January 28th, 2009

Doctor Who - Martha more awesome than yo

Things I love about early Erasure songs.

The fact that Vince Clark's fundamental style didn't really change between his Yazoo work and Erasure's Wonderland, which consequently sounds wonderfully early '80s retro (it was released in 1985, but sounds like it was from about 3 years earlier), in a way that The Circus (released in 1986) doesn't quite.

Some of their b-sides were really rather gorgeous.

And seriously, who else would have thought of doing synthpop cover versions of The Hall of the Mountain King and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly? Marvellous.

(I appear to lack an Erasure icon, so have a Martha Jones one instead.)
Merlin - subtext

Writer's Block: You Wouldn't Understand

Almost everyone coins or uses expressions that make sense to only a few people. What word or phrase do you use most often that you have to explain the meaning of to others?

"Fish". I use the word as a general, all-purpose, substitute for swearing ('cos although I'm pretty open-minded, I'm still a bit of a prude when it comes to swearing). It serves for surprise, shock, joy, cheer, sadness, anger, and expressing contempt. "You fishing fishfisher, what do you fishing think you're fishing doing? Fish off!" Well, no, actually, I mostly just use it on its own ("Fish!"), which sometimes surprises people, although Tim's fairly used to it these days.

Reminds me of the A Night In</b> episode of Press Gang, where Tiddler says, "my mother says I'm not to use bad words, so I say 'fridge' whenever I want to say...'fridge'."

Coupling - Stuck in the Giggle Loop


So, yesterday I pulled a load of books off the shelf ready to box them up and put them...either in the lock-up in Barking, or in a loft somewhere.

Before that, though, decided to add them all on my Librarything.

And I couldn't help thinking, haven't I got more Grange Hill novels than that? I was a looking at a GH fansite, and I'm sure I had about half a dozen, not just a couple - some of those pics I'm absolutely sure are books that I've owned, read, had on my shelves. I guess it's possible that I might have chucked them when I went through a "not terribly bothered about it" phase, but then, why did those two survive?

Hmm. It's annoying.

Still, if that's the worst thing I've got to worry about it, I've got a pretty good life.