Category Archives: Television

Does Anyone Care About Tokyo?

the Tokyo Olympics I mean
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There is a thing called The Olympic Ideal which is to promote sport, culture, and education to build a better world.  I wonder which advertising company came up with that not-very-catchy slogan?  If ever there was anything noble about the Olympic Games it’s just gone down in a flurry of money-making, horse-trading, cheating, corruption, and grubby politics.  It’s a circus, an ideological, geo-political, power-grabbing battleground where the sport is just a secondary sideshow.

The circus is currently being held in Tokyo, Japan ~ and more than 80% of the Japanese are of the opinion that the whole thing should have been scrapped.  Here in England we have coverage on the BBC, except the viewing figures are in the cellar while complaints about the appalling standards of coverage have reached new heights.

Arguments and complaints among competitors, coaches, national Olympic associations, and officials are a more enthralling spectacle than the actual sports.  And as for the sport, when will tiddlywinks be accepted as an official Olympic sport, because it seems that medals are available for everything else.

Just WTF are artistic swimming, beach volleyball, BMX freestyle, rhythmic gymnastics, surfing, and FFS golf doing as Olympic sports.  And these are all ‘professional sports’.  If you ask me, the Olympics lost its way in 1986 when professionals were first allowed to compete.

It’s all about the TV rights and advertising.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

track cycling is an Olympic sport, but not proper road racing

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Big River

I might be broke, but the fog on the Tyne is all mine

Not many Americans will have a clue who Jimmy Nail was, nor the character he used to play in a TV series they’ve never seen.  Auf Wiedersehen, Pet was compulsive viewing when there really were dole queues in England.  Bits of Newcastle still look like the monochrome scenes in the video clip.

Please listen with some nostalgia for better times.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the famous five bridges

Songs on Saturday ~ Daydream Believer

believe in your dreams
because if you don’t nobody else will

I remember this Monkees song from nineteen-hundred-and-frozen-to-death, (actually 1968).  Back the it wasn’t ‘cool’ to like the Monkees, not when here in England we had The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, and Manfred Mann.  But I liked this back then, and I still like it now.

Besides, I like the message, because I do believe in my dreams.

Please listen with a smile.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

underneath all that is a very cool, hard core, Pontiac GTO

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Monster Mash

I was working in my lab, late one night…..

The news is so depressing and divisive that I thought we could all use a bit of a laugh today.  This is one of those songs from the past that appeals to the 1960s in me, along with the E-Type Jaguar, England beating Germany in the World Cup, and Sean Connery as James Bond.

The Aston Martin DB5 is the classic car for British Secret Agents.  However, originally Bond drove a blower Bentley.  Not a lot of people know that.  And that the Addams Family drove a Packard V12.  Of course the only V12 worth owning is an E-Type.

I digressed a bit there.  Must be lockdown madness.  I am attending a 12-step group for the whole howling at the moon thing……

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

V12 E-Type Jaguar in dark BRG

Songs on Saturday ~ The Chain

there’s nothing wrong with the car, except that it’s on fire

Back in the great days of motor racing, before it became a procession of ugly electric slot cars, the iconic commentator and pundit on the BBC was a chap called Murray Walker ~ famous for getting it all wrong at the best time.  The music for the opening credits for the Grand Prix show on TV was The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.

This is the short version.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Murray Walker passed away about a year ago. He loved this lotus 72 as driven by Emerson Fittipaldi

 

 

Songs on Saturday ~ Last Train to Clarkesville

in Clarksville it’s de rigueur to marry your cousin

I’ve never been To Tennessee but I like this Monkees song, and it’s so mid sixties.  Anyhow I like trains.

Enjoy, and try not to dance to this track.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the supercharger is a bit OTT

Songs on Saturday ~ Funkytown

in the 80s funkalicious and funkintacious were real words

If anyone had asked me who recorded this song, I would never in a million years have come up with Lipps, Inc.  Well, there you go.  I like the costumes and the weird dance.  I can remember dancing to this in a club in Newcastle upon Tyne.  That night there was a girl I should have walked away from ~ instead of marrying her.

Some definitions of funky are to do with being strongly musky or musty.

I’m not quite certain about that one.  Is Chanel #5 musky?

I must have been very drunk at the time,

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Joanna Lumley, aka Purdy

very funkalicious

Waiting For A Star To Fall

she was like a falling star I tried to catch in my hands
I only got burned

All men eventually meet that one woman, that star that burns too bright in his heart.  All men dream of walking alone with her in the moonlight.  All men are destined to have their dreams and desires destroyed.  Lucky men come back from that and have some fun with someone who knows what love is.

there are nightmares calling,

shooting stars falling,

brightly burning,

for an instant.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

she’s not hiding her light

Tunes on Tuesday ~ 1960s TV Dance

there’s nothing sexier than a 1960s TV star ~ maybe

Perhaps I’ve gone overboard on dance compilations today, but being a child of the sixties these clips bring back some memories.

Anyway I can dance a lot better than anyone and everyone in this compilation.

(Except Dick Van Dyke)

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

1967 Plymouth Barracuda

426 cu in (7.)L0 HEMI V8

Tunes on Tuesday ~ TV Shows Dance Party

it can’t be bad if it makes you laugh

My only excuse for posting this is that it makes me feel happy.

I definitely don’t remember some of these TV shows.

Maybe we didn’t get them here in staid old England.

Burn Baby Burn is such a great track.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Farrah Fawcett was not the world’s best dancer

very 70’s hair though, (a natural blonde?)

 

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