Archive for November, 2006

The Ballard of Darren and Viv

For the past couple of days someone called Viv has been leaving messages for Darren on my answering machine. What started out as a wrong number has now turned into an answering machine soap opera. We’re up to episode III now and me and mrs e are transfixed. We’re also seem to never be in when she calls.

In tonight’s message Viv’s gave Darren the brush off. “Yeah Hi Darren, listen I really can’t see you tonight, I’ve, um, got a friend I’ve got to go and see”.

Is she playing hard to get, but really being fooled by Darren’s apparent aloofness? What if I’m in when she rings next? Will they ever get it together? What if things turn ugly? I’ll let you know.

The genius of Photography

Link: The Genius of Photography. I’m rather looking forward to this, coming soon to BBC’s Two ‘n’ Four.

drunken images: Seeing double

drunk girl in Bristol

This image has been doing the rounds a bit on the news site recently.
here,,here,here,and even here!

So in an idle moment I thought I’d look it up. as I think it’s an oddly compelling photograph. Here’s the blurb

A woman lies on a bench after leaving a bar in Bristol City Centre on October 15, 2005 in Bristol, England. Pubs and clubs are preparing for the new Licensing laws due to come into force on November 24 2005, which will allow pubs and clubs longer and more flexible opening hours. Opponents of the law believe this will lead to more binge-drinking with increased alcohol related crime, violence and disorder while health experts fear an increase in alcohol related illnesses and alcoholism.

Photographer Matt Cardy
Picture Format Colour – Wire
Origin Date 17/10/2005

That poor girl’s one night out’s been used for over a year! Hmmm, over used generic alert mode engaged! Personally, here’s my favourite image for illustrating binge drinking. Pah! Toffs, they just can’t take their booze! Thus proving we all need a ‘lie down’ once in a while.

drunk guy at York Races

YORK, ENGLAND – JUNE 16: Race goers make their way home as a drunk race goer sleeps after attending the third day, Ladies Day of Royal Ascot 2005 at York Racecourse on June 16, 2005 in York, England.


BBC Staff Kitchen

Photo of BBC Managment with Microsoft

Maybe a week ago, this printed out photo of the big bosses’ fact finding trip to Microsoft appeared in the communal kitchens in the Broadcast Centre where I work. Me, I’m slightly perplexed as to who put it there. Anyway today some wag added the little post-it note caption, which made me smile. I think it’s quite funny and I think we’re all grown up enough to laugh at ourselves sometimes. But what I like most is that whoever did this, did it in a removable non-vandalising sort of a way – awwww, bless.

UK teens: Champions of Europe

So we’ve the most drugged up, fattest, drunk, fornicating, violent teenagers in Europe… And yet we’re the most watched nation on earth thanks to CCTV. The paradox is uncanny, as Newsnight pointed out this evening.

Which made me think of this.. The other day, while mrs e was away, I watched Gillingham’s Brazil which was on late one night on BBC2. Watching it again I thought it more true now than when it was made. It’s one of the few films that deserves the ‘ahead of it’s time’ tag line, and what a cast! . The culture of fear, the paperwork, the terrorists, the mess!

Told a woman off on the train again this morning for littering.. It’s almost become funny. Here’s a smart girl on her way to work, who drinks a coffee and then just leaves the cup. After all , someone else will clean it up right? Train home, three hooded youths playing music from two of their phones, at the same time.

I’m reminded of a passage in Jeremy Paxman’s book on the English, he says a defining characteristic of being English is the heartfelt belief that the country is going to rack and ruin… I wonder if after this week’s announcements on everything from global warming to the fraying of the very fabric of society it really is?

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November 2006