Journal – March 2005

Here’s another set of entries from my journal. This month there are updates on my temporary contract at work, and various bits of entertainment news, including a top 100 poll about cartoons, an extensive review of the Red Nose Day telethon, and my initial reaction to the highly anticipated relaunch of a certain sci-fi show. So I hope you enjoy as always!

Friday March 4, 2005

A bit of sad news to start the week off – a friend from school called Suzannah has died of pneumonia. She died this past weekend (26-27 February), and the funeral was today. A couple of friends called to tell me, so it was nice to chat to them again, even if it wasn’t in pleasant circumstances.

On a happier note, I definitely carry on working next week. The plan was always to keep me on until the end of March apparently. I’ve had a letter saying my contract has been extended until Thursday 31st March. Odd day, I know, but it is the end of the financial year, so it does make sense in that respect. Plus, I’m eligible for a £50 bonus from the local agency that helped me get this job, as I’ve been in employment for 13 weeks, so my manager signed the form so I could claim it. I’m going to get some more Premium Bonds soon, as my bank balance is quite healthy now.

There isn’t anything else to mention, so I’ll finish with Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Cartoons:

  1. The Simpsons
  2. Tom & Jerry
  3. South Park
  4. Toy Story 1 & 2
  5. Family Guy
  6. Shrek 1 & 2
  7. The Lion King
  8. Spirited Away
  9. The Incredibles
  10. Bugs Bunny
  11. The Flintstones
  12. The Iron Giant
  13. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  14. Finding Nemo
  15. Wallace & Gromit
  16. Akira
  17. Aladdin
  18. The Ren & Stimpy Show
  19. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  20. Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies
  21. Princess Mononoke
  22. Monsters, Inc.
  23. Popeye
  24. Danger Mouse
  25. Pinocchio
  26. Futurama
  27. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  28. Spongebob Squarepants
  29. Dungeons & Dragons
  30. Daffy Duck
  31. Mickey Mouse
  32. Beavis & Butthead
  33. Beauty & The Beast
  34. He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe
  35. Sylvester & Tweety Pie
  36. The Magic Roundabout
  37. Transformers
  38. 101 Dalmations
  39. Charlie Brown
  40. Rugrats
  41. King Of The Hill
  42. Samurai Jack
  43. Ivor The Engine
  44. Spider-Man
  45. Pokémon
  46. Inspector Gadget
  47. Wile E. Coyote & The Road Runner
  48. Bod
  49. Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
  50. Donald Duck
  51. The Little Mermaid
  52. 2DTV
  53. Fantasia
  54. ThunderCats
  55. Winnie The Pooh
  56. Fritz The Cat
  57. The Jungle Book
  58. The Powerpuff Girls
  59. Chicken Run
  60. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs
  61. Foghorn Leghorn
  62. Battle Of The Planets
  63. Bambi
  64. Top Cat
  65. A Bug’s Life
  66. Captain Pugwash
  67. The Snowman
  68. Hong Kong Phooey
  69. Wind In The Willows
  70. Monty Python
  71. Alice In Wonderland
  72. Legend Of The Overfiend
  73. Pepé Le Pew
  74. Willo The Wisp
  75. Lady & The Tramp
  76. Belleville Rendezvous
  77. The Adventures Of Tintin
  78. Noggin the Nog
  79. Peter Pan
  80. Yogi Bear
  81. Babar
  82. How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
  83. Dumbo
  84. Roobarb & Custard
  85. Droopy Dog
  86. Watership Down
  87. Jamie & The Magic Torch
  88. Woody Woodpecker
  89. Felix The Cat
  90. Captain Caveman & The Teen Angels
  91. Mighty Mouse
  92. Animal Farm
  93. Mr. Magoo
  94. Queer Duck
  95. Charley Says
  96. Betty Boop
  97. Huckleberry Hound
  98. Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
  99. The Pink Panther
  100. Wacky Races

There’s some goodies in there, and the top spot is hardly a surprise. There’s some weird Japanese anime mingled in there as well, which I’ve never been a fan of, and some other obscure ones, but it’s quite a good list overall.

Saturday March 12, 2005

In work this week one of my colleagues has left his job, having been made redundant, and went on holiday to Egypt with his wife as an anniversary present. And my supervisor turned 40 this week, and duly brought us all cakes, which is the tradition for the birthday person to do! Nothing else too interesting has happened this week at work though.

I also had a go at the BBC’s latest Test The Nation quiz yesterday. It was about entertainment, and I didn’t do that well – 24 out of 62 (after they lost 8 of my answers, despite me texting them all in). I’m not big on films, musicals, etc, so I’m not surprised or bothered.

Our Eurovision entry has also been decided. Jordan had loads of publicity about her entry, including lots of interviews and Phones4U texting thousands of customers, but after all that she came second on Saturday to Javine (a former Pop Idol contestant, apparently). Gina G, the only other person apart from Jordan I had heard of, came last. All songs were equally awful, so were right up to Eurovision standards.

In more interesting news, it’s Comic Relief time once again. They did a survey of the funniest TV shows, with the top 10 being:

  1. The Office
  2. Fawlty Towers
  3. Only Fools & Horses
  4. The Simpsons
  5. Friends
  6. Little Britain
  7. Blackadder
  8. Father Ted
  9. Monty Python
  10. Porridge

I wouldn’t have put The Office at the top, it doesn’t make me laugh particularly. I can see why people might find it funny, but it doesn’t tickle me. I wouldn’t put that, Little Britain or Friends in a top 10.

The Red Nose Day telethon on Friday was pretty good though. It seemed to be more entertaining than Children In Need. The presenters were Lenny Henry, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Graham Norton and Chris Evans, and highlights included:

  • The Celebrity Fame Academy final. I was very surprised to see Adrian Edmondson taking part, he’s a great sport. I’ve caught a couple of his performances, which he does in his typical manic style! They were all genuinely doing it for charity, rather than attention, which is good. Adrian, incidentally, made it through to the final, only to come 3rd. But he didn’t care, he’d obviously had fun. Edith Bowman, a TV presenter, won it, while Kim Medcalf was in second place. They both have good voices to be fair.
  • Jack Dee, having been stuck up a pole in 2003, was promised they would be nice to him this year. So he got a makeover from Trinny & Susannah (from What Not To Wear), had a go at presenting the weather live, and went on a date with Miss World. All of which went wrong of course, or it wouldn’t have been funny!
  • McFly did the Comic Relief single (All About You). Not really a highlight for me, as I’m not a fan of theirs, but it’s good that it’s raising more money.

Of course, all the stars gave up their time for free, to help disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. And they raised over £37 million on the night. That’s their best night yet, so they should be able to beat their final 2003 total of £61 million, which is great.

Friday March 18, 2005

It looks like my temporary contract is going be extended again! They seem to want me to stay on, as the new forms printing system still isn’t finished yet. We’ve been focusing on stuff for the end of the financial year, so it’s got a bit pushed to one side really. I’m not sure exactly how much longer it will be, but it’s good news nonetheless, as I was due to finish on March 31st. And if this temporary contract ends up being for 2 years in total, then I would have to be given a job, apparently. But, as I’ve always said, I won’t get complacent. Some people are holding a strike next Wednesday over pensions, but I’m not in the union, so I’ll still be going to work as usual. But we all get next Friday and the following Monday off, as it’s Easter Weekend next week already!

Queen‘s tour is being advertised all over the place, with most tickets having sold out already. Paul Rodgers, singer with Free and Bad Company, will be the frontman. John Deacon won’t be there, but that’s not a surprise. He doesn’t want to go through the stresses of touring again, unlike Brian and Roger who were keen to do this. It’s a shame, but John has every right to just enjoy his retirement after being part of such a phenomenal group. It should be interesting to see what happens anyway. I’m not going to any of the gigs, sadly, but hopefully they’ll do an album or DVD at some point.

Still, I have some interesting things to watch as it is. I’m still going through the extras on the Lord Of The Rings extended DVDs. I managed to finish the commentaries a couple of weeks back, so I’m going through the other stuff, it’s all very interesting.

And on TV we’ve got a new Two Ronnies series over the next 6 weeks, called The Two Ronnies Sketchbook. It’s basically just repackaged sketches with new links in between but, with only 2 compilation DVDs out, it’s a much better way for me to see more of what they’ve done. We’re going to record all 6 hours over the next 2 weeks. I think everyone’s expecting the Fork Handles/Four Candles sketch to appear, it’s bound to.

And then, of course, we’ve got Doctor Who on Saturday 26th. I never saw the older shows, although I’ve seen enough clips to know roughly what it’s all about. There’s a Doctor Who Night on BBC2 this weekend, and then the new series starts next Saturday. It’s looking good from all the build-up, I have to say.

Sunday March 27, 2005

My contract extension hasn’t yet been confirmed. But we do get a 4-day weekend, as it’s Easter. And I’m owed about a week’s leave after doing 4 months employment, so I’ll take that soon. I don’t want to lose it if my contract doesn’t get extended for a third time. And we got our latest payslip this week. So, as my money keeps going up, I ordered some more stuff from Amazon last weekend to treat myself:


The Status Quo and the Lord Of The Rings albums arrived this weekend, and are both great from what I’ve heard so far.


In the news, Scottish factory worker Craig Crosbie has been crowned the world’s fastest texter, after typing out this message in 48 seconds: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.” He beat the previous record holder by 19 seconds apparently. He’s 24, and sends about 75 text messages a day!

As for sport, England beat Northern Ireland 4-0 in the first of our World Cup qualifiers, which is a great start. And Oxford won the boat race this year, which was shown on ITV for the first time. Mum watched it, and said it was nowhere near as good as the BBC’s coverage. ITV use the same group of people for a lot of their sports stuff it seems, like Gabby Logan, who know nothing about the boat race. The BBC, on the other hand, use people who know what they’re talking about.

And on TV, The Two Ronnies Sketchbook was good last week. And now this weekend we’ve had the much-hyped new series of Doctor Who, the first time I’ve ever seen it (although I did see the documentary the week before, which was a good introduction). So, what’s the verdict? It’s great fun! Having never seen a Doctor Who episode properly, I had nothing to compare it to, but there was action, humour, special effects, and just great escapism. I think it’s been getting good reviews in general too. And there are 13 episodes, so there’s finally going to be something decent on Saturday nights for the next few months if that was anything go by!

Author: Glen

Love London, love a laugh, love life. Visually impaired blogger, culture vulture & accessibility advocate, with aniridia & nystagmus, posting about my experiences & adventures.

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