Homeland Season 3 – Teaser Release…

29 Jul

Homeland is back in September and I believe Channel 4 will be showing season 3.

For all Homeland fans out there here is a teaser released for the next season. Very cryptics so make of it what you will.

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The Royal Baby Boy [The Prince of Cambridge]…So much news about so little news (Part II)

23 Jul

Yesterday was just like an appetizer for today. Today the news networks and BBC went over and above the call of duty in their attempt to report on every little facet of information about the new Royal Baby…HRH Prince No Name.

And when there was nothing to report we were treated to lingering shots of hospital doorways where people of import may or may not be entering or exiting.

Occasional they did hit jackpot when they grabbed an interview with either one of the royals (major or minor) or  the Middletons.

On the Middletons, I am sure the they would have been ecstatic about a grand daughter whatever the circumstance but when they were being interviewed today I couldn’t help but think this scene from Eddie Murphy’s  “Coming from America” must be running around in their heads.

He got his own money and, baby, when I tell you he’s got his own money, I mean the boy has gotten his own money!

A prince. He’s a prince!Oh, Lisa, you did it this time. You hit the jackpot. Your little goat herder makes Darryl look like a welfare case!

The Royal Baby Boy [The Prince of Cambridge]…So much news about so little news.

22 Jul

The British People have a new future king as Prince William and Kathrine have they first baby boy…and that is essentially the news tonight. So why has the BBC spun in out into a never ending rolling news special so far clocking up 2 hours with no interruptions.

They are telling us over and over either things we already know, have no interest in knowing or simply don’t want to know.

All sorts of  special guests, experts, royal commentators are being rolled in front of the camera largely telling us the same thing in different ways and invariably it is an opportunity to replay endless clips from the archive about Princess Diana.

Congratulations to William and Catherine. To the media it has only been 2 hours and we are already drowning in the media saturation.

77 Years and finally Andy Murray delivers…Wimbledon comes home

7 Jul

Sometime one picture says it all. The moment of pure, raw and unadulterated joy!

 

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Congrats to Andy Murray, it was well deserved.

 

Quick note to Alex Salmond, dude there is a time and a place. Andy Murray’s victory ending 77 years of waiting I suggest is not the place for a political point winning. Even if it is slightly amusing how David Cameron is totally unaware of what your getting up to. It is like the political equivalent of “Bunny Ears”

 

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The Call Centre…Look like it is real, after all

11 Jun

Last week I wondered if BBC3’s The Call Centre was real or some sort of parody. Well it turns out it is real. The main star of the show is Neville ‘Nev’ Wilshire, is the CEO of the Save Britain Money contact centre and if you have ever received phone calls out of the blue offering to help reclaim your PPI, save money on your electricity bills or home insulation there is a good chance one of Nev’s lads or lasses would be on the other end of the call.

There were more romantic woes and eye brow raising antics. Having said all that as Nev pointed out most of his staff are under 25 and ordinarily the job, cold calling tens of people every day, would be soul destroying,  so the non conventional motivation techniques may not be so strange.

Still the extent to which he goes to set up dates for his staff is still a bit worrying. This week call centre agent George was the man who Nev was out to help but dragging all the girls in the call centre one by one into his office  to ask them if they would date George is not the stuff of modern human resources.

He finally gets a “victim” , Alex, and proceeds to drag George through the call centre to meet his date and promptly embarrasses both of them in front of everyone else.

You almost get the feeling that Nev is trying to recapture his own youth through the lives of the people he employs with some of his more extreme antics, or maybe he is just misunderstood and is an all round good egg.

As for George the lesson learnt was love has to come naturally as Alex decided he was not right for her.

Channel 4…The Returned

9 Jun

Just a quick note to say this is brilliant. Yes it is in French and yes it has subtitles but if you can get past that then you are in for a superb Sunday night thriller.

Snyopsis of episode 1 From Channel 4

In a small mountain community, two local people – Camille, a teenager, and Simon – who both died years earlier, suddenly re-appear at their homes. They have not aged, and they are completely unaware of their own deaths.

Camille and Simon assume they can rejoin the world of the living as though nothing has happened, but their return throws their friends and family into a state of turmoil.

Camille’s sister Léna has continued to grow up without her sibling beside her, and Simon’s wife Adèle is just about to get remarried, to Thomas. Meanwhile, lonely nurse Julie receives a visit from a very strange little boy.

Seven years ago, the town was struck by a series of bloody murders. Now it seems the killings have started up again.

Great episode one, there was one flaw though. A pensioner made an out of hours call to his GP and got a home visit by that night by the GP…now that is just unrealistic….

Channel 4 …Terror in the Skies

9 Jun

Boeing 747-400 takes off from London Heathrow ...

It is safe to say if you are of a nervous disposition, have even the mildest fear of flying or just general more comfortable with your two feet on the ground this new series on Channel 4 is DEFINITELY NOT for you.

Over the years there have been many documentaries on aircraft safety and crashes, but what was really chilling about this series is with the advent of mobile phones and other hand held devices we are now getting footage from inside the plane.  As we found out with the movie the Blair Witch Project there is nothing that freaks you out more than shaky and very grainy footage of impeding doom.

The point the documentary stressed was that flying is very safe and a lot of effort has gone into making it as safe as possible, but there remain rare events or combination of rare events that are almost impossible to predict and when these  occur they can put the plane in a very precarious situation, what some might call the “Unknown Unknowns” – what you don’t know that you don’t know!

Brendan Walker, an aeronautical engineer, took us through us a number of cases including the sticky ice that almost brought a British Airways flight from Beijing to Heathrow almost crashing in to Hounslow a suburb just outside the airport.

A scary but very informative series, if you have the stomach for it one I would recommend.

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