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January 27, 2009
Mentioning Joe Cornish (of Adam and Joe) in my last entry sent me on a whirlwind tour of their various websites. I found this, and given it’s only had 80,000 hits so far, thought it deserved a reshowing here.
October 29, 2008
Love the last line.
June 28, 2007
I’ve seen bits of BBC Two’s Culture Show before, and despite the nonsense sometimes uttered by Lauren Laverne, it’s seemed pretty good. I mean, it’s got Mark Kermode on it, what the hell else do you want?
But this surely deserves a bigger audience than the couple of million viewers that usually watch the show.
Written by John Oliver – who’s now working on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show in the U.S. – and Andy Saltzman, performed by Rory Bremner, and with the animation of the 2DTV team, this is British satire at its very best.
June 13, 2007
May 31, 2007
Look away now if you’re not even slightly interested in science fiction, technology, computers or anything like that.
This is really cool – and I’m sure it’ll be used in TV sport in a couple of years’ time… The video starts at a pedestrian seen-it-before level, but the snowboarding stuff is brand new.
The kit looks like this:
There’s 11 high-resolution cameras on that thing.
Could have come in handy during Woolsack Day actually!
May 16, 2007
You can tell it’s exam season.
I spent far too much time yesterday debating the merits of certain fruits, in the
futile quest to find the world’s best fruit.
- The strawberry, which has been defaced by the British who try to eat it all year round from African polytunnels. The in-season, natural strawberry is still brilliant though.
- The pineapple. Again, the British tend to have no concept of what a pineapple really tastes like. We’re used to the rubbish tinned variety, although even our ‘fresh’ pineapples aren’t that great. Go to the tropics and try one – it’s hard to argue against them.
- The mango. Just like the pineapple, it’s got to be eaten in its country of origin. We pair it with apples in the UK (i.e. juice) because the ones we get are so bad and need mixing with something else.
- The banana. A divisive choice. Personally, a slightly unripe banana is fantastic, and a ripe one is horrible. Any sign of brown and it’ll get offered to someone else. Others feel completely the opposite. This fickleness is the only thing going against the banana. Otherwise it’s perfect.
- The raspberry. Not so sure on this one – I’m not a fan of the seeds, and again the supermarket ones aren’t as good.
- The blackberry. Similar problem as raspberries, except you can’t beat apple and blackberry crumble.
I’ve left out apple, which many will see as an obvious choice. I think they’re too much of a staple really. If I asked you what your favourite vegetable was, would you say ‘potato’? I don’t think so.
I think my choice would be banana or pineapple. But if there’s any trends to be made it’s that fruit from hot countries is much better than from Britain.
What do you think?
And on a complete tangent, how quickly can you guess what this video’s on about?
May 11, 2007
In my last blog entry, I pondered whether Britain really is the best nation in the world. But then I saw this, and remembered: “Who cares? We’ve got the best sarcasm in the UNIVERSE!!! And that’s all that really matters.”
May 05, 2007
March 28, 2007
Cardiff is probably one of the best-regarded places to study journalism in the UK. Even Johnny Foreigner comes over to study here. We call him McFad. Yet the evidence below suggests this reputation may not be entirely deserved…
March 23, 2007
February 06, 2007
You’ll have seen the adverts. Mitchell and Webb play a PC and a Mac. The PC is a dull geek while the Mac is a cool kid.
Except the whole advert is founded on ten tonnes of utter bollocks, as Charlie Brooker brilliantly explained in yesterday’s Guardian.
Aside from crowing about sartorial differences, the adverts also make a big deal about PCs being associated with “work stuff” (Boo! Offices! Boo!), as opposed to Macs, which are apparently better at “fun stuff”. How insecure is that? And how inaccurate? Better at “fun stuff”, my arse. The only way to have fun with a Mac is to poke its insufferable owner in the eye. For proof, stroll into any decent games shop and cast your eye over the exhaustive range of cutting-edge computer games available exclusively for the PC, then compare that with the sort of rubbish you get on the Mac.
I get fed up with my PC crashing, just like everyone else does. But it’s so true that Macs are still niche products capable of ‘professional’ things, while PCs are multi-purpose and can do most things just as well as a Mac.
Having said that, I’ve no intention of ruining my relative calm by installing Windows Vista, which sounds like a bloody nightmare.
P.S. If anyone can find anything in the canon of Charlie Brooker’s work which they disagree with, please do let me know.
January 31, 2007
It’s turning into a two-year Olympic event. The race for 2008 now has at least 21 serious contenders, 9 for the Democrats and 12 for the Republicans1.
They’re going to need heats and semi-finals long before it gets to the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries next January.
So here’s Round 1:
Who do you find more convincing?
1 There’s also three Libertarian candidates. They don’t stand a chance. The only other possibility is Michael Bloomberg, the New York Mayor, who might run as an independent. He also has little chance. Unbelievably the Prohibition Party still exists: its main policy still being the banning of alcohol.
January 13, 2007
Warning: Contains Strong Language
And yes, I should be revising.
December 27, 2006
BroadcastThe future of Cardiff’s Victorian shopping arcades:
Part of postgraduate assessment at Cardiff, March 2007
David Cameron visits Wales:
Part of postgraduate assessment at Cardiff, March 2007
Disabled Services in Cardiff – Is the money being well-spent?
Part of postgraduate assessment at Cardiff, December 2006
Interview with David Davis, Shadow Home Secretary
Broadcast on Radio Warwick and BBC Radio 4, October 2005
A current affairs programme on the AUT Lecturers’ Strike
Broadcast on Radio Warwick, June 2006
Comment on the Labour leadership race
Evening Standard, 10th January 2007
An opinion piece on John Prescott’s behaviour
Evening Standard, 25th July 2006
The Phillis Report – What it means for politics and journalism
Unpublished, January 2007
Chris’s blog has been quoted a number of times in The Guardian, as well as in The Times, Le Monde and on BBC News Online.
A letter to the Guardian regarding their ‘Student Media Awards’
Printed in MediaGuardian, 10th April 2006