I’m halfway through the three year series (six episodes each year) of the great Canadian series Slings & Arrows, the story of a Shakespearian theatre festival in Ontario, covering a different play each season (they opened with Hamlet and, in the second season, I am immersed in the Scottish Play.)
As many of you theatrefolk know, it is bad luck to say the name of the Scottish Play when you are discussing it… you can say the main character’s only in context of the lines in the performance. In the third season we will be getting into King Lear.
I love Slings & Arrows and could watch it many times over (You Tube has each episode in 7.25 minute units, but no commercials.)
Once I’m through these I’m going into two related series that were, at the time, my overall favorite of their seasons: Life On Mars (2 seasons) followed by Ashes To Ashes (3 seasons). These are about English police detectives who get into major accidents in the first episodes of each and wake up in the past (Life On Mars in the 1970’s and Ashes To Ashes in the 1980’s. Each time the detective wakes up in Manchester where they are active in the existing Detective unit, but can’t figure out how they got there,
There was an American version of Life On Mars tried some years after the British, but it didn’t last a full season… the British was so much better.
If you’ve never seen these shows, I recommend them highly.
- LoveFilm readies for NetFlix with BBC and ITV tie-ups (telegraph.co.uk)
- The Case – BBC1, 2.15pm (mirror.co.uk)
- Hidden, BBC One, preview (telegraph.co.uk)
- Lovefilm signs BBC streaming deal (go.theregister.com)
- BBC considers charging viewers for archive TV shows online (girlinthearchive.wordpress.com)
Here we go again. This time the question of whether mobile phones can give users brain cancer has come up once again from a group of international researchers that examined dozens of studies. They say the answer is maybe. From Portfolio.com:
A statement issued Tuesday from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that mobile phones are “possibly carcinogenic,” and although the link between cell phones and cancer is “not clearly established” it also cannot be ruled out. Mobiles may be linked to a type of brain cancer called glioma, according to the research conducted by a group of 31 experts that have been meeting in Lyon, France, to review human evidence coming from epidemiological studies.
It’s worth noting that the WHO’s cancer researchers could have given mobile phones one of five scientific labels: carcinogenic, probably carcinogenic, possibly carcinogenic, not classifiable, or not carcinogenic, reports the BBC. Other “possibly carcinogenic” items, based on previous IARC research, include gasoline engine exhaust, lead, coffee, and dry cleaning.
- Will Cellphone (Mobile Phone) Causes Brain Cancer? WHO: Possibly (mydigitallife.info)
- Cell Phones to Be “Possibly Carcinogenic,” Experts Say (fitsugar.com)
- Cellphones could raise risk of brain cancer: World Health Organization researchers (healthzone.ca)
- Brain cancer warning over mobiles (mirror.co.uk)
- Mobile phones officially under suspicion (nature.com)
- Expert Panel: Cell Phones Might Cause Brain Cancer (tleonidas.wordpress.com)
- Mobile Phone Use May Be Linked to Brain Cancer, WHO Panel Finds (businessweek.com)
This is neat… and you know how much we like Stephen Fry:
Have a nice weekend (and remember that Monday is Valentine’s Day.)
- A Musical Request to Have Stephen Fry’s Baby (wired.com)
- Stephen Fry trip to Japan cancelled after atomic-bomb joke (thestar.com)
- Mrs Stephen Fry on Stephen Fry (guardian.co.uk)
- Beeb say sorry for Stephen Fry A-bomb quip (go.theregister.com)
- Stephen Fry returns to Twitter to say women do like sex (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Don’t quit Twitter, Stephen Fry (popwatch.ew.com)
- Observer portrays me as the antichrist, says Stephen Fry (newstatesman.com)
I was at the Neurologist when Mubarak stepped down and I didn’t hear about it until after I got home.
This from HuffPo
Egypt‘s Hosni Mubarak resigned as president and handed control to the military on Friday, bowing down after a historic 18-day wave of pro-democracy demonstrations by hundreds of thousands. “The people ousted the president,” chanted a crowd of tens of thousands outside his presidential palace in Cairo.
So the military is in control. This from the BBC:
“Around Cairo, drivers are honking their horns in celebration and guns are being fired into the air. The huge crowds are rejoicing. However, the army takeover looks very much like a coup. The constitution has been breached. Officially, the speaker of parliament should be taking over. Instead it is the army leadership. Egypt moves into a very uncertain future.”
It took 18 days of protest…but there it is.
- President Hosni Mubarak Steps Down in Egypt (Video) (sugarslam.com)
- Mubarak Is Out! (slog.thestranger.com)
- Egypt: Mubarak Quits (bostonist.com)
- Mubarak steps down (theworld.org)
- Breaking News: President Hosni Mubarak to step down as president of Egypt, (vanguardngr.com)
The BBC has announced that Sir Paul McCartney is writing a ballet. This is something he’s never done before, but, as he says:
“That offer came up and I love writing music, the two went together and I said, ‘Yeah,’ so I just accept things before I even know what I’m doing.”
I am so happy that the world still has creative ideas in it.
I’ve been tooling around BBC sites to get a sense of how Season 3 of Ashes To Ashes went (especially since we’re still getting Season 2 here in the USA)… it just ended in England the other night and from what I’ve read on line it is a strange end to the series which involves leftover info from Life On Mars (my favorite and this series’ 16 episode preface) and a resounding summation of the whole future for dead cops.
Anyway, BBC One has blacked out the episode videos for us over here, thinking we won’t watch it on BBC America when they decide to put it on. Damn fools, those Limeys.
Anyway, I found this promo that you 80s Rock Fans will get a kick out of… with Alex, Gene, Ray and Chris, too.
The BBC reporting on Vice President Biden yesterday apparently are unaware of Ash Wednesday… It is too bad they have to be aware of it.
At the end of this video clip the unfortunate reporter realizes her mistake.
As if Google really worried about other folks’ intellectual property.
I hope you go into the BBC site and read more of this article.
So… now we get up to the Clinton administration and the terrorism of Bin Laden.
Reporting from Tehran
I hear from the Guardian Council that they are ready to recount those ballot boxes queried by the opposition.
My understanding of that would be that the opposition can then just query every single ballot box, in effect launching a complete recount.
I haven’t seen the details of their statement yet, but they did say earlier that the election result was only provisional.
They are the body that adjudicates on appeals against the election, and they seem – from what we have heard so far – to have launched a massive U-turn over this election result.