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December 11, 2007

Bill Bailey On Acid

Follow-up to Stupidly Busy from The Pain

Ok, so the title is a little misleading but this is the clip I was talking about in my last blog entry.

If it doesn’t work then I’ll just have to try again in a different format.


December 02, 2007

Stupidly Busy

I’ve booked myseld into way too many TV recordings recently but they’ve all been quite good. I’ve got lots of “Two Pints …” tickets and a cople of “Would I Lie To You?” ones. I have also been to my 1st live recording and an amost live recording.

I saw Marcus Brigstocke in “The Late Edition” which is live on the BBC. Also, today, I went to see the rehearsal for “Saturday Live Again”. You may remember “Saturday Live” (if you’re old enough) which started in 1986 and was presented by Ben Elton. This was a one-night-only resurrection presented by Marcus Brigstocke with some great acts:
  • Hard Fi
  • Bon Jovi
  • Mitchell and Webb
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Little Miss Jocelyn
  • Ben Elton

Jimmy Carr couldn’t be there for the rehearsal because he was doing a live stage show but it was good fun. It also gave me a chance to see how an (as-)live show is done.

The main thing I remembered that prompted me to write another blog entry was something I saw on a bus. The advert says something like “Shrooms – Prepare To Get Wasted” then has the comment “It’s Like Blair Witch On Acid” ... surely it’s like Blair Witch on shrooms?? I hate stupid things like that.

If you’ve seen “Part Troll” you’ll know what Bill Bailey would think of this. If you havn’t seen it I’ll upload it soon (maybe).


November 11, 2007

Back To London

Has it really been over a month since my last post. Hmm.

This week is going to be a busy week. I’ve got a ticket to a recording of “Two Pints of Laget and a Packet of Crisps” this evening, then tomorrow I’m going to a recording of “Thank God You’re Here”.

Thank God You’re Here is a brand new Paul Merton comedy show! In each episode four celebrities are dressed in an appropriate costume and must walk through a door into a situation which they know nothing about. They are greeted by the show’s ensemble cast and always with the line “Thank God you’re here”. They must then rely on their wits alone to survive the rest of the scene. At the end of each show a winner is announced. It’s the funniest, most original show on TV!

Then on Tuesday a recording of “Miranda Hart’s House Party” for Radio 4.

This British Comedy Award nominee promises an eclectic serving of comedy, song, dance and other guests. She’s had lots of rave reviews which is a very good reason for Radio 4 to record her house party. This lady of laughs has starred in TV’s Not Going Out and Hyperdrive. So laugh yourself warm this winter with Miranda Hart.

Then another recording of “Two Pints …” next Sunday and then “The Late Edition” which is LIVE.

Late night, topical and funny. Newsnight with jokes. And the only totally live comedy on television. Presented each week by Marcus Brigstocke with special guests. LIVE on BBC 4 on 29th November at 10:30 – 11:00

Oh, and speaking of Miranda Hart being in “Not Going Out” that was very funny. It was the christmas episode which was quite fun, and it’s got me in a bit of a christmassy mood now. I’m still agianst shops playing christmas music before December starts but then … what can you do?
The warm-up comedian at Not Going Out was the same one as at the recording of Crawford Park that I went to as my 1st TV recording. This did mean that I already knew half his jokes but nevermind. It was much more funny when Lee Mack did a bit of standup, dressed as a Policeman, during a long costume change, then handed over to Tim Vine, who was dressed as a Gangster, to do a bit more.

All in all I’m really enjoying living this close to London. It means I can get to a recording any evening for only about £5, rather than the £15 from Maidstone or the £30 from Coventry.


April 22, 2007

Holiday, Placement, Laptop etc

Not much memorable happened during the holidays. I went up to London to see Golden Balls (see prev entry) and ended up missing it. I had gone to grenwich, ‘cos I had 6 zone travelcard, to find the zero meridian line and got on the DLR too late to make it back in time.
Mum, Martin, Bethany and I also went to Chessington World Of Adventures for a day, with some Clubcard vouchers. As we have been going to foreign theme parks on holiday recently it seemed relatively tame but was still quite fun.

Over the holiday I applied for about 6 or 7 work placements for next year and have so far only heard back from 1. I went to an interview for Trainee Web Developer for RBI last week and thought it went really badly. There were some things that I really should have known that I didn’t, but he seemed very impressed with what I told him about the BHF Photo Gallery and Satnet Online . I was supprised 2 days later to be offered the placement, so now I’m looking for a place to live in Sutton (London) for that year. The only down side of this placement is that it starts on Monday July 2nd, which is the 1st Monday after the end of term.
Just to make this worse, all my exams are in weeks 8-10 of this term, with the last one being on the Saturday of week 10, the same day as the WSAF stage goes up. WSAF then continues thoroughout that week, but in order to get settled in in Sutton before starting work I think I may have to leave part way through that week, which is a shame ‘cos WSAF it a whole lot of fun, especially the last evening. Nevermind, I think a 16k placement has to come 1st. There’s always another WSAF in my final year.

Finally, I have got myself a new laptop. After ages of only having a laptop without a screen I now have a nice new one with Windows Vista Home Basic. It’s quite cool even though it’s massively graphically bloated. I bought an extra 512Mb of RAM with it as it only came with 512Mb which I knew would be no good atall.
The speech recognition is really quite cool. It works with any program that uses standard windows buttons etc. You just have to read out the text on the button or link and it will click it, and to fill in fields, just say what you want to type. It’s still not flawless, but it is a lot better than IBM Via-Voice from a few years ago.
I may still yet reformat it and install Linux instead. We shall have to wait and see.

For now. Adios


March 24, 2007

Golden Balls

Golden Balls is an exciting new game of luck, intuition and barefaced bluff. The tension and game play of Poker meets the jeopardy of ‘Deal or No Deal’. 100 Golden Balls – each worth a different cash amount. A possible half a million pounds up for grabs. But only if the players can avoid the dreaded Killer Balls that have the power to turn thousands into pennies in seconds. This is a truly compelling new game show that will have you hooked from the first viewing. One definitely not to be missed.

So I’m going to another TV recording. This time it’s a pilot for a new gameshow presented by Jasper Carrott. I have 3 extra tickets if anyone wants to come with me. It’s on Weds 28th March at 2:30 at BBC TV Centre, Wood Lane, London. (Map) If you want to come and can make your own way there then you are very welcome. Just get in touch. Obviously, people who I know take precedence :)


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