What We Did On Our Holiday – absolutely brilliant movie

What We Did On Our Holiday

What We Did On Our Holiday

Every so often you see a movie that really exceeds your expectations. It happened to me today.

I thought “What We Did On Our Holiday” was going to be a light fluffy piece and I mainly wanted to see it because David Tennant (the artist formerly known as Dr. Who) was in it. I like him and I like his presence on screen.

Well, it was much more than light fluff. I was really affected by it – I cried lots (as did the people around me in the cinema) and I laughed out loud (very loud!) lots. It is a movie that works on every level. The casting is brilliant – even down to the three children in it. Billy Connolly was superb and even Celia Imrie in a tiny role was incredible (has she ever been anything less that incredible – I remember seeing her years ago in “Pat & Margaret” and thinking she was amazing). The two leads, David Tennant & Rosamund Pike are warm and natural – they feel real.

The scenery of Scotland was just beautiful – kind of makes me want to go there and check it out. And it really was a case of laughing uproariously one minute and bawling your eyes out in the next. I came out of the cinema feeling like ‘yes, this is what justifies the whole movie making business!’ Because it is a really positive life-affirming journey that is just a cut above anything similar. Perhaps it is the fact that it was made in Britain rather than America that gives it this quality – think of ‘Pride’, ‘Four Weddings & A Funeral’, ‘Educating Rita’ and about a thousand others over the last 30 or so years!

It was terrific to see it in a V-Max cinema with brilliant picture and sound – it really added to the experience – particularly the Scottish scenery.

I’d really like to get everyone I know to see it. Some of them may be too cynical to let the story cut through their cynicism – but I reckon most of them will have a similar reaction to me.

What We Did On Our Holiday is just a bloody good film – I am so glad I saw it.


More Christmas: Bananarama are still alive and have their own 6 1/2 minute Christmas dance track

It isn’t a proper video for it but who cares….this is a great dance-pop track from Bananarama..Baby It’s Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with this camp little number

Only The Young having a very camp little Christmas

Christine Milne’s fantastic Budget reply speech – the truth at last

This speech, in response to the fascist LNP Australian Government’s draconian budget, is simply brilliant. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

I’ve been a Labor voter for decades but I’ve come to see, over the last year, that the Greens are the ones that represent the true values I believe in.

Thank you for this speech Christine.


Stupid fucking Swedish televoters.

Shirley should have been ‘direkt till final”


Melodifestivalen 2014 – Semifinal 1: Boring hosts, boring show

Well last night I caught up with semifinal 1 of this year’s Melodifestivalen. It is a time of the year I look forward to – following the competition and enjoying the presentation, the guest appearances, the interval acts and the humour that “Mello” is famous for.

But not this time. Semifinal 1 of Melodifestivalen 2014 sucked. And sucked majorly.

SVT seemed to be bored with the whole thing and phoned it in. They couldn’t even be bothered to change the opening graphics. The opening montage from last year’s competition was a total Zzzzzz-fest. And then those hosts. Jesus H.Christ!!!

Boring Hosts of Melodifestivalen 2014

Boring Hosts of Melodifestivalen 2014

Who ARE these people? And why are they trying to impersonate TV show hosts? They are about as funny as bowel cancer and add absolutely nothing to the show. In fact, they are a major liability. Even with multiple cue cards they had no idea what was happening most of the time and their banter was absolutely inane. When compared to someone like Petra Mede who hosted Melodifestivalen 2009 and Eurovision 2013….well, it’s like comparing two corpses to a live human being.

No interval act. An excruciatingly boring ‘comedy sketch’ involving the two ‘hosts’ instead. It was embarrassing. Just embarrassing.

Semifinal 1 also seemed to be a celebration of technical glitches. It seemed like SVT’s crew might have had a few little drinkies before the telecast because they couldn’t get their act together either.

The whole presentation seemed amateur and tired. Just very tired.

And the songs – well most of them – deserved much better. There were a few really good songs in there. My two favourites – “Casanova” by Elisa Lindström and “Bedroom” by Alvaro Estrella came nowhere. They’re out of the competition already. And they deserved better. But at least I was able to buy them last night – songs that aren’t progressing further in the competition are made available on Swedish iTunes immediately. So I don’t have to wait to order the full Melodifestivalen 2014 CD – I can enjoy them right now.

The two songs that made it through ‘direkt til finalen’ didn’t do a lot for me. But, on the other hand, I don’t actually hate them either. That’s a good thing. Everyone seems to be raving about “Songbird” – maybe they were listening to a different song than me?

Anyway, there are 5 more weeks to go. Please god that SVT wake up and get their shit together and start putting some excitement into the telecasts.

And maybe, just maybe, the two hosts get beamed into outer space and are replaced by living, breathing, entertainers!

Here’s “Casanova” – a classic schlager….

And here’s “Bedroom”. This sounds like an international hit to me…

Swedish Marines have a great sense of humour!

Love this send up of “Grease Lightning” by Swedish Marines based in Afghanistan. They must have a lot of spare time on their hands or they’re just all frustrated musical stars!