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  1. Can't stick him, and he's on every programme on the BBC in the same way that the equally talentless and irritating Josh Widdicombe is on every programme on Channel 4 and Dave.
  2. Just read: My Brother's Killer by D. M. Devine. Another really good mystery by the underrated D. M. Devine (aka Dominic Devine; he used each name for about half his total output). Reprinted a few years ago in the Arcturus Crime Classics series, most of which are well worth reading. Now reading: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Not often I venture out of genre fiction into something more literary, but I'm rather enjoying this one - cleverly done and very well written.
  3. Currently half way through The Davidson Case by John Rhode. This is quite an early outing for his series detective Dr. Priestley, as shown by the fact that he does actually go and do some investigating himself rather than letting the police do all the hard work and then coming up with the solution, and also by the fact that Supt. Hanslet isn't Supt. yet, just Chief Inspector. So far so good though. Just read: Mystery at Olympia by John Rhode - a mid-period Rhode with an ingenious (if decidedly iffy) murder method. Was reprinted a couple of years ago so more easily obtainable than most of his others. The Exploits of Arsene Lupin by Maurice Leblanc - Lupin was a Raffles-like gentleman thief in numerous books by Leblanc. Very enjoyable.
  4. Just out of interest, which well known people used to live in Oughtibridge? And just to keep it more on topic, I prefer Barnsley town centre to Sheffield's any day.
  5. Personally I'm sad to lose Forces TV, simply because they showed a lot of Space 1999 episodes not long ago. Pick seem to be showing it as well now and again, and we've still got that (though we've lost Pick+1).
  6. Just read: Behind the Yellow Blind by R. A. J. Walling. A curiously structured 1930s detective story that wasn't bad but I felt maybe could have been better. The Caltraps of Time by David I. Masson. SF stories from the 1960s and early 70s, not dated as badly as they might have. Our fathers' lies by Andrew Taylor. A good early effort by an author who's now more famous for his historical mysteries. Death on the boat train by John Rhode. Decent mid-period Rhode, ingenious with some Crofts-like alibi-breaking involved. Now onto: If I were you by P. G. Wodehouse. Can't beat the occasional bit of Wodehouse.
  7. A. Fielding - Murder at The Nook (1930s detective story by an author who was one of the stalwarts of the Collins Crime Club list at the time but has now vanished into obscurity so completely that nobody knows who he (or she) was. Not bad this one, quite Freeman Wills Crofts-like in some ways. A. Fielding - The Upfold Farm mystery. Another one, but not so successful and the writing style seems so different it could almost have been written by a different person. Robert B. Parker - Now and then. A typical Spenser novel but as usual very readable. Now I'm half way through Raymond Postgate's Somebody at the Door, recently reprinted in the British Library crime classics series, and enjoying it a lot.
  8. Obviously I can't tell quality from rubbish then because I went to lunch at the Admiral Rodney in Loxley not long ago and rather enjoyed it.
  9. Some I've read recently: John Scalzi - The end of all things. Four linked novellas rather than a novel, but a decent conclusion to the Old Man's War series (unless he writes some more in the future). Francis Beeding - No fury. Unusually for a 1930s detective, involves a serial killer. Very enjoyable. John Rhode - In face of the verdict. Another 1930s effort with Rhode's usual ingenuity of murder method. Ivan T. Sanderson - Invisible residents. One of about 7 million UFO books published in the late 60s/early 70s. Hokum but quite interesting hokum for all that.
  10. For some reason petrol and diesel are always 3-4p a litre cheaper over towards Crystal Peaks or down on Archer Road than in Hillsborough - we always seem to get a raw deal at our end of town.
  11. Fair enough, but I think the amount of radium paint on the hands and numbers of one watch would be completely negligible compared to the background radiation from natural sources. In any case I still think your best option is to keep it.
  12. I'm still having a bit of an early Ruth Rendell period, having just finished Vanity Dies Hard, The Best Man to Die and A Guilty Thing Surprised in quick succession. All very enjoyable though it's interesting that some phrases of the 1960s have already become completely obsolete and forgotten, such as 'twin-track road'. Strange really when you consider that single track road is still in everyday use. Now back to the 1930s again with Midsummer Murder by Clifford Witting (which is absolutely nothing to do with the differently-spelt TV series).
  13. I'm intrigued to think that the OP is horrified by the thought of putting it into landfill. Where do you think the radium came from in the first place other than out of the ground?
  14. Skinhead by Richard Allen. Recently the 1970s series Public Eye was repeated on Talking Pictures TV and before every episode was a warning that because it was made in the 1970s, it may contain outdated attitudes and language that viewers might find offensive. Anybody who was in the slightest bit offended by Public Eye certainly ought to stay well away from this then because central character Joe Hawkins has outdated attitudes and language aplenty, as he beats up opposing football fans, black people, hippies, coppers and anyone else he can find, as well as having a bit of underage sex. Despite once being found in every school satchel in the country in the early 1970s, this dreadfully written pile of toss now fetches ridiculous prices on eBay. It was, as they say, of its time. See here for a resume of the whole sordid series: https://nostalgiacentral.com/pop-culture/fads/richard-allen-books/ Blotto and Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett. Simon Brett has written some really enjoyable detective stories, such as the Fethering series, but this isn't one of them. Too daft for words even if it is played for laughs. Bookworm by Lucy Mangan. Now this is more like it - an entertaining nostalgic romp through the books of her childhood. If you're a bookworm too, and especially if you're female, recommended. Now just started Wolf to the Slaughter by Ruth Rendell, another early Inspector Wexford story.
  15. I still can't work out what that new set of lights are actually going to do - anybody care to enlighten me? Edit: don't just say go green, amber and red.
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