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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Sep 09, 2019. 5 comments

Hey Bertolt, tell your cats to come in by Eight

Hey Bertolt, tell your cats to come in by Eight

I’ll have to try this on Tiddly (not pictured). Right, young man I expect to be in by eight o’clock sharp.

Australian Council tries to solve nuisance cat problem - CBBC Newsround

A council in Southern Australia has been trying to crack down on the

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Sep 09, 2019.

Doctor Who lost and found on R4X

Doctor Who lost and found on R4X

Guess this makes it official. A Doctor Who story lined up for Colin Baker’s Doctor - just in time for the show to be cancelled - will finally be broadcast on the BBC this weekend. Only 35 years late. And on a Saturday.

BBC Radio 4 Extra have Doctor Who, The Lost Stories: Paradise 5 scheduled for 18:00 on Saturday, 14th September.  The Big Finish production will be available online shortly...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Sep 02, 2019.

Terrence Dicks dies, aged 84

Terrence Dicks dies, aged 84

It’s one of those days. Breaking news is that Doctor Who script editor, writer and general guru Terrence Dicks has passed away, aged 84. Time was there was nothing more exciting than getting the latest Target novelization of a Doctor Who adventure, usually written by Terrence.

Doctor Who writer Terrance Dicks dies

The prolific British writer entertained generations of readers with his Doctor...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Sep 01, 2019. 5 comments

White Rabbits! It's September

White Rabbits! It's September

White Rabbits! It’s September 1st. And Bunday. What fun. Yesterday evening I saw a white rabbit up the Crimea Pass. Or at least a snowy grey hare. Big pointy up ears. Unless it was a mutant sheep.

Have a good month!

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Aug 29, 2019. 16 comments

Anyone at home?

Anyone at home?

Already Thursday afternoon here. Everything is going crazy in Westminster and Ruth Davidson has quit as leader of the Scottish Conservatives.

On a more cheerful note, I met this critter in Beaumaris on Monday. Named Merlin, she’s resident at the North Wales Owl Sanctuary.

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Aug 06, 2019. 5 comments

Baked spuds no longer sell like hot potatoes

Baked spuds no longer sell like hot potatoes

Alas poor Spudulike. It seems so easy, sell baked spuds and they will shift like hot potatoes. Except they don’t and the Edinburgh fast food chain that was synonymous with baked potatoes has dismissed around 300 staff and closed all 37 outlets. Weren’t there more?

I can’t recall the last time I went to a Spudulike. They were never a regular stop-off. Apart from home cooked baked potatoes, my...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Aug 01, 2019. 6 comments

White Rabbits

White Rabbits

Have a happy Awst.

(This started a bit shortish, because it was closing time in the pub. Still, it’s now August, a very important month. The original Latin name was Sextilis.)

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 06, 2019.

In case of emergency ...

In case of emergency ...

Just in case you need some relief, November 8 is Harvey Wallbanger Day.

The Harvey Wallbanger is a mixed drink made with vodka, Galliano, and orange juice. Wikipedia

Main alcohol: Vodka

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz (3 parts) Vodka, 3 oz (6 parts) Fresh orange juice, 1/2 oz (1 part) Galliano

Preparation: Stir the vodka and orange juice with ice in the glass, then float the Galliano on top....

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 22, 2019. 2 comments

Touching the cloud

Touching the cloud

Or starting the Solstice on Snowden. This is one of those “since it is on the doorstep, I really should check it out” things. Despite having lived in Snowdonia for a few years now (industrial doughnut permitting) I’ve never ventured on to the higher levels before now. With the Solstice pending and what looked like a favourable weather forecast it seemed a good day to change that.

Weather on...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 18, 2019. 3 comments

Zero-X is back with a bang

Zero-X is back with a bang

For a moment anyway! They seem to be going all out for a nostalgia-fest in the latest batch of ITV’s Thunderbirds Are Go. The CGI-hybrid show dipped into the movie that gives it a name and they even have a new- wait a second that might be a spoiler.

I say Zero-X was back in the air, because this Saturday morning return ended with a very big bang. That’s par for the course really.

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 13, 2019. 7 comments

Klutz kake anyone?

Klutz kake anyone?

Today is Cupcake Day apparently. It is also National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, so it seems like your patriotic duty to cook up some very bad cakes. Back at the old firm I wrote up an obituary for a chap who had been laid low by a rock cake during a NAAFI food fight. Talk about friendly fire!

I’m sure I’ve had my share of kitchen accidents, but I’m not sure they are cause for celebration....

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 13, 2019.

A real home fire for the Coal Hill Gang? (Updated)

A real home fire for the Coal Hill Gang? (Updated)

I don’t want to say too much about the sixth episode of Class. You need to jump in and watch it unencumbered, take the rough and the smooth as it comes. Inadvertent spoilers might follow.

Apparently the BBC have ordered a second series of Class, but for the moment, after this episode, Detained, we have just two more weeks. The Coal Hill Gang are in detention for...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 07, 2019. 3 comments

And I fancied a bit of steak today!!!

And I fancied a bit of steak today!!!

This always sneaks up on me. I really wanted a slab of dead cow today. It’s National Fish and Chips Day. First Fry-Day of June. Except I had cod and chips (and a pickled onion) last night because Trish and Chips were out of saveloys. So big decision, do I go for fish and chips again tonight? What will revive my sole? Should I have a bit of haddock to shake it up a bit or something like...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 05, 2019.

Bramen is back on the box

Bramen is back on the box

Braman the Robot is back on telly. It’s only taken 54 years, though it should be noted he pulled in five million viewers on a 1991 repeat. He has gained an emoji-style face since his original appearance but remains as lovably clunky as ever. And he returns with a dire warning.

Bramen made his debut in Sun Probe,a 1965 episode of Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds written by TV Century...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 05, 2019. 5 comments

Robots build zombie-proof house

Robots build zombie-proof house

No doubt about it, this house is really smart. I don’t know if it will fend off a zombie attack but it was built by robots so that has to count for something. It also has the advantage of being erected in a day.

Back in the Seventies, I did watch a three-bedroom house go up in an hour round Misftsville (next to the park that the GLC lost). Not sure if it still stands? Wouldn’t count on that...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 05, 2019. 4 comments

Another stab at casting Shadows

Another stab at casting Shadows

Quick shout out for any Deckers in the UK. Talking Pictures TV has just started rerunning Shadows a Thames Television supernatural anthology series that ran between 1975 and 1975.

The series clocked up around 20 episodes with appearances from Gareth Thomas, Jenny Agutter, Pauline Quirke, and Jacqueline Pearce. Writers included Fay Weldon and PJ Hammond.

My personal favourite, Dutch Shlitz’s...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 May 29, 2019. 3 comments

Kim Philby lived in the Wood of the Wolves

Kim Philby lived in the Wood of the Wolves

Never mind The Village being used to hold rogue spies, it seems they grew up round here as well. Coed y Bleiddiau, which means “Wood of the Wolves”, a cottage resting on the hills where it is said the last wolf in Wales met its end, was for a time home to Harry St John “Jack” Philby. His son, Kim Philby, might sound a little more familiar having been a successful double agent in British...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 May 24, 2019. 5 comments

The Trigan Empire will rise again

The Trigan Empire will rise again

The good stuff keeps coming from Rebellion these days. This is a bit of advance warning to start saving those pennies. The 2000ad publisher will be reprinting The Trigan Empire saga in the first mass market publication edition in several decades.

Written by Mike Butterworth and painted by Don Lawrence, the saga began in 1965 with the first issue of Ranger, a glossy weekly that mixed comic...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 May 22, 2019. 13 comments

Only a black veil and and empty chair ...

Only a black veil and and empty chair ...

Last Tuesday, May 14th, was International Dylan Thomas Day, something that had escaped me, even though I have a bottle of Dylan Thomas beer in the fridge. However, I took a twenty minute bus ride to the home of another dead poet who was allegedly fond of a beer - Ellis Humphrey Evans.

The bus took me to Trawsfynydd, which is otherwise known as the home of a decommissioned nuclear power...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 May 22, 2019. 4 comments

You know that Doctor who went to Gloucester ...

You know that Doctor who went to Gloucester ...

The rain was going upwards. Jodi W’s Unlucky 13 will be bumping into the Judoon when Doctor Who returns. The episode will guest star Game On’s Neil Stuke who appeared with former TARDIS Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster. Filming has been taking place in Gloucester.

Exec Producer Chris Chibnall says he is over the moon that the Judoon are back. “The streets of Gloucester aren’t safe. If anyone...

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