Daily Archives: Saturday, 7th Oct 2006

Robin Hood – Will you tolerate this?

Now that Doctor Who has revived Saturday evening TV, the BBC have decided to spend some more money on another revival. Robin Hood is the latest in a long line of TV shows and movies based on the legendary outlaw. This is a suitably up to date, 21st Century take on the story[1], with snappy dialogue that makes no effort at all to be authentic.

The first episode sets up the traditional story[2]. Robin of Locksley returns from a Crusade to find that all is not well in England. This time round, Robin is played by the young, charming Jonas Armstrong, all designer beard and big hood, if not hoodie. He’s accompanied by his former manservant Much, played with clueless wit by Sam Troughton[3].

The villains are Guy of Gisbourne (Richard Armstrong) and Keith Allen as a suitably nasty Sheriff of Nottingham. And when the villains oblige Robin to order the execution of four young men for trivial offences, the fun really begins. Freeing the victims from their nooses with some fancy archery, Robin makes himself an outlaw, and flees the castle with Much and the young men.

Resting in Sherwood Forest, they find themselves surrounded by armed men who tell Robin that the forest is theirs. End of episode.

All in all, a promising start. It’s got all the right ingredients – Robin’s archery is phenomenal, the bad guys apparently can’t hit a castle at two metres, the script is witty, the cast seem well-chosen, and the sets look reasonably real.

Not as much fun as Doctor Who, but still well worth watching on a Saturday evening.

[1] With popular culture references in the episode titles, which is fun[4]
[2] None of the mystical stuff that was a core feature of Robin of Sherwood, for instance
[3] Grandson of second Doctor Who Patrick Troughton
[4] This opening episode’s title is a nod towards the Manic Street Preachers, for instance


BBC NEWS | Business | Google ‘in talks to buy YouTube’

Hmmmmm. I quite like YouTube, and I have been known to post the occasional video or two here. What makes it fun is that anybody can post just about anything they like, frequently with a refreshing lack of respect for such notions as copyright. In some cases, it’s the best way to find music videos. Or it can be just a good way to waste the odd hour or six. Last month, I mentioned that YouTube were sorting out a deal to get more music videos on in a somewhat more legal manner.

And Google is, of course, ubiquitous, if not indigenous[1]. So much so that I even have their ads on this site[2]. They have their own video service, which has more commercial content.

So, would this be a good idea? I’m inclined to say no. On the other hand, it would give me the opportunity to say GooTube. I like the sound of that. Of course, someone’s using that name for a mashup site, and it appears that someone else[3] beat me to it, but I don’t care, so there. :tongue:

[1] Gratuitous Toad of Toad Hall reference
[2] And at the current rate, in another year or two, I might get some money for that :lol:
[3] Several someone elses, probably

Pretty Colours!

I’d completely forgotten about this picture. It was on the evening of 25 September, and I’d only just got home from work. I glanced out of the window and saw an interesting sunset – lovely orange shafts of light radiating outwards in a way I’ve rarely seen. This picture does a reasonable job of capturing what I saw, but it’s a reminder that I need to do a lot more learning about all this exposure stuff :huh: . That’s camera exposure, before any readers get any odd ideas[1].



[1] Hi Twisty!

Still catching up

And here we have the pictures from my lunchtime walk on 21 September. Look out for a bronze giant, a reaching hand, some very old walls, and more.

And I’ve still got lots more photos to work on. An update will follow at some point.