Ending on a Low

This year two of E4’s most loved and praised dramas drew to a close, both ending in very different styles.

For Skins, which ended earlier this year, their tactic was to finish with three final episodes, each focussing on an old character from the show’s seven year run. However Misfits, the fifth series of which has just ended, took a very different approach. For them the plan was to have one final series which built up to an end episode.

If the intention of either of these shows was to bow out on a high, then we’ve been treated to two excellent example of failure.

Skins Series 7

Only one out of Skins’ final episodes was even remotely entertaining (Effy’s one) and even that mostly contained dialogue-free scenes showing people wandering around offices, hospitals, flats and the occasional night club.

Even this however would have been better than the episode they chose to end on. The final episode focused on Cook, a character I always disliked due to his annoying voice and tendency to **** anything on two legs. The two-part episode showed Cook working for some drug lord and actually living quite and nice, quiet life. However Cook has to go and ruin it all by sleeping with the drug lord’s wife and then practically kidnapping her when he finds out he’s been rumbled. Most of the last half hour showed Cook and the girl wandering round a forest (which was surprisingly snowy for July) and hiding whilst the drug guy went around killing everybody.

These episodes did not at all do justice to Skins which has produced some fabulous storylines in its time. If the intention of the writers was to take three of its best loved characters, put them in unrealistic situations, ruin their lives and not even look back at the past whilst doing so, then they’ve achieved exactly what they wanted.

Misfits Series 5

I do have a bit more praise for Misfits, however this doesn’t stretch very far. In fact the only way Series 5 can really be praised is to say that it was better than Series 4 which in turn is not at all hard. The series was laden with more story arcs than Doctor Who Series 6, most of which revolved around Rudy #2 hunting down people whose silhouettes he’s seen on a jumper.

That’s not to say that there weren’t any good episodes. There were a couple of great storylines thrown in there including a party marking the anniversary of the storm and also when we meet Rudy’s parents, one of whom is hiding an ominous secret. However, unsurprisingly, most of these were ended with the usual ‘stab u’m, problem over’ routine.

It was Misfit’s final episode that was the complete mockery. It contained some feeble plot about one of the main characters being sent forward in time where they meet the rest of the gang, who haven’t been doing anything with their lives and Rudy #2’s bunch of superheroes who have gone insane for no reason and now go around killing people. The episode seems to end when one of the main characters dies quite heroically but don’t forget, this is the future and none of it happened as Jess had the ability to go back in time and put it right.

Two great shows, both coming to completely pathetic ends. Please bring me some good drama or I think I might kill myself.

Gosh, It’s 2013!

glass-happy-new-yearIt’s a bit weird that my first post of 2013 is one announcing that is 2013. In my opinion there is nothing special about today that marks it out from yesterday apart from the change of one numeral in our date. New Year could have been chosen to happen in mid-summer or perhaps the beginning of autumn so why did the silly Romans or whoever came up with our date system choose to mark a New Year part way through the winter?

Well we will never know and quite honestly, never care. Sorry to waste your time, I hope 2013 goes very well for you.

Winter’s first snowfall

When I’m having breakfast I usually sit facing away from the window, whereas my mother and brother sit facing the window, so when they spent the whole of the morning talking about snow I had not idea that I was in fact snowing.

Ahhhhh winter’s first snowfall. I know everyone moans about it being a pain and the fact that young children become positively manic around it but I still can’t stop the child-like zest filling me whenever I see a landscape covered in snow. The wonderful crunch under your foot when you step on it and the fact that it makes playing ‘Yellow-car’ on your own so much more interesting due to the thick blanket of snow.

The best thing about snow is that it is the first true sign of winter and the long-anticipated Christmas holidays.

The snow has most-about gone now. It was falling heavily enough this morning but now nothing. Never mind. It was nice when it lasted (3hours).

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Keeping Christmas to Christmas

Call me Scrooge (I don’t mind) but I have never enjoyed sitting down to watch TV in early October, and having to sit through more Christmas advert then I could count on both hands.

Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas. Christmas is amazing however recently I haven’t failed to notice that it has somewhat expanded over its designated time slot. A few years ago Christmas started on the 1st of December, the shops were immediately clothed with Christmas displays and it was then that you would hear the Christmas carols bursting out from, well everywhere. However each year the prospect of Christmas comes ever nearer. I can’t remember where I heard it but Harrods’s Christmas grotto opened in late July and already Christmas albums are on sale (as if there weren’t enough already).

However this isn’t always a bad things as the advertising gurus will tell you. Companies can make a small (and in some cases large) fortune from this rather un-subtle advertising and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to John Lewis’ annual Christmas advert (see this year’s below).

All my point is (and I don’t think it’s an unreasonable one) it’s a bit early isn’t it?

2012 – The End of the World?

When asked ‘Do you expect any apocalyptic events to happen on December 21, 2012?’ sixteen percent of Americans said ‘yes’.

Now that may not seem a lot but actually evens out at over 40 million people. This added with the countless people in Europe, Oceana and even Asia and Africa who believe in this phenomenon, it adds to quite a lot.

Many ancient prophecies indicate that change is coming. Big change. Some people believe that this change will come in a complete apocalypse; the complete end of the world, whilst others believe that it will come in the form of human enlightenment, a quantum shift in human awareness and consciousness. Some even believe that the 21st will bring the return of Jesus, predicted for so long.

So why is the 21st of December 2012 the big day? Well this date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125 year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar. This states (as I said earlier) that there will be a colossal change in the world.

However there have of course been ‘end of the world’ claims before. In the early 1900s, German scholar Ernst Förstemann interpreted the last page of the Dresden Codex as a representation of the end of the world in a cataclysmic flood. In September last year Ronald Weinland predicted Jesus Christ’s return to earth coinciding with nuclear explosions in US cities.

So really it is up to you. Is 2012 the end of the World?

How are chairs like Facebook?

As most Facebook users will know, recently Facebook has hit the 1 billion users target. And although this number probably contains scores of users who are:

  1. Not real.
  2. Duplicate accounts.
  3. Pets or soft toys.
  4. Dead.

Facebook still thought it necessary to launch a brand new advert to mark this occasion. Please note this is only a shortened version of the ad.

Now most of you will agree with me that this advert is, for use of the common phrase, pathetic. I don’t think anybody has ever looked at a chair and though “My oh my, this chair really reminds me of Facebook”. I think I am also right in saying that this applies to aeroplanes, doorbells, bridges and; for some even more bizarre reason, basketball.

Another poor point was about halfway through when the makers of the advert were obviously at a loss to find something else people share. I quote:

“about ideas, and music and other things that people share.”

Facebook has obviously taken a gamble with this advert and, for me, it hasn’t paid off.

A Punch and Judy Show

Ahhhh, one of the joys of a child’s life has to be watching a Punch and Judy show. I must admit I never really saw many of them when I was younger, but recently I have revisited that great experience.

Some may say that sitting on the grass, watching a puppet stand containing a man doing ridiculous voices for a hysterical crowed of toddlers, boring but I on the other hand, find it a really beautiful experience.

And what completes the scene are the battered puppets, the out-dated jokes and awful music. So if you have never seen this classic show, then I suggest you find a show, and go there as soon as you can!

Punch and Judy