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Staggering Stories Podcast #396: Running Up That Boxset
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 26 Jun 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Big Finish’s Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor Adventures Vol. 5 – Back to Earth and Stranger Things: Season 4, Volume 1, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:48 — […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #395: A Right Royal Mess
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 12 Jun 2022 08:00

Summary: Join us to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary of podcasting with a picnic in the park, on the 2nd of July 2022 at 13:00 in Goff’s Park, Crawley, West Sussex (https://w3w.co/cakes.fluid.simple). In the meantime… Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn discuss British royalty appearances in Doctor Who, review the 2015 Minion film, play […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #394: Zagreus Sees You in Your Bed
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 29 May 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn review the Big Finish’s 40th anniversary Doctor Who story Zagreus and 2022 Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:52 — Welcome! 03:27 […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #247: Doctor Who – Legend of the Sea Devils
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Mon, 23 May 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, wrecked, in front of 2022 Doctor Who Easter episode ‘Legend of the Sea Devils’, and spout our usual nonsense! Dan has an eyepatch, Madame Ching has lost her crew, Ji-Hun doesn’t have a Quattro but the Doctor has drezzed for the occasion. But enough […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #393: Ncuti Gatwa Goes Fourteenth
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 15 May 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss the recent Doctor Who casting of Ncuti Gatwa, review Star Trek: Picard season two, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:23 — Welcome! 02:08 – News: 02:13 — Doctor Who: […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #392: Swashing Sea Demons
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 01 May 2022 08:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review the Doctor Who 2022 Easter Special – Legend of the Sea Devils, recount their time at Back to the Future: The Musical and Doctor Who: Time Fracture, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, […]

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Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... The State of Fitzroy Tavern 'Zines... (George Macfadyan is NOT a happy bunny...)


(Note - written after Tony has literaly just got back from the Tavern of 6/11/2003....so expect more nonsense then normal)

 

Dear, oh dear, oh dear. What a sorry state of affairs.

Tonight, myself, Andy and the Dunn's wonderful wife, Karen, went to the Fitzroy Tavern. For those who don't know, it's where the crème de la crème of Doctor Who fans go every first Thursday of the month. It used to be the One Tun pub, but we outgrew that place 15 years ago. Oh, and some nobodies go there too (Hello!). Now, as some people might tell you, if asked not very nicely and using something painfuill, I used to be a Tavern regular. However, I somewhat cocked things up and the last Tavern I went to as a regular was 12 years ago. I did go to a Tavern 2 years ago, but that doesn't count, lol.

We didn't go up empty handed,of course. That just isn't the done thing where I'm concerned. You see, I used to be the editor and publisher of Private Lives, a zine done for the Tavern. I'll admit here and now, all I ended up doing was collate the material. (Oh, and write the odd piece of nonsense). You see, that most intriguing of creatures, Paul Cornell, an old friend, had come up with the wonderfull suggestion that I try to get different people to "re mix" each issue. Acordlingly, the first people to do it were Cornell and Steven O' Brien. Issue 2 was by Gary Russell, issue 3 by David Howe and Mark Stammers, issue 5 (the truth can now be told) was by Jonathan Way and Steve Wickam and issue 7 by Anthony Brown. The gaps were filled in by the Crawley mob. So, every 3rd Tavern I'd turn up with a new issue.

Normally of around 36 pages.......

Tonight I recived 2 zines, each not much longer then 8 pages, if that.

Dear me.

You see, the zine was about the Tavern regulars. Jokes were cracked, insults printed, extreme sillyness was had. We had contributions from the various remixers as well as some very familiar names to Who fandom. (Heh, you weren't a real Zine unless you had a piece of Topping Johnny Chess fiction, ,lol)

But these zines I got this evening were a pale shadow of Private Lives, The Hippo And Bowling Ball and J. Sorry guys, but either you've missed the point or I have.

Now, I'll admit, I've so far only skimmed them....I'm a little "unwell", but from what I've seen I'm a tad disapointed.

However, the one by Tat was, though small, up to his usual standard.

It does make me wonder just what reaction the free, "Mini Staggering Stories" disc will get. Groans of "oh dear, how sad" or "wow! We could do that!"?

So, be warned. I might just be turning up at Tavern more often.

As it was, it was so wonderfull to see old friends again. The pharse that pays for the evening was most definatly "What, has it really been 12 years?"

Friends like Cornell, Percy, Anthony Bown, JJ and Paula, Tony Clark and most wonderfully, Jon Head who I haven't seen in God knows how long....um, 12 years, probably. Ladies and Gents, it was fantastic to see you again. Let's not leave it so long next time, huh?

Oh, and I also met Jean Riddler's arch nemesis, Jon Preddle. That BSB weekend still haunts her...

So, I'm now wondering just what reaction we will get to the free audio cd/cd roms we gave out. Will anyone bother to come and see us here? I do hope so. I might have been out of touch for an age and a day, but I do hope that certain fires haven't burnt themselves out....

 

Tony Gallichan is "tiddly" (and no, Adam, you can't make a sly innuendo....)

 

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