December 26th, 2004

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That earthquake

I've not read an enormous amount about the Asian earthquake and tsunami on the blogs yet. Deaths currently at 7,000 - that's two 9/11s right there. Supposed to be the strongest earthquake in my lifetime. Not much we can do or say about it though is there? I hope one day there is an efficient multinational disaster force that will respond rapidly and proportionately to disasters like this.

The other world news I'm watching at the moment is the Ukrainian election of course.
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He think he'll blow our minds.

Very big thanks to andrewducker for this. It is literally of the 'if I hadn't seen it with my eyes I wouldn't believe it' class. The krankies sing 'Star Man' by David Bowie. Seems to be a clip from Paul Merton's 'Room 101', where it was presumably used to illustrate the worst thing in the world. This is even less appealing than the rat harness.

For the benefit of any damn foreigners reading this: the krankies are so, so, wrong in so many ways. They are a 'comedy' duo, of a man and a schoolboy only the 'Dirty Wee Boy' is played by his very short wife. And they've been going since the sixties. Yup that little kid singing Star Man is a fairly old lady. Let the children boogie.
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House of flying daggers

I went to see 'House of Flying Daggers', 11am Boxing Day. It didn't disappoint me. It's by Zhang Yimou, the director of 'Hero', but it is somewhat more accessible than that film, and visually lush. It's also the most sexy Chinese film I've seen. Nobody actually has sex on shot, but there's a fairly fraught three-way love triangle, featuring maximum violence between and against the lovers. At the end the two guys are going to fight, and you realise that you haven't seen a fight so far that didn't have a woman in it (usually Zhang Ziyi kicking the hell out of one of the guys).

My most erotic fight scene of the year continues to be the chess-house fight in Hero, but 'Flying Daggers' is probably sexier overall. ZZ plays Mei (a rebel) and Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro are policemen out to get her, with various subplots on hand. To my mind, BTW. Lau was way, way, more desirable but then he's my age, and his character is more repressed and evil.