Posted on March 20, 2008 | |
Oh bugger. And they were doing so well. Okay, last week's was a bit arse, although fine as comedy. But this week's was a bit dull really and just a touch silly.
Which is odd, because it was a PJ Hammond script. I remember coming out of last year's PJ Hammond episode wondering how they managed to balls up what should have been a classic and it's happened again.
I've worked it out though. I know what's wrong.
They haven't got Shaun O'Riordan.
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Posted on March 17, 2008 | |
There's a saying that “technology begets technology”.
I know this because I made it up a minute ago.
I used to have a 21“ 4:3 TV that I bought ex-rental from Rumbelows for £50. Then, six months later, I bought a DVD player from Woolworths for the princely sum of £150 (oh the extravagance). Being a purist, I insisted on watching movies on it in letterbox format rather than 4:3.
It looked rubbish. So I had to go out and buy myself a 28” widescreen set from Matsui (aka Dixons own brand). As I said, technology begets technology.
This lasted me all of nine years before keeling over and dying in January. So I bought myself a replacement - an HD-capable Sony Bravia 26“ LCD tele. This has a really nice picture when dealing with digital sources connected using an HDMI cable (eg my Apple TV, particularly now I've set it to 1080i 50Hz rather than 720); it has a reasonably fuzzy/crap picture with analogue sources (ie anything that uses a SCART cable such as a standard DVD player or a Sky box).
My DVD player keeled over and died on Friday: Davina McCall and the T1000 are to blame. I managed to fix it once, through the manly use of screwdrivers and ”shaking it a bit“, but that little Alba DVD player wasn't coming back from the dead for a second time. Bang goes £17.99 worth of electronics from Sainsbury's straight into the pink ”small household electrical appliances“ recycling bin at Makro on the Greenwich Peninsula.
We therefore had a few choices
- Go without a DVD player.
- Buy an equally cheap DVD player from Sainsbury's or Argos.
- Buy a colossally expensive Blu-ray player
- Buy a colossally expensive HD-DVD player
- Buy a £50 DVD player with HD-upres capabilities
Which would you have picked?
- What are you? Amish?
- A reasonable conclusion that would condemn you to another year of slightly fuzzy DVD playback
- Interesting call, rich early adopter. They'll be £100 cheaper in a year and the disks are still nearly £30 each. I can wait
- Ha ha ha! I've got a Betamax I can sell you if you want
- Correct. Technology begets technology and if you have an HD set, you need a DVD player that can upgrade the DVD picture to HD quality.
So we headed off to Argos and bought ourselves a Philips DVP 5960 and HDMI cable for £7 (see what I meant about Curry's overpricing?). Here's our experience so far
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Posted on March 17, 2008 | |
Sean Maguire seems to be a bit popular these days. In fact, the post where I realised that the young Aidan from Grange Hill was in fact the gay guy in The Class (now on E4 on repeated loop) is the third most popular of the blog (via Google Image Search, unsurprisingly).
While wandering around St Anns shopping mall in Harrow on the Hill the other day, I couldn't help noticing his name on the poster for Meet the Spartans, the new 'comedy' starring Carmen Electra and Kevin 'Hercules' Sorbo, among others. Does anyone else think that perhaps there's something in the tap water at Grange Hill that produced a certain physical change? Or maybe that's a stunt chest.
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