Friday, February 26, 2010

Some uninformed ramblings and that

Right, okay.
  • Moving out: I dunnit. About 3 months ago. Hurr.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Amazing book series, but that absolute fucker of an author is never going to get round to finishing it. The first book, "A Game of Thrones", is the best one too. the others are still excellent, but there's a very steady decline in quality.
  • Boston Spa Beer Festival 2010: Ruby Rudgate Mild was my favourite beer. There was also some amazing cider, but since I moved onto the cider a little bit later, I have absolutely no idea what it's called.
  • Vampire Weekend's second album: Exactly like the first, but a little less enthusiastic. Sort of like how the Strokes album was. So it's not bad, but pretty disappointing too. I only mention as I'm listening now.
  • RAF Coningsby: Weird site. Too many ridiculous security measures, and they managed to build brand new offices that are already about 20 years old. I think I have to spend a few days there next week. Fighter jets are fucking dull.
  • German Chocolate Biscuits: Excelllent. So are cornettos.
  • Rhubarb Triangle: There are three according to this blog. The correct one is Rothwell, Morley and Wakefield. Definitely. I don't really like rhubarb.
  • John Bishop: He's that scouse comedian bloke. He's going to be famous by the end of the year. His DVD will be a best-seller next christmas. Possibly Jon Richardson too. I like both of them.
  • TV: Re-watching Arrested Development. Amazing. Also watching the entire Buffy and Angel box sets with my flatmate Ben, in the proper order and everything. We're currently 104 episodes out of 254.
  • The BBC: If they shut down 6Music, I'll be pretty fucked off.
  • Books: Read 6 so far this year! Wonder if I'll do 50? Reckon I'll get through about 25 at least. Currently reading Mark Kermode's "It's Only A Movie" and "Slaughterhouse 5" by Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Kermode's Book Tour: Was really good. Saw him do a talk at the Hyde Park picture-house, then watched the Exorcist. Enjoyed every minute. Kermode is a very interesting man, if a little bit gobby. He reminds me of my old flatmate Rob, in that he express his excitement a little strangely. I mean, it almost seems like he's being a little false in some of his attitudes, but he isn't. It's odd. I think it might be the faux-childishness. They're both obsessed with horror films too, and I'm not a massive fan of the genre. Anyway, his Radio 5 show with Simon Mayo is brillian and I really enjoyed seeing the Exorcist properly.
  • The Bubble: Pretty average new BBC show. Nothing special, but we'll see how it progresses.
  • Drugs: They're pretty fucking great sometimes, but always very selfish. I hate that sort of selfishness.
  • That Ocarina I bought: Rubbish. I should buy a proper harmonica instead, tuned to the key of Bob Dylan.
  • Guitar: Dylan as usual. I could definitely strum a few songs at an open mic night now. Some Smiths songs are good to play too, as is "Pazu's Fanfare" or "Morning in a Mining Village" (see: this tab).
  • Long-hair: Doing alright for me at the moment. 5/5 semi-successful Saturday's, at least. Will be cut tomorrow though.
  • Self-indulgence: Check.


Edit: Lodged a complaint about the BBC 6Music thing. Got this e-mail back:

Thanks for your e-mail regarding BBC 6 Music.

All services are being reviewed at the moment as a part of the BBC wide Strategy Review. The details of the review are currently being considered by the BBC Trust, but at this stage the BBC cannot comment on speculation.

However, we would like to assure you that we've registered your complaint on our audience log. This is a daily report of audience feedback that's circulated to many BBC staff, including members of the BBC Executive Board, channel controllers and other senior managers.

The audience logs are seen as important documents that can help shape decisions about future programming and content.

Thanks again for taking the time to contact us.

Regards,
BBC Complaints

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