Woolworth’s, we’ll miss you. Despite the many years of sucking. I guess I can be happy that the shame of attempting to ask out an assistant there will finally fade once the space is taken by another shop..


(not that there’s any shame in asking out a shop assistant, obviously, but I must have glowed bright red that morning…)

Senator Al Franken


(I’m not sure what’s funnier today, that story or John Bolton and John Yoo demanding that Obama respect the Constitution of the United States as President. It’s a bit late for them to develop a sense of humour)

Personally, I'm Expecting The Rapture First

Mr Owen added: “Popeye is one of the first of the famous 20th-century cartoon characters to fall out of copyright. Betty Boop and ultimately Mickey Mouse will follow.”

Popeye’s fall into the public domain in the EU.

A Pitiful Request For A Tracker Link...

Someone, somewhere must have uploaded End of Part One to the net by now. I’ve tried, believe me, but without a UKNova or TheBox login, I think I’ve hit a dead end. If anybody does have an idea where I can either download some episodes or obtain a bootleg, it’d be great. There’s a couple of bits on YouTube, but nothing approaching complete programmes…

What Does Betfair Know?

Matt Smith?

This May Make More Sense Later

Much later.

Welcome To 2009

And first up, a heartly welcome back to Robin Carmody, who has a new blog. No joke - while I know he’s an acquired taste, I’ve always loved reading his unique take on children’s telefantasy, pop music, and British politics. Hurrah for 2009 already!

Lazy Newsround Reporters

Well, I can tell Aardman exactly where the ‘leaked’ clips came from. The whole episode of A Matter of Loaf and Death was broadcast in Australia two months ago (and in HD, no less), and is happily all over the torrent networks. Though I wonder whether the report is more about the BBC trying not to reveal that their Christmas Day premiere has been gazumped.

X-Factor May Good For Something, I Guess

It may finally kill off the Hallelujah cover industry…and thus we’re all winners.

The Lengths I Go To

I find it somewhat amusing that in order to guarantee me getting a copy of Phonogram: The Singles Club #1, I’m going to be picking it up from a comic shop 5,000 miles away from where I am now.

Bless Chapel Hill Comics and all who sail in her! Admittedly, I won’t be able to read it for a month, but as Kieron says it has been under-ordered, better to be safe than sorry.

(so yes, if you do see it in the shops tomorrow - do grab it while you can)