America is not the Federation

Just to stick with the Star Trek theme, judging by this, Trump is obviously a fan too. He has been accused of nicking the Starfleet emblem for his new Space Force. While people like George Takei have accused him of breaching copyright, I think this could tell us one of two things: either Trump is a huge Star Trek fan and intends this as a tribute  to the series, or, more likely, he’s even more deluded than we  thought and sees himself as head of a huge galactic Federation.

How am I going to watch Picard?

The biggest question on my mind today, after having been anticipating it for so long, is how am I going to watch Star Trek Picard? After having bought a Netflix subscription specifically to watch Discovery, only to find it was utter drivel, I’m reluctant to do the  same for Amazon Prime. The thing is, that is the very reason Amazon commissioned the Picard series in the first place: to get people hooked to their streaming service. As  passionate as I am to see Jean-Luc Picard captaining  a  starship again, I’m loathe to fall for such a trick, especially if it turns out to be as disappointing as Discovery was. (And from what I’ve been heaaring on the web, there’s a  good chance that could be the case). My dilemma thus remains, how am I going to watch  Picard?

Terry Jones dies

The sad news today is that Terry Jones has died, age 77. As a Monty Python fan, I am saddened by this news,  but at least he had a good innings. Seeing Python perform live in 2014 will  always be one of the highlights of my life; at least those guys got to perform together one last time before they began to fade away. Go here for the details.

Outist stupidity put beyond doubt

If ever there was any doubt over whether the people campaigning for brexit are mind-numbingly, staggeringly stupid, what you’ll read here will put an end to it. ”A Brexit Party MEP has raised concerns that the UK will no longer have a voice in Europe on her last day sitting in the EU parliament.” June Mummery MEP tweeted  “The big question now is, who will be here to hold these people to account while they still control Britain’s waters, but the UK has no representation?”  Err, that was the whole point of  what you campaigned for, you moronic cow! The only reason we are losing representation in the European parliament is because idiots like you campaigned for it.

Tweets like this really make you wonder how such obviously moronic people ever got into a position where they could represent the UK on any level. Once you stop laughing, it’s actually quite worrying.

Shopping and Feeling rather special

I think I’ve  described here before how,  after over nine years of going to the Coop in Charlton, I had become quite well known there: every time I went in, a member of staff would come up to me, greet me by name, and  help me get my shopping. Well, I was just in my local Tesco here in Eltham picking up a few pieces, and after only two or three months living here, I’m amused to note that the same thing has started to happen: while they don’t know my name yet, staff there now recognise me, come up to me and help me shop. It’s enough to make me feel rather special.

Ten years of being an urbanite

This is just a quick entry to say that today marks pretty much exactly ten years since I moved to London; ten years, to the day, since I moved in with Lyn. Of course it has been quite a decade, and although  I no longer live with Lyn, I still love  being a Londoner. I still remember writing a  blog entry to say I had moved: at the same time, so much has happened since I wrote that entry, yet   it also seems to have flown. It rather makes me wonder  where I’ll be in ten year’s time,  whether I’ll  still be blogging (probably) and whether I’ll still be an urbanite.

Christopher Tolkien Dies

Today I just want to mark the sad death of Christopher Tolkien. His father’s works have always been among my favourites, and I have fond memories of getting Dad to read parts off The History of Middle-Earth to me in my teens. It was always interesting to see how his father’s writing evolved and developed over time. The news was confirmed on Thursday by the Tolkien Society, which described him as “Middle-earth’s first scholar”. He was 95.