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 · 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 · 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

Bicycle · Knitting

You only had to ask….

Yes, apparently so.  "Rain, rain, go away," I said.  And the next day, this: Blossom!  Blue skies!  Just like in the 'real' blogs - you know, the ones written by people who don't spend the first ten minutes at work every day trying to blow-dry their legs using the hand dryer in the Ladies'. I… Continue reading You only had to ask….