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The Design Fiction of Black Mirror, via Made By Many

7 Jan

Well, it’s been quite a week for stuff what I done gone and wrote getting re-posted elsewhere on the internet. My friend Greg over at Mount Analogue alerted me to the fact that one of my tweets had been used in a recent blog from those wonderful Made by Many chaps.

made by many madexmany blog gemma critchley social media facebook Black Mirror charlie brooker twitter willow grain

made by many gemma critchley blog black mirror charlie brooker facebook social media willow grain

Granted, it’s not the most eloquent thing I’ve ever tweeted but it felt good to have it included in a blog that I look to when I want an interesting or an inspiring read.

Did you watch Charlie Brooker’s (well, Jesse Armstrong’s…) Black Mirror? What did you think to it?


#oneaday 116: Nuclear war

3 May

I had a really awful, realistic and harrowing dream last night.

In my dream, I was watching BBC Breakfast with Sian Williams and Bill Turnbull (the dream team, my favourite presenting duo). As I was watching, Sian was in the middle of some generic morning news, then a producer type lady came into the shot and handed Sian a piece of paper.

sian williams and bill turnbull clock nuclear war news BBC breakfast

Sian blanched, her face drained of colour. Bill looked at her and swallowed, hard. She took a gulp of water, then looked the camera in the eye and announced that the UK were now officially at Nuclear war with China and Russia.

Then the screen went blank and was replaced with a high-pitched buzzing, the kind you get when the test card used to be on TV late at night on BBC2.

The screen flashed and popped, then a video began to play. Patriotic, solemn and morose, the story unfolded in front of me about how the world was due to end and how the end, as it were, was nigh. The film finished just as the screen faded to black and a shrill, honking alarm began to ring out through the morning.

It was my alarm clock, and it awoke me, alarmed.

I still can’t shake that eerie sense of foreboding that I woke up with today. The fact that a few chaps were arrested under the terrorism act near the Sellafield nuclear power plant this morning was a bit unnerving, and my dream probably had something to do with the news about war, terrorism, Osama Bin Laden’s death and other such news.

Still, I really hope it wasn’t some sort of preminition.

#oneaday 80: Frankenstein’s Wedding and event-led TV

21 Mar

So, this weekend I managed to catch some of Frankenstein’s wedding, being filmed just a few miles from our house. It was pretty impressive to see the good folk of Leeds turn out in their droves to a spooky, moonlit Kirkstall Abbey to witness a bloody tale of murder and heartbreak.

More than anything, though, I really liked the idea of embracing event-led TV. With Sky+ and other on demand services like iPlayer, there is no longer a need to be in a certain place at a certain time to watch something on TV. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it always feels better either watching something live on TV or watching it just being shown on TV than it does watching it on a DVD or watching a recording. For example, when a film is on telly, there’s something a bit magical in knowing that other people are watching along with you. The advent of Twitter has really bolstered this belief and now I actively look forward to watching certain things like X Factor, Wonders of the Solar System and The Brits knowing that other people are watching along with me and that it’s even possible to converse with the people who are either in or who have made these shows as they happen.

I think a lot of shows are going to need to go down this route if viewing figures are ever going to mean anything. I don’t mind, though. I think it makes TV a bit more exciting.

#oneaday 69 (Heyoooo): Love thy neighbour

10 Mar

I’m watching Love Thy Neighbour, where people compete to win a cottage in the rural North Yorkshire Village of Grassington. The main premise of it is that people pimp themselves out to a set of bigoted stick-in-the-muds [EDIT: not everyone, might I add! I don’t want to generalise…] and then everyone votes for who they want to stay. Most sentences start “I don’t like to judge, BUT…” which makes me want to scream. But it got me thinking, if I could choose my neighbours, who would they be?

love thy neighbour neighbours logo street sign ramsay street

Ideally, I’d love for all of my friends to live round the corner from each other, like at Uni. I’d also like my family to be a bit closer, although they’re not that far away at the moment (about an hour away). I honestly don’t know. As someone who has moved house around 15 times (lost count), I’ve always looked forward to meeting and getting on with my new neighbours. This rarely happens as I think people just don’t talk to each other that much anymore, which is a real shame. I always make an effort to go round and say hello, invite neighbours to parties and stuff but it never seems to go down too well. There were a couple of neighbours that I had who were brilliant, for example the chaps next door when I lived at 109 in Sheffield were great, and everyone on the street I grew up on was lovely.

I’d ideally like to live somewhere where neighbours became friends, rather than just people you nod at in the corridor. I’m going to make more effort to make this happen.

#oneaday 47: Weightloss, erm, I mean Masterchef Wednesday

16 Feb

Weightloss Wednesday is not being helped by the fact that I’ve just started watching the new series of Masterchef.

I love Masterchef and food in general, I adore cooking and have a list of things that I’d like to get good at:

Fondant potatoes
Yorkshire pudding
exciting veg

But everyone knows the best bit about Masterchef is:

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#oneaday 33: WTF Wednesday

2 Feb

In place of Weightloss Wednesday (due to the fact that it wasn’t), we’re having WTF Wednesday, in celebration of the new MTV ad. The channel looks like absolute tosh, but the new TV ad is great.

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Round up of 2010

28 Dec

The last year has been eventful to say the least. 3 jobs and 3 houses later and I’m finally feeling all settled and ready to give you my review of the year’s stuff. Enjoy! Feel free to argue/agree with me by leaving a comment. What were your fave things of 2010?

2010 year in review

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