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Memed from [personal profile] lost_spook and [personal profile] john_amend_all:

1. Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.
2. Visit this site to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and — you guessed it — list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)
3. I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.
4. Bravo! Have a cookie.


The next time this comes up I think I’m not going to do it the john_amend_all way, because it’s really hard. I ended up just giving up on one of them. Anyway, my fandoms were:

Doctor Who
John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme
Legends of Tomorrow
Phantom 2040
Zootropolis


The results were:
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You know, I’m starting to suspect there are only, like, fifty poems on that site or something. “I have a Bird in Spring” came up twice! Still, no Robert Service for once.
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This was ages ago, haven't I written it up yet? Okay, here we go.

It was a good Fringe. I was only down for three days, but I saw The Reduced Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged), Mort by the group who did Faust Eric last year, and stand-up by Mitch Benn, Robert Newman and Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden. And they were all excellent.
Saturday: RSC and Mort )

Sunday: Mitch Benn and Robert Newman )

Monday: Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden )
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Benton Fraser (for [livejournal.com profile] rhiannon_s)
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Ford Prefect (for [livejournal.com profile] rhiannon_s)
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Some of you may be familiar with Sue Limb's Radio 4 comedies The Wordsmiths at Gorsemere and Gloomsbury, which are about oddly familiar groups of writers: The former features, as well as William and Dorothy Wordsmith, Percy Jelly, Lord Biro and Sir Walter Spott, while the latter stars Ginny Fox and Vera Sackcloth-Vest, as well as D.H. Lollipop, T.S. Jellytot, and so on. They're very funny, even if you only have a vague idea about the originals.

So, in the spirit of those I came up with:
The Clinklings )
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So yeah. Arrived in Edinburgh around 18:00, Clue at 19:30, dinner at 23:00. But worth it.
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A totally ridiculous idea for a filksong, sort of in the spirit of Mitch Benn (who I tried to mention but didn't have space for. Or Milton Jones. Or Nebulous. Or...)
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My characters were:

1. Wally West/The Flash (DC Comics)
2. Sandy (Absolute Power)
3. The War Doctor (Doctor Who)
4. Dr Bunsen Honeydew (The Muppets)
5. Jack Dodger (Dodger)
6. Otto Octavius/The Superior Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
7. Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock)
8. Eddie Watts (That Puppet Game Show)
9. PC Peter Grant (Rivers of London)
10.Gytha "Nanny" Ogg (Discworld)
11.Queenie (Blackadder II)
12.Arnold J Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
13.Lt Cmdr Montgomery Scott (Star Trek relaunch movies)
14.Lobsang (The Long Earth)
15.Fitz Kriener (Doctor Who EDAs)

results under the cut )
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Yeah, that took longer than I thought. I found myself utterly stymmied by the first question, moved on to the others, and then kept thinking "But I don't have an answer for the first one yet". And I still don't.

The characters were:

1. Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Ultimate Spidey cartoon)
2. Seventh Doctor (Doctor Who)
3. Granny Weatherwax (Discworld)
4. Father Dougal Maguire (Father Ted)
5. Larfleeze/Agent Orange (Green Lantern comics)
6. Random Dent (The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy)
7. Chris Cwej (Doctor Who New Adventures)
8. Martin McCabe (Absolute Power)
9. Lt Cmdr Data (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
10. Amy Pond (Doctor Who)
11. Ebenezer Scrumph (I'm Sorry I Haven't A Christmas Carol)
12. Barbara Gordon/Oracle (Batman comics)
13. Luigi (Super Mario Brothers)
14. Rev Geraldine Granger (The Vicar of Dibbley)
15. Constable Wee Mad Arthur Mac Feegle (Discworld)
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Still haven't seen Miracle Day; thought I should write these up first, without being influenced by it. For those who haven't heard of these, they're three radio dramas that were broadcast on Radio 4 last week in the Afternoon Play slot. Two of them are still available on Listen Again if you hurry.
Spoilers. Including one huge one for 'The House of the Dead'. )
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The list was:

1. The Shalka Master (Doctor Who)
2. Mr Gently Benevolent (Bleak Expectations)
3. Kyle Rayner/Green Lantern (DC Comics)
4. Reg Shoe (Discworld)
5. Animal (The Muppets)
6. Jonathan Creek (Jonathan Creek)
7. The Laird (Hamish & Dougal)
8. Idris (Doctor Who)
9. Penfold (Danger Mouse)
10. Ollie Queen/Green Arrow (Smallville)
11. Kate Reed (Anno Dracula)
12. Sophia Rivers (Family Bites)
13. Rob Anybody Mac Feegle (Discworld)
14. Elias Vaughn (Deep Space Nine relaunch novels)
15. S. Baldrick (Blackadder the Third)

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I sent an e-mail to Radio 4's Feedback last week about BBC local radio. On Wednesday I got a reply asking me if I could phone them in the afternoon and record it.

I found this when I checked my e-mail on Thursday morning.

Now, I don't know if I'd have been too nervous to call if I'd received the message in a timely fashion, but I certainly wasn't phoning them to say "Um, am I too late?" So my message never got used.
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There's a quiz on Radio 4 called The Third Degree, in which a team of three students are pitted against a team of three dons. One of the rounds is called "highbrow/lowbrow", in which the contestants are given a single word and asked if they want a highbrow or lowbrow question connected with it, with the other question going to their counterpart on the opposing team.

On this week's episode, the final word was "underground". Here are the questions:

Highbrow:
[clip of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" by Bob Dylan]
Amongst the torrent of extraordinary urban imagery in that song, can you complete the quote from the end of the second verse?

Lowbrow:
[clip of "I'm Sticking With You" by The Velvet Underground]
The song was revived by being the music behind an award wining Hyundai car advertisment. This might well have delighted the father of pop art, who was closely associated with the band. Can you name him?

Now, can someone explain to me why one question about a 1960s song (which just asks if you know the lyrics) is highbrow, but another question about a 1960s song (which is actually "Who was the father of pop art?") is lowbrow? Just because the latter was in an advert somewhat recently (a fact which had nothing to do with the actual question)?
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From Radio 4's The Last Word. It starts at about 18 minutes 26 seconds.

There's still an episode there from January, so I'm guessing this should be available for about a month.
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Just discovered this Mitch Benn song:

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The programme described Meyer as a "housewife" when Twilight was accepted, which surprised me enough to look her up on Wikipedia

She's three years older than me! I was under the assumption she was a teenager herself, which would excuse the books somewhat, just as some allowances are made for Eragon when you learn it was written by a fifteen year old.

(Only some allowances; it's perfectly possible for teenagers to write decent books, for example The Chronicles of Narmo by Caitlin Moran.)
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For a long time now, I've been a listener to The Write Stuff, "Radio 4's panel game of literary correctness". And the Author of the Week is usually someone I haven't read (but almost always someone I've heard of). Which is fair enough, there's lots of authors I haven't read, and I appreciate that they're supposed to be going for Proper Literature. But nonetheless I live in hope that one day the Author of the Week will be Terry Pratchett.

Don't get me wrong, they do have genre authors sometimes, but they're the sort of genre authors a lit-snob wouldn't be totally embarrassed to be seen reading on the train. I was hoping that Pterry becoming Sir Pterry might help elevate him into these ranks, but a glance at next week's Radio Times suggests I may have misunderstood the whole thing.

Next week's author is Stephanie Meyer.

Stephenie. Freakin'. Meyer. She rates and Pterry doesn't?
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I can't believe I haven't heard anyone use the "Glenn Milliband" joke before.
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Oh, and we had a day in London on the way back (yes, Burmingham to Inverness via London does make sense once you've seen the train timetable; it's how you avoid having to change at Waverley at three in the morning or something) and went to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Shakespeare's Globe. And they were all brilliant, but more brilliant still...

I've been to Mornington Crescent tube station!

Couldn't find the plaque to Willie Rushton that's supposed to be there, but was delighted to notice the pub across the road is the Lyttelton Arms.
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Somehow, possibly connected to never reading the papers, I missed the "clone milk and beef" shock horror, despite the fact the farm in question is just down the road, until I heard The Now Show parodying the scare stories this evening.

But at one point, they played the Today programme's report, and I'm pretty sure[1] the newsreader said the clone-cows were "created with eggs from champion American cows and sperm from ordinary bulls".

Now, I realise that biology was my weakest subject when I took my National Certificate in Science, but surely if a cow is made with an egg from a mummy cow, and a sperm from a daddy cow, it's not a clone!

(Edit: After extensive further research [glancing at The Scotsman], it seems that the point is mummy cow was a clone. But the actual cow the milk came from still wasn't. It's not like mummy being a clone makes any difference[2] - which I suppose just highlights what a nonsense the scare stories were.)

[1]I'd check, but it's not on iPlayer yet, and I can't get the podcast to work.

[2]As far as I'm aware - I've not heard of any abnormalities in Dolly's lambs, anyway.

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