On Tuesday night I was discussing broadcasting history with someone and mention was made of Asa Briggs. Within an hour his death was announced. A few hours later, I learned of Sylvia Anderson's death; and now, Cliff Michelmore, a broadcaster who was moving into a retirement phase in my childhood but who still loomed large. The sense of twentieth-century Britain tidying up after itself through the death of people who seemed to epitomise aspects of the mid-late century spirit which animated last year is even stronger this. Some links:

The BBC Archive Cliff Michelmore page

Cliff Michelmore switches off Lime Grove studios, The Late Show, 1991

Cliff Michelmore interviews David Jones (the future David Bowie), Tonight, 1964

The Shadows: 'Lady Penelope' from Thunderbirds are Go - shared by [twitter.com profile] outonbluesix as a tribute to her alter ego, Sylvia Anderson

Sylvia Anderson interviewed for the third or fourth generation of fans of Lady Penelope and Thunderbirds, Blue Peter, 1995

I've not watched this, but here's Asa Briggs in discussion early last year at the University of Sussex

An episode of The Seven Ages of Radio with Asa Briggs, starting with part of one of my favourite broadcasting quotations from David Dunhill, with added Tony Blackburn, though the structure of the series seems somewhat pessimistic.

While I'm making a link post, here's a Kickstarter worth exploring: Duel for Citizenship by Holly Matthies
sir_guinglain: (Marmite)
( Dec. 17th, 2014 02:27 pm)
[tumblr.com profile] whovianfeminism interviews Rachel Talalay, director of Doctor Who's Dark Water/Death in Heaven, and helps provide some context for fan criticisms of sexism in Doctor Who.

A cat called Holly walks 190 miles home, report ABC News (US), and relayed by the Pussington Post.
I'm about to fly south (on wheels) for the rest of the winter, but first, some links:

Where will we live?
James Meek surveys the background to the current British housing crisis and looks at the competing interests making a bad situation worse today, in the London Review of Books

2015: An Ugly Stramash
The post-independence vote scenarios which Westminster isn't thinking much about, but Scotland is. With thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte

Doctor Who at the Lord Mayor's Show, 1981
A brief clip from the BBC coverage of the Lord Mayor (of London)'s Show, voiced by Eric Robson, is followed by some of Kevin Davies's own recording of Peter Davison's first public appearance in costume as the Doctor, accompanied by what we'd now call cosplaying fans, but didn't then.
sir_guinglain: (Default)
( Jan. 22nd, 2013 07:14 pm)
Improving London's transport
The National Archives have a Flickr set of photographs from a 1946 edition of The Railway Gazette, illustrating improvements made to the London Underground between the late 1930s and mid 1940s. Areas covered include the construction of the present Kings Cross St Pancras Metropolitan and Circle tunnels and platforms, opened in 1941; the extension of the Bakerloo tubes to join the Metropolitan above ground at Finchley Road, opened in 1939; changes to the Central Line in west, east and central London during the 1940s; and some of the new station buildings on the Metropolitan Line in north-west London.

Self-employed struggling with debts beyond their earnings - The Guardian
I empathise with this, though my position in this regard seems not so bad contextualised.

The Secret Mansion - History Needs You
Matthew Ward's pictures of a ruined country house on Anglesey.

England Under the White Which, by Theodora Goss - Clarkesworld
A story of one empress's search for the perfect winter, and those who serve under her. As recommended by [livejournal.com profile] gervase_fen
...and which some of you will doubtless have seen elsewhere, so apologies for the repetition.

The stuck society
Bagehot in The Economist writes "A supply of people able to work for less than their cost of living gives parsimonious firms a convenient pool of temporary workers. This is how two-tier labour markets, with a group of insiders enjoying job protection and a group of outsiders with none, are born. Undoing the situation can be impossible." Many of us know this from personal experience.
Latest chapter added to the story of St Boswells book store success
The Southern Reporter on an expanding bookshop (and more) in St Boswells, Roxburghshire, much resorted to by members of my family.
US newspaper warns of impending doom
Deaths are coming!
Radio Times digitization completed
The sale of Radio Times to the Immediate Media Company in 2011, without BBC Worldwide even retaining ownership of the brand, might add an additional complication to the distribution of the information retrieved by this project.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography podcasts
The latest release is Andy Sawyer's article on Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
A Cheshire cheese from 1825, which its recipient - Prince Frederick, duke of York, brother of George IV - passed on to Mary Isabella, dowager duchess of Rutland.
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sir_guinglain: (DoctorQuillDWW)
( Aug. 4th, 2012 02:26 pm)
  • The Naked and the TED
    • A somewhat vicious swipe from Evgeny Morozov in The New Republic at some recent publications under the TED imprint, with a side order of Niall Ferguson-bashing. I know very little about the subjects under discussion. Nevertheless, I share the reviewer's lack of enthusiasm for the sort of technocracy which he thinks is being peddled.
 
  • The next Lord Raglan
    • I know nothing of the late Arthur Somerset (1950-2012) beyond that he was a leading events manager and that he was disinherited by his uncle, the 5th Baron Raglan, and so would not have inherited the family estates in south-east Wales. Nevertheless he would have inherited the peerage, had he lived; and the next Lord Raglan will apparently have the untraditional forename of Iggy.


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sir_guinglain: (salmon)
( Jul. 10th, 2012 09:16 pm)
I'm not usually one for linkspam, but here are a few items which have distracted me today:
  • For sale: Bush House. A landmark of BBC World Service history.
    • Christopher Middleton at The Telegraph mourns the end of an era; but how often is 'Lillibulero' played on the BBC World Service these days? Its associations are questionable to say the least.
  • Auction for BBC World Service
    • Here is the flysheet for the online auction mentioned in Middleton's article. If you want to set up your own worldwide broadcasting service, now is your chance.
  • Baroness Fauconberg and Conyers
    • The blog post is about the death of Lady Wendy Lycett, but peerage-spotters can welcome back the baronies of Fauconberg and Conyers to the extant peerage as Lady Wendy and her elder sister Lady Diana Miller were co-heirs to those titles. At the age of 92, I think it's unlikely that Diana, the new Baroness Fauconberg and Conyers (once she has had the automatic termination of the abeyance recognised by the Crown Office, and been added to the Roll of the Peerage) will be seeking election to the House of Lords, but you never know.
  • Lords reform: this will be our last chance for a generation
    • With the vote on Lords reform dropped, the elected hereditaries look as if they will be hanging on alongside the life peers and bishops for a little while yet. Peter Hain doesn't I think have all the details right on the measure the government had intended to put before the Commons tonight, but as he says it could have been amended.
  • Before Adam, by Jack London
    • Project Gutenberg e-book of Jack London's 1906 novel about an early homo species, possibly in the literary geneaology of the first Doctor Who story.
More of my own thoughts on The Doctor's Wife under the cut; but first a link to Matt Hills's latest Doctor Who post on the Antenna blog, concentrating on how Gaiman's authorial signature is accommodated within a television series which already has an anointed auteur:

Neil Gaiman's Doctor Who: Fan Service Meets the Junkyard Look

Happy Families )
An article from Country Life, 106 years ago, about my favourite breed of dog. Beware prejudice towards non-western Europeans:

http://home.planet.nl/~keijz504/common/articles/1903_mrskilburnscottssamoyeds.html
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