My So-Called Life

My So-Called Life

Tonight while idly flicking through Netflix for a cheesy film to watch, I came across a TV series I loved as a teenager – My So-Called Life. After some time toying over whether or not to brave the potential incoming disappointment that can accompany older programmes, I decided to fire up the very first episode. An hour later and here I sit in quite a poignant mood. Not because the show seemed poorly acted or had aged badly but because it was still good, perhaps too good.

May 08, 2012  |  1 Comment » Read More
ARTAAAAAAX (and other childhood things that mentally scarred me)

ARTAAAAAAX (and other childhood things that mentally scarred me)

This morning on Facebook I saw a conversation on someone’s status update regarding kids television nowadays and how it’s “so weird” and “going to mess our poor children up”. They were talking about the likes of the nonsense shown on Cbeebies such as Teletubbies, Waybuloo and In The Night Garden. Having two daughters I’ve had the misfortune of being familiar with these shows, however, just wait one tiny moment. What are these mothers thinking? Have they completely forgotten what our generation were exposed to as children? And we’re all fine… We ARE fine aren’t we?

February 18, 2012  |  3 Comments » Read More
90s Levi Adverts

90s Levi Adverts

Levi were known for using pop music in their adverts throughout the 80s, 90s and early 2000′s. In the 90s, as I was going through my teenage years, the latest Levi ad was always quite a big deal. Nowadays it’s normal to hear music and go “oh yeah, I know this, it was in that iPod/car/tv trailer advert” etc but back then most adverts still used their own jingles (“woooooooooaaaah Bodyform, Bodyform for yeeeew”) and it was unusual to feature actual popular artists.

November 18, 2011  |  No Comments » Read More
90s Nostalgia: 1992/1993

90s Nostalgia: 1992/1993

1992, a year when Nirvana brought grunge to the masses, G n’R released November Rain and The Chronic from Dr Dre came out. However, instead of relishing these future classics, I was singing away to Stay by Shakespear’s Sister (I loved Siobhan Fahey’s part), Right Said Fred and Jimmy Nail’s Ain’t No Doubt which I still consider a great pop tune, STOP LAUGHING.

September 02, 2011  |  2 Comments » Read More
90s Nostalgia: 1990/1991

90s Nostalgia: 1990/1991

After spending this morning enjoying some Bobby Brown (none of us are perfect) it lubed up a slippery slope into 90s pop. Although I was born in 1981 and fondly remember many 80s hits, the era of my youth was the 90s. At the time I found it hard to believe anyone could look back on the decade with nostalgia because the music, the films, the fashion all seemed ‘normal’. We didn’t seem to have anything weird that would stand out to future generations as decade-defining.

August 22, 2011  |  2 Comments » Read More
I Love You HBO

I Love You HBO

I don’t watch a huge amount of television shows but most of my viewing habits have been aimed squarely at HBO programing. Most recently I’ve been watching Khal Drogo… sorry, Game of Thrones which took a few episodes to get going for me but by the finale I was sat slack-jawed and wanting more. Another series from HBO I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year was Boardwalk Empire. It was a lot more subtle and character based but I adored it, it stars Steve Buscemi after all, how can you go wrong? I’m awaiting season four of True Blood having ploughed belatedly through the first three earlier this year and discovering a new found crush on Eric Northman.

August 20, 2011  |  2 Comments » Read More