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So, I bought a new computer keyboard. It's good, because there's lights in the keys, as there's not a lot of light here at the best of times. I have my suspicions that the keyboard is not of British manufacture though (well - what is). The box reads:

The Hight Wird Keyboard (I'm assuming the first word is meant to be "Light". The second is a bit of a mystery):

  • Cool backinghting (back lighting, I'm guessing)
  • Wnjoy typing (Enjoy typing - that one is almost right!)
  • High qualith (Again it's obvious what they mean (I'm very impressed by the ability to get a typo on every line though))
  • Stable spray (Um... thanks?)

So yes, that's a thing that happened. Another thing is that I've been watching Grange Hill again on YouTube. I started from season two, as season one is a bit rubbish. I know we're all supposed to like Tucker, but I always find him a bit of a loudmouthed yob. As far as that first intake is concerned, I much prefer Justin and Andrew, the quiet, nerdy boys, who manage to be bizarrely slashy for a pair of underage schoolboys on a children's TV show (oh internet, what have you done to my brain?) I knew a few too many Tuckers at school, and none of them were what you might call friendly, especially if you were one of the quiet, nerdy lot (hello). Anyways, I bring it up because midway through season four it turns into an unexpected Doctor Who crossover, as we're introduced to River Song: The Secondary School Years. I've embedded both episodes below the cut, and they're fixed to jump straight to her bits. There's the set up in the first episode, and the pay off in the second. And I can only apologise for the horror that is Mr Humphries, father to Alan, Tucker's mate. He is the most horrible actor.

That is some impressive hair. How she expects to do judo with those bunches in the way is anybody's guess.

Beyond that, I am still Simon & Simon-ing. Eight seasons! Why can't all the shows I love last that long?! I suppose some shows would get a little repetitive, but the great thing about S&S is that even if it did I wouldn't care. Half the joy is in the characters. Rick and AJ (and their mother, who I love) are so nice to spend time with. I'm trying to keep it to one or two episodes a week, old-telly-watching style. Sometimes that works.

In other other news, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are back out on the road, and in their tour opener in Pittsburgh last night, they played a nice tribute to David Bowie. So here's a second cut, with them doing Rebel Rebel.

And that is all. Not that it was much to begin with.


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Jan. 18th, 2016 12:37 am (UTC)
I enjoyed River Song, teenage gangster very much. Though it was hard to recognize her, no cheekbones, all hair.
Jan. 18th, 2016 08:33 am (UTC)
Her voice is still the same, but yes, she has changed! Those episodes were filmed in 1980, so she would probably have been seventeen.
Jan. 18th, 2016 12:11 pm (UTC)

I've never heard of anyone called Tucker. I didn't even know it was a name!
Jan. 18th, 2016 09:05 pm (UTC)
His real name was Peter Jenkins. I don't think it was ever explained why he was called Tucker. Just one of those childhood nicknames, I guess.

The keyboard has no tray, stable or otherwise! It's nice to know that something is stable, anyway, whatever it is...
Jan. 18th, 2016 11:28 pm (UTC)
Is it nickname randomly assigned or did people called Peter get called Tucker for some reason, like here if you were a bloke with red hair you were inevitably called Bluey (although that's not common anymore, maybe still in country towns).
Jan. 19th, 2016 08:06 am (UTC)
I've only ever known one Peter, and he wasn't called Tucker. I think it must just be a random thing. They seem too disconnected. Really don't know though!
Jan. 18th, 2016 12:59 pm (UTC)
I wonder if "Wird" is meant to be wired?

And, lol, you've been sucked back in time to Grange Hill? Oh, ear, oh dear - this can't end well...
Jan. 18th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm enjoying it actually! I like early GH. It did get terrible later, but the early stuff is fun. I love how incensed everybody is when Mars Bars go up by half a penny in price, and how they're all really excited at the prospect of earning 10p - which seems able to buy them crisps, chocolate and a can of drink! It's a slice of 70s living that isn't always so visible in the other old TV that I watch.
Jan. 18th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
Any kids fallen off car parks yet? Danny Kendle and Mr Bronson were my era of Grange Hill and then one of the girls had a baby and stopped a mass gang fight by rolling her pram in front of them all.

Jan. 18th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, Antoni just fell off the carpark on Saturday! Poor boy, he never had his own storyline. It's funny how some kids have loads to do, and others just stand around in the background saying "Yes, sir," occasionally, and then falling off carparks.
Jan. 19th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
As long as he did his dad's tax returns before he fell it's all right(!).
Jan. 20th, 2016 12:36 am (UTC)
True. :D
Jan. 18th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
I did not know there were eight seasons of Simon and Simon! OH MY GOD. The one show of that era I have chosen to ignore and it got eight seasons. I would kill for that to be riptide or the a-team or even original battlestar. Why did simon and simon luck out so much? I know I know I should watch it and find out but just for now I'm going to be slightly peeved.

Your typo keyboard is brilliant. Do you think they really pissed off their translator? Or their keyboard is just so impossible to type on that they couldn't get it to work?
Jan. 18th, 2016 09:22 pm (UTC)
I have threatened in the past to send you S&S season one. I actually got around to ripping it at the weekend, although of course now I have to make it to a post office.

At a guess, there are several reasons it lasted so long. It wasn't wildly expensive; the writing was definitely a cut above average, and so were the cast; and the cast all loved each other, which has to help. No egos, no fights, no salary squabbles. I adore "The A-Team", but it wouldn't have lasted even if it hadn't fallen out of favour with the viewers. George Peppard and Mr T couldn't stand each other.

The keyboard is great so far! So hopefully it's not to blame. I think maybe they just got drunk.
Jan. 20th, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
You are super kind, ripping things for me. It is something I've looked for online before and not found, so thank you very:):):)

Jan. 21st, 2016 08:13 am (UTC)
It's a pleasure. Inevitably season one has its jitters, the worst being the awful theme song! (Mercifully discarded for season two). Since there's thirteen episodes, and I tend to put three per disc, I've included the first couple of season two episodes as well. That's the "Magnum" crossover. No idea if you're a fan of that show, but crossovers are fun.
Jan. 19th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
Back-knighting? Support-services squire at the jousting tourney?

I can visualize some GH bods - Tucker, Benny, the skinny blonde lass who, in memory at least, is perpetually perched on a desk with her back to the teacher, back-chatting at whoever was available. Not Justin or Andrew, though.

I find buying a new keyboard a viable alternative to trying to get the crumbs out of the old one, sometimes.

The Springsteen/Bowie tribute is odd and touching. I can't imagine many famous bods with a less ambiguously gendered and sexual persona than Springsteen. I did not know that about Bowie supporting them early on, but he did seem a passionate enthusiast for others' work almost before anything else.

ETA: Alex Kingston! How amazing it would have been if they could have incorporated that clip somehow into River Song's early years on DW. Also, posh birds scrapping unconvincingly with cut-glass Beeb accents is hilarious. Brawlers!

Edited at 2016-01-19 06:12 pm (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2016 03:08 am (UTC)
The ESB have always been very pro gay/trans rights. They're all about as left wing as Americans are allowed to be, and they've always got along well with marginal types. So, not exactly ambiguous, no! But not as unlikely a mix as it might sound.

I do not wish for my keyboard to go off fighting dragons. Do not give it ideas above its station!

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