Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Slash it! Slash it!" High Five!

The second eleven:

  • Owen thinks he's Ron Swanson. We just wish he'd eat like Ron Swanson.
  • Firefox is doing my nut in. Nine out of ten masochists say it's their web browser of choice.
  • When I first heard that Ed Milliband was standing for the leadership of the Labour Party I immediately thought of the Guardian's Steve Bell. I'm not so daft after all.
  • My longstanding loathing of Chelsea is being seriously undermined at the moment by their current away kit. I haven't been enamoured this much by a football kit in a long time. In fact, it was probably the Inter Milan away kit from the late nineties that last caught my eye. And that was a nightmare as well; I had a soft spot for Roma at the time. Thankfully the rapaciousness and greed of modern football means that Chelski will replace all their kits at the end of the season, and that wee niggle can melt away. Only eight more months to hold out.
  • I wouldn't say no to the Caramac Kit Kat (number 29), but surely the editions from Japan are photoshopped? (hat tip to 'Itziko_Supersta' over at Urban 75.)
  • 'Therese' by The Bodines kicked into iTunes last night. I'd forgotten I didn't realise until now what a good record it was.
  • My last pair of glasses lasted me five years. And, then, it was only because the dog snapped the frames and I had to get them replaced. The frames of my current glasses have fallen apart after only three months. Apparently it's the fault of the manufacturer but I bet we still get fleeced by the opticians. It rains. It pours. A bastard tsunami is coming down Ocean Parkway.
  • Finally got round to watching the first series of Gavin and Stacey the other night. Only checked it out because it turned up on Netflix Instant. I know I'm supposed to hate it because of Corden - yep, I did try and watch one of his World Cup shows - but I totally understand why it met with the success that it did. Likeable characters. Easy going humour. And Ruth Jones is a star.
  • *Beep*Beep*Beep*Beep*
  • I totally get that quote of Churchill, of "It is all right to rat, but you can’t re-rat . . . ", but I have been listening to Maximo Park again in recent weeks and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. It'll be Hard-Fi next. (Spot my gift of footballing prophecy in that old blog post.)
  • Sheila Rowbotham is speaking in New York on Friday at Bluestockings. I should try and get along to hear her speak. I last saw her speak at Conway Hall in 1998. At a commemorative meeting for the Communist Manifesto. (150th anniversary and all that.) Standing room only in the main hall and packed balconies with the other speakers including Maggie Steed, Julie Christie and an actress from Eastenders whose name now escapes me.

    stuart said...

    "and an actress from Eastenders whose name now escapes me."


    Love Gavin and Stacey. And they quit before it jumped the shark. Corden's a big tit though.

    Darren said...

    No, not Babs. Babs is a good old fashioned working class Tory (though I'm sure she worked with Joan Littlewood at Theatre Royal Stratford East before the Carry On Films).

    It was the social worker who was Michelle's landlady. It's years since I've seen Eastenders, so I couldn't even put a date on when she was in it. It must have been in the mid-nineties.

    Btw, I attended that meeting with DF. When everyone stood up for The Internationale, he stood up, raised his fist and mumbled the words.

    It was priceless. ;-)

    Corden is a tit but he is good as Smiffy.

    stuart said...

    I did the same at a Billy Bragg gig once! And I think it was the Internationale he was singing. Or was it "There is power in a union"? Either way, I had a tear in my eye.

    Yeah, Smiffy's great. As is Pam-e-lah and Uncle Brin.

    Darren said...

    I love Billy Bragg but I hate his reworked lyric of The Internationale. His version of the Red Flag with Dick Gaughan, on the other hand, is wonderful.

    Btw, located that Eastenders actress from The Internationale meeting. Jaquetta May. She played Rachel Kominski. Turns it she wasn't a social worker but a lecturer.

    Wiki has its moments.

    stuart said...

    Just listened to "Never Cross A Picket Line". Brilliant.

    Not watched EastEnders since Den and Ange split!