Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

I've been a bit remiss with this blog in the last few months but finally have time to come back and share with you.

I've seen this chap before, and I was 'meh' about what he had done. Now he has taken it to a whole new level and I've turned that frown upside down:

Below is a video from 2014 and it is still very interesting today - heck, it has over 11.8 million views.

Only 28,666,167 views for this video though :-)



Friday, August 24, 2018

Marching Orders by Netflix

It's been a busy summer on Netflix. The Punisher, Queer Eye and of course Narcos.

One of the most interesting Netflix TV shows I've seen is Marching Orders. It follows the marching band of a Floridian university.
What makes it interesting is the format. Each episode is less than 15 minutes.

There are 3 groups of kids in the band and each episode covers them in turn. And then altogether when they go to 'The Battle of The Bands'.

As an insight into the goings on of university age kids, and how they can be focused, skilled and fun-loving, it is rather awesome.

Binge watch it and enjoy!


Wednesday, August 22, 2018


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". Not an exact quote, but it's the essence of the TV show Killjoys.

It's the distant future, bounty hunters are out there and, like the Strontium Dog in 2000AD or Bruce Willis' character in The Fifth Element, crazy adventures ensue.

You've been locked and served;

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Elle King - Pretty Awesome

Spotify has not only made music much more accessible, it has made it infinitely easier to find new music that you are going to like.

In the past I've raved about OKGO and Pomplamoose, and now there is a new queen of my musical heart - Elle King.

I think it's the mix of bluegrass banjo(?) int he background that really gets the toes a-tapping!

And yes, I'm not the first to like this video that was posted in August 2016. Nor am I one of the first 7,000,000 to watch it, but you know what? It's good music and I like it.



Monday, July 23, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody

Let us all get ready for a bit of Freddy.

The subject matter is such a classic and yet also controversial figure that this film will really need to walk on a tightrope to get the audience behind it.

Whats not to love? Freddie Mercury's life story. A great man, a great singer and a great band. But that is just it, he means so much to so many people that just portraying him will cause many die-hard fans to have a conniption!

It's going to be interesting, that's for sure.



Friday, July 20, 2018

How Did I Not Know About This Film

The Tour de France is an iconic bike race. Usually won by Lance Armstrong, the race winds up and down France on main roads and side roads, over bridges, under bridges to their destination.

Map of France and the Tour de France

Officially the total race, running from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2018, the 105th Tour de France will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,351 kilometres.

That's one heck of a sporting achievement - to be the first one through the finish line, at the end of all that!

Lance Armstrong is renowned as being a drug cheating scumbucket for this event, so I was surprised to see that he was in a mockumentary about the race.

Tour de Pharmacy, as the name suggests, is about a group of competitors in the Tour de France in the 1980's and their challenges through the different pitfalls of being a rider.

I was surprised i hadn't heard of it because it has some HUGE names appearing in it;

Andy Samberg
Orlando Bloom
John Cena
Danny Glover   
Mike Tyson   
Jeff Goldblum   
Lance Armstrong
Dolph Lundgren
Kevin Bacon
J.J. Abrams
Edgar Wright

I look forward to watching it soon.



Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thai Cave Rescue

I've been caving, a lifetime ago, when all the equipment we had was a helmet and a flashlight and a sense of adventure.

I remember wriggling and squeezing through small crevices to get through passages, where the walls seemed to be closing in on us and even points where the adults amongst us were told to turn back as the going ahead was only suitable for smaller people.

There are some caves that have their own ecosystem, including vegetation, streams and even unique insects that look exceptionally adapted to their dark, moist environments.

We weren't the first people to inquire as to where caves lead to as this article in LiveScience.com shows Remains of 'Maya Underworld' Found in World's Longest Submerged Cave

So far we can confirm that caves exist and humans are curious about them. Now we have the final piece in the puzzle. Caves are dangerous;

From what information I can gather, cave disasters occur when the rains begin. My research led me to this article, which is definitely not for the faint of heart. 10 True Horror Stories Of People Trapped In Caves

Today's astonishing news, that the Thai cave rescue has proven, so far only partially, succesful really surprised me. That 13 people could walk 4km into a cave complex and survive for 10 days with no food, just amazed me.

This map is from CNN's explanation of the partial resuce, and whilst I dislike their sensationalising in their normal coverage, they do present most of the facts as we kinow them, in this case.

 The missing boys, with their coach, are seen here in a photo taken from the coach's Facebook page

Who are the crazy people who  went to rescue these kids? The Thai Navy SEALs were created in the 1950's as the wars on the Asian continent were beginning to blossom. Unlike US Navy SEALS or the British equivalent, the SBS, the Thai Neavy SEALs are not secretive about their personnel or their operations.


Thailand cave rescue underway: authorities evacuate site and send in 18 divers

“We’ve been waiting for this exact moment to begin the evacuation, when we’re all prepared and the survivors’ safety can be 100 per cent guaranteed,” Narongsak told reporters at the Phong Pha sub-district administration office, where the media had relocated after the Tham Luang cave area was cordoned off by authorities on Thursday night. 

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-cave-rescue-as-operation-tham-luang-10509950

Good luck!


Friday, June 15, 2018

Comedry Music Video

Mumford and Sons came onto the music scene back in 2007, and rose to fame with their songs 'I Will Wait', 'Sigh No More' and 'The Cave'.

Great music, all of it, and that's coming from a chap who regularly listens to Dolly, Johnny and Elvis!

We all listen to music in my office, headphones help the concentration, so I was surprised when I looked up during a Mumford and Sons video on YouTube to see some very famous comedians playing the music;

Enjoy the whole video.



Monday, June 4, 2018

The Life of Brian v The Clergy

John Cleese has been doing the rounds recently promoting his US tour and has thus been on the talk shows. Again.

He has had some very memorable interviews over time, especially around the time of release of The Life of Brian. This one caught my eye yesterday;

Years later the Monty Python team were interviewed about that very interview;

And here is John Cleese on a talk show today. With Taylor Swift.



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jesus wouldn't be riding a donkey

Like 99% of the population of the world, I have never had much time for televangelists. They prey on the gullible and the weak in their greatest time of need.

Pat Robertson is a character in South Park who is 'a key member of the Christian Broadcasting Channel, Pat Robertson is a former minister and presidential candidate'

Pat Robertson is also a character in The Simpsons 'He is one of the many people on "Ned's List of Laudable Lefties".'

So there is definitely comedy in the air around these swindlers. Even so, I was surprised to see this on that bastion of sense, the Christian News Network:

Does this man have no shame? I guess not. Nor does he have much respect given to him by the same publication as it begins its story..

False teacher and prosperity preacher Jesse Duplantis is now asking his disciples for money to buy a jet that costs $54 million “so we can go anywhere in the world in one stop.”
Wow, no punches pulled here then. Don't worry though, MSN.com, CBS News and the LA Times also derided the televangelist.

Louisiana televangelist seeks donations for $54M private jet: report

Evangelist who wants $54M jet says "Jesus wouldn't be riding a donkey"

Televangelist wants his followers to pay for a $54-million private jet. It would be his fourth plane

Apparently this chap preaches the 'prosperity gospel', which says God shows favor by rewarding the faithful with earthly riches. Giving money to pastors and their ministries, leaders say, is a sort of investment.

So that's nice. He is not like the Preacher I enjoy watching on TV:

Somehow I don't think we'll be making any donations to Jesse Duplantis any time soon.



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Weekend Much?

I find that Memorial Weekend has lost some of its value in the last few years, even though wars continue.

According to the History Channel:

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

So here is Picture of Heartbreak, I know it affected me.



Monday, May 21, 2018

Netta Vs Blur - TOY 2 (Eurovision 2018 WINNER Israel Mashup)

A mashup (also mesh, mash up, mash-up, blend, bootleg[1] [2] and bastard pop/rock) is a creative work, usually in a form of a song, created by blending two or more pre-recorded songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the instrumental track of another.

That's not the point, this is;

Scary eh? Even the videos kind of melt together.

And now the songs melt into each other...

Sometimes the videos and songs are surprisingly similar. Heck, its an industry, not a single artist.



Thursday, May 17, 2018

I Love Bullpups

I grew up learning to shoot on the Lee Enfield IV rifle, and graduated on to the SA80 to go full automatic - well, semi, anyway. If there had been a GM6 Lynx I would have wanted to fire it, but never would have - far too much to play with on a range day!

The GM6 Lynx is a 50 cal semi-automatic anti-material rifle. It is a bullpup, but that is not the interesting part. The barrel reciprocates all the way back. Just watch the video, I could watch this thing shoot over and over again. What a beast;



Monday, May 14, 2018

Ain't Nothing New Under The Sun

You might have heard recently of a popular musician called Childish Gambino. On many levels I hope that isn't his real name, mainly because as a kid he would be called out for being 'too Childish'. And possibly a member of the Gambino crime family.

Anyhoo, he came out with a bit of a controversial and thought provoking video recently, This Is America:

Which is all fine and dandy. Then someone realized that it was at the same tempo as another famous song;

So yes, there is nothing new under the sun.



Thursday, May 10, 2018

Garbage Makes My Eyes water

This little video might somehow make you get some dust in your eyes;

It all started with a friendly Alabama greeting in a small Mississippi town. One Tuesday morning, Kathleen Reynolds of Clinton, Mississippi, was outside with her grandson, Kyler, when the local waste management company rolled up to collect the trash. Noticing Kathleen’s Alabama sweatshirt, sanitation worker Clarence Weathersby called out, “Roll Tide!” The family exchanged a friendly wave and nod, and Kathleen didn’t think much of it. 

The following Tuesday, three-year-old Kyler was excited to see the garbage truck coming down his street again. “He started waving at the guys and they started waving back,” Kathleen explained, “and then around Halloween and Christmas we made treats for them. We took them out to them and they just loved them and then they started picking Kyler up and he started learning how to operate the garbage truck.”

Now, every single Tuesday, Kyler can’t wait to help his grandma take out the garbage so he can see his buddies again. When the truck rounds the bend in the road, Clarence gives the horn a few toots, and Kyler breaks into an adorable happy dance. Kyler likes to bring snacks and treats for Clarence, whom he calls “Bugg Bugg.” With Bugg Bugg’s help, Kyler even helps put the garbage into the truck and pulls the lever to squash it down. That’s pretty exciting stuff for a little kid!

Bugg Bugg treats Kyler like a family member, swinging him up for hugs and kisses, and even giving the little boy a present for his birthday. Kyler’s got enough love to go around, though. All three of the men on the truck now stop to say hello to their favorite little guy. He really brightens their day! “Bugg Bugg just treats him super special,” Kathleen said. “He picks him up like it’s a little brother thing … it’s great to see the interaction between them.” “They’re just friends, and they just know love and they know kindness, and that’s the great thing about this.” What a wonderful bond, and a great reminder that you just never know where you might meet your next friend! Watch Kyler’s sweet happy dance below, and don’t forget to share!



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Go Take A Hike

Yesterday we went out for a hike with some friends. Nothing special just a quick jaunt into the local historical ruins to stretch our legs a bit, and get the kids out of the house.

We were 4 adults and 7 kids, so there was a caravan of us, older kids running ahead and the dads and the babies at the back. All very cute.

There were some fun caves for the kids to play in, and for us to take photos. The only problems we encountered were cow-pies on the path and some biggish bugs that decided that one of the kids red shirt was worth landing on!

The old church was our goal and we got there in 1 piece, which is more than I can say for the church.

 The standard photos were taken for Facebook and family overseas;

We decided to return down the path we had walked up to get ice cream and soft drinks from the little store. My friend, the father of some of the kids, was having a hard time. He had been in hospital the last few days with kidney stones (oy!) and was ghostly pale. I chatted with him for most of the return leg but walked ahead when my wife shouted that she needed me (well, my wallet anyway).

About 5 minutes later we were sitting in the shade, eating cool ices when my friend phoned his wife, who happened to be sitting next to me. It was weird because I could see his red shirt not 60 metres away, walking into a hedge.

'He's got a bug in his ear' she said to me. I gave her a look of non-belief. She agreed 'he probably had a bug near his ear and he got all scared' she said.

We were wrong.

He stumbles up to us, head to one side, knocking his ear on the other side trying to get the bug out. I told him to go into the shop and see if there was a first aid box he could use. Luckily there was a first aid person in there, but he also didn't believe him.

We were all wrong.

This is what the little bugger looked like. Sufficed to say, our friend won't be leaving his house for the next decade or so.



Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Power Of Kindness

Please won't you be my neighbour?

As an Englishman growing up in 1970's I didn't have the foggiest clue who Mr Rogers was. We had Ken Dodd (of blessed memory) ...

But that explains so much I guess.

Moving forwards, though, I can state categorically state that I will be watching the upcoming documentary about Mr. Rogers. What a kind and caring man. He managed to bring love and kindness to an audience that really needed it.

The trailer really showed me what a unique and loving man he was, and he brought that through to the television show too. I'll be watching the movie, and I look forward to it.

Update: Doesn't life  just give you a gift when you least expect it? Over at Imgur I found this awesome praise for Mr Rogers, years after he left us -