Thursday, August 21, 2014

Through A Screen

I was reading some news websites yesterday and came across the headline 'Kate Bush Doesn't Want You To Take Photographs At Her Upcoming Shows'.

Reading on, the article stated that Bush had announced - via her website - that she wanted to have an intimate setting when she takes up residency at the Hammersmith Apollo in September and has asked all patrons to refrain from taking photos or filming.

I'm not with her on the photograph request. If people want to take a quick snap to treasure, then they should.

What I do agree with is the filming.

It bugs the hell out of me to see people at concerts, sporting events and the like with their eyes fixed directly on their tablet screens ensuring they're getting a good view.

It genuinely makes me shake my head. Is there any point going to these venues to sit or stand there all night watching it all from a screen?

I figure Kate Bush has more important reasons why she doesn't want her concerts recorded. I just hope she gets her wish as I'd hate a like-minded person to be peeved off seeing others viewing the performance through a screen.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Comedy Of Error

I thought I had broken the blog yesterday after noticing it was down.

What happened was this - I was trying out a link on a PDF I was creating and, as a test - I typed in

I clicked the link, and was met by 'Page Not Found'. I tried again. Nothng. And again. Still nothing.

I went into my domain settings and even ended up trying to contact Go Daddy support (11 minute wait, so I gave up).

It turned out that Go Daddy had some major DNS issues and that's why the blog was down.

What timing, though?

Had I not been playing around with the desktop publisher, I would have carried on with the day while the blog was in the middle of nowhere.

With a bit of luck, you're reading this today.

Or, without luck, you'll catch it when the blog's back up.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lesnar Is Champ, But For How Long?

Brock Lesnar is the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and I am intrigued to see what happens next.

You see, Lesnar is on a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment where he has a limited number of dates per year. This ultimately means, he's either going to have to drop the strap at next month's Night of Champions pay-per-view or be paid extra per show or something.

I truly hope it's the latter.

Let the bad-ass wrestler only appear once a month and defend the belt all the way to WrestleMania and then have him lose to whoever the company is going to push big coming out of next year's big show.

The dominant heel champion thing worked well for other companies throughout pro wrestling's history. It can work here even in the 21st Century.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tasting The New Walkers Crisps 2014

I tried out the new Walkers crisps flavours this week, so I'm going to dedicate today's post to writing about what I thought of them. I will then tell you my overall favourite and which one gets my vote.

The above varieties are from the competition the company ran earlier this year where they asked customers to come up with their own flavour of crisp. 

Here's what I thought. 

Ranch Raccoon

I didn't find anything nice about this flavour. The taste wasn't that good. I might have opened it up and sampled them with a better mind had it not been based on an ingredient that is meant to represent a raccoon. What's next? Salted Skunk?

Cheesy Beans On Toast 

This was the first packet I tried and I liked them. It had a rich tomatoey/cheesey flavour that reminded me of baked bean flavoured bread that Boots used to use for their All Day Breakfast sandwich.

Hot Dog With Tomato Ketchup

Not an original idea as I have tasted hot dog and ketchup flavour snacks in the past. The best I can write about this is it tasted of gone off meat. Not nice at all.

Chip Shop Chicken Curry

Yet another unoriginal idea. I tasted Chip Shop Chicken Curry when McCoys did them. This flavour isn't bad, but I'm not voting them due to the flavour not being unique.

Sizzling Steak Fajita

Another taste that I have sampled in the past. Nice Mexican flavour, Still not worthy of a vote.

Pulled Pork In A Sticky BBQ Sauce 

Congratulations to 'Paul' for coming up with something that nearly every restaurant and supermarket appears to be going out of their way to promote. I'm unsure how long the pulled pork craze is going to last, but it was a wise choice to come up with this as a competition entry. As for the taste of the crisp, I wasn't sold on it only because I have eaten so many barbecue-based crisps in the past that were so much better.

And The Winner Is..

I'm going to give Cheesy Beans On Toast my vote only because it passes on two things (a) It's a unique flavour idea and (b) it didn't taste that bad. 

Had Pulled Pork tasted any good, the decision might have been harder.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Another 'X Factor Is Fixed' 'Story

I have been catching up with some news stories that I missed this week.

Another 'X Factor is fixed' story made the newspapers this week.

Apparently, the crowd were angry when a good act was passed over in favour of a comedy one following an alleged intervention from a producer.

Are we still considering these stories as news?

The only X Factor story worth printing is one that proves the show isn't fake.

Please don't hold out hope on ever reading one.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Line That Made Me Laugh

One of the things I have found interesting with the coverage of Robin Williams' passing is the articles that have quoted some of his most famous lines from his television, stage and movie career.

We all know them. However, in today's post I'm going to share one that is just as memorable only because I remember laughing myself silly when I first heard him say it.

It's not thought provoking. It's just a witty retort from an episode of Mork & Mindy that I have never forgotten.

I don't know it word-for-word, but it went something like this:

Character: I used to shoplift.
Mork: You must be strong.

Whenever I come across the word 'Shoplifting', I always think of that scene. 

It isn't the best line Williams has ever used. Heck, it isn't even the best he used as the character of Mork. It's a throwaway line that I still remember decades later.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Thoughts On Hulk Hogan's Birthday Bash

This past Monday's edition of WWE Raw celebrated Hulk Hogan's 61st birthday with video messages sent from an array of celebrities as well as a birthday bash to close out the show.

The celebs that offered videos were people like Flo Rida, Weird Al Yankovich, Aaron Rodgers, AJ Hawk, Larry King and Drew Brees to name a few.

Raw's closing segment featured Hogan in the ring along with Jimmy Hart and 'Mean' Gene Okerlund. A nice video tribute aired and then Hogan's contemporaries like Ric Flair, Paul Orndorff, Roddy Piper, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall made their way down to join in the celebration.

The end of the show set up this Sunday's SummerSlam main event as Brock Lesnar, with his manager - Paul Heyman - came down to confront the wrestling legends. This prompted John Cena to sprint down to make the save leading to a staredown.

I think it did do two good things at once. It gave Hogan a moment and built towards the money match for Sunday. It was a perfect balance.