Top 10 Christmas Films

As there is now under a month till Christmas, and that this 30 blog a day effort is collectively called ‘The Write-mare before Christmas’, it seems appropriate to do this top ten list. Yes in my continuing quest to find my favourite film, doing top tens by categories and sub categories continues with my favourite Christmas films….well films set at Christmas at least. Would they be yours too?

10. Elf (2003)


What stands out for me – Will Ferrell’s performance is terrific and laugh out loud at times. The premise of an Elf leaving Santa and seeing the real world had been done before in Santa Clause the Movie, but Elf adds new fun to hold its own, make you laugh and give you that christmassy feeling.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Peter Dinkalidge

Great quote –  Gimbel’s Manager: Why are you smiling like that?

Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite

9. A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas Story

What stands out for me – This film is more associated with and watched in America. Although for me it still shows the magic of being a kid a Christmas and some realities that come with it. Well worth checking out in other countries too. Oh and this was the film that spawned the iconic image of a false leg lamp shade too.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Darren McGavin

Great quote –  Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.

Mother: He does not!

Mr. Parker: He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare! Read more of this post

Doctor Who Live After Party – Review


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.

For some reason the BBC thought 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)

Splash poster

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)


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)


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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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.


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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The Orange Lemon Song

You ever find yourself in one of those situations where you pick up a piece of fruit and it resembles another piece of fruit, so you write a song about it?

Well here it is. It’s a bit silly, but when you sing it in your head (or out loud) use Chris De Burgh’s ‘Lady in Red’ as the tune.

An Orange Lemon

The Orange Lemon Song Read more of this post

10 Fascinating Sci-Fi Book’s Cover Art – Robert A. Heinlein

Whilst researching for another blog I will be doing. I got somewhat distracted by some of the most fascinating and hilarious book cover art of Sci-Fi writers.

There is so much good stuff out there that I could concentrate a whole post to just one author. Robert A Heinlein. I don’t know if he had a hand in any choosing any of these covers, but I urge you to be distracted from whatever you are doing and take a look at 10 book covers that will both dazzle and confuse you equally. Enjoy.

Fellas in pants

No better way to navigate than in your pants. ‘Say could you use another head or two up front?’ Read more of this post

Monkey Bear


Now, obviously we all know what a Monkey Bear looks like.

Latin Bear

——————————————–Monkey Bear 3

I thought it might be fun to turn this everyday creature into a Weeble, just like I’ve done before with people (Which you can see in my other Resident Weeble Artwork).

So here he is, Monkey Bear Weeble. Isn’t he lovely.

Monkey Bear Weeble

For much better art work and to see an animal of the month by several talented artists, please visit Mr Toodle and friend’s blog at ‘A little bit bunny’ . It’s really good.


Remember to enjoy my fellow ’28 Day Writers’ blogs today at Sudo One & A Piece of Pandemonium

Football Bigamy

Football 86

There are some people who treat football like a marriage, or a least co-habiting relationship. They are inseparable from the team they support. They go through thick and thin with their team and stay together whether times are good or bad.

I’d probably say my relationship with football is more like a niece or nephew, I don’t see them all the time, but I enjoy it when I do. And if I can’t see them, I might check in on a review of their wellbeing, and at least check on their grades/results. Read more of this post

Your musical appreciation is actually hated by all

mixed tape 2

Music really is quite a private thing.  Your own personal tastes will never be exactly the same as the next person. Even if it’s really close between two people, I reckon there will be a least one other song you’ll prefer to their choice. Which is one reason why MP3 players are absolutely amazing. The ultimate mixed tape. A mix of your absolute favourite songs by various artists that can be updated as your tastes and moods change.

But MP3 players have been around for ages, we all know about them, so why mention it now? Read more of this post

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