. . . when the long Christmas/New Year break disturbs your concentration?  Not exactly a restful period for your grovelling author, what with spending most of Boxing Day trying not to catch anything infectious in the A & E waiting area (standing room only, bring all your friends and family for a grand day out).  Good job I could adjourn to the hospital restaurant and sit alone with a cuppa and a portion of turkey tikka masala.

Then there’s the family crisis that threatened all sorts of mayhem for later in the year (luckily sorted out after a couple of days).

That’s my excuse anyway.  Believe it or don’t!

*In line with the non-sweary policy of this blog, the clip here is the version ruined dubbed for US TV.  If you want the real one, rent the movie  If you don’t know the movie, I really don’t know where you’ve been (© Rod the Mod).


R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

Just a note in memory of Leslie Nielsen; not a classic actor by any means but one who will be warmly remembered.

Although gaining fame late in his career for comedies such as Airplane and the Naked Gun series, to me he will always be Commander J.J. Adams of interplanetary cruiser C-57D in ‘Forbidden Planet’, a ground-breaking movie that almost literally blew my mind when I saw it as an eight-year-old. (What’s more, the lucky devil got to cuddle the delectable Anne Francis)

” . . and if you don’t so something about it soon it’ll be coming right through that door!”