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(sings) Unfortunate YouTube banner advert of the week….

(sings) Unfortunate YouTube banner advert of the week….

BBC: One step forward, one step back…

BBC: One step forward, one step back…

Someone at the BBC had the genius idea to broadcast, after the Royal Wedding, a trailer for that other British institution that’s stood the test of time… the BBC. And it’s a fab trailer that brought a whisper of a tear to my eye.

 

Unfortunately, the BBC wasn’t forward-thinking enough (at the time of writing) to actually put it on its own website or YouTube channel. And it comes to something when even the Royal Family are YouTubing, Flickring and Tweeting their way through it all. Fortunately, someone else has uploaded it:

As a TV nerd, I was flicking through all the other channels all morning, comparing the wedding coverage. Amazingly, CNN basically had a series of trump card captions comparing Kate to Diana, eg: “Diana didn’t go to college and was a nursery school teacher. Kate went to the University of St. Andrews and graduated in Art History”. That poor woman is going to suffer with mother-in-law issues for eternity.

Amusingly, Fox News also had full live coverage of the Royal Wedding. You’d have thought that Republicans/Tea Partiers would be against using tax payers’ money for a ceremony of pomp and circumstance…

Choose your own adventure – in song and video

Choose your own adventure – in song and video

Remember those Fighting Fantasy adventure books where you’d have to decide what action to take, and then flip ahead depending on your choice?

Here it is on Youtube, in song. About the perils of deciding on a haircut.

I see holograms. Everywhere.

I see holograms. Everywhere.

"Put the f'king lotion in the basket…"

"Put the f'king lotion in the basket…"

You may have seen a musical clip from the frankly genius idea of Silence of the Lambs: The Musical set to Lego:

Anyway, it turns out the musical is coming to London mid-January! Who’s with me? We can all wear night-vision goggles and adopt cod-Virginian accents! (or surgical masks and cod-posh-Welsh accents)…

Progress on the portrayal of British-Chinese people in UK media!

Progress on the portrayal of British-Chinese people in UK media!

Finally! Someone does an impression of a British-Chinese person without resorting to sticky tape or yellow-face make-up. On the other hand….

Ripping Planet of the Dead to shreds – for fun

Ripping Planet of the Dead to shreds – for fun

I finally sat down to watch Planet of the Dead last week – and after 9 months of having no new Doctor Who, I was just so glad to see Doctor Who back that there may have been moistness in my eye. Even if it was a very slight story with not much new, and not much froth or fun either.

However, I didn’t get the chance to rip the episode to shreds for fun, so I’m glad that the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre have done it for me… (spotted via theta_g)

Shame there’s not much happening on British TV on Sunday…

How the English/Scottish deal with Paris Hilton

How the English/Scottish deal with Paris Hilton

On one hand, ITV2 are running a reality TV show where you too (if you watch ITV2, either of you) can be Paris Hilton’s best British friend. Although it should be chum, of course.

On the other hand, this is how Sharleen Spiteri (easy-on-the-eye-and-ear lead singer of Texas, not exactly the wildest most outrageous band in the world) deals with her: