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Apr 232016
 

The actress Pearl Mackie has been revealed as the new companion for Doctor Who. The announcement was made in a preview clip broadcast during half-time at the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United, shown on BBC1 on Saturday.

Mackie will be the Doctor’s 41st companion, and the 10th since the show was rebooted in 2005 – give or take (fans are divided on the official status of several characters who travelled only briefly with the Doctor). Mackie, who will play a character called Bill, takes over from Jenna Coleman to star alongside the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi. She will make her debut at the beginning of the show’s next season in 2017.

On joining the cast in her first major television role, Mackie said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family. It’s such an extraordinary British institution – I couldn’t be prouder to call the Tardis my home. I can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space.

“Reading the script at the audition, I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable, with a bit of geekiness thrown in.” The actress described shooting the trailer as “absolutely mental”.

Capaldi said it was “a genuine delight” to welcome Mackie to Doctor Who. “A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the Tardis and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to the Doctor’s adventures.”

Steven Moffat, outgoing lead writer and executive producer, said: “A new face in the Tardis, a new voyage about to begin: welcome aboard, the amazing Pearl Mackie! This is where the story really starts.”

Mackie trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2010. Since drama school, she has worked across theatre, film, radio and television. Her acting credits include Svengali, a British film released in 2013, and she is currently appearing in the stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre in London.

Among the other actors who had been speculated to take the role were Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan, and Maisie Williams, star of Game of Thrones and a guest star in the last season of the sci-fi show.

In January, Steven Moffat revealed that he was stepping down as the lead writer and executive producer of the show. He will be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who will start work as executive producer in 2018. Series 10 is to be Moffat’s last.


Apr 112016
 

I have started to re-brand the main site, got tired of capitol letters and the orange colour.

The site now has the above logo on the root pages, lower tier pages will take time to update as I don’t use templates (I’m an amateur at web design).

I will also be changing the site to use exclusively Verdana and not the mix of fonts as it currently has


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Mar 122016
 

After a particularly bad game of football (we lost 0-3 to Newport) a few post match beverages were in order. My mate Steve left early (on medical grounds, I will let him off) so an ideal time to visit,my pre-breakdown local, The Prince Of Wales.

What shithole!

Gone are the two nice friendly bars, now it’s one bar dominated by a pool table and full of mid 20s preening lads.

Ended up in The Golden Lion, far more my style and now my local


Mar 012016
 

I have uploaded all of the images given to us on CD at the closure of Autoliv AGB in 2005.

I will over the next few day be adding names that I know and hopefully get some feedback from others as to those I cannot identify. I will also at some point add the few personal pictures I have from my time there


Autoliv AGB

Feb 072016
 

My mate Steve gave me his picture disk copy of Are ‘Friends’ Electric by Tubeway Army for my 50th birthday and followed that up by two more for my 52nd!

The wonderfully 80s sales gimmicks of picture disks are a thing of the past and gone with vinyl, which means there are a lot on eBay at cheap prices to add to the collection, and I also found a few of my own after digging deep in the attic.

Three more spaces to fill!


Oct 182015
 

In 1985 I joined a company called Britax Safety Systems, then a manufacturer of seatbelts and wing mirrors. After numerous name changes they became Autoliv AGB and made airbags.

In 2005 they shut down their UK plant and moved all work to Eastern Europe, Spain and Turkey.

On leaving we were given a CD containing photographs of employees taken during the final months (I always made myself scarce so am not on it ).

I have now added the page to post these pictures, as there are nearly 600 of them it will not be a quick process. I will also be attempting to identify those in the pictures, many of who I never knew or have since forgotten their names so will be hoping people get in contact to update the inforrmation for me.

Autoliv AGB
Jul 272015
 

Due to those wonderful people at BT making the original BT-TV pretty much a waste of time I have now moved over to their YouView platform and can now access Netflix!!

On first impressions it certainly seems to offer more than the old TV On Demand service and a good selection of films as well.

The real test is how often new stuff arrives.