April 23rd, 2017

Flap Election, Smile

Peter Hitchens (who is so conservative he hates the Tories and admires Corbyn's moral compass) says the real reason May called a snap election was to minimise the damage that will be done to her government and its majority when the police investigation into its bending of election rules in 2015 comes to a head and criminal charges are laid. He says it's not a snap election but a "flap" election- which I rather like.

Last night's episode of Dr Who- Smile- was a nicely traditional one-off- and was written by a screenwriter- Frank Cottrell-Boyce- who has a considerable reputation to live up to. Doctor and companion land on planet where everything seems too good to be true, things turn nasty, they do some running, there's a twist, he presses the "reset button" and everything is hunky-dory again. There was lots of lovely banter, some nice self-referential stuff about the Tardis, some lightly handled but potentially heavy-duty thoughts about slavery and exploitation- and the threat was provided by a crew of dinky little robots with emoji faces who were all the more scary for being insufferably cute.


People keep quitting LJ. It's a regular drip drip drip. Some are now on DW and some have withdrawn to FB (whither I refuse to follow them).  I have chosen- as have many others- to bilocate. DW feels safer and cosier- with its cottage industry ethos- but LJ is still where (what's left of) the action is- and where I still have most of my conversations.

DW is a little bit clunky. Where LJ automatically resizes images to fit the format DW expects you to do it for yourself. I spent a good while yesterday trying to figure out how to stop my pictures swamping and over-lapping their frame. The upside is I've learned a new skill...