Saturday, 2 June 2018

World Cup 2018 Preview

Well, it’s the World Cup soon, and we have heard lots from the experts. So I thought, why not hear from a bumbling amateur who knows sod all? After all, as Richard Todd’s character probably didn’t say in Kinda, the wise man knows how little he knows. And I know very little about Saudi Arabia. Right, there’s my Alan Shearer confession up front. 

The World Cup is home to some of the greatest players involved in high end dramatic or quality matches. It was also home to Switzerland vs Ukraine, a last sixteen game in 2006 the forced watching of which is the second crime noted on the Geneva Convention. 

Friday, 9 February 2018

Top 40 Chart Singles (1984)

Recently BBC4 were showing Top of the Pops from 1984. I wasn’t alive in 1984, so it was interesting to see a lot of the music in a historical context for the first time. Especially when you see some 1980s bubble-pop, and then John Peel or someone announces “and new in at number 25, a new song by Stevie Wonder, I Just Called to Say I love you” (!) or something along those lines. The charts are usually filled to the brim with shit. This is not a nostalgia thing. I look back at 1993-4, the era I grew up in for pop, and spot so much bloody rubbish in the top ten. That’s not a surprise. What was a surprise was that, if you looked beyond the tosh, there was a lot of really good songs in there too. 

Hell, there was at least 40 of them. So I thought, hey, why not do a Top 40 of 1984? So here it is! I wound up with a shortlist of 70 songs and cut down from there. Some songs which tried to sneak a spot on the list but just missed out include: Berserker by Gary Numan, Never Ending Story, I’m So Excited, The Wanderer, The Riddle, Too Late for Goodbyes, Dr Beat, Love Kills or The Killing Moon. Sadly. There’s also no room whatsoever for Band Aid, because I fucking hate that song. It wont come up much though. 

For a song to qualify for contention, it had to be in the UK top 40 at some point in 1984. 

And without further do, on to 40th place…

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Recommended 70s Films

    List created for Gav Mills in 2017. He wanted a list of good films from the 1970s with only a snippet of what they are about. No plot twists or synopsis, just teasers. So, here they are.

     Patton: “No one won a won by dying for their country, they won it by making some other bastard die for his!” – biopic of US’s biggest WW2 general, played by George C Scott, who won the Oscar and then refused it.

WWF No Way Out 2001 (crib notes)

1. Raven v Big Show 

- This was Raven’s 10th Hardcore title reign.

- This was then Raven’s 11th hardcore title reign… of 27

The Rescue: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Let me tell you about a writer I adore. M.R. James, once provost of Eton, legitimate world expert on Biblical scholarship, and editor of Le Fanu’s work. 

Goldberg's Undefeated Streak (from debut to the world title)

 Goldberg's Undefeated Streak (from debut to the world title)

I was never much a fan of Goldberg. Probably because I was a massive Hart Family mark, and so always linked him to Bret Hart’s career ending. 

Friday, 22 December 2017

Some Musings on the Dead (2017)

If 2017 couldn’t (cross fingers) live up to the rampant terror of 2016, that’s only because nothing could. Muhammad Ali, David Bowie and Terry Wogan could only die once, after all. 2017, however, tried to follow this with quantity. In the days when I thought I’d have time to write my annual In Memoriam, the list had reached over 700 noteworthy people before I gave up the ghost. 

In particular this year the Reaper seems to have had it in for my childhood personally. So farewell Paddington, Cleggy, Batman, Siegfried Farnon, lots of Doctor Who alumni, etc. As I became ludicrously busy this year, I ran out of time to do my usual obits, and whilst the long read versions are the most popular, I felt it unkind and morbid to cherry pick a list. And, besides, anyone knows I could write 4000 words on why John Hurt was great. We know these things to be self-evident. A good 400-500 words on why we should spare a thought for, say, Jan Pruitt, matters just as much, if not more.

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.