Comedy classics

Hey, it is I again 🙂 had a good idea for a post so I thought I would write one to make up for that shite I posted Friday (y’know how you say something you did was shite, and people will re-assure you that it wasn’t shite?  Not one person did so, which leaves me to conclude that you all agreed! ;))  This one shall be better 🙂

One of the geeky things I like to do is make lists, and I shall probably post lists now and again, not sure wether there is some rule saying wether or not lists make good blog posts, but screw the rules 🙂 here is a list of 35 of my favourite comedy shows and Stand Ups (I won’t bore you with how I managed to make the list)

I’m still not entirely sure about the order (though fairly happy with the top ten) and I’m sure there are some I should have included – feel free to comment with “why isn’t X on this list?” or “why is Y as low/high as that?” (I have no idea why The Young Ones are as low as 15 though!)  It was hard for me to decide what should go at number eleven, but in the end, although I have always been a massive Vic and Bob fan, they haven’t been as good as they were for some time IMO.

So without further ado, here be the list (and yes I still like Ben Elton, sorry not sorry!)

The Goon Show

Round the Horne

Eddie Izzard

The Mighty Boosh

Red Dwarf

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Only Fools and Horses



Monty Python

Reeves and Mortimer

The Two Ronnies

A Bit of Fry and Laurie

Billy Connolly

The Young Ones

Fawlty Towers

I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again

Bill Bailey

Ross Noble


Morecambe and Wise

The IT Crowd

Bill Hicks

Ben Elton

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy (unpopular opinion maybe but I loved it!)

Flight of the Conchords

Mitchell and Webb

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore

Steptoe and Son


Fresh Prince of Bel Air

Men Behaving Badly

Black Books

Old Harry’s Game

Honourable mentions: Porridge, Spike Milligan’s Q Series, and although it’s been nowhere near as good for years, The Simpsons – let us not forget how great the show once was.  I’ll give South Park a mention here too.  And Not the Nine O’Clock News, and Deayton-era Have I Got News for You, and Father Ted, and….






Hello again!  It’s Friday 22nd February, 6:45pm, I’m watching West Indies v England ODI cricket and I’m trying to think of what to type!

So… what have I done today except watch cricket?  Well I listened to a few tunes this morning – always like to start the day with music, played New Order, Velvet Underground and a couple of others.

Have also been reading a bit more of The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell, first book in the Uncommoners series.  This was recommended to me by a Twitter follower  (Hi @manicsleep *waves* :)) – it’s a great read so far, and (slight spoiler) there’s a talking bell (yes the bells talk, not as daft as it sounds) that talks like a cross between Yoda and Dobby!

Sad news this week about Peter Tork of the Monkees.  Always been a big fan of the band.  Loved the TV show too, it’s surely way overdue a repeat on UK TV.

Wow, just looked on Amazon and found a biography of Davy Jones, never seen it before.  Might get that.  I already have the book Monkeemania.

I might also get the Beastie Boys Book (a bit expensive though so may wait for the paperback) – as you can see I have pretty varied taste 🙂 I won’t list every band I like (maybe another time) but I dig 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, classic rock, hard rock, metal, punk, new wave, synth, indie/alternative, britpop, some hip-hop and dance stuff, blues, jazz, funk, etc

Well I think I’ll sign off here before the England innings starts.   I apolgise for the fact that this was a bit of a crap post, don’t give up on me yet 😉 I solemnly swear that I will think up an awesome post for next time.  In the meantime – Mischief Managed!  Seeya 🙂







The Magical Worlds of Books

Hello and welcome to my blog.  I shall be posting about anything that I’m interested in, random thoughts, rants, and sometimes just general silliness.  Think of it as my Twitter but without the character limit.  Or like my Facebook Statuses but I ramble on even longer (some of my FB statuses are practically blog posts!)

Ok I’m just going to jump right in and write/type about my second biggest obsession (music is #1) – books!

First of all, although I’m 39, I read a lot of kids/teen/YA  fantasy.  I absolutely love Harry Potter.  I also like The Hunger Games, Skulduggery Pleasant (I’m the only person I know who knows or cares that this series exist!), Percy Jackson, the Morrigan Crow books (more on those in a minute) and many others.  Some may think this is a bit weird/silly/juvenile, but to be honest – I don’t care! 🙂 I say that although there books that aren’t appropriate for kids, there are no books that aren’t appropriate for adults.  If you enjoy reading something – read it!  If others judge you well that’s their problem!

Although if your favourite read is something like My First Thousand Words or Spot’s Day Out – you might want to keep that quiet!  (On the other hand, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is perfectly acceptable!).

So I’m going to talk a bit about some of the books I’ve read recently.  I should point out that I’m not great at long rambling descriptive reviews (though I wish I could be) so I shall probably just say things “great book, liked this, liked that character”  🙂

First of all I have to mention the Morrigan Crow books: Nevermore, the Trials of Morrigan Crow, and Wundersmith, the Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.  If you are a fan of Harry Potter and/or the works of Neil Gaiman, you HAVE to read these!  They are amazing!  Townsend’s imagination is incredible and I want to live in the Hotel Deucalion!  Well ideally I’d go to Hogwarts and stay at the Deucalion during the holidays 🙂 The third book is due out in October and there will be a total of NINE books.  Wow

A few other recent reads:

Furthermore: kind of a strange book, but a fun read.  Puts me in mind of Alice in Wonderland, bit of a Narnia feel to it too.  In fact the main character is called Alice, and it tells of her and her friend (well, sometimes!) Oliver’s adventures in the sinister land of Furthermore.

The Iron Trial: first in the Magisterium series by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black.  While reading I couldn’t help but think this is what Harry Potter might have been like if the Dursleys hadn’t been such douchebags and actually liked or cared about Harry – they would have told him about magic, but Harry would, like Call (short for Callum), have been taught to fear it.  I wasn’t sure what to make of this book, it’s a good read but Call can be a bit unlikeable at times.

Hogfather and Small Gods: yes I sometimes read “grown up” books 😉 in this case the late great Terry Pratchet.  Started reading Hogfather before Christmas, and started Small Gods too (I often have several books on the go at once!)  – it’s Terry Pratchett, enough said! 🙂

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress: The Ash Mistry series by Sarwat Chadda deals with Indian Mythology, I’ve only read the first book so far (they’re kind of hard to get hold of for some reason) I’ll just say it’s rather awesome!

Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom: Brilliant.  Especially loved reading about all the complex characters and the banter between them.

Well I think that will do to be going on with – I could add a few more but you’re probably begging me to stop 😉 hope you enjoyed my first blog post.  May the Force be with you!