Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's the Cost of Living that defines the 2015 election!

Six months ago I mentioned that what resonates with voters is a simple question! "Are you better off than you were at the last general election!" It is one that, with the cost of living crisis, resonates with voters in the UK at this time! And indeed it is one that has been picked up by the Labour Party!
The Conservatives can talk all they want about recovery, but if people see their travel tickets and the items they buy in shops go up in price, and their wages remain as they are or go down, then that tells them that the economy is not doing so well and they themselves are suffering.
Obviously recovery take time, but four-five years is enough to see some personal improvement, even if minimal, but if there is none, or it is worse than before, then the government needs to ask themselves some awkward questions and to prepare for opposition

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Campion Officially on YouTube

The BBC have put the first series of Campion (the 1989-1990 period detective series which starred Peter Davison and Brian Glover) on YouTube. For those who haven't seen it, I very much recommend them! Here is the first episode  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

David Cameron and the Russians

What is amazing about this, is that no one at Conservative Central Office sufficiently high up, or indeed in Downing Street, showed any discomfort and concern. After all, it is not exactly as if, following the death of Alexander Litvinenko, that those connected with Putin, even loosely, have had a constant smell of fragrance about them! Hopefully it will be cleared up with the knowledge that it was a misunderstanding. After all, it would not only be bad for British politics, but it would be appalling if it turned out badly for the PM and that his judgement, after the Coulson case, was shown to be deeply flawed!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Looting at Ukrainian Crash Site

No words can describe the callous disregard and disgust here, but it also shows how little the Russian  separatists regard the international community, and indeed the friends and relatives of those killed. If the Russian government wants to show solidarity with those relatives and the countries they represented, then he can do no worse than put the appropriate pressure on the pro Russian separatists

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monty Python. The Last Performance

Last night, my brother and I went to the o2 Arena  in Greenwich and saw the last ever Monty Python performance. Their stage show, Monty Python (Mostly) Live, or Five Down, One To Go, showed they had not lost their touch and were still the uber brilliance that they usually have been!
Graham Chapman's contribution was dealt with by using scenes from the TV Series, his Colonel being a case in point! Plus some good extra jokes and ad libs were thrown into familiar sketches. That said, for someone of my generation it felt weird seeing some of those moments I had seen while growing up, being repeated in front of me by (usually) the same actors.
Then there were the Ad Libs, which were brilliant gems in themselves. Fav moments inc John Cleese getting Jones and Gilliam into giggles during the chocolate sketch. Eric Idle vainly trying to keep his false moustache on during the "wink wink" sketch and then tearing it off! John Cleese spotting a wobbling counter during the Dead Parrot sketch and moving it. Michael Palin saying "There's a good joke coming up if you remember it!" When Cleese forgot his lines, after going into a diatribe against Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail, to the delight of the 15,000 strong  audience.  Good also to see the argument sketch (a fav of mine), the filmed excerpt of Prof Brian Cox by the River Cam, disagreeing with the lyrics of the Galaxy Song before Prof Hawking ran him over in his wheelchair, the finale, the insulting goodbye cue cards on screen, and much more.
When they did "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!", one felt one was present at the end of Python and it was a good chance to actually say goodbye and thankyou for forty-five years of anarchic humour. Really up to standard and will be much missed, it was good that they had the closing credits of: Graham Chapman 1941-1989, Monty Python 1969-2014, and then "P**s Off!" Oh what I wouldn't do to be told to "P**s Off!" by Monty Python! ;-)

Saturday, July 05, 2014

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared

Billed as the Swedish answer to Forrest Gump, it looks fascinating and, I for one, would love to see this film, especially given the humour (well it's more like Forrest Gump meets Guy Richie, meets John Le Carre) and the amount of Twentieth Century history that is mentioned!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Andy Coulson Sentenced

At last, the family of Milly Dowler and others have had some justice.But I think the comments of one of the father of one of the 7/7 victims, whose phone was hacked, Graham Foulkes, says a great deal:

"We still can't understand why anyone would think that cheap headlines or a good way to get a story would be to invade somebody's life at the deepest and darkest point of their life,"

And many who have suffered needless intrusion from feral aspects of the print media can agree to that, as can those who have looked on in horror at what has unfolded! But Graham Foulkes's comments say much about Andy Coulson's skewered sense of morality, that, even taking into account he was in a high pressured job, he would do something like this! It also again raises question marks over David Cameron's judgement, that time and again he was warned about Andy Coulson and he ignored those warnings, having initially acted on the advice of George Osborne with regards to Coulson's appointment.
That said it is good that both Cameron and Osborne have apologised, but with more questions being asked, and Coulson facing a second trial, the saga and results are far from over!