The year is rampaging by at a startling pace, it’s April already (despite the frost in Bradford this morning) and our itinerary remains well-packed for the coming weeks. This week I’ll be applying the final edits to our next exploration – The Final Programme movie by Robert Fuest with returning guest Joe Banks – and that will be out in time for the Easter weekend. Since picking up the Blu Ray I’ve watched it a couple of times and I’m convinced that Jenny Runacre is one of the greatest things to ever come out of British cinema. Her Miss Brunner is the high point of the film (more on that in the episode) and I went on to watch Jubilee for the first time in thirty years and she’s just bloody marvellous in that too.
Elsewhere, some of our compadres have been pretty busy.
N Λ Ṇ D has a track featured on the massive Vangelis tribute album released by Castles in Space. It’s Track 4 on Music is Vast: A Tribute to the Music and Legacy of Vangelis. All profits from the album go to Trussell Trust to support their campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
Our friend Rob AKA Menion’s podcast returned after a six-month hiatus this week. Rob shared his thoughts on RuneQuest and a few other bits and bobs and it’s good to hear he’s back in the saddle. Check out the latest instalment of Confessions of a Wee Tim’rous Bushi.
Graham’s sea shanty collective Duck Pond Sailors has released Urban Navigators, a split album of studio and live recordings comprising a mixture of original compositions and some classics.
Meanwhile, Simon Perrins, artist and occasional BitR co-host is already five episodes deep into his new podcast Can I Pod With Madness, a podcast that meticulously reviews a copy of Kerrang! or Metal Hammer, from the golden age of ROCK, 1987-1989. This podcast speaks to me on a deep level. I had just about all of those magazine issues throughout that period (although I did fall away from Kerrang! around the time they featured T’Pau on the cover) and it covers my last couple of years in senior/high school when I was a proper greb (ie mulleted metalhead) so it’s truly resonant and very funny. I’ll be picking Simon’s brains on this podcast when he drops by D&Ts in the next couple of weeks. Get on board.
In terms of our own itinerary, as well as Simon, Loz will be back in a couple of weeks to tie up The Fortress of the Pearl, Dave will be dropping by to conclude The Sword of the Dawn, Andy Darby will be joining me as we head down into some classic 60s MM scifi with The Winds of Limbo, Miles and I will travel to counter-Earth and see what the fuck is going on with GOR, I’m STILL negotiating a journey to Amber with Tash, and there’ll be another RPG-centric episode too. I’m just shaping that up but part of the deal may include an online BitR playtest of Black Hack Second Edition and/or Mournblade. We’ll see.
And some other stuff is brewing too.
Including a potential One-Shit Book.
I have to give thanks to Dave for juggling diaries to accommodate some developments over at STIMBOT Towers where STIMBOT CLASSIC (AKA Dad) is due to be opened up so his heart can be tinkered with. The wonderful NHS is undergoing a few trials and tribulations at the moment but I’m sure they’ll find the heart, or at least the valves, of a long-dead god to arrest the entropy and give him a bit of a boost. He’s generally battle-ready anyway and is a tough, leathery old geezer – he just needs that boost and he’ll be back on with the business of smoking Clakars in his shed.
We conducted a small mail-out this weekend past thanks to some patron demon pledges landing in the demon-bound in-tray of sorting and we’ll have more to send as we’ve identified a few more duplicates from the shelves so more on that soon. It’s also occurred to me that there are folks that have been contributing for a good while now who may not be at the Patron Demon level, but have nevertheless invested a great deal in this podcast over the past three and a half years so as of now, folks that pledge at Chaos Engineer, Jugadero or without tier will, once a threshold is crossed, receive print/chapbook copies of the Journal of GAC. I’ll be dropping a line to folks in that position today to get your mailing details.
As a final fun-fact, our episode on The War of the Worlds broke all of our records for first week downloads and, as per the last report, MORE adaptations continue to emerge into our eyelines – this time a UK film – War of the Worlds: The Attack looks to be updating it to be contemporary (including the ‘kids on bikes’ trope) but otherwise the filmmakers claim to have remained faithful to the Wells novel. It’s evidently a low-budget affair but that’s never a deal-breaker for me. As well as scifi and fantasy novels my brain was fed a steady diet of straight-to-video trashy goodness in the 80s and 90s so I’ll always give something like this a break if it shows some love for the source.
That’s about it for this report but don’t forget that BITR Breakfast in the Ruins Radio is there to help you negotiate the grey fees, either via Radio Garden or the webplayer (that includes the recent playlist).