Monday, 14 February 2011

New Crisp Flavour Proposal

Crisps are available in many flavours.
Beyond the obvious Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, Prawn Cocktail and Smokey Bacon, such delicacies as Tomato Ketchup, Worcester Sauce and Roast Ox are available.

I think there is one important flavour missing.

How do people absolve their guilt when tucking into a 10oz Steak and Chips?  A side Salad
What occupies about 80% of shop bought sandwich filling? Salad
Why do people go in such high numbers to a Harvester? Free Salad

Can you see the link?

Salad Flavour Crisps

The guilt free flavours of lettuce, tomato & cucumber whilst consuming deep-fried potato snacks

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Why is my brain full of this rubbish?

A recent conversation reminded me of the old playground card game Top Trumps
Brilliant game - used to have loads (Cars, Bikes, Military Jets, Fire Engines) but the sets I had most of were the football ones.
The conversation with my wife turned to all things Football Top Trumps, whereupon she was informed that:
- Kenny Daglish had the most international goals (18, only equalled by Don Givens)
- Brian Flynn was 5' 2" (in a Wales shirt), but in another pack has was 5' 3 and a half (in Leeds colours)
- John Cheidoze had only played 16 games
- Charlie George is in one pack as a Derby player, and another as a Southampton player (but the picture is the same)
- Allan Clarke is the best for League Goals as he has 201
and a whole load of other particularly useless information from the Football Top Trumps of 1978-1980.
Why do I still know this stuff?
Will it ever leave my brain?
There must come a point where no other stuff can fit in the grey matter, and when asked a question, I will reply with the 1981 Ipswich Town team (Cooper, Burley, Mills, Thijsen, Osman, Butcher, Wark, Muhren, Mariner, Brazil, Gates)
Two great sources of Football Top Trump (and other Football cards) information
I've wasted HOURS trawling through these two sites, and generally wallowing in nostalgia

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Re-make, Re-model

What is it with film & TV?  There seems to be, and has been for sometime, an awful lot (and some are awful) of re-makes of past offerings.

TV series Survivors from 1975 - re-imagined for the 21st Century
An attempt to revive Minder (starring Shane Richie)
Ealing Comedy 'The Ladykillers' remade by Hollywood starring Tom Hanks
Get Carter
The Italian Job

and the list goes on (Wikipedia - List of Film Remakes)

and now in 2011, two of the first major films of the year so far are: True Grit (first made 1969) and Brighton Rock (first made 1947)

Have TV & Film writers run out of ideas?
Are TV & Film commissioners unprepared to invest time & money in new ideas and happy to just go for the tried & tested of the past?
Can we look forward to a re-imagining of It Ain't Half Hot Mum in the next couple of years?
Will novelists soon be staring at blank manuscripts awaiting inspiration, and then decide to just copy Moby Dick, but update the references, setting & dialogue to give the "new" novel a 21st Century feeling?