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8th April 2018

I've added an archive of previous posts going back to the beginning of this website: 1999 to 2008    2009 to 2014    2015    2016

Today I started looking at the photos / footage I took the first time I went to Majorca, in 2008. The footage is blurry but I think it's just about got interesting enough to edit into a small video. Cala Bona rocks.

One photo of myself that I liked but couldn't find has finally turned up, I've looked for this one a few times. It was taken by Adam in the old fort, Cyprus, 2009. I really like this photo but had misremembered where it had been taken hence it took me a while to find.

Tim Harris at the old fort, Pathos, Cyprus May 2009Adam and his grandad in Porto Cristo, Majorca 2008

Above left: photo from Pathos 2009                  Above right: Porto Cristo, Majorca 2008, part of my next editing project

Xonus 2018 Poster

Above: Faux poster thrown together for the arrival of Xonus to the internet

1st April 2018

Xonus

After many years of languishing nowhere here's my 1995 video slightly spruced up and mildly modified from the original. Anything I've added or altered for this version is what I'd really wanted back then and couldn't achieve.

Premise: A man wakes up with no memory and is held in a house along with his double. In finding out answers to questions the man has to question himself.

Containing a sequence filmed in Portmeirion (Wales) and with main filming taking place at a house in Oxford.

It was shot on standard VHS video tapes and edited with basic animation produced on an Amiga A1200. Now slightly restored using digital software. Relatively unseen since it's initial low-key release back in 1995 I've attempted to make this more 'watchable' than it was back then and have faded a few (now irritating to me) swear words.
A retro feel to non-professionally produced videos, prior to digital software revolutionizing everything.

Featuring an atmospheric soundtrack by Laurence Williams and Phil Young.

Running time: 31 mins 17 seconds

Welcome To Cala Bona Poster

Above: Faux poster thrown together for the arrival of Welcome To Cala Bona to the internet

30th March 2018

Welcome To Cala Bona

The follow-up video to last year's video This Is Cala Bona with friend Adam wandering around various places in Cala Bona, Cala Millor, Son Servera and Porto Cristo.

Running time: 1 hr 26 mins 38 seconds

26th March 2018

Me follow-up to This Is Cala Bona looks set to appear on YouTube as of Friday 30th March 10:00am (approx!). Although this will be the edit as it currently stands I've already noticed at least 3 changes I would now make but over all I like it.

It's a lengthy 1 hr 26 mins 38 seconds long so it's twice as long as its predecessor and before editing began I thought it would be at least May before it went up: I gained ground once I updated the software. In recent weeks I then thought it would be ready by 18th March but technical issues prevented that so Good Friday it is. Am pleased with it and if anyone else likes it that's a nice bonus. I have to thank everybody who appears in the video, especially Adam who appears throughout. I am grateful to everyone who appears.

10th March 2018

Today I've posted My Top TV Programmes of 2017 which of course is important only to myself but I do like to keep a record of what I like watching :)

Editing of the next Cala Bona video is going well and I'm enjoying it. I had to upgrade to the newest version of Premiere though as my existing version refused to work one day. I'd started to have issues with it in late January and finally refused to work at all on 9th Feb so that was the day I upgraded. My concern was that I would then have to start the editing all over again but thankfully after a couple of hours the new software had converted the old project files to new ones. I wished I'd upgraded sooner as the software is brilliant and would have saved me a lot of time.

At one point the video looked like it was going to be a whopping 1 hr 44 mins which I doubt anybody including myself would have watched so have been chopping away at it. It's currently down to 1 hr 33 mins which is still too long so will chopping away further at it. I was hoping to have the video up by Easter (1st April) but it may be late April now. Hey ho. Am having a break from editing today and may do a bit of editing tomorrow.

7th January 2018

Where's this year going??? Flying by already!

I've been playing with the next Cala Bona video recently having...

  • Sifted through the footage to sort it into themes
  • Ran through first pass to rule out footage I wasn't going to use
  • Converted the remaining footage into a format I could actually edit

..and as of Friday 5th January actually started to edit footage together. I did minimal work that day as my new phone turned up and I spent hours on that instead. The following day I spent a few hours editing the video and really enjoyed it. I shall do a bit more today.

My aim for this video in relation to the previous Cala Bona video is to make it the same but different but the same. I don't want to make a complete replica of the previous one but I don't want to make it so different that it jars with that one so I want to try to keep the spirit of the original.

When in Cala Bona last time Adam and myself had a number of people come up to us saying how much they'd enjoyed This Is Cala Bona and this was both unexpected and just very very nice. I'm glad people seem to have liked it, I enjoyed editing that one a lot and I've watched it a few times myself. When editing that one I had to choose who the target audience was, was it the world at large, was it people who loved Cala Bona (and surrounding areas) or was I going to make sure I simply liked it myself? In the end I decided to use myself as the target audience because there was no way of knowing if anybody would be interested enough to watch the video let alone like it other than myself so it had to please me. If I liked it and if others liked it so much the better.

Each weekend I worked on it I would first review what I had done up to that point i.e. watch the video as it stood at that time. I would then see if I was happy or not with the footage, whether anything was too long, too short or plain unnecessary. The video was tightened up as a result. Looking at it again as I did recently there are likely sequences I would have edited differently if I were doing those now but I find it a relaxing video to watch and it brings back good memories. YouTube stats suggest the video has been viewed in over 70 countries which is staggering to me and this one video has likely been seen by more people than all my previous 79 video projects put together. Wow. That's both surprising and humbling.

When editing This Is Cala Bona I noticed that at least one bit of footage I'd taken (and had wanted to use) had disappeared, somehow accidentally deleted. This omission plus other details I felt I hadn't captured or captured well before is what helped me decide to film and edit a second video. Originally I was just going to film those parts and edit a short video together but once back in Cala Bona I couldn't help filming as much as I did: 11 and a half hours of footage. This is 3 hours more than I took for the previous video so will take me longer to edit, but I'm so happy, I just love that place. Watching footage is the only compensation for not actually being there.

I started editing the new video with the view that it would not start the same way as the first, I had three ideas in mind of how to do that and it's now evolving slowly but surely. By the time of the final edit it may be completely changed from how it is now (I'm already having a re-think) but that's what I like, there are many ways to edit this one just as there was with the first one. 100s of ways.

The editing, along with a few beers along the way, should make the next few months whiz by.

2nd December 2017

Christmas Dream - Isla St Clair

A short video edited to my favourite version of one of my favourite Christmas songs. This was a song I heard back in 1982 and which my father had recorded from TV. Played it many times until that tape got wiped boo hoo then it took years to get hold of this version of that song again. Years. I'd managed to get the Perry Como version and much as I love that version it wasn't this version. I finally got hold of this one last year, twice. The first copy on vinyl stuck in one part of the song so I found another copy and it stuck very near to the same place as the first one. Hmm. So I edited a version digitally using the parts of each record that didn't stick and that's the version I've published today, to a mix of pictures I've taken or taken from the internet.

To me this song sums up Christmas and it brings with it very happy memories of that 1982 Christmas when my parents were alive and well and when the house was a very happy place. This is a song that makes me feel Christmas-sy as a result. I love this version.

13th August 2017:

I've finally completed the DVD for This Is Cala Bona, the holiday video that I posted onto YouTube back in March.

I've produced PAL and NTSC versions of this with the NTSC one being the slightly better of the two. PAL is the UK standard so more DVD players should be able to play this one though there are a lot of UK TVs & DVD players that can likely play the NTSC version.

Both editions carry the following videos:

This Is Cala Bona

Rain In Cala Bona

Then there are extended sequences for:

Duo Maritim: American Icons My My

Boat Ride to Porto Cristo

Son Servera

Bar Playa Costa De Los Pinos

Palma

The extended sequences were (mostly) edited before the main production but when I came to include them in the main production I decided those sequences needed a trim.

All the videos are available on YouTube but the DVD has been produced after a few people asked me if I could do this for them. Blu-Ray version not available yet and likely not for some time.

This Is Cala Bona DVD Cover

This Is Cala Bona DVD Cover

5th August 2017:

Rain in Cala Bona

A very short video of footage shot from the balcony of a ground floor apartment on a day that it hammered down with rain in Cala Bona, Mallorca / Majorca. The footage is from 1st October 2016 and I've literally just edited it today. It will appear on the forthcoming DVD containing all the 2016 holiday videos.

Length: 1 minute 2 seconds

2nd July 2017:

Bucket list completed*.

I am now the prize-winning author of the Doctor Who Magazine Star Letter for Issue 514, on sale as of 29th June 2017. No seriously, stop laughing, it's a big thing, it's been years since I got my name in a publication and it tickled my sense of humour. As if there wasn't enough good reason to buy the magazine in the first place!

I wasn't going to read the latest issue until after the season finale had aired on 1st July because I didn't want to accidentally see any spoilers but received an email from Peter Ware from the magazine the day I received it in the post letting me know my communication was Star Letter and had won a Dr Who book as a prize. So barely seconds later I was looking at the Letters page.

The book arrived two days later but I've yet to read it as I've been constantly re-reading the Letters page of Doctor Who Magazine since last Thursday. As well as vacuuming the house. A bit.

*Never had a bucket list never going to. But if I had this would have been on it.

Pictures: cover to the must-have magazine

of all-time and the resulting prize.

Both are bound to run out so I'd grab at

least 10 copies each if I were you.

2nd July 2017:

Yesterday's season finale of Doctor Who Season 10 was one of the best episodes ever in my opinion and what an opinion I agree with, it was simply full of a staggering amount of fantastic moments in a quite senses-bewildering masterpiece. If you haven't seen it yet what the heck are you doing reading this tosh, go away and watch it! Then come back here to read more tosh including my review of that brilliant episode which can be found by clicking on The Doctor Falls.

On 1st July I posted a new page to The Portmeirion Gallery, it's not too exciting but it answers a question or two that I often get asked regarding models based on buildings in the village: The Portmeirion Village / Pentref Portmeirion Collection.

Also on 1st July I posted another page to Andrew O'Day and Guests, Andrew's quest to be photographed with everybody he can think of. This is Page 72 of a likely never-ending quest and this one features the good Doctor with Yvonne Antrobus who appeared in the very first Dalek story back in 1963 so that's surely a good thing isn't it.

25th June 2017:

I've finally posted a page of photos taken in Cala Bona & Cala Millor last year, those who are Facebook friends will have seen some of these before but there are some different ones.

Cala Bona & Cala Millor 2016

Cala Bona & Cala Millor Sept / Oct 2016

18th June 2017:

Since yesterday I've been transferring my websites from one service provider to another, there was some expected downtime yesterday but overall this has been a pretty smooth transition.

Today I've begun the process of removing the backup sites from their original locations as they are stored with my previous service provider. I'll consider the possibility of new backup sites in time, though I feel there may no longer be a need for them.

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This week my lovely boy cat Charley passed away aged 17 and 11 twelfths and it was sad to see the little feller go. He had been a wonderful companion and there won't be a day I won't miss him. Cats are cool, they really are.

Charley: 1999 - 2017

29th May 2017:

Roger Moore popped off on 23rd May 2017 at the age of 89 and while not wholly unexpected for such an age was a sad moment anyway as he always came across as being a nice guy. Loved his version of Simon Templar The Saint as well as Brett Sinclair (The Persuaders) and James Bond. He was able to take the mickey out of himself too and his sense of humour made him many friends. Always wanted to be The Saint as a kid, more so than The Dr in Dr Who.

I held my own "Watch What He Was In" day and this consisted of:

Ivanhoe: Episode 16: Brothers In Arms

The Alaskans: Episode 33: Calico

Maverick: Season 4 Episode 1: The Bundle From Britain

The Saint: The House On Dragons Rock

The Persuaders: Greensleeves

The Spy Who Loved Me

He did a heck of a lot of stuff really including a whole bunch of other films including The Man Who Haunted Himself, The Wild Geese, Escape To Victory, etc and I'm gonna start watching some of those again. He was a true great and his passing is a great loss to those of us who consider ourselves fans.

The Spy Who Loved Me Poster

14th May 2017:

'Ow do, me video This Is Cala Bona seems to have been viewed over 3400 times across 51 countries since 25th March so I'm pleasantly surprised by that. It shows how popular that place is that's for sure.

Am re-visiting an old video of mine titled Xonus and have been restoring it up to almost watchable status. Not sure if I'll post it on-line or not but have mostly been enjoying working on it. Have been having a break from it since Easter though, needed a rest and the day-job has been keeping me more than occupied to the point I don't rush to get onto a PC when I am home. It'll get finished at some point.

Doctor Who series 10 started 15th April and it's been a mixture of 3 good and 2 average so far. I think Bill Potts has been excellent so far though, Pearl Mackie is just great in the role. Keep her Chibnall, keep her!

25th March 2017:

'Ow do, as of last October I've re-started video editing (using more recent versions of the programs I once used), editing short holiday videos for use within a larger one with five up already (links below).

I've been working on the main holiday video that's 43 minutes long and has now been posted as of today: This Is Cala Bona.

Whilst editing the above I took a break from that and returned to a 1998 film / music project I worked on in WHY Productions titled Taking What's Mine. The main production and three associated music sequences have recently been digitally transferred to YouTube and that can be found further down this page. I'd long considered this an unfinished project and it's been largely unseen for some time so here it is at last.

This is more or less the edit as was made back then albeit I've linked the four individual videos into one as was my original intention back when I was editing them. Plus I had to create a new WHY logo as the original wouldn't load and I didn't feel like spending hours recreating the original.

For the future there's a couple of mini videos to edit. Then I'm off down the pub.

This Is Cala Bona Poster

Above: Faux poster thrown together for the arrival of This Is Cala Bona to the internet

Saturday 25th March 2017

This Is Cala Bona

Holiday video showing how nice Cala Bona, Mallorca (Majorca) is from the scenery to the people to the atmosphere. Edited using footage mostly from 2016 with bits from previous years. It's as much a holiday video as it is about the place and as such features other places visited during that holiday; Son Servera, Bar Playa (Costa De Los Pinos), Porto Cristo, & Palma. Cala Bona is next to Cala Millor and this wonderful place (with Cafe Del Sol) also features.

Length: 42 mins 53 seconds

Taking What's Mine Poster

Above: Mini poster thrown together to announce the arrival of the TWM digital transfer to the internet

Sunday 19th March 2017

Taking What's Mine

Largely unseen in the year of its release 1998 or since, this is the film / music project I worked on with Phil Young, Laurence Williams & Nickely Burke. The basic plot is that a man wakes up as a prisoner of aggressive people and who then spends as much time trying to get away from them whilst heading towards... something.

Length: 31 mins 16 seconds

Taking What's Mine videocover V1 (original version)Taking What's Mine videocover V2 (produced some time later)

Above: The two different video covers I designed for TWM: the original one on the left was the more widely-seen version.

Post Archive:

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Below: books you surely can't live without and all containing acknowledgements to me by that fine fellow Andrew O'Day

The Language of Doctor Who - Book Cover

The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues (Science Fiction Television) [Hardcover]

by Jason Barr, Camille D. G. Mustachio

With a chapter (and Bad Wolf-related joke) written by Andrew O'Day.

May 16, 2014

Hardcover: 304 pages

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

1442234806     978-1442234802

Order from Amazon.co.uk

Order from Amazon.com

Contains my two favourite words in print: Tim Harris

Below: four must-buy books for any occasion:              

Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour     

Doctor Who The Eleventh Hour

Edited with an Introduction by Andrew O'Day.     Chapters by Richard Hewett, Frank Collins, Matthew Kilburn, Dee Amy-Chinn, David Budgen, Simone Knox, Jonathan Bignell, Piers D. Britton, Vasco Hexel, Matt Hills, Brigid Cherry, Neil Perryman, and Ross P. Garner

Order from Amazon.co.uk

Order the paperback or hardcover from Amazon.com

 

Contains those all important words in print: Tim Harris.

New Dimensions of Doctor Who 'Doctor Who in Time and Space' edited by Gillian I Leitch. Book cover featuring Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston'Terry Nation' published book cover


1 New Dimensions of Doctor Who

Order from Amazon.co.uk          (Pre-order from Amazon.com)

  Edited by Matt Mills with a chapter written by Andrew O'Day

An all-important book in that it features those two favourite words of mine in print: Tim Harris.


2 Doctor Who in Time and Space

Order from Amazon.co.uk          Kindle edition: Amazon.co.uk

Order from Amazon.com            Kindle edition: Amazon.com

  Edited by Gillian I Leitch with two chapters written by Andrew O'Day

Much more importantly, this book contains a few uses of my two favourite words in print, Tim Harris. Not only this but there are quotes from myself which unquestioningly make this book automatically even more important (to me anyway). It also contains quotes from James Spence.

If you can afford the price tag this is the book to buy; leave 50 Shades of Grey on the shelf where it belongs.


3 Terry Nation Order from Amazon.co.uk          Order from Amazon.com
  Written by Jonathan Bignell and Andrew O'Day.

This book features stills provided by myself and features those all important words: Tim Harris.

Other Links

Just For You Photography The web site for my brother Andrew's professional  company.
Andrew O'Day Profile Page This is the fully-authorised profile page for the author / editor / actor / teacher.
James Spence Profile Page This is a brief profile page of the scientist / actor / editor / producer / keen film-maker.
Phil Young's Photography Site Phil is a prolific photographer and this site shows a small sample of his work.

Andrew O'Day and Guests Logo

Andrew O'Day and Guests: Andrew pictured with cult TV figures. Cobbled together by yours truly.

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