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Caroline John who played Liz Shaw, the Third Doctor's companion in the Earth-bound 1970 season of Doctor Who has died. Hers was the first of the Doctor's companions who could be seen as anything like an equal and inspired many of us to follow her into the science profession.
posted on Jun-21-12 at 5:47 AM

A fan asked Bill Murray for an autograph. Instead Bill gave him this. [via]
posted on May-25-12 at 2:49 PM

The story of Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy as told by his supporters in Time Magazine's comments section. Extra-specially meta thanks to an update which posts comments from underneath the same post.
posted on May-17-12 at 7:38 AM

#Popleveson: the Twitter meme from Court 73 Robert Jay QC, the lawyer at the heart of the UK's Leveson Enquiry into press standards has a particular way in which he asks questions which was yesterday applied on-line to top pop hits. The Guardian collects some of the best.
posted on May-12-12 at 7:35 AM

Prince Charles turns BBC Scotland weatherman "Who the hell wrote this script?"
posted on May-10-12 at 6:52 AM

Robot hair washer has twenty-four fingers [via].
posted on May-2-12 at 2:07 PM

Facts has died. The Chicago Tribune offers this tribute.
posted on Apr-24-12 at 4:45 AM

Werner Herzog on Chickens.
posted on Feb-17-12 at 2:44 PM

A serial intern in the finance sector speaks: "Applying for internships is so tiresome and bruising. It's like dating, you sit by the phone waiting for a call. Back in my days at university I would get up at 5.30am or 6am. First I'd go jogging, then send out an application for an internship. Every morning. It's so painful to hear 'no' all the time."
posted on Jan-27-12 at 5:21 AM

10 Myths About Introverts: "Myth #2 – Introverts are shy: Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite." [via a comment at this similarly accurate post from Diamond Geezer].
posted on Nov-27-11 at 4:59 AM

Taking the Boris Bikes to Paris. One of London mayor Boris Johnson's initiatives has been the installation of a bike hire service across the capital controversially sponsored by a well known bank. Stretching the hire terms and conditions to their limit, local bloggers Ian and Tom decide to take them across the channel briefly to meet their continental cousins at the Parisian Vélib.
posted on Aug-21-11 at 1:31 PM

Cinema chain posts audio of anonymous angry voicemail from customer who was kicked out for breaking one of their two golden rules. No talking. No using mobile phones. [via /film who also have an alternative embed of video]
posted on Jun-6-11 at 3:21 PM

A template for every awful Facebook discussion you've ever witnessed. [previously]
posted on Jan-23-11 at 3:03 PM

Cinema Code of Conduct as collated by Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode, as read out on the radio this afternoon.
posted on Nov-19-10 at 10:01 AM

I'm proud of the BBC. A song.
posted on Oct-16-10 at 3:23 PM

The British Board of Film Classification has updated its website , and as part of the remodel made the Extended Classification Information more visible. And oh the wisdom as the classifiers must justify their actions ... [via]
posted on Jul-21-10 at 11:19 AM

YouTube Closes Down For The Night [via, via]
posted on Mar-8-10 at 6:27 AM

A film about how all of us have become Richard Nixon. From Adam Curtis.
posted on Feb-10-10 at 1:08 PM

This Is a Test Product and Nothing Will Be Sent to You. Also available new and used but with the dust-cover missing from Mythic Pictograms who presumably think that it's a "no prize" [via].
posted on Feb-8-10 at 3:47 PM

The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft -- a new old time radio production [part one, part two]
posted on Nov-17-09 at 3:11 PM

Belle de Jour reveals herself. She's Dr Brooke Magnanti. She's real and once wrote this column about autopsies.
posted on Nov-14-09 at 4:51 PM

BBC test card music and other delights. Relive those rainy summer afternoons when the only thing to watch on television was a photograph of a girl playing noughts and crosses with a clown to an easy listening soundtrack who would later be fictionalised for Life on Mars. Join the club!
posted on Nov-5-09 at 4:16 AM

Orson Welles's radio War of the Worlds recreated by the casts of Star Trek.
posted on Oct-30-09 at 3:55 PM

Barry Letts, classic Doctor Who producer, has died.
posted on Oct-9-09 at 12:06 PM

How accurate was Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" about the future? "Part of the reason that Dr Floyd has been sent to Clavius Base is to deliver a morale-boosting speech to a crew bemused by what they have unearthed on the moon. [...] Frankly, there is no way that this would have been done in the real 2001 without the judicious use of PowerPoint featuring Excel charts and inspiring pictures of puppies, and probably some free branded goodies to take away and cheer everybody up."
posted on Sep-28-09 at 12:37 PM

Sonic Adventures An astonishingly thorough history of Sonic The Hedgehog taking in the games, animated series and more.
posted on Aug-16-09 at 1:48 PM

Six-year-old artist. Extraordinary understanding of perspective and shading. Side by side comparisons. Local coverage.
posted on Aug-2-09 at 1:46 AM

Adam Curtis's It Felt Like A Kiss. The whole of the experimental film (from the author of The Power of Nightmares and The Trap) which accompanied his recent show at the Manchester Festival. "When a nation is powerful it tells confident stories about the future."
posted on Jul-24-09 at 10:57 AM

Strange Games "What do you get if you cross a large rubber ball used for physical therapy with the medieval sport of Jousting? Yoga Ball Jousting."
posted on Jun-30-09 at 1:40 AM

The British Film Institute on YouTube. How we used to live and more [via].
posted on Jun-21-09 at 3:51 AM

A bad day in the news gallery? Talkback recording of everything going wrong during The One O'Clock News from the BBC in 1986: Part One, Part Two, Part Three. Unless of course, this was a typical day ... "I haven't got any scripts Mike! How am I supposed to run a show?" "Animate quantel or whatever you want to do..." [via]
posted on Jun-9-09 at 8:53 AM

Last night, BBC Radio 3 broadcast a semi-staged production of Shakespere's A Midsummer Night's Dream with Mendelsohn's incidental music. Now they've put a video of the performance up on their website.
posted on May-11-09 at 2:42 PM

On jetlag, and how to beat it. Reconfiguring your body clock. There and back again.
posted on Mar-30-09 at 2:16 PM

TV Offal's songs and the US radio jingles which inspired them. "It's nice in Detroit." "It's nice being Esther." TV critic Victor Lewis-Smith's late night comedy show was short lived but well remembered by those of us who saw it on Channel 4in the UK (cf, Google Video and YouTube).
posted on Nov-15-08 at 2:49 AM

What Are You Doing Here?
posted on Oct-4-08 at 9:44 AM

London Underground blogger Annie Mole experiences the New York subway for the first time here -> 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
posted on Sep-30-08 at 8:52 AM

The Waldo Ultimatum
posted on Sep-23-08 at 9:35 AM

A lifetime of lost playlists Martin Belam offers a personal history of music formats and describing how he made playlists with each of them. I'd love for his conclusion to become a reality.
posted on Jul-31-08 at 8:17 AM

Superlambananas are creatures about the size of a cow which have recently been herded through Liverpool and beyond, and been photographed all over the place. One particularly animated beast has recently escaped and its owners are looking for information to aid its re-capture, though its larger ancestor is still in place (for now).
posted on Jul-25-08 at 8:50 AM

Charles Darwin's blog "Well there I was minding my own business in the Cafe of the Natural History Museum…"
posted on Apr-29-08 at 2:18 PM

BBC Sound Index -- an excellent way to confirm your worst fears about the music Internet users are listening to.
posted on Apr-18-08 at 2:13 PM

The Case for the First Folio For centuries, editors of Shakespeare's plays have conflated different published editions (quartos and folios) in an attempt to create one true text as the writer intended. In this essay (.pdf file) Jonathan Bate, one of the editors of The RSC Shakespeare makes the case that in fact what they're doing is editing together different drafts of the play originated by the bard at different times in his life attempting to make better dramatic sense. Essentially that none of the texts you studied at school are what Shakespeare intended to be performed at all.
posted on Jan-25-08 at 4:42 PM

The Manners Manifesto For example: "(11) Talk to people at the check-out. You don't have to say much. God, even something inane like, "Busy in here, today, isn't it?" or "Not as busy as usual in here, today, is it?" might put us on the road to peace in the Middle East. Carrying on grumping around and spreading those grump vibes certainly isn't going to help."
posted on Jan-7-08 at 3:21 PM

Are we recording all this, Nick? I hope we are. Right here we go... In 2005, the BBC's royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell was preparing a "two-way" regarding that year's VJ Day 60th anniversary commemorations. He and the interviewer Richard Evans just couldn't see eye to eye as to how the story should be covered. Luckily for us, their tetchy conversation and the fall out with the producers was recorded (transcript/mp3). Despite the vintage, it's a rather revealing behind the scenes record demonstrating the process that's often gone through to decide how news is best communicated to we listeners.
posted on Jan-6-08 at 3:13 PM

Verity Lambert dies. Verity was amongst other things the first producer of Doctor Who and essentially co-created the series along with writer Sydney Newman and the pilot director Waris Hussein. She would later have a hand in bringing everything from Minder to Jonathan Creek to the screen.
posted on Nov-23-07 at 12:40 PM

WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin's letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written. "Dear Kate, Just a line to let you know I’m going on alright. We had an exciting time and this time up the line. We had only been in about six hours when fritz’s came over to us. We had an hour and a half of it but we beat them back and they lost a good many men too not many got back I can tell you. We lost #### (pencilled out –censored?) which I’m sorry to say and about #### wounded. I think the mug will be all right for Willie which Jack is getting for him. If you send me anything it will come in very nice the chocolate is very good I should like a bit of cake, if you could afford it really gets crushed so if it is not packed careful. With best love from Harry"
posted on Oct-7-07 at 3:42 PM

Darren Aronofsky has posted a bootleg commentary for his film The Fountain (the one with Hugh Jackman in a bubble with a tree flying through space) since the film company decided the actual dvd itself didn't need one. The direct mp3 download is here (16mg) [via].
posted on Sep-17-07 at 4:30 PM

Learn To Draw Animals.
posted on Aug-18-07 at 3:47 PM

What are you doing? Stop it! Stop it! Give me those pictures. You can't photograph people like that. Who says I can't? I'm only doing my job. Some people are bullfighters, some people are politicians. I'm a photographer.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1912 - 2007.
posted on Jul-31-07 at 6:10 AM

The Doctor Who Fan's Phrasebook is like looking down a long dark corridor and seeing yourself. Surprisingly flexible too. "The Silent Majority -- A collection of people who don’t exist. I’ve just made them up so that I can claim to speak for them." Note: Big spoilers for the third new series, which has just begun on Sci-Fi in the US, and possibly Torchwood.
posted on Jul-8-07 at 10:15 AM

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