• We Are All Butterburs – How Tolkien Embraced the Ordinary

    We Are All Butterburs – How Tolkien Embraced the Ordinary

    Reading Time Approx: 3 minutes ‘Well, now, what was I going to say?’ said Mr. Butterbur, tapping his forehead. ‘One thing drives out another, so to speak. I’m that busy tonight, my head is going round. As I get older, I’m in my 50s now, I feel that I understand Barliman Butterbur more and more.…


Ramblings

  • Reading Time Approx: < 1 minute Writing my 60th anniversary Doctor Who post. I think it’s going to be a long one. I just wrapped up the wilderness years, haven’t touched NuWho yet and I’m already thinking of stuff I missed from earlier on.


  • Reading Time Approx: < 1 minute My first thoughts at the beginning on hearing the latest version of the Doctor Who them tune. Eh… not sure. Sounds… different. I guess I need to hear it a few time My reaction 30 seconds in to the clip. The middle 8… I love it! Sold!


  • Reading Time Approx: < 1 minute Some days you only get one sock, some days you get three, but you rarely get two. Life’s like that.


  • Doctor Who: The Star Beast – A Return To The Future of 2008

    Doctor Who: The Star Beast – A Return To The Future of 2008

    Reading Time Approx: 6 minutes If I were to sum up my reactions to the Star Beast, then I would simply say it’s a Doctor Who Special written by Russell T Davies. You can see in it all of his qualities as a writer, both good and bad. The immediate comparison that springs to mind…

  • Doctor Who: A Personal Journey Through 60 Years of Time and Space

    Doctor Who: A Personal Journey Through 60 Years of Time and Space

    Reading Time Approx: 14 minutes Introduction Many millions of words have been written on the subject of Doctor Who which raises the question what is there really left to say. However, as we approach the 60th anniversary of the show, I feel compelled to write about my own connection with the show, a connection that…

  • Blake’s 7 – A Series Before Its Time

    Blake’s 7 – A Series Before Its Time

    Reading Time Approx: 6 minutes I recently rewatched the entire of Blake’s 7, for probably the first time since the 80s. I’ve certainly watched individual episodes or even several episodes previously but not all 4 seasons and 52 episodes back to back, one a day like this. It was an interesting experience, partly just enjoying…

  • A… Defense… of Orphan 55??

    A… Defense… of Orphan 55??

    Reading Time Approx: 5 minutes Orphan 55 seems to be pretty unanimously derided as one of the worst Doctor Who stories of the modern show and certainly there’s a fair few flaws to point to. If you have some meticulous, thoroughly artificial, point scoring system that ranks things to the 100th degree, I don’t think…

  • Owlet

    Owlet

    Reading Time Approx: < 1 minute Another photo from my recent visit to the Harpers Ferry Highland Games. They had a group there showing various birds of prey including owls and also including this baby owl, or owlet. Who looks incredibly cute, because you can’t see the dead mouse they were hanging onto with their…

  • Kilmaine Saints

    Kilmaine Saints

    Reading Time Approx: 2 minutes This is not my usual type of photography, but I was at a Highland Games the other week and figured I’d snap some photos of what was happening. The environment for this one was challenging too, because it was an open air stage, with fairly bright sunlight and I was…

  • Scotland – Past to Future

    Scotland – Past to Future

    Reading Time Approx: 2 minutes I’ve been playing around with this log off and on for the last day or two. The original idea in my head was a stylized outline of Scotland giving it a modern feel. I don’t claim that this concept is particularly original in and of itself, I’ve seen similar ideas…

  • Nothing More Than A Memory

    Nothing More Than A Memory

    Reading Time Approx: < 1 minute As I get older — yes, I’m officially old; I admit it — I become more aware of how much I’ve forgotten. Some of it may be lost forever at this point; gone from my mind and never that important to anyone else in the first place. Some of…

  • Resources For Learning Gaelic

    Resources For Learning Gaelic

    Reading Time Approx: 2 minutes I do not speak Gaelic and really have never shown any aptitude for learning languages at all, so I don’t imagine I ever will. But for those with more ambition and perhaps more ability, there are many resources out there and some of them are free. So here’s a definitely…