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hutch0
Date: 2007-12-09 00:39
Subject: look! it's...!
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:happyhappy
Music:the teardrop explodes
Everyone put your hands together and welcome marlowe1 to our band of rural folk.

For a whole year the population of the villages comprised myself, jmward14, hundakleptisis, the (still sadly-LJless) OJM, quietselkie, and occasionally brisingamen and peake. Not to forget the qnotku, who I still miss enormously and who would have kept the bullshit level down to a minimum if she was still with us.
In the past couple of months, entirely to my surprise, a lot of people have come and settled here. Not everyone has posted, but that doesn't matter. I'm touched that you've all found the place interesting enough to put it on your flist and I hope to see you here one day, when the spirit moves you.
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hutch0
Date: 2007-12-09 19:37
Subject: in which tony palmer has a right old go at the bbc
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:amusedamused
Music:porcupine tree
For those of you not familiar with the name, Tony Palmer is one of Britain's most outstanding documentary-makers. Most of his work is about musicians and composers, and recently he approached the BBC with a proposal to make a documentary about Ralph Vaughan Williams, to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the composer's death.
He says the BBC turned him down with a rejection letter which explained `having looked at our own activity via the lens of find, play & share,' it had been decided the film did not fit with `the new vision for (BBC) Vision.'
The letter, he says, concluded, `But good luck with the project, and do let me know if Mr V Williams has an important premiere in the future as this findability might allow us to reconsider.'

The BBC says it knows nothing about this, that they have no record of ever getting a commissioning proposal from Tony Palmer, and they didn't send the rejection letter. They are, however, doing a Vaughan Williams documentary of their own.

Palmer's documentary finally got taken up by Channel Five, who are screening it on New Year's Day. He fulminates about the whole affair rather entertainingly here.
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hutch0
Date: 2007-12-09 21:01
Subject: gordon's not done yet
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:contemplativecontemplative
Music:peter gabriel
In today's Observer Andrew Rawnsley, whose Servants Of The People is the best book I've ever read about the early days of the first Blair government, offers this rather interesting perspective on the recent travails of Gordon Brown.
Basically, he says that while Gordon's first few months have been horrifically bumpy, we shouldn't write him off yet. Interestingly, he points this out with reference to John Major's 1992 election win, against all the odds and the expectations of pretty much everybody, including his own party. As he says, I'd forgotten that election win - I remember Black Wednesday, which effectively destroyed him.
Rawnsley makes the very good point that, while the Northern Rock debacle, the lost CDs, the ongoing donations affair and the vacillation about the election were all embarrassing and harmful, Gordon still hasn't faced a Prime Minster-wrecking catastrophe on the scale of the Poll Tax Riots or Black Wednesday.
He also makes the good point, which I keep forgetting, that this is not a new government. It's an old one, run by a man who has been at the centre of power in this country for over a decade.
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