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Can’t @jamie_oliver Dream Average?

Can’t @jamie_oliver Dream Average?

I watched Jamie’s Dream School last night. Jamie proposes to inspire twenty young people with diminished interest in education to see it’s potential. The Dream School uses celebrity ‘experts’ to make the lessons more interesting, ‘inspirational’ individuals like Rolf Harris, Simon Callow, Robert Winston and others. To my mind, TV chefs probably need to stay in the kitchen. Jamie doing this amounts to nothing more than another attempt to increase his popularity / notoriety as a saviour of the down…

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Stupid House

Stupid House

I’ve been watching a lot of House. Both my wife and me have been working througgh some cheaply acquired box sets. Up to Season 3, we watched them without prior viewing; but now, we’ve started into the territory that overlaps the programmes on TV we’ve seen over the last couple of years. Sometimes, I’ve forgotten what happens or a detail has slipped, but other times the memory of the episode remains so fresh I can’t really justify watching it again….

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Book Piles and Gumshoes

Book Piles and Gumshoes

I have been reading like a demon of late. In the last couple of weeks I have finished reading three books – Life in a Medieval Village, FlashForward and The Esoterrorists. Admittedly, I had reached the halfway point in one and another amounted to only 88 pages; but, I’m impressed even if no one else is. I have reasonably good cause to read each of these volumes. I have far too many books lying around the house not to have…

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Regions Bleepings

Regions Bleepings

I hate the way the world works when it comes down to special features on DVDs. I mean, for the love of Bob, why does it have to be so complicated. I mean, I heard the theme tune for Xena: Warrior-Princess the other day and got a hankering for seeing some of the series. I loved that show. Lucy Lawless as Xena – goddess. Gabriel – mini-goddess. Callisto – ah… drool central. What’s not to love about the show? Anyway,…

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Was there Life on Mars?

Was there Life on Mars?

Ashes to Ashes closed the televised Hunt era – and the Quattro died. Viewers watched as the slow reveal unfurled on what had been happening all along, and the purpose – and perhaps identity – of Jim Keats became clear. I’d a nagging suspicion since Keats first appeared, and the visits to his office – 2-bar heating always burning brightly – suggested a little corner of Hell existed in Fenchurch East. Yes, I admit the conclusion felt a little tagged…

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Heroic Effort… Not!

Heroic Effort… Not!

I have the feeling that Heroes (Season 4) has become the uncle you have to invite round for Christmas despite the fact you find him creepy, that he always drinks too much and if given the chance will corner you to discuss the finer points of Real Ale. Whatever you’re misgivings you have to invite him because you have a binding agreement with your parents that you will… because your uncle fought in the Falklands War and he had that…

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Absolute Comparison

Absolute Comparison

I just saw the GoCompare.com advert with the opera signer. Apparently, the character, called Gio Compario, the creation of veteran husband-and-wife advertising team Chris Wilkins and Sian Vickers, is intended to reclaim market-share from Comparethemarket.com. I wander whether 20 years can dull the senses enough to make someone in marketing believe they have come up with an idea? Personally, I cannot fail to make comparisons with The Laughing Man from the classic, and fabulous, ‘Absolutely‘. A stereo-typically rotund opera singer,…

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