I met Johnny Ball today. He is a lovely man. After he'd finished doing the voiceover stuff that we'd asked him to do, he stayed for a while and told us stories about making those amazing TV shows in the 70s and 80s. I'm pretty sure he's partly responsible for making me pass my 11+ and eventually going to a grammar school - those programmes made me think about stuff when I was a kid. Do they still have programmes like that?
From The Basement looks like it's going to be an interesting show. "Beautifully filmed in high-definition at Maida Vale studios in London
with the live sound by producer Nigel Godrich. From The Basement has no
host and no studio audience, instead the artist and their performance
take centre stage."
The first show features Thom Yorke, The White Stripes and Kieran Hebden (Four Tet chap) with drummer Steve Reid.
Was trying to think of my dream line up. Neil Young, Kraftwerk and Jim O'Rourke. That'd do me. Any better offers?
Monday nights are all about Mastermind and University Challenge. I spend an hour feigning disinterest in both TV programmes, perhaps whilst reading a paper or messing with the laptop, all the while surreptitiously listening out and trying to answer questions in a nonchalant fashion. My hope is that this will impress my wife. In actual fact all that happens is that she realises that I know very little.
Anyway, tonight I felt like University Challenge had gone through some sort of time tunnel. Check out this chap:
and this woman:
and this man:
It felt like we'd gone back to the 70s for a second, which for fans of dodgy beards and big hair (such as myself) is of course no bad thing.
Just for the record, I got some art and history questions right and failed as usual on the science stuff.
I found this fact funny and sad all at the same time - 'Celebrity Love Island' accounts for up to three-quarters of ITV1's factual output from developing countries, according to a report commissioned by charity coalition 3WE.
I've just finished watching
Lonesome Dove. It made me feel like getting on my horse and riding out of Kensal Green - all of those rolling plains, living a life where your best friend is your horse, where nobody ever washes or drinks skinny lattes. Still, I guess that's a cowboy's life for you. Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall are a legendary double act, and forced me to shed a tear at the end. Won't tell you why in case you watch it. Uva uvam vivendo varia fit (wish I knew Latin).