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  1. Only since 2013 - prior to that it was funded by government grant. The shift to being funded by the BBC represented a cut to S4C's budget; it had to share a part of a shrinking cake. The move was very controversial at the time. God knows what'll happen to it now. The BBC hasn't been at its best for some years, but despite all the financial pressure, and the kow-towing to the government and pressure groups, it still manages to produce some fine programmes here and there - intermittently on TV, regularly on radio (I'm thinking of the likes of More or Less on Radio 4).
  2. The shitty conniving Tory bastards are at it again. BBC Licence Fee to be frozen, then abolished in 2027. Alternatives to include privatisation or a switch to direct government funding. It's a repeat of the same tactics they've been using with public libraries and the NHS. Cut after cut after cut. So that when they no longer function, some smug member of the inner circle with a crocodile smile and a loaded bank balance can say: "But look, it's not working. Better just get rid of it then since it's no longer fit for purpose."
  3. I watched Some Like It Hot for the first time over the holiday. It was of its time, but some of the humour still holds up (I liked the Italian Opera Appreciation Society), and the daringly open ending made me feel much warmer about the whole thing. The pacing was good - many modern movies could learn from it. I planned to stream The Eternals last night, but ran the cursor down the bar and saw preview after preview with muted greys an greens. And there was a portentous opening crawl. So I decided not to watch it after all. Only real quibble I have is the fact that Kaluuya and Stanfield are like a decade older than the characters they play, and I feel like you lose something by not seeing really young men at the heart of this; Fred Hampton was just 21 when he was assassinated by the police. Yes, I think this is a very widespread problem in cinema and TV. Producers/directors want familiar names, even if a young unknown might be best suited to the role. I wish they'd take risks a bit more, like Trevor Nunn did when he cast the 23-year-old Ben Whishaw as Hamlet.
  4. Yes, I think you're right re Brexit. That plus Davidson's lack of constituency and Westminster experience/allies would stop her from being in with a chance. A good thing from my POV because I could see her winning the Tories a thumping great majority with a favourable wind. They should definitely choose Michael Gove.
  5. I don't suppose Ruth Davidson would be tempted to throw her hat into the ring from the House of Lords? Can't remember if the Tory party leader election rules would allow that at present. In UK constitutional terms, I think it would be possible. Unlikely, but she is dynamic and popular, and untainted by contact with the Johnson government. She'd have to renounce her title to become an MP like Tony Benn did - I don't know if you're allowed to stand for MP on the promise of resigning it if you win. eta: I think that if she did want the top job, she'd have to go for it now, even if she'd prefer it later after some of the Covid dust has settled. Political memories are short, and after being in the Lords for a few years, even if she does a good job there (especially if she does a good job there, maybe), no one will remember who she was. But - apart from ripping into Boris, which everyone and their granny is doing at the moment - she hasn't shown interest in getting back into the ring.
  6. I quite liked Shang-Chi, especially Awkwafina (who is apparently someone famous and, yes, I live at the bottom of a mine in the Arctic Circle). It had a better antagonist than usual, even if I didn't care for the radiant memories of the lost perfect mother or the final big bad. At the same time, the protagonist - as they often do - became less engaging as the film moved from his fun and irresponsible NY existence into mystic hero territory. I'd have enjoyed the film even more if he wasn't already a brilliant kung-fu fighter. At this point, it feels unnecessary to complain that the end was a dull CGI-fest, because it's a Marvel film, and that's just what they do.
  7. Actually, I'm pretty sure Roman women - at least those not trapped by circumstances - could divorce. Tullia the daughter of Marcus Tullius Cicero divorced her third husband Dolabella for example. And patrician women or women from wealthy families wouldn't do work outside the home, but plebeians might. Back when I was an undergraduate picking modules to study, I veered towards the Romans rather than the Athenians, partly because of the impression that life for a Roman woman could be slightly less shit. Plus the whole autochthony thing gave me the creeps even more than the rape of the Sabine women. I haven't read Masters of Rome yet. I do kind of want to, at the same time I think I'd be more interested in a series that wasn't set in the first century BC. Or one that was set in a fairly obscure corner of it.
  8. Using spoiler boxes to shorten a long post. No spoilers included. The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge. The Comedy of Terrors by Lindsey Davies Boneland by Alan Garner Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft The Mask Falling and The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon The Bear at Midnight by Lexie Conyngham
  9. I caught up with Doctor Who over the holidays (The Flux - terrible title - and the New Year special) and was pleasantly surprised by how much better it seemed than in its recent series. The Flux was undeniably crazy and had a terrible title plus glam rock skeletons for some reason, but, eh. It was pacey and had a sense of fun, so I'm not complaining. And the special concentrated on a contained setting (a building for long-term storage, can't get much more contained than that) which tends to suit the show better than save-the-multiverse plots anyway. Plus, there was Liverpool! (And bits of Cardiff pretending to be Liverpool).
  10. Moving Dogs of War up my reading list, now. A number two to Guns of the Dawn still has plenty of room to be a great book.
  11. Wouldn't dream of being even mildly derogatory about him! Wouldn't know how, to start with. It would feel like kicking a Scottish chihuahua.
  12. I enjoyed it too. I'd been hoping for something longer and more complex like Guns of the Dawn, but in the end I appreciated it for what it was - a short, tightly-written adventure story that includes some interesting ideas - nothing new or perspective-warping, but sensitively drawn nevertheless. I thought that the male protagonist's emotional development was particularly well done.
  13. Re Around the World in 80 Days. I've seen the first four episodes. No, you're bang on. It carries on doing what it's doing in a well-intentioned vaguely progressive but gentle cloud. Slightly less challenging than The Musketeers and Merlin which occupied a similar family-friendly slot in the schedules. Though it is good to watch if you're a bit drunk and not able to do much more than coo over the on-location shooting and images of distant lands where the sun shines for more than five minutes a day. Also good if you have an older relative that loves spotting famous actors and has a fairly blatant crush on David Tennant. Now that the holiday's over, I will absolutely watch the rest of the series if it's a Sunday and I have nothing else to do.
  14. Happy New Year, folks! (40% pissed, but at least 90% sincere).
  15. Soup sounds good. Starting 2022 with eggnog sounds like a good idea. It means that nothing that comes afterwards can possibly be any worse.
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