I’ve conjured up 24 lists for the 24 days of Advent, and next up are my favourite movies of 2010. It was a reasonable year for movies – no, come to think of it, a good year. Here are my …Continue reading
Continuing my one-per-day Advent list of favourite things this year, here’s the second list of blogs. The first covered humorous blogs, and the third will cover marketing- and web design-related blogs; this one rounds up the rest. I guess it …Continue reading
One list a day on this blog during Advent, but two of them will be about TV programmes, because comedy warrants a separate category. Here goes then…
My Favourite Comedy TV Programmes of 2010
There were quite a lot to …Continue reading
Even in the new media age, “magazines” still mean print on paper. I love magazines, and subscribe to more than is probably healthy. So here as part of my list-a-day Advent Project, are the magazines which I enjoyed the most …Continue reading
And my one-per-day set of lists for Advent continues, this time with a list of favourite albums released this year. Maybe I’m getting old and I’m just far too comfortable in my musical tastes, but in recent years I’ve found …Continue reading
Podcasts are fantastic. They actually make me want to go to the gym or for a long walk, just so I can catch up with what’s new. Some are from radio programmes, others are podcast exclusives. Here’s my list of …Continue reading
Every day for Advent, I’m going to make a list of favourite things from this year. Maybe it’ll become an annual event, or maybe I won’t even make it through the next 24 days. Anyway, to start off with, here’s …Continue reading
Without even thinking about it, when lying in bed with my iPad, I get the screen into the orientation I like, then flick the little switch on the side to lock it in place. Now I can roll around as …Continue reading
Oooh, nice. The most expensively-placed grocer’s apostrophe I’ve seen for a long time. A half page advertisement in The Times doesn’t come cheap. And when your ad only has a few words on it, well, proof-reading isn’t that onerous a …Continue reading
A friend threw a pub quiz-style question at me today: “How many sets of brothers can you name who have both played football in the English First Division (or Premier League)?” It’s a good one, and I have to admit …Continue reading
We’re quick to criticise companies who provide awful customer service, so we should draw attention to those who do something brilliant too. A couple of weeks back my son’s Nintendo Wii, which was about two years old, stopped working. The …Continue reading
Alex sitting on the glass floor of the Calgary Tower observation deck
Taking the gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain in Banff
Looking up at the Athabasca Glacier coming down from the Columbia Icefields
Canoeing on Ice-blue Lake Louise
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Woo-Hoo. Texaco Fantasy Football is back for the Championship 2010/2011 season. Do join! Picking a team takes 5-10 minutes and is free.
You can then also join in individual leagues, and I’ve got two tell you about:
1. ITFC …Continue reading
Those who can, do. Those who can’t get a cushy job in the TV studio.
Isn’t it odd that Danny Baker’s few minutes on Match of the Day became for some people one of the most abiding memories of the …Continue reading
I’ve had my Apple iPad for 48 hours now, and here are a few observations on what’s happened so far.
It’s extremely covetable. The only person outside of the family who’s seen it took about ten seconds to decide she …Continue reading
Stop Press: Full Panasonic SD 257 review – with video – now here.
My online review of Panasonic’s SD255 breadmaker has been one of the most widely-read pages on this site for the past three years. Now the Japanese …Continue reading
Yeah, snappy title, huh? This extraordinary document crashed out of my Sunday Times today, and I’d love to know more about it, not least because I can’t see any commercial credits and I therefore have a sneaking suspicion that I’ve …Continue reading
BBC News website picture of Ipswich fan stuck at airport thanks to the Icelanders making a big bonfire of all the evidence. Or perhaps just burning money, who knows?
(Clicky for full size)…
Great gig. More – much more – at the Half Man Half Biscuit Lyrics Project gig review section. There was at least one song which nobody’s heard live for a long time (Footprints). Plenty of “Save BBC …Continue reading
This is one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen on the internet. A company variously calling itself Alphascript Publishing and Betascript Publishing is taking articles from Wikipedia and publishing them as books. It would appear that the act of …Continue reading
OK, bit the bullet and had my Virgin Media cable internet connection upgraded to 50Mb/sec. Quite painless, smart guy did the installation. That’s the result above. The only problem is that my Devolo dLan 200AV, which I’d used to connect …Continue reading
One of the most irritating things about Apple launches is that you can’t accuse the company of “overhyping” them, because they do nothing of the sort. They just sit back and watch people work themselves up into a sense of …Continue reading
In a Cherry Hinton Blues exclusive, I can reveal full details of the new Apple “tablet” computer which has completely occupied the tech media for the past few months. To be launched next week at one of those Apple …Continue reading
I may well blog quite a bit about the forthcoming General Election, because we’re actually in a very interesting constituency here in Cambridge, which could go one of three ways. And as an “undecided” voter at the moment, I need …Continue reading
Took my Panasonic GH1 and new tripod over to the park yesterday afternoon and shot an hour or so of people in the snow. It was cold. There are a few rather over-long panning shots, for which I apologise, but …Continue reading
I was disappointed enough that I couldn’t think of a single new album which excited me in 2009. But it was even more alarming to look at the pile of unread books by my bedside and realise that I’d …Continue reading
1: Ipswich 5 Bolton Wanderers 3 (2000)
Simply the most exciting football match I have ever had the privilege to watch. Funnily enough, both teams were nervous and the quality of football was rather poor, although we conveniently forget that.…Continue reading
5: David Beckham curls in a free kick, a nation goes mental (2001)
The time, the place …how can any team leave World Cup qualification to the 93rd minute and then do this? Like all of the top five here, …
10: Europe win the Ryder Cup in Oakland Hills (2004)
There was just something about his one. Watched it in a packed bar full of Dads who’d got away from their families for a joyous evening.
9: Usain Bolt saunters… Continue reading
15: Michael Phelps wins eight gold medals in Beijing (2008)
When a sport you’re not usually that interested in totally grabs you for a few hours or days, it can only be because something extraordinary is happening. And good grief, …
I should point out, of course, that these are my twenty most memorable moments in sport from 2000-2009. They won’t be yours. But my goodness, there are some moments here that make those long winter nights in between worth persevering …Continue reading
OK, there was a lot of jostling to get into these coveted slots, but here are the lucky few which made it. The trophies are on their way to some doubtless pleasantly-surprised directors.
10. Children of Men
(Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)…Continue reading
I liked these movies a lot. Just not quite enough to make my top ten of the decade. I’m sure the directors will be distraught.
(Ben Stiller, 2001)
Of course it’s silly. But very, very funny.
19. Eternal… Continue reading
A bit more fantasy in this bunch, and several selections from the many series of films (Potter, Pirates, Star Wars, LotR) which dominated the decade…
30. Bend It Like Beckham
(Gurinder Chadh, 2002)
Football! Keira Knightley! And very British too!…
…in which the kids’ movies start to make more of an appearance. Who’d have thought, 10 years ago, this would have happened to me?
40. A Christmas Carol
(Robert Zemeckis, 2009)
Original Dickens text, a suitably scary ghost …who’d have …