Monthly Archives: February 2007

Yarp. Narp?

Last night we saw Hot Fuzz.

I actually wasn’t massively keen on Shaun of the Dead – it was funny, but just a little bit too weird, and I’ve never been a big horror fan so I probably didn’t get all of the movie references sprinkled through the film.

Hot Fuzz was different – I completely “got” the genre and the things they were sending up. Very British, very funny. The whole premise of a hot-shot urban cop being relegated to some sleepy backwater village was a nice set-up for some great observations on both the police service (not force, that implies aggression) and local village life in England. It was obviously well-researched – we loved the parts where the official police vocabulary was invoked, and the regional dialect was brilliantly done too. One or two gory bits, done in an amusing way. The last part of the film was just superb – without giving too much away, the shootouts were hilarious.

Trailers for Magicians and the next Simon Pegg film, Run, Fat Boy, Run. Looks like the next few months should be good for British comedies at the cinema.

And I just have to add – By the Power of Grayskull! (a cultural reference that was lost on my wife and sister-in-law, who laughed their heads off through much of the film, but must have missed so many of the cool bits)

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I’ll regret this

Roo on a Plazes rampage

It looks like Roo is discovering new Plazes at a rate of knots.

I can’t keep up!

Social networking through social wine drinking

An enjoyable evening in the company of Dennis, James, Roo, Richard, Hugh, Al and Kyb.

Bedales in Spitalfields is a nice place, although it reminded me of how I frequently wish I knew more about wine – fortunately, Richard and I were guided by both James, and the expert staff.

More feeds for my feedreader. I shall enjoy these. Can’t believe I hadn’t subscribed before.

Good conversations, too. More peer pressure over Twitter – James spent much of the evening receiving updates fed to his phone. I still don’t think I can go there, my impression is that it will be far too intrusive. Opinions split over Scoble – is he still A-list or has he slipped to C-list?

Lots of Macs and Mac talk, although I didn’t have mine with me.

Plus, an opportunity to catch up with Roo on the way home (this came after the part where he smashed all the wine glasses[1], and the part where he scribbled furiously in a Moleskine every 45 seconds). Remarkably unruffled by his latest brush with fame. I’m just sorry that I’ll miss his talk today. And it’s a shame that I wasn’t able to get to the Future of Web Apps conference that Al had been at, too.

I think it’s important to extend blogging contacts via social events. I need to make more of an effort to do this in future. Given how often I’ve been in London of late, it wouldn’t be too hard to choose a date and venue and advertise a gathering.

[1] OK, OK, wine glass, singular. See, you can’t smash things in virtual worlds.

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After 3 separate calls to Pipex over a three-week period, I’ve finally been regraded to an 8Mb service.


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