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I just spoiled myself for the Doctor Who specials next year (just casting spoilers, but, you know, spoilery casting) and now I don't know whether to spoil myself more or not. Erk.

Saw Christopher Brookmyre and AC Grayling at the book festival yesterday, both excellent. Grayling's a professor at Oxford Brookes (I think) and gave us a proper 40-minute lecture on Hercules' choice between pleasure and duty, and the historical roots of the story, and whether it's a false dichotomy and each enhances the other, which is his belief. It made me want to go back to uni, briefly. I got my book signed afterwards, hurray.

Brookmyre told us why the Buchanan Street Borders has protected entry on the doors to the public toilets - they found a warm cooked chicken in them once. Warm in a very particular place.

Comment is Free goodness - Julie Birchill has come out as a Christian Zionist Feminist Socialist. The loon. She spends the rest of the article insulting atheists. We're all gutted, naturally. Carole Calwalladr gives feminists a bad name by arguing that Gabby Logan shouldn't be the main BBC Olympics presenter because she's too good-looking. Christopher Brookmyre talks about Shettygate II and suggests the next step for reality TV.


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Aug. 17th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Yech! To the chicken , although I would say the same about Julie Birchill.
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, Julie Burchill. Kicking and screaming for attention for over 30 years. I remember when she used to go about saying what a wonderful chap Stalin was. Anything to get a response. It's sad, really.

I fancy Claire Balding and Hazel Irvine more than Gabby Logan. The day of equality will have really dawned when the BBC hire a brunette.

Feel free to share those spoilers, btw.
Aug. 18th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
So far, the specials are set to run in Easter and then 3 around Christmas. The latter are said to feature; Catherine Tate, John Simm and Bernard Cribbins. I think Georgia Moffett is also returning, at some point.
Aug. 17th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Grayling's at Birkbeck, London, not Brookes. Right letter, wrong city. :D
Aug. 17th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
That Burchill article is remains the highlight of my week. What a sad person I am.

There's a problem with your Gabby Logan link.
Aug. 18th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Casting is about the only spoilers you can get for next year, so far. Or am I reading the wrong places?
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