Thursday, 6 May 2021

two total eclipses

I’ve posted before about the Dr Who resonances the song Total Eclipse of the Heart has for me.  It seems to be a favourite for mashups in many genres.  Today I come across two new examples -- each excellent in their own very different ways.

First, The Marsh family do their own Covid-inspired rendition of “Totally Fixed Where We Are”: brilliant lyrics, smashing singing, and inspired interpretive dance.  Clearly a very talented family:

Then there’s this Star Trek inspired one, which is ... different.  Now, I know that the term “slash” as in “slash fiction” comes from “Kirk/Spock” fanfic (say it out loud).  But I didn’t know “Spirk” was a synonym for the latter.  Until I saw the hysterically funny “Total Eclipse of Spirk”, complete with musical accompiament by The Squire of Gothos.

As well as the Squire scenes, I also recognised a clip from Amok Time.  The others are a bit more generic, but, frankly, I don’t remember Spock emoting quite that much! 

Friday, 26 March 2021

Covid-19 diary: car use

I took my car in for its annual MOT and service today.  It has been just the year since the last test and service, but what a year!

I normally drive about 10,000 miles annually.  Over the last year, service to service, it was 827 miles.  (Also, no bus or train travel, and no flying, in that time, either.)

I have saved quite a bit on fuel.  I normally fill up fortnightly.  But I filled up just after last year’s service in March, then again in September, and still have half a tank left…

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

King Charles I surviving

 I don't know whether to be horrified, amazed, disturbed, or admiring.  Why not all four?

(h/t BoingBoing)


Sunday, 14 March 2021

Covid-19 diary: the day after the vaccination

Mild side effects from the jab. I woke up with a sore arm and shivering in the middle of the night. I pulled on an extra blanket to keep warm.

When I got up this mornng, the shivering had stopped, but I felt weak and wobbly, with a bit of a headache.  I dozed part of the morning.

By this evening, all back to normal.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

Covid-19 diary: vaccination 1

So I walked to the doctor’s surgery (about 15 minutes), put on my mask, was shepherded through an efficient conveyor belt system (name tag / bar code sticker stuck to me on entry, then removed on vaccination), answered a lot of questions in the negative (carefully refrained from being over-pedantic in my answers), had a needle stuck in my right arm, which I felt, but I wouldn’t exactly say hurt, was given a leaflet  (which says “read all of this leaflet carefully before the vaccine is given”), was given a vaccination record card and firmly told not to lose it, then left the centre, took off my mask, and walked home.  

In total, I was out of the house for less than 40 minutes!