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Other Media / Fear on Four
« on: May 12, 2003, 01:04:44 am »
The Dead Drummer was the latest little tale. The very atmospheric tale of travellers on Salsbury Plain and the drumming that follows them.  Fear on 4 was always a favourite series and I'm glad to hear that time had not coloured the memory.

Next up Only You Can Save Mankind. I do like Terry Pratchett and I for one think this tale  does him justice.  Well what would you do if the aliens in the game you were playing gave up?

As you may have guessed BBC7 is mainly an archive site, but not everything is a repeat. There are new shows too, but repeats are the greatest part of output. A lovely listen.

Other Media / Radio
« on: May 11, 2003, 03:56:19 am »
Sorry Des still no luck on that show. I will keep looking.

Well The Darker Side of the Border finished on r 4. Hopefully I will be reviewing it in Prism. The series had a slightly old fashioned feel to it. Still very enjoyable.

Also on 4 was A World Full of Weeping, a tale of child abduction and possible haunting. It was rather slow but well built. In trying to be mysterious etc. it made the ending very unsatisfying. A prism review will follow, honest.  :wink:

Another slow tale was the 20 year old, Hordes of the Things on BBC radio7. A parody of LOTR (Lord of the Rings) its pace slowed for comedy digressions. Set in the dark days when only Albion faced the evil dark one and Trolls slept around. A lovely cast as well. Part 2 of 4 is next Saturday (17th). Worth catching.

The Price of Fear carries on, though Dr. Who came to an end. This Sunday (11th) Terry Pratchett's Only You Can Save Mankind starts and runs next Saturday and sunday (3 parts).

On the horizon on 7 is Dan Dare, who will be up against the Mekon this May.

Oneword another didgital radio station available as bbc radio 7. The web address is

It has been playing old US radio shows. Last night at 11.30 was Boris Karloff in The Wailing Wall, an old Inner Sanctum tale. A variant on the The Black Cat/ The Tell-tale Heart. Very atmospheric. Last week was the Conqueror's Isle, a tale of human mutants who want to take over the world. It sounded like the programme was called Escape. I know next to nothing about this so if someone could give me info on this I would be grateful. Not a bad little tale.

The listing on Oneword are scant, but better than on the Radio Times site, which gives the wrong show, which in turn is better the the magazine the Radio Times which has got the listing wrong completely. BBC 7 listings are not much better.  :evil: Now I've got that off my chest I feel better.  :D

Happy listening  :)

Introductions / Introduce yourself...
« on: May 07, 2003, 11:27:09 pm »
First never part with money. Whether for publication or for a reader.
Unless your are going to go into the world of publishing. If you do this, good luck with time and money.

The options are:

send stories to the amateur press, pro: more likely to be read. con: you'll never get rich.

Pointer: try and get guidelines from the publisher.

Send to a net site. Pro and con as above.

Pointer: read the site first, try and get feed back on the site from another forum.

Professional company: pro: money. con: unlikely to be read, esp. if no track record. They are out to get money.

Pointer: try to find out which editors deal with which genre. Networking here is the key.

Agent: pro and con: as above. pointer: as above.

how can BFS help. ASk people. plus we get magazines (general, fiction and a special) and use the links. there is the Fantasycon as well as open
nights. Plus read the site esp. The market news  and thank our hero Jen.

PS good luck and don't let the rejections get you down. Most of us have them. the only ones who don't, never sent stuff in. :)

TV and Film / The Net.
« on: May 04, 2003, 02:52:28 am »
Has anyone come across any good sites on the net??????

I was on BBCi before and there was a lot of Dr. Who stuff. There is an e-book, not read. They even Have the 1st episode of Shada up. Originally by Douglas Aams in 1979. Its been rewritten and now stars Paul McGann with flash animation. It has an impressive cast. I want see more before I give a full opinion. It seems fun.  :)

"Thank you. You will now cease breathing."

Other Media / funnies...
« on: May 04, 2003, 02:30:55 am »
Oh yes. I had a DM you did that. His favourite was that you would use swords still in their scabbard attached to your waist. His reply was, "Well you never said your were going to draw it out."    :x  

Another favourite was if players argued it was not only in game time but heard in game. The party was once arrested for arguing in a tea shop in Call of Cthulhu which meant the world was destroyed while we were in clink.  :shock:  We decided if he put us there he could get us out.  :lol: One campaign down the pan.  :twisted:

Books / The Redemption of Althalus - David & Leigh Eddings
« on: May 04, 2003, 02:16:18 am »
Glad its not only me who thinks this of Eddings. :)  I gave up on their stuff long before this one. When I dared to mention repetition in their work I was lambasted. :(

Promote Your Projects / Mark Chadbourn - New novella!
« on: May 04, 2003, 02:07:51 am »
I do not mind pet hates in reviewers as long as they are up front about it.

Barry Norman dislikes horror and makes no bones about it. That's fine. Halliwell's desgription of old actioneers as 'thick ears', or Philip French saying a channel 5 movie was 'erotic twaddle' are fun and tell you as much about the film as themselves.

Let's face it pet likes can be much the same, Mark Kermode's love of 'The Exorcist' has almost become a running joke.

No the real fear in reviews is corporate blandness and non-committal approach. I despair when a review will not give you an opinion and then compounds the fault be not telling you what something is about.

Other Media / Radio
« on: May 04, 2003, 12:08:41 am »
Sorry Des I'm not from London so I would not know but I will ask around.

You can get BBC Radio 7 on DAB radio, on digital tv and I think on one of the audio satelite channels. On the internet it is at

As with all BBC radio channels you can listen online. On most there is also a playback facility if you missed progammes. But only on a select few.

Again on 7 we had the on going exploits of Dr. Who, the Brigadier and his uncle. I do like these, it reminds me of being a kid, even if at times the shoe horning of visuals from the TV show is a bit clumsy. This was followed by another Price of Fear show. Not totally decided about this show, I'll let you know when I do. Vincent Price is excellent though. Anyone heard of William Ingram the writer? Let me know.

From 1953 John Wyndham's 'The Chrysalids' is due to start on the 14th May.

Plus in June 7 will also be doing 90 min plays at last. To start with will be a short season of film noirs, the first being 'Double Idemnity'.

Plus on Radio 4 Thursday at 11 the 3rd and final episode 'The Darker Side of the Border', "The Brownie of the Black Haggs" by James Hogg.

Hopefully I will review the latter stuff in Prism.

Other Media / Do RPG'S have a place in the BFS?
« on: May 03, 2003, 01:19:40 am »
Did you play any of the other Steve Jackson (the American) Games. Never got round to the Illuminati game (Though I like the idea of the cubs scouts trying to take over the world :D)  but I do have the Dracula game, still.  In fact i may still have F&F books by Livingstone and Steve Jackson (the English one).
Does anyone know where to get emulators of the comp. games?

Other Media / Radio
« on: May 03, 2003, 12:38:51 am »

Does any listen Radio? perhaps not.  :shock:

What do people think of the dramatisation of old tales like Ollala?

If there are any repeats on radio or tales you think should be dramatised let me know.

Other Media / Radio
« on: April 27, 2003, 09:09:40 pm »
April was 'The Handmaid's Tale' month. Not only was it dramatised on Radio BBC 7, Margaret Atwood spoke about it on the world service and add to this it appeared on radio 3 as an opera.  :roll:

I missed the opera, did anyone hear it? what was it like?

Just heard Fear on Four on Radio 7. It makes sense to me. :?   The Speciality of the House was a lovely little tale starring Timothy West.

If you hear of any coming events on radio post them here please.

Other Media / Radio
« on: April 26, 2003, 09:19:03 pm »
Have finally been on BBC Radio 7.

It has quite a lot of repeats. Gosh who would have thought they would do that on digital. :o

Journey Into Space was on. Operation Luna, From 1958 and that was a remake.

Sadly I missed the Terry Pratchett stuff, Wyrd Sisters. Ho Hum.  :(

I did get to hear Dr. Who. The Ghosts of N-Space by William Ingram starring Jon Pertwee and Liz Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith). Now I know what demons are.  8)  part 3 is on Sunday.

Vincent Price introduced The Price of Fear (Punners should be punished. Sorry.) and making comments during this slightly quaint series of plays.

On Radio 4 Thursday 1st May at 11pm is Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson as part of The darker Side of the Border. Let me know if you heard it and thought of it.

Other Media / Radio
« on: April 25, 2003, 10:52:23 pm »
Am I the only genre radio listener?

Has any one heard Radio 7 yet? I have only just gone on line (previously it was net cafes). So I have not heard it. Plus DAB radios are harder to find than rocking horse do do and only ?100+.

So far 7 has aired Asimov's Foundation, King's Pet Cemetery, Fear on Four (Possibly a repeat  :) ), Old Harry's Game, Dr. Who (lots) and several SF series.

General Discussion / Blade.
« on: April 25, 2003, 10:42:42 pm »
Does any one know what happend to Blade in the Max series (Marvel adult). my partner got upto number 6 and know it seems to have gone South. Please help. :(

Other Media / Do RPG'S have a place in the BFS?
« on: April 25, 2003, 10:03:32 pm »
Rpg's should have a place in the BFS.

I'm a retired gamer. I do not know any mature gamers in the area.

I would love to read stuff for nostalgia's sake. I used to play Vampire (Some live), Shadowrun (Magic, dragons etc. in an SF world.) and others, as well as running DnD, Call of Cthulhu.  :twisted:

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