Monthly Archives: September 2013

Look Eesti

Only a quick one today, as I’m going on holiday. In fact when you read this, I may already be on the plane. Or dead. Or at the hotel. Who knows what the future holds? Not I.

tallinnNot really sure why I chose Estonia as a holiday destination. I’ve always been slightly fascinated by the place, and sadly I suspect this might be down to that darn Eurovision. I taped it one year, the 1996 contest in Oslo it looks like, and I remember loving the Estonian song “Kaelakee hääl” that ended up finishing 5th, and I suppose it just alerted me to its existence. I mean I was only 13 at the time, I don’t suppose you know about loads of countries by that age. Continue reading

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TV: The I.T. Crowd – “The Internet is coming” (Final episode)

I shed a tear, the final episode of The I.T. Crowd aired on Friday night after four seasons and much critical acclaim, including a BAFTA. Well, I say I shed a tear, I only watched a few episodes before this week and it had never really sparked with me.

the it crowd titleBut someone lent me the full box set last weekend, and in that time I’ve managed to watch all four seasons. There’s not really much there, a total of 24 episodes, about 20 minutes long each, give me that familiar “Oh, just one more” feeling an episode ends. Continue reading

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TV: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Pilot (1×01)

With “The Avengers” being such a huge hit, taking well over a billion dollars worldwide, as well as similarly blockbusting success with the individual films for Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America, it’s nonetheless a bit of a surprise that the Marvel universe has also spun off a TV series. Based on the exploits of S.H.I.E.L.D. it focuses more on the agency that assembled the Avengers in the first place.

shieldIt also sidesteps the superhero aspect, and aims to give a viewpoint of humans adapting to the post-superhero world after the events in “The Avengers”. It seems a little indecisive about how much it wants to align itself with the movies, wary that it might alienate it from a wider audience. Understandable as it is, I’m not sure how many people would want to watch this that hadn’t already invested in the movie universe. Continue reading

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Loose ends

I’m out of energy. It’s been a long summer, as I may have alluded to on a number of occasions. Work seems to be slightly easing off at the moment so I’ve taken the chance to have a week off.

workaholicPanic at my workload has granted me some momentum to plough through a number of persistent emails, so I don’t feel too guilty about my time off. It’s certainly no worse than the position my colleagues have left me in at various points over the summer as they took their holidays. That said, I might just check my work emails in a sec… just to be sure. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

The momentum seems to have transferred across to my personal life too. It’s Friday night and I’ve already done my ironing, sorted the bins out, had a nice bath and read my paper, and I’m about to push through some of the smaller jobs so my weekend is as empty and directionless as it normally is. What a whirlwind! Continue reading

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Single: Katy Perry ft Juicy J – “Dark Horse” (2013)

Katy Perry might have been first out of the gates in this year’s big pop pile-up as some of the biggest female pop stars square off in the lucrative 4th quarter market, but she’s possibly got the furthest to fall.

katy perry roar promoGaga’s not short on tedious haters, but while she’s following up a very successful part of albums, Perry’s second album “Teenage Dream” did big business, with loads of #1s and some huge radio staple tracks.

Roar” has done well, even if I felt it was missing some of the spark of her former hits. I don’t know what all that terribly serious wig-burning was about, since the “Roar” video came out as technicolour and fake-tanned as any of the “Teenage Dream” videos. Continue reading

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