Friday, May 06, 2005

in camera

The implacable minions of the gas company have reached my street. The quiet suburban thoroughfare now resembles a parking lot for earth-moving machinery as trenches are gouged into the footpath.

There is a silver lining to the cloud though; at least they are digging up the other side of the street to my house, meaning I can still get in and out of my front gate without much trouble. I wouldn't have been so cheerful if they had dug a trench across the mouth of my driveway.

And I just heard on the radio the price of petrol in Melbourne has fallen 3.5 cents while in Tasmania it's increased by 0.3 cents! Grrrrrr!

Julie's gone off to the city with that eager glint in her eye. The photography shop phoned to say that her new camera had arrived.

It's basically the same as her old one except its black not silver and has a larger optical zoom (10x) plus a sound feature for movies ("which could be a mixed blessing" she said).

Since she had that accident with her old digital camera she's been quite bereft. She looked like a sheepdog that's lost its flock. Let's hope this cheers her up.

While Louise Saunders was working a different shift on local radio, her stand-in Jennifer Fleming indulged in some banter with Coodabeen guru Geoff Richardson at the expense of her musical taste. Louise's favourite albums, it was muttered, were put out by K-Tel in the 1970s.

And indeed when Louise returned to the Drive spot this week, she confirmed that indeed the very first LP she ever bought was Explosive Hits '74.

We all have such musical skeletons in our closets. I used to like those Top of the Pops compilations that Pickwick Records put out with studio musicians imitating the superstars of the day. There were about 90 albums in the series, which ran till 1979.

Tony Blair's party has been returned to power in Great Britain. Amusing to notice that the popular London tabloid The Sun endorsed him, saying that he needed a third term if only to try and keep all the election promises he made at the first two elections! Ouch!

Coincidentally with the release of the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, BBC Radio 4 have started airing the long-awaited radio adaptation of the final novel in the series.

The last three books of the ‘trilogy in five parts’, Life, The Universe And Everything; So Long And Thanks For All The Fish and Mostly Harmless, have been dramatised as three new series (none of them were previously produced for radio).

It seems a long long time ago (~1978?) when I heard a recording of the first episode of the show that an acquaintance had received from a friend in Scotland. No MP3 or Internet in those days. The programme was recorded off-air onto a cassette and air-mailed to Australia.

We were absolutely stunned. It was unlike anything we'd ever heard before and we instantly recognized that we were witnessing the creation of something new and exciting.

Now, nearly thirty years later, it still has the power to stir the blood -- though I'm not sure that many of the people going to see the movie will find it that new (the catchphrase "42" having well and truly entered popular culture).

I like this one that I saw at the end of an e-mail today:
You only need two things for repairs - WD-40 and duct tape.
If it should move and doesn't, WD-40.
If it shouldn't move and does, duct tape.



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