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Displacement activities

June 19th, 2006 (09:08 pm)

I'm in the office again, not working for TGW this time but working on a job application, to be submitted by Thursday at 5.30pm. The twist with this one is that it needs to be accompanied by a 1000 word statement on the relevance of business or economic history to the research project I hope to join. I had no pretensions to being a business or an economic historian - until now. Books have been borrowed from the faculty library and skimmed, and so far I've managed about 300 words, with much chopping of lengthy sentences.

Meanwhile I've been checking LJ and e-mail much more often than I normally do (but not necessarily posting) and also eating. Supper was from 'Posh Fish' on Walton Street, which when I lived on Juxon Street was a 70s-era chippy confusingly called 'Chicken Barbecue'; their chips and their veggieburger were of a higher standard than that served by Smarts in Woodstock. About an hour later, feeling unhealthy, I migrated to Sainsbury's and bought a fruit salad, which has since been consumed. I think it's camomile or peppermint tea next, rather than coffee.

I'm not alone in the building, as my colleague Pip is in his office doing a radio interview down the line. The interview was for Radio London, and was related to the World Cup. TGW can tie in with almost everything.

I received DWM this morning with its welcome DVD news. I'm a great admirer of the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who story 'The Invasion' - whose surviving episodes I have on a not-exactly-legal VHS - and think it manages its eight-episode length successfully and did something new with the Cybermen, who by late 1968 were becoming overused. BBC DVD have now announced that this will be their Doctor Who release for November, with the missing episodes - 1 and 4 - replaced with Flash animations wedded to the surviving soundtrack. This is a welcome experiment.

Comments

Posted by: Disparate Housewife (wryelle)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)

Sounds intruiging. Ive not seen any Patrick Troughton yet.

I saw the latest episode last night and really enjoyed it. It started out looking like it would be comic relief and ended up being really dark. In fact I found it quite depressing :( In a good way...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 19th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

Russell T Davies says in the new DWM that he wanted the episode's ending to have echoes of Roald Dahl - "that strange fantasy-and-punishment world that he creates - like there's a price for wonderful things, and that good things can come out of terrible circumstances. It's evocative, and strange, and that's pure Doctor Who."

Posted by: Dewi Evans (wonderwelsh)
Posted at: June 21st, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)

I'm glad that's what he was going for because it was EXACTLY what he acheived!