31 Aug 2007
I just got another email from the “Genius” office. I was all excited wondering whether my latest idea had been picked for the next series (the new series starts in October by the way).
Opened the thing and all it was was a request to try again with something as they’re going to do a TV pilot show later in the year. Damn!
I’ll prolly re-write my last idea and even suggest a guest genius for that episode. Ah well.
Gawd bless her. The saintly Diana, martyred for her cause (saving the Daily Express’s circulation), was killed precisely 10 years ago. So it seems that, not only did we have to suffer tedious media overload back then, we have to have it today as well. Damn.
I like listening to the radio usually but I listen to Radio 5 at work . Today it’s silent as they do insist upon wittering about an average-looking, dim, parasitic, social-climbing, media whore who died because she was stupid enough to get into a car with a pissed driver and even stupid enough to forget to wear her seatbelt despite this (and the driver going way over the safe speeds).
If we want to remember her how about a statue halfway between Harrods and Harvey Nicks of her striding out with a fistful of credit cards in one hand and shopping bags in the other? Either that or one of her on holiday….again.
The amount of reverence this woman got and gets is disgraceful. Can we have some proper news please?
[ps before anyone complains about the "average looking" bit, I'm just following the pattern of the interviewees on the radio this morning who all started off their descriptions of her with "she was a beautiful woman" or some such irrelevant nonsense.]
30 Aug 2007
It seems that the show “Heroes” is prescient reality rather than mere figment. There was a headline on the beeb site which said:
Girl, 3, survives fatal shooting.
29 Aug 2007
From the Metro “newspaper” (29/08/07). Can you figure out the answer?
Abbeys and old monasteries
Are all inhabited by these.
Some have tonsures, some don’t speak,
Prayers fill their working week.
Are there really some folk who wouldn’t get this “Enigma”?
Oh and while I’m on the subject of rubbish in the paper here’s the last line of my horoscope for the day. Quite taught me something it did:
“You’ll make things worse for yourself if you lie.”
I’ve just heard that UK women’s athletics have just got themselves a one-two in a race at the World Champs in Osaka. This is unfeasible.
I wonder when the girls’ll test positive. (Or if they don’t, I wonder how many people thought the same as me).
PS: Well done them 2.
Well it’s gone out in public that the Sheffield BJC is actually in Doncaster next year. Annoyingly it’s likely to be in March as Easter is early next year. This means I may not have enough annual leave available for the whole thing. Think I might have to have a chat with my boss about wangling early leave from next year’s allocation.
The other thing is that it’s in Doncaster. Not the nicest town but it is only a little way away from my parents’ place. Perhaps I’ll sleep there rather than camping. Perhaps. And if we can wing it I might be able to get my bro’s family to visit the folks on that weekend and bring the kids along for a day and into the show. That would be a giggle I’m sure.
 Oh blimey I’ve just looked and the site’s got an ice rink. You must remember to keep me away from that. Last time I went on an ice rink I was on a first date. She broke her elbow; I never saw her again. Ah well, she was English, it wouldn’t have worked.
Other convention news. Bad news and really annoying as well. The Leeds con is in early December. I’m in South Africa in early December. I don’t think the commute will be worth it. So no Thai food for me. And one fewer convention than I wanted to go to. Looks like I’ll go to Durham instead now. Is it just me or has it been a quiet year for conventions in the UK?
Oh but Fundangos are on again starting next month.
28 Aug 2007
I like to ride my bicycle. I like to ride my bike.
It’s true and the weather this summer has been so awful that not enough has been done this year. To remedy this me and Clurb packed our bikes into the car and headed for Rutland Water. It’s quite a distance round the lake for unprepared and unpractised cyclists like us.
Lovely weather and reasonably flat roads (most of the time) led to a nice little trip out.
The population of Leicestershire did all seem to be there though so at times it was more than a little crowded and people really do need to keep more control of their kids when bikes are whizzing past. Oh and while I’m at it; cycling 2 abreast on a path with no space to pass isn’t a great idea either. Please don’t do it and then get grumpy when people want to pass you ‘cos you’re going at a snail’s pace.
We also discovered that cattle grids are fun to cycle over.
Must do summat silimar again.
25 Aug 2007
A lovely houseful of lovely folk last night. P and C, Lizzah, Rod and Nicky showed up for pizza and fillums. Food was nice, company was excellent and giggling was done. Oh and Nicky brought some of the most shocking wine I’ve had for a while. Quite made my face go numb within half a bottle’s worth.
The original plan was to watch Casshern first then whichever of the 2 discs P bought me for Christmas last year. For whatever reason this changed to watching those 2 other discs instead.
First one was Razor Blade Smile. Quite possibly the worst fillum of any sort I’ve ever seen. The only fillum we’ve switched off just because it was awful. The acting was atrocious, the glamorous leading lady wasn’t anywhere near as sexy as she thought she was, the script was appalling, the camerawork was appalling. In fact there wasn’t a single aspect that wasn’t shockingly bad. If they can get that published then there’s hope for anyone wanting to get into cinema. Think the acting and script in the preamble bits of porn fillums – only with worse actors and a worse script. Uniformly dreadful. And sad to think that there are Goths out there who will have this as their fave fillum. (I’ve just noticed that many would want to finish the last sentence after its 10th word – perish the thought). Oh the fillum wasn’t foreign neither – no good for us.
So we couldn’t get worse than that with the second one could we? Thankfully the next one was quite a lot better.
Inhyeongsa (aka Doll Master) is a Korean fillum with scary dolls and was more than a little creepy at times. Good script and plot, ok acting although some of the casting was pretty poor, notably the high school girl who looked about 25. Compared with stuff like Audition and The Grudge this would be mediocre but compared with Razor Blade Smile it was like an award winning piece of celluloid goodness.
Then for some bizarre reason we ended up watching Chopper again. It is a good one but most of us there had seen it before. Having said that it was a while since we saw it and it came as a fresh piece of comedic violence. “Aw jeez Neville, you all right?”
Now I have to clear up after the filthy lot have all buggered off. Sigh.
A good evening.
24 Aug 2007
Just listening to JoJ17 – The Worst Episode Ever. I’ve had to skip large parts of it (they’re still sitting and watching videos). I’m on the bit where they’re slagging off Gatto after discussing the thread “Why do/don’t you visit the Gatto forum?”. Oh my god how inane and poorly thought out is this?
First off Gatto’s arrogant apparently. This isn’t news is it?
Then it’s that his opinion matters more than anyone else’s. That would be annoying if he was the same as everyone else. But he’s not. Ok we can discount the fact that he’s loads better than anyone else. He is but that can’t be used as a reason to think his opinions are better. That was the JoJ’s argument. It’s ludicrous and also not what Gatto has been saying if I remember correctly.
What he’s been saying is “Juggling and performing is a business. I’ve been in the business for 30 years. You haven’t. I know more than you about this business.” Which is utterly true. He may come across badly at times but he’s right when it comes to who has most experience.
But this doesn’t matter to JoJ. Everyone’s opinion is equally valid. As in other areas this is rubbish. Someone who knows what they’re doing, has spent years working at it, performed in thousands of shows at hundreds of different venues, has made mistakes and has had successes has a more valid opinion than a guy who first qualified his 5 ball cascade a week ago and has never been on stage. Surely? Unless the first guy has just been incredibly lucky.
Then onto AG’s performances. “He’s been doing the same routine for 20 something years – Boring!” Apparently. Then they go onto say that the only change has been he’s upped the numbers he uses.
Well firstly that’s not a small thing is it? 5 club backcrosses with a face balance is surely quite a bit harder than the 3 club version no? And then why has he only tweaked his routine? Because it’s a bloody good one and it works. He’s a stage performer not a net video kid. It’s hardly surprising he’s sticking to what works; it brings the money in.
Now I’ve hardly given AG praise over the years but this discussion was just utterly infantile.
I was nattering on rec.chat the other evening and I was reminded of a doctor I used to know in Leeds. After that I googled her and it seems she’s got to consultant level and is working somewhere in Scotland. Cool. I slag doctors off in this blog sometimes but she’s one who deserves it. Quite made my day it did. Well done.
 Blimey that was a really bad sentence nicht wahr? I mean this one “I slag doctors off in this blog sometimes but she’s one who deserves it”. How poorly I’m writing today, this sentence reads exactly the opposite of how it should. Of course I mean I’ve slagged docs off before; but she’s one who deserves the success. Well done.
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