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By Akira The Don on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

“RONNIE BIGGS WAS DOIN’ TIME! TILL ‘E DONE A BUNK! NOW HE SAYS E’S SEEN THE LIGHT! AND HE’S SOLD HIS SOUL TO PUNK!”

Used to love this record when I was little, and, synchily enough, was singing it in the studio on Monday. Godspeed Mr Biggs, I knew nothing of you really but this record still fucking shreds.

BONUS:

FRIGGIN IN THE RIGGIN

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— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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Greetings earthlings, from Hollywood Donovan, just back from a photoshoot in Joshua Tree, which is just as dictionary definition awesome as expected, if not more so. We’ve encountered many fine and amazing sights in California,  and while the godblood sunset of Joshua Tree must rank pretty highly, not to be sniggered at is the cotdurned TARDIS they’ve got in Meltdown Comics on Sunset right now, through which a man can wonder and encounter all manner of Dr Who related art and craziness, including a swarm of real-sized Daleks.

I had no idea Death’s Head‘s old pal Dr Who was so big over here, yet there he is, leering out of the cover of the TV guide in the supermarket, and adorning the shirts of children rampaging gaily along the boulevard. Fitting then, that this week we hand over to Jenny Wise, for a righteous wander through the museum of Whovian Tech.

BEHOLD: The Doctor’s Technology!

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So much has changed in the fifty years that Doctor Who has been on our televisions, and we’ve seen the show grow and change and redefine its own mythology. His core technology is one of the things that have stayed consistent throughout the series, but the cases become personal to each Doctor; inspired by the comparison of three TARDISes and three sonic screwdrivers of the 50th episode, we have a look at these two iconic and changeable devices.

The TARDIS

Standing for “Time And Relative Dimension In Space”, the TARDIS was the main vehicle used by the Time Lords for travel through time and space. They were most commonly used for observation but occasionally for war, and by the time all the TARDISes were thought to have been destroyed the Doctor’s Type-40 model was already out of date. The model that he stole from a repair yard on Gallifrey is prone to a number of technical faults, although the semi-conscious nature of the ship means that these may be deliberate decisions on her part.

The 50th Anniversary episode showed us a whole host of TARDIS interiors but only three from the outside lined up at the end of the episode. This was a great way to see these very personal devices: Matt Smith’s newest Box is a vibrant bright blue with a retro pattern inside made of pipework, a recent change leading up to these episodes. David Tennant’s was starting to look rough around the ages and had dulled in colour, while the inside was very organic-looking. But John Hurt’s TARDIS looked quite different – the inside was like a cross between Tennant’s organic machine and the classic sets with roundel walls, and the outside seemed more robust, darker and scratched up. One can’t help but wonder if this is what a War TARDIS looks like.

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Sonic Screwdriver

Almost every version of the Doctor has had some form of a Sonic Screwdriver, a device which is being constantly modified and upgraded to contain more applications as the show-writers saw fit. Early versions of the device picked locks and projected sound, but since the Ninth Doctor it has been used for a huge range of scientific purposes such as computer hacking, geolocation and scanning for medical application. This advanced piece of Gallifreyan technology has been copied by other races with the “sonic pen”, “sonic blaster” and even Amy Pond’s home-made “sonic probe”. Occasionally it’s even used to drive a screw without touching it!

In the Anniversary show we saw two that we had already seen compared, and a brand new one. Matt Smith and David Tennant had a humorous exchange about the size of their tools and were criticised by the War Doctor for using it like a water pistol instead of the scientific instrument that it is; it’s telling that his Screwdriver was slim and silver with a small pink light on top, an elegant piece of design. The concept of the Screwdrivers all being the same one but in different casings played an important part of the Anniversary storyline.

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With any big franchise, the research and fan commitment to these seemingly small details are astounding and fans can already buy the War Doctor’s Screwdriver among all of the others, get apps on their mobile to recreate the noises or even just play a range of inspired doctor who games! (get more details of the Doctor Who Extravaganza at bgo here).

The evolution of the Doctor’s technology continues to fascinate fans, while the show’s creators keep them on their toes with each new piece of kit.

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— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

By Akira The Don on Monday, November 4th, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 19.36.48DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES.

Apparently this got buried by the Brand thing. Canny ole Beeb.

Red Ice collates:

More developments in the Jimmy Savile paedophilia case.

Former BBC employee and driver of paedophile Jimmy Savile, David Smith, 66, has been found dead in his home the day of his scheduled court appearance. His death is being reported as a suicide, but a postmortem still has yet to be carried out by officials.

Whatever David Smith knew, accused of being involved in child abuse with Savile, will now never be known.

It’s also recently been reported that there may have been a cover up of the Savile investigation transcripts due to the involvement of British Royals:

[Royal cover up: Police censor Jimmy Savile interview transcript ]

More on the unfolding case from PressTV…


BBC’s ex-driver charged with child sex abuse discovered dead
From: PressTV

A former BBC worker who was the driver of disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile has been found dead at his home on the same day that he was supposed to appear in court to face child abuse charges.

Scotland Yard said it has discovered the body of 66-year-old David Smith after he failed to appear at a London court on Monday, British media reported.

Smith — who was a prolific sex offender — was standing trial on a charge of abusing a 12-year-old boy in 1984.

Smith had faced two counts of indecent assault, two of indecency with a child, and one of buggery, all relating to a 12-year-old boy, between 1 June and 21 July 1984.

“Whilst officers believe they know the identity of the deceased, they await confirmation of formal identification,” the police said. “A postmortem will take place in due course.”

Smith’s counsel, Sandy Canavan, had told the court her solicitor had been attempting to contact Smith without success.

“He has been regularly in contact. I am concerned at the lack of contact. He is the sole carer for his very aged and very unwell mother; that may have affected why he’s not here today”, she said.

Smith became the first suspect to face charges under the Operation Yewtree investigation into Jimmy Savile and others, which shocked Britain.

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Read the full article at: presstv.ir

— By Akira The Don on Monday, November 4th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

“Don’t tell a muh tell a oh tee one yuh know’s true that I fucked your mum
on a dip in a bush man up the fanny cos I swear down blood there’s a bus and it’s a TRANNY!”

At least that’s what it sounded like he said. I think most of it is right, if anyone can work out the bits I’m missing please let me know.

Rah though. This kid’s ten and he’s basically saying the same shit I was when I was 19. He’s better than I was too. He’s evidently very clever, I hope his teachers are nurturing that blatant gift he has for creative linguistics (YEAH RITE). I see a bright future for him, unless THE SYSTEM takes him down first.

That big one’s super funny, I used to know a dude like him called Tom in Beaumaris back in the day, kinda mentally retarded older dude who hung out with kids half his age, the kind of company in which he felt like a king.

Anyway. Been saying this for ages, but NORTH GOT NEXT!

Via the mighty Grime Report.

SMITHY BOY

 

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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TUNE IS BANGALANGARAMA SON! HOOK IS ON POINT LIKE KNIFEHANDLE! SPELLING OF “I’TS” IS SOME NEXT WAVE! BIG UP MAN LIKE RICHARD KYLEA COWIE! PLASE SAWP OUT GUDDA VERSE FOR WYLIE VERSE! SAFE!

Track stats went Wylie > Cam > Prop, Jr > The Spelling Of “I’ts”, > Gudda

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Good job those Romans invented Christianity so they could force feudalism down our throats, Praise Jesus. From Disinfo:

The Mason family purchased an abandoned orchard and moved out of public housing. Their self-sustaining lifestyle has baffled local authorities however, who have ordered them to give up their property or face jail time. This Is Devon writes:

A family living an “off-grid” lifestyle say they face prison unless they move from their own land in Willand and return to a [regular] existence. Stig and Dinah Mason bought Muxbeare Orchard after a sudden windfall allowed them to quit their impoverished lives on a Hertfordshire council estate two years ago.

The Masons have transformed what they described as a derelict four-acre plot into a haven of self-sufficiency boasting a 400 sq m allotment, a polytunnel and greenhouses to grow fruit and vegetables, chickens for egg production and an orchard they have regenerated by planting around 14 new apple trees of various species. Dinah was bequeathed money from the sudden death of her aunt and £47,000 was spent on the land to create the smallholding where wood burners and solar panels provide their energy needs.

The couple, who have two boys, aged eight and nine, say because they moved onto the site in order to work the land, Mid Devon District Council is turfing them off as officers do not consider them to be conserving an agricultural area.

Dinah’s income currently provides the family with everything they need which they cannot grow themselves but is unlikely to stretch to cover kennelling costs for their dog, Moo.

They say they currently receive no state hand-outs but by giving up their “off grid” way of life, they fear they will end up in a council house, claiming housing and council tax benefits, as well as seeking grants to help pay for high utility bills.

Anne Wallington, whose family has had an interest in the village for 44 years, wrote to the council in support of the Masons by praising their hard work in reclaiming what was “rapidly becoming derelict land.” David Thompson, who also lives in the village, said “they are trying to live up to the Government’s pledge to take better care of the environment and this is the last orchard in the vicinity of Willand.”

John Clarke, planning enforcement officer, said: “To get planning permission to move onto agricultural land, you have to prove first there is a need for someone to live there, for example, to tend livestock and look after crops, and second, that the enterprise can provide living income for at least one worker.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013