Category: Literature & performing arts

writing, film, TV, radio, theatre

Tail wagging the dog

Not everyone reads Breitbart, so this might be news:

Some of Britain’s best-loved and most watched programmes, including EastEnders and Coronation Street, are to be monitored for their ethnic, gender and sexual orientation diversity as part of a new scheme to be rolled out eventually across the whole of British television.

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Sky are all taking part in Project Diamond, a scheme which will gather data on the gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity of all key staff working in television production, from the actors to the sound technicians.

All of the information will be fed into an encrypted computer system which will anonymise the data and allow trends to be monitored. The organisation behind Project Diamond, the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) has said that initial data will present a broad picture analysis, but it hopes to be able to monitor individual shows within time, The Guardian has reported.

Bit of Poirot

One of the better ones – it went off Youtube for a while but is [temporarily] back until some spoilsport removes it again:

Dr. Fell

It’s moments like this August day that one’s mind lightly drifts to Richard Dreyfus and so does that of Chuckles:

dreyfus insert

I’ve absolutely nothing to say about that, except maybe direct to DVD or direct to the bin so leaving the film to one side, the question of Dreyfus is one which troubles me.…

The fifth element

According to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, physicists at the University of California, Irvine, may have discovered a previously unknown subatomic particle that’s evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature. Space.com reports

Uh-huh.  I read down the page a bit:

‘The experimentalists weren’t able to claim that it was a new force,’ Feng said. ‘They simply saw an excess of events that indicated a new particle, but it was not clear to them whether it was a matter particle or a force-carrying particle.’

Let’s look at that again. They weren’t able to determine what the vague thing was, so it looks like a 5th element, eh?  I’m not altogether clear why I’m weary too, so that means I’ve discovered the life force itself, does it not?

[h/T haiku]…