Where I live, practically everyone is wearing a face mask when outside. When I go to my local supermarket I’m pretty much the only person not wearing one and I even attract disapproving looks from the other shoppers (even more so than usual, I mean). But I’m reading so many conflicting articles (and have seen many conflicting videos) on the subject. Here in Italy, as in some other countries, experts such as doctors and virologists are largely saying that everyone should wear one outside their home, whereas the WHO advise against them (as do important health organisations in UK and America, including the NHS). It has even been argued that they can do more harm than good: – They cause people to touch their faces more. – People will wear them for much longer than a few minutes for which they are designed, so they become damp inside and are therefore an ideal place for viruses to land and breed. – There is a risk they can be shared, especially by children. – There is a risk they are not disposed of properly, resulting in viruses being spread further. – And there is a risk that they distract people from » Continue Reading.
The finale was only the second episode of the Jodie Whittaker seasons that I’ve seen and I thought it was pretty dull tbh, but on IMDB and Twitter it seems it’s very Marmite. It gets mostly 1’s or 10’s, as do most things on IMDB, but this seems more extreme than usual in its divisiveness. Some of the reviewers are all “wow, best thing ever!”, while others are all “you’ve ruined my life, you fucking bastard fuckers!” However, the programme and subsequent hullabaloo has taught me 4 new things, which is nice.
1. The Doc isn’t from Gallifrey. S/he’s not even a Time Lord. S/he was adopted by a Gallifreyan woman when s/he was just a little black baby girl. 2. “Retcon” is a word. 3. Most Doctors are “canon”, whatever that is. Apparently Peter Cushing isn’t and Paul McGann might be. 4. Much like ‘Gogglebox’, you can watch people watching Doctor Who, thanks to the wonder of YouTube. Some of them have tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of subscribers! (Most have a collection of toys on their shelf.)
I know some others here are fans like me of Jonesy’s Jukebox. Jones hasn’t been broadcasting for a few months now, with no explanation until yesterday. Turns out he had a couple of health scares. A diagnosis of Bell’s Paulsy and a mild heart attack.
I really liked Hugh Grant’s article in The Independent today. So I thought I’d share it with you in case you haven’t seen it; because I can, because I’m a caring sharing person, because I have nothing better to do.
Up there with Cantona. Less bonkers, more funny.
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) November 20, 2019
Might be epic. Might not be though. I haven’t watched it yet, so don’t blame me.
About his book, the state of the world (pretty anxious, all told), the old days, the Gallaghers, Albert Finney, Robert McNamara etc.
I know some of you follow him on Twitter. Me too. He’s funny. Today some chap tweeted him: “My first tweet, downloaded twitter just to message you this your bruce springsteen cover on radio 2. Think ive listened over 100times, outstanding doesnt cover it. Better than original. New fan.” To which JB replied: “Blocked” (But he didn’t really block him. He followed him. Classy touch.)
Unfortunately the cover of Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark is pretty horrible.
He’s got opinions on all sorts of things. Which is nice.
You can type “askew” in google and the page will go slightly askew. Also works with “tilt”.
You can type “do a barrel roll” and it will.
You can type “wizard of oz” and click on Dorothy’s red shoes (right) and then on the tornado.
I just recently came across this Dutch website that I’m really enjoying. The story behind some great songs from the artist themselves is particularly interesting. RLJ on Chuckie E’s In Love, Plastic Bertrand on Ca Plane Pour Moi, Roger Hodgson on The Logical Song, Hugh Cornwall on Golden Brown, Paul Roberts on Driver’s Seat, etc etc.
A couple of weeks ago, to do the Full Q&A at The Oxford Union. Might interest someone with 1:06:24 to kill.
From interviews, I quite like the fella. And I like some of his choons. Yeah, he’s a junkie, a drug glorifier even, and all negative opinions on that are absolutely 100% valid. Still I like him though. He comes over as charming and sweet and vulnerable. Anyway, he’s got a new outfit, the Puta Madres, a new album and is doing the sales rounds. Interviews in today’s The Guardian and this video interview in NME:
At least I assume he’s drunk. Quite a sad and depressing spectacle.
UK friends, please sign and share if you agree. Brexiteers are saying “When it reaches 17 million we’ll talk”. (I’m not usually an online petition believer, but no reason why it shouldn’t.)
Albert Finney died today. His Churchill is probably my favourite ever screen performance by anyone ever.
Drifting around on YouTube I came across this short Jackie Leven documentary that I didn’t know existed. Might interest some.
For any as has not heard this, a nice reminder of how brilliant he was.
Today would have been Sergio Leone’s 90th birthday. Here’s a photo of Sergio Leone, Ennio Morricone with their classmates at elementary school in Rome in 1937. But who’s that in the front row?
Might interest some proggers here. Wakeman and Jones share similar humour.
This may well have been already mentioned, but those who have been away, like me, might have missed this conversation between Jarvis and Macca. I found it fairly interesting.
I’ve been having a bit of a Spielberg-fest recently. Re-watching some of his old films. It got me wondering how his films are rated by the internet. A search of “Spielberg ranked” gave loads of sites. Rolling Stone, Time Out, Esquire, The Independent, etc. Most I disagreed strongly with. Outraged, I was! But what really struck me was the large variation in lists. Films that made top ten in some lists were near bottom in others. So I thought, I’ll ask the AW what the correct order is.