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Thursday 19th November 2009 7:25 pm

I keep meaning to update more often but I'm just so unmotivated by everything at the moment. I think all that time reading and watching videos and not doing a lot else and I've got used to it. But there isn't nothing on tonight (I'm most upset that The Bill's off for Celebrity nonsense), so I am determined to do something constructive with my evening.

In Yuletide news I am currently reviewing the source material in the hopes that I might manage a plot at the end of it. I'm quite excited about what I'm writing and it helps that my recipient likes a lot of the same things that I do. I'm hoping that writing that will help remind me about the whole doing something constructive thing.

It's Children in Need tomorrow, so it's guaranteed to rain, since it's not that cold. Normally I'd be running around in the road with a bucket before work, but I'm not well enough to do that, so I am counting money after work instead. I don't think I can quite cope with the idea of not doing something for Children in Need any more.

I'm having a week off work next week, which I will mostly be spending listening to the tennis, since the BBC aren't showing much. I was very excited by a twitter post of Andy Murray's today because he revealed that he's playing Sunday afternoon and that's when I'm going. We're further back than we were for the gymnastics, so expect pictures of ant-sized people.

I am most distressed my today's paper when they announced they are discontinuing the Technology section in the Guardian. I liked it best when it was the Online section with the Science section inside, but it's still been worth buying the paper once a week for it. Without it there'll be no reason to buy the paper any more - and I don't like reading the paper online, it's not the same. These days I tend to get my news from Radio 5 on the way home from work.

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Children in Need, again
Saturday 17th November 2007 9:46 am

It's amazing what a bit of sleep will do. Except for the part where I only slept till 8am and wanted to sleep till 10, but I feel more awake this morning, even though it's cloudy and I haven't opened the curtains and haven't seen the sun yet.

I rewatched the Doctor Who thing from last night. I was most amazed to find it was 8 minutes long - it felt about 2!

There are still large parts of it I dislike. The Hotel Babylon thing, which was probably about the same length, was clearly poking fun at itself, whereas the Doctor Who one felt like it couldn't decide whether to poke fun or be serious and it's ended up being a bit of both and neither and doesn't work. And I dislike the Confidential where they said that Peter Davison was the first of the modern Doctors, because you could pretty much define that to be any of them.

But, I did like:

  • Belgium
  • Describing the console room as having a desktop theme
  • The Master's beard being described as rubbish
  • The Cloister Bell - it's such a great harbinger of doom
  • That at the start when they say the world's only got 5 minutes left, it really means 5 minutes of real time
  • How it fits between the end of Last of the Time Lords and the epilogue

I didn't watch it quite so closely, so the Fifth Doctor felt better. The trouble is that in the original episodes he's Tristan and now he's just Peter Davison. It's only in the audios that I can believe he's the Doctor.

I did really hate:

  • wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey - that joke only works once and not with Five
  • A black hole and supernova at the same time. I can suspend my disbelief for some science but there's a limit and that's over it. The one leads to the other - they can't possibly be simultaneous
  • Ten going 'You're my Doctor'. I can sort of see Ten loving his past selves rather than hating them, but that was just OTT

I've seen lots of people talk about it this morning on my RSS Feeds (I think I'm the only person who didn't love it) but only one person mentioned giving any money. So if you bothered to take the time to watch it on TV, or go to the website to watch it, then you'll know where to go and give some money to help disadvantaged children in Britain.

I ache this morning, but collecting money yesterday morning was still the best part of the day.

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Children in Need
Friday 16th November 2007 10:01 pm

Being tired last night and needing an early night was not a good start. When my day started this morning, it was dark. It wasn't really light until I left the house in the freezing cold, dressed in two jumpers and two pairs of trousers as well as other layers. It's not easy to get a pair of jeans with slim legs on over a pair of trousers with baggy legs. I'm very glad I did though, because at one point I had cold legs. At least it was the traditional cold weather for Children in Need and not pouring it down like it did last year.

Then I walked down to where I was collecting money from cars stopped at the lights on the bridge. For an hour and a half I had great fun attempting to get money from people. One bloke gave me a massive pile of coppers. Another gave me a bag of 5ps. As a result my bucket was really heavy - I am discovering muscles that ache when I lift my arms. It almost makes me wish for the American way of lots of notes. Towards the end people did mention how cold it was while they were looking for their change. By that time I was hot and looking forward to stripping down to a normal number of layers.

I have seriously not had enough sleep, though, so today has been such a struggle. But I saw Doctor Who on TV. Which I thought was a bit crap - it seemed to me like it was easy to tell you were watching something fictional. But perhaps it's tiredness - I'll watch it again on the website tomorrow. (I quite liked Peter Davison in Confidential, though).

The Bill doing the Rat Pack were very good. Although their behind the scenes thing was almost more interesting than their song! Of the four actors I only recognised two: Graham Cole (who I've met) and the one who plays Terry. I think the ginger one is the Super. No doubt all will become clear if I watch any of The Bill at Christmas - it was last Christmas that I watched an episode.

Now I'm just waiting for Sybil Fawlty on after the news. I've never seen Hotel Babylon, only trailers, but she's got to be good.

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