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McCartney at my dining table

How things change!

There I was, idly clicking the link to Paul McCartney singing in James Corden’s car. I thought it’d be a few minutes, but I was in a post-dinner lull, so could afford the 25 minutes required. It was a great programme, but that’s not really what I wanted to mention here.

It set me thinking about how it’s financed; how I am able to watch it via YouTube and not even sit through commercials. I don’t know. But I appreciate it. And I can watch it again, with no need for a video recorder and available space on a tape, or any other recording technique requiring forethought.

And on my phone, not even a computer needed. Yes, I know a phone is a computer, really. I meant no large machine needed. Just me and the quiet after dinner. I don’t even object to James Corden, and I’m someone who objects very easily to people. I’m thinking he’s saved by being a History Boy. Once a HB always a HB.

The quality of the recording, both sound and image, is almost like a miracle after the early days of wobbly YouTube or the old video recordings of thirty years ago.

If I’d known then that I’d be able to watch something like this on a tiny handheld contraption, I’d not have believed it.

Nor would Mother-of-witch, back in 1964, maybe, when she sacrificed herself and went to the cinema with the very young witch to see a Beatles film. Possibly A Hard Day’s Night. I don’t recall. It was the Beatles. That’s all that mattered. And all that screaming. The teenage girls must have thought they were at a Beatles concert, and not in a small provincial Swedish cinema.

Back then we definitely couldn’t watch again, at least not after the one – possibly two – weeks the film was on, to disappear and never be seen again. It certainly didn’t end up on television. If it had, then two or three decades later it would have been possible to record it, and watch again. Until the tape wore out.

And here I am, even more decades on, idly discovering a programme on my phone and simply allowing myself to sit there and enjoy. That’s progress. At least, I hope it is. There’s more to life than watching Paul McCartney, but in this day and age it might be best to take whatever good stuff comes our way. In case that’s all there is.

Is Gibbs late late?

On the Late Late Show with James Corden on the eve of the NCIS season 12 finale, Mark Harmon claims he’s as replaceable as anyone else. In one way, obviously yes. In another, probably not.

Mark Harmon on the Late Late Show

I only watched the Late Late Show after the episode of NCIS they talked about, and James Corden is clearly not a fan or he’d know what he was saying. But they mention that a popular character is killed. Mark Harmon wouldn’t say who. In which case they weren’t referring to Dorneget, who had already died. The only much loved character in any danger in episode 24 was Gibbs.

Ergo, they might have meant Gibbs died. But you don’t expect the lead actor to go, and Mark was talking much like he has in the past.

But re-watching the end of the episode, you can’t see how it can be anyone else, or that he’ll survive.

On the other hand, CBS appetisers for the new season start in September tells us Gibbs is being operated on as the others do what they have to do. This suggests he’ll live, more likely than not. And that is what you have come to expect from popular fiction on television.

So who were they referring to in the James Corden interview? Someone is wrong. If you’re having an operation, you are not already dead. Gibbs might be destined to be ‘late’ but not in season 12.

(Screen cap © CBS)

Who’s dying?

Is he? Dying? The Doctor? Really?

It’s what he keeps saying. Looking upset about it. Tomorrow. Which I guess is next week.

Cybermen and the Doctor

I find it easy enough to dismiss these things as hype to get us all worked up, and more interested. But then I found myself thinking that maybe, really, perhaps? After all, we’ve seen it already.

But then there is the Christmas episode, and it’d be a shame if they had to cancel it due to plot inconsistencies.

I suppose there is always time travel. It could be one he made earlier.

Craig and the Doctor

Craig did well this week, and baby Stormageddon was lovely and quite wise. And the Doctor was unusually aware about normal things like the need to clear up a house that looks like a bomb went off.