Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney
rozk

And the Ides of March may be coming a fortnight late.

Announcing he maybe isn't going at all, ever ever, was not the smartest move Blair ever made, because it means that people who were waiting, now have their daggers ready.

On the other hand, one should never underestimate the sheer frakking cowardice of the people he has whined/bullied/bribed/threatened into complicity with his Project.

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On a happier note, I watched A for Andromeda.

Now, I am so old, that I saw the long-wiped first version with Julie Christie as the doomed young woman cloned by the alien computer and sacrificing herself for the Earth, only to be reborn as Susan Hampshire in the sequel. Back in the 60s, it was one of the first things I ever saw on television, because we didn't have one until then, and it was seven episodes each lasting 45 minutes.

And the new version was good, and felt right, even though it managed to condense much of the plot into an hour and a half. I suppose we don't need as much explained to us now, as we did then. After all, it is a show that created cliches - one of the many reasons why I dislike Species is that it is, simply, a ripoff.

Catch it - it was interesting and moody, and oddly, given the innocence of the 60s version, full of vaguely angsty slashiness as well as all the ludicrous 'give a cold-hearted alien killing machine a good het shag and she'll soon see the error of her ways' stuff.

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The irony is that Hoyle wrote this story about a message from space that changes the world about five years before listening for messages from space led to something that proved him radically wrong. Hoyle was, partly because of ideological atheism, one of the group that produced the Steady State theory as an alternative to the Big Bang, and then people picked up the background radiating hum of the Beginning. Which was it for Hoyle's nice theory.

I remember that rather well because a few months later my school debate team found ourselves playing a grudge match against a science-oriented school that we always beat. They won the toss and decided to screw us by making the debate topic the Big Bang vs. the Steady State. As good Catholics, we were inclined to pick the BB anyway, and because I was a geek, I suggested we talk to the University Astronomy department. Who shared with us this exciting news about the Hum, which was quite new at the time - six months maybe.

Not only did we win, but we all got quite excited. It was that sense of knowing something other people did not know yet.
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