these moments that I've had.

Sunday, November 30, 2003  

(Courtesy of Marco) Jonathan Brandis, who appeared in Sequest, NeverEnding Story II and other non-entity-films/TV series, has died at the age of 27, possibly suicide.

Brought back memories of River Phoenix's early, untimely death, but also made me think how much he looks like Bruno Langley(Todd from Coronation Street).



posted by Darren | 9:03 PM

Fleetwood Mac were fantastic. I'm in my late thirties, so sue me.

Spitalfields, Brick Lane and environs were chilly today, and noticeably more busy with eastern Europeans than usual.

The genius that is Ridley Scott, is 66 years old today. Time is running out for the Oscar, Rids.

The genius that is Terrence Mallick, is 60.

The cuteness(in certain light) that is Ben Stiller, is 38.

posted by Darren | 8:15 PM

Saturday, November 29, 2003  

"I'm not saying Santa is gay."

- HARVEY FIERSTEIN, who set off debate by saying he would appear as Mrs. Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


Up at dawn and on the road. Visited Bluewater with Dave and his parents for Christmas Shopping. Tired old feet means bath and a nap for this olde dog, before I escape the in-laws clutches and head out for the evening, to see Fleetwood Mac at Earls Court. I've never seen them, OK?! They're LEGENDS! Needless to say, Dave wouldn't be seen dead, so I'll be there with Martin. It's his Christmas gift, from us.

posted by Darren | 4:03 PM

Wednesday, November 26, 2003  

It was like the X-Files round our way last night. Mobile(Cell) Phone networks seemed to be down or were having havoc played with them by forces unknown, and the cable that provides our broadband internet service was down. Though I post, infrequently, I still felt isolated by this loss of service(again). Having a dodgy phone network was just infuriating as Dave and I tried to conduct one conversation, 300 miles apart, over at least 8 separate calls as the connection continued to drop every minute or so.

Still, its good to know one can always rely on Smoking Gun. Today's scoop being Glen Campbell's drink driving arrest and knee-to-thigh assault of a police officer.

Go Glen.

posted by Darren | 10:58 PM

Monday, November 24, 2003  

Pet Shop Boys in 20th Top Ten single shock, and their first since 2000's (classically, but typically titled) "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk".

'Miracles' is taken from their new retrospective, 'Pop Art', featuring all their UK singles, except "Was It Worth It", which scraped to Number 24 in 1991. I blogged on about this new album on Sept. 26th, and it's finally released today. Unfortunately, I fucked up when I went into HMV at lunchtime, and after spending 40 minutes filling my basket (as it were), realised I had left the gift vouchers in my bag at work. Doh! Back it all went onto the shelves, security guard wishing me on my way as I left and handed him the empty basket. I think I was being watched and they thought I'd lost my nerve!

I couldn't be bothered going on my way home. The Pet Shop Boys, The Hours, the Ltd Edition Two Towers DVD et al will all be waiting for me tomorrow. Something to look forward to.

posted by Darren | 10:16 PM

Sunday, November 23, 2003  





posted by Darren | 8:38 PM

Saturday, November 22, 2003  

World Champions

Australia 17 - 20 England.

Much rejoicing in the pubs, clubs and living rooms of England this morning. Very tense match. Probably the best World Cup Final there has been, for the neutral viewer, but I was stressed out for most of the duration, it was so close. Exhausting, but ultimately exhilerating stuff.


On this day in 1963 - President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in a crossfire of bullets, in Dealey Plaza, Dallas.

A BBC programme tomorrow evening, will attempt to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman, and that there was no conspiracy. Their computer simulations to prove that one bullet killed JFK and injured Texas Governer, John Connally, are going to have to be very good to prove this to me.

His death can still be felt now. There would have been no disaster in Vietnam and all that that means to America. So many other things would be so different.

posted by Darren | 8:03 PM

Thursday, November 20, 2003  

Terrorism in action.

posted by Darren | 8:25 PM

Democracy in action.

posted by Darren | 8:22 PM

Wednesday, November 19, 2003  

Oh dear:

He's Bad!
He's bad!
We know it!

posted by Darren | 9:36 PM

Oh dear:

Wales 0 - 1 Russia
Holland 6 - 0 Scotland

posted by Darren | 9:33 PM

I am nothing if not eclectic. We, today, received our Christmas bonus of £100 of HMV Vouchers. I spent the first 20 or so pounds of this benevolent festive gift, on:

Limp Bizkit - Results May Vary
Human League - Very Best of + Bonus Disc of Remixes
Bruce Springsteen - The Essential thanks to Blue Witch for the reminder
Pet Shop Boys - Miracles 2xCD-Singles

Thank you HMV.

Ed. if anyone says he's 'nothing', they're barred..

posted by Darren | 9:23 PM

Tuesday, November 18, 2003  

Thursday's protest march against Bush and his administration's current foreign policies, can be joined at any point along the route, shown above, but starts from Malet Street, Bloomsbury at 2pm.

posted by Darren | 9:55 PM

Finally, 'ntl' have fixed our cable and broadband problem.

We have been without the complete TV service since November 2nd, and when the internet connection dropped last Wednesday, Dave started climbing the walls.

2 engineering visits later and numerous phone calls, saw the visit of one cute South African engineer and his less-so English, fatter, older colleague, to lay.... new cable in the street.


posted by Darren | 9:43 PM

Thursday, November 13, 2003  



How the mighty(in certain Southern States) have fallen.

posted by Darren | 8:35 PM

Sunday, November 09, 2003  

Too close for comfort.

New Zealand versus France final, anyone?

posted by Darren | 8:19 PM

Monday, November 03, 2003  

Another Rob hero, John Barry, 70 years old today.

posted by Darren | 9:20 PM