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Literature and Poetry / Re: Currently reading
« on: September 02, 2017, 02:09:54 pm »
Out earlier for a mooch in the local Oxfam book shop, as I'm wont to do now and again, and I came across a fascinating little tome: "The Third Floor Front: A View of Broadcasting in the Sixties", by Sir Hugh Greene. A 1969 first edition (I suspect it's never been reprinted!), in excellent nick, including the dust jacket still only with VERY minor wear-and-tear. The still vaguely active cultural historian in me (my first degree was in Cultural Studies) instantly thought this must be something worth picking up and reading, given that I work for one of Auntie's off-shoots, and I committed to buying it even before I'd looked inside.

When I did look inside, I only found that it's SIGNED!

A bargain at one thousand two hundred and ninety nine of your earth pennies.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Waffle Thread
« on: August 30, 2017, 11:36:31 am »
Anyone in these here parts have any trustworthy friends/family in Lille (France, obviously) who could possibly run a small day-time semi-emergency errand in the next day or two? PM me if you can help. Ta MUCHLY in advance.

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: August 19, 2017, 10:21:30 pm »
Yes, Forbidden Planet remains compulsive and such an imaginative project despite the lack of CG effects and it was a pleasure to see Walter Pidgeon again with such a natural presence and authority; even chuckled to see Leslie Nielsen, many years before his delicious buffoonery in The Naked Gun series!  :)

Didn't see Forbidden Planet scheduled on the Beeb, but in any case, I have the Blu-ray, which maintains the film's 'scope photography. Haven't watched it for a while - but thanks for the reminder, Stanley, I'll have to stick it up on my projector some time soon. The extras on the Blu-ray are pretty chocka, including a very silly feature film called The Invisible Boy from one year after Forbidden Planet, a (ahem) star vehicle for the earlier film's Robby the Robot.

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:15:15 pm »
Bert Harrisonwistle's "Gawain", in the live Barbican performance as was broadcast on R3 a couple of years back. As bloomin' marvellous as it was in the hall...

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Robert Hardy / Hywel Bennett
« on: August 09, 2017, 08:48:40 am »
Belated farewell from me, too. 

And a mention for Sam Shepard and Jeanne Moreau.  It's a bit late for a separate thread but they do seem to be dropping two by two, don't they

They really do - in the last 24 hours, Barbara Cook and Glen Campbell.

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Television / Re: Television - General Recommendations
« on: August 04, 2017, 01:10:36 pm »
They're having another DVD sale at work today (clearing out cupboard space in the department that releases DVDs of BBC programmes), proceeds going to Children in Need & Comic Relief.

Found a still shrink-wrapped boxed set of the complete "BBC Shakespeare" from the late 70s / early 80s. For TWENTY quid!!!! The decision about whether or not to get it was the very epitome of the "no-brainer".  :naughty:

I know some of them ain't great, but some of them are (Michael Hordern as King Lear, i.a.), and I haven't seen them all in any case. Indeed, I still haven't actually seen all of Shakespeare whatever the medium, so this will really fill some gaps.

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News and Current Affairs / Robert Hardy / Hywel Bennett
« on: August 03, 2017, 04:40:24 pm »
Blimey, news today of the passing of both Hardy and Bennett... :(

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Theatre / Re: Ink - Almeida Theatre
« on: July 20, 2017, 04:09:50 pm »
I’m pretty sure, for example, that the term ‘bonk’ wasn’t in circulation in 1969.  I understand the temptation – after all there can be few terms that better epitomise the weasel vocabulary of the tabloids and soap operas – but, while the usage might have its roots in some arcane backslang that goes back further, I don’t think ‘bonk’, colloquially, meant anything other than a blow to the skull before about 1980.

I'd concur with your estimate about that meaning of "bonk" being not quite as early as 1969, but the OED's earliest citation for the word in that meaning is from 1975. In something called "Foul" (a football fanzine, acc. Wikipedia), there's apparently a picture captioned with "Rita is currently being bonked by the entire Aston Villains defence!". I'd guess that would suggest it had probably been around for a year or two already.

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Cinema / Re: Now screening
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:16:15 pm »
Thanks Bryn. Yup, that's already on my list, but I suspect "Tower of London" might be my next one. ☺️

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Cinema / Re: Now screening
« on: July 18, 2017, 04:27:29 pm »
Don't know why, but until relatively recently, I'd never really explored the work of Vincent Price. But recently-ish (well, 8 months ago), I got myself some new viewing kit at home including the ability to watch 3D films, and I was looking for some of the older 3D work to make the best of said kit. I ended up getting the Price vehicle "House of Wax", which inspired me to get hold of a few more Price films on disc in the last few months, and I've become a bit of fan now.

Most recent arrival came yesterday - a Blu-ray of Roger Corman's "Pit & the Pendulum" (having already seen the same director's "Fall of the House of Usher" a couple of months back). Had a quick butcher's at the first couple of minutes earlier, looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. But the thing that really looks interesting is one of the extras on the disc. I'm not normally that fussed about extras, it must be said, but the company here (Arrow) have included a 1970 American television production, "An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe"; it's an hour-long anthology of Vincent Price enacting four Poe stories as staged monologues (The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Sphinx). I've watched the beginning and end of The Tell Tale Heart, and Price is bloomin' brilliant, so I can't wait to watch the whole thing (possibly even more than the Corman film!).

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: July 18, 2017, 09:44:41 am »
Just having a first spin of Allan Pettersson's "Vox Humana". I know his symphonies, the two violin concerti, the three string concerti, the Barefoot songs and various chamber works pretty well, but never heard "Vox Humana" before (and I think I've only got a couple of other things left to hear in his oeuvre now).

For a first listen, I'm just listening to it as music - will have a more concentrated listen another time when I can sit down with the vocal texts too. But on a first listen, it's pretty terrific!

The BIS cd also features a short song-cycle by Hilding Rosenberg - I know the name, but haven't heard anything by him before. Enjoyed that when I listened to it earlier this morning, so will have to explore him a bit more (a friend mentioned the symphonies to me a few months back, so I'll be seeking them out at some point!).

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Radio / Re: The Guardian
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:30:06 am »
This should probably be under "barking news", but, as HtoHe called out The Guardian for the absence of radio news on its "TV & Radio" page and this story does indeed feature there, I thought for HtoHe's delectation, I should put it here instead.  :naughty:

Pull the other one?

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: July 05, 2017, 10:10:54 pm »
Whatevs, granddad.  :naughty:

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: July 04, 2017, 06:34:43 pm »
Sixty-six quid incl p&p- it's not helped by the current Euro-Pound exchange rate!! (still, at least it's all in one box, not like Sontag and Mittwoch, where you have to buy five or six discs separately for each one at 28 Euros a pop!)

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