Category Archives: TV and Films

House of illness

We’re having a relaxed Saturday again, although i think we might go a little crazy if we stay in all day. 

Daisy is ill, and has spent most of the morning lying on the couch being cute and reading her CBeebies magazine (i succumbed to ill cute in tesco). speaking of CBeebies, if you want to be outraged you should read the thread about the new cbeebies presenters – usally i go look at the cbeebies forums for a laugh1. it only takes five minutes and you find post  like this:

“You only need to compare Chris and Pui’s stagey and lacklustre Recycling Song with the dynamic and powerful rendition delivered by the Sid-Andy axis to see that the writing was on the wall sometime back in ’07. Oh yes.”

i find it mildly amusing when people post like this, its just a level i never really think about with cbeebies – but the venom that some people appear to be spewing because the beeb have dared to put someone with a missing arm on the telly is quite shocking (but expected I suppose).

back in the jumps house – Daisy has gone to sleep on my leg… it’s very cute.

1 I would like to point out, i’ve never posted on the cbeebies forums, I haven’t yet reached that level.

Well, that was unexpected!

The Green Balloon Club, for the uninitiated, is a nature programme on the fabulous CBeebies channel. They usually talk about bird feeders and minibeasts, and leaves, and whatnot, and then they sing a song.  Daisy loves it, so we generally make a point of watching it.  Today, however, they broke with the entire format in order to tell the story of the Nativity.  It wasn’t entirely faithful – it was rather skewed towards excessive mention of the animals involved (and I’ve never seen a rabbit in the stable before!), and the small matter of WHY the baby was special, that he was, in fact, the Son of God sent to save humanity from its own wickedness, was airbrushed out entirely, but nevertheless, there was Mary and Joseph, an angel, some shepherds, some kings, gold, frankincense, myrrh, and a general sense that the story was the reason for the presents under the tree.  I was most impressed.

I think, on balance, I’d have liked the Son of God bit, even if it was qualified with “Christians believe that…”  Still, after an afternoon of the Grinch, it was a refreshing change.

The credit crunch and old man potter

It can’t have escaped your notice, but there are quite a few large banks in a bit of bother at the moment, and quite a lot of headless chickens running around shouting, “Don’t panic!” I have moments where I just think they should let them fall; after all, it’s the capitalist economy everyone is so fond of – if things don’t work, they should be left to fail. But then I’m not actually one for believing in capitalism. Maybe that’s for another post.

What does interest me, is looking at who is playing Old Man Potter.

If you haven’t seen It’s a Wonderful Life go watch it now, I’ll wait; Old Man Potter is a local businessman who is motivated by money and a desire to run Bedford Falls. When there is a run on the bank, and on the Buildings and Loan Company, it’s Old Man Potter who starts buying while everyone else is selling, thus giving him huge sway over everything when it calms down.

The credit crunch is much like the run on the bank, and just like It’s a Wonderful Life, there are people selling while Mr Potter’s buying. At the moment I think it’s Barclays who are doing the best impression of Potter, buying just the nice bits of Lehman Brothers, and not making too much of a fuss about it. Lloyds (The Stupid Bank) are running a close second, merging with HBOS.

But as they are somewhat being forced into it by government– it isn’t quite as good.

I think when the dust settles, there will be a nice big Barclays while the rest pick over the scraps that not everyone is sure they want. Not that I understand economics, or think this is any way to run a planet, but it’s a bit interesting, for now.

A movie not to see

Especially if you have spinnyheaditis.

Why are some moviegoers fleeing from Cloverfield?

“Because the monster-trashes-New-York film, produced by Lost creator JJ Abrams, is causing motion sickness and migraine in some viewers.”

“The problem is that the movie is made in the style of an amateur using a handheld camera. No shot holds still for more than a second or two…. the sense of balance, which depends on the inner ear’s vestibular system, is being confused by this technique”