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Vale Brian Griffin
I know very well that this is my second post on popular culture in two days , heck I can’t help it I am a family Guy Fan as well as a life long Whovian . so obviously I am less than happy that the producers have decided to Kill off Brian:
Its a rather sad day when they kill off your favourite TV dog, anyone would think that family Guy was a complete work of fiction…
Vale Brian Griffin Comrades
- Family Guy: Was killing off Brian Griffin an act of sabotage? (metro.co.uk)
- ‘Family Guy’ — BRIAN GRIFFIN DIES (tmz.com)
- Family Guy fans shocked after major character killed off (itv.com)
- *Spoiler* Family Guy Kills Of Brian (coxillah.com)
- Family Guy shocks fans by killing off a main character (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘Family Guy’ Kills Off a Member Of The Fam (entertainment.time.com)
- RIP Brian Griffin… ? (raptorsclaw.wordpress.com)
Tardis in a timey wimey TV thingy
Well it will surprise no one that I watched the Doctor Who specials on the TV last night, I am a life long fan who can boast having seen the original shows when they first aired, heck I even tried to have may appendectomy postponed so that I could watch the episode that was just beginning as i was being wheeled into theatre at age 9. I thought it was a great show full of a delightful sense of whimsy and fun which is precisely right as far as I am concerned.
I confess to some dislike for the later part of David Tennant’s sojourn in the Tardis but his reprise of the role saw him get back to the fun in preference for the angst and anger riven tortured soul that he was at the end of his tenure . Matt Smith, as the current doctor did not need any re-invention and I found the double act to be very funny. John Hurt as the “war” doctor was a good choice. Overall I think that the episode was most worthy and up to the task of celebrating the 50 year run of Doctor Who.
Likewise the program that followed it on the ABC about the inception and creation of the show was a delight to me on a number of levels. Firstly I have always thought that William Hartnel’s Doctor had tremendous depth and I loved that he was an irascible old curmudgeon who nonetheless stood up for his beliefs. But it was also a great piece of nostalgia about the world of my childhood. The way that everyone smoked incessantly is how I remember the early sixties, along with the hair, the cars and the clunky fashions it was very well done.
Doctor Who has always been about the imagination of the viewers and like so many long running shows it has had some great episodes and some real stinkers, frankly I think that if we were to see it like the curates egg we would have to conclude that it was only ever bad in very small parts.
- ‘Doctor Who’ The Day of the Doctor review: So many references to the past (examiner.com)
- Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary breaks World Record (itv.com)
- Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, BBC One, review (telegraph.co.uk)
- Doctor Who: The Day of The Doctor (biffbampop.com)
- The Day of the Doctor (katsblogofstuff.wordpress.com)
Domestic and National
My brother the computer tech spent most of yesterday afternoon/evening here and now I have two new PCs, my hard-drives were OK so all of my data was spared being fired with the computers. It looks to me that it is not our phone line that has been damaged but the phones themselves along with our data switch/router. the good old credit card will get a workout when I go shopping tomorrow 😦 , I do have insurance for the house but not its contents as we have reasoned that the cost of the premiums would far out weigh the benefits that we may have to claim in this sort of calamity. Even with replacing the fried appliances I expect that it won’t cost more than 1.5k at the very worst (probably around a grand ) and that is only two years premiums. Having lived here for more than fourteen years we are still ahead.
Enough of the domestic disaster stuff its time to enjoy the fact that Kevin Rudd has done precisely as I predicted and resigned from the parliament. I may be wrong here but I can’t help thinking that there was financial incentive for the former Brother Number one to sit at least once in the new Parliament before resigning. that little vanity will probably cost the taxpayers a great deal over the years of his retirement. I had to laugh though as I watched both members of the government and the opposition doing the “hail fellow well met” game on the TV last night. For all of that I think that history will be far from kind to Kevin, and will recall his failings far more than they will recall his successes in high office.
Despite his dreams of once again being a fine and handsome rooster he is very definitely a feather duster now! Which of course begs the question of necessary by-election for the seat of Griffith. Will it too fall to the coalition? This is just like the old Saturday morning serials, without the corny music track!
Cheers indeed Comrades
- Kevin Rudd quits Parliament (smh.com.au)
- It was always about Kevin (smh.com.au)
- Former PM Kevin Rudd quits federal politics (abc.net.au)
- ‘It really is time for me to zip’ (smh.com.au)
- Australian ex-PM Kevin Rudd retires (bbc.co.uk)
If Gonski is the answer what is the question again?
Beware of the pork when it is promised for delivery after September 14 and take with a very large grain of salt any promises made in the next budget because the underlying assumption inherent in any Labor promises no matter how grand or generous, that they will be around to deliver on them is not to be believed by anyone with this in mind I am rather cynical about the so called Gonski reforms. In particular I object to the drivel preached in the TV adds sponsored by the teachers union that suggest that if only more money is spent on special attention for those children struggling with literacy then they will “get it” and magically become successful at their studies.
To my mind its just a total denial of the reality that not every child can be a great scholar. No amount of money and special coaching will change that simple fact. Its obvious to me that what Gillard is trying to do is butter up the parents of those underachieving students with the false hope that Labor can buy their children academic adequacy. Add to that the inherent politics of envy that sees so many socialists resenting the fact that many parents choose to send their children and that those parents are just as entitled as the poorest of the poor to expect some government contribution towards the education of their children. It all adds up to a flurry of half truths and false hopes of academic excellence from all sides of the political spectrum.
Why False hopes you may ask?
Well no matter how much we help the prospects of those who are “lagging”, no matter how much we try to leave none behind there will still be a world out there where every member of the next generation will have to compete with for their place in the economic machine. No amount of delusional dodo race thinking, so beloved of the left, is going to help the children of today compete in the economy of tomorrow. All that will be achieved at a social level by spending ever more on educating our young people will be an ever expanding education industry and the goal posts for entry into every job or profession moving ever further away.
- If Labor goes, Gonski goes with us: Gillard (abc.net.au)
- Gillard and Labor suffer another education policy collapse (iainhall.wordpress.com)
- Gonski hopes for equality- Education for everyone (maireadhannan.com)
Kevin oh Heaven!
A lovely bit of satire from Anthony Ackroyd
I seldom call myself a fan of anything these days but I do like Annie Lennox. I like her musical ability to deliver a song with precision, style and feeling and I love her take no bullshit attitude to the Music and celebrity industries, finally I totally concur with her about the execrable talent shows that infest our TV screens.
- Blog bashing: Lennox fires up over ‘horrible’ TV talent shows (smh.com.au)
- Annie Lennox attacks ‘horrible’ TV talent shows with ‘stupid row of judges’ (donnasummerknights.wordpress.com)
Poofter penguins, lesbian lions, gay gibbons and David Attenborough
I have watched far too many nature documentaries during the course of my life and these days if I am clicking through the TV offerings and land on any offerings from David Attenborough you would not see my finger hit the next button because it happens with out a seconds delay. That said I do appreciate the quality of the footage and the insights into the natural world its just that I think there is only so much of that stuff that anyone can watch in their life time before their brain explodes form shear boredom. Now we have a Gay activist whining that David Attenborough is “ignoring” instances of homosexuality in nature:
Obviously this stems from a desire by many homosexuals to argue against the description of their sexuality as “unnatural”. To this end they scour studies of animal behaviour to find instances of same sex couplings and “gay” sexual activity. Of course there are examples of this aberrant behaviour in other species but as it can not produce progeny it is biologically entirely pointless. That does not mean that we can, by extension, deride and dismiss human homosexuality. Such behaviour does seem to be in the nature of a small percentage of our species and I personally don’t see what all the fuss is about as long as we respect the rights of all of our individuals to share their genitalia with any other consenting adult regardless of their gender it does not matter to me how “natural” or ” unnatural” such behaviour is. Maybe its time for Gay activists like Brett Mills to get over himself and stop trying to force all of society to think the same way that he does about sexuality.
- David Attenborough accused of excluding homosexuality from animal documentaries (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Wildlife documentaries. No homo? (safaricamkenya.com)
- The phenomenon of homosexuality in today’s world (english.pravda.ru)
Just for a change of pace here I’m going to share with my dear readers what I’m waiting for the postman to deliver…
When you have to spend time lying down there is not much better than pretending that you are a badass street racer especially if its in cars that you would love to own or drive in the real world …