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And if you treat it as such you will enjoy it. IF,and I say IF, you watch the latter series. The early ones, ones with her husband are VERY weak indeed but the later ones where the younger woman has control of half the company are fresh and vital. I think this is due to the storylines moving away from the company and more to the characters themselves. It's good and simple US comedy that has to be taken as fun. As with many other programmes if you try and analyse it too much (which is easy to do in the earlier series's) you will just not get it all. Now Veronica's Closet has been shown on Sky One at varying times with the newer epsiodes being on after the first showing of the latest series of Friends (if that makes sense!) now the problem there is that it seem after Friends finished it's new episodes run the series of Veronica's closet reverted to an old series (whether they ran out of new epsiodes I don't know) so that kind of brought my enjoyment to an end. The earlier ones are the sort of thing you only watch when there is nothing else on. One very commendable fact about the newer series is the amazing opening credits with one of Mobys great songs on it. Watch it, but watch out!
If you haven't seen these two videos then you haven't lived. A selection of some amazing goofs and funny impressions presented by Kryten (including goofs from the making of the video itself) give you an interesting insight to what else the RD crew get up to. Many are the times when Chris Barrie slides into one of his impressions, the best being, of course, Kenneth Williams for which he has the perfect nose for. But the simple line goofs hit the spot every time. There is the problem of repetition that you tend to get in these clips videos of when you see the same scene time and time again it loses it's hilarity even if the last mistake is a humdinger. I would have liked both videos to be longer but clips videos seem to like to stay shorter for some reason. This is one video that would work very well in a dvd format if it was reedited with less commentary but unfortunately I think this is doubtful.
That is, the last couple of special episodes they made. There was uproar, mainly due to the repeated inuendo and outright evidence (including the tissue stuck to Dorothy's face) and the fact that this was I believe post Watershed but not late enough and being such a popular program already had a young following. I don't agree with that but one thing I do agree on is the quality of the last episodes. Going from inuendo to baltancy is not a good idea in my mind as it just weakened what had come before. The storyline is something that is believeable especially after both Deborah and Dorothy broke up with Tony and Gary then realised what else was there, maybe it was the fact of knowing it was coming to an end which made it feel less interesting than normal. And as with many other programs having a summing-up epsiode that ends the premise of a character (in this case having Tony becoming a postman and becoming 'straight') it can just be depressing rather than fulfilling. It was a nice way to end the series with them all being happy but it did go against the fun image the show had. Maybe everyone had just grown up, including the characters and type of men they portrayed. If you want to watch them all again, please do so, I would personally like to get all of them on DVD to plough through but the last 2 epsiodes? Tread carefully.
For anyone who saw the last few episodes of the latest series of Last of the Summer Wine you would have to say that they saw Bill Owen off really well. The fact that he kept going right to the end shows that he loved the role and despite his illness he wanted to keep going. The way the script was rewritten to comemorate his life was amazing and it brought tears to my eyes. And in an ideal world they would have had one more episode and finished it right there. The idea of bringing in Bill Owen's own son to play his characters son was a good one but they made a mistake at the end of that episode. They decided, 'hey lets try and bring some of the wackyness back into LOTSW, the sort we had in the old days with baths running down hilly roads etc'. But even LOTSW had moved on, the town looked more and more like a normal town and even Barry had moved into a house on an estate. The old friends looked increasingly out of place, totally against the idea of being stuck away in a quiet gree place in the middle of the countryside. If it had finished when Compo's son said I could be very happy here, I'm home or whatever it was I could have just about been happy. But no. From the next episode to the end it was utter tripe. I watched one more epsiode and turned off after 10 minutes. I only saw some of the other bits due to my parents watching it in the next room. I do wander if the BBC's demands for more epsiodes of the show was the major reason they kept going? If so what depths are the BBC going to? And they still want another series? How can they?
Even really late night, when I have the misfortune to come across it flicking around the channels or accidentally turning on the sound when using teletext. When this happens I KNOW it is time to go to sleep. Now I have seen him do some really good stuff on other shows in the past but this is the largest amount of dross that I have ever seen. His own pieces are so contrived and when he uses pathetic pieces of video to prove his point he is dragging the depths of the sewers in which his career is going. Now he is capable of so much more so why does he have to throw out such stupid rubbish? Does he really need the money that much? And do the tv channels think this is good tv? Brrrrrrrrrr, makes me shudder to even think of it.
That you can watch again and again and still see something new in each one, another being Dad's Army. And although both of these classics are oft repeated there seems to be little chance of seeing a full run. UK Gold did seem to do this but it was at an inconvienient time. It seems amazing that it is indeed so old even though evidence of this is often seen, especially in the displays the shop had and when you compare how some of the currenrt stars look (Wendy Richards being the best example) compared to back then. There is the obviuous double entrendres with Mrs Slocums pussy being the best example (and best joke at times!) but to me now the whole situation is alien to me, a department store? Very odd. There is something else I would like to say about Are You Being Served and that is the follow-up Grace and Favour. Now I loved it. Although it was VERY weakly connected to AYBS it has the same characters (minus Mr Lucas) it was a very good piece of old fashioned British comedy that made for a very nice piece of Saturday evening entertainment. Pity they never made any more after the first series. I think the only way you will get to see them is if you go to the US where they are desperate for AYBS as they loved the 'cute british stuff'.
IE don't even suggest making any more (not that that is going to happen) as with Only Fools and Horses it would be silly to try and stretch the idea out anymore. It was getting a little stretched at the very end and the future selves clip at the end of the last? episode seemed like they were only doing that because it was expected. For me the thought of things being practically the same with a Saffy under the thumb went against my ideas of whart should happen. Ideally the worm would have turned and Patsy and Eddie would have been sent to a smelly old people home where everyone was forced to wear dodgy clothes :) My favourite episode or rather part of epsiode is the Morocco one, at the very end where Eddie can smelly honey and yoghurt. Watch it! You have to, the look on their faces is amazing! I'm soopy, I like to see happy bits! I don't think I could watch epsiodes back to back like many other programs (indeed I have done in things like Red Dwarf) but they are certainly worth pulling out and having a laugh over.
Bunch of laughs! From the very first scene in the film the preparatory scene the audience I was with was cracking up throughout the film. Even in some of the more gruesome parts of the film there were laughs, some because the situation as funny or seeing something 'very 80's' but mainly due to the wonderful flat voiceover of the main character played by Christian Bale. His deadpan voice is wonderful and the way he built up for the part (in record time I read) makes him totally believable for the part he plays. I have not read the book (but indeed to at some point due to the film) but there does seem to be some bits missing from the film in terms of what else was going on but I guess that was to do with the flow of the film and it's 'interesting' conclusion. A good film but weird! And now I've seen it I don't think I'll be seeing it again. Not a dvd/video purchase I think.
I think one problem with the Cannes awards are that they are foreign and indeed seem to be more disposed towards foreign films being judged (mostly being other European countries) if you look at the list of films being judged. Now nothing wrong with this atall but really this must cut down on the number of peoples interest in the festival itself. Or rather, interest in any of the bulk of the films. Now this would explain all the interest in who is going to what party and who is seen rather than the actual films With the Oscars the actual ceremony is still seen (by the media coverage in any case) as the important thing with who is wearing what coming second. But at Cannes it is totally the other way round. It seems to be all about the parties as well as the release of films, more recently even films have been publicised that have nothing to do with the festival! If you saw the C4 special on Honest showing the members of All Saints you will have seen what I mean. It's all about the parties and being seen and answering mass numbers of stupid questions. In the actual press coverage of Cannes the films don't seem to be mentioned. Who won Cannes this year? I don't know! But I do know that Honest was loved by the Americans but hated by the British. Now what does that say about the importance of Cannes?
Nowadays the Oscars is something that is on but is of no relevance to anyone, and certainly not something that any sane person would want to put themselves through! I hadn't watched the ceremony for many years but I watched the most recent one and I must say the only entertaining bit there was was watching all the intro Billy Crystal did, all the film matte stuff and seeing someone from one of thr US networks wandering round the theatre before it all started and ended up being very excited sitting on the lap of some big star. But as soon as Billy Crystals piece was finished the whole thing just plummeted in quality. The people they get to present the awards seem to have lot their brains before they get to the podium and the lengths they go to to put spaces in for all the US advertsing gets SO annoying after about the second break. I know that all the small films and the 'smaller' awards such as clothing or best use of a paperclip in a multimillion film have to be seen and indeed are often the only way some countries will ever see an oscar but why can't they get all the interesting awards out of the way first? Then we will get to know exactly what we want to know, ie who is best actor/actress, what is best film, and then allow us to go to sleep and not have to wade through another couple of hours of slow, dragging boredom before we find out these things? Never again!
I'm looking forwards to this film. The trailer looks interesting and is certainly powerful which is always a good sign. As anyone who saw the AWFUL League of Super Heroes on Channel 5 a few weeks ago there is always a worry that what looks wonderful on the page looks ridiculous and stupid. Rubber costumes have had a variety of successes and failure. The Batman trilogy looked good but only Batman, some of the other chartacters looked ridiculous. The only thing that looks good in terms of rubber is dark colours, especially black. Funny how the costumes shown in the trailer seem to be black! There was a previous go at trying to do the X-Men a few years ago done from the point of view of the trainees and having them as teenagers. Now this worked rather well apart from the TERRRIBLE irish accent Rogue? had. Now that sort of thing really gets to me and threw me for much of the film. Especially bad when done by Americans. Now this film did manage to do the job rather well depending on characters rather than special effects which while they were used well did seem to rather stick out. Using Dwight Schultz as the baddie did give it a kind of Batmanesque feel but generally a good start to what would have made a good tv series. Now if this new film is as good as it looks and manages to actually be a generally good film and placates the mad fans who will pick at it and say oh Wolverines eyes are yellow not blue (or somesuch styuff) then there is potential for future films which has been missing recently. Scream 3 and Leathal Weapon 4 didn't really hit the spot.
And I have done for a few years. That's the 12 o'clock Neighbours episode on UK Gold and the 5.35pm epsiode on BBC 1. And although the old version is not bad it really is SOOOO dated. I watch it more due to the fact that I know what is going to happen,either in the storyline or to one character in the future. The most recent example of this is Cheryl and Lou, it was such a pain seeing all the 'I'm going to get him' antics of Cheryl but it's all made better by the fact that I know she is going to be knocked down and killed in a much later epsiode :) And with Julie who was such a whining annoyance recenmtly I know she'll fall to her death later on as well. Makes it worthwhile sometimes! Just wish I knew the same about the Scully parents! But I much prefer the new Neighbours. For one thing, however shallow you may all think it, there are a GREAT deal more lovely women in it now! Just look at some of them, Anne being one great example. Now that is a lovely woman! And thank god they gave her and Bill a really happy ending which is rare enough nowadays. Libby always looks hot and seeing her in her wedding dress will be a sight for sore eyes. But Neighbours now just seems so much more vibrant than I ever remember the older epsiodes as being when they were first on. Well, well worth seeing the BBC Neighbours, the storylines have become more bearable and they are even hinting at a bit of happiness for Lance after the great set of sadness he was given. Watch for the wide range of storylines but you can also just watch!
There are very clear cut periods in Cambridge and we have just moved into the one which is the MOST annoying. The end of term feels rather nice with a feeling in the air of tension (where I can feel good as I'm not them) and then happiness when it is all over and then relaxation when they are just ticking off the days to leave, then graduation and then the majority of the student disappear until October. That was last week. This week the whole of Cambrfidge is crawling with bloody tourists. This is very noticable on the route I take to my afternoon job which does past Great St Marys and down Kings Parade and Trumpington Street. So this is a warning to Tourists and Language School brats! DO NOT stop suddenly in the middle of the pavement, however wonderful you may think the front of the Fudge Shop is don't stop dead otherwise someone may shoulder charge you out of the way. DO NOT expect to be able to take pictures of your friends with Kings College in the background on one of the busiest paths in town. This time the penalty may not be physical but you will most certainly end up with many photos of peoples heads as they walk on their merry way down a path! And I know it can be very hard indeed to not wander in packs, especially when you are in a group of 40 odd EF students with matching backpacks and no manners but try and keep in a tidy line and not just take up the whole path forcing people onto the busy road. This time you may again bear witness to a physical act. I'm not saying that you shouldn't come here but have a healthy respect for those who live and work here! And another thing, don't expect Cambridge to be an amazing wonderful place, we have an increasing begger problem, especially in the city centre and giving them money is not making it any easier. Watch out or we may all gang up and coral you in the marketplace :)
The one thing I think is wrong with Icelands stores are that they are too small! Well all the ones that I have been into anyway! I don't know if there is such a thing as an out of town Iceland like you have Tescos vs Tesco Metro/Extra's. But there certainly should be! I don't see the number of ranges Iceland carry as being restricted to the few that I see down the road. The fact that some brands seem to come and go in rotation (as well as being the special offers) gives me that idea. I'd love to see a fully stacked Iceland with long long aisles! The number of offers in the Buy One Get One Free or 2 for 1 genre are great and there is always atleast one thing that I fancy getting and impulse buying is taken as read in my family when I go to Iceland. We have one and a half freezers (don't ask) but there is never enough space for all the things I would like to get! To me the organic, GM and no artifical addititives debate is of little interest to me, as long as the prices don't go up I don't really care! Their own brand products are very good in the main but I'm not sure about their peas!
In my 3rd year at the University of Wales, Aberystywth there was an explosion in the number of shops available. One of these was a Safeways (in addition to the Sommerfield, Kwik Save, 3 Spars and a Pioneer!) which was a godsend but also there was an Iceland and a Lidl by the train/bus station. Now as a student without a car this was amazing. Being able to quickly nip to Lidl to load up with bags and then only havwe a short walk to the bus and then be dropped off at my campus was great. It seems that where Lidl and Aldi's are built there is an Iceland beside them and they are also in a very popular place very close to public transport and road links. The range of food goes from the nice and cheap 7p tins of spaghetti hoops (which make great cheap toasted sandwiches) to the incredibly filling Bratwurst. These are nearly pure meat which may sound odd but I would be surprised if you can eat 2 and not feel so stuffed! Their yoghurts are divine and again so cheap for the high quality standards. One interesting thing is that all these stores tend to have maybe 6 cheeckouts but RARELY will you ever find more than 2 being used, even at peak times during Christmas I think 3 is the most I have seen, with the other members of staff running round filling everything up. Add to this the fact that there are actually no price stickets and sometimes even barcode readers (there was readers in Aber but are none in my local Aldi here in Cambridge) which means that the members of staff have to memorise all the prices of all the products! This is an amazing act and is amazing to see, although you do sometimes wonder if the prizes are right. I would unreservably recommend Lidl/Aldi to anyone wanting some nice, tasty, cheap but high quality food. Just be prepared to come out with more than you bargained for!