I don’t use Google. I have used Skype and Google hangouts, which are great but unfortunately security compromised services, for public talks where they’ve been required but I wouldn’t use it for personal communications.
Landmarks Watching ITV’s The Widower last night, which, by transplanting the Sky Tower into the background via CGI, purports to place the Irish setting in Auckland. The Opel Omega is a giveaway, as is the ﬁctional billboard for the Interislander ferry service. (As far as I could tell, UK-based actor James Laurenson was the only Kiwi cast in the mini-series, the ﬁrst time I have seen him act with his original accent.) It’s an old trick: I’ve seen San Francisco in LA on Journeyman, and, in the second photo, St Paul’s (unconvincingly) at the end of a street in Birmingham in Hustle. This is a sign of a nation’s maturity though: that we have a landmark that can be used in international productions that foreign viewers might recognize. Twenty years ago, what could they have used?
I tell you something. I’m glad I found out in time just what a partnership with a pair of wankers like you would’ve been. A sleeping partner’s one thing, but you’re in a f***ing coma! No wonder you’ve got an energy crisis, you’re so under the water! Us, British, we’re used to a bit more vitality, imagination, a touch of the Dunkirk spirit. You know what I mean? The days when Yanks can come over here and could buy up Nelson’s column, and a Harley Street surgeon and a couple of Windmill girls are deﬁnitely over … Shut up, you long streak of paralysed piss! What I’m looking for is someone who can contribute to what England has given to the world: culture, sophistication, genius. A little bit more than a hot dog, know what I mean? We’re in the Common Market now. And my new deal’s with Europe. I’m going into partnership with the German organization. Yeah, the Krauts! They got ambition, know-how, and they don’t lose their bottle. Look at you! The Maﬁa? I shit ’em!
‘The maﬁa? I’ve shit ’em’ All right, a proper Bob Hoskins tribute. And he is brilliant in The Long Good Friday. (Look out for Pierce Brosnan in his ﬁrst ﬁlm role.)
RIP Bob Hoskins As a tribute, I thought I’d be original and post the Top Gear video where Richard Hammond mistakes Ray Winstone for Bob Hoskins.