Remembering Mandela’s words and deeds.
There’s been a lot said about the passing of the great man this week of course, so I had to add something. The image about from DailyKos really highlights some of the great things he’s said, and some of the obvious reasons why he will always be remembered.
What can I say about the man, really? I think Nelson Mandela is better explained in his own words.
Early start this morning for this big 50th anniversary show. We have a terrible ABC picture so it wasn’t the most perfect circumstance to watch, but it was exciting to be up for it anyway, knowing we were watching at the same time as millions of others in the world. We watched it for a second time later on iView, catching several bit we missed (including the new Doctor cameo!) and not having to worry about reception issues.
And it really delivered. I have total faith in Steven Moffat and have for years, and this was fun, action packed, full of character and heart, and enough for the casual and the devoted far (we’re somewhere in between). The best scenes were with the three Doctors all together, and despite playing the same essential character, it was so clever to see how well they differentiated themselves and made themselves their own people.
The tie-ins to Time Lord history worked well, with some great past and present cameos, and when Tom Baker appeared…. well, even we applauded here
So, a lot of fun, and a great story to boot!
It also gave me some nostalgia as well… have enjoyed Doctor Who from way back… from my earliest viewing of Tom Baker’s Doctor in 1980s repeats, to my first real “proper fan” watching Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor in the late 80s. I was in my early teens then, and those stories seemed pretty damn good… so when the Doctor came back in 2005 we were right back into it. And here it is now… 50th anniversary, with a new Doctor on the way and plenty more years to come. Our boys are getting into it now (their viewing today was only tentative though), but I think they’re getting more into is as they get older. The fact the whole family can get into it is another thing that appeals…
Ben enjoys his birthday cake while big brother Alex joins in for the photo!
In our busy November of birthdays, baby Ben is the final player…. and now he’s a big two-year-old!
Happy birthday Ben!
You’re walking so well, eating so well, talking more, doing more and having as much fun as you can ever have. You’re a Thomas fan and a Wiggles far, and everything you watch with your brothers is “star wars” now! Joining right in with the family!
Happy birthday baby boy. And there will be so many more
Happy birthday to my dear wife Sallie. I’d add a picture here but she hates that, so needless to say I wish her a wonderful birthday and everything she could want. There were some interesting gifts today of course, but mostly it was fairly quiet.
It’s an odd and busy time at the moment, but we’ll find some time for lunch and some quiet time together. Not easy these days, but we try
So happy birthday Sallie. Have a good day
Happy birthday to the happiest 7-year-old there is, Alex T!
Just like his older brother, Alex has to deal with an odd set of issues (completely different ones, mind you) but he is just so happy and eager and well-rounded about everything he takes on. Have a great day son
Our plan for today is pretty much to build all the Lego and watch all the favourite movies… I’m thinking Star Wars, Avengers and more… There’s multiple new Lego sets today, and I have a feeling he’ll work me until late so we can them all built!
Will (left) lets Alex ham it up again!
You always say you can’t believe a year has passed since something important, but this time, I really can’t believe a year has passed.
It’s been one year to the day since Will’s kidney transplant, since I was the donor, and since we were both in hospital. This precise time last year I was asleep and/or in a stupor, not to really be thinking straight for at least another day! But well, only a year, but it seems like an eon ago now.
And what can I say other than it worked. I was down in Sydney last week for a checkup and my remaining kidney is fine, and my overall health is good. Will’s health is slightly mixed (only because he had several issues to begin with), but his new kidney is functioning excellently, and his kidney function is basically at the bottom of the list of things to deal with. Good thing too
As for me, I still can’t believe I did it in some ways… it was easy to be tough about it, and I’d never have refused, but I probably underplay my own bravery in the whole situation. Submitting to voluntary and slightly dangerous (by it’s nature) surgery is no easy thing. You do it anyway, sure, but that didn’t make it any less difficult.
Next Tuesday will be a year since I got out of hospital (only five days in seems easy in retrospect, but it didn’t at the time!) whereas Will was there for over a month. But it was a big thing to deal with, and we as a family got through it.
So that’s it. A year. Wow.
FInd out more about living kidney donation at Kidney Australia.
It’s just into November now, and it’s that time of the year again. NaNoWrimo lights up the blogosphere and the social media world with cries of writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days…
It seems like a lot, and it is. It’s about 1700 words a day, give or take, and unless you don’t work, don’t have a family or do have plenty of free time on your hands, that’s not an easy tasks. Not for 30 days straight. That said, I know there are people who will do it anyway, but again I suppose what sort of thing are they writing?
That said, I salute anyone making the effort, or giving it a go. But as usual, with work, family and that significant other thing I won’t be explaining just yet, there’s no way I can do this… again. I don’t want to put up the badges, or make any public pronouncements that I can’t keep… I just won’t get there.
But that said, I want to try, sort of. If I can get a new project going in the little spare time I have this month and get even 20,000 words done, that will be brilliant. There is something I really see formulating in my mind, and even half a NanoWriMo will work wonders for me.
So that’s about it… effort to be made anyway
Was privileged last night to see writer and TV creator David Simon at the Festival of Dangerous ideas at the Opera House. Somehow we even managed to get in the second row:
He was just metres away from us, and he spoke for an hour on a variety of topics around politics, the drug wars, democracy and the future of capitalism. Big ideas, certainly, but they didn’t feel dangerous, in as much as the audience seemed to be agreeing with what he said! So there’s probably hope for us yet…
Smart man, creative ideas, can’t wait to see what he does next.
Down in Sydney for a few days for the yearly check-up — nearly 12 months on from last year’s adventures. Everything on that count went brilliantly, no visit for me until this time next year, no visit for Will until February.
Was able to see “Gravity” tonight — and was as impressed as most of the world seems to be. Brilliantly filmed, amazing effects, smart use of sound and brilliant music, and an amazing intense experience. Sandra Bullock is quietly believable in the role, and while George Clooney is being Clooney all the way, he serves his role well. Would love to hunt down the soundtrack — what I thought by the end might have been M83 actually turned out to be a British composer named Steven Price that I hadn’t heard of before. Definitely worth a separate listen (how is it not on Rdio?!?!) And I didn’t even mention the 3D — effective and naturalistic and definitely something that enhanced the story and the viewing experience (which you can’t always say!)
Got a few more things for the weekend, all fun now…
(The above is a plugin/widget thing that I haven’t even tried before, but since I just plugged the soundtrack to Gravity so glowingly I thought I’d give it a try )
There’s a lot happening for me right now, maybe some new things, maybe some big changes. I’m not putting any of it down here just yet (no fair you say? But there is such a thing as oversharing… or at least premature sharing!) so for now I will be silent.
And no doubt, the silence is also partially due to sheer overload, but there are some things on the move and I won’t expose them just yet…