Saturday, 10 January 2009

Dave Dee dozy...

...actually he's dead. The 65-year-old singer died yesterday after a three-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Sandra and sons, Jack and Norman. (Sorry, is this in really bad taste?)

I don't quite know just where to start today: there are so many bizarre stories in the news. First, there's the tale of Andre Thomas, the Texas death row inmate who plucked out and ate his own eye - extraordinary enough, you might think, but made even more peculiar when you consider this is the second time he has done this. Needles to say his legal team maintain that he is insane. Perhaps rather than execution he should be transferred to Gaza (geddit?).

Leading Tory youth activist Matthew Lewis has been expelled from the party after attending a New Year's Eve bash dressed as Madeleine McCann and then bragging about it on Farcebook. His costume included a blonde wig, "pink pyjamas, a teddy bear and a vial of fake blood". Other figures from Conservative Future joined in the joke, with one responding: "Is this a cunning (Baldrick style) plan to obtain the reward money?" He has since publicly apologised for his totally inappropriate and offensive actions - imagine thinking that joining the Conservative Party would be funny!

Finally, there's news that Winnie-the-Pooh is to return after an absence of nearly 80 years, despite the fact that author A. A. Milne died in 1956. In 'Return to Hundred Acre Wood', writer David Benedictus has stuck close to the spirit and quality of the original books, whilst subtly bringing them into the 21st century; Pooh is now addicted to smack rather than honey, Eeyore suffers from bipolar disorder and Tigger is a hyperactive coke-fiend. Christopher Robin, however, remains gay.

Today's Haiku Film Review:

Xanadu (1980) -

Did Gene Kelly and
Olivia Neutron-Bomb
Bother with the script?

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