The New Head Writer of Doctor Who?


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Well here we are, 50 years since ‘The Doctor’ was conceived by a think tank of people who started what today has become British cultural chic geek icon. And this inception of Doctor Who called ‘An Adventure in Time and Space’ was beautifully brought to our TV screen in Britain yesterday and will show in America tonight.

Since it’s beginnings it has had many writers whose clever ideas and story telling abilities have been the foundation of what has made Dr Who so quirky, fascinating and just generally amazing. There have been to date 90 credited writers on Dr Who. But there are many more that have contributed to it than that. For one the writer David Agnew was a pen name used when the production staff had heavily contributed to the script. Read more of this post

Top 10 Comedy Romance Films


Ok then, I think in my on-going quest to my favourite film I have tended to err on the darker side of films; horror, zombies, post-apocalyptic, Stephen King movies. You get the idea. Well I thought it was about time I explored my lighter side and make a list of my favourite romantic comedy films, but with the focus being on the comedy. There are of course romantic films out there that have comedic elements about them that I like, but they are for another list, another time. For now though, why not check out these knee slapping heart melters.

 

10)  Splash (1984)

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What stands out for me – This is as much about nostalgia as it is for comedy romance for me. This tale of how love can’t be stopped even if you have fish tail. With all the ups and downs that go with it and some cracking comedy performances.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Candy

Great quote –  [Excitedly waving a Penthouse magazine]

Freddie: They published my letter. Here it is, “A lesbian no more”.

 

9) Love Actually (2003)

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What stands out for me – The connections between the quite brilliant ensemble cast, the sweetness and The Britishness

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – There are many to choose from, but I will choose Emma Thompson

Great quote –  Billy Mack: Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!

 

8) About a Boy (2002)

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What stands out for me – It is well observed and reflects the reality of relationships a bit better than most, being based on the great book by Nick Hornby helps a lot. Plus it has a cracking soundtrack written by Badly Drawn Boy.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Toni Collette

Great quote – Will: It was terrible! Terrible! But driving really fast behind the ambulance was fantastic!

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Excuse me while I kiss the sky (calling all photographers)


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I recently took this photo of the sun and noticed a rather bizarre side effect. It was a type of lens flare. And no, I’m not talking about that somewhat irritating lens flare affect that distracts most of us in some Star Trek movies (J.J. Abrams, I’m looking at you).

There are certain effects a camera can artificially simulate these days, but there’s nothing quite like seeing an effect on a photo as the result of a natural accident.

In the photo is what appears to be a pair of pink lips. I have tried searching the internet for things like ‘lens flare pink lips’ to find out what it is, or whether it’s a common effect, but to no avail. Whenever you search for lens flare, the internet seems to be filled with people bemoaning J.J. Abrahams and his addiction to using the effect.

Please, if there are there any budding photographers or anyone out there that has seen this before and know if it has a special name, could you comment on this piece? I would be interested to find out. Read more of this post

Kings Cross Station and Long Journeys


Traveling for work can be a gruelling experience at times, but you have got to take the rough with the smooth. So I thought I would share a couple of things I saw at Kings Cross Station.

First, and probably known by most now, is the Harry Potter themed platform 9 and ¾. It does help somewhat being a Harry Potter fan, but if you do visit Kings Cross and you have a spare 5 minutes or so (which by the people rush around, you really wouldn’t think so) it is worth checking out. There is a wizards luggage half way through the wall at platform 9 and 3/4, with a heafty queue of people eager to have their picture taken with it. Next door is a the merchandise shops with all sorts of goodies in it, cashing in of course and quite right too.

A Harry Potter fan at kings cross               Harry Potter shop

Another thing Kings Cross has and a rather disturbing thing it is too, Read more of this post

Health & Safety fail


Health and safety is of  course an important element of every day life. The amount of mockery it receives for being bureaucratic and molly codling to the general public, has reached laughable proportions. 

Which is why I am going to contribute to this hilarity by pointing out oddities about sign I saw in a public toilet cubicle.

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First off I thought it seemed out of place. It starts with a warning for a wet floor. This floor was not wet. I could understand what it might mean, as a wet floor is part and parcel of public toilet floors (well they are in the gents).

Infact, as an aside, Anyone not on their guard when walking into a public loo is either a braver person than I, or has led a blessed life. For most of us have, at least once, encountered a cubicle left in such a state that it can only be thought of as shitageddon.

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Top 10 Stephen King movie adaptations


It may seem odd to have one of my categories of film top tens to be based on the work of one author, but in the case of Stephen King it’s easy to make an exception. He is a very prolific author and writes about subjects that interest me in an enjoyable way, this is not just horror by the way, that old adage to his work is fiercely tiresome.  Most of his work has had some kind of adaptation for TV or film. Some have been duffers for sure, but there are some excellence as well. Here is my choice for the crème da la crème of his filmic adaptations.

 

10) Secret Window (2004)

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Year of story – (based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden from 1990)

What stands out for me – The setting, the twist, the writing cabin along with Jonny Depps dressing gown.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Turturro

Great quote – Mort: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on the verge of doing snoopy dances. Read more of this post

The Flowerpot Man (a short story by Gary Shaw, aka The Resident Weebler)


Another writting challenge with Sudo One next. We have both written a begining of a stroy for one another for the other to finish. Here is my effort from what Sudo one wrote in green. Check out his effort on SudoOne.Wordpress.com

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Desert Highway

The Flowerpot Man

Hugh shouldn’t have been there, watching the heat haze shimmer off the road in front of him. He was from Oxfordshire; the closest thing you got to heat haze in Oxfordshire was when you turned the Aga up too high.  

As he walked he knew now for certain that the cowboy boots and Stetson had been a mistake. He’d been in Texas for only 5 days, not only had he discovered that everything in the Lone Star State was indeed bigger, but he now knew that cowboy boots were inclined to give one blisters and a Stetson would make an Englishman look foolish.

His feet and foolishness were the least of his worries, he was nervous the gun in the holster on his left hip would go off if he so much as looked in its general direction. One of your own bullets in the toe is not ideal when you are trying to get a job done, or indeed kill a man.

He must have been lost in his own thoughts, for when the truck pulled up beside him, he hadn’t heard it coming. Hugh looked along the length of the shining silver monster of an articulated truck it big bright red lettering on the side of the cargo hold it read ‘Big Bills Haulage’.

He walked up to the cab, the driver was looking at him from his window, and he wore a grin as Hugh approached. ‘Well howdy there partner’ said the driver. ‘D’ya get lost on the way to a fancy dress contest?’ The driver started laughing so hard at what he’d just said that he started coughing. Hugh maintained a pleasant smile until the driver had finished hacking up.

‘Thank you for stopping, Are you heading anywhere near La Plata?’ Hugh asked.

The driver’s happy demeanour shifted somewhat at the mention of this town. ‘La Plata’ the driver said. ‘That’s 50 miles from here, were thinking of walking all the way there boy?’ Hugh looked at the road again and saw that’s all there was, disappearing as it was in to the distance. ‘To tell you the truth’ Hugh said.’ I don’t know what I was thinking, I’m not even sure I want to go to La Plata any more’.

‘Well Cowboy’ the driver said. ‘It just so happens that I am heading through La Plata, so if you want a ride you are welcome’ Hugh looked at the road again and then looked back at the way he had come and saw it looked just as desolate. His decsion made, he climbed up in to the cab, thanking the driver as he did so.

The cab was air conditioned and Hugh felt such relief for coming out of the heat. It also smelt very pleasant; it had clean surfaces and not a mascot in sight. This truckers environment was very different from what Hugh had seen portrayed in the movies.

The driver himself looked more typically movie-esc. He was a rotund man with stubble you could light a match off of. He wore a red and black plaid shirt and had a light blue peaked cap on with Oilers written on the front.

The truck growled as they drove off.  The driver spoke first ‘So what’s your name Cowboy?’ Hugh wasn’t sure he wanted to tell this stranger his name given what he was considering doing. ‘It’s Michael’ Hugh said. ‘I bet I can guess yours’. The driver looked round at him with a slightly worried confused look. ‘Really’, he said. ‘It’s Bill’ Hugh said. A look of realisation came over the drivers face and he smiled and chuckled. ‘Right, I see what you’ve done there. No, my name is Ben. Big Bill is just my employer, but it’s only the two of us who do this.’

Hugh couldn’t help but smile at this ‘so what do haul?’ ‘ Read more of this post

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