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Always Look On The Bright Side [Sep. 26th, 2008|12:19 pm]
Tony Grist
I posted something really sour- about how you keep seeing the same old faces again and again on the telly. It stayed posted for about a minute- you may have even had time to read it- but then I deleted it. I don't want to become known for being sour.

I'm a crotchety old sod, more crotchety in real life than on line, but I'm trying hard to keep myself in check-  trying to play nice. It's a ghastly, old world, but we're all in it together and what's the point in adding to the negativity?

I've been reading David Foster Wallace. I hadn't heard of him before the suicide. I've read his piece on the Caribbean Cruise and his piece about 911. Here's a guy who found life so hideous he checked out prematurely, but he strove and struggled in his writing to be humane, witty, positive.  I respect that.
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2008-09-26 12:33 pm (UTC)

Here you go! :^)

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-26 12:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Here you go! :^)

Ah, it never fails to raise a smile :)
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[User Picture]From: mummm
2008-09-26 01:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Here you go! :^)

Absolutely gotta love Monty Python.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-26 03:58 pm (UTC)

Re: Here you go! :^)

And that is one of their finest three minutes!
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2008-09-26 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for not adding to the negativity online! :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-26 01:24 pm (UTC)
But I so very nearly did.
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2008-09-26 01:25 pm (UTC)
Perhaps. But you made the choice not to, in the end.

If virtue was easy, all men would be virtuous, right? :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-26 01:29 pm (UTC)
'S'right!

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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2008-09-26 01:30 pm (UTC)
*passes you tea* It will be a good day. :)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-26 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Tea makes all the difference.

(As it happens, by happy coincidence, I've just made myself a cup)
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[User Picture]From: serennos
2008-09-26 01:06 pm (UTC)

The sun is always up there beyond the clouds...

Admittedly I only 'know' you online, but you don't strike me as being at all sour - and I very much doubt that a post about how you keep seeing the same old faces again and again on the telly would have changed that!

But then, I can be quite stroppy meself ;-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-26 01:29 pm (UTC)

Re: The sun is always up there beyond the clouds...

I was very rude about a clutch of well-loved, British TV personalities.

Ah, well, mustn't grumble....

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[User Picture]From: sovay
2008-09-26 06:53 pm (UTC)
It's a ghastly, old world, but we're all in it together and what's the point in adding to the negativity?

Don't worry; I count you firmly on the positive side.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-26 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. But sometimes it's hard to resist the call of the dark.
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From: nostoi
2008-09-28 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm watching a lot of British 'heritage' films made in the late 80s/early 90s which feature the same actors over and over again. It's getting a bit tiresome, so I would probably have appreciated your grumpy post.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-29 10:02 am (UTC)
One of the people who seems to be all over the telly right now is Griff Rhys Jones. He's just done a programme on anger management- and now he's got a series coming up about the world's great cities. Another is Stephen Fry. He has a sitcom and a panel show and does all sorts of one-offs and cameos- and now he's fronting a major documentary series about the "real" America.
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From: nostoi
2008-09-29 10:24 am (UTC)
GRJ did the Hardy programme I watched the other week, and SF is fronting a programme about the Guthenburg printing press which I've downloaded but have yet to watch. I doubt it's their fault, and likewise the actors I keep coming across time and time again. It's a bit bloomin boring though, isn't it? Programme (and film) makers have a tendency to home in on who is popular then saturate our screens with these people till we're sick to death of them.

I was reading an interview with the director (I think) of the new Brideshead Revisited film who said that he had to cast Emma Thomson in the role of Lady Marchmain despite not thinking she was right for the part because the film's financiers wanted her. He also said he was only allowed to cast three unknowns for much the same reason.

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