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  1. Paul

    The Wire Thread

    So what do you think about the start to the new seies, Hoddy? I'm loving the political machinations with Burrell getting manipulated all over the place and Rawls as the new (and very unpopular) Deputy Opps. It feels like another slow-burning classic with Cheese gaining a bigger role, Avon on his way out of slam, Omar great as ever and Greggs turning into a female McNulty by the second. Gotta love the "Put kids off violence by autopsy" route to keeping the streets clean, too. I've seen the first two episodes and it already feels even better than Season Two. Oh, by the way - did you see The West Wing has been canned? Season 7 is the last one. Also, did you know that Sorkin left because of a crack habit? It's in today's Guardian.
  2. I didn’t get to choose my shitty job title.
  3. Query for the parents of teens: how did you all start to teach your kids about financial responsibility and work? I had a minor bratty moment from junior today (who is generally a great lad) that suggested a minor sense of entitlement and I've realised it's time, now he's 13, to teach him about what it is to earn money before you spend it. So we're thinking about a bank account for pocket money/allowance and a defined set of jobs to earn it. What I want is advice on this issue please: what did you do? How much cash did you give? What was required to earn it? I'm also interested in what your own parents did with you around this issue. Cheers.
  4. George Clooney as Fletch in Porridge.
  5. Depends whether Monty’s on.
  6. It’s Vice Principal to you, Usher.
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    The BBC

    It’s boss. Makes me chuckle every week. Nostalgic, nice, daft telly. Only host who never made me laugh was Wogan. All the rest though were ace.
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    Beats and pieces

    Just a little thread for those of us who appreciate stuff at the other end of the scale from the more popular (on here, at least) rock side of things. So, to get us started, Gilles' show this week is a tribute to John Lucien and Max Roach who both died last week. It's jazz-tastic. Nice. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/gillespeterson/index.shtml
  9. By the way, this is the Smithiest thread EVER!
  10. Prince???? Prince????? You’ve had a Weston Super-Mare with that take. Maybe the least boring artist ever! The fella was playing in high heels and suspenders in his teens and recording albums where he played every instrument on it. Singer, dancer, musician, producer, writer, you name it. Wrote dozens of hits for himself and others. ‘Kinell!!! If Prince is boring, what the fuck are your beloved Oasis (who I don’t mind, by the way)???
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    Me too.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Busey steals every single thing he’s ever been in. Love him. “Utah! Get me two!!!”
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    *Whispers* “I’m just a cook.”
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Pretty cliched. There’s loads of films that go with variations on the one man stage show. Strikes me that they saw it simply as a Covid compatible production with a big name. If they spent more than a fortnight in production, I’d be amazed.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    The whole end of a phone line schtick dud my head in.
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    Your top 5 rewatchable movies?

    First five that spring to mind: 1. Heat (or the re-Heat, for rewatchables fans) 2. When Harry Met Sally 3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 4. Captain America: Winter Soldier 5. The 13th Warrior
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    PODCAST: Red or Dead?

    Best pod so far, for me. Really entertaining.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    The Guilty - 5/10. Very dull.
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    Legendary Gigs You Were At

    My fantasy gigs would be things like: Aretha’s second night recording Amazing Grace when The Stones turned up to watch; The Beatles either at an early Cavern/Hamburg gig or else the rooftop one; Elvis’ comeback special in ‘68; and last but by no means least, Prince’s five hour after-party at the Café de Paris when he gave 18 year old Mica Paris a microphone in the crowd to duet with him, brought Chaka Khan on for Sweet Thing and played covers/mad funk jams deep into the early hours. Edit: it was the Camden Palace actually. There’s a bit of footage here at exactly 11 minutes in. Think I’m mixing two shows up in my mind. Chaka was at the Cafe de Paris one. Either way, though: a Prince after show - fucking hell!!! Pretty much peak gig for me.