Daily Archives: Monday, 16th May 2005

Is it just me?

Just saw a TV ad for a soft drink. It shows various people swigging Fanta Light (or was it Lite?) and immediately spitting it out. All of them smiling and generally looking very happy about it all. After all that, a voice over suggests that everyone liked the idea of Fanta Light, but not everyone liked the taste, and hey wow, we’ve got rid of that and we’ve got a new product that actually tastes good.

So, what they seem to be saying is

You know the stuff we used to try to sell you? It was rubbish! But this new one’s great. No, really. Honestly, we mean it this time!!

Now maybe I’m just an old cynic[1], but I just have this feeling that if they lied before, why should we believe them now?

Not that I actually care, you understand. I hardly ever drink that kind of thing anyway, and if I’m going to, I’ll have the version with real sugar if you don’t mind. :smile:

Hmmm. I seem to have made up for not posting at the weekend now :lol:

[1] :yes:

Doctor Who – Father’s Day

Ooooooh, fun! :grin: Doctor Who is all about time travel, yet rarely touches on the potential consequences of moving around in time and changing things. This episode does just that, and plays around with one of the oldest temporal paradoxes. You know the one: “what if you go back in time and kill your grandfather?”[1] Only this time, it’s “what if you go back in time and save your father’s life?”. Well, the answer is (as you might expect) Very Bad Things.

Rose persuades the Doctor to take her back in time to the day her father (of whom she has no memory, other than what her mother has told her) was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Impulsively, she pushes him out of the way of the car, which seems like a good idea at the time.

But this action causes a rift in time, which lets in monstrous[3] creatures known as Reapers, who proceed to kill anyone and everyone. The Doctor tells Rose that in the, err, past[4] the Time Lords would have prevented the Reapers from destroying life on Earth, but now there’s nothing to stop them[5].

Then the Doctor is apparently killed by a Reaper that has managed to get into the church in which a small group are hiding. Is this the end? Well, obviously not, as there are more episodes to go :tongue: . The true hero of the story turns out to be Rose’s father, who has realised that his survival was the cause of what is going on, and throws himself in front of the car that’s been appearing and disappearing all through the episode. The Reapers disappear, and the Doctor and the other “dead” people reappear. Time has been restored. Well, near enough, anyway…

Good stuff. More character development, and some fun and games with a younger version of Rose’s mother.

[1] Or become your own grandfather[2], but as Douglas Adams said, that’s something any well-adjusted family should be able to cope with
[2] Or become both your parents, as in a Robert Heinlein story, but I digress…
[3] Really nice CGI monsters, too :bouncy:
[4] Look, time travel gets confusing
[5] OK, there is a problem here. We know the Time Lords have all been killed in the Time War, but the implication is that they’ve been removed from time altogether, otherwise they’d still be around, or have been around, or, err, maybe I should stop thinking about this before I disappear into a timewarp of my own :???:

After-effects of another lazy Sunday

Well, that’ll teach me not to start my exercises! This morning’s weight was up again to 205.6 pounds (14 stone 9.6 pounds, 93.3kg) :uhoh:

Anyway, I’m feeling more together[1] than I have for the last few days, so perhaps I’ll persuade myself to do at least some exercise tomorrow.

[1] Curious expression, but it seems appropriate