Category Archives: Entertainment

Predicting The Lottery

Derren Brown pulled off a good stunt last night when he apparently predicted all six numbers of the UK Lottery draw. Of course, it’s a trick – he didn’t reveal the winning numbers until after the numbers had been drawn … Continue reading

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Bang Goes The Theory

That’s the title of the BBC’s new science show. Tomorrow’s World, it ain’t, but I have to admit to liking it more than I thought I would. It’s clearly aimed at a young audience. not an old fogey like me. … Continue reading

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Torchwood: Children of Earth

I know that I’ve been dismissive of Torchwood (the Doctor Who spinoff) in the past. But the current five-episode story Children of Earth has changed my mind. Last night’s episode (number 4) was simply stunning. Not because of special effects … Continue reading

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A Panto Moment

In last night’s episode of The Apprentice, Sir Alan Sugar provided us with a perfect pantomime moment when he said to the losing team: "This ain’t no bladdy game show, you know…" I suspect that up and down the land, … Continue reading

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Eurovision Roundup

Eurovision looms, and I can do no better than to point you to this roundup in the Guardian of some of the sillier entries. Included in them is the Dutch contender: Shine, performed by the Toppers. Alas, the Guardian’s scathing … Continue reading

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Nailed

Charlie Brookner nails the inner workings of The Apprentice.

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Little Red Riding Hood

An old tale seen through scientific eyes…   http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3514904&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1Slagsmålsklubben – Sponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo.    (hat tip A Blog Around the Clock)

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Mardi Gras

Here’s a wonderful impression of this month’s Mardi Gras in Sydney by filmmaker Keith Loutit. He uses a time lapse technique coupled with tilt and shift focus that turns the parade into an animated film using toy figures. The end … Continue reading

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Merlin

Dear god, but I cannot believe how bad the new BBC series Merlin is. What a waste of some good actorly talents (John Hurt, for example) on a pile of utter crap.   Update: Mark Pickavance’s review puts into words the … Continue reading

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The Wit and Wisdom of John Cleese

Thanks to a reference over at Atheist Media, I’ve now discovered that John Cleese has a Podcast site. There’s a collection of short skits or presentations that he’s done. I’m still going through them, but I was rather taken with … Continue reading

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Wait – There’s More…

I mentioned yesterday that the re-emergence of Joyce McKinney was surely evidence that the Silly Season was in full swing. In today’s Bad Science piece, Ben Goldacre confirms that hypothesis by pointing to a credulous article (in the Telegraph, no less) that … Continue reading

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The Opening Ceremony

So I watched the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on BBC HD. All very spectacular, although the combination of little girls and goose-stepping military men carrying a national flag always fills me with unease. But, why oh why do … Continue reading

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Re-Joyce

Dear me, talk about a blast from the past – it appears as though Joyce McKinney is still making the sort of news that is perfect for the annual Silly Season.

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21st Century Pétomane

A rather nicely written piece in today’s Guardian about Mr. Methane, who is clearly the 21st century’s answer to Le Pétomane. I’m almost tempted to want to experience one of his performances. He sounds very droll (and that, for all … Continue reading

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Get It While It’s Hot

I mentioned that Joss Whedon has returned with a sing-along blog: Dr. Horrible. What I didn’t realise is that it will only remain up on the web for a few days, so if you haven’t seen this musical in three … Continue reading

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It’s Time To Automate…

I’ve seen some wacky advertising in my time – but this takes the biscuit… Please tell me it’s a joke?       (hat tip to The Intersection)

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The Doctor Cometh

I see that Joss Whedon returns next week with a sing-along blog: Dr. Horrible. What’s not to like? Whedon’s work (Buffy, Firefly, Serenity) always struck me as a cut above the usual pap we see on the haunted fishtank or … Continue reading

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Filth

Last night, the Beeb showed a TV drama about the clash in the 1960s between Mrs. Mary Whitehouse and Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, then director-general of the BBC. Entitled Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, it was an entertaining look at the … Continue reading

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The Apprentice

I’ve mentioned before how much I love to hate The Apprentice. Last night’s episode was a cracker. Two of the contestants had not a clue as to what the term Kosher actually means – and one of them describes himself … Continue reading

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Penguins?

Dear lord, but I do hate meeja people who have not two brain cells to rub together. Francis Sedgemore points us to this idiotic puffery about some upper-class twitess. Excuse me, penguins in the Artic? Clearly the makers of this … Continue reading

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