite shows that aren't here but, hey ho, here we go...
The Rules are:
- Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk if you have at least one full season on tape or DVD
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order) - I've added:
Monty Python's Flying Circus - how come this wasn't on the list? Unbelievable!
I'm Alan Partridge
The IT Crowd
ETA: (and Survivors)

Does it actually mean anything? I doubt it, really...  Anyway, I'm off to watch Top Gear.
location: Home.
Mood:: 'exhausted' exhausted
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posted by [personal profile] panik at 10:52am on 11/10/2007 under , , ,
How is everyone on this lovely, sunny, autumnal day? I'm still at mum and dad's and all that that entails -

So that's me; what's everybody else up to?
location: Yorkshire
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posted by [personal profile] panik at 12:03pm on 13/09/2007 under , ,

Is everybody happy?

I'm having a half-decent day for a change, I'm working on the kitchen floor which is nowhere near as nasty as I'd anticipated and actually rather pleasing.

We have a stone-flagged kitchen floor; York Stone - big, sandstone flags; they've got awfully mucky and dark (and sticky and thoroughly horrid) and dreadfully hard to clean, so we're doing the full-monty renovation job; I went over them with a strong sugar soap solution and a yard brush on Monday; now we're using this chemical stripper stuff (that scared me at first but is actually rather benign - you don’t even need gloves to use it); diluted over the whole floor, left on 20 mins. then scrubbed, left again, mopped off - it's already made an amazing difference; a once black and murky floor is now golden and lovely. I'm tackling stains now, with it neat, then I'll give it a second all-over scrub. Then we're going to seal it with a nasty-looking laminate solution (the bottle is covered in dire warnings and scull and crossbones.), so it can never get dirty again and will, hopefully, be easier to clean in future.

Of course, while the bottles of jollop work their chemistry-magic, I have lots of waiting time which I'm using constructively to write another bit of my Academy fic (though I'm wrestling a bit with Jim at the moment. Heh heh. I wish) and reading Jane Mailander's brilliant Jim of the Jungle, which is laugh-out-loud funny - I'm only a third of the way through and I'm loving every word.

And while I'm here, I want to rec Californication. I've been watching it on download, but it starts on Five in the UK on October 11th. It's just so funny - it has something of the feel of 'Action'; not as broad or extreme, but defo in that vein. it's full of throwaway one liners and Duchovny does them so well, but tbh, any show that begins a scene with a man and woman having cocktails together and the line; " 'Honey, never put your finger up a grown man's ass without telling him first." is going to be on my 'must see' list.

Mood:: 'content' content
location: Home
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posted by [personal profile] panik at 11:34pm on 02/06/2007 under
...It was 20 years ago today.

On BBC2 right now - Anyone else watching it? Various bands - Stereophonics, Kaiser Chiefs, Travis, Razorlight amongst others - all given a S.P. track to recreate, in the same studio, with the same 4 track equipment, using the same techniques - tea towls on drums, a comb and paper in a stairwell (lovely Rita) -

What's really interesting that they all, without excepton, sound like tribute bands, there's nothing of the individual bands coming through at all. I don't know what I'm to infer from that; nothing at all, probably ::G::, it's just.... interesting. 
Mood:: 'relaxed' relaxed