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Wow, did anyone else's world just disappear under a mass of sheeting rain? I could actually hear people caught in the deluge screaming outside! The thunderclaps and sirens seem to have receded now, but I'm re-evaluating my plan of walking home. (checks bag - no umbrella) Actually, I'm probably not walking home.

So, yes, this week's strip is called Delia Derbyshire's Electric Playground. Based on a dream, which in turn was I think based on The Hemulen who Loved Silence and timscience's spirited defence of Little Chef as a biker hangout (although he points out that the strip is flawed because the bikers like electro). Because of the dark colours, it may be a little hard to see. If that's the case you can take a closer look.

Delia Derbyshire's Electric Playground
Delia Derbyshire's Electric Playground
All the children like to play in Delia's electric playground.

Next weekend I was a little short of plans but I just discovered that it's the Big Garden Birdwatch, so that's an hour taken care of, at least... and oh, I have Bill Oddie news! He's doing a programme called Bill Oddie's Wild Side, which (among challenging cameramen to find lizards, imitating wrens, etc.) affords a truly disturbing glimpse into Bill Oddie's back garden which is ... well, words fail me. Suffice it to say that he's having problems with a fox knocking his plaster jesus into a water feature.

P.S. Primeval: is that girl who picked up Connor in the video shop a spy from the future or a journalist, do you think?


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21st Jan, 2008 17:32 (UTC)
Yes, that made me think twice about walking home, especially as I already have one pair of boots hors de combat after getting soaked through last week!
21st Jan, 2008 17:48 (UTC)
A cheery and brightly coloured strip to contrast with the perpetual stygian darkness outside.

Biblical torrents aside, it's too sodding dark all the sodding day.

21st Jan, 2008 17:58 (UTC)
well, they didn't mention the playground in the radio play with Sonic Boom...

I suspect main purpose of girl from video shop is to run round in her knickers so Hannah doesn't have to?

PS - preferred other universe version of PR woman. Oh well.
21st Jan, 2008 18:02 (UTC)
yes, well --
plays never tell you what happens during the happy parts of people's lives, just the miserable times of drama. That's why comics are better.

Re: Primeval -- no, I'm prepared to trust Rex's lizard instincts on the new girl. She's definitely plot. And I think PR woman might improve now she knows what the job's about.
21st Jan, 2008 18:19 (UTC)
The Hemulen who Loved Silence is lovely, as is the strip. I saw Mister Maker make magic pictures on CBeebies last week.
22nd Jan, 2008 12:01 (UTC)
I had to google Mister Maker before I knew what you meant.

I'm afraid now.
21st Jan, 2008 18:22 (UTC)
Loved the strip. I heard the Dr Who theme song in my head when I got to the last panel - quite unbidden, maybe something swirly in the night sky set it off.

Journalist, my bet. Agree she's plot and I think not knickers but you never know about the knickers/spontaneous undressing in Primeval.
21st Jan, 2008 23:46 (UTC)
I think there's a good chance that she's plot and knickers
22nd Jan, 2008 00:38 (UTC)
I've allowed for that possibility.

Can anyone tell me the point of the gormless ex student who picked her up, anyway, bar being eye candy too? He doesn't even carry around his laptop with his dinosaur database any more...
22nd Jan, 2008 12:02 (UTC)
Gormless's purpose is to single-handedly discredit wearing scarves cravat-style.
23rd Jan, 2008 12:29 (UTC)
plot and knickers


-- tom
21st Jan, 2008 18:24 (UTC)
lovely strip
I used to be a hairy biker in the 80s but I had to choose between that and liking Laurie Anderson. At that time bikers only listened to R'n'B (The BB King type, not the Beyonce type, more's the pity).
21st Jan, 2008 19:20 (UTC)
I am going with journalist. Surely every geek knows that attractive women never ask you out. Also nice to see that the raptor baby in the janitor's locker was not unconvincing continuity but actually plot.
21st Jan, 2008 23:55 (UTC)
allow me to correct your statement here
Surely everygeekone knows that attractive women never ask youanyone out.

I, too, am looking forward to discovering why anyone would put a small raptor in a locker.
23rd Jan, 2008 12:30 (UTC)
Re: allow me to correct your statement here
Because they couldn't fit a large raptor.

-- tom
24th Jan, 2008 21:45 (UTC)
Re: allow me to correct your statement here
A fair correction - though I have been assured that this is not true by people who couldn't actually name a specific instance where it wasn't when challenged.
21st Jan, 2008 20:19 (UTC)
Brilliant. Absolutely lovely and precisely observed. Tiny and textured. Immediately a favourite.

Can I print this one off and put it in a frame? A5, wooden.
21st Jan, 2008 23:50 (UTC)
certainly you may
I can do a rescan at higher resolution if you find you're getting aggravating pixellation, or if you'd prefer it actual size (A4)
21st Jan, 2008 22:45 (UTC)
Bill Oddie's Garden

Words didn't fail me. Words like "embarrassing" and "shite" came to mind.

21st Jan, 2008 23:57 (UTC)
even crack foxes object to his taste
What, not taken by his rows of plastic rabbits and crow-go-rounds?
22nd Jan, 2008 00:28 (UTC)
This is great. But I still can't *believe* the guaranteed-ratings-smash sitcom I wrote about Delia Derbyshire and the the Radiophonic Workshop hasn't been made yet. There is no justice in the world.
22nd Jan, 2008 12:13 (UTC)
it must be that the BBC sadly underestimates the humour potential of pioneering electronic genii. Dear Daphne Oram, made for comedy:

23rd Jan, 2008 12:40 (UTC)
That is a particularly excellent comic.

-- tom
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