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Staggering Stories Podcast #265: Wonder Cough
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sat, 17 Jun 2017 16:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review the 2017 Doctor Who episodes ‘The Lie of the Land’ and ‘Empress of Mars’, discuss the 2017 film ‘Wonder Woman’, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #193: Doctor Who – Smile
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:54

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, emojied, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 episode, ‘Smile’, and spout our usual nonsense! The Doctor is interfering with a new species, Bill has a decision to make and the Vardy just want everybody to be happy. But enough of their problems, […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #264: Stimulated Reality
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sat, 03 Jun 2017 16:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Steve Brittain review the 2017 Doctor Who episodes ‘Extemis’ and ‘The Pyramid at the End of the World’, discuss the Big Finish boxset ‘Charlotte Pollard, Series Two’, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #192: Babylon 5 – Between the Darkness and the Light
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 28 May 2017 08:33

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, sprung, in front of the Season 4 Babylon 5 episode Between the Darkness and the Light, and spout our usual nonsense! Sheridan is sporting a fetching head band, Garibaldi is looking for mercy and Ivanova is feeling crushed. But enough of their problems, please […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #263: Musical Helmets
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sat, 20 May 2017 14:03

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review the 2017 Doctor Who episodes ‘Knock Knock’ and ‘Oxygen’, tell of their recent visit to the Doctor Who studios in Cardiff and the Capitol 2 Doctor Who convention, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #191: Doctor Who – The Pilot
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 14 May 2017 09:46

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, puddled, in front of the 2017 Doctor Who S10 premiere episode, ‘The Pilot’, and spout our usual nonsense! This Doctor is a lecturing security guard, Bill is fattening up the locals and Heather has a very moist fixation. But enough of their problems, please […]

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Tony

Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... Space Mumps


People have been wondering whats happened to me. I've gone quiet. Running in stealth mode.

 

Do you remember the episode of Red Dwarf which had Lister suffering from Space Mumps? The huge swellings on his head...and everything that splattered out when his head burst?

That's me at the moment.

 

I have an incredibly bad sinus infection. Its a condition I have suffered with now for about ten years. Sometimes it recedes like Andy's hairline did all those many years ago, sometimes it decides to try and make my head explode like Lister.

So, I've had intense headaches most of the time. I've also been living in a bit of a fog...more then usual.

As a result, writing things has become a little more difficult then it usually is. And as for doing any music....Well, sorry, but there's no way.

 

It's soooooooo annoying. It doesn't help that all this has aggravated my other prob. I have music half done for Dam Audios...haven't been able to finish it and don't want anyone to hear it till it is. Poor David..sorry mate. I should be doing a version of Visions In Blue for a competition I set up on the Ultravox website. Nope. Not happening. I should be doing music for the site. I have plans, should Mark Ayres hang on to those Logopolis masters, to record the music to that pro gramme...from memory. Its been going around in my mind now since the first transmission. I used to tape record Doctor Who and started doing that from the fourth part of Warrior's Gate. We didn't have a video back then. So I'd sit with headphones on, listening to those old episodes. And because the music was done to accompany visuals. So there would be long periods of just listening to the music...no speach etc.

 

As a result, the music wormed its way into my mind. Especially Logopolis. Paddy Kingslands score for that, possibly because of that oft talked about "funereal" atmosphere it helped to create so well, somehow, I don't know, touched me. Those who've listened to any of my music will spot that I tend to do gloomy things. The Schrodinger Effect music, Synomosia, the Dam Audios audition, Beware The Judder Man etc, all have a certain mournfulness to them. Well blame Kingsland. I've had to live with the music to Logopolis and Full Circle (repeated the following summer...I missed taping part one....) in my head for all these years.

 

That's why I'm so desperate for Mark Ayres to hurry up and release Warrior's Gate and Logopolis on cd. It will be, hopefully, very cathartic. And clear my mind of it's ghosts.

 

Tony Gallichan is feeling very sorry for himself and wishes the world would just leave him alone. That includes all those cosmic forces that still enjoy poking him with a stick for a laugh...sod off and leave me alone!