Thursday, May 28, 2009

Valencia looked a little bit like...


Valencia alley

Also, this.


With a little bit of this thrown in.


That's it - I only managed to take three pictures. Not really. The rest are very much here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Wedding brochure FAIL

"It’s difficult to imagine a more divine location than Thornbury Castle, the majesty of the building playing a substantial part in the uniqueness of the occasion. Where better to enjoy a honeymoon than in the bedchamber in which King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once slept. "

Hardly the most successful of marriages, that one!

Monday, May 11, 2009

A shot in the farm

Some pictures from our Sunday afternoon visit to Folly Farm in Pensford, near Bristol.

Folly Farm, Bristol

Machinery, Folly Farm

Pigs at Folly Farm

Bench bolt

Friday, May 01, 2009

Tonight on ITV1: Boy Meets Girl

Ah, the body-swap comedy – it's an actor's dream. If it's of the “man becomes boy, boy becomes man” type, a jaded star gets to play completely against type by clowning around childishly in business meetings, while a young up-and-comer gets to show his maturity and range by teaching his classmates the value of youth.

New ITV1 six-part comedy Boy Meets Girl follows a slightly different route, but one that's just as liberating for the stars involved. A pesky bolt of lightning – close the door on your way out, science! – simultaneously strikes conspiracy theorist and hardware store worker Danny (The Office's Martin Freeman) and posh fashion journalist Veronica (Pushing the Velvet's Rachael Stirling), causing them to switch bodies.

Danny, in Veronica's body, suddenly finds himself a fully paid-up (and fully punchable) member of the middle class, living in a swish apartment with an emotive man called Jay (Paterson ‘Johnson from Peep Show’ Joseph) and a stack of Elton John CDs, with a job which requires him/her to write horoscopes. On the plus side, he has breasts. Stirling, a noticeably deep- voiced actress already, whacks up the slobbery, surliness and frumpiness, and it's all quite uncanny.

Meanwhile, Veronica, in Danny's body, has lost her memory and is wandering round the streets, asking passers-by for money. Freeman looks like he'll have a bit more to do in next week's episode – winning back Jay could prove tricky – but de-blokes himself well, without resorting to lazy camp.

And so the screwball fun whizzes by nicely, but, as always, we do wonder if things might go even quicker if, when trying to explain what's happened to their disbelieving friends, Danny or Veronica just namechecked Vice Versa or Freaky Friday...

by Will Parkhouse, Wednesday 29 April 2009

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