Following on the space theme, I’ve been enjoying the 13 Minutes To The Moon podcast from the BBC. It focuses on the last 13 minutes of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and takes you through what was going on, and how everything came about.
As someone who grew up after the moon landing it’s something I took for granted. After listening to the podcast I realised how little I actually knew outside of the popular sound bites.
I can’t embed the podcast directly, but here’s the Hans Zimmer theme tune.
Anyway, the podcast is well worth a listen. I’m now looking forward to watching the new Apollo 11 documentary:
Note to self: don’t read the YouTube comments on moon landing videos.
If you’re from the UK then you’ve undoubtedly run across Argos at some point in your life. For the unfamiliar they’re a nationwide chain of shops where you go inside, pick items from a catalogue, and have the items brought to you from a warehouse.
They recently released all their old catalogues. As I’m sure many people did, I spent a lot of time paging through these things to see what the ‘latest’ toys and gadgets were.
I use the term ‘latest’ loosely – these were safe mainstream goods. However, this kind of information was often as good as it got.
The site isn’t easy to use, but if you have the patience you can dig out gems such as these from 1983:
The very next year this had been reduced to:
It’s easy to see what was and wasn’t selling.
As a kid at the time this really was a book of dreams.
This is a fascinating interview with Chris Morris. A lot of people may only know him from the IT Crowd’s Denholm Reynholm, but he’s been involved in a lot of satire, and after a long absence it will be interesting to see his new work.