As the sayings go ....
... Nostalgia is what it used to be
, so I think I've already seen the film Déja Vu
currently doing the rounds. But I know that I can't have seen the TV programmes reviewed here
.Very occasionally - so occasionally, indeed, that I can't recall the last time it happened - a drama will pack a punch that leaves you breathless and shaken. Bodies did this, then left me sobbing proper big fat tears. I think it might have been a panic attack, or the next worst thing.
The question is, would it, nay, could
it have been shown in Indonesia? Eight private TV stations have been reported to the police by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission for airing programmes of a sexual and violent nature. Sexual and violent, or sexual or violent? Whatever, with titles like Love and Lust
, Whispering Lust
and Laughter Special
(eh?), it's obvious that the moral outrage is justified.
Dramatised violence, such as Smackdown
which features steroid enhanced stunt actors strutting their stuff, is too shocking for local folk. Much better to watch shows that feature road accident victims, grieving widows and criminals with black eyes following pretrial retribution.
So the TV drama series I mentioned above, which is about life and death in a hospital's obstetrics/gynecology department, with an eoisode which reduced a TV critic to tears because her déja vu was real, could not and would not be shown here. But should be.
... Ahmet Ertegun had great ears
Founder of Atlantic Records, he helped to document some of the most important music of the 20th century and his death two days ago at the age of 83 following a fall, severs a vital link to some of the most significant chapters in the development of soul, rhythm & blues, jazz and rock.
Influential musicians he helped to discover or nurture include: Big Joe Turner, Professor Longhair, Ruth Brown, Mabel Mercer, Bobby Short, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, The Drifters, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Bobby Darin, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, the Rolling Stones, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Young Rascals, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby Stills & Nash, Allman Brothers, Foreigner, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Nicks, Jewel, Sean Paul and Matchbox 20 .......... God helps those who help themselves
I'd helped myself to this picture before settling into another two hour demonstration of how much more together other teams are than the one I've supported all my life. When I first went to the Valley 50 odd years ago, they had just been relegated from the top division, but I was excited by the whole idea of local folk having local heroes. There are still local heroes involved
. The problem is that few were on the pitch yesterday. And it looks as if they're going to be relegated again.