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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 50. On Television Licences.

By law, every household in Ireland must pay €160 for a television licence. This payment goes to RTE, our national television and radio broadcaster. For this money we get Ryan Tubridy and The Late Late Show, interminable reality TV shows, awful attempts at comedy and quite risible drama, with very few exceptions.

In Great Britain, for £145.50, viewers get Doctor Who, The Hour, Merlin, Being Human, Ashes to Ashes and plenty of quality one-off drama like last week’s Page Eight, starring Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes.

We get Pat Shortt, repeats and imports. I’d rather go to jail.

On This Day…22 September

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Hello and a warm welcome to Wednesday, the day that’s neither here nor there. The mid-point between weekends. Keep your head down and your nose clean, for Friday is only two days away.

Quite a bit happened on this day in history, so without messing around let’s get started with…

1499 – Treaty of Basel: Switzerland becomes an independent state. Cuckoo clock makers everywhere finally have a base for their operations.

1789 – The office of United States Postmaster General is established.

1869 – Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold premieres in Munich.

1885 – Lord Randolph Churchill makes a speech in Ulster in opposition to Home Rule e.g. “Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right”.

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1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.

1896 – Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

1927 – Jack Dempsey loses the “Long Count” boxing match to Gene Tunney.

1955 – In the United Kingdom, the television channel ITV goes live for the first time.

1980 – Iraq invades Iran.

2003 – David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.

Birthdays today include:

Novelist Fay Weldon (telegraph.co.uk)

British feminist and author Fay Weldon is 79.

Joan Jett, she of the Blackhearts, is a rocking 52.

Billie Piper, Rose Tyler from Doctor Who, is 28.

For classical music lovers, the brilliant Andrea Bocelli is 52.

Time to say goodbye, Andrea.

I couldn’t let this day pass without paying tribute to one of my favourite actors, the great George C. Scott, who passed away on this day in 1999. Here is his iconic and Oscar-winning performance as Patton.

What Jimbo Did…

…since last he blogged.

1. I completed Script Frenzy in 22 days. When I feel brave enough to show it to the world, you’ll be the first to know. But for now, this mish-mash of hallucinogenic, bleary-eyed, caffeine-riddled garbage is staying under lock and key. It seriously isn’t worth reading; but it served its purpose. Because of this exercise…

2… I completed the first draft of my novel, The Dark Crusade of Robinson Stone. 18 months in the writing, it’s been put to bed for the rest of this month. It needs some hard revision and editorial work. I know what needs to be done. Read it on WEbook, while it’s still there.

3. I got my hair cut because…

4. I went to Galway for a romantic weekend with the love of my life, Mary. (Cue happy sighs.)

5. I quit smoking…for good.

6. I updated my Facebook status three times a day, even when I was in Galway.

7. I contemplated quitting my job at least once a day.

8. I wondered why I wasn’t blogging, even though I had tonnes of ideas.

9. I fell in love with Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.

10. I fell in love with Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, The Doctor’s companion.

11. I fell well and truly in love with Mary. (Cue more happy sighs.)

12. I created a new character: Tara Kane, PI. (More on her at a later date.)

13. I’ve rediscovered Leslie Charteris’ Simon Templar, AKA The Saint. God, if only I could write that well.

14. I made a deal with God. Enough said!

15. I made a promise to myself to blog more often.

Your servant,

James the first-time novelist.