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Dinosaurs and Kenneth Connor

I'm sure that I should probably have been doing useful things today, but instead I have been making clockwork dinosaurs. They don't quite work, at least without some disassembling, and careful sanding down of bits and pieces, but they sort of waddle a bit. My sister found them in Poundland. They're a brilliant design, if very small and fiddly, and putting them together was something of a comedy of rescuing bits from the cats, rescuing bits from the floor, and being incapable of telling one bit from another in the instructions.

So that's the only interesting thing that's happened lately. I don't seem to have posted in ages. (No change there then.) I keep meaning to, but I only ever get as far as thinking about what I want to say. I've been intending to mention a book that I read last month, as I know that it may well interest one or two of you. It's called Life With Kenneth Connor, by Jeremy Connor (he of the fisticuffs cameo in Carry On Nurse). It's not a particularly well-written book, and at less than two hundred pages it's not a particularly in-depth book, but it does provide a nice bit of insight into a fascinating life. It also gives a good account of the making of the Carry Ons, and also quite a bit of period theatre, briefly in wartime, and then mostly in the 1950s to the 1980s. Then there's He-de-Hi and 'Allo 'Allo later of course. Some interesting stuff for anybody into vintage BBC TV and radio, or Pinewood Studios. Jon Pertwee pops up, as you might expect given that he was an occasional Carry On-er, and Patrick Troughton also makes an appearance (on a motorbike!), as apparently he and KC were at drama school together. Yep, everybody on TV back then really did know each other.

Anyways, if you don't expect literary brilliance, it's a good little read. Some nice stuff about Kenneth Williams, proof that everybody in the world really does love Joan Sims, and some genuinely pleasant little LGBT moments as an added bonus. Recommended.

Also had some interesting viewing lately. I found this Screen One production on YouTube, called The Police. It's from 1990, and tells the story of a group of primary school children who set up their own police force to combat bullying. Everything goes wrong of course. An odd subject for a Screen One, since they were usually about adults, but then for all that the cast are young kids, it's not a childish story. Not cheerful or happy, but worth a watch!

Other than that, this month I have mostly been staring in mounting horror and befuddlement at the daily news, and getting caught in the rain. Meanwhile it's apparently February already. Whoever put the year into fast-forward, kindly put it back to normal speed. There's snowdrops out and daffodils coming up, and I've barely got the hang of January.

PS: Festivids happened! And there was much good stuff. Here, have some links (beneath the cut):

Somebody made a festivid for The Cape!1!11!!!11

Also Dark City (1998). Possibly my favourite film, so I was very pleased with this.

And Blazing Saddles, huzzah.

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

A really glorious one for the 1983 Pirates Of Penzance movie. Watch this. It will make you smile.

One for the Beeb's 2015 documentary series Shark. Many, many sharks, being beautiful.

And 2001's The Blue Planet.

And now I have to go and do something more useful than clockwork dinosaurs. Bye.


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Feb. 4th, 2017 05:18 pm (UTC)
I would congratulate you on your clockwork dinosaurs but I am too distracted by admiring your BEAUTIFUL PENGUINS on the same shelf. And then in some alarm by the fact that one of the others seems to have a title involving the words "Inner Fish", which sounds like a horrific thing to me.

(But, yay for dinosaurs too. Although they should have feathers. You should stick some on to be scientifically accurate and possibly pretty.)

I shall have to look out for the book. (I feel sure I am one of the interested parties you mention and, indeed, I am. :-D)
Feb. 4th, 2017 05:29 pm (UTC)
"Your Inner Fish" by Neil Shubin. It's a beautiful, beautiful book about evolution.

But yes, the Penguins are rather nice, aren't they. :)

It's unlikely that sauropods and ceratopsids had feathers, btw (or at least there's currently no evidence of it). Some sort of integument, probably - both have been found with bristles. It's the theropods that were the feathery ones really.
Feb. 4th, 2017 06:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense, even if I don't think I could. (I refuse to have an inner fish!!! And even less an outer one.)

But you could stick feathers on them anyway? They might be envious of other dinosaurs' feathers! (No??)
Feb. 4th, 2017 10:02 pm (UTC)
Dinosaurs with feathers are better, it's true. Unfortunately, my cats think feathers are the best toys ever, and sticking feathers on anything would be asking for its destruction!
Feb. 5th, 2017 01:24 am (UTC)
Love the dinosaurs! :D
Feb. 5th, 2017 05:43 am (UTC)
So does my smallest cat. I've had to rescue them twice. Small things on a shelf! Must kill! Must kill!


Feb. 5th, 2017 06:18 am (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me about festivids!
Feb. 5th, 2017 06:52 am (UTC)
I always need reminding. It's usually so good, and yet for some reason every year I forget about it!
Feb. 5th, 2017 07:40 am (UTC)
The dinosaurs look pretty nifty.
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:10 am (UTC)
They are, yes! :)
Feb. 5th, 2017 01:00 pm (UTC)
There can be nothing more useful than clockwork dinosaurs! A good find.

The Kenneth Conner book sounds worth reading and short:)
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:12 am (UTC)
Sadly a clockwork dinosaur cannot fix the guttering. Not that I've asked either of them, admittedly.

It's not a bad book. An autobiography would have been better, but apparently he refused to write one of those. Bah.
Feb. 6th, 2017 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'd refuse to write an autobiography too, but then I am very boring;p
Feb. 6th, 2017 03:58 pm (UTC)
You are not boring! Your telly-watching alone ought to make a good autobiography. Actually, isn't that what you write anyway?!

Now there's a nice thought: Kenneth Williams on LJ. He'd never manage Twitter, as there's not nearly enough room to be properly bitchy. :)
Feb. 7th, 2017 12:00 pm (UTC)
Aw, bless you:) I am totally boring though, but I can keep myself amused.

Kenneth Williams wasn't stupid. I'm sure he'd find a way to bitch in 140 characters!
Feb. 5th, 2017 03:01 pm (UTC)
I am obsessed with Catweazle at the moment due to thinking I was following Gefforey Bayledon for a while and wanting him to adopt me!!! There are so few happy memories from my childhood but bewitched and catweazle were 2 of them!
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:14 am (UTC)
I don't think I ever saw "Catweazle". Shame that wasn't really Geoffrey Bayldon on Twitter. He must be quite a bit older than the average user though!
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:19 am (UTC)
Wait what? You never watched Catweazle???
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:24 am (UTC)
Not that I recall. It aired before I was born, though I'm sure it must have been repeated.
Feb. 6th, 2017 08:44 am (UTC)
Are you that much younger than I am? Though I have to admit it only aired in Germany in 1974.
Feb. 6th, 2017 03:53 pm (UTC)
I was born in '75, so not *that* much younger. Apparently it aired from '70-'71 in the UK, but it seems to have been very popular, so it may have been repeated. Some shows disappear though, never to be seen again. It's very odd.
Feb. 6th, 2017 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he is 93 and my mum is mid 80's and could not tweet.
Feb. 5th, 2017 05:09 pm (UTC)
Those Blazing Saddles and Pirates of Penzance videos were hilarious. Thank you for the links.

The dinosaurs look good. And they walk too! ♥ What more can you ask for?

I'm still planning on getting that Jeremy Connor book. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Feb. 6th, 2017 05:20 am (UTC)
Well, they sort of walk. Mostly they just make clockwork noises and don't get anywhere. :D I think I might experiment with counterweights.

There was rather a good Strictly video as well. Not my fandom, but it was recommended to me as being good fun, and it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWh534Wi7ZM
Feb. 7th, 2017 09:13 am (UTC)
That was awesome! Talk about feel good.

Thanks for sharing the link.
Feb. 10th, 2017 09:00 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the festivids! Also, those dinosaurs are really cool! Boy, now I feel I should really be doing more…

Feb. 10th, 2017 09:40 pm (UTC)
You should totally make clockwork dinosaurs. :)
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