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13 September 2019 @ 08:46 pm

Two of the Avebury stones at Sunset.
Avebury at Sunset (again)

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11 September 2019 @ 08:39 pm
Reading: Just finished Midnight Mayor (continued to enjoy it, think it was probably better than the first in the series). About to start The Day she Saved the Doctor which G. gave me for my birthday last year.

Listening: Thirteen Minute to the Moon about which I am in two minds. It is a BBC produced (and therefore high standard) series about the Moon Landings, and I have a professional interest in the details but I'm finding it oddly difficult to engage with and all the various characters are already blurring into one.

Watching: We finished The Macra Terror. Watched the first episode of Dark Crystal but B fell asleep halfway through (admittedly he was very jet-lagged) and I can't honestly say it really grabbed me, despite having hazy but fond memories of the film.

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10 September 2019 @ 06:09 pm

Paper Doll of Jo Grant in a blue mini-dress, big fluffy blue fur coat and thigh length boots.
I almost had to resort to blue tac with this one because the fluffy coat meant the tabs were well above the doll's shoulders, but I managed to bend down some of the fluffy blue-ness and voila!

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07 September 2019 @ 04:24 pm

Diamond shaped Andrew Skilleter painting of the Sixth Doctor's head and shoulders, holding his lapels, against a backdrop of orange clouds and planets.

I think this must have been cut out from one of Andrew Skilleter's Doctor Who calendars, but this is all I have floating around my file full of random Radio Times clippings, disassembled convention programmes and BBC information sheets.

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06 September 2019 @ 05:36 pm

Fossil of a stingray like fish.
Image filched from the DK Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life.

Heliobatis were a stingray-like freshwater fish which grew up to about 30cm in length and lived in the North American lakes about 50 million years ago (Early Eocene - which is quite recent in geologic terms).

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04 September 2019 @ 08:37 pm
Reading: Currently The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin - the second instalment in my favourite novel series in the wizards-in-garrets genre (insofar as one can have a favourite series when you have read only the first instalment from a number of series). So far it is not disappointing, but I'm only about 70 pages in.

Listening: At this very moment I have the last couple of minutes of a Sticky Notes podcast queued up. It's a classical music podcast and was recommending seven pieces to form a "Fantasia" style introduction to classical music, some of which I didn't know. Allegedly the podcast Facebook page would contain the list but as of the moment I can't find it so I'm debating whether to scroll back and make notes.

Watching: I've not really been watching anything. I had comtemplated watching the The Faceless Ones while B was away, which didn't get watched as part of the Randomiser, but then I recalled they are releasing an animation soon and B. would probably agree to watch that, so there didn't seem much point. I watched a fair few YouTube videos on how to take apart the contents of your toilet cistern the other night, and the trailer for the release of Season 26 of Doctor Who on blu-ray featuring Sophie Aldred as an older Ace. Lots of clips from parliament have been cropping up as well, can't think why...

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03 September 2019 @ 08:20 pm

Jo Grant paper doll wearing a check shirt, denim mini-dress and knee-length white boots.
I can understand why they chose not to have paper dolls for all the companions, and why they chose to omit all the black and white companions as a result. But I feel the omission of Liz Shaw is an injustice (and it will not be the last).

And as a bonus extra in memory of Terrance Dicks: "The laboratory door opened. A very small, very pretty girl came in. Quite unsurprised she slapped the coughing Doctor on the back, gave him a glass of water and opened the laboratory window to let out the smoke.

`Foiled again, Doctor?" asked Jo Grant sympathetically."
- Day of the Daleks (from which the above outfit hails), by Terrance Dicks.

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02 September 2019 @ 08:40 pm

Not terribly good night photo.  Something that may be a red neon lighthouse in the middle of a lake and a red neon structure on the shore.

The finale of this year's Festival of Manchester did not quite reach the heights of people rowing an illuminated Swan around the lake with fireworks going off from its tail but it was still worth dropping in to after we'd finished our day of protesting. There was a kind of machine made of cogs which whirred and a lighthouse in the lake which opened up (I think like a music box) to display someone twirling buttons which displayed illuminated patterns. Then a whole load of fireworks went off from the middle of the lake.

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The village from the Daemons.  Roger Delgado in his red Magister robes is having his make-up touched up.
This from a DWM article which opens with "What gave the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary story, Silver Nemesis, its cinematic quality?" which I can honestly say is a question it had never occurred to me to ask.

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