I took the malfunctioing remote doodah to the funny little local repair place, where, by chance there was a model exactly the same as my TV/VCR to demonstate the weirdness. The guy sold me a second hand remote for 15 quid. (This is the sort of thing that ruins you when you have no 'spare' money at all...) Well, now I can use the timer function, play videos, etc. fine, but this remote doesn't work on the TV, so between both of them, everything's sort of OK. Buggeration. Went to the gym, then cancelled it out by eating one of .McDonald's Veggie-Melt Deli Toasted Sandwich Meals (had a coupon-). Watched THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN. Fassbinder films always seem to meander on, then come to really freaky, tragic endings. I like 'em, though. Hannah Schygulla is soooo gorgeous.