Facebook and followers

A very slightly exciting technical innovation: it’s now possible to log in to the blog with your FaceBook account and have your profile pic and a link to your profile appear next to your comments (comme ça). There’s a very slight formatting issue and it goes a weird if you log out, but it seems to work fine otherwise.

A very slightly less exciting technical innovation: it’s now possible to ‘follow’ the blog using the widget underneath the Recent Comments/News/Latest/Popular/Tags thingie in the sidebar. I think it means you get to find out when there’s an update or something, but I guess it’s also a way of showing support in a Web 2.0 sort of way.

Let me know if you have any problems.

UPDATE: If you want to link to a site other than your FaceBook profile such as your blog, let me know, either directly or in your first comment, and I’ll make it so – as I’ve just done with Marie’s comments (fingers crossed).


Season finale: Leverage

The finale of Leverage

Blimey. That was quick. Is it over already? Still time flies when you’re having fun. TNT’s Leverage might not be the most original, smartest or even edgiest of series, but if you’re looking for a piece of entertainment to keep your mind vaguely occupied – but not too occupied – you didn’t need to look a whole lot further.

A sort of Hustle-light, it’s seen Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge as a bunch of criminals who turn their talents to helping the little guy fight back against big corporations who have tried to crush them.

And now it’s over, but there’s a second season on the way this summer.

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Inside the St David’s Hotel

St David's Hotel and Spa

It can’t have escaped many people’s attention but at a lot of British television is now being made in Cardiff, including Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who, Casualty (soon) and, of course, big chunks of S4C’s output, including the perennial Pobol Y Cwm.

Not many actors live in Cardiff, though, so where do they stay? The Beeb does have some flats on Cardiff Bay where it puts up actors, but a lot of the time, they end up in the St David’s Hotel and Spa (pictured above. Photo copyright to me. It’s mine.). And, at least one actor is known to take his (usually blonde) conquests there on occasion.

What’s it like inside? Lush, to be honest – and I’ve been there a few times now. But those of you living an inconvenient distance away from Cardiff or who live in Cardiff but have never worked up the courage to go in might well be wondering what it’s like inside – if only to plan your outfit and shoes to suit the decor, should you intend on being one of the aforementioned conquests.

Stop wondering – here’s Caerdydd to show you.

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Sitting Tennant

Today’s Sitting Tennants (from Rullsenberg, Sister Chastity and Jaradel): Butetown, Look Back in Anger and one of his parties

David Tennant in Butetown

David Tennant in Look Back in Anger

David Tennant gets lucky

Today’s Sitting Tennants come from Ms Rullsenberg, new arrival Sister Chastity and Jaradel. Ms Rullsenberg’s (who also provided us with these two alternates but they’re so similar I couldn’t count them as separate shots) comes from that ubiquitous video diary camera that DT seems to carry with him everywhere. He seems to have been scared by something, again, probably someone bringing in another cushion to match his existing nettle flax monstrosity.

For her first Sitting Tennant, Sister Chastity (everyone give her a big hello of welcome, please) has answered Marie’s call for lounging/louche Tennants and gone for something not in the least provocative at all, no doubt trying to stun some of the leading captioners into silence to give some of those at the rear a chance to catch up. Naughty, naughty, Sister Chastity, but I like your style.

Meanwhile, Jaradel seems intent on proving that DT isn’t as adverse to brunettes as previously thought (as if his [allegedly] shagging Nicola Bryant wasn’t enough), with this candid shot from one of his everyday, common or garden variety parties. I’m sure there’s a cat missing his cream somewhere, judging from that smile.

That means the scoreboard for the picture competition now stands as follows, with Jaradel getting an extra Obama-esque point for giving brunettes hope:

  1. Rullsenberg: 9
  2. Jaradel: 5
  3. Rosby: 2.5
  4. Sister Chastity: 1

Meanwhile, back at the witty caption competition – which got only slightly sidetracked into discussions of classical and pre-classical Greek representations of women, hair colour as character-defining in classics of English literature, Northern Irish prison history, coups d’êtat, my Great Blonde Elevator and the exact angle of incidence David Tennant’s back needs to make to the vertical for him to be considered sitting – we had surprisingly few actual captions, despite it once again being one of the most commented items on the blog.

Ms Rullsenberg, however, got three points for having the wittiest and a topical caption for picture 1, while Toby’s alternate caption for picture 2 gets him the double points this time. But Jane Henry’s frenzied captioning means she’s now just one point away from Toby (watch out Tobes!) and Jaradel’s musical interlude means she’s managed to pull away from Rev/Views while he’s moving house to take her to within striking distance of, ironically enough, the striking Persephone as well as Ms Rullsenberg.

  1. Marie: 26.5
  2. Toby: 23.5
  3. Jane Henry: 22.5
  4. Persephone: 15.5
  5. Rullsenberg: 14.5
  6. Jaradel: 12
  7. Rev/Views 10
  8. Scott, Electric Dragon: 3
  9. Aaron: 2

BTW, the fame of Sitting Tennant has now spread and we have new fans over at Flickfilosopher (which meant Sitting Tennant actually made it onto Google News this week) and the not at all scarily titled David Tennant’s Gutter Gang forums. It’s even warranted an article over on Kasterborus. Hello everyone and welcome to the marvellous world of David Tennant not standing up. Feel free to come and join the fun.

As always, captions and new submissions for the gallery, please. Remember, you can submit as many (witty) captions as you like for each and every picture, with topical captions (and pictures of David Tennant in current productions) getting extra marks. The wittiest caption for each picture will get double points. And there’s a bonus point for using Gary Numan lyrics appropriately.

Got a picture of David Tennant sitting, lying down or in some indeterminate state in between? Then leave a link to it below and if it’s judged suitable, it will appear in the “Sitting Tennant” gallery. You can also enter the witting and amusing captions league table by commenting on existing photos in the gallery.

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