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These cool photos are from Vanity Fair’s Oscar Partycoverage, see the entire slideshow.

Photos Kevin Mazur or Jeff Vespa/Vanity Fair/

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February 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Fish and toffee

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So everything is back on and my TV diary is already clashing. Even with Sky+ I’m not sure I’m going to be able to watch Heroes, Who Do You Think You Are and 24 all at once.
But anyway, after spending months complaining that nothing is on..

My Oscars go to
30Rock – Fridays on Five – Brilliant series opener with Seinfeld and guest appearance from Sean Hayes (“Just Jack”) as a hillbilly. It’s a shame there aren’t many other good sitcoms around anymore.
Lost – Brilliant series so far, I don’t care if it’s turning into Quantum Leap. What’s wrong with that?

And the 81st Oscars coverage itself?
I couldn’t bear to watch Fearne so endured E!s Ryan Seacrest, who was pretty rude to the Slumdog kiddies and was snubbed by Brangelina, again.
However for the show itself – the stand out performance has to be Stephanie Beecham, who was ‘grumpy’ with Claudia Winkleman and was a bad bad idea for the Oscar screening live review on SkyOne. Despite Beecham, Hugh Jackman’s all singing and dancing was a good change, even if he’s no Billy Crystal, it felt more showbiz. The speeches were all good, the live singing over the In Memoriam section touching and having the five past winners for each category come up and recite a haiku to each nominee was sweet, even if it looked a little Star Trek and Nicole Kidman’s tribute to Angelina Jolie came across a bit iffy.

Finally, one of the joys of Sky+ is the nonsense programme information, like the time it said a chef was cooking ‘stuffed bobster’ or today’s gem…


Written by Victoria

February 24, 2009 at 7:28 pm

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Twister in Milton Keynes

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A very British storm junkie

Oooh Channel 4, how clever, after all the snow everyone’s interested in weather. Even Michael McIntyre noted on wossy’s show on Friday that snow = News + Weather + Travel.

So the unassuming junkie in question is Stuart,  IT exec. by day, storm chaser by night (or storm season), he takes holidays to drive around Kansas chasing tornados with fellow weather obsessive friend Roger, who runs a company for people who want to chase twisters (Sadly I would go.). I have to mention at this stage that Roger is exactly like the American cartoon Roger Ramjet, except perhaps he’s not a ‘hero of our nation’.

If you feel you’ve missed your opportunity to become a meterologist or watched Twister for the tornados then you’ll love this and have til mid March to watch it online.

The real genius of the show was demonstrating the impact all this windy chasing was having on Stuart’s relationship. His wife seems to tolerate the trips away and general geekery but at the end of the show, Stuart is forced to choose between his new bride and tropical storm Hannah.  Stuart’s a very polite husband, ” I’m so glad I came home, Hannah didn’t turn out to be a great storm.”


Written by Victoria

February 15, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Damages for Wednesday

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So my TV Diary is almost complete.
Monday – 24 (and even who do you think you are but it’s only a short run)
Tuesday -Mad Men
Thursday – Brothers & Sisters (I know)
Friday – not really a TV night somehow.
Saturday – see above
Sunday – Lost

Starting back soon is Damages, 30Rock.. fingers crossed for Wednesdays.

TV ads
What is with this compare the meerkat rubbish? Why does the meerkat sounds like a Michael Howard and Borat cross?


Remind you of anyone? Why do they keep SHOUTING at each other? Do you become hard of hearing if you have an enhanced palate?


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February 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

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Why is the BBC splitting the BAFTAs over two channels?

Award shows are soo cringe making, but Kate Winslet’s won – and kept the speech acceptable for the stoic British press and Mick Jagger continued Mickey Rourke’s swearing plus a nice image of the Pitt family putting on the Sound of Music.

And bonus, they played Terry Gilliam’s film highlights twice for no reason.

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February 8, 2009 at 9:37 pm

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