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Sunday, 13 September 2009

The Days Of Swine And Roses

Brief update thing...

Well, still not a perfect 100% but mainly better: throat still sore but on the other hand plummeting weight has finally stabilized. To put in context how worrying this was getting- I lost 15% of my body weight in 4 weeks and I’m currently the lightest I’ve been in about 15-20 years.

Anyway, many things need to get back on track, sorted out and generally organized but thought I’d update things so all the wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments can be brought to an end... and if you’ve not been doing any of these, why not? I’m affronted... seriously... not one wail? Not one rent clothe? Not even a minor grinding of a back molar? Pah! I’ll forgive you... eventually...

***Here be possible spoilers for Waking The Dead: Magdalene 26***

Bit annoyed at missing the opening pair of episodes of Harper’s Island due to it’s scheduling: the Sunday episodes clashed with the new series of Waking The Dead (sadly, the first ever genuinely bad episodes of Waking The Dead: killed a regular I’d really warmed to; overly relied on coincidence and people behaving bizarrely; had a twist that was proposed for banning over 80 years ago- as seen in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking- and had a flashback system that ultimately seemed disconnected and meaningless); the Friday repeats were scheduled against Beethoven at the BBC Proms- though not in person... that would just have been messy.

***Possible spoilers end***

This flue-y episode has had a couple of glimmers though- I snagged a couple of bits and pieces on eBay that I’ve been after for a long time- a couple of Hellraiser films, the Subversive Cinema release of Dust Devil and a rare film from Amando de Ossorio on VHS. Now, I just have to find some time to watch them.

Anyway, for the meantime, here’s a rather nifty music video (the best promos are surely an unsung art-form). I would love to think this was shot in one play-through though, I suspect with the high number of edits involved, it probably wasn’t. However, the imagination and choreography is still superb and it’s good silly fun.

The Avalanches: Frontier Psychiatrist


Jason Arnopp said...

Ouch! Could do with a spoiler warning there, Sir, on your Waking The Dead description.

Very glad you're on the mend, though!

Jon Peacey said...

Thought I'd been sufficiently vague on WTD but just in case I've added the spoiler warning.

Whyfor 'ouch' though? Was it the spoilers, the condemnation of WTD or the ill?

Strangely, WTD was far superior this last week. Which made it more peculiar to start a new series with such a cobbled together episode.

Must confess, I'm rather glad I'm on the mend too!

Just wish I could put some weight on- the three cats now pick on me! :)

Jason Arnopp said...

The "Ouch!" was as in, "You've just spoilered me, you terrible bastard".

Bless you, Sir, being bullied by feline beasts. Hope you soon regain the strength to chase them away like some kind of top dog.

Jon Peacey said...

I think I belong to a previous era where I watch TV programmes, er, 'live' and forget that other people have noticed all these new things that have been developed... VCRs, DVD-Rs, iPlayer, bards, wandering minstrels, smoke signals...

Apologies for buggering it up- forgive me and skip to the next two-parter which is far superior.

And makes sense.

I will be Master of Cats once more!!!