June 10th, 2007

breaking bad

Blink

I went to an outdoor party at gfk88's house last night. It's a beautiful place, with a lovely garden. Because gfk88 has a three children, aged 2-11, there were a lot of children around, all running about playing. It was lovely, all smiley faces.

A bunch of older children piled into the house to watch Doctor Who, so I went with them. It was great watching that episode with kids. They were absolutely terrified, screaming so loud that parents were coming in from the garden to see what was going on. One little girl burst into tears, and her dad had to come and sit next to her. Other were peeping up from behind the sofa (not a cliche, they actually were). When 'the most scary bit' came (the scary face) I suddenly found there were three children hiding behind me, clinging on to my shirt. One of these may have been gfk88's son who had earlier said that he wasn't scared, and only girls were scared.

I didn't know anyone at the party except gfk88 and his partner but everyone was very friendly, I even found some Chesterfield fans to talk to.

ETA best comment on this I've read this morning was snowking who said 'The final montage was designed purely to make kiddies fear statues. Good job, Moffat!'
breaking bad

Russell Brand

Also, driving back from the party I was listening to Russell Brand on Radio 2. I was amazed at how good he was. I'd previously sort of written him off as a fashionable tosser, not my type at all. But listening to him ad-lib for well over an hour (there was a hold-up on the M6, for a change) I was astonished and impressed. There were a few bits, as there would be in any sustained unscripted rant, that went off the boil, but the whole thing was exciting, funny, and clever. And quite risky I thought. Like Douglas Adams' writing you got the impression of wild improvisation, and then later, as the various diverse ends tied up, realised there was at least some semblance of method in the madness.

Anyway, I don't expect most people to agree, because I was surprised, but I think the guy is a big comedy talent and very clever, not just a daft geezer in girls' trousers who hangs out with Noel Fielding.

Oh, here's the podcast for the week before, which I didn't hear.

(Just off to my course now)