July 4, 2011
ITEM: There are only two interesting things about the american TV sitcom “Dharma and Greg”. Dharma’s pet dog Stinky has his own pet dog called Nunzio. For some reason that concept of a pet having a pet really amused me. The one other interesting thing about the show is the “page” of words that flash on screen during the end credits. When the show was current DVD recorders and PVRs and digital media were only just appearing. Most people still used VHS video recorders. If you had a really good one you might have the option of a stable freeze-frame where you could pause the tape and read what the producer had written. It was evidentally some in-joke between the producer Chuck Lorre and others. He called these pages his “vanity cards” and continued with the joke on other later TV shows he was involved in. Now in the Internet era you can read loads more at Chucks site Perhaps these weekly writings by Chuck could be classified as early “blogs” ??
ITEM: This is a useful place to visit. How Many Left. Even if you don’t have a “classic” car, perhaps your parents/relatives drove a Standard Ensign or a Talbot Tagora and you can amaze them/yourself with the mind-boggling statistics of how few survive. I looked up (my current project) Chrysler/Talbot Sunbeams and discovered that 555 remain from a production run of over 200,000 (and 246 of them are the “exotic” Lotus variants). So that leaves a mere 309 regular Sunbeams shining/clouding over in the UK with less than 100 of those actually taxed and still on the road. With regards Talbot Tagoras…I believe 8 are left and most of them are SORNed.
ITEM: Another regular port of call has been the Radio Free Song Club . I can’t work out if it actually is a radio show or “just” a podcast. I’ve enjoyed all 14 episodes recently on my mp3 player. The band and singers and guests are great….particularly Peter Blegvad. And I think he was responsible for this odd but interesting drawing.