Tuesday, March 13, 2007

March Update

Been a funny month, this ("peculiar", as opposed to, you know, "ha-ha." That's before anyone asks).

The March Book Club show (which had very much a North East flavour this particular episode) went out on 5th March featuring the following books:

  • Stuart Maconie - Pies & Prejudice: In Search of the North (Ebury Press)
  • Anna Ralph - The Floating Island (Hutchinson)
  • Iain Banks - The Crow Road (Abacus)
  • Harry Pearson - Actung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat (Little/Brown)
  • John Simpson - Twenty Tales from the War Zone (Pan)

All highly recommended, as usual. The episode can be heard online at


Just click the Book Club link (the one with the prefectly terrifying photo of me on it!) and that'll guide you to the episode.

The next show will be broadcast/webcast on 2nd April - same bat time, same bat channel.

In the meantime I'm also continuing to do the weekly TV reviews on The Julia Hankin Show on Thursdays (usually around 2:10 - 2:30pm). This week's show should be amusing as Julia won't actually be in the studio (she's broadcasting live from Penshaw Monument). So, all sorts of inelegant malarkey, shenangians and ferfuffling may ensure. Or not. We are, after all, professionals. Well, Jules is, anyway...

Current listening:-

  • Life on Mars Soundtrack
  • The Zutons
  • Sandinista!
  • That Petrol Emotion
  • Paul Weller
  • Basement Jaxx
  • Dreadzone
  • Richard Thompson

Current viewing:-

  • 24
  • Lost
  • Life on Mars
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Time Team
  • The Last Days of the Raj
  • State of Play
  • House
  • Simon Schama's A History of Britain
  • Strangers (season 1)
  • The Riches (the new Eddie Izzard/Millie Driver sitcom, the first episode of which was spectacularly good).

... and, in the forthcoming week(s), keep your mincers peeled for

  • Mobile
  • Doctor Who (season 3)
  • The episode of CSI that's on next Wednesday (featuring Roger Daltrey - you'll never recognise him, trust me!)

Had a very nice day today - "networking" with my mate Malcolm Holt at the world-famous Trillions in th'toon and then doing a bit of shopping. We do this about once every few weeks - grab a couple of pints and lunch and have a chat about authoringhoodness and telly and other boring stuff that makes the other people in the pub move away from us, quickly.

It gets us out of the house, I guess.

Speaking of which, I haven't actually been feeling very well of recent times. Nowt specific like chest pains and a tingling sensation down the left arm but, enough of a "general malaise" to get me in to the doctors for a check-up! Let's see if the blood pressure scores off the map this time which had been my ambition for some time now.

Recently, in an email with a friend, I was asked if I like "stuff" and, if so, what "stuff" I like so I did a little list which I thought I'd share with y'all since I haven't got much else to talk about this time around.

Stuff I enjoy:

  • Long walks in the park at twilight.
  • Swimming, naked, in a shady nook, by a babbling brook on a sunny summer's day.
  • Chicken and King Prawn curry with boiled rice and no onions.
  • Socialising with friends.
  • Exotic foreign travel to exciting locations.
  • Reading a good book with a glass of wine by a roaring fire.
  • The love of a Big Dirty Woman.
  • Watching a DVD in my nice, warm centrally-heated flat on a bone-chilling autumnal day where the wind doth blow like a nun farting.
  • Being right more often than being wrong.
  • A good, hard plop twice a day.
  • Planning the manic and ultraviolent vengeance that I will one day wreak upon those who have wronged me throughout the years.
  • Football.
  • Sinking into a nice hot relaxing bath and lying there for forty five minutes doing nowt except listening to my heartbeat.
  • Expanding my intellect.