Archive for September, 2015

Thursday Thoughties

Posted: September 30, 2015 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Like a couple of Rabbitohs lining up at the Chemist I thought it would help us all to wait a couple of days for your weekly Fillet of Flash this week – which goes very nicely with a battered Sav I am reliably informed. Its an odd week of sport actually. First up while I would have liked Day to win Spieth is a worthy winner as well. Anyone who thinks Day choked has never played golf half way seriously at all. It is a frustrating and soul destroying game at times and while it was very slow to recognise women I am convinced they were involved in its creation at the start because their hands are all over it like white on rice. Spieth went walkabout a few weeks ago after looking unbeatable 2 months ago. The one golden rule he definitely displays is “drive for show, putt for dough” – or $10 million in this case. Then we get to the NRL . I would like Broncos to win as they are my team but there will be no wrist slashing if Cowboys do because JT deserves it as much as anyone I know. And of course once again we have to put up with the nonsense of “play the grand final in Brisbane”. Why ? Suncorp only sits 52,000 for starters. Its much more fun to go to Sydney and win – as long as someone stops the airlines from gouging Joe Average as per usual. The Dally Ms confirmed two certainties – JT is the best player in the game at present and Turnbull should stick to Polo and leave the blue collar games to anyone else. At least Keating never pretended to be a sports follower. I still occasionally watch the Today Show as Step 7 of my 12 Step plan for Rageaholics Annonymous but “Thank You Karl” even outdid himself this week by starting a movement to bring this Sundays game to Suncorp! Complete Tool

Hayne ran for 37 yds (not even metres!) and zippers bulged the world over. At least all of his years playing for Paramatta will hold him in good stead for a season that finishes early every year. The only match of any real importance in the must win caper this week is of course in Rah Rah land when we take on the Poms on the weekend. Win and kick them out of their own tournament would be tres sweet – and ensure Sammy is back in red and green next year.

TV wise Ray Donovan wrapped up its 3rd season and is currently the best drama on TV . Utopia on ABC continues to expertly portray some classic government office workplace scenarios while Gruen rounds out the best hour of local TV all week. 800 Words is simply Seachange in NZ with less likable characters but plenty of cliches. Scream Queens was a pleasant surprise and Quantico has a workable premise and narrative which does not necessarily guarantee success or even survival as it is still a bit sudsy. Trevor Noah has the toughest job on TV at present and while the show is still good with the help of correspondents I do feel that his guest interviewees interaction may be lacking. With all of the late night shows around these days I find best solution is subscribe to them on You Tube and then each morning can check out the best skits and interviews via ATV in less than 30 minutes! Across the ditch and the This is England TV spinoffs continue to decline with each subsequent series

Finally lets talk weather. Its been an interesting week to say the least. I have lived (at least my version of it) in Maryhole for 38 yrs and remember well years ago when we got our fair share of storms. Now storms can be nasty and destructive so missing 95% of them is not necessarily a bad thing but what has happened here in the last few years? No new mountain ranges et al I am aware of? It is like the Red Sea has relocated to Tiaro and everything parts there. Maybe there is a Black Knight of Bauple declaring “None shall Pass” . The last two days in particular have been tres confounding and it is like BOM suddenly runs out of blue ink when it approaches us. I have no issue with them predicting “possible storms” because they certainly do look likely at times but just once it would be nice if someone added the rider ” of course it will likely dissipate before getting to Maryhole despite any other obvious indications”. Can someone just explain why this happens all the time and trust me I will shut up about it. Its the biggest tease since Sharon Stone uncrossed her legs. Its only going to get worse of course when the summer heat starts rolling in next week or two. I hate hot weather – its my basic instinct

Tuesday Thoughties

Posted: September 21, 2015 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

So Summer is approaching and the days lengthen and warmthen. This we know because the neighbourhood dog and bird choir is in full swing by 530 am. Not a big issue for moi as always been an early riser. Sometimes even get out of bed. When I do time for a quick breakfast and then out to golf course for some bunkering et al. Given the short duration of said breakfast and preference for hands free news absorption one turns on the Today Show which sadly has started by 530 am. If I actually have to cook something this can extend to a 30 min chore which gives one the opportunity to observe what passes for 30 mins of “infotainment” these days. We have the news bulletin, ads, sports bulletin, ads, weather, front pages and then the cycle starts again at 6 am. In between there is usual some plug of other 9 shows, where they are travelling to next, and of course the standard “coming up” tease of something that could be slightly interesting but may not show until 8:59 am. Thankfully well and truly covered in sand by then

Speaking of pointless TV shows when one starts the day so early one finds oneself having a break mid to late morning and wanting to relax and not really concentrate on a serious show like Ray Donovan. Lo and behold it is the 2015 Emmys live from somewhere else. Tragically I had missed the red carpet interviews. There is no such thing as a good awards show but some are less tedious than others and really are just something to have on in the background while doing something more productive like clipping your toenails. Quality of course starts with the host and while I dont mind Brooklyn 99, Samberg is not my cup of tea and certainly not a substantial host. The tin of beans gag on the red carpet simply leaves one wondering how this even gets to air. Then we have the “stars” and the awkward presentation interactions. These shows , like many, appeal to that large, and sadly ever increasing, segment of the populace that even now have their own species identification. Dumbas Oxygenwastas hereafter known as DO to save time and energy for said toenails. This show was as predictable as airport workers going on strike during school holidays. Awards to shows spread like chickenpox so that once it is on, IT IS ON BABY. Olive Clitoris, VEEP,GOT……zzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I love Bill Murray as much as the next guy but to get an Emmy for playing himself for 3 minutes is simply ridiculous. One imagines they think his passing is imminent. Hamm gets a deserved Emmy but for all the wrong seasons much like GOT which just had its weakest season really. Just when you think you understand that its makeup time Amy Poehler misses out as JLD wins again for doing the same thing 4 yrs in a row. At least Modern Family didnt win! There were two categories for reality shows – Structured and Unstructured?? Pandering to the DOs again. How about Crap and Utter Crap next time. The one that did stand out as odd though was the best writing award for GOT . Series based on popular books always attract your stranger group of rabid fans but even they would be surprised at that one. And of course who could have foreseen Viola Davis turning her speech into a Black Women Power theme. Of course things are different in 2015 then in 1955. Everyone knows that – except the Australian Liberal Party. Which leads nicely into….

The coup was a raging success. Turnbull has soared in the polls to dizzying heights unseen since that last popular PM. Now what was her name ? Oh thats right Julia Gillard. What could go wrong?? Lets just say dont get too comfy Talkbull. It is galling how the media, especially those with other agendas, pounce on this without the obvious rider statement. You are polling the same DOs that gave Scott Cam a Gold Logie remember. It is like the weather bureau who consistently say “chance of a shower or storm this afternoon for Maryborough” which of course is true in a way but doesnt tack on the historical fact that 99% of the time it doesnt happen. Scott Morrison is the interesting player in this and now maybe thinks he can do a Keating and ascend to the top via the Treasurer position. As even Lloyd Bentsen would say “Sir you are no Paul Keating”. The other laugh of course is that Hockey tells us the age of entitlement is over but he wants a plumb ambassador job in USA thanks muchly. Ya cant write this stuff. But if you could you just may win and Emmy. Stranger things have happened. As luck would have it the leadership meeting of the Liberal Caucus has leaked online and as a service to you same is provided below

Finally to sport. Can we please stop referring to them as “Hayne’s 49ers”. There is a $12 million a year QB sitting there crying and scratching his head wondering why they took SF out of the franchise name. Too many head knocks can do that to ya. Stop dumbing it down for the DOs. Anyone who doesnt know he plays for SF by now really are not interested. I was interested in his story and good luck to him but think reality is about to hit hard mostly because it aint a real strong team folks. And then we get to the feel good sports story of Jason Day. It is a fascinating time of year for your serious golf watcher as despite the obscene amount of money available at the end of the Fed Ex watching the players move up and down in standings and what it means for next week is tres fascinating. We are now down to the final 30 and the permutations and combinations are numerous. I think if Jason Day finishes 17th, Sangboon Bae comes 2nd, Jordan Spieth dies after 54 holes, and Tiger Woods doesnt make a golf headline all week then Day gets all the choccies. You know it is getting tight when on the 16th hole on the last day the caddie is sacked and a 13yr old Asian maths whizz is suddenly carrying the bag and a calculator.

Hayne for Deputy PM?

Posted: September 14, 2015 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

There are only two stories in the news today so why not mash them. Haynso was seen wearing a helmet so we assume he is playing in about 45 mins. Abbott should have worn a helmet but instead was knocked out of the ring. Welcome to Australia 2015 where we can kick out a PM while most of us are asleep and yet Karl still has a gig on the Today show?

I didnt think anything was going to knock Haynso off the lead news item today but I was wrong – briefly at least. By 11 am it was great to see the first 6 newsfeed items on Facebook were all about him actually starting in todays game. More than anything this should tell me to start unlikeing a few pages methinks but doubt I can avoid it anyway. Will I watch it ? Yeah, will start because afterall have to justify paying $60 a month for Foxtel just to watch PGA golf. Unless there is a wardrobe malfunction in the pregame show or Haynso scores a touchdown with his first touch doubt I can stay interested for the 8 hrs your average NFL game takes

As for the other news, it is a sad day in many ways. Not for that clown Abbott but rather for politics in this country where yet another PM is anointed by his party rather than the people . Did they not learn anything from the Ruddiard debacle? I iamgine Abbott was a good and decent man as they all are really but he never really connected with the people and won by default more than anything else. This of course is now the norm in Aussie politics – the incumbent loses rather than a shining beacon being swept into office. The interesting question of course is will Turnbull go the way of Downer and to a lesser extent Peacock and once elevated to the position suddenly start losing appeal ? One thing for sure is it is going to be one dull election next time around with Talkbull and Curly front and centre. Talk about last clown standing. Of course the one person forgotten in all this who just may have drowned in his porridge this morning is The Parrot aka Jonesy. Jonesy isnt into the funny business with sheilas but would gladly have adopted Abbott if he could have. The smart player in all this is likely Julie Bishop who may just come out relatively unscathed , if such a thing is possible. Turnbull loses the next election and then the Bishop/Morrison team rises to “unite the party in these difficult times” . Which means there will only be one song being sung in the Liberal caucus meetings in about 18 months time

Ice Scream is Just Desserts

Posted: September 2, 2015 in TV

In keeping with my dotage directed viewing habits it was interesting this week to finish two seasons – and most likely one series – for two shows based on popular movie franchises. We are referring to Hannibal Season 3 and Scream Season 1. Another spooky tie in of course was the passing earlier in the week of Wes Craven who just may be rolling over in said grave now although many folk seem satisfied with the TV treatment of his movie.(Yes he was a creator of series) Not me , but then never expected to be. What both shows demonstrate though is how much more enjoyable a good story is when condensed to 2hrs in a movie rather than 10 hrs or more. Naturally in the latter you get padding and both shows are guilty of this

Hannibal was initially a bold interpretation of what was a well known and critically acclaimed yarn. Mads was great of course but never took to Fancy Dancy and really if he and Claire of Homeland fame ever reproduce I hope the kids dont go into acting ever – tortured souls dullsville. The first season was very good – and very graphic. I believe Fuller originally had a 5 season plan and dont know if and when that plan changed but season 3 did end up a bit of a mess with a wonderful Italian travelogue for first half before the introduction of Big Red in the second half. In a similar vein of course SOTL was always the standout in that movie series. By this season it seemed at times that sensible plot had been cast aside as the graphic set designers engaged in communal circle jerk . Some stunning imagery indeed but really at the expense of an engaging and believable yarn for most part. Gillian drifted in and out in a rather bizarre relationship even for this show – her final post credit scene was suitably teasing and not just for letting the puppies roam more freely. Eddie Izzard was sadly underused. I cant be bothered tracking down the timeline for when the cancellation was known but suffice to say it was very good and clever ending. Overall the seasons waned over time but it was certainly a worthwhile, if somewhat ambitious, endeavour. 6/10

Scream was a classic movie for its genre which sadly led to many inferior sequels but at least some good spoofs. It was of course part parody itself with constant references to what happens in slasher movies. The TV series has at least one character carry on this same parody which works well but the real problem is stretching a 90 minute yarn into 7 hours. Characters you simply dont care about are introduced and the whole back story of Brandon James doesnt really work. And you dont have any stand out scenes like u did in the movie with Drew Barrymore. Being MTV you also get plugs for music being played – which of course some may appreciate. It may have worked better if watched in quick succession over a couple of days – but doubt it. It would have appeared better methinks if not for the original movie. There will always be a market for this stuff and no doubt some already have the Season 2 premiere date inked in on their calendar. This little black duck will give it a miss 5/10