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Boom boom

From Maggies, via Chuckles, a selection from the old Hollywood Squares gameshow many of us over here know nothing of:

Q.. Paul, what is a good reason for pounding meat?
A. Paul Lynde: Loneliness!

Q . Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q. According to Cosmopolitan, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he’s married?
A.. Rose Marie: No, wait until morning.

Poignant dialogues

We all have our poignant movie moments.  For me, it’s not just the one-liner, the romantic sob-moment where we both break down and cry or the funny scene – it’s a dialogue which adds to understanding of life in general.

In the Condor, there were a few such, not least the end where the nature of the Great Game was discussed.  This one was also poignant:

People have taken this from The Third Man to task but methinks it’s true of Italy:…

Angelic voices

Having neither TV nor radio and almost never bothering with sound and vision online, there are so many I’ve simply not listened to.

However, I was watching HIGNFY on Youtube and heard one of the most relaxing female voices, thinking that whoever was her partner might be a quite happy man. Don’t know much about her, don’t know her character, whether she’s nice or not, left or right – I just know her voice is lovely:

The case for the BBC to be defunded

The face of the BBC:


Not original, it was at Breitbart but some readers might not have seen:

The publicly funded broadcaster is willing to silence, or cut off callers that it doesn’t want – in Nolan’s words – “taking up the airwaves”.

Nolan – a presenter on BBC 5 Live and BBC Northern Ireland – can be heard ignoring the clearly agitated callers’ requests for balance in their coverage, with multiple people telling him that they are sick of being made to feel perpetually guilty about the migrant crisis.

Marathon HIGNFY

Don’t know about you but I particularly dislike Paul Merton, Hislop is a twerp but apart from that, this had to be one of the most, if not the most, entertaining episode.  Not having a tele, it’s the first time I’ve seen this one which took 80 minutes odd to deliver by Boris.

Plus she’s easy on the eyes.  The weight of those things!

Still miss Angus Deayton. Just grab a coffee or something harder – we’ll wait for you with Part 2.…

Greatest English language novels

Needless to say, I disagree with some on this list sent by Chuckles.

For a start, you can throw off the Virginia Woolfe guff and put on maybe the Brontes.  Woolfe was a feminazi, so she has no place there.

There are so many great novels not on that list either but that’s to be expected as it’s the Guardian:

In my opinion many of the Guardian books do not even reach second rate. To Kill a Mockingbird is a pastiche of caricatures, it is not by coincidence that it is mostly read by 5th graders.

Oh yeah. That’s the stuff.

In all seriousness though, which are your top five?  That’s a tough call.…

Miss Ida B. ChoAzz

This one comes from This is True and illustrates that even in a seemingly straightforward story, there’s often a slant which alters the picture or gives a backstory which explains the one presented.

Here’s the story as presented to the media:

Bill Erwin was in the grocery store with his wife when he “heard my wife scream ‘He’s got my purse!’” The thief bolted out the door of the Spokane, Wash., store. Heidi Muat was outside and gave chase.

“We ran over to the freeway,” Muat said. “We had to dodge some traffic and once he realized I wasn’t going to stop because I was dodging traffic with him, we headed to the freeway and he looked and saw he had nowhere to go other than running, and I said I can outrun you, give it up, and he just looked at me and tossed the purse.”

Police charged Ronald Warner with the theft.