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

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...

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

Clever boxing (HADS on)

Clever boxing (HADS on)

Isn’t this how Day of The Doctor ended? At least that chap from A Kick Up The Eighties isn’t around. And yes, I really wish they would post that clip on Red Nose Day sometime.

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 08, 2019.

World Enough And Time

World Enough And Time

World Enough And Time. Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay

Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s...

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 Jul 05, 2019.

Louie Lou-aaayyy Foundue away

Louie Lou-aaayyy Foundue away

Heat up some fondue, sit the cat on your lap, pull out that cart with The Kingsmen on it and snorkel the day away. Anything could happen in the next half hour.

April 11 is:

World Parkinson’s Day

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/world-parkinsons-day

National Cheese Fondue Day

Swiss cheese fondue

Cheese, kirsch and a hint of garlic. How did this ever fall out of fashion? Pick up...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 03, 2019.

Augmented Reality Santa Jumper

Augmented Reality Santa Jumper

Just saw this on the end of year round-up episode of tech show Click. It’s an augmented reality Santa jumper which allows friends and family to view you with a parasitic Father Christmas growing out of your belly.

Ho ho ho!  

Do you suppose they do an Alien John Hurt version?

Sweatshirts - Augmented Reality

Browse all products in the Sweatshirts - Augmented Reality category...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 03, 2019.

Cool fantasy from China

Cool fantasy from China

Netflix UK and USA have added a Chinese epic fantasy drama, Ice Fantasy, to their line up. Based on Guo Jing Ming’s novel City of Fantasy it is available to watch in Mandarin with English subtitles (or Traditional Chinese, Arabic, Polish and French if you prefer). It is also known as Huàn Chéng.

Ice Fantasy centers on a feud between the Ice Clan and the Fire Clan and sports some...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jul 03, 2019.

Fancy a Sandwich Cream Sandwich?

Fancy a Sandwich Cream Sandwich?

This is bad! Slimline Salad Dressing bad! As awful as renaming Opal Fruits after a sci-fi mag (do they still make your mouth water?). Heinz are talking heresy.

The beans, soup and sauce giant wants to rename Salad Cream as Sandwich Cream. Sounds like Sandwich Spread but without the veggie bits.

To be fair, at a tender age I did make sandwiches with the stuff. The same as ketchup sandwiches...

simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 29, 2019.

Death at the end of the pier

Death at the end of the pier

This is the best time travel movie ever! A disturbing and mysterious half hour that crosses eons with its doomed protagonist. The 1962 French science fiction feature La Jetée follows an experiment in time travel after a nuclear war.

It is lyrical and eerie. Directed by Chris Marker, La Jetée is constructed almost entirely from still photographs. It won the Prix Jean Vigo for short film. And, of...

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.

The...

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simon-on-the-river3 simon-on-the-river3 Jun 17, 2019.

Radio 4 gets a bit Dusty

Radio 4 gets a bit Dusty

Simon Russell Beale has read Phillip Pullman’s new book The Book of Dust, Part One: La Belle Sauvage for Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. Installments run every weekday evening until November 3 but the omnibus edition can be heard online via BBC’s iPlayer.

Twenty two years after the publication of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights,(which you Yankee types know as The Golden Compass) the author returns...

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 Jun 03, 2019.

Advent 17: Strange Visitor From Another Planet

Advent 17: Strange Visitor From Another Planet

Is this Erich Von Däniken’s favourite Christmas song? A little while back, the Beeb ran a documentary about the medieval view of the universe, where you could find dragons and unicorns, did dog head people have souls, and similar conundrums. It included a tale of villagers who encountered a strange man from the sky. They beat him up, removed an unusual helmet, after which he had problems...

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