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The border incident, and London sightseeing

Backdated. Posted 21/9/2017 Time to head back to London for the last few days of our holiday. We packed up our stuff and left the Air BNB flat. A word about the flat. It had been chosen for its location (walking distance to Brussels Midi/Zuid station), which along with the price, which were its best features. The layout was curious (one bedroom on the ground floor, stairs up to a small li

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Battling the buses

(Backdated. Posted 4/8/2017.) We'd be leaving Cardiff the next day, so before heading out we decided to get some laundry done. This is one of the benefits of Air B'n'B over hotels - at least if you've booked somewhere with a washing machine. Then, what excursion today? We'd considered trying to get to Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch, which as many would kno

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Cardiff Who?

(Backdated. Posted 31/7/2017) Oh the joys of jetlag. Having gone to bed at 8pm, I woke at about 5am. But being summer, it was already light. Eventually it seemed like a half-decent time to get up and out, and we prepared for our mission. Why had we come to Cardiff in the first place? And at the start of the holiday? Because of the Doctor Who Experience. It's been at Cardiff Bay since 2012

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Oz Comic-Con 2015 – and marriage equality

Science fiction and fantasy conventions used to be a homespun affair, run by the local clubs, featuring broadcasts of rare episodes and out-takes (before it all got released on DVD) and fan films. If there were guest artists, often they would appear only if they happened to be in the country at the time, and fees for photos and autographs were unheard of. These days it's big business. Not that

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Geek central, Melbourne

They say geek is the cool, right? Geek central in Melbourne must be the corner of Elizabeth and Little Collins Streets. Why? Because within a few metres are no less than three pop culture shops: Firstly, there's the Doctor Who "popup" (eg temporary, until January) shop. Actually it has Sherlock merchandise too, which probably makes it more of a Steven Moffat shop. Secondly, a little

Photos from ten years ago

Photos from November 2004

Continuing my series of old photos from ten years ago... Southern Cross Station under construction. The bridge with yellow on the right is the Collins Street extension, so this must have been snapped from close to where Etihad Stadium is. Note the "Park and Ride" sign, a misguided attempt to get people to drive most of the way into the city, then catch a tram to work. This might become prevalen

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Doctor Who breaks new ground for television

It would seem Doctor Who is breaking new ground in some interesting ways. They've engineered a "world tour" which involves the show's stars jetting around the world for live appearances in 6 cities around the globe over about a week. It's just about finished now... I'd imagine they'd be suffering horribly from jetlag by the time they get back to the UK. It was a set of public screenings for fan

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A day at OzComicCon

We went to OzComicCon for the first time on Sunday. Here are some photos. It was at the Exhibition Buildings, and pretty much filled the space, both upstairs and downstairs, plus a couple of big tents outside, one of which included the main stage. Parts of it got quite crowded, and it was kind of amusing to see people dressed up as the most hideous and frightening monsters in the many universes

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Day of the Doctor

Well, here we are. Some more thoughts on the Doctor Who anniversary... Warning -- below are spoilers for those who have not seen the special episode yet November 23rd Anniversary day finally arrived. The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special episode "Day Of The Doctor" aired in the UK at 7:50pm GMT Saturday night which is 6:50am AEDT on Sunday morning. Thankfully the technology for the

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I am not the new Doctor Who

Despite how it may look, I am not the next Doctor Who. We went along to the Astor Theatre on Saturday to watch the two 60's Dalek movies -- back from that curious time in British TV and film when they often seemed to remake television shows as big screen movies -- in this case with none of the television cast. They are impressive in parts, and in some ways more watchable than the original v