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By stark (Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 12:34:07 AM EST) films, movies, review, book, wallace and gromit, australia, pvr, topfield (all tags)
Wallace: Certainly, M'aam, we'll be there in
[hits the control panel and gets dragged up through the ceiling]
Wallace: ahhhh!
Lady Tottington: In an hour? But I can't wait that long!


Inside: Australia trip! Topfield TF5800 PVR! Book review! Film review: Wallace & Gromit - the verdict!



Australia trip
So I returned back from the Lost Continent about two and a half weeks ago, and only took a couple of days to get over my jet lag (unlike my gf who kept waking up at 4am for a week). A most excellent place to visit, thoroughly recommended to any jaded people who like a nice bit of scenery, friendly inhabitants, entertainingly unusual wildlife and nice beer.

My gf helpfully kept a little diary of where we'd been, and I've been going through, turning it into a trip report so that I don't forget the details. Hopefully I will finish this soon, turn it into a major epic complete with photos, and post it here to universal acclaim, in a similar way to the famous Iceland Diaries, albeit with more sex. If I find the time...

Freeview goodness
So, I bought the Topfield TF5800 which is a rather nice little PVR, with two Freeview receivers, 160Gb hard drive space and the ability to hook it up via USB to a PC. This allows you to download recorded TV from the box, in case there's anything you want to preserve, and to upload programs which affect how the system behaves (eg. different electronic program guides, a nice list of your timed recordings, skipping through advert breaks and so forth).

Having not had one of these beasties before I am pretty impressed, although I keep forgetting to make proper use of it; for example, pausing live TV just doesn't occur to me at the moment. I've got a set of searches running for key words (eg. "Simpsons") - whenever this crops up in the EPG the cunning software that I'm running sets up a timer for me to record it, which should mean it works even when they change the scheduling. The gf likes to use the radio, which helpfully tells you which track you're playing. Not amazing stuff but quite neatly done and astonishingly useful when you're used to analogue.

Book review
About halfway through Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, which (given the fact that it contains no alternative histories, spaceships, high-end physics or unusual aliens) isn't my usual reading material, but I can honestly say that it's excellent: funny, moving, realistic characters and a very precise detailing of common tragedies that are no less tragic because they're more frequent. Obviously now that I've said that, the ending will suck, but I'll let you know.

Film review
Went to see Wallace and Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit on Saturday. I'd love to be controversial and claim it was rubbish, but in truth I thought it was really good fun. Highlights include the rabbits floating around in the BV6000, and the excellent moment where some spare change is required for the plane.

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Saw W&G in Aus by Phage (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 01:54:51 AM EST
With the entire clan whose ages went from 4 to 40-odd and we all thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Agreed the BV6000 and the plane were brilliant but I loved all the little details as well, such as the Smug fridge and middle-aged spread on the breakfast table in the kitchen scenes.
"Gromit ! I'm going to need assistance again !"

Heh by stark (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 02:47:26 AM EST
I'd almost forgotten the Smug fridge. Class.
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U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
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So many little details by Phage (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 03:07:35 AM EST
One for the DVD collection when it comes out I think.

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I liked the Botch drill. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 04:02:18 AM EST


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Very fun movie. by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 03:02:37 AM EST
Decent sized hit here across the pond.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I saw the film by Herring (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 05:41:40 AM EST
And it was evil.

Oh well, I enjoyed it.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

I was a little surprised at the innuendo, actually by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 05:49:57 AM EST
But it would go over the heads of anyone who didn't want to hear it. My parents missed it, for example.

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The Capreports guy by Herring (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 06:01:19 AM EST
has an instinct for filth - even when none is there. I worry about him.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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How often do you worry about him? by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 06:04:01 AM EST
If it's too much, I may need to worry about you.

Also, has SD entered the MFC yet?

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I think SD needs a little more practise by Herring (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 06:45:18 AM EST
I have an evil idea myself though.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky
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As long as the capalert guy doesn't enter, by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 06:51:19 AM EST
that should be fine.

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He doesn't have a clue... by squigs (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 06:43:58 AM EST
The fart jokes have nothing to do with Hollywood's fetish for bodily functions. 

It's all about the British fetish for bodily functions.  Can't beat a good fart joke, Gromit.

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WIPO: by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #13 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 08:46:18 AM EST
  • Barbecue


  • Yes, as long as you remember to skin them first by stark (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 11:40:51 PM EST
    Nice and tasty
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    U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.
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    we liked it too by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #14 Tue Dec 06, 2005 at 06:44:58 PM EST
    one of the things i found most amusing was when he ended up naked in the cheese tent, except for the cardboard box around his waist that read "may contain nuts".
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    I'd completely that this diary was about W & G by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed Dec 07, 2005 at 02:10:51 AM EST
    when I read that comment.

    It seemed a little out of character.

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