And after that heaviness, a few links:
I’m through to the FINAL!!! in the Pop World Cup, but unfortunately from the comments it looks like I’m getting thrashed by Nigeria. Please go there and vote for Germany.
Obverse Books, who publish the Iris Wildthyme Doctor Who spinoff books, have announced they will be working with Lawrence Miles on a new series of Faction Paradox short story collections, the first coming out next year. News will presumably be up soon on their news page.
Jennie wants people’s views on the Fantastic Film Weekend in Bradford, which I’ll probably blog about tomorrow.
Andrew Rilstone wonders whether, as a Doctor Who fan, he’s allowed to like Doctor Who.
And if you want the world’s single greatest timesink of all time, go and play The Wikipedia Game…
Music post shortly. For now, here are some links
Alex Wilcock reviews the CD version of Genesis Of The Daleks given away with today’s Torygraph.
David Mathewman on talking about immigration. The more this campaign goes on, the more I want to grab *EVERYONE IN THIS FUCKING COUNTRY* with the exception of a few people like Mr Mathewman, by the throat and scream the actual truth about the appaling, inhuman way we actually treat immigrants in this country, until they *SHUT THE FUCK UP WITH THEIR HATRED*. David’s recent “Why I Am A Liberal Democrat” series is essential reading, too.
Leonard Pierce on the South Park Mohammed controversy .
Andrew Rilstone talks sense on ‘bigotgate’.
Vote Germany in the Pop World Cup!
During this election I’m going to do at least one linkblog a week with no politics in it, in the hope that this plus the When Worlds Collide posts will stop this blog toppling over totally into politics-wonkery. With that in mind…
My third-round match in the Pop World Cup is up. This time I’m playing Stereo Total, but up against Ghana who’ve won both their previous rounds… (thanks to Tilt for suggesting these – I’d completely forgotten they were German, as they sound more French to me IYKWIM).
Quite possibly the best website ever – Michael Buble Being Stalked By A Velociraptor.
Andrew Rilstone has published a book of his blog posts about the Welsh Series. I read these as they happened – in fact Rilstone’s writing was what made me return to Doctor Who fandom in 2002ish after a decade or so away – and it was fascinating and heartbreaking to watch his initial huge enthusiasm for the Welsh show (as I had as well) collapse to rage and disappointment. I hope he includes his review of the “Eurovision Song Contest” Doctor-lite episode, one of the funniest things I’ve read on his site. Buy The Viewers Tale and Rilstone’s other two books here. (I’ll be buying at the end of the month)
I can’t remember if I’ve linked to Ben’s Prison Blog before, but I should have. Here’s his account of his involvement in a riot in the early 90s
And two great posts on Too Busy Thinking About My Comics – on endings to ongoing narratives and on Foggy Nelson and real heroism.
By the way, for those wondering about PEP! 2, I’ve so far got articles in from Gavin B, Gavin R, David Allison, Bill (Plok) Ritchie and Colin (Colsmi) Smith, along with definite promises of articles from Debi Linton and Holly Matthies and possibles from Alex Wilcock, Richard Flowers and Alix Mortimer, and a comic strip and cover by Wesley (the cover shows Cerebus meeting a Clanger on the moon. You need to get this just for that). Should be at least as good as the last issue.
Proper post later, probably, but for now I’d just like everyone to go and vote in the Pop World Cup for Germany’s track -Daisy Door and the Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra – “Oh, Oh, Ooh, Ei Ei Ei, Wo Immer Es Auch Sei” . Partly this is because I’m Germany’s manager, partly because I do think it’s the better track, and partly because it looks like another close game, and frankly losing to the wife of a war criminal (the Serbian entry is by Svetlana Raznatovic, wife of Arkan Raznatovic) would be humiliating in the extreme.
Anyone got any good suggestions for the next round, against Ghana? This one was a suggestion of Tilt’s, and I think a great one. I’ve been getting some criticisms for the age of my choices (someone said they expect to see Bach in the next round) so something newer would be fun…
Incidentally, it appears to be only one vote per household – Holly tried to vote on this and was told she couldn’t because the IP address for her computer was similar to mine – so use your vote wisely…
OK, after a draw against Australia (moral victory), in which some people had the nerve to argue against Heinz’s Germanness, I’m going with the much more German-named Peter Thomas. Specifically a track from The Erotic World Of The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra. But I’m unsure as to which one to go for, the genuinely deranged Coitus Crash or the Daisy Door collaboration Oh, Oh, Oooh, Ei, Ei, Ei, Wo Immer Es Auch Sei , which seems to be two totally different songs crashing into each other at random. Both tracks can be heard on Spotify at this link – could you let me know which one you’d be more likely to vote for?
(Thanks to Tilt BTW for pointing me in the direction of the Daisy Door track…)