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Eep! Christopher Eccleston, apparently fearing being typecast, will be leaving the role of the Doctor after only one season. I'm really disappointed by that, as I felt he had a nicely manic edge - a bit like a hard-boiled Ford Prefect. ^_^ In better news for the show, they've confirmed there'll be a Christmas special, and have commissioned a further season of another thirteen episodes. (With the series already in the can, does that mean they'll work a regeneration into said special?)

No storyline to it, but it's a fun bit of Flash animation, presenting a furry team of motorbike riders: Tail Chasers (2.5MB).

Billmon is back. ^_^ As funny, incisive and snarky a US political weblog as you could hope for, it's quite a breath of fresh air.

The Paper Tiger makes some observations on the impact of US consumerism, if embraced by as large a nation as China, as its economic influence waxes.

avon_deer pointed out an intriguing site, noting the disused Underground: "There are about 40 abandoned stations on the Underground network along its entire 255 miles (408 km) of trackway - some subsurface and some above ground. Some have vanished without trace whereas others are almost intact, grimey time capsules of the era when they were closed."

(Whilst some are just grimy :) The site includes maps of where these ex-stations are, and how they appear today.

The Register continues to live up to its tech tabloid roots, with the memorable headline, "UK street scum face wrath of shouting lamppost"; which reminded them of the effectiveness of such methods in a heist of 60 CCTV cameras:

'"This was a seriously sophisticated system. There are cameras hooked up to a central office in Blackburn. If the men watching the screens see a burglar they send a message out on loudspeakers to the office warning them to leave."

In this case, however, the "seriously sophisticated system" failed when the light-fingered ne'er-do-wells simply ignored the message and pilfered the kit regardless. In fact, the only effect of the amplified deterrent was to convince an old lady next door that she had heard the voice of God "telling her, in a strong Lancashire accent, to leave the vicinity as soon as possible"'

Whilst I haven't had the opportunity to indulge in the game - a refreshing note in an arena burgeoning with first-person shooters - I have finally heard the Katamari Damacy soundtrack. Superbly off-kilter, spanning a bizarre range of styles and genres - highly recommended.

Apparently, Damekko Doubutsu translates, more or less, to "Useless Animals". Wonderful little show, even if but 26 5-minute episodes, and seemingly red pandaless. Speaking of which, episode 6 is now out. ^_^ (And it's perhaps my favorite so far.. !)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oooh.. there's one cinema I know that's been shuttered for.. foof, about five years now. (Where I saw Reservoir Dogs - ye gods.. I really didn't know what I was letting myself in for, did I? - and South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut) Strange, too, given it's in a prime central location - no use as a cinema now, I'm sure, as there are two good multiplexes within ten minutes' walk, but the surrounding area's proven popular with plenty of other businesses.

Another one, quite close by, also closed a few years ago (where a friend and I saw Virus and eXistenZ back to back.. well, it was a long afternoon. The cashier warned us the latter didn't seem any good.. *cough* Virus is quite a notably stinky film, though hardly in the same league as Robocop 2, let alone Species 2. Cronenberg I'm always pleased to watch, even if his adaptation of The Dead Zone was a bit limp), soon found new life as a club. (One of the few of its breed to escape the omnipresent lurking doom that befell so many others - renovation as a bingo hall. Or maybe they only do that during the daytime. Perhaps it's a vampire thing.. bingo players by day, ravers by night)