Sunday, December 23, 2012

Never underestimate a tree

The cottage has been decorated for our guests staying over Christmas....hope they get lots of lovely presents from Santa and the tree behaves itself !

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Madame Nostradamus made it for me. A witty little knitter....

A new addition to the cottage collection - the Fourth Doctor's scarf.

It is an official BBC replica modelled on the most recognisable and iconic one, measuring 13ft/ 3.96m – including tassels – in length and 10” (28cm) wide.

Begonia Pope was asked to knit a scarf for the new Doctor by the costume designer, James Acheson. Acheson had been inspired by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec’s painting of his black coat and long scarf-wearing friend, Aristide Bruant, and bought a mass of multi-coloured wool.

Begonia was unsure how long a scarf was required. She consequently used all of the wool she had been given, resulting in a ridiculously long scarf. The producers loved it and, after it had been shortened slightly, used it for the Fourth Doctor's first story Robot

Monday, December 10, 2012

Patrick - behave!

Sad to hear of the death of Sir Patrick Moore, he could be quite an irascible personality and some of his political views were somewhat dodgy at times, but like many of my age he has seemed a permanent and eccentric fixture on our television screens.

Indeed, he presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, making him the longest-running host of the same television show ever.

On 3rd April 2010, he appeared in the Eleventh Doctor's first story playing himself as one of the experts contacted by the Doctor to help design a computer virus to alert the Atraxi to the whereabouts of Prisoner Zero. This extract shows his sense of humour and willingness to send himself up.

The Doctor: [the Doctor has transmitted the reset virus to everyone in the conference call, and asked them to ensure it is passed on] Any questions?
Patrick Moore: Who's your lady friend?
The Doctor: Patrick - behave!

Another example of his sense of humour can be found when he took a telephone call from the Doctor:

Friday, December 7, 2012