Monday, 28 February 2011

"A Case of Mistaken Identity" - Detroit Rebellion, 2009

According to something I heard on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning, actor Colin Firth is sometimes mistaken for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Personally, I don't really see it.

At least I don't see it as much as I see the resemblance between British Labour Party leader Ed Milliband and American comic Ray Romano. I know I've blogged about that before, but the similarity is just so comical that I have to show you again...


Sunday, 27 February 2011

"Strange Fascination" - Martly, 2002

I'm absolutely hooked on "Ice Road Truckers", and I admit it. But I don't completely understand why.

Perhaps it's because of my history in the oil industry. Perhaps it's because I got to visit the Alaskan North Slope back in my trader days, so I've seen the terrain and have met some of the people who work up there. (As an aside, I even stuck my toes - quickly - into the Artic Ocean during that trip!)

But I strongly suspect there's more.

Perhaps it's because it's interesting to see skilled individuals performing so well in such a stressful, harsh environment. Maybe, too, it's because we viewers get to know the personalities of the ice-road drivers and actually start to like some of them.

I don't fully understand what the draw is for me, but I love watching the program. And I'm not alone. John's right there with me, following the fortunes of Alex, Lisa, Ray, Jack, Hugh, and the others.

When the current series ends for those of us in the UK, I'll feel a little sad.


(Go to Auditory Cortex to see what I've been listening to.)

Saturday, 26 February 2011

"Till It Feels Like Cheating" - Jewel, 2008

I don't often do this, but I'm going to this afternoon.

I'm going to refer my Lord Celery readers to a post I just wrote on my music blog, Auditory Cortex. It's called "Tricks That iPods Play...".

I'm cheating a little bit, I know, what what the heck.


Friday, 25 February 2011

"Never Let Me Go" - Human League

I've been reading the book "Never Let Me Go". It's going to be the first book I've ever read from start to finish on my Amazon Kindle. It's a brave new world.

As I read this chilling book, I can't help but feel really sad. For those of you who haven't read it, I won't say too much. What I can safely say is that pre-determined lives is a major theme.

Sometimes I feel like we all have pre-determined lives with only minimal personal choice. Perhaps that's my present mood talking. But more about that later. Maybe.

I'm pretty sure I don't always feel this way about the world.

And...sorry for the extended absence. I'll try to do better. But I make no promises.