Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Jodie Foster is super-pleased to be in a brass band.
...and George Clooney discusses digital stimulation techniques with President Barack Obama.
Friday, September 25, 2009
....When you watch an episode of Star Trek Voyager on Virgin plus one (insert your own joke here) and think...mmmm this is good I should buy the box set, maybe of just the last series. It's a slippery slope. No offense to the more hardened Trek fan, but when Firefly, Serenity, and Battlestar Galatica have passed through the 'verse, watching Star Trek is like seeing a quaint Edwardian play about morals or something.
Friday, August 28, 2009
I know I'm late to the Flight of the Conchords love in but this song never ceases to make me bust my 'cannibals' laughing. I'm not even going to try to talk to ladies any more (plus ça change, plus c'est la même) I'm just going to learn this off and dance around....plink plink...
Posted by Lorcy at 12:27:00 AM
Thursday, August 27, 2009
"The other day, while doing our weekly shop, I bought for my two children Benjamin and Ofelia, a packet of Haribo Maoam lemon-and-lime confectionery. It was only after I was leaving the checkout that I noticed the appalling illustration on the packaging.
This consists of a lemon and lime locked in what appears to be a carnal encounter. The lime, who I assume to be the gentleman in this coupling, has a particularly lurid and distasteful expression on his face.
I demanded to see the shop manager and during a heated exchange my wife became quite distressed and had to sit down in the car park.
I was told to register my complaint with the manufacturer. I'm glad I spotted this before my young children, who are both very sensitive.
My wife and I have always tried to maintain their innocence -- and to think our years of careful parenting could have been wrecked by, of all things, a sweet wrapper makes me livid.
I received a reply from the company saying that the wrapper design had been introduced in Germany in 2002 with a view to making the fruit figures 'more modern and lively' to 'better appeal to the consumer.' It said 'at no point was it intended to create sexual images.' It had been shown to a number of children and adults of different age groups, none of whom has made any comments referring to sexual content.
I consider this response to be less than satisfactory. As a member of our local church, I'm now urging other members of our flock to boycott Haribo products until this illustration is removed.
Pontefract, West Yorkshire"
Nice touch with the boycott ending, so now everyone is at least going to have a second look at these wee chews. Seems to be designed to provoke a Daily Mail readership.
Also interesting that he is from Pontefract, and parent compant Haribo happend to manufacture the Pontefract cake.
As a commenter on the Brand Republic piece says, someone had pointed this out in 2004 anyway:
Whereas as I vent my spleen by venting my spleen, the great Marcus Keeley channels his bitterness into the character of -deluded stand-up comedian, Oscar Krisp
Posted by Lorcy at 3:49:00 PM
Oscar Krisp, Stand-up Comedian
Posted by Lorcy at 3:47:00 PM
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I first saw Caroline Mabey at Edinburgh last year as part of The GCSE Revision Show, a great three hander along with Miriam Elia, and Seann Walsh. She also filled in a few of the Up the Arts slots that were on after us last year as her alter ego Helen Heels 'the land lady of the stars' of Sandy Hole guest house. As you can imagine one tires of the endless questions and cheap gags of some generic stand ups in ole Edinburgh so it's a great breath of fresh air to see something like Mabey's Go Go Go Coffee Show. Where some acts grumble about their time slot, Mabey has expertly tailored the show for 1.30pm and her enthusiasm really coheres the audience of various ages with animated clips, games, great jokes and silly hats. Who wants to be the harbour master? She has the sort of nervous energy combiend with great delivery and jokes that excellently teeter on the line between faux innocence and deliberately perverse that of course young Jimmny would enjoy. When some shamble around for 40 minutes mumbling guff and deludely call it a 'show', Mabey's is the real deal an hour you want to see again a few times, and if you are in Edinburgh there isn't much time! (it's not an nuclear attack or anything, it's just the festival will be over, the city will not cease to exist as the London press would have it: 'Edinburgh's nearly over!!!'.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Perhaps it was the stand up overload that Edinburgh provides and the fact that even for me seeing my comedy hero Stewart Lee provoked in me maximum respect at his technique but not the constant drain-like guffaws of the majority of the audience, but seeing something different immediately had me on the side of the drain-like. It was on my last mammoth day of show seeing from 10am to about 3am the next day that myself, George Quinn and Pete Maxwell encountered a certain Dr. Brown.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Friday August 7th Voicebox at the SafeHouse
With Marcus Keeley
Sunday 9th Sowerby and Luff's all Stars, The White Horse, Canon Gate
Monday 10th Verity Welch's Twisted Sister
Tuesday 11th Sowerby and Luff's all Stars, The White Horse, Canon Gate
Wednesday 12th Verity Welch's Twisted Sister
Thursday 13th Sowerby and Luff's all Stars, The White Horse, Canon Gate
Then it's back home for: