Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Back again

After a long time away from the blog due to personal and professional reasons, I've decided to start writing again or as the mood hits.

Since Doctor Who and Sherlock have finished for the season, I've been quietly gearing up for the Olympics in London-like many other Anglophiles. To that end, I've been catching up on a mockumentary called Twenty Twelve a fictional look at the group that is preparing the Olympics. Written by the same people who wrote The Thick of It and People Like Us it's a mild comedy that is not Office-cringeworthy but gets it's laughs from the narration(a perfectly pitched David Tennant) and the situations the characters get themselves in. Cast is headed up Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville who shows his comedic straight-man chops and Spaced star Jessica Hynes who plays the most irritating catch phrase PR director ever, Siohban Sharpe. The real laugh is how close to life the story lines are to reality. The first episode was about the Olympic clock and whether it should be counting down from the Games backwards to the present or whether it should run forward to the Opening Ceremonies. The show got a burst of publicity when the real Olympic countdown clock stopped working the day it was unveiled.

The second episode dealt with the Olympic deliverance committee getting lost on a bus driving to the Olympic stadium, and this week, one of the first American athletes to arrive in Britain tweeted that the bus he was riding was lost for four hours! It is now airing on BBCAmerica or you can download it from iTunes. I highly recommend it.

Finally after a bad day, came home today to find on my doorstep, a wee Little Urn from Yorkshire Tea. After having seen the real one a few years ago when it came to DC, I knew I had to get the mini-me version. So cute. Pity it doesn't make a cuppa for me!

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