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Friday, November 4, 2016

I Like Clever TV Shows

As you are no doubt aware, I write a lot about TV shows.

I like TV.

I like clever TV shows.There are some amazing shows out there; Preacher, Luke Cage, Game of Thrones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and of course, Last Week with John Oliver.

Recently there have been a quite a few heinously bad shows - Fuller House, Flaked, Frequency,

There are also some shows that I'm unsure of;

1. This Is Us - Wow, just wow. Watch it. Seriously good acting. Great plot. Just amazing. But its only been one episode so lets see where it goes.

2. Roadies. Interesting story line. Fun filled cast with, yet again, interesting twists and turns.

3. HIM - completely unusual tv show from the UK. A teenager with special powers comes to terms with it.

4. Lucifer. Some amazing acting, good storylines and wholly interesting. But then it has it's own cliches too.

5. American Housewife. I was very excited to watch this show, but as someone stated:
“Mike & Molly’s” Katy Mixon gets her own sitcom. Too bad it’s not funny." [ooh burn!]



Monday, March 10, 2014

Game of Thrones, Season 4

English: Logo from the television program Game...
"I liked the product so much, I bought the company" to paraphrase Victor Kiam in his legendary Remington shaver commercials of the 80's.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I love me some Game of Thrones. I liked the TV series so much that I bought the books, on my Kindle Fire. Boy - is that an amazing series of books.

L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y. No, literally, he writes about legends.

The TV show is great, and I'm really looking forward to the 4th series, but if you can, I strongly recommend you buy the books. Well worth the time and money invested.

kthanxbai! Jumblerant
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

I know its a tough world out there in Hollywood - but where the heck are my cowboys? I need to see some criminals get put away, some logic and gut feelings put into play and I need it now!




Nothing to see here, I'm just waiting for the boys to come back to TV is all.



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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Miley Cirus, Growing Up Can Be Painful

Recently Ms. Cyrus has hit headlines with her twerking at the MTV TVAs. I was surprised to see her plastering her nether regions all over the place as she has in fact got an exceptional voice and a veritable bag full of talent.

Unless, of course, this was all part of the publicity machine. My inner skeptic believes that this just might be the case. Why is that? Quite simply, I believe that she had reached the zenith of her talent, heck, she sang with The Queen of Country herself, Dolly Parton, and saw little or no increase in sales because of it.

About a year ago Miley did a series of back-to-basics 'Backyard Sessions' which were very well received by critics and the public alike, but again, sales were not good and she just came across as someone from another era.

So what is a young girl to do? She needs to sell albums - which is probably harder than ever now that everyone (ahem) downloads music, especially singles, off the interwebz. She has to make a name for herself, and quick so sadly, a-twerking she must go!

We can look at Miley's latest work 'wrecking ball' and see just how amazing her talent is, and once she calms down in her videos, stops being naked and licking sledgehammers, she'll have yet another middle aged, overweight geek following her (from a distance, not stalking her!~)

To add to all the publicity, Skinhead O'Connor has written Miley a letter asking her to stop prostituting herself for the sake of 'The Man'. So that'll give her something to think about.

Sinead O'Connor pens open letter to Miley Cyrus: 'Don't let the music business make a prostitute of you'


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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Game of Thrones - Your Imagination

I have many faults. I'm the first to admit it . It's that I'm 'too handsome' or 'too clever', no, I just get annoyed at stupid people.

My main issue with stupid people is when they quote me lines from a movie, and yes, the movie was excellent but guess what - pillock - you didn't write the move, you just watched it.

A prime example is last week at the office, a part-time employee who sits at a desk near me came by and said to me 'wheres the fish?'. I looked at him as if he had just been at the markers in the board room.

An adult human foot is about 28 centimetres long.
Turns out, the muppet had been watching Monty Python over the weekend and thought that line to be the weirdest one ever. That wasn't even the part that embarrassed me, as it further transpires that he had never even bothered to watch the Monty Python TV show, which most people regard as their best work.

Silly man!

 And then there are the people that think that because they have seen the film they can't now read the book, or alternatively, instead of reading the book, they'll just watch the film.



Anyway, I'm off for a can of spam and a wafer thin mint in a minute but before that, here is someone else's rant about books and TV shows. In song form.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

So Many Bad Jokes

The main reason i loved this video, apart from a great wealth of jokes to taunt my son with? My favourite joke of all time is in there.

Horse walks into a bar. Barman says 'why the long face'?

Love it!!

Tommy Cooper will be laughing from up on high;

Tommy Cooper
Tommy Cooper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Monday, December 19, 2011

CSI - Miami Style

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, "I do like me some CSI Miami".

Official seal of Village of Key Biscayne
Image via Wikipedia
The fact that my sister's home town of Key Biscayne is regularly shown and referred to does make me grin. And the knowledge that the whole series is filmed in LA, on the other side of the country, does cause a wry grin to creep across my face.

But most of all it is the pure cheesiness of the thing that keeps me hooked.

I've been to Miami many times, and NO-ONE wears pastel coloured clothing. Except for the very old people, and that's only when they're going out for supper - at 5pm.

So finding this compilation of David Caruso one-liners cheered me up on an otherwise cold and mundane workday.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Sesame Street meets Glee

Glorious and gorgeous!

Glittering Glee and salacious Sesame Street have gathered their group of generic artistes  to generate this generational gap gutting clip.

Yeah, I gsuck at this.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Too Much Murder?

Like any red blooded young chap who owns a TV in 2011 I get to see a lot of murders on TV.

There are some great detailed  detective work in some of the amazing shows in the list below, which I have put in order of which ones I am addicted to the most at the beginning;

Sherlock, NCIS, Morse, Justified, Memphis Blue, Frost, The Glades, Bones, Bergerac, CSI, CSI Miami, CSI Hoboken, TaggartCSI New York, Law + Order, Criminal Minds, The Protector, The Closer, Dexter

Main logo/inter-art for the television series ...Image via Wikipedia
Danny Cohen, who I respect tremendously, in his position of head of BBC1 in the UK, who create a myriad of high class detective shows,  was recently quoted in the Daily telegraph as saying shortly before the latest rush of detective shows hit our screens, there’s simply too much of this crime stuff on the telly. “One of the things I want to do,” Mr Cohen, the network’s youngest-ever controller, explained helpfully, “is to broaden the palette a bit.”

Interesting attitude. Is it for the TV show makers to decide what people see or is it up to the viewing public? Admittedly the most watched shows in the US and UK are not dramas or murder shows but are in fact the talent shows where 'normal people' get to strut their stuff.
Intertitle from the A&E television program The...Image via Wikipedia

So should we be watching reality murders? Are we already watching too much murder on tv? The infographic below, and more importantly, it's popularity around the world in 2011 as opposed to 2001 - might lean us towards an answer;

The original can be found at 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tina Fey @ Google

I'm a great fan of 30Rock and Tina Fey especially so I was happy to sit and watch part of the video below. But I got engrossed. Its surprisingly interesting and human. Have a watch and I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments.

 Perhaps former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has a shot at a TV career, if his recent fireside interview with comedic legend Tina Fey is any indication.

The current executive chairman of Google spent an hour with the 30 Rock creator and star during one of its Authors@Google chats at its headquarters in Mountain View, California. Fey and Schmidt discussed everything from her experience raising her daughter to her advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs and writers. If you’re a fan of Tina Fey’s improvisational humor, you’ll love this video.
Original is here


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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

TV shows to watch over the summer

The baby has been waking up in the middle of the night and even once he is down again I can't sleep. So I've been watching a fair bit of TV recently, catching up with series that i've been too busy to watch.
Family watching television, c. 1958

The Good; stuff I'd watch at the drop of a hat

Deadliest Catch - reality show about crab fishing. A must see for everyone bored in their lives or jobs.
Crew members struggle to recover a crab pot as...Modern Family - comedy
Big Bang Theory - comedy
NCIS - drama

The Bad - shows that others love and I don't;


The Ugly - shows I have gotten very bored with, although they were once great;

Chuck - comedy/drama
Two and a Half Men

So to conclude, I strongly suggest, whilst all the normal shows are on summer break (why, I don't know!?), watch The Deadliest Catch, from Season 1. Modern Family, with all the family. Download The Big Bang Theory and keep it on your computer to watch when you need a laugh. Its not everyone's cup of tea.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

iPad is high quality

How would you show that the iPad is the highest quality machine ever built? Get a world renowned pianist to play something on it. In public.

Real or fake? What do you think??


Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Pacific is Suckypoo

Just in case you were wondering, I am up to episode 6 of Tom Hanks' "The Pacific" and I still think it sucks big time.

Yes, Band of Brothers would be danged hard to follow but this is, and I don't use the term lightly, "Suckypoo".

I just hope that the book is better.

I continue to watch Pacific because I feel that ought to but really, it feels like I'm watching an exceptionally crappy soap opera. Is it better than nothing? I just don't know. What do you think?

As I said in my earlier review, "Pacific Disappointment" the best book for understanding an iota of what the Marines went through in the Pacific is to read the book "With The Old Breed" by Eugene Sledge.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Modern Evolution

Wearing my 'pedantic hat' I guess that there can be no such thing as 'modern evolution'. However, below you can see the evolution of an idea from TV ad to digitized cartoon to, cartoonified* video, to TV ad.

And then to a few new versions that are basically copies (at last count YouTube had over 400 'Boom De Ah Dah' videos posted).

I guess its more a Revolution than an Evolution

The Original TV ad

xkcd's cartoon remake


XKCD's cartoon made into a video

I Love xkcd from NoamR on Vimeo.

xkcd's cartoon video turned into a real video

Hat Tip


*copyright Jumblerant

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lady QI Gaga

Just as soon as you thought things were back to normal over here at Jumblerant here is what is going on inside my little head:

The Contestants Turn on Stephen Fry at QI

And of course, Lady Gaga's video to her very popular single Poker Face. With Christopher Walken.

And Cartman from South Park (just in case it started making sense!)


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Carpet is expensive

As a kid growing up in Trumpton and Chigley, my sister and I used to visit our friends on a Saturday afternoon and get bored with all the board games within minutes.

As most Saturdays in the UK in the '80s were rainy we had to stay indoors. How can you turn a boring TV room into a great game? Crocodile infested carpets!! Great fun until you break a leg. Or a sofa.

But this guy is taking it too far.


Monday, January 4, 2010

From a Recon Marine in Afghanistan

This letter has been floating around the inerwebz for a while now so I guess we can conclude that it is not 100% real.

Its an interesting read anyway so enjoy!

From the Sand Pit:

It’s freezing here. I’m sitting on hard, cold dirt between rocks and shrubs at the base of the Hindu Kush Mountains , along the Dar ‘yoi Pomir River , watching a hole that leads to a tunnel that leads to a cave. Stake out, my friend, and no pizza delivery for thousands of miles.

USMC GuidonImage by Randy Son Of Robert via Flickr

I also glance at the area around my ass every ten to fifteen seconds to avoid another scorpion sting. I’ve actually given up battling the chiggers and sand fleas, but the scorpions give a jolt like a cattle prod. Hurts like a bastard.. The antidote tastes like transmission fluid, but God bless the Marine Corps for the five vials of it in my pack.

The one truth the Taliban cannot escape is that, believe it or not, they are human beings, which means they have to eat food and drink water. That requires couriers and that’s where an old bounty hunter like me comes in handy. I track the couriers, locate the tunnel entrances and storage facilities, type the info into the handheld, shoot the coordinates up to the satellite link that tells the air commanders where to drop the hardware. We bash some heads for a while, then I track and record the new movement.

It’s all about intelligence. We haven’t even brought in the snipers yet. These scurrying rats have no idea what they’re in for. We are but days away from cutting off supply lines and allowing the eradication to begin.

I dream of bin Laden waking up to find me standing over him with my boot on his throat as I spit into his face and plunge my nickel-plated Bowie knife through his frontal lobe. But you know me, I’m a romantic.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This country blows, man. It’s not even a country. There are no roads, there’s no infrastructure, there’s no government. This is an inhospitable, rock pit shit hole ruled by eleventh century warring tribes. There are no jobs here like we know jobs.

Afghanistan offers two ways for a man to support his family: join the opium trade or join the army. That’s it. Those are your options. Oh, I forgot, you can also live in a refugee camp and eat plum-sweetened, crushed beetle paste and squirt mud like a goose with stomach flu, if that’s your idea of a party. But the smell alone of those ‘tent cities of the walking dead’ is enough to hurl you into the poppy fields to cheerfully scrape bulbs for eighteen hours a day.

I’ve been living with these Tajiks and Uzbeks, and Turkmen and even a couple of Pushtuns, for over a month-and-a-half now, and this much I can say for sure: These guys, all of ‘em, are Huns… actual, living Huns.. They LIVE to fight. It’s what they do. It’s ALL they do. They have no respect for anything, not for their families, nor for each other, nor for themselves. They claw at one another as a way of life. They play polo with dead calves and force their five-year-old sons into human cockfights to defend the family honor. Huns, roaming packs of savage, heartless beasts who feed on each other’s barbarism. Cavemen with AK-47’s. Then again, maybe I’m just cranky.

I’m freezing my ass off on this stupid hill because my lap warmer is running out of juice, and I can’t recharge it until the sun comes up in a few hours.

Oh yeah! You like to write letters, right? Do me a favor, Bizarre. Write a letter to CNN and tell Wolf and Anderson and that awful, sneering, pompous Aaron Brown to stop calling the Taliban ’smart.’ They are not smart. I suggest CNN invest in a dictionary because the word they are looking for is ‘cunning.’ The Taliban are cunning, like jackals and hyenas and wolverines. They are sneaky and ruthless, and when confronted, cowardly. They are hateful, malevolent parasites who create nothing and destroy everything else. Smart. Pfft. Yeah, they’re real smart.

They’ve spent their entire lives reading only one book (and not a very good one, as books go) and consider hygiene and indoor plumbing to be products of the devil. They’re still figuring out how to work a Bic lighter. Talking to a Taliban warrior about improving his quality of life is like trying to teach an ape how to hold a pen; eventually he just gets frustrated and sticks you in the eye with it.

OK, enough. Snuffle will be up soon, so I have to get back to my hole. Covering my tracks in the snow takes a lot of practice, but I’m good at it.

Please, I tell you and my fellow Americans to turn off the TV sets and move on with your lives. The story line you are getting from CNN and other news agencies is utter bullshit and designed not to deliver truth but rather to keep you glued to the screen through the commercials. We’ve got this one under control. The worst thing you guys can do right now is sit around analyzing what we’re doing over here, because you have no idea what we’re doing, and really, you don’t want to know. We are your military, and we are doing what you sent us here to do.

Saucy Jack
Recon Marine in Afghanistan
Semper Fi

“Freedom is not free…but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share”.

Hat tip to Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated