December's reading list has just arrived!
Marathon training is GO! I've been doing a series of mini-runs to scout for good locations and I think I've hit gold with this never ending riverbank.
One of the delights of the internet is that it allows us to see some of the great minds of our age talking about some of the most interesting things, before which we would have had to write to universities and research facilities to even get a chance of seeing something like this… if we even knew it existed at all. Or we would have to endure a dumbed down TV documentary which would at all costs avoid dealing with any difficult ideas because they were afraid to lose their audience. Of course all new ideas are difficult… if they weren't we surely would have had them before!
This is an account of one of the most difficult ideas ie where science is (or was in 1979) with the concept of wave/particle duality and is I think one of the 20th century’s major achievements. Richard Feynman, if you haven't heard of him, was a genius by most definitions you can think of, and luckily for us, was also a genius communicator.
I'm not sure exactly why, but I find these lectures very moving. And of course, because of his incredible zappy energy, highly entertaining.
The perfect combination for a freezing cold Wednesday afternoon...
I've somehow managed to become obsessed with 'seasonal foods' and decided to give pumpkin pie a try. Very American, I know... but I've always been curious as to the taste! Egg custard tart is the closest thing I can compare it to. Delicious! For the first time in a long time, the smoke detector didn't cheer me on in the middle of my endeavour.
And so... I'm one year closer to the grave. Presents include antibiotics and an inhaler. This is sure to be one I won't forget.
For more than 50 years the famous dotted wall at BBC Television Centre has proudly displayed the corporation's logo, signalling to the world that it is the home of some of television's biggest hits, from Fawlty Towers to Only Fools and Horses.
But on Saturday the corporation carefully removed the huge letters from the wall, turned off Television Centre's broadcast signal and officially handed over its former west London headquarters to developers six months ahead of schedule. It marked the end of an era for a building familiar to generations of television viewers.
After noticing that a few people are bemused in regards to how sad some people about the closure of BBC Television Centre, I decided I wanted to share with you some of the reasons why I'll be sad to see it go.
1. When I was little, I used to think all the newsreaders and TV show hosts lived in it, like a big sleepover. They all had sleeping bags and the CBBC broom cupboard was the best room to sleep in because it had all the toys. Now that it has officially been signed over, I'm concerned that some of the less well-remembered presenters might have been left behind (looking at you Toby Anstis).
2. The white atomic dots on the wall of TC1 will forever remind me of Children In Need thanks to endless panned shots of TVC during awkward filler moments in the mid-90s, and is there anything more BBC than Children In Need and a faltering Wogan-ologue about ‘phones ringing off the hook’? It was my childhood dream to climb those white dots like Spiderman.
3. Seeing the circular courtyard in the middle of a show - let’s say Noel’s House Party - always felt anarchistic and exciting, like when you were allowed to do your maths lesson outside on the grass.
4. It is instantly recognisable as the home of the BBC, and crumbling and old as it may be, it sums up British TV better than any other landmark (other than perhaps the foam map of the UK that used to float in Albert Dock for Granada Weather with Fred). For something so beige and utilitarian, it really has done an excellent job at becoming iconic. Now that it's being redeveloped, nobody is entirely sure exactly where the BBC is anymore.
5. Once, George Alagiah held a door open for me in the newsroom.
Giving away four 30x40" BBC Television Centre posters. 'Like' this instagram post to be entered into the draw. Winners will be announced on October 8th.
Winners are: @rahahedayati, @laurenstrange, @debs788, @ericdotsonjr