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Dave Gorman is goodish

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments · Life

In the past few weeks I have been enjoying Modern Life is Goodish on Dave, featuring Dave Gorman and his PowerPoint slides. Dave Gorman seems to have found a nice little niche doing shows that owe more to presentations than to stand-up comedy but are nevertheless funny.  I imagine that he would be funny without […]

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Genesis: together and apart

October 6th, 2014 · Comments Off · Music

I got round to watching that Genesis documentary on the iPlayer today. (Still available for a few days). It was entertaining enough but didn’t really have much in there for fans. It was good to see the five main members together in one room talking, but not much from that session was actually used – […]

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Computers do it faster…

September 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Technology

…but people do it better! I was quite amused to see the BBC news at lunchtime. At work we have it on screens in the lobby, with the sub-titles on. The sub-titles are, I am pretty sure generated by some computer speech recognition software, and it was having some trouble with David Cameron at PMQs. […]

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This is an ex-Python. It is no more.

July 21st, 2014 · Comments Off · Life

Well I watched the last ever Monty Python show on TV almost live (had to pause it to take the dogs over the field) and was a bit underwhelmed. To be fair, I think this was one of things where you just had to be there. I remember watching an old episode of Fawlty Towers, […]

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An advertising question

July 18th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Life

Saw a TV advert the other day. It was for a specific product, said how good it was, then mentioned how it was on special offer at a specific supermarket and ended with that supermarket’s branding. Who would have placed the advert? The manufacturer or the supermarket? Both working together? Maybe the supermarket placed the […]

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Starbucks culture shock

June 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Life

Earlier today I watched an interview with Howard Schultz, the Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, on The Daily Show, amidst a haze of cognitive dissonance. The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart is very much a left wing liberal in US terms but instead of ripping into Schultz for dodgy tax accounting he seemed to be […]

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TV crossovers

April 2nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Life

I quite like it when one TV show crosses over into another one. It always used to be a rare treat, just because it was so rare. If it still goes on then I don’t see much of it, probably because I don’t watch any of those evening-long charity telethons, and if I did then […]

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Revenge of the Egghead

March 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Life

When people my age hear the name CJ the first thing that pops into our head is “I didn’t get where I am today”, but that is closely followed by the bloke who used to be on Eggheads and then wasn’t. I stopped watching Eggheads a while ago for no particular reason but last week […]

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Brutalism at the Beeb

February 27th, 2014 · Comments Off · Life

I’m a bit hooked on the series Jonathan Meades has been doing on brutalism, even though I can’t really say I enjoy it. It is compelling but almost impossible to make any sense of. For a show about a particular school of architecture it is very short on hard facts about that architecture or the […]

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Those affected by politics

February 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Politics

I was watching one of those BBC Four documentaries on American rock music the other day. It was mostly about all those LA hair metal bands and then it started talking about more ‘authentic’ musicians like Springsteen, Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp and one phrase just jumped out at me. The voiceover was saying […]

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