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Staggering Stories Podcast #276: Whittaker Calling Orson
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:15

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith and the Real Keith Dunn discuss Doctor Who subjects such as the Thirteenth Doctor’s costume, the 60s and 70s composer Dudley Simpson and director Paddy Russell, review the second season of Stranger Things, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: 00:00 – Intro […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #204: Babylon 5 – And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, inquiring, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder’, and spout our usual nonsense! Mollari is feeling left out, Lennier has some hot footage and G’Kar wants to guard Londo’s body. But enough of their problems, please […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #275: Business is Business
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Keith, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review Big Finish’s version of the Doctor Who stage play The Ultimate Adventure, the fifth and sixth episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and the new Red Dwarf episode Timewave, find some general news, and a variety of other stuff, specifically: […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #203 Doctor Who – The Pyramid at the End of the World
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:00

Summary: The Doctor is trapped in an even more artificial situation than last week, Bill considers the meaning of consent and the Monks have gained god-like powers in the real world. But enough of their problems, please sit down with us to enjoy The Pyramid at the End of the World… Vital Links: Staggering Stories. […]


Staggering Stories Podcast #274: The Seven Keys to Starbug
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins, Fake Crumbly, Fake Keith, Jean Riddler, the Real Keith Dunn and Scott Fuller review Big Finish’s version of the Doctor Who stage play The Seven Keys to Doomsday, the third and fourth episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and the new Red Dwarf episodes Cured and Siliconia, find some general […]


Staggering Stories Commentary #202: Babylon 5 – Phoenix Rising
by Staggering Stories Podcast
Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00

Summary: Adam J Purcell, Andy Simpkins and Keith Dunn sit down, roasted, in front of the Season 5 Babylon 5 episode ‘Phoenix Rising’, and spout our usual nonsense! Byron is losing control of more than his flowing locks, Garibaldi has a word with Bester and the rogue telepaths are burning bright. But enough of their […]

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Tony Gallichan is Mildly Perturbed by... Space Mumps, Part Two: When Gunge Attacks!


So, yet again I've been laid low by a lovely sinus infection. Can we spot the sarcasm inherent in that last sentence? Can we? Hmm? Oh, but this time it was far, far worse. And as for it's timing!

Let me explain.

I started a cold a few weeks back. This was ok, I mean, what's a cold? (No, Adam, that was rhetorical!) I knew I'd get some kind of infection up the old snozzer but was prepared for that. However, I got a phone call from my father a couple of days into it. He was coming to visit me in a couple of days time.

Great!

Wonderful!

It's always fantastic when my dad comes to visit. He's damn good about it, you know. Comes all the way from Jersey, spends loads of money to do so. I'm really very grateful.

However, this time I had to warn him about my cold etc. He's getting on a little, (though I'm fairly sure Bill is still older... heh, heh, heh), so I didn't want him catching anything nasty. He was fine about it though.

So, I prepared for his visit. I spring cleaned the flat, got in some lavender glade plug in air freshener thingies, told the cats to behave themselves etc.

It was on that same day when suddenly my nose and sinuses went kabloowy.

Mon Dieu! It's never, EVER been so bad. I was having to blow my nose almost constantly. I was coughing in between nose blows. I was, to put it bluntly, a mess.

So poor old dad had to put up with me making the most God-awful noises all the time. Taste and smell had gone, (and normally I have exquisite taste, lol - shut it, Purcell-face! See?) so the couple of meals we went out to I simply had to enjoy the texture of the food. I had also planned a meal with all the others for the Friday night.

Unfortunately, Theresa and I had an argument the Friday afternoon, (I simply will not tolerate anyone happily scaring my cats and laughing at the reaction. Suffice to say, that's one person I won't be seeing again.) and I was getting worse. Head pounding, nose flooding, lungs heaving etc. So, the meal was called off. Big shame as I always enjoy them, taste or no. So the visit ended on a rather sour note.

The Saturday evening, however, I was invited to a friend's (let's call her Bert) place to watch "Wrestle Mania". I used to enjoy the pure nonsense of American wrestling so this was gonna be a giggle. As usual with these things, they last for hours.

And as I sat there watching the telly, as the hours unfolded, I stopped coughing. I stopped having to blow my nose. (Well, it went back to normal, anyway, lol)

Why was this, I pondered?

Then it hit me. The Glade air fresheners. They were badly irritating my nasal passages. So, straight into the bin they went. And surprise, surprise, my head cleared. It still wasn't back as it should be so I popped to the doc's and got things.

So, my flat now has to stay smelly, LOL.

One consolation during all this was that I've finally got digital television. Good it is, too! Admittedly, it's giving my television a bit to think about as it now does odd things, but I'm somewhat chuffed with it.

However, not all technology has been kind to me. Oh no. You see, just when my head cleared and I could start to do some rather important pieces of music for a couple of people, my pc decided it wasn't gonna do what I needed it to do.

Gitting thing!

Sooooo, I had to phone my Chief Scientist, old Purcell-face.

He duly popped around and we tried to reinstall windows. No joy. The Dunn provided a different Mordonsoft disc, and a few nights later, the thing was almost up and running. Except for the fact that we needed the motherboard drivers.

Bugger.

Cut a long story short, Crumbly hadn't taken his disc back from Purcell-face's so a few nights later, the thing was up and running. Keep up at the back!

I then sent out e mails to the good people waiting on me, explaining things and saying that all was ok.

Note to self: Check that all actually IS ok before telling people.

I installed Cakewalk and lo, it didn't work properly. Exactly the same fault.

Guess who I had to phone. Guess who had a slightly annoyed expression on his face instead of the usual smug one?

So, Purcell-face had to pop around again. And, after an evening of pulling the pc apart, putting back together, pulling it apart again etc, he announced that the fault was that the motherboard didn't like the sound card.

Shit!

However, I can do practically all I need to, I just can't use some of the features, which, while annoying, means I'm back up and running.

Just not in the nasal sense.

I do have to thank Purcell-face for all his help. It must be very irritating to have people constantly wanting you to do pc things for them, so thanks Adam, I really do appreciate it.

 

Tony Gallichan is also mildly perturbed by Andy "Crumbly" Simpkins. He appears to have been kidnapped and replaced by his evil duplicate from an alternative universe. See below.

The Evil Andy Twin