blakes 7 · Nostalgia

Old walls, alien landscapes

I settled in this Bank Holiday Monday to a "virtual Blakes 7 convention": Cynus Alpha Down and Safe. What a fantastic event - seven hours of recorded chats with cast and crew recalling their time on this classic sci-fi series. I have written before of the significance of the old wall in Blakes 7, where… Continue reading Old walls, alien landscapes

blakes 7 · lifestyle · Planning · Purpose · Reflections and Intentions

Fail is a four-letter word

In the world of Blakes 7 fandom, there are many hotly debated issues, but the end of the series is particularly divisive. There are many fans who feel let down by the fact that everyone (debatably) died and that the evil Federation 'won'. Personally, I have always been happy, although obviously also devastated, that it… Continue reading Fail is a four-letter word

blakes 7 · Knitting

Finished object – Inigo Cardigan

Last week I wrote that I wasn't going to push myself to complete my knitting, but it turns out I did! My Inigo Cardigan is done and I am almost entirely enchanted by it. Technical details: Pattern:  Inigo by Lisa Richardson Source:  Rowan UK pattern brochure "New Vintage DK" published 2018 Size: To fit bust 32-34"/81-86cm… Continue reading Finished object – Inigo Cardigan

blakes 7 · Fountain Pens · Nostalgia · Stationery

Not a whimsy

This week, I've been paying my respects to the late Paul Darrow by re-watching the 1973 BBC production of Murder Must Advertise in which he plays an advertising copywriter. It's a role which grows in complexity as the four-part story unfolds and Darrow is excellent in it, capably portraying the character as ingratiating, bullying, enmeshed… Continue reading Not a whimsy

blakes 7 · Knitting · Reflections and Intentions

What I imagine when I’m knitting

Haruki Murakami wrote an entire book entitled "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running"; I have never read it because, well, running? However, the title of this blog post is a nod to that book. At its best, knitting, for those of you who don't do it yourselves, is a soothing, mechanical hobby,… Continue reading What I imagine when I’m knitting

blakes 7 · Fountain Pens · Knitting · Kojak · Nostalgia · Purpose · Reading · Reflections and Intentions · Stationery · Writing

2018 in 9 chapters

Prologue 2018 is singing a triumphant closing number and 2019 is poised to make its entrance so what better to do today than reflect on some key themes from the year? You might want to make yourself a cuppa before you head into this - it's going to feel like you've been reading for a… Continue reading 2018 in 9 chapters

blakes 7 · Stationery · Uncategorized

Dreary days, December desks

After a fine run of warm, sunny autumn days, it seems we have turned a corner and yesterday was dark and dank without respite. A day for hunkering down with steaming mugs of tea, for switching on the lamp to provide a pool of light on the desk, for typing and typing (trying to improve… Continue reading Dreary days, December desks

blakes 7 · Writing

It really is a graphite writing stick!

Here is an admittedly low-quality screen grab of the moment in Blake's 7 when Tarrant is handed a pencil and utters the immortal line "A graphite writing stick. It's the first time I've seen one of these outside museums." This line has always amused me for a couple of reasons - firstly I like the… Continue reading It really is a graphite writing stick!

blakes 7

40 years a Blake’s 7 fan

This time last week I was on my way to London for a weekend convention devoted to the 40th anniversary of Blake's 7 - Terry Nation's dystopian sci-fi series which ran from 1978 to 1981. It was a fantastic weekend; I had such a good time; and now I am home and finally calming down… Continue reading 40 years a Blake’s 7 fan

blakes 7 · Quote of the week

Hinc Illae Lacrimae/Quote of the Week

In honour of the wonderful Jacquline Pearce who lost her last tussle with cancer this week, a quote from Blake's 7 (best ever British TV show, of which I am still a great fan). Jacks "Darling" played the arch-villainess Servalan and has had a very definite influence on my lifestyle, although that has only dawned… Continue reading Hinc Illae Lacrimae/Quote of the Week