RIP Bowie

Jan. 12th, 2016 03:10 pm
thisiszircon: The Seventh Doctor admires one of Ace's best features. (Default)
Lost a day, yesterday.  Couldn't do anything: couldn't write, couldn't edit, couldn't think straight.

How can David Bowie have died?  He was not just a man, he was a force of nature.  He was elemental, I think.  Some kind of power of earth or air.

It's been a rough winter for losing iconic musicians.  By all accounts, Scott Weiland was finished off by serious addiction issues that had plagued him - and pained those closest to him - for a long time, but I just loved his voice and the music he made with STP.  I remember seeing the Pilots at Leeds T&C in the mid-nineties, when they were touring on 'Purple'.  They pulled most of the plugs halfway through and did an acoustic set, with Weiland sitting in a big old rocking chair.  One of those perfect live-music moments.

And of course, last month I raised a glass to our own beloved Lemmy (it was ginger beer - I haven't drunk alcohol since 1996, and Lemmy would surely not have approved, but I think he'd have approved even less of someone changing their lifestyle due to the opinions of others...) and felt very sad.  I saw Motorhead at the Hammy-O about 25 years ago.  They were true to their maxim: everything louder than everything else.  They were a joy to behold.

I never saw Bowie live.  By the time I was old enough to get to see him, he was doing infrequent stadium gigs.  I like things more intimate.  Now I wish I'd made an exception for him, the same way I tend to do for Maiden.

Honestly, I think I figured he'd just always be around.  Forces of nature tend towards ever-presence, do they not?

Times like this, I wish I believed in the concept of afterlife.  That'd be some heavenly open-mic night, wouldn't it?


thisiszircon: The Seventh Doctor admires one of Ace's best features. (doctor who)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Seven/Ace (UST)
Rating: PG
Timeline: Set several months after 'Survival'.
Disclaimer: The BBC owns Doctor Who.


Part Three of the "Moment of Awakening" series.


Summary: Ace goes to Wembley and makes some friends.  The Doctor finds this worthy of comment.


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thisiszircon: The Seventh Doctor admires one of Ace's best features. (doctor who)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Seven/Ace (UST)
Rating: PG
Timeline: Set several months after 'Survival'.
Disclaimer: The BBC owns Doctor Who.


Part Two of the "Moment of Awakening" series.


Summary: The Doctor and Ace picnic.  (There are no trees, and they are uninterrupted by teddy-bears, in spite of the title.)


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thisiszircon: "Literature is a luxury, (fan) fiction is a necessity."  GK Chesterton  (Apart from the 'fan' part.) (fan fiction)
Fandom: Hi-De-Hi!
Pairing: Jeffrey Fairbrother/Gladys Pugh (UST)
Rating: PG-15
Timeline: Set during the season 4 episode "Eruptions"; departs canon.
Disclaimer: "Hi-De-Hi!" is the property of the BBC, and the creators of the show, David Croft and Jimmy Perry.


Summary:

Jeffrey and Gladys are trapped in the Three Bears' Cottage overnight.  It's cold, and it's very uncomfortable.  Will common sense win out?


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thisiszircon: "Literature is a luxury, (fan) fiction is a necessity."  GK Chesterton  (Apart from the 'fan' part.) (fan fiction)
Fandom: Hi-De-Hi!
Pairings: Jeffrey Fairbrother/Gladys Pugh, Clive Dempster/Gladys Pugh
Rating: PG-15
Timeline: Post-series.
Disclaimer: "Hi-De-Hi!" is the property of the BBC, and the creators of the show, David Croft and Jimmy Perry.


Summary:

Professor Jeffrey Fairbrother is enjoying life in Wisconsin.  He looks back with affection on his time at Maplins, but he knows that Entertainment Management was not for him.  The USA is shaking loose some of those inhibitions.  He's even making friends.

Gladys Dempster knows she has a lot to be thankful for.  She has an exciting new life in Australia.  She has a handsome and charming husband, a lovely home, and weather that puts the British Isles to shame.

Clive Dempster is very happy with his new wife, and glad to embrace the role of devoted husband.  Almost all of the time.

Happy endings all round, then...

...so why does it feel so wrong?



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thisiszircon: The Seventh Doctor admires one of Ace's best features. (doctor who)
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Seven/Ace
Rating: PG-13
Timeline: New Adventures universe, after Ace has left the TARDIS.  Seven is currently travelling with Bernice, Roz and Chris.  Departs canon.
Disclaimer: Doctor Who belongs to the BBC.  Virgin Publishing owns the New Adventures.

Summary:  An underground laboratory, a nefarious villain, and a TARDIS crew that are having an off-day.  Just as well that the Seventh Doctor likes to keep an Ace up his sleeve...


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thisiszircon: The Seventh Doctor admires one of Ace's best features. (Default)
 Kate Bush is one of my musical heroes.  She last played live in 1979.  I was convinced I would never have the privilege of seeing her play.

A week ago, she announced - to the astonishment of pretty much everybody - that she'd be playing fifteen shows at the good old Hammy O.

A few days ago that number of shows grew to twenty-two, due to the demand for tickets.

Tickets went on sale this morning at 9:30am.  I was ready, but hardly dared hope I'd be lucky enough to get tickets.

I was right to be cautious.  Even after being thrown from the waiting room to the booking site proper, every date I clicked immediately came back as sold out.  I despaired.  Yes, I wept.

The tickets had all sold out within less than fifteen minutes, according to the BBC.

So it was with a vague sense of astonishment that my 'one last try' resulted in me finally being offered a transaction screen.

Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.  Wow.
Unbelievable.

I am going to see Kate Bush in September.

Yes, still weeping...
thisiszircon: The Seventh Doctor admires one of Ace's best features. (doctor who)
 Oh Doctor Who.  You were my first love.  You are my most abiding love.  And today you are fifty years old, and that is rather wonderful.

In 1988, the 25th anniversary was celebrated by a 'special' episode (that I suspect would have existed, whatever the season).  I watched the Seventh Doctor whizzing down a rope into a Dalek shuttlecraft like he was trying out for the Krypton Factor, and I watched a Dalek actually floating up some stairs, and I was in fangirl heaven.  And then, of course, I remembered that the BBC felt nothing towards my show but contempt and embarrassment, and I sighed and longed for the days when a landmark anniversary was celebrated by a super special episode, preferably with multiple Doctors and lots of hype.

Sometimes I wonder whether I fell asleep some time in the nineties and this is all my fangirl dream...

So happy birthday to you, show.  You've been innovative and magical and exciting and thought-provoking and utterly incomparable for fifty years, and you are the only television show in the world that can say that.  (Quite probably, you're the only show that will ever be able to do so.)

I love you, Doctor Who.  With all my (sadly singular) heart, I love you.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a settee to go and get comfy on, and fangirl squeals to contain...

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