Too graphic for prime time?

April 29th, 2009 § 7 comments § permalink

This PSA, starring Kiera Knightly, was produced by Women’s Aid in the UK and has been shown in UK cinemas. But it has not yet been seen on television, because the company that censors tv advertising for the British government wants the shots showing Knightly being kicked and beaten to be removed.

I fail to see the point, myself, if the violence is removed. After all, it is the point, right?

Put the gun down, Smart Mouth Broad!

Still in a holding pattern

April 22nd, 2009 § 10 comments § permalink

I have finally reached the point where the light I can see at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming express. The last few weeks have been just one damn’ thing after another—none of them major or life-threatening, all of them just gumming up the works, to the point where I haven’t even had time to read a book for weeks, never mind blog. And, as anybody who knows me will tell you, for me, not reading is like not breathing—unthinkable.

But the log-jam is finally coming unstuck and I have a ton of things I want to blog about, not least of which are two wonderful, very different, awards that have come my way in recent days, courtesy of Kate and Smart Mouth Broad. (Please Note, SMB, that I do not “hate it.” I never look a gift horse in the mouth, especially when said nag is saying such nice things about me and my blog!)

Like Ah-nuld, I’ll be back, and soon. In the meantime, here are some interesting tit-bits to discuss among yourselves:

The Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper, asks the question, Did Clement Freud tell the funniest joke ever told? What do you think?

PBS, bless its woolly little heart, has just launched a most amazing website, on which you can view all kinds of wonderful full-length PBS programs. Best of all, they are available outside the US.

And, last but not least, just in time for Earth Day, Disney Nature Films has released an extraordinary movie about the creatures who are unfortunate enough to share this planet with us. Here is the trailer. Enjoy.

Normal service will be resumed shortly …

April 18th, 2009 § 7 comments § permalink

In the meantime, for your edification and entertainment, a little amuse bouche

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