Among Friends – Summer Update

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Let me see, it’s July. Now there’s no more a summer month than July. Don’t get me wrong August is a very long month and all, but at least with football starting it’s a good hint that summer is about to nip off.

Here we are in the wasteland that is July. I am not a fan of the summer at all. I am certainly not a fan of July – Dr Who is over, no football is really happening and there’s nothing but cricket and tennis – what a wasteland.

Although the blog has been somewhat dormant in June – obviously recovering from the season’s exertions – the desire is to pick up a somewhat regular routine of blogging during these summer months. There’s certainly a fair bit to blog about among friends.

There’s the Premier League Predictions season to wrap up as well as those long held thoughts on what I the season that’s finished before the new one begins. There’s tons of football stuff to consider as well as pre-season gets up and running.

Speaking of seasons there’s my comments on the tenth season of Doctor Who that’s finished. That also sees the completion of Peter Capaldi’s third season in the lead role and it’s a good time to review how things have gone for him and for the programme. Lots of writing there, I can tell you!

There’s also my views on the latest seasons of Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow to share on here. The Arrowverse is more or less well established and it will be intriguing to just leave a thought. Meanwhile Netflix have built a strong Marvel output and with The Defenders about to bring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist together, it’s an opportune time to drop a word on how I found those programmes.

There is no guarantee that I will be able to write about all of that before the summer is through, but that’s certainly the plan. In all of that I also hope to be posting intriguing or hilarious videos that I might come across, as well as the soundtrack of my life as I come across it to share.

So although summer is by no means my favourite season of the year, I am still looking to make the most of it with the input on here among friends.


C. L. J. Dryden


If the right people don’t have power – Yes, Prime Minister

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This was broadcast over 30 years ago, giving a comedic representation of a system that was in place for decades previously. I wonder if that much has changed at all … 


C. L. J. Dryden 

Auditioning for Optimus Prime

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I used to watch Transformers – the cartoon. I think I was into it. Certainly remembered that opening theme tune and Optimus Prime. So it was cool coming across this story of how the voice for Prime happened. 

Be strong enough to be gentle. Good advice. 



C. L. J. Dryden 

Top 10 Sesame Street Songs – WatchMojo

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Sesame Street. Arguably the greatest educational tool of my life. The songs helped a great deal. You don’t have to agree with the order, you just have to love remembering the songs themselves. Good times. 



C. L. J. Dryden 

Wogan: Why It Matters

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(Source:  Telegraph)

Deaths are not unusual.


Reliable sources have informed me that everyone who has ever lived has died. It’s fair to point out that the outpouring of grief about the death of celebrities can come across as somewhat over the top. Sometimes the virtual deification of regular human beings can be off-putting.

This tribute to Sir Terry Wogan is not to place him as a person who evidently went beyond all humanity and deserves months of mourning and the like. This entry is as much about me as it is about him. In fact it’s a lot more about me than it is about him.

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(Source: BBC)

Sir Terry Wogan was a radio and television personality. My awareness of him was firstly through his stint as presenter of Blankety Blank. All I have known of him is from his displays on television and on radio. I have not been a keen follower of everything he has done. I am not a TOG or a TYG.

The case, however, is that I have been interested in the media for a long time and back in the 80’s and 90’s in particular I consumed a lot of television. My sense of humour was largely informed by what I saw on television. There were things I enjoyed and would feel very comfortable with. One of those was the amiable wit of Wogan on Blankety Blank. The role of the presenter is one I admired and Wogan was consummately at ease with it. He fitted the show and the show fitted him. I wasn’t aware at the time that a lot of what was going on was fairly cheesy and cheap. Some of the in-jokes went over my young head. Yet there was enough in his style and conversational manner with the celebrity guests to give the impression you were at home in his company.

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(Source: Guardian)

Getting people at ease was something I saw in his talk-show as well. Apparently people though it was a flop – certainly the producers did who axed it. I rather enjoyed it. Again I saw Wogan endeavouring to help his guests feel at ease. The term self-deprecatory was something I saw in him and it was an endearing quality.

One of the activities I got into when I studied at university was the university radio station. Listening to some of Wogan’s stuff influenced me significantly in how I would come across when I got the chance to do some stuff on air. It also allowed me to appreciate what a gift Wogan evidently had for communication, because the elements required to be an effective broadcaster are not things to be sniffed at.

(Source: Mirror)

What I particularly love about the Wogan legacy is the principle that in broadcasting, effective communication makes the listener appreciate that you are just talking to them. Even with an audience of thousands and millions to know that you are talking to me as though it’s just me is what is warming and that which puts us at ease. Wogan did that in a way that appeared effortless and enriched the entertaining experience because of it.

So his passing away yesterday matters to me not so much in terms that I’ll miss him. More in the sense that it highlights just what a great contribution his career has made in a lot of what I’m interested in when it comes to media and communication. It’s another opportunity to express gratitude for the mark he’s made.

It’s clear by the reaction that his mark has been indelibly left in the media landscape of this country. That’s a sign of just what a gifted and treasured broadcaster he was. That’s why it matters.


C. L. J. Dryden

Moffat Moves On – Chibnall Moves In

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The statement was made lately that there are major changes taking place in the world of Dr. Who.

No new series in 2016 and only the Christmas special at the end of the year will be new Dr Who television this year. Moffat will do series 10 in 2017, then Chibnall does series 11 in 20018. That’s pretty good planning ahead.

Reading this release, though and the reasoning for leaving series 10 until 2017 is a bit naff. Just because there are events going on in 2016 is no good reason to postpone the series until next year. Also they have set themselves up for greater expectations when the Doctor returns. The problem is there’s little that can be done that will truly live up to that level of hype. It’s not to say it’s impossible, it’s merely stating that scope of the programme under Moffat places heaps of pressure on all concerned to live up to their own expectations. That’s not necessary.

It is too early to write the closing chapter on the Moffat years seeing as though he has just under two years left. It’s also way too early to consider what Chibnall will do in taking over the show.

What that means as well is that BBC will have a job to do in attracting interest again in the programme. It will be particularly odd because that would work if you were getting the new head writer, that works as a refresh and reboot of the programme with all things new. As it is this is acting more as a return to finish off something – build up to complete the trilogy of the Capaldi years.

I would be very surprised if Capaldi stays on for Chibnall’s first season in charge. It just feels right to have a fresh start with everything as it made sense to have a fresh start with everything when Moffat took over from Russell T. Davies. As I discover all too often, however, just because it makes sense, doesn’t mean it will go that way. As I sense though, it would be a bit odd for Capaldi to stay in the role for what would be going onto five years. It would be odd and I don’t see it happening.

This is one of the small advantages of the wait, though. It gives plenty of time for speculation for those interested. Speculation on the direction of the series under Chibnall. Speculation as to what Moffat could possibly do to end his tenure well. Speculation on how they could possibly pitch the Christmas special in 2016 to attract interest from people who have been starved for a year. Speculation on the new companion and if that person will be a crossover companion or a one season wonder. Lots of things to keep those interested looking at things to keep themselves entertained for the year.

What I do hope the BBC do in the meantime is effectively fill that year gap with more developments on the programme and particularly getting series 8 and 9 up on Netflix in the UK quickly.

In the meantime for lots of interesting Dr Who related videos I recommend TARDISArchives to you.

For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden

Spiderman vs Deadpool

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Spiderman was my favourite super hero for years. I especially liked his propensity for quips. When I first came across Deadpool, I have to admit despite his penchant for manic violence his quips were outstanding and his character concept made him exceptional.

This animated episode does a good job of portraying both for the family friendly audience. Enjoy.

C. L. J. Dryden