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

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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.
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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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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some Great Reads

I like me some Vietnam stories. I don't particularly enjoy the fighting part of it, generally I don't believe half of what I read. I do like reading about the helicopters over there and how these guys went into the breach, time after time.

HueyImage by colincookman via Flickr

There aren't many instances that I can think of where you get to see the same events but through different sets of eyes. Even 9/11 with photographers and videographers and eyewitnesses didn't see things significantly differently.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon 2 books in my personal library (ooh, doesn't that sound fancy?!!) where a pair of slick pilots had flown together, got shot at together and had told the tales differently.Helicopter PilotImage by javaczuk via Flickr

'Lest We Forget ' by William Meacham is a fantastic read about Huey pilots in The Nam doing a wide variety insane and ridiculous operations to save their buddies on the ground. Meacham was an enlisted man and worked his way up to become an officer which probably explains his rather more rigid and focused views on certain matters within the book.

What blew me away was that he brought W T Grant up to speed when he first arrived in The Nam. W T Grant wrote his book 'Wings of the Eagle' about those first flights and those very hair-raising (aka insane) missions.

Its not just me who is raving about these books, I'm just a few years behind the others!

I strongly suggest you get your hands on one of these books - they are well worth a read. Or two.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Going Full Circle

I've been floating around the interwebz a fair bit this week and the most impressive thing I found for your delight and delectation is exceptionally close to my last posting Piff The Magic Dragon.

But its darned good.

Do you know how he does it?

Answers in the comments below please!

No seriously, I want to know how he does it!!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Piff The Magic Dragon

A rather hilarious young magician out to impress Messrs Penn & Teller.

Hat tip to Damn Cool Pictures


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I Do Like Me Some Angry Birds

Way back when, (well in mid-May) I mentioned just how much I like the game Angry Birds.



Angry Birds & Pomplamoose was a favourite post of many people.So here is proof that I am not a complete nutter;

 I guess its not 'proof' as such. It just shows that I'm not alone!

 Oh, and there's a movie coming out too.


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