This magazine used to offer a make-yourself model of the main characters every week - and in the first issue it was the witch (featured here on the cover of the third issue).
Of course eventually the cardboard model fell apart and got torn up. It probably didn’t even last very long. But I clearly remember that one fragment of card lingered in my bedroom for ages. A fragment containing one of the witch’s eyes.
Just an eye. And even though she was allegedly a “good” witch this disembodied cardboard eye scared me so much that I had a nightmare about it that I remember to this day.
The Fifth Doctor can’t resist just one more bite #doctorwho #enlightenment
Silent look to camera #toyah #moment #saturdayshow #early80s
I am always suspicious when people start talking about the power of positive thinking. Hippy nonsense as the sceptical part of my brain might have it.
But there is something in this - if not positive thinking then positive language. Who we are is largely defined by the words we use (without which we might not even be conscious) and so if we tell ourselves stories with a happy spin then they are more likely to come true because we will be behaving in such a way that would leave us open to beneficial events.
One thing I have notice is that I am always far more positive about other people’s lives than I am about my own, seeing solutions to their problems and the light at the end of their own tunnel. I always using the word “hope” when it comes to them. This is a word I rarely use in conjunction with my own life.
This is the fact that time seems to take a moment before it realises I’m watching and then lurches into motion. I’ll explain what I mean. When I look at an old fashioned analogue clock with a second hand I notice that the first second seems to last far longer than all subsequent ones. The second hand remains motionless for so long that I almost think the clock’s stopped. And then it starts circling the clock as if nothing’s happened, whistling nonchalantly “Nothing to see here!”
A similar thing happens with the train indicators at stations. Often a section of the indicator alternates between ON TIME and the platform number - and for the train i want to catch I’ve noticed that seems to display ON TIME for far longer than it does for all the other trains before staring to blink between the two, thus keeping me in suspense as to the platform I have to go to for a tiny bit longer.
What is this all about?
I suspect that it is a glimpse into the fact that time isn’t quite as linear for consciousness as we might think it is. Perhaps as far as the human mind is concerned, cause and effect is an illusion. The unusually long nature of the first second as you concentrate on something is your brain getting everything into order before presenting it to you.
I didn’t know exactly what it is about some Social Media but they can be very addictive. They obviously tap straight into some deep seated psychological mechanism, providing a supernormal stimulus for… something.
Take FourSquare. Doesn’t actually give you any advantage and isn’t really much use for anything but I found it compelling and was obsessed with checking in, earning badges and maintaining the mayorship at certain locations. All this despite the sarcastic messages it would sometimes send my way (“Oh you fancy, huh?”).
Then they killed it for me.
Rather than upgrade their smartphone app, FourSquare introduced a brand new one with a different name, different interface and very different way of working. I just couldn’t get on with it and as a result within a few days my FourSquare obsession of several years had completely evaporated. I no longer cared.
Whilst this is probably good for me (less time wasted and one less pointless thing to worry about) I can’t help thinking that it almost certainly isn’t what they intended.