So it looks like the ABC’s attempt to revive Spicks and Specks is over. According to various reports, not only will the ABC be pulling the show after airing 20 of the 26 episodes – the remaining six will air later in the year, which is usually code for “the non-ratings period” – but the ABC has also confirmed that “there aren’t plans for the show in 2015”. While this is slightly sadder news than the usual demise of an ABC panel show – unlike both Randling and Tractor Monkeys, the revived Spicks and Specks was occasionally actually entertaining – this wasn’t exactly difficult to see coming.
When exactly did television stop being the low man on the entertainment totem pole? We’ve been talking for the last decade or more about how television is currently in a golden age, but part of the reason why television – the high-end drama side of things, at least – has been so golden lately is that people just aren’t going to bother watching anything that isn’t up to the gold standard.
Hits & Pits round 3 is now but a memory – but what a memory! Face To Face killed it, Unwritten Law nailed it, and Ten Foot Pole were rock solid. The Casualties, unfortunately, suffered from a poor mix and played pretty sloppily; but hey, it’s The Casualties, and it’s always a good time! Believe it or not, round FOUR is already in the works and will take place in November.
There’s a lot of discussion of classic blues players – Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe – and a cast of many more whose music has formed, influenced and been a model for many modern blues singers. Talk to these singers and you’ll hear these names and more mentioned again and again.
Although a westernised English speaking country, as with any foreign city there are certain things to London that are different and every time I come back I learn something new – hence, I thought I would pass on a few of my thoughts and discoveries on to you!
So, despite missing out on the main event on Free Comic Book Day, I lucked out and was able to get my hands on two of the freebies on offer – the Sherwood Texas/Boondock Saints double feature and Grimm Fairy Tales: Age of Darkness issue #0. The verdict? Well, I’ve got mixed feelings.
Ahh, the Eurovision. The only event in the world where Jessica Mauboy can get away with ‘representing Australia’ as an intermission act, singing away and getting lost amongst a sea of dancers dressed as kangaroos, koalas and beer cans (!!) – but that wasn’t even the highlight of this year’s competition. Austria’s Conchita Wurst made headlines this month when she won 2014’s Eurovision Song Contest.
It would be a safe assumption to make that during my late teens and early 20s I spent more time than is perhaps considered normal waiting outside of stage doors after gigs, waiting for a glimpse at (or, on more occasions than most, a photo with) the artists I had just watched play a gig. There was a period of time where my success rate in ‘stalking’ these stars literally sat at 100 per cent.