The Joy of @BBCTMS

Saturday, July 18th, 2015 03:00 pm
miss_s_b: (Who - Five (Cricket and the crotch))
There's an article on the BBC website called How to Get Into Cricket and I can't help but think they've missed a trick. How a lot of people I know have got into cricket goes like this:
  1. Do something which requires you to have the radio on while you're doing it. Cooking, perhaps, or filling in forms.
  2. Despair of the shoutiness of 90% of radio these days, and the regrettable tendency of radio 4 to have things like Claire In The Community and The Archers on it.
  3. Think "It was always nice and restful when I was a kid and my [insert relative here] used to listen to the cricket".
  4. Stick TMS on, and fall deeply in love with its whimsical wonder, and effortless drifting between topics, all of which are treated with reverence and geekery (today's topics have included James Bond, aeroplanes, rugby, men's fashion, cake and many other things).
  5. Decide you'd better learn something about cricket so that you can understand the brief interludes when the TMS team are actually talking about cricket, as opposed to the myriad other topics they cover.
OK, so you need to be the sort of person who is slightly prone to nostalgia, and likes to have a reliably soothing radio programme on, but it works.

The number of people who can be listening to TMS all day and have absolutely no idea what the score is, or occasionally even which team is batting and which fielding, but have learnt amazing things about (for example) what it is and is not safe to feed one's dog, or how Ian Fleming came to name the characters in his books...
miss_s_b: (Politics: Liberal)
So on tonight's channel four news Cathy Newman went for our new leader's jugular. And lots of people seem to be lapping up the blood like it's going out of fashion. Yes, pink news, I'm looking at you. I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on religion here, because I don't need to be. Does Tim consider homosexual sex a sin? I don't really care, because sin is a concept that does not apply to my worldview.

I'm an atheist.
I'm bisexual.
I'm poly.
I voted for Tim Farron and I do not regret it.
I don't care what Tim considers to be sinful in the privacy of his own religion. I care that he agitates for my freedom. I care that he wants to end the spousal veto for my trans friends. I care that when I said "if I can ever have a poly wedding are you going to come?" he said he'd be on the first train.

Fuck you, media. I know my leader, & he's not what you're painting him.
miss_s_b: (Default)
miss_s_b: (Mood: Facepalm)
For devotees and attendees of the regular Not The Leader's Speech event at conference, where we all meet in the pub, download the text of the leader's speech, and work out what point we would have walked out at anyway, I have some bad news:

Of course, if there IS a point where I would walk out of Tim's speech... Well, I'll just have to walk out. From the front row. In front of all those TV cameras... It better be a damn good speech, Tim. That's all I'm saying.
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miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Books)
AmmoniteAmmonite by Nicola Griffith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this book. The lyrical, evocative language and the beautiful simple structure. It made me want to hug my loved ones and tell them how loved they are. So if you'll excuse me...

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((this "review" was written at 1.20 this morning when I finished the book, which I hadn't been able to put down all day. I wouldn't normally crosspost one so short and content-light, but I really think this is an excellent book and deserves my recommendation. I am going to try to find the three Bending the Landscape books next...))
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Books)
Smoke Me A Kipper: Neil's FarragoSmoke Me A Kipper: Neil's Farrago by Col B. Limp

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OK, so full disclosure, this IS written by a friend of mine (under a cunning pseud, natch), so I'm hardly an unbiased witness. HOWEVER: it's fantastic. Laugh-out-loud funny in places, in others so close to the bone you wince. It WILL offend lots of people, but in my view, they are all people who need offending good and hard.

There are so many little nods to things I love in this too, but I think my favourite is the final little Red Dwarf reference which ties it all up with the title in a neat little bow.

If I was to pick the tiniest nit... it doesn't even come close to passing Bechdel. But given the main character this is hardly a surprise and completely consistent.

Oh yes, the "About the Author" thing is hilarious too. Thoroughly, THOROUGHLY recommended. And if you go to download it for kindle before Sunday it's free.

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miss_s_b: Captain Kathryn Janeway (Feminist Heroes: Janeway)
I listen to The Now Show on podcast rather than live. I normally fast forward through Jon Holmes' bit because he's a cock; but I saw [personal profile] djm4's comments on it, so I listened to his routine. "I don't speak misogynistic bellend" he says, before proving himself entirely wrong by doing a misogynistic bellend's routine about hysterical women complaining about a man's conduct. I am now entirely sure that I am correct to fast forward Jon Holmes every week.
miss_s_b: (Mood: Sorry)
Yeah. Up until about half past seven everything was fine. Then in short order a great number of stressy things happened and now I am close to meltdown.

To give but three examples: I have deactivated my twitter account - probably temporarily, but at this point, who knows? - because life is too short to put up with being called scum by people you considered friends. Things may well have just gone tits up with my new job. And the Calderdale liberal Democrats are being their usual selves. Still, it could be worse, right? Well it IS worse, but I can't tell you about those bits. Sorry.

Comments off; this is an explanation, not an asking for sympathy. Maybe I'll see you soon.
miss_s_b: (Fangirling: Books)
The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (Dirk Gently, #2)The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was ok. This might be something of a heresy but I found it overly pretentious. The conceit of the story was quite good, but it was overly long for what it was, and a bit too much of it's time. I mean it's not like Adams could have KNOWN about the demise of British Rail or the restoration of St Pancras or handheld TVs never really catching on or all the other myriad little things about this book that anchor it so firmly to the 80s...

I suspect had I read this at the same time as I read the Hitchhiker books, when I was a teenager, then this would have been as refreshing and cool as them, and I could reread it now with a glow of nostalgia. But reading it 25 years too late, too old, and too cynical doesn't help it.

Sorry Douglas.

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