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Whittle Waffle Episode 4

Welcome to Whittle Waffle Episode 4! You can listen to the episode HERE Things I talk about this time include! Thoughtbubble 2000AD Crappy Doctor Who playsets I refuse to link to but here's a picture that doesn't do it's crapness justice! The utter dude that is  Simon Gurr and his fab book  140 Characters Improper Books for Butterfly Gate and Knight and Dragon And hey, I still have a few copies of  Into the Woods Dave Evans Illustration Hounds of the D'Urbervilles by Kim Newman Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Doctor Who The Night of the Doctor An Adventure in Space and Time The Day of the Doctor The Five Doctors (ish) Rebooted Day of the Doctor review by Will Salmon  Tala's Tardis Knitting Nancy Bush, Knitting Vintage Socks Fancy Silk Sock  Fooking, bastard, endless scarf! The music at the end is by  Máddji singing "Iđitguovssu" (Dawn Light). This song is from her album "


I've just been rooting through my ridiculously towering pile of notebooks (am I the only one with a notebook fetish? I fooking love them) of course I need something I wrote in one of them at some point, now so can't find it. Anyway I did find this, I can't actually remember writing it but it must have been during my last bout of insomnia several years ago - it made me smile so I thought I'd share it. Thursday Night Dogs barking Cars starting Boys shouting Girls laughing Doors slamming Walls shaking Glass breaking Sirens wailing. Stairs creaking Music playing Feet running Heels clumping House sighing Baby crying Him snoring Cat purring Me sleeping? Not fucking likely!  In other news, no Strictly bloggage this week as I was away at Thoughtbubble, which I will talk about next Whittle Waffle, so I still haven't seen the results show. BUT me and Izobel did watch The Hough and Amber Riley do their show dance on Dancing With The Stars, and though he

Podcasting Whore!

I had two new podcasts go live today. The first is the latest episode of Everything Starts With 2000AD, my co host this time is the marvellous artist Henry Flint. You can hear us talking about all things Prog 8  HERE and here is the cover and amazing, droolsome, utterly magical centre spread by Massimo Berlardinelli I also can be found on the latest episode of Geek Syndicate, which is a Thoughtbubble and Doctor Who special...which means I got to chat about comics and Who - two of my most favourite things! You can listen to that HERE and because I mention this photo of Patrick Troughton - whom I utterly adore you can look at it too, it's toggletastic darlings!  Oh FUCK IT's a few more PHWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAARRRR! And here is the clip from The Young Ones that I talk about!

Strictly Blackpool

Woohooooooo it's Blackpool week. I love this week, I love how hyper excited everyone gets, the OTT nature of it and how it has a sense of occasion. Lovely. Lets rock on...rock on...I'm so fooking funny! Firstly the opening dance with all the little kiddies and the whole cast and the older folks etc was wonderful I utterly loved it. Brilliant and we're off to a flying start Sophie and Brendan - Quickstep LOVED it. A very Hollywood quickstep, lovely storytelling and pace and so nice to see her a bit more relaxed and smiling - I think it's a hair thing yer nah. If you pinned my hair back so tight it didn't move for an entire day, I think I'd struggle to appear full o sexy too. But that hair flying wild she's FREE, FREEEEEEEEe! Nice. I also love how she really thanked the extra dancers for catching her so beautiful. Free and well mannered, go Sophie! Me - 9 Judges 7? 9,9,9 Patrick and Anya - Samba Those stupid Samba bumjobs I'm surprised we don

Strictly Winkleman

So, reet then. Late due to just watching the results show last night as it was the little ones  birthday at the weekend. Let's do this shit people! First off - my girl crush on The Winkleman is alive and kicking and what a frock me darlings, what a frock! Ben and Kristina - Jive Well, hello Sailor! Look, I am very shallow and indeed superficial and I geet find the dude incredibly watchable. Loved the routine and yes it was a little heavy and laboured but really, does it matter? Nope! Me -7 Judges - 4(Craig was probs in the huff he'd put his top back on...I know I was!) 7,8,7 *note this is the SECOND time Tess has forced a Judge Dredd ref in here  and this makes me like Tess - not because of the hideous joke but I too have a habit of repeating jokes I think are funny over and over again. I am worse than Tess though because I laugh at them too. Hugs for Tess and her SHIT jokes please! Fiona and Anton - Paso Doble  This suffered in the extreme because the bastard camera

Whittle Waffle Episode 3

Listen here Welcome to Episode 3 which may be even more rambly and rubbish than usual, but right, I didn't MAKE you listen so you have to take at least partial responsibility dude! Thanks again to the awesome Sally Jane Hurst  for my amazing theme tune Podcasts For Everything Starts With 2000AD and The Megacast Click HERE SPBM Special, How Not To Write Comics Battle Gods of Pod Reading Hound of the D'Urbervilles Dream London by Tony Ballantyne Comic Heroes SFX Review for Dept of Monsterology Doctor Who Magazine Telly The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Dish of the Day with Peter Davison! True Blood Agents of SHIELD Vikings Fever Ray Doctor Who Doctors Revisited Web of Fear The Ice Warriors Enemy of the World Just in case anyone thinks I force the kids into watching Auld Who, this is Tala watching Enemy of the World and the picture she drew me later on Spearhead From Space Pyramids of Mars Earthshock  and Death of Adric

Strictly Halloween

Let's kick straight off by talking about the opening dance. I love that everyone was involved, Bruno and his snake hips going mental on a podium always cheers me up. And I loved the little bit of Darcy and Len dancing, and Craig was shimmying like a mo fo in his chair. I just loved it, a real spectacle, in a good way! Woohoo!  * I forgot to make note of the judges scores for the first two dances - sorry! Patrick and Anya - Quickstep  Here man, how brilliant was this? Fab costumes, fab choreography, fast and engaging, the music was excellent. Good job dudes! Me- 9 Fiona and Anton - Charleston Was this the most boring Charleston ever? I think quite possibly, except for the deep and meaningful questions it throws up like why are they scarecrows? They don't do anything scarecrowey, there's no hint of comedic scarecrow type dancing of the Wizard of Oz variety. Why do they do that dreadful bit with the hoe's (there's a dirty joke there I'm not t

No Strictly Blog

I'm very sorry there will be no Strictly bloggage this week as my youngest currently looks like this: So I haven't even had a chance to WATCH the damn thing yet. Hopefully all systems will be resumed as soon as her head stops spinning round. Anyone wants to offer their version I am happy to post it here!

Strictly Shorter

Reet then me darlings, it's that time of the week again, this is going to be short, sweet and with minimal perving (hahahahhah - you don't really believe that do you?) Anyhoo Keeeeeeeeeeep reading: Sophie and Brendan - Foxtrot Lovely, she managed to look really relaxed and elegant and old Hollywood to perfection all the way through this. Fabulous frock dahlinks! Scores - Me - 9 Judges 8,9,9,9 Fiona and Anton - Rumba (?) OH NOES it's return to the Dell'Olio's/Hall/Widdecombe state of affairs. Howay man bonny lass, that poor boy has been through enough. Yeah, I honestly think her biggest problem is her nerves, can they not like, sedate her or summick? Or a couple of G&T's usually sorts me out. They're going to be in trouble fairly quickly if things don't improve Me - 5 Judges 4,6.6.6 Mark and Iveta -Cha Cha Cha   (for some reason in my notes at this point I have written "urgh Brucie I could VOM !" I have managed to block out of my

Strictly Late

Ok my fellow Strictly devotees here is the shit: Opening dance was as dull as bloody ditchwater and Bruce is back...still dull dancing is one hundred per cent better then nay dancing so who am I to whinge. Also, in some hideous DNA malfunctioning error my 6 year old has decided she really loves "that funny man who does the funny dance" so she's not allowed to watch it anymore! Abby and Aljaz - Jive Stompy and a bit slow but a week 3 jive is never going to be that outstanding (mind I said that about a week 2 charleston and look what Sophie did!). Anyway not bad enough to mock not good enough to rave over. She did look beautiful though, another fantastic costume week! Scores: Me - 6 Judges 6,7,8,7 (Len is deluded!) Patrick and Anya - Foxtrot Perfectly pleasant, quite stylish actually if a tiny bit slow. Scores: Me - 7 Judges - 6,7,7,7 Dave and Karen - Paso Doble Telly - give up and go home now because you will never, ever beat that! Horrific and compelling

Strictly - It's BACK!

I'm shocked really how many of you nutters have asked for the return of The Strictly Blog! I love youse for it so it is back, but I can't do all the pics and shiz as it's just too much work and I'm ill. So just the words people I hope that's ok! So here we go - Strictly Week 2 and anyone who has ever read my blog before will know I did a flipping HAPPY dance around the living room when I heard there was no Bloody Brucie this week - WINKLEMAN all the way! I wonder if she'll marry me, I love her sooo much!  On with the dances: 1) Susanna and Kevin - Tango Man she looked AMAZING, the hair, the dress, her already gorgeous face almost Drag Raced up. Stunning. A bit spaghetti armed and hesitant but lovely job, not sure about the choreography, he's  a new boy eh...he has a way to go I think, still we're off to a flying start! Scores - Me= 7.  Judges = 7,8,8,8 2) Tony and Aliona - Charleston (apparently!) Oh dear, and ahhhhh bless. It was blatantly ru

Whittle Waffle Episode 2

Whittle Waffle Episode 2 which you can listen to HERE And here's links to most everything I waffle on about: Firstly, massive thanks to the outstandingly fabulous Sally Hurst for the amazing theme tune! Other podcast pluggage for Everything Starts With 2000AD TV etc Agents of SHIELD Sherlock Comics and Books Blood Blokes by Adam Cadwell Commando  and Keith Page The Hound Of The D'Urbervilles by Kim Newman Tove Jansson : Clip from Tales in Moominland website Dancing Tove Tove Jansson and Sort Of Books SFX blog on Short Stories by moi Doctor Who Revenge of the Cybermen  Beautiful Arundel Silver Nemesis The Lodger                           Cyberbums! Knitting The Knitting Goddess Ravelry The Shetland Trader The Knit Studio Beautiful Black Friars and The Knit Studio   Scrumptious Socks!                                                          Spinning                                                     

Whittle Waffle Pilot Episode

So here is the pilot episode of my new podcast Whittle Waffle! You can listen to it HERE And here are links to everything I talked about this episode! The Listening Agent by Joe Decie I Am Fire by Rachael Smith 2000AD  and  Everything Comes Back to 2000AD Dead Mans Boots by Mike Carey Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch Star Trek Into Darkness Once Upon A Time The A Team Movie The Doctor Who Magazine  and  Mike Collins  and  Ben Willsher Classic Doctor Who Ravelry Skein Queen Knitting Goddess Star Trek Socks Hitchhiker - A Trilogy of Four Patterns Martina Behm Flow - free game Please feel free to leave feedback and thoughts and opinions I would totally appreciate it yo! EDITED to add - many, many thanks to Rich for the awesome banner, you rock dude!

Links n Shiz

Wotcha folks Here is a link to a nice blog written by that Lee with all the links to all the comics we talk about on the latest episode of Small Press Big Mouth - out now for your listening pleasure Small Press Big Mouth Ep 42 - The Meaning of Grice Here is the link to a short blog piece what I wrote like for wondrous SFX magazine website Blog - The British Comic Awards And a slightly older blog I wrote because I forget to link it here and it's one of my most favourites that I've written Blog - Supergirl Also I really recommend listening to this fantastic interview with amazing artist Ron Smith over on the ECBT2000AD website - It's fantastic Ron Smith Interview Ok, that's it for now. Please remember if you are submitting for Into The Woods 2 the deadline is Sunday 31st March. cheers me dears

Podcasting is Brilliant!

I shall be recording a new episode of the Megacast tonight with the Wife Iz and FINALLY a new ep of Small Press Big Mouth with the other Wife Lee on Monday. In some sort of weird celebration here's some pics of me and my podcasting brethren - all photos nicked offa Facebook so if you tagged me I take that as permission to steal - just sayin! :-D

Into The Woods ...AGAIN

The time has come people; I’m finally ready – are you? Let’s make another book! What I’m doing After some real deliberation I have decided to stick with the Fairytale/Folklore theme for book two but this will be the last time I think (don’t hold me to that).  There is a definite atmosphere I am looking for in the stories, I will refer you to Into the Woods book one for an example. Prose examples I mentioned last time are anything at all by Angela Carter, Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman and any of Roald Dahl’s short stories, I think these are perfect examples of the tone I am hoping for, also see Porcelain and Unbelievable The Man Who Ate Daffodils in comic form.  And I do want it to have a similar “feel” to the last book. It will be entirely comic - not prose again this time.  The brass tacks   Money – there is none. I can make sure you get a contributor copy of the book and that’s about it I’m afraid. I will tell you that the first book had amazing reviews (a sel