Sunday, August 31, 2008


I'm not much of a watcher of celebrity knockout competition TV, but BBC 2's Maestro is cracking TV.

Jane Asher
Every week, the celebs conduct a short piece of classical music and they are judged by a panel of experts. The poorest is voted off. It's better than it sounds. Earlier on in the series, Peter Snow had the orchestra in chaos, whereas Goldie seems to be have the Midas touch, despite being unable to read music.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

The London Olympics

I watched some of the closing ceremony of the Olympic games. It is extraordinary what you can do with a few thousand humans, some serious stage lighting and a few million pounds. Then came the British.

A London bus appeared with the Brian Rogers dancers in tow. The dancers, representing the average Londoner, looked more like the zombies from Shaun of the Dead. The top of the bus opened as if by magic to reveal a poorly lit bush from which appeared Leona Lewis. Leona's bush was cut into the shape of the London skyline, although this fact had to be pointed out to you be the commentator as it wasn't easy to see.
Olympic Closing ceremony
Leona did a duet with octogenarian rocker Jimmy Page before David Beckham kicked a ball into the crowd.

I watched the spectacle, not in awe as I had the Chinese contribution, but in embarrassment. We can only guess at what pearly-queen-chelsea-pensioner- beefeater-black-cab nonsense is going to be on show in London 2012.


Littering postmen

Rubber bands discarded by postmen
If you walk the streets of your town and look at the pavement you will come across red rubber bands scattered at intervals. What is the source of this litter? Postmen. Our cheery Royal Mail delivery man thinks it is fine to discard the rubber bands that keep his bundles of letters together on the pavement whenever he is finished with them.

What Postie hasn't considered is that a curious swan might get its majestic neck stuck in one of the bands and then he wouldn't just be in trouble with me, but with the Queen and Paul Burrell too. He wouldn't like that, would he?


Monday, August 18, 2008

Michael Phelps is good at swimming

Michael Phelps has proved that he can indeed swim like a fish by wining eight Olympic golds in China.
Michael Phelps
But no-one likes a show-off.