It took me a while to catch on to Frasier
– it was generally shown moderately late on Fridays on Channel 4, if I recall correctly, and wasn’t widely publicised. But I caught on at some point and really got into it – it was always funny, occasionally moving, generally very clever and had a great set of characters at its heart.
I sort of drifted away from it in the last few years, but having seen most of the episodes on the seemingly endless re-runs on whatever cable channel they were on, I grew to appreciate the later seasons as much as I did the earlier ones. But the trouble with daily re-runs is that it’s too easy to miss a few episodes. Or indeed a lot of episodes.
So, I thought about getting the DVDs. But as there were eleven years of the show, and each box set cost at least £25, that would have been a wee bit expensive. Then this set appered – all the shows in one big package. I was tempted when it was on sale at £128 or thereabouts, but resisted. Then Amazon had it on offer for something around the £75 mark, at which point I just had to get it, and I did.
In the box are four of those folders of stacking digipak thingies, each containing 11 DVDs. There’s nothing much in the way of documentation other than episode lists on the back of each of the four folders. Special features are few – there are some documetaries on the first couple of seasons and on the last. But those are minor gripes – what you get for your money is a huge amount of TV that you will want to watch again and again (well, I know I will). Great stuff at a silly price.
And that price must have been very silly indeed. Between me buying the set and finally finishing watching it last week, they’ve sold out, and it’s only available from resellers at a much higher price. Sorry if you missed it.
 I really don’t recall when
 Though I never could work out why Daphne’s numerous brothers all had completely different accents
Somehow I’d managed not to really notice the signs advertising the Newcastle Ghost Walk opposite the Castle Keep. Having spotted them, I couldn’t resist recording this one:
Fifth Most Scary!
Somewhat faded flyer for Newcastle's Ghost Tour.
Yes, apparently Newcastle’s Ghost Walk has been voted the fifth most scary of its kind in England. Who knew?
 And I’ll admit that I didn’t know Newcastle had a Ghost Walk
 Details of how it compared with Edinburgh are not revealed
Down just the teeniest bit today. Not really significant.
It’s been a lovely sunny day, so I took the opportunity to take the iPhone for a walk at lunchtime to give the camera a bit of a test. Bright sunlight was sure to show it off at its best, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. Here’s a picture of the Black Gate which I uploaded directly to Flickr – no editing, tweaking or twiddling of any kind has been done:
The Black Gate
I’m quite pleased with that one – nice colours, lots of detail, and quite well exposed.
While I was in the vicinity, I decided to go to the Castle Keep. It’s an interesting enough place to look around, but it earns its admission price of £2.50 by providing an excellent view of the surrounding area from the roof. Here’s another picture, also unedited in any way:
From the Keep
It could do with a little straightening and maybe a little bit of tweaking, but it’s not at all bad for a phone.
I’ve got a load more pictures, which I’ll be sorting out later. And for my next trick, I’ll be taking some pictures in less ideal conditions, to see how it copes with that. But so far, I’m happy enough with the results that I’ll be less likely to carry another camera around with me just in case I see something that needs to have its picture taken. It’ll never replace my proper camera and its assortment of lenses, but for quick fun pictures that I can immediately upload to Flickr, or indeed post here, it’s excellent.
 Note: lots of spiral stone stairs are involved. My left knee did complain a few times
Another nice one from What the Duck about why some people are far too much trouble to take on holiday:
What the Duck
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