Posts from 20th November 2006

Nov 06

TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN – “Knock Three Times”

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#300, 15th May 1971

Cursory research on this led me to surprise and disappointment. Surprise – mild surprise – that Tony Orlando was American, as this seems to fit right in with same-era UK pop like “Yellow River” and “Love Grows”. And disappointment, having only really taken the chorus in before, that Tony lives above the girl.

Why does that make a difference?


TORCHWATCH: Photographing Fairies

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(Running a week behind, though not slipped as far as Robin Hood the Emo Years Watch) The trailer to this episode promised if not to fill in the seemingly important mysteries about what Captain Jack has been up to and fill-out some of his past exploits. It did almost the opposite, throwing in another time-zone he had been knocking about in (1911 India) and not really explaining anything about his relationship with the old lady except for being a bit of a cad. It did nicely play with the idea, mooted in the Sarah-Jane episode of Dr Who, of the disjunction between time travellers and the people in the time-streams they interact with: and then does nothing with it by pointlessly killing the character off.


The Royal Wii

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Wii SportsYes, it’s the Nintendo Piss-station! I will be wanting a wee soon, you’ll be wee-ing all day etc. Now I’m slightly more scatalogically inclined than many, but I think I only took about one (1) day to hear through the sound of the name and treat it the same as the homophone pronoun. However there remain two exceptions:

1 When someone says “The Royal We” (always hilarious)
2 This console is bundled with a game called Wii-Sports

YET NOBODY HAS BLINKED over number two (yes, yes) in ALL the fanboy articles I have read in all the nintendo blogs EVER. Wii Sports?! sounds a bit like…


Non-Thriller For Kids: The Tripods, Series One

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When The Tripods was first shown I was eleven – just about the right age to be excited and disappointed by it. I can remember a playground buzz around the show, stoked by Blue Peter clips – and I can remember (though more dimly) general annoyance and lack of interest as the programme’s central fraud unfolded.*

If you’ve never seen the programme, or read the trilogy of books by John Christopher that it was based on, a recap: it’s the late 21st century, and mankind has for several generations been ruled by the Tripods, 30-metre tall machines who stride around a medievalised landscape. The Tripods, using mind-control devices (“caps”) that they implant in all humans who reach 16, have removed curiosity and scientific knowledge from man. They have also removed disease and aggression, so the docile capped population lives generally pleasant lives. Our young heroes flee their imminent capping and begin a journey to find the rumoured free human resistance to Tripod rule.

Sounds exciting? Here’s the catch: