We know one of the contestants in The Mole in Australia! Stacey is a friend of my wifey Nic’s, and she’s lovely. Could she be the one? We don’t know, and wouldn’t tell you if we did. Nor do we get to watch it, being thousands of miles away from dreadful Australian commercial TV. That’s one thing we’re not anticipating happily.

SBS and Triple J, though, are almost worth moving continents for. If only you could get the BBC in Australia.

Plus-Tech Squeeze Box! A fab band just featured on the last episode of Adam and Joe Go Tokyo, a fabulous show that needs to be repeated, and which needs another season. BBC Three is a Good Thing.

So, here in the UK, the third-to-last episode of 24 just aired on BBC Three. (Note to Mike Myers/Austin Powers fans – yes, there are four BBC TV mainstream channels now, two on free digital services. Other channels are kids and news, so yeah, you could claim BBC Heaven if you wanted to.)

Anyway, 24 plays a week early on BBC Three, 10.45pm on Sunday nights, straight after the previous week’s episode on BBC Two @ 10. (No ads, no logos, digital widescreen feed, lovely.) After BBC Three’s 24 showing, there’s another show, Pure 24, just to discuss the episode that’s just aired. They have exclusive interviews, snippets of the upcoming week, and talk with the guests and studio audience. Viewers ring or email their opinions in. Fun for obsessives, and followed by the excellent Adam and Joe Go Tokyo.

So what’s this got to do with me? Well, they read out something I emailed in. Which is nice. Spoilers, so select the following text to read it:

When Jack talked Kim through killing the abusive murderer, she truly became Daddy’s little girl. Fantastic.

It was a tense, breathtaking moment in 24, and though I’m very much against guns, murder or the death penalty in real life, we know this guy is extremely nasty, it’s self-defence, and most crucially, it’s fiction set in America. So woo-hoo! Bad man go bye-bye!

Can’t wait for the finale.

Must… blog… too… much… Harry Potter…

Yeah, I know, they’re supposed to be kids books, and the first two in the series pretty much are. But 3/4/5 are fun, engaging fantasy reads. Page-turners without being crap bestselling paperbacks. Well written SF/Fantasy can be pretty addictive, and when I was a kid I used to go through a lot of books. One week over summer holiday saw the first and second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant devoured. And this last week reminds me of those long-gone happy days.

Lord of the Rings one more time? Not for a while. Just yet.

Video game censorship in Australia? Yes. Film censorship in Australia? Yep, been going on for years. This latest episode is over a Ken Park film. Go for it Margaret P.!

Actually, the UK has historically been even worse; nunchakus — two wooden rods connected by a metal chain — were banned outright in film and tv until the 1990s in the UK. Only in 2001(!) has Enter the Dragon been released uncut here. Follow this page at Melon Farmers and find for “nunchaku” for more detail.

What’s going to happen with the whole thing in Iraq? There’s been enough bullshit sprayed to coat a couple of governments. Why did Bush and Blair feel an urgent need to attack Hussein so quickly?

Please tell me that Bush isn’t going to take on Iran next.