The truth about…News Websites – Spoilers


Cat_out_of_the_bag The Cat is outta the bag (well nearly)

Let me start by saying that the BBC is a wonderful institute in the way it’s paid for and therefore the lack of advertising is terrific. Without advertising we don’t get all that talk saying ‘stay tuned, because after break this is going to happen and you don’t want to miss that’.  But is this actually the case? I think in a different way they do. In fact the BBC finds ingenious ways of putting spoilers in to a show.

Lately the BBC has been running ‘The Truth about’ programmes which herald big revelations about certain subjects. The Truth about; food, population, climate change, the house price bubble and most recently, (just on tonight) the truth about working for Amazon.

Now don’t get me wrong, these shows have been very good and very informative. Well to a point. You see the biggest headline on the BBC news website for the day these shows were on, essentially told you everything that happened in the show before it happened and then dressed it up as a breaking news headline/article. It’s not until you get to the end of the article, you realise it’s an advertisement for a TV show on that evening, and they’ve told you everything you were going to watch. Why could they have not just done the headline the day after?

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The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot – Review


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(This is spoiler free)

After yesterday’s scathing review of the Dr Who Live Afterparty, I wanted to write one more thing about the 50th anniversary of Dr Who that had a more positive feel. Now I could write about the fabulous episode itself ‘The Day of the Doctor’, but I think everyone is in agreement that that was fantastic. I would recommend Den of Geek for a succint review of that.

I wanted to talk about ‘The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot’. This was something that was mentioned on the Afterparty, but should have probably been shown straight after it, or indeed instead of it.
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Doctor Who Live After Party – Review


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Well, all the build-up was worth it, ‘The Day of the Doctor’, a fabulous episode to celebrate 50 years of Dr Who was had. But they couldn’t let it lie. The BBC thought, let’s do an after show party, and lets film it live. That may have sounded good at the time I’m sure, but it wasn’t.

Live TV rarely works out these days and to make it work best takes a lot of preparation and rehearsal. This appeared to have little or none of that. Hosted by an over caffeinated breathless Zoe ball and the most insincere man who’d I’d never heard of. Zoe interviewed some of the past cast and crew of Dr who, putting her head down to read the questions of her lap and not giving these people who were kind of the point of the show to fully answer. The questions asked to guests and fans were all so generic: Did you like the episode? What’s was your best memory of filming it? What was your favourite enemy that you fought (asked to a chap who only appeared in a handful of episodes). Then the answers were just as bad: Yes I loved the episode, I thought it was fantastic. Although one chap said it was like a dirty movie for him. That was funny.

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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

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