Category Archives: About me

It’s not really surprising that most things in films are faked

Last Friday, The Guardian ran a blog post about the programming code that appears on-screen in films and TV programmes when the creators are trying to make a scene involving “computer stuff” visually interesting. You know the kind of thing … Continue reading

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An inappropriate feeling of relief

Sorry in advance for this post. It’s going to be boring and whiny, and either depressing or annoying, depending on your usual response to self-indulgent whingeing. Best not read it. And definitely best not read it if reading about other … Continue reading

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What if social anxiety isn’t a disorder?

The BBC news website has a big article about social anxiety disorder, with specific reference to Christmas. It’s illustrated, of course, with one of those unintentionally hilarious photos that features editors love so much: a woman in a beige jacket … Continue reading

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An explanation of my absence, and my version of the ‘personal float’

Apologies for the long gap without posts.

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John Cole: what his death reveals about present-day political reporting

John Cole, sadly, has died. He became the BBC’s political editor when I was eight, and retired when I was nineteen; his was thus the face and voice of political reporting during the period of time when my interest in … Continue reading

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In case you thought I was over-egging the TV cruelty thing…

In my last post, in the course of wondering why people are so horrible about The Great British Bake Off, I expressed dismay at the ubiquity of cruelty in TV. It occurs to me that might have seemed slightly over-egged: … Continue reading

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Oh, just bake off

I am not remotely embarrassed to tell anyone who wants to know that I am a long standing fan of The Great British Bake Off. I was there, bright-eyed and expectant-looking, for episode one, series one – not, I hasten … Continue reading

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Some small thoughts on death, oblivion, etc.

Yay! It’s another cheery post from Aethelread, your ever-ready source of good times and non-stop party fun!!

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The ultimate Pet Shop Boys quiz

Just a quick bit of throwaway fun, this. There might be some proper blogging in a bit, or there might not.* In the meantime, think of this as a small burst of coherent clicks in a sea of static – … Continue reading

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Extreme OCD. Oh.

I try to avoid self-diagnosis, I really do. In my most recent post I tied myself in lexical knots in order not to suggest that I had received a diagnosis other than the one I received ~10 years ago now: … Continue reading

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