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Archive for December 2007

Stars for the weak and unlucky: Christmas time

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Sagittarius – A bottle of Advocat, for your inner snowball

Capricorn – The X Factor single

Aquarius – A Christmas jumper from GAP, handmade by children India, who (incase you’re wondering) know it’s Christmas, enough already

Pisces – Smoked Salmon

Aries – Mariah Carey, your fellow Arian is under the tree. All she wants for Christmas…

Taurus – A posh puppy

Gemini – A mini Baileys gift set

Cancer – A diamond ring – Elizabeth Duke’s finest

Leo – Happy Festivus, you get a steel pole and a Can’t-stand-ya complex

Virgo – Something that was featured on the Dragon’s Den

Libra – The Boots complimentary No.7 make up bag, lucky you

Scorpio – Billy Idol’s Happy Holidays LP, Johnny Rotten once dubbed him “the Perry Como of punk”

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December 25, 2007 at 10:36 pm

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To see you nice, (as long as you can Sky+ it)

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Well the final of Strictly Come Dancing is over and, for once in the history of my reality tv watching, the right person won.

I was convinced Matt & Flavia were going to take the trophy, by the look of their body language they obviously thought so too, but no, Alesha, who has been the best dancer overall, most genuine, most talented got the prize.

The post result interviews were perhaps the highlight, with Tess’ gaff “So will you continue to see eachother?” leaving Matt & Flavia speechless. The one handed lift in their freestyle dance was more of a crotch pull exercise and any doubts about them as a couple surely were gone, even Craig commenting on how much they must trust eachother to do those lifts – so why so coy!

Alesha on the other hand blurted out that she loved her dance partner, which was sweet. Not as sweet as Aileen’s I am Sparticus moment when she stood up and declared Alesha her heroine. Or when Bruce declared she was too be Britain’s greatest star of the future, feel the love! Why no best wishes from her fellow Mis-teeq pals though??

But on a serious note, I Sky+ post final shows and was glad to fast forward through all the cringemaking jokes Brucey and Tess were a’cracking. To stay a National Treasure, and I do love him, he needs less time talking!

For Matt – he improved the Salsa, which I didn’t think was possible and really performed all the dances, so surely will be pleased with how he did. It’s Flavia who was really the most impressive, her choreography is amazing and I hope she gets a great celeb next series.

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December 23, 2007 at 2:50 am

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Do the doggie bounce

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Well I’d kind of overdosed on the internet in the lead up to Christmas, shopping, but I had to do a pre-xmas review…

Flight of the Conchords

But of course I need to tell you about the Flight of the Conchords finale. The Third Conchord is a great last episode – unsure if the series would be picked up for a second series, there is no cliffhanger or flashbacks – just some angry dancing – which is inspired. Resisting a final song from the guys, the only music video is from Murray’s new band the Crazy Dogggz, “arf arf” plus a hilarious interlude of Bret’s dramatic dancing a la Footloose. The trouble starts when Murray hires Todd, an “alright” bongo player to join the guys. Todd’s 10-minute bongo solos create friction, with Jemaine finally firing Bret as it’s easier to fire a friend. Bret then starts the Original Flight of the Conchords with Dimitri, a guit-board, sorry, key-tar player who copies his moves.

The ensuing fortunes of the bands is fairly predictable but not sentimental and I’m definitily intrigued to how the writers will pick up the storyline for season 2. Of course I’m biased about the show but this is the best thing on TV in 2007, not 30 Rock, and it’s well worth buying the entire series for Christmas. The characters complete ignorance of the world around them isn’t a new comic device but the manner of their naivety is original and doesn’t feel forced – the genuine warmth between the guys and Murray, even if Bret does keep quitting the band, is solid and Bret and Jemaine’s reserved personas allow for the best musical insight into what they’re thinking. This is evolution from Ally McBeal down at the bar signing with heavy significance or dancing with fake babies. This is ‘all the ladies with their babies, make your babies shake their booties, yeah’. Fingers crossed FoTC will be on BBC2 in the New Year – I may even start a facebook petition.

Others sharing the love are the Writers Guild of America, who have nominated FoTC as best comedy, the full list of nominations is here!!

30 Rock

Well 6 episodes in and I think 30 Rock has hit it’s stride, so I recommend it to you. Pushy TV exec Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy) is awesome as the successful and strange manager and he’s very funny. Tina Fey has created Liz Lemon to suit her strengths too and she’s likeable, if not hilarious and a good straight guy for Baldwin. The medicated star of the Liz’s TV show is Tracey Jordan (played by Tracey Morgan) who brings to life the behind the scenes elements. He’s almost upstaged though by Kenneth, the Southern simpleton who’s joined the NBC Page programme and according to Donaghy “in 5 years we’ll either work for him, or be killed by him”.

30 Rock is on after Californication on Thursday nights, or repeated throughout the week on USFive if you’ve got cable.

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December 20, 2007 at 5:54 pm

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I know, I know, the horoscopes are late. While you wait, open today’s advent calendar and whatever is inside, the first and third letters represent the initials of someone you greatly admire.

Mine was a pub (or inn, you don’t have to be strict about it) so PB = Peter Buck, born 6 December, my favourite REM-ber.

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December 6, 2007 at 8:28 pm

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Home sick

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Well I’ve been home with flu this week so I’ve had a chance to catch up on my Sky + and raid around day time TV’s offerings.

The Daily Politics

Why have they given Andrew O’Neill a younger sidekick. O’Neill has so much personality (good or bad) that it seems a real token to have Daisy Sampson there beside him. In the discussion I saw, she played no role and it was like someone had sat in for work experience on the superior O’Neill show, This Week! Still it’s daytime TV and better than Loose Women.

I avoid Question Time like the plague on Thursday nights but gladly stay up for This Week. Michael Portillo and Diane Abbott are great together and their genuine rapport is so adult and unlike the normal political grandstanding on show. I could live without the penchant for super cheesy segments but actually they’re in keeping with the show’s vibe, which is fun. If you’ve missed it, watch it online

Lost (1955, Directed by Guy Green)

No, not repeats of them and the others, this vintage flick on Film 4 was a mini Hitchcock tribute set in 1950s London. An American diplomat’s baby is kidnapped and the English Detective Inspector (David Farrar)’s calm pursuit leaves the parents (David Knight and typical 50’s beauty Julia Arnall) unconvinced, so they too track the child, their suspenseful wild goose chases in tandem with the very steady, Dalziel and Pascoe-ish questioning of Viscountesses, icecream sellers and so on, which makes for a good film as you wonder who’ll find the baby first. As it’s 2007, I was quite squarely convinced the father had done it for money for a large part of the film, but not so! I won’t give away the ending, as it’s bound to be repeated on Film4 for the next six months, all you need to know is it’s high quality, of it’s time and charming for it. Afternoon not lost at all!

Ugly Betty

Oh dear. I loved the Slater/Meade wedding episode, A nice day for a posh wedding, complete with Victoria’s successful self-parody, until Bradford Meade (Alan Dale a NZ actor you’ll know as Jim Robsinson from Neighbours or Caleb Nichol from the O.C. (Don’t call it that)), fell to the floor in the church and Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah started playing. Sorry but Betty’s getting too big for her boots if she thinks this holly-drama justifies Jeff. Ugly should stick to the comedy – I love Mark and Amanda, straight out of Zoolander but sharper, their storylines are often the most interesting, especially’s Amanda’s rendition of Kelis’ Milkshake to fill time in the church service, how brilliant, and Mark finding love with an uncool photographer almost gives him a third dimension.

This week’s episode, Giving up the ghost, was good but left us wondering if Wilhelmena Slater, Vanessa Williams, will have a role in the show, I can’t imagine it without her… surely she and real-life ex husband bodyguard Dwayne can find a place at Mode..

PS – Betty’s delusions are wearing thin; the old naive Betty, the hawaiian shirt wearing Bradford Meade, for goodness sake just hire some more cast members to give the girl some friends to talk to.

Written by Victoria

December 6, 2007 at 8:06 pm

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