On a Sherlock Holmes/Dracula Radio Play

Sherlock Holmes. Dracula. Two iconic characters of Victorian literature. One, the living embodiment of reason and logic. The other, a being of unimaginable evil. I never would have thought of Dracula as a Holmes foe, and then a friend of mine handed me Fred Saberhagen’s The Holmes-Dracula File, and I wanted to gag about two-thirdsContinue reading “On a Sherlock Holmes/Dracula Radio Play”

On Doctor Who’s Forthcoming Season

The sixth season of the new Doctor Who will be split in two; seven episodes airing from Easter, with the final six episodes airing later in the fall. According to the BBC’s press release: The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc whichContinue reading “On Doctor Who’s Forthcoming Season”

On the Return of Merlin

Last night, thanks to the magic of the internet faeries, I watched Merlin‘s second season premiere, “The Curse of Cornelius Sigan.” When last we left Camelot in “Le Morte d’Arthur,” Prince Arthur has been poisoned by the Questing Beast, Arthur made a deal with Nimeuh to save his life, and when the deal cost himContinue reading “On the Return of Merlin”

On the End of Merlin’s First Season

Tonight, NBC broadcast the two-hour finale of the first season of the BBC’s Merlin. Like last week, where NBC showed two episodes — “The Moment of Truth” and “The Labyrinth of Gedref” back-to-back — I preferred the first hour to the second. The first episode tonight, “To Kill the King,” was incredibly dark. I wasn’tContinue reading “On the End of Merlin’s First Season”

On Elbow, Live at Abbey Road

Yesterday, it came in the mail. Elbow and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The Seldom Seen Kid Live at Abbey Road. For two months I’ve been wanting this, the live recording of the entirety of their Mercury Prize-winning fourth album, backed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and a concert choir. From the moment I heard theyContinue reading “On Elbow, Live at Abbey Road”

On the Weekly Elbow Update

A month ago I found out about Elbow’s Abbey Road concert with the BBC orchestra in which they played the entirety of The Seldom Seen Kid, their Mercury Award-winning fourth studio album. Not being a UK resident, I couldn’t see it, but they were releasing a CD/DVD set of the concert direct through their website.Continue reading “On the Weekly Elbow Update”

On Random Thoughts, Late Friday Afternoon

At a meeting today… “We’re not writing Hemingway here.” No, I try and write like Fitzgerald, thanks. Last night, while listening to the BBC World Service on NPR, I heard something I’d never, ever heard before. I heard someone pronounce “February” the way it’s spelled. I’ve always heard people say “Fe Byoo Airy.” Sometimes, justContinue reading “On Random Thoughts, Late Friday Afternoon”

On Elbow’s Abbey Road Concert

If only I lived in the UK, I could have watched this — Elbow performed the entirety of The Seldom Seen Kid live with the BBC orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. Fortunate, then, that I’ve learned that the concert will be released as a limited edition CD/DVD package through the band’s website in March. I’veContinue reading “On Elbow’s Abbey Road Concert”