Last week the DVD player insisted that it could not play the disc containing the first two episodes of Rome, but this morning as a final check I cleaned the lens and disc and had another go and ... it all seems fine now. Well, at least I have found the receipt (which had not been filed in the most obvious place). It has a 2 year guarantee, and if it goes wrong after that I expect it will have become obsolete anyway, but as a VHS/DVD-RW combo it allows me to migrate from VHS. I have to admit that I was very impressed at the picture quality the first time I recorded to DVD; the downside is that, at this quality, the disc is only 2 hours capacity - not always long enough. I'll have to try the next setting down (for a maximum of 4 hours) on something I'm not too bothered about.
And Rome? Well, the second episode seemed to draw things together rather better; the first was a bit all over the place - perhaps suffering from the editing down of two original episodes. In the 1970s, costume drama (think I Clavdivs) was always in a studio with bright lighting; these days it seems to be always in the semi-dark.
In other news, today I have been on "use-it-or-lose-it" holiday. The weather has been dry and bright, but chilly; at least the work on the garden wall is now complete, and if it's dryish tomorrow, I will be able to move the rhubarb to its new home. It's not the best time of year to do that, but not the worst either.