Musings: Avoiding Britain’s Got Talent

“Change channels”

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(Dancing for a YES)

I don’t usually publicly announce that I’m boycotting, or avoiding things, because usually I change my mind and have to explain why I reverted. However, in this case, I will explain why I have been avoiding Britain’s Got Talent for the past couple of years, and why after seeing a snatch of it now, I’m glad I don’t keep up with it anymore.

Britain’s Got Talent is a big feature of Saturday evenings, and is watched by millions of people all over the country. Yet, it’s the judges, not the acts, that are putting on the biggest show.

I thought it was about finding an entertaining act for the Queen? Or even, something worth £250,000?! Wasn’t that the point? Surely the judges can get past the their huge egos, of which no-one’s is bigger than Simon Cowell‘s.

When dance group Cartel auditioned in tonight’s show, one of the members was being judges far more harshly based on his looks and age. Jamie, pictured above on the far left, is in his late 20’s, and his teammates are in their teens. Simon see a terrible error in letting an older dancer perform with younger ones.

Does Jamie‘s age affect his performance? Not at all. He is as slick and proficient at dancing as any of those other performers, but was singled out because he is older. Apart from being incredibly rude, this is being ageist. Do I have to watch Simon’s opinions rule over television? Absolutely not, I will change the channel.

Hopefully in the future, there will be an end to over-produced audition-based shows, with egoistic judges, and auditions with sob-stories. My fingers are crossed for a fresh wave of entertainment, on new platforms.

See Cartel’s audition below:

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Book: Nicholas Sayre & The Creature in the Case Cover Image

“Of scratching and inkings”

Author: Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 1st October 2007 (UK version)

Going on a Garth Nix kick, I had a look through this book, which a follow-on story from The Old Kingdom Trilogy (The Abhorsen Trilogy). There are a few nice pictures which relate to the short stories that I haven’t seen online. Garth Nix’s short stories have been published in various fantasy anthologies, but I haven’t come across any of these illustrations, possibly because this is an old children’s edition.

I will try and upload the illustrations as I review the stories. This is the Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case image, which I have already reviewed.
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Credit goes to David Wyatt, who has illustrated the headings of the stories for the Harper Collins Children’s Book’s in Great Britain 2006. Photographs taken by me.

Musings: The direction of “Things” and Commitment

“Where are we going now..?”

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It’s been a while since I’ve openly discussed the direction of this blog. What’s new, what’s in the works, and how updates will be arranged?

It’s been my lifelong ambition to Stick With Things. I think, I let a lot of opportunities go by, because I didn’t commit to it for long enough, or I just let my standards fall, or let things drift away.

Well, I am quite proud that I have stuck by this review blog for almost two years. I started  this blog at the beginning of 2012 (back when I got zero views), and yet by some miracle, it’s still going, and has daily visitors.

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Thankyou, for that.

As conceited as I can be, I originally put up reviews to share my opinions with the rest of the internet. I never dreamed that people would actually follow this blog, or check back daily, or even leave a comment.

Whether you agree or disagree with my opinions, I am glad that people treat this site as a source of information. It’s a real honour.

There’s no dark side to this post. It’s actually very positive (albeit fumbling) in a way, that I am trying to say that I will commit to this blog, that there will be updates.

Updates, updates… Anime

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I’m not sure if I want to finish the reviews for Sukitte ii na yo/Say “I Love You”, and Tonari ni Kaibutsu-kun/My Little Mosnter. You see, the manga of those two series are being released in the UK soon, and I would actually prefer to read the story. Especially since I finished watching Say “I Love You”‘s anime, and it didn’t strike me as amazing, but seems like good material for manga. A lot of pacing issues in slower anime tend to not be as obvious in the manga, because it depends on your reading speed.

And then in direct contrast to that, I would love, love to review all of Noragami, even though the anime is being is released. And Inari, Kokon Koi Iroha struck a chord in me that an anime hadn’t done for a while.

Books

I have recently finished (re-re-re-)reading the Old Kingdom Trilogy/Abhorsen Trilogy, which are the three books by Garth Nix: Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorson. Reading an old favourite rejuvenated me. It was great to read something “perfect” instead of diving into yet another new fantasy world, and wondering if the author will let me down.

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I previously reviewed A Confusion of Princes, another book  by Garth Nix, which was okay but not as good as the Old Kingdom Trilogy. Most people will know his work from the Trilogy.

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I also want to put up my thoughts on the rather brilliant The Casual Vacancy by J.K.Rowling. It will be a review of my second reading, the first time, I didn’t feel like I’d gotten to grips with the characters enough. It’s an unfair advantage Rowling has, to have readers not discredit her work straight away. I’m aware that other authors wouldn’t get the same treatment. On the other hand, I feel that bias is part of having opinions, so it’s okay.

Pictures of stuff…

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And lastly, I really enjoyed waffling through endless of descriptions of packaging. I don’t know how much people pay attention to packaging of anime, but I feel like this area needs to be criticised. Besides, when you buy overpriced anime stuff, you deserve to analyse every inch of it.

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