Monday, 20 November 2017

List of Survivor Series Match Endurance Times (1987-2017)

Here is an updated list of Survivor Series match endurance times from 1987 to 2017. It contains results from last night, so spoilers.

Guide - (SURVIVOR if winner of match), Name, (year of event), length of time in match

1.       SURVIVOR – Bray, Randy Orton (16) 52.55
2.       Roman Reigns (16) 52.55
3.       Seth Rollins (16) 46.00

Sunday, 19 November 2017

25 Years of Moonbase Propaganda

25 Years of Moonbase Propaganda

Michael S. Collins

Some of you, reading this, when asked about their favourite Doctor Who story, will say The Caves of Androzani or The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

You are really boring. 

Just kidding. You’re awesome. Keep up the good work.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Royal Rumble history (part 2)


Naturally after a once in a lifetime event like the 1992 Royal Rumble, you want to tease that it might happen again. That you've caught lightning in that bottle. So it should come as no surprise to fans of drama that Ric Flair started off the 1993 version. "He survived the hour last year" said Bobby Heenan, slightly confidently but this time, Flair was to get nowhere near that. He was even to see his longevity record smashed by the least likely competitor.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Royal Rumble history (part 1)

We're a fortnight away from the Royal Rumble match, of which long term readers of this page might recall I am a slight fan.


The match itself is much like The Five Doctors anniversary special of Doctor Who. Super fans may point to the performances of Antonio Cesaro for work rate (translation: "gravitas") or those of John Cena for the showbiz glare, but really, the best fun to be had is when you have a big old get together with a decent dose of nostalgia.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 Memoriam: November and December

1st November 2016 – Bap Kennedy, 54

Singer-songwriter who worked with Mark Knopfler, and performed at the 2009 Glastonbury.

 3rd November 2016 – Kay Starr, 94

American jazz singer.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

2016 Memoriam: Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan

 (By Julie anne Johnson from Cheltenham, UK (Terry Wogan°○●○•°) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

Ah right, well then, settle down by a nice fire, attracted by the prospect of a second custard cream, as we attempt to pay tribute to young Sir Terry of Wogan, the man off the TV. And radio, you say, with some justification.

Sir Terry Wogan was a TV institution in the UK for fifty years. As he himself said in his farewell address to the radio, people had grown up listening to him, and their children now had children of their own. So mum first heard him pre-BBC, and now I'm a dad. Weird thing, time.

(I could carry on in Terry style, but it would be pastiche, and the man deserves far better...)

Friday, 23 December 2016

2016 Memoriam: Gene Wilder and Dame Margaret Anstee

 Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder was an actor of supreme comic timing, who became known to millions of children first and foremost as Willy Wonka. That his Wonka was not the one in the head of the writer is well known, but then, contrary to many expectations, I'm not sure Johnny Depp was either. And anyhow, in this case of Roald Dahl vs the viewing public, Wilder appears to have the overwhelming support of a few billion to one.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

2016 Memoriam: September and October

2nd September 2016 – Rowena Kincaid, 40

BBC weather girl who directed two documentaries about terminal cancer after her own diagnosis. Before I Kick the Bucket is poignant, informative, and actually quite funny in places, and highly recommended.

Monday, 19 December 2016

2016 Memoriam: July and August

1st July 2016 – Yves Bonnefoy, 93

French poet, historian and the man who translated Shakespeare into French. He was winner of the French Academy’s highest prize in 1981.

“Mr. Bonnefoy (pronounced bun-FWA) burst onto the literary scene in 1953 with “On the Motion and Immobility of Douve,” a long poetic sequence that revolved around a mysterious female figure, Douve, whose shifting guises invoked the powers of death and rebirth and poetry itself. The work has often been compared, in impact, to the publication of Paul Valéry’s first column of verse, “La Jeune Parque” (“The Young Fate”), a generation earlier, in 1917. “It was a stunning achievement, a work of extraordinary technical mastery, playing with the traditional alexandrine, the 12-syllable line, but subverting it,” John T. Naughton, the author of “The Poetics of Yves Bonnefoy” (1984), said in an interview. “Readers sensed that a new voice had come on the scene, and that a new generation was coming to prominence after the war.” By 1978, when his collected poems were published, Mr. Bonnefoy’s position as France’s most important poet, and one if its most influential men of letters, was secure. After Roland Barthes died in an accident in 1980, Mr. Bonnefoy was elected his successor to the chair of comparative poetics at the Collège de France, making him the first poet to join the institution since Valéry in 1937.”
William Grimes, Yves Bonnefoy, Pre-Eminent French Poet, Dies at 93, New York Times 5 July 2016

Sunday, 18 December 2016

2016 Memoriam: Chyna


( By pinguino k from North Hollywood, USA [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

Saturday, 17 December 2016

2016 Memoriam: Prince (by Jon Arnold)

(Michael's note: I knew Prince for a few songs - love Gold - but wasn't really a fan. I know lots were though, but no worries, you're in the hands of the superb Mr Arnold for his reminisces about the Artist formerly known...)


His name was Prince and he was, undoubtedly, funky.