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Staggering Stories Podcast #325: He’ll Save Every One of Us
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 06 Oct 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review the Big Finish boxset Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time and the 1980 film Flash Gordon, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:59 — Welcome! 01:57 […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #324: Having a Carnival Row
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review the Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders audiobook and Amazon’s Carnival Row TV series, discuss the recent BFI Doctor Who event, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:45 […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #323: Convention Duo and Hairy Ludo
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 08 Sep 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn discuss their time at the Doctor Who conventions Fan TC Con and Whooverville 11, review the 1986 film Labyrinth, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:54 — Welcome! 01:36 […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #322: Puppets and Pompadours
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 25 Aug 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace and The Dark Crystal (1982 film), find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 00:50 — Welcome! 01:46 – News: 01:58 — Star […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #321: Genesis of Dusty Bin
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 11 Aug 2019 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Jean Riddler, Keith Dunn and Steven Clare review Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks and Stranger Things 3, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:11 — Welcome! 01:51 – News: 01:59 — The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #320: Splendiferous Spider-man and Spitting Spiridon
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 28 Jul 2019 13:33

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler and the Real Keith Dunn review Doctor Who: Planet of the Daleks and the 2019 film Spider-man: Far from Home, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro and theme tune. 01:11 — Welcome! 01:54 – News: 02:05 — […]

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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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