December 3rd, 2014

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December is shaping up to be a full month...

So, apparently, plans for Sunday 14th December involve:

10:30am - Carol Service with Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church (i.e., our church) at Warners End Community Centre (because of the whole us not having an actual church building at the moment thing that I've whittered on about here before).

2:30pm - Carol service with the West Herts and Borders LGBT Fellowship group.

6:00pm - Carols by candlelight service at St. Alban church, Warners End, Hemel Hempstead*, followed by mince pies and general pre-Christmas social gathering round at the house of one of the HHMC members.

So basically, it's a good job I like Christmas carols, isn't it..? :-)

*I wonder if there's a Warners End Church in St. Albans..?
Doctor Who - Tom's deathbed then omnipre

Doctor Who music @MarkAyresRWS

So, my copy of this arrived last week.

Well, two copies technically - I bought one to keep and one with the hope of selling it, ideally at a profit (it originally sold at £135), on eBay. There was a copy with a Buy it Now price of £400, but it's gone now - the seller, IIRC, said it was being advertised elsewhere and they reserved the right to remove it. There's another copy for auction with a current price of £106. Be interested to see how much that goes for...

Anyhew, I digress. I've not listened to much of it (it's a very extensive collection - one disc for each Doctor, featuring a combination of originally composed music from the series' history, library music such as Three Guitars Mood 2 by the Arthur Nelson Group, used in the very first episode as the music Susan Foreman listens to on her iPod* where it was attributed to "John Smith and the Common Men"...

There are, though, some notable omissions. Some of those are, sadly, down to the Tapes Not Existing Any More - much of the '60s and '70s is a bit of a patchwork in that regard (mind you, despite an otherwise unblemished record in the '80s, there's also a notable omission with the score from Mindwarp, aka The Trial of a Time Lord episodes 5 - 8. In his notes, MArk Ayres reveals that the multitrack for episode 5 turned up in 2011 but was unplayable. So tantalisingly near, that so sadly far...). But other omissions...well, put it this way, most of the Davison, Colin Baker, and McCoy stories are represented by continuous suites of various lengths. Which makes sense - they had very few stories, all (bar the aforementioned Mindwarp) with full scores in existence...but even here there are some omissions (no suites for Time Flight and fairness, Roger Limb's music from that era can be a bit repetitive - to the extent that, admittedly without having checked, I'm convinced that much of Terminus' score is a straight repeat of that for The Arc of Infinity - but even so).

But...Tom Baker's final season is represented by various individual cues from the stories, no suites of continuous music. Again, some of this is understandable to an extent - The Leisure Hive, Meglos and Full Circle have all been released in their entirety anyway. But Logopolis, with its haunting, ethereal score (and occasionally rather funky wah-wah guitar stuff) by Paddy Kingsland, then on something of a high (it was broadcast a few weeks after The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on TV, which he'd also scored) is I would suggest one of the most sought-after Doctor Who scores, but is here represented by some sound effects and a three minute section (three separate cues, I think) from the end of episode 4, covering the fourth Doctor's final moments as he's haunted by memories of past foes, then comforted by memories of past companions, before saying, "it's the end...but the moment has been prepared for" and regenerating into Peter Davison.

Why no suite?

Well, maybe it's a sign that there are plans for a full soundtrack release? Who knows? (MArk Ayres does, presumably...). But in the meantime, I just decided there was only one thing for it...although the score hasn't (yet) been released on CD, there's an isolated music track on the story's DVD release...which I decided to rip, and then compile into my own little (10 minutes 28 seconds) suite, which is now sitting pretty in my iTunes. And is designated track 37 out of the 38 track fourth Doctor disc**. And is very nice indeed, I must say. :-) Probably not quite the same suite that MArk would have done had he been doing it, but hey, we're all individuals.

Am a happy bunny now.

*Well, it looks like a transistor radio, but c'mon, she's a time traveller from another planet. Must have been an iPod disguised by its Chameleon Circuit to look less conspicuous...

**Yes, in reality the fourth Doctor disc is only 37 tracks long... :-)
Harry Potter - Rebellious Hermione

Je suis un happy bunny.

I'm going to this tomorrow.

It's only taken me 50 weeks to get round to redeeming my gift ticket. (I had planned on just turning up, until I learned that actually you need to 'phone up and arrange a time slot.)

On a somewhat different note, huntingospray and I are going to this. I think it's primarily for remembering people who've died at the hospice itself (Sarah's dad was there for his last couple of weeks back in 2008), but we've had five deaths in our families over the past year, and I think we'll be thinking of all of them tonight...
Pratchett Gaiman M25

Casting crossover idea...

Whilst I am, of course, hugely looking forward to the imminent Radio 4 adaptation of Pratchett/Gaiman's Good Omens (coming up on December 22nd), it just occurred to me that they may have slightly missed a trick by not getting Mark Sheppard in to play Crowley...


(Mind you, I'm sure Peter Serafinowicz will be excellent, since he usually always is.)
Stargate SG1 - cast & logo

Another really happy-making thing!!!

And I mean really, really over the moon happy.

Back shortly after I got Maded Redundant, I bought the Stargate SG-1 DVD boxed set. That's a 60-disc colossus of a set containing every episode from all ten seasons, as well as Continuum and The Ark of Truth.

Because nothing's mentioned either on the boxed set packaging itself or over at Amazon, I assumed it was a totally vanilla release, but I wasn't too bothered about that. After all, I'd paid a mere £87:00 for a set containing 9,035 minutes of Stargate-y entertainment, which works out as a bit of a bargain whichever way you slice and dice it. I recently finished the second season, and the first two seasons had indeed been very very vanilla (they didn't even have subtitles, for goodness' sake), as I'd expected, but I've been vaguely meaning to check if I'm missing out on any goodies that I might have got had I bought the seasons individually.

And I've discovered that you can't always trust the boxed set sleeve or the Amazon listings, because actually I've got the full roster of bonus content without being aware of it!!! Those first two seasons are indeed vanilla, but for the rest of the run I've got a shedload of VAM* to look forward to, including loads of commentaries (eight by Ms. Amanda Tapping herself, four by Michael Shanks), featurettes and documentaries.**

This discovery really has made me extremely happy!!!


I think this calls for a repeat of that piccie of me and Amanda Tapping. Just because.

*Value Added Material.

**And the list on the Stargate wiki only goes as far as season 9, so who knows what I've got to look forward on season 10? Whenever I get there...