Posts from 19th June 2005

19
Jun 05

The chances of anything coming from Mars…

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How is the Martian battle cry in Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds spelt? It is one of the most recognisable sounds in pop but Wayne himself never has to verbalise (unless earlier editions than mine come with a libretto!). Orbital sampled the piercing war-shriek on their debut album, titling the track “Oolaa”. But ‘oolaa’ fails to satisfy as a spelling, for three reasons:

i. The double-o and double-a might suggest that the two vowel-sounds which make up the cry (NB it is not confirmed that Martians have ‘vowels’ so I am using the Earth equiv.) are of similar length: this is untrue, as the cry is made up of a forceful and triumphant ‘oo’ and then a tailing-off ‘laaaaa’ as the Martian seeks its next kill.

ii. The break between syllables is dramatic, more dramatic than found in most Earth words – while I would agree w/ the brothers Hartnoll that the two syllables are not separate words I think some kind of punctuation, a hyphen maybe, to separate them would be appropriate.

iii. Personally, I’m not convinced by the ‘oo’ spelling. The cry seems more alien, and to come from further back in the (human) mouth, than the mundane ‘oo’ of boot or hoot. It seems closer to a ‘u’ sound – maybe the spelling should involve a ‘uu’, or even better, a ‘uu’ with some kind of accent on it! If anyone knows the character number for u-umlaut we can take these speculations to their next level.

what a day of sport!

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well kind of.

the ladyfoot final was great, the plucky norwegians seem to have been taken to the lancashire public’s hearts (and i’m sure the fact that they were playing the germans had nothing to do with it) and were pretty unlucky (their disallowed goal seemed not to be offside, and they had a good shout for a penalty ignored). the cricket was good too, pieterson smacking the tiring australians all round the park and the home town boy (who has a very strange-shaped face, almost cartoonish) scoring the winning run. but BLIMEY what’s going on at the grand prix????? it has (for those of us who enjoy it) been a half decent season really, but the fact that only 6 cars are taking part in the race out of 20 effectively seals the death knell of the sport in the US, and who knows where else. it’s not impossible that there may yet be a riot, although the police captain they just spoke to said they could deal with any problem…

anyway, there’s always the golf. i wonder if there are highlights of the intertoto cup first round anywhere…

5 great things about last night’s Doctor Who

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(Possible spoilers may follow)

1. The death of Anne Robinson is filmed in Wales.

2. Lynda’s death by the Dalek window cleaner. Never have flashing lights been so easy to decipher.

3. The day was saved by someone with a tow truck called Rodrigo.

4. David Tennant’s frankly magnificent pronunciation of the word “Barcelona”.

5. “Doctor Who will return in The Christmas Invasion”. Very Bond. Bring it on!

I have scattered the letters through time and space

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Guess my theory:

FACE OF *BOEHOOHOO* :’(

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*SPOILERS SPOILERS*
ok clearly this wz a top-fun ep even if d.tennant HAS made mccoy his character avatar as appears >:\ but
i. “my ship alone escaped the wrack tumbling tumbling through time” = v.weak
ii. immediate loss of this new(ish) character and dynamic (the pathology of fundie daleks) = a waste i think iii. um wz captain jack left alone in that part of the universe? the assault on earth looked rawther comprehensive

*END SPOILERS*