caz963: (gromit hand face)
Does anyone in the UK actually take Eurovision seriously? I mean, we all watch it to take the piss, don't we?

The thing is, it doesn't even fall into the category of something that's so bad, it's good. It's just... BAD.

I know this is said year after year, but we all know damn well this isn't a song contest. And even if it were, how can you possibly make any value judgements about songs that come from such musically disparate places? Apples and Oranges.

I think they should bring back Sir Tel. At least he was intentionally funny!
caz963: (Ten What?)
... for a cracked-out theory?

Cut because I'm bonkers )
caz963: (River TIA)
Initial - jumbled up - thoughts (before I've read anyone else's.)

Spoilers! )
caz963: (BA Bugger)
I've had one of those days - I lost my only free period because I had to go and cover a music lesson, so I've been on the go all day. I managed to get out at 4.30 - early for me these days, only to discover that my bloody car won't start. So I'm sat at my desk reading LJ and checking emails until the breakdown service gets here :-(

Sod it.
caz963: (doctor donna wtf)
A few months back, I bought a copy of Windows 7 to install on my PC or my laptop. My PC is running Vista already (and I've not had any problems with it) but the laptop only runs XP - it was Vista originally, but I was unable to put Vista back on when I had to wipe the HD because of a virus a year or so back.

But I decided to put Windows 7 on the PC, because I'm coasting this laptop through until I can afford a new one - it's 4 or maybe 5 years old now and gets a lot of use, and a new one will come with Windows 7 already, so...

Anyway, all was going well - I'd backed everything up, the installation went without a hitch... until I started to put my programs back on. First up was Norton AntiVirus... which caused the PC to crash. I tried again - another crash.

When I spoke to my Dad, he'd had the same problem. WTF? It's the latest version of Norton and according to the compatility check I did before I installed Windows 7, it's fully compatible.

Fortunately, because this happened to my Dad, he had to buy a new anti-virus program and it covers 3 users, so he's letting me have a copy of his, but if it wasn't for that, I'd have to shell out for another program when the one I've got has still got about 8 months on the license. I'll be having a moan at Norton - although I doubt I'll get anywhere.
caz963: (Default)
Is anyone else out there getting bombarded with loads of spam in comments? I've been getting a few here and there for a while but the last few weeks I'm getting several per day. I'm deleting and reporting, but as we all know, the reporting is practically useless as these bastards just shift from place to place.

It's not serious - just annoying. Any tips as to how to stop it or at least cut it down a bit?

ETA: To try to cut this down, I've enabled CAPTCHA on comments (for anonymous commenters). Please don't take it personally!
caz963: (DT smile grey)
So the redoubtable Mr Tennant is now recording a musical for Radio 3. I'm not sure whether I'm surprised or not. I remember him mentioning the idea back in October on the Graham Norton show - although it was a bit of a throwaway comment. Having said that though, I'm learning that with him, even the most throwaway of comments is likely to be a pretty good indicator that something's going to happen, because he never gives away much about future projects unless they're pretty much sewn up.

I admit, my first thoughts went something like this -

  • Yay! Murray Gold!


  • Kafka- The Musical??!


  • Giant insects


  • David... ? Oh well, he never can sit still, so I suppose he had to find something to fill the time before he has to start with the nappy changing.


I'm not sure whether to be surprised or not. I mean, he can obviously carry a tune and he's not tone deaf, but as to whether he can actually sing? If, indeed, it's a singing role. It might not be, I suppose. And he's not stupid. He isn't going to do something like this and fall flat on his face, so either the skinny scottish bloke is even more talented than we all realised and singing is another one to cross off the "is there anything he can't do?" list, or he's going to pull a sexy-Rexy and do a kind of on-pitch speaking thing.

I wonder what he'll be up to next week ? ;-)
caz963: (What?)
What parent in their right mind calls their son Michael when their last name is Hunt?!

He WHAT???

Aug. 29th, 2010 02:25 pm
caz963: (doctor donna wtf)
DO. NOT. WANT.

rant under here )

ETA: There is some spoilery speculation in the comments.

What??

Jul. 2nd, 2010 11:07 pm
caz963: (good grief)
I've just seen an ad on telly for a show called Dating in the Dark.

It seems that the premise of the show is to pick six "lucky people" (it's what the bloke on the voiceover said so it must be true!) and they spend time with a date and it's filmed using one of those night-vision cameras they use to make programmes about haunted houses.

I suppose on the one hand, it's an attempt to get past the fact that many people are judged on their physical appearance alone. But on the other... tell me - these people don't vote, do they?

*headdesk*
caz963: (doctor donna wtf)
For any of my UK friends who were pissed off by that tacky promo that appeared in the closing moments of tonight's DW -

BBC Complaints.

If enough of us moan, maybe we'll make the news!
caz963: (doctor donna wtf)
Oh, Murray Gold - you know I love you.

But WHAT THE FUCK did you do to the theme music??!!

The rest of it - lovely. But that has to be the ONLY time I've been grateful when the continuity announcer has spoken all over the closing credits.
caz963: (gene & quattro)
Because, seriously, WHAAAAAAAAAAAT????????????????

Now my brain hurts.

you're nicked )

Huh?

Apr. 9th, 2009 10:44 pm
caz963: (L&O UK Matt)
I missed L&O:UK on Monday, so I've just caught up this evening. I thought they'd made more that seven episodes though? Or did I read somewhere that for some, unfathomable reason, stupid ITV has decided to split the season in half? Way to go when you're trying to establish a new show!

I know that UK seasons are a lot shorter than US ones, but we don't usually have a mid-season hiatus; I can't think of another UK show where that's happened. Although that doesn't mean a lot, because I don't watch a lot of UK telly! Sure, it happens with US shows that are on over here - although again, not often - mostly, because we get them months after they screen in the US, it means we can watch a whole season without breaks, which is one of the arguments in favour of our getting the shows later. Fringe has just been on a really long break, probably necessitated by the break in the US. We've just had episode 13 here, meaning we're now two weeks behind the states.

I'm watching ER now (which still has a few weeks to run here) - did Brad lend his moustache to William H Macy? ;-)
caz963: (lights)
I know this is probably going to upset my transatlantic friends who are currently battling with large snowfalls... but this how stupid the weather is here in the UK.

We have butterflies in the garden.

Yes - you read that right. Butterflies. In the garden. On 23rd December.
caz963: (huddle)
Just got back from a day in London with Elinor. I took her to the Coliseum to see the English National Ballet's production of Sleeping Beauty. I was telling her that when I first discovered a love for classical music, when I was about eleven, I joined the local record library and I used to get out as many records per week as I could. I remember that when I first heard Sleeping Beauty I kept getting the set out over and over again. I think I must have worn a groove in the grooves!

There are still bits in the score that bring a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes, even though it's that familiar to me that I could probably sing the entire thing from start to finish.

It was a lovely looking production - the costumes had this whole Louis Quatorze thing going on and were goregous. Elinor absolutely loved it and came out dancing!

We then made for the nearest Starbucks in the company of [livejournal.com profile] teresadivicenzo, where we indulged in toasties, chocolate cake and gingerbread lattes amidst talk of Josh Groban, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo. A pleasant time was being had by all when Jaz suddenly realised that some bastard had half-inched (= pinched) her bag.

I remember the last time I had a bag stolen. That first few seconds where you're looking around you, feeling sure it's there, and then that sinking feeling when you realise it really is gone. And then the panic as you start to think of all the things you need to do - cancel cards, chequebooks (because we used them a fair bit back then!) think about how you're going to get home, get into the house and all that crap. It's a bloody pain in the arse.

:hugs Jaz:
caz963: (josh headdesk by blue orchidea)
... High School Musical fanfic.

And as if that weren't bad enough, SLASHY HSM fanfic.

Just...

No.

*shudder*

(Why isn't there a mood theme option for "incredulous"?)
caz963: (punctuation)
In more ways than one.

I mean - WTF?? Bad spelling "should be accepted."

WHAT??

This twat from Bucks New University (so they're not from a "real" Uni, then) says that the ten most commonly mis-spelt words should be treated as "variant spellings" and not marked as incorrect.

He has arrived at this conclusion after years of marking papers and correcting the same mistakes over and over again.

And THIS is his solution? Instead of teaching the kids to bloody spell, we just let them go their own merry way without correcting them? So what happens when the ten most commonly misspelt words becomes twenty? And thirty? And a hundred?

Thank God for the voice of reason in The Times, in which the columnist says:

Students are now incapable of learning the spellings of “their” and “truly” that countless millions have mastered over the centuries. So let's change our attitudes to spelling to help this deserving minority.

Abso-bloody-lutely.

I'm sorry if any of you out there have trouble spelling - but this (unsurprisingly) makes my blood boil.

I've said this before, but I was appalled when, in my training year, I set my first piece of homework and was told when marking it to be lenient on things like spelling. Because the content was more important overall.

But if a kid has produced something that's badly spelt and constructed, it won't matter if it's full of good ideas if you can't understand it!

Does this mean that 2+2 can now equal 5, because there are some people out there who have trouble adding up?

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