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Some people have expressed their happiness about the BBC's decision (possibly, maybe, perhaps) to put its archive online, but the BBC already puts the very best of its output, IMO -- its radio programmes -- online. You need a broadband or cable connection to get hold of them, and Real Player to play them, but they're worth it.

Radio 4's basic archive site is here

My favourite five things on the site:
(1) I Have A Cunning Plan, which is about 20 years of Blackadder

And let us speed swiftly past the fact that it is 20 years since the first episode of Blackadder because it SCARES ME. I can remember me and my best friend Sam sitting in Physics lessons, quoting lines from Blackadder. Which is probably why we both got Bs.

(2)Music and Memory in Mostar

(3) We've Been Here Before, which is not as good as the News Quiz but was very funny a week or two ago.

(4) Nature's Magic. Because science is just cool, okay? And it's jellyfish and genetics and leeches and fireflies. What's not to love?

(5) Five Numbers. lilydale might like this one. It's presented by Simon Singh, who wrote The Code Book and even a maths dolt (points to self) can understand it.

I can also recommend tonight's Front Row, which has an interview with Douglas Coupland about his new book on a school massacre, in which he uttered the immortal phrase "When I was pregnant with the book..."

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Today was my first day off in heaven knows how long and I got nothing much done. Spent a lot of time waiting for the bus, trying to work out in my head whether you could map the Hobbits onto the Beatles.

I don't think you can; there's maybe three Ringos and a George. But if you map it onto the actors then Sean Astin is probably Paul MacCartney. He has the same look of crazed over-enthusiasm. These thoughts led me into scary head-land so I abandoned the Hobbit-Beatle nexus and spent the rest of the time looking at the great unwashed in the bus queue while attempting not to catch anyone's eye. You don't catch people's eyes here in bandit country. Not if you feel strongly about the retention of teeth.

* * *

I would like to thank the state of California for providing us with much amusement this summer. Ahnuld, bless him, and his little friend Gary Coleman have provided us with many innocent hours of pleasure, imagining cheesy slogans and Terminator-like policies.

I realise that it is less amusing if you actually have to live in California, given that the state finances are up excrement creek without the necessary means of propulsion, but we amused you with Margaret Thatcher and the inbred, marble-mouthed, gothic soap opera that is the royal family for bloody years.

We've paid our dues.

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cofax7
Aug. 27th, 2003 12:17 pm (UTC)
I would like to thank the state of California for providing us with much amusement this summer.

Well, the residents of the state of California thank you, in return, for entertaining US as much as you have.

Sorry to hear you've been working so much.

Now I'm going to go sweat on a recumbent bicycle and read about spies during WWII. Consider this an enthusiastic plug for Alan Furst's Night Soldiers; I think you in particular would enjoy this. Meaty, well-researched, twisty, and omniscient. *g*
thassalia
Aug. 27th, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, as a Californian, it's still funny. As long as you pretend it's just really bad TV. (And if you want a great perspective on it, The Boondocks hasn't been able to resist).

A friend of mine worked on Arnold's campaign for about four days compiling fact sheets. Snicker. Apparently they haven't done much good. But at least we've become a running bad joke. A porn star, a child actor and the Termniator walk into a bar...
debg
Aug. 27th, 2003 12:23 pm (UTC)
As an Anglo-American (Brit mum, American dad) dual citizen who pelted Thatcher with tampons when she tried levying a "luxury" tax on sanitary products, and who happens to have lived in San Francisco for the past 22 years?

It is funny. If you combine the two - the Royals and California politics - you get something a novelist couldn't dream up after enough mescaline to flood the Haight-Ashbury in 1968.

Trust me.
lilydale
Aug. 27th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)
I bookmarked Radio 4's archive and will probably soon spend way too much time trying to listen to everything crackle and sputter over my lame dial-up connection. Thank you. *g*

Today was my first day off in heaven knows how long and I got nothing much done.

That is fabulous news.
ionas
Aug. 27th, 2003 01:52 pm (UTC)
California politics is the equivalent of extremely bad TV. Which is our main export, so I suppose we are what we eat, eh?
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