Sunday, February 26, 2006

I just watched the West Wing for the first time..

"You just watched the West Wing for the first time?"
"Yeah, I just watched the West Wing for the first time."
"How come?"
"How come I just watched it for the first time?"
"Just never caught it before."
"Why did you never catch it before?"
"Just didn't."
"Did you like it?"
"Yeah I liked it."
"Did you find this stacato, incessant question-and-answer way in which they speak annoying?"
"Yeah I found the way they talk annoying."
"They also often"
"Finish each other's sentences with a question like this? Yeah."

Sad, but probably inevitable..

The always-interesting Biteback column in The Sunday Times reports today that we should....

Expect cries of "shame" from the stalls with the probable closure of the Theatre Museum, which was opened nearly 20 years ago in Covent Garden. Owned by the V&A, the museum has, frankly, struggled. It may have a prime location, but it has an unprepossessing entrance. Inside the subterranean space, the exhibits and memorabilia from thespian life (such as the Michael Redgrave collection) are a little underwhelming.

Very true. For schools, I think it's ok - they do make-up and costume workshops which go down well, but for the ordinary visitor it's a little lacking. But it's closure will mean that there is no national museum for performing arts at all, and that's just sad. Hopefully this'll be recitified eventually.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

What did Shakespeare look like?

It's a ubiquitous question, at the moment, what with the National Gallery's Searching For Shakespeare exhibiton. For no particular reason, to me he'll always look like the RSC's Flower Portrait:

and very little like the swarthy Chandros picture that everyone seems to have decided is the most likely candidate:

But over at the Guardian's Culture Vulture blog, we can apparently see him in 3D, though not quite glorious technicolor:

Is it just me, or is that not Lenin?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Anna Waits the webmaster

Check it. I think it's pretty okay seeing though it's been made for free... as in the space and pagebuilder is free, I didn't expect to be paid. :)

Oh and I know there's a glaring omission in that it doesn't actually say when/where the production is on, but it will!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

James Blunt

Just to gather a few thoughts - Conscious and Verbal, via Lisa, admits that Blunt enduces feelings in him that he can't quite explain, Marie (in comments to the above) can't bare to hear a second, and Paul can't get over the fact that everyone says how nice he is as if 1) that's a surprise and 2) that gives him the right to make awful music. (Very funny 'nice' puns in the penultimate para by the way).

As for me? Well he's just awful isn't he. He has many crimes - his singing voice, his speaking voice, his melodies, his harmonies, his face, the way poor KT Tunstall keeps being referred to as the 'female James Blunt' etc... But nothing can be worse than the bad name he gives singer-songwriters. They're not all like that, I promise!

We all know slogan tees suck, but humour me...

From the people (well, person) person that brought you the 'Rufus Is My Homeboy' tee (the link in that post is, alas dead) comes....

Because, let's face it, it needs to be said.

My Name Is Earl

Lisa felt she had to mention again its warm, sweet nature, and you know what, so do I. It's not the best comedy ever written but my goodness I can't think of many things I'd rather watch on a Friday evening, and for the moment it's the one thing I actively look forward to watching. That's success in my book.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Paul Fuzz sets up 'Blapple' - and gets his lawyers ready

I'm not sure I exactly get what Mr. Fuzz is up to, but it sounds mighty interesting:

While I'm fascinated by The Beatles entire career, over time I have become particularly obsessed with the post-Peppers unravelling of the group, and the troubled historical context in which it was played out and in many ways reflected. I figured it might be cool if I presented my blog as yet another Apple subsiduary - Blapple, if you will - which I could produce in the Apple spirit. Seeing as Apple is the most litigious company ever this may prove to be a rather foolish exercise, but at least if they bring legal action against me it'll mean I've written myself a little part in The Beatles story.

Aside from the Apple angle the blog's gonna cover all sortsa wooly liberal cultural boohockey; film, telly, music, politics, Bush-baiting yadda yadda yadda, same garbage you get everywhere. Anyhoo, thanks for listening, I'm still getting the hang of this blogging thang and it's probably gonna be a while 'fore I get it all running smoothly...a little like Apple.

Check it out for yourself over at Flew In From Miami, and get your bags packed and alternate identity at the ready...

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

One of the exemptions to the smoking ban:

Isn't that just the best thing you've heard since... well, Cheney shot a guy?

(I know it's terrible for him and his family, especially now there's been complications, but I'm willing to admit I *did* find it funny when the news first broke...!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Do I only have 100 blogs in me?

I can't think of a thing to say.
Why not go talk to a computer while I think. It's freaky as hell.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The Complete History of AnnaWaits' 1st 100 Posts (Abridged)

Doctor Who is the saviour of family TV!
Rufus Wainwright is a real star!
Captain Jack is the best TV character for years!
Michael Grandage for National director!
Ben Folds doesn't fit on the musical map!
But rocks the suburbs like no-one else!
I can't spell 'Austen'!
I saw a different Richard II to everyone else!
Sheffield Theatre's Much Ado was better than it was given credit for!
Rufus Wainwright!
Rory MrGrath shouldn't be allowed on Qi!
I get excited about stuff before I really think it through!
David Tennant is beautiful!
And talented!
I defend the 'comment' function with uncharacteristic ferocity!
Ben Folds!
I have a lot of opinions about family films!
And sitcoms!
The NME is a strangely controversial subject!
As are The Beatles!
The Arctic Monkeys aren't all that!
My Name Is Earl is a big hug in a show!
The Strokes aren't lazy!
Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds!

Yup, that brings us pretty much up to date. Thanks for reading, commenting and disputing, it means a lot. :D

Monday, February 06, 2006

Getting to the point of this blog involves various embarrassing admissions..

So I was watching This Morning (DING!) and I was horrified to see that John Barrowman has been kicked out of Dancing On Ice (DING!). But he was so good!

When he was talking to Lorraine Kelly, he kept slipping into his native Scottish accent - how's he going to cope when he's acting with DT? (THE POINT!)

Actually, I kinda hope he doesn't cope - American with a Scottish twang is much more appealing than it sounds....

It's like I've come home...

Thank you Tambourinegirl... Wherever you are...

Friday, February 03, 2006

Friday Night Comedy

Remember when Channel 4 Friday Night Comedy was brilliant. (No question mark because you do). New Friends and Fraiser was the norm. Oh happy days. Then came Will and Grace. Shudder.

Now it's trying to reclaim its throne with varying success. My Name Is Earl continues to be quietly brilliant - heart-warming, surprising, laugh-out-loud funny and boasting a guy that appears to combine the coolest aspects of Dave Grohl and Morgan Spurlock. That's cool. It should be saccharine and horrible but the fact that Earl still gets things a bit wrong even while trying to be good keeps that aforementioned surprise factor (backing away, and then running from a man he found out was gay was a particular 'highlight', especially when Earl later admitted that running was perhaps a slight 'overreaction'). Great stuff.

But one show does not a renaissance make. So, they plugged The IT Crowd with an advert that looked like it'd been made by the same guy who did that waltzing one for Lost. Then they followed it up with clips from the show which showed that it was slightly less cutting egde than the first ad had implied. In fact, it looked like the last ten years of sitcom development had never happened - a laughter track, overacting... all of which channel 4 seemed to be explaining with the theory 'if it's funny, that stuff doesn't matter'.

Hmmm. There's one problem with that theory. I'll let you work that out for yourselves...

Lisa adds hot air to the sparks

The sparks of Beatles related discussion that is! Calling Magical Mystery Tour a mess got Paul Burgin into the debate while another Paul of a Fuzzier nature continues to confuse but enlighten and entertain us all....

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Rob has posted a very interesting list, putting Beatles album in order of preference:

1. beatles for sale
2. help!
3. rubber soul
4. abbey road
5. white album
6. let it be
7. the hollywood bowl
8. revolver
9. sgt pepper
10. a hard day's night
11. please please me
12. with the beatles
13. magical mystery tour
14. yellow submarine

As I said over there, it's great to see Rubber Soul and Let It Be nice and high... I'm sure Mr. Fuzz will have an opinion on this :)

Paul Fuzz on The Go! Team

'It's just Bentley Rhythm Ace, innit'.


Today I bought Heat, the Guardian and NME.

Now doesn't that just sum me up?!