Saturday, April 30, 2011

William and Kate's Request for Privacy

Quite right. One hopes after Princess Diana that people have learnt that Royals and VIPs have a right to a private life. Maybe such things will hopefully make people have more respect for the privacy laws in this country

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Andrew Marr Injunction

I can see why some feel that he is a hypocrite, but lets look at this another way. If you have had an affair and regret it, and if you want to protect your family, the person you have had an affair with and a child you believe to be yours (or if you are a female, the child whom you believe the former lover to be the father), and you want to put the whole situation behind you, what would you have done?

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Normblog Profile

My apologies for the delay in posting this, but at last I have been honoured by an interview on Norman Geras's blog, the results can be found here

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In Memoriam: Nicholas Courtney and Elisabeth Sladen

Just as we were coming to terms with Nicholas Courtney's death, last night saw the sad news of the passing of Elisabeth Sladen.
As any Who fan knows, these two actors played characters who made a large impact on the series. Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart was a Watson to the Doctor's Sherlock Holmes and, as head of UNIT and later as a retired advisor occasionally wheeled out, he was involved with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th Doctors, and was even referenced in the new series, as well as guesting in The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Elisabeth Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith, one of the more gutsy, outspoken, and intelligent companions, she was with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker's Docor, and yet such was her popularity that she reprised her role many times, starting with the ill-fated spin-off K9 and Company in 1981, the twentieth anniversary special, The Five Doctors in 1983, to occasionally appearing in the current series and having her own spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures. Lis Sladen's death at just 63 years old, after a long but quiet battle with cancer, leaves a hole in the series.
So in tribute, here are Nicholas Courtney and Lis Sladen in their respective roles witnessing the 3rd Doctors' regeneration.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The AV Yes/No Campaigns

I think Lord Ashdown has a point, although in general I find the whole atmosphere of the campaign rather unedifying. This is about the politics of ideas, not personalities and anyone would think there was the cost of human lives at stake the way things are going on.
I for one hope people votes "Yes" in May, but sadly this is not a campaign that I fear I will not look back on with affection.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fifty Years Ago Today...

Yuri Gagarin blasted into space and became the first astronaut/cosmonaut. A remarkable achievement and a remarkable start to an era in mankind's history. Here is an interview with Yuri Gagarin shortly after wards on UK Television

Friday, April 08, 2011

What if John Smith Had Lived?

Fascinating stuff, although ultimately we don't know what would have happened, although one can make shrewd guesses.
But as Macmillan once said, it's the events which dictate what happens in politics, not the if's. A Smith premiership would likely have been different from a Blair premiership, but other than that we do not know

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Dreaming of Cuts

So Greg Barker tries to clarify his comments by saying the government is facing a tougher economic mess than the Thatcher government faced in the 1980s. If so, then how does this explain that these are cuts Margaret Thatcher could only dream of, or is he suggesting tougher measures along the way?