November has arrived accompanied by wind and rain and cold (and indeed a cold). How to spend the month?
Well mostly Lettice and I will be spending it buying a house. Or trying to. The other day we took a tame civil engineer to have a look round the place we’re hoping to buy (in a sort of “look for the massive faults before paying a surveyor” kind of way) and he could only see one potential problem. Fingers crossed that it isn’t.
Like last year, I’ll be taking part in NaBloPoMo as a form of half-hearted solidarity with the people who are attempting NoNoWriMo.
And I’ll be growing a moustache. Some banter in the office on Friday has somehow led to me agreeing at the last minute to take part in Movember. Now, despite having a silly name and being an Australian import, this is a very good cause so please make a donation. I promise to only post very occasional photos of the mo’s progress.
Finally I’ll be hiding from the bad weather and watching telly, not least Doctor Who which is back for a special on the 15th.
The Beeb have released details of Doctor Who 2010 – Karen Gillan’s character is called Amy Pond and we have a first look at Matt Smith’s costume.
The Time Lord’s new look consists of tweed jacket, bow tie, rolled up trousers and black boots.
Maybe it’s just the picture but that doesn’t look very good to me. I think the problem is that the sort of look that would suit Smith best is … the sort of look that Tennant has been doing for the last four years.
Then we did a bit of shopping. Lettice bought beads and I bought Doctor Who books.(About Time 3 2nd edition is 500 pages long and has an end note about the Chuckle Brothers, how can you not want it?)
If you missed James May’s plasticine garden at Chelsea you can now see it at the Royal Festival Hall.
Then we went on the London Eye. Yes, we live in London. Yes, we work in London tourism. Yes, it’s been open for nine years. No, we hadn’t been on it before.
Then there was yarn shopping. Followed by Yo! Sushi (between you and me, the County Hall branch is always nice and quiet in the evenings and only a short walk from the heaving, 45 minute wait to be seated, restaurants along the Southbank).
Anyway, I’ll do a proper image post either tomorrow or on Monday, in the meantime there are pictures on Flickr.
I’ve just watched The Invisible Enemy for the first time. This is the story that added K-9 to Doctor Who and the tin dog comes across really well in his debut. The plot is as nonsensical as every review I’ve ever read says it is. There are some good ideas in there, Leela is great, the design and effects work – with the exception of the infamous prawn – are excellent. But the plot is all over the place and the technobabble is unconvincing not so much because a lack of basic science as a lack of basic common sense.
So next DVD to watch will be K-9 and Company for the first time since 1981…
Meanwhile. This is a teaser for the forthcoming K-9 series:
“So, ” thinks Russell T Davies, “my episode Midnight got rather a good response. I wonder what people liked about it? I know, it was set on a bus!1 Let’s set the next special on a bus, that will work.”
“And,” he continues, “‘cos the special is a bit longer than a regular episode we’ll splice in a chunk of Pitch Black. No one will ever notice. Especially if we stick some BSG style music and flashbacks all over the trailer.”
1 This isn’t as daft as it seems. After all what else explains the popularity of Iris Wildthyme? Apart from the gin of course.
Well, here’s what I’ve been reading this year. I said there was a lot of graphic novels.
Over on the LiveJournal version of this blog you can fill in a poll to show which of these you’ve read as well (not necessarily in 2008). I understand that you can use OpenID to log into LJ rather than creating an account there but I’ve never tested it myself.
A History of Venice by John Julius Norwich
Counterknowledge by Damian Thompson
Dry Store Room No. 1 by Richard Fortey
jQuery in Action by Bear Bibeault and Yehuda Katz
Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean by John Julius Norwich
Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography by Adam Ant
The Earth: An Intimate History by Richard Fortey
The Economic Naturalist by Robert H. Frank
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
A Spectacle of Corruption by David Liss
Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell
Flashman’s Lady by George MacDonald Fraser
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
Matter by Iain M. Banks
Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
The Coffee Trader by David Liss
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future For You
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wolves at the Gate
Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman
From Hell by Alan Moore
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier by Alan Moore
John Constantine Hellblazer: Bloodlines by Garth Ennis
John Constantine Hellblazer: Family Man by Jamie Delano
John Constantine Hellblazer: Fear Machine by Jamie Delano
John Constantine Hellblazer: Joyride by Andy Diggle
John Constantine Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician by Andy Diggle
Lucifer: Inferno by Mike Carey
Lucifer: Mansions of the Silence by M Carey
Planet Hulk Omnibus by Greg Pak
World War Hulk by Greg Pak
Serenity: Better Days by Joss Whedon
Ultimate X-Men :Ultimate Collection Book 2 by Mark Millar
Ahistory by Lance Parkin
About Time 6 by Tat Wood
Doctor Who: Bullet Time by David A. McIntee
Doctor Who: Business Unusual by Gary Russell
Doctor Who: Companion Piece by Mike Tucker
Doctor Who: Emotional Chemistry by Justin Richards
Doctor Who: Endgame by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who: Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris
Doctor Who: Grave Matter by Justin Richards
Doctor Who: Halflife by Mark Michalowski
Doctor Who: Sometime Never… by Simon A. Forward
Doctor Who: The World Shapers by Grant Morrison
Faction Paradox: This Town Will Never Let Us Go by Lawrence Miles
Odds and Ends
Star Wars: Dark Empire II by Tom Veitch
Star Wars: Vector Prime by R.A. Salvatore
Star Wars: Dark Tide 1 – Onslaught by Michael A. Stackpole
Star Wars: Dark Tide 2 – Ruin by Michael A. Stackpole