Top Ten Horrible Histories Songs

Horrible Histories is a popular British television series based on the best-selling book series by Terry Dreary. The show was produced for CBBC by Lion Television with Citrus Television and ran from 2009 to 2013 with an additional ‘reincarnation’ in 2015. Here in Australia, reruns are constantly being shown and the show is very popular in my home (and not just with the kids!).

The show is ‘hosted’ by a black rat puppet by the name of Rattus Rattus and stars  Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, alongside a large supporting cast headed by Sarah Hadland, Lawry Lewin and Dominique Moore.

Each episode lasts for half an hour and covers different time periods with interesting titles such as ‘Gorgeous Georgians’ or ‘Vile Victorians’. The show consists of  Live-action sketches—which often parody other UK media or celebrities—and music videos, intercut with animations and quizzes, with Rattus Rattus explaining the facts behind each segment.

Horrible Histories was a critical and ratings success, winning numerous domestic and international awards (including being the first children’s show to win best sketch at the Comedy Awards) and has been named among the greatest British children’s television series of all time — with good reason, in my opinion. The show is entertaining for all ages, including adults, with the added benefit of being educational. Some of the most popular sketches and songs from the show have attracted more than half a million hits each on YouTube.

Frankly, I have learned more from this show than I ever did in History class. Continue reading

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TV

New TV Setup

New TV Setup (Photo credit: craig1black)

I don’t watch a lot of TV and I don’t have any must-see, cannot-miss type TV shows. I do like to watch Funniest Home Videos once in a while and, when I remember that it is on, I will tune into One Born Every Minute. I also like to tune into TVSN, but not when they are showing skincare products or electricals. I tend to prefer watching the clothes, jewellery and homewares. Not that I can afford to buy anything, of course, but it’s fun to dream. Another show I find interesting is Q&A. I find it can be quite entertaining and informative. Mind you, I don’t watch any of these shows on a regular basis. Rather, they are something I watch when I feel like it or when I remember that they are on.

In fact, aside from our nightly DVD and an occasional bout of watching YouTube on the T-box. our television spends the majority of it’s life switched off. We really don’t watch a lot of TV.

Channel surfing

Men don’t want to know what’s on television, they want to know what else is on television.

— Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry

Crossed Wires

Women often expect men to intuitively pick up on what they’re thinking, without actually saying it. They assume that if they yawn and say, “I’m so tired, I think I’ll go to bed now” and wander off, men will brush their teeth, gargle with breath-freshener, put on some deodorant and slip into something more comfortable to join them there for a session of making love. Instead, many men grunt, go back to the fridge for another beer and settle down on the sofa to watch sport on the TV. It’s never occurred to them that the woman in their life is talking in indirect code. The woman, sitting alone in bed, eventually falls to sleep alone, feeling unloved and unwanted.

— Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry

Uncle Festers Wit of the Day

“Friends may come and go, but enemies tend to accumulate.”

~ Uncle Festers Wit of the Day

Harold Schechter in ‘Fiend: The Shocking True Story of America’s Youngest Serial Killer’

“Virtually every notorious case of juvenile murder in recent years has been blamed, at least partly, on media violence.”

~Harold Schechter in ‘Fiend: The Shocking True Story of America’s Youngest Serial Killer’

Harold Schechter in ‘Fiend: The Shocking True Story of America’s Youngest Serial Killer’

“Affronted by the nonstop barrage of media violence, we pine for a return to a more civilized time – conveniently forgetting that a hundred years ago, public hangings were a popular form of family entertainment, and that turn-of-the-century ‘penny papers’ routinely ran illustrated, front-page stories about axe-murders, sex-killings, child-torture, and other ghastly crimes.”

~ Harold Schechter in ‘Fiend: The Shocking True Story of America’s Youngest Serial Killer’

Hammer Lectures

Sir Ken Robinson

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson

Scarlet’s Witch

This is great. You have to watch this 🙂 Continue reading

Getting to Know Me

Nurture dressed s a businessman for halloween

Name: Nurture Age:31 Gender:Female Marital status:Married Romance:is wonderful. Hair colour:Browny Eye colour:Blue Long or short hair:Short Favourite thing to eat:Chocolate Favourite thing to wear:skirts Favourite perfume/cologne:rose or lavender Favourite food:Indian or Burritos or Chocolate Favourite drink:Water or coca-cola Favourite colour:Purple … Continue reading

Dead Famous by Ben Elton

Book Cover of Dead Famous by Ben Elton

Synopsis: One house. Ten Contestants. Thirty cameras. Forty microphones. Yet again the public gorges its voyeuristic appetite as another group of unknown and unremarkable people submit themselves to the brutal exposure of the televised real-life soap opera, House Arrest. Everybody … Continue reading