Thursday, 9 July 2020
I've been making a concerted effort to publish some articles on Medium. I'm still new at this and working out how it ticks.
Monkey Tennis?, about how Alan Partridge singlehandedly created the TV landscape of today.
An Interview With Velvet Chain, a band that appeared in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Why I Adore The Station Agent And You Should Too, a brilliant yet underrated film. I was pretty excited, because this article got 'curated'
An Interview With The Discworld's Falconer Dave 'Hodgesaargh' Hodges, the real life individual who inspired Terry Pratchett to include him in his Discworld novels.
My Sixteen Month-Old-Son Made This Fauvist Masterpiece And What It Taught Me About Parenting
What's The One Thing Most Billionaires Have In Common? It's not garages.
An Interview With Pulp. I have a habit of asking the wrong questions.
Saturday, 4 July 2020
Often the photos are funnier than anything I've written to go with them. Although this one, this one and this one still made me laugh after all this time, but in all honesty, it wasn't a big laugh. I was pleased to see this neck.
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
I have no more time, but I have managed to organise things better. I'm attempting to fit a week's work into a Friday and although I am ultimately not succeeding. I am getting a lot done. My new job has involved filming a documentary Carleton In Lockdown reflecting upon how Covid 19 has affected a small village in North Yorkshire. I've also entered a couple of writing competitions, been pitching some things, so fingers crossed, and writing things which haven't been announced yet, so I'm not in a position to say much.
This month's optional question:
There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?
I would like to see online writing receive similar pay agreements as print work. I've heard of one massive media company that has recently cut their payment by a third and blamed it on Covid-19. I would like to see writers of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds offered the same terms and, in particular, advances. A recent twitter conversation revealed that cis white males were far more likely to get a decent advance than any other group. This is obviously discriminatory and unjustifiable.
Ten years from now my son will be eleven years old and it feels that during his short life so far the planet has taken several regressive steps. I hope that we can catch up in that time.
Thursday, 25 June 2020
The first is Inside Outside In 2 which like the book that inspired it, is about Doctor Who since 2005. It features some work from Outside In 2 and some original writing as well: an introduction from Robert Smith?, an alternative take on Father's Day from Michael S. Collins, Death Is The Only Answer by Albert Einstein (as told to Kenyon Wallace), The Angels Take Manhattan by Jason A. Miller, The Night Of The Doctor by J.M. Frey, Prologue by me and The Doctor's Meditation by Robert Smith?
Th second is also Doctor Who related, This one was released a tribute to Jennifer Adams Kelley on the sad event of her death, Mise-En-Scene As A Narrative Force is her excellent piece on Logopolis, from the original Outside In.
And finally we have the Outside In Gains A Soul Sampler, which unsurprisingly samples Outside In Gains A Soul containing pieces on the Angel episodes Carpe Noctem by Trey Korte, Waiting In The Wings by Melissa Beattie, Unleashed by Roman Banias and You're Welcome by Jill Sherwin, alongside the Firefly instalment Objects In Space by David M. Barsky.
Again, if you enjoy these free slices of Outside In, please consider purchasing one of the books that spawned them. Again again, all money raised goes to Avert, a UK based AIDS charity.
Monday, 22 June 2020
Residents of the village were interviewed on their doorsteps about their experiences of lockdown. All interviews were conducted under strict social distancing guidelines and the film crew remained two metres away at all times.
The Craven Herald and Pioneer gave the documentary some coverage.
More details to follow...
Friday, 19 June 2020
Outside In Makes It So Supplemental features zero writing by me, but instead contains the work of Rich Handley, Liu Yin, Jessica C. Clark, Anthony Wilson, Andy Hicks, Lars Pearson, Drew Meyer, Arnold T. Blumberg, Rebecca Iverson, Ashley Heaton Kuczenski, Eric Pelot and Jason A. Miller.
It's available to download here for the princely sum of absolutely nothing. If you enjoy this free foray into Outside In, please consider purchasing one of the other books. All money raised goes to Avert, a UK based AIDS charity.
While I haven't contributed to this volume, I have written pieces for a couple of other Outside Ins, but more on them later.
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Nobody in this video understands social distancing at all. https://t.co/kSQtEGrwTq— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 2, 2020
I wonder how you would say that in german https://t.co/A8YaWvwapM— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) May 1, 2020
Naked bodies are seen quite frequently in the gardens of Scarfolk. #WorldNakedGardeningDay2020— Scarfolk Council (@Scarfolk) May 2, 2020
See also: The annual 'Corpse-in-a-Copse' family fun day.https://t.co/Nb6K6cHpQJ pic.twitter.com/KKb3mogMGS
when i was 7 i was so poor my mom had to buy my shoes— Carl Aagesen (@totallymoon) May 2, 2020
v jst dn n— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 3, 2020
Mssng Vwls qz! https://t.co/srlATj6fEL
If everyone who is grateful for NHS staff right now followed and retweeted, we would reach a million by midnight.— NHS Million 💙 (@NHSMillion) May 2, 2020
It will take just two seconds to do, and you can help us share important information that could help save lives. pic.twitter.com/9mrUK3b7Y0
You can only keep three... pic.twitter.com/4DHKlcAKJO— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 4, 2020
Why do you think he’s deleted this? pic.twitter.com/OuhQTrTpXd— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) May 6, 2020
I have seen a lot of awful jingoistic and ahistorical drivel in the last few years, but for the Daily Mail to cast VE Day as “Britain’s victory *over* Europe” in this commemorative coin offer is a new low. Shameful. #VE75 pic.twitter.com/rYYcMRKK6J— Prof Tanja Bueltmann @🏠 (@cliodiaspora) May 5, 2020
The Smugglers, Episode 3 https://t.co/pBAj0hEtRB— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 6, 2020
"Kilnsey Crag"— Tom Holmes (@TomHolmes_Photo) May 7, 2020
Spring in the shadows of the amazing Kilnsey Crag (Yorkshire Dales, UK).
Like/Follow for daily photography. pic.twitter.com/6NQxgIxFEx
Researchers have found a way to transform Type A blood into the universal Type O blood. This process could dramatically reduce blood transfusion supply shortages worldwide.— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) May 7, 2020
"St Peter's Church"— Tom Holmes (@TomHolmes_Photo) May 8, 2020
The picturesque St Peter's Church in Addingham (West Yorkshire, UK) on a clear Spring morning.
Like/Follow for daily photography. pic.twitter.com/qcB4BJ3DLK
Throw in Doctor Who: The Afterparty and you're on.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 8, 2020
Maybe that's how they make it happen. By sheer force of doubt.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 10, 2020
The Many Kilbracken Clones Of Leela definitely isn’t happening and they definitely won’t bring back the Cheetah People.
Q: Which private firm was awarded the £133m contract to conduct Covid-19 testing?— Paul Lewis (@PaulLewis) May 11, 2020
A: Randox, which employs the prominent Conservative politician Owen Paterson as a paid consultant.
PS: No other companies were given the opportunity to bid.
I miss onscreen titles.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 11, 2020
The British public solving the pandemic with common sense pic.twitter.com/vLlyRBpQr1— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 12, 2020
4 Issued guidance about business that the London Chamber of Commerce have instructed us to ignore— Russ (@RussInCheshire) May 11, 2020
5 Issued guidance about lockdown that 3 of the 4 nations in the Union have instructed us to ignore
6 Released advice top experts were not given a chance to review and approve
11 Then blamed the public for not understanding them— Russ (@RussInCheshire) May 11, 2020
12 Then appeared on TV to explain the rules, got them wrong, and had to be corrected by Piers Morgan
13 Then appeared in Parliament to explain the rules, got them wrong, and had to be corrected by the opposition
A Facebook post telling me I was wrong about Stargate.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 13, 2020
The news just keeps getting worse... pic.twitter.com/0vDspBP87x— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 14, 2020
That deleting your old videos feeling pic.twitter.com/zR5GCwKogM— Scott (@whocolour) May 13, 2020
Today’s #ThankYouBakedPotato duet is with actress Pam Doove. (All acting enquiries via Pam's agent @reeceshearsmith). You can download the original song, book and toy here https://t.co/RMWsE56s67 All profits go to #FeedNHS pic.twitter.com/RIZmQpAQr8— realmattlucas (@RealMattLucas) May 15, 2020
Isn’t this a remarkable — some might say brazen — re-writing of what actually happened? The first “protective ring” was “advice” in February which said (twice) care homes had nothing to worry about. Then old folks were decanted from hospitals to homes without testing ... https://t.co/jnBErLLSMz— Andrew Neil (@afneil) May 15, 2020
A Priest giving social distance blessings with a squirt pistol and what, I'm assuming, is Holy water. 2020 folks. pic.twitter.com/iDnYs33hs9— Jeff Barnaby (@tripgore) May 15, 2020
Anything over than Jeffrey Combs now will be letdown! 😂 https://t.co/dmFF0SRpV9— Star Trek VHS Covers (@StarTrekVHS) May 16, 2020
In the late 90s Keir Starmer used the money he earned as a human rights lawyer to buy the field behind his parents house, because his mum had become disabled and unable to walk out and about. Claim it’s worth £10m based on it not being green belt - which it is. Totally made up. https://t.co/RqITjGcnUl— Benjamin Butterworth 🏡 (@benjaminbutter) May 16, 2020
I'm £4000 per year worse off in real terms than a nurse at the same pay point ten years ago, not accounting for my pension contribution increasing from 3% to 9.5% and my pension age increasing to 68. @MattHancock, please apologise for your egregious, offensive lie. https://t.co/kccMa60VM6— Nurse_Happy (@NurseHappy2) May 16, 2020
This is quite the expose: man owns field which doesn’t have planning permission and which he isn’t looking to sell. But if he did, someone might build on it. But he isn’t going to. Oh, and he originally bought it as a donkey sanctuary. The bastard. https://t.co/bu7UBhLopq— Rebecca Front (@RebeccaFront) May 17, 2020
That’s the last time I help my mum do a Tiktok pic.twitter.com/TmpEnrmPW7— whitey (@nathwhiteee) May 15, 2020
The owner of the Daily Mail & MoS, Viscount Rothermere, owns 4,700 acres in Dorset & Wiltshire, some of it via offshore firms based in tax havens: https://t.co/FBcXawBnNM— Guy Shrubsole (@guyshrubsole) May 17, 2020
But they’d rather talk about Keir Starmer’s donkey field. pic.twitter.com/zJmSVAG4Ji
Hi guys. During this incredibly tough time for actors, many actors have been learning and acting out some acting monologues. It’s important to keep fresh for when we can act again. I chose to learn and act sonnet 32 to show my solidarity with the acting profession of actors. pic.twitter.com/9U0Kc6Hfdj— Tom Price (@pricetom) May 18, 2020
The black and white seasons are probably my favourite. Before they went all fancy and technicolour.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 19, 2020
"Kirkby Lonsdale"— Tom Holmes (@TomHolmes_Photo) May 19, 2020
I have only visited Kirkby Lonsdale (Cumbria, UK) a few times and it has always been a bustling little place. Making use of the easing of the 'lockdown' I visited last week in the hope of getting some shots while it was a little quieter. pic.twitter.com/tdcNwjGxcL
"his soon-to-be third ex-wife"— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 19, 2020
I think Henry's got form.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 19, 2020
We are at home.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 19, 2020
"Rutter Falls"— Tom Holmes (@TomHolmes_Photo) May 20, 2020
I visited these falls back in March on a little recce. I finally manage to get back there last week and the conditions were nearly perfect. A nice low light and some blue skies. Sadly the lack of recent rain meant the waterfall wasn't at its best. pic.twitter.com/I3jtUq78N6
Stargate. The new material in the extended cut adds nothing.— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 21, 2020
In case you’re wondering why the Steve Coogan furlough story has been smacked on page 1 today (while other less “lefty” celebs and rich companies use the scheme too), here’s why #Distraction pic.twitter.com/MuqUeJqtYO— Garry (@KingKain24601) May 21, 2020
I’m sure the David Tennant/Michael Sheen BBC comedy venture about actors in lockdown is going to be ace. But I hope it’s going to include a shit ton of brilliant jobbing actors who could really do with being included in some new lockdown projects. pic.twitter.com/G8eDiq0nva— Jess Branch (@agirlinthedark) May 22, 2020
"Dent Station"— Tom Holmes (@TomHolmes_Photo) May 24, 2020
This station, the highest operational railway station on the National Rail network in England at 1150ft, is on the Settle to Carlisle line running through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. pic.twitter.com/VkAr0i9nAp
Asking Johnson to sack Cummings is like asking Emu to sack Rod Hull.— Joel Willans (@Joelwillans) May 23, 2020
Picard and Data sing @RealMattLucas baked potato song, Please buy and download the original song from https://t.co/rktndnSL5v#nhs #feednhs #mattlucas #ThankYouBakedPotato #nhsheroes #song pic.twitter.com/mRrClh5Qdk— Mark Scales (@halibut2209) May 22, 2020
Cummings isn't a revolutionary. He's Marie Antoinette, telling his bloated Louis Johnson: "Let *them* have lockdown." Pity us, because the two worst people in our country run it.— Aalan Baarnes (@senrab_nala) May 24, 2020
At first I didn’t really think this story would have legs. Now he’s being heckled by his own neighbours. This guy has to go. The best thing now is that Johnson has tied himself to him in front of the entire nation. pic.twitter.com/KdlxnXmlSC— Liam Young (@liamyoung) May 24, 2020
"Dent Head Viaduct"— Tom Holmes (@TomHolmes_Photo) May 25, 2020
While often overshadowed by the bigger Ribblehead Viaduct down the line a few miles, Dent Head Viaduct offers much more of a vista in the background...and is always a little less crowded.
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Seven— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 25, 2020
‘Buy a raffle ticket or fuck off’ pic.twitter.com/zdgDubtaj0— Simon Ward (@simonjward) May 25, 2020
Space Captain: Captain Of Space by Chris Baldie— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 26, 2020
I missed this. Wow pic.twitter.com/gjIwgV1CfO— Nick Murphy 🏳️🌈 🎉 (@nickmurftweets) May 27, 2020
Everyone in the arts continuing to work on upcoming projects, like... pic.twitter.com/uHCNep4YMp— Matt Woodhead (@mjswoodhead) May 27, 2020
60,000 dead and our Health Minister still thinks it's all a big joke. https://t.co/D6cJAeT4oH— Jonny Morris (@jonnymorris1973) May 28, 2020
I really enjoyed this. https://t.co/ff4zLlSz4K— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 28, 2020
Made a mask out of a photo of my face printed on cotton & I gotta say it’s... exactly as disturbing as I thought it would be pic.twitter.com/h8QN4Nh2rD— Christopher Miller (@chrizmillr) May 27, 2020
Oh Emily, how could you? pic.twitter.com/f2yDpKU2BF— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 28, 2020
Please tell me this hat is in there... pic.twitter.com/fZSvgHNyDy— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 28, 2020
Housing Minister @RobertJenrick illegally gave planning permission to a #ConservativeParty donor for a massive private housing development.— Richard Corbett (@RichardGCorbett) May 28, 2020
An example of the worst sort of cronyism.#corrupt
This is my favourite... pic.twitter.com/ROpntoJyZ9— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 28, 2020
One of the most poignant protests I’ve ever seen: doctors standing in silence for 237 minutes in front of the gates of Downing Street representing the 237 colleagues who have died of C-19.— Chris Ballingall 🏴🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@Chrisballingall) May 28, 2020
The scandals of this appalling administration must not be forgotten#DoctorsNotMartyrs https://t.co/cnKU764ChV
Finally I'm beginning to understand Boris Johnson's rush... pic.twitter.com/xyOug6rsAo— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 29, 2020
All referees are advised to take a drive to Barnard Castle in preparation...— David Black (@Davetweetedthis) May 30, 2020