IN 1969, Pippi Longstocking (aka Pippi Långstrump) was a TV star. Living in her father’s cottage Villa Villekulla, Pippi was free to run and play with her monkey and horse. In this clip, Pippi hangs out with her neighbours Tommy and Annika. The action has been subtitled in English. We see Pippi discover a new flower sent from Japan. She wonders what it should be called. She settles on “spunk”. The caption writer does relent with a single “spoonk”. But soon Pippi is yelling “spunk” at the top of her lungs.
ANIMALS opening doors:
TO the MISS USA contests, where Miss Utah, Marissa Powell, is contemplating gender inequality. Competitors of beauty pageants are given a rough time, frequently. Not wanting to buck the trend, we’re going to point and laugh at a young woman trying to talk and think at the same time while being stared at by loads of people who want her to fail.
Marissa Powell was competing in Las Vegas when she was asked by host Nene Leakes:
“A recent report shows that in 40% of American families with children, women are the primary earners yet they continue to earn less than men. What does it say about society?”
IN this video, we catch up with the descendants of Wernher von Braun (“He aimed at the stars but sometimes he hit London”) now working as rocketeer farmers in the German lands:
WAS that Freudian slip. The Minneapolis’ channel 5 news anchor swears his allegiance to the ‘fag’ at the twin city’s gay pride festival:
FLASHBACK to June 5 1986: Boy George is on the A Team.
The original AP caption runs:
Boy George on the Range in The A-Team. British pop star Boy George, left, guest-stars as himself at Saugus, California near Los Angeles, United States, when Faceman (Dirk Benedict, center) inadvertedly books his Culture Club band into a town or rowdy cowboys hankering for some down home music and Hannibal (George Peppard, right) tries to give ‘em what they want, in ‘Cowboy George’ which will be broadcast on NBC/TV’s The A-Team on Tuesday, June 17, 1986. Mr. T., second from right.
HERE’S a video of a cat emerging for him his box and a state of theoretical superposition to play the drums in the style of Ginger (Tom) Baker performing Rudimental’s Waiting All Night.
The cat playing the piano is over here.
AS we know, everyone who appears on our TV screens is a preening, bitchy git. And so, let us gaze adoringly at a news anchor and a weather presenter who clearly hate each other.
Nicole Brewer and meteorologist Carol Erickson have been seen sharing snide exchanges live-on-air at their Philadelphia station.
THE Rev. Alecia would like to give praise to the Lord Yaweh. The evangelist from New York made this hymnal for Manhattan public access:
“EGGSTEMIST” Natalie Holt enlivened Richard and Adam’s crooning on the Britain’s Got Talent live finale by chucking eggs at Simon Cowell. Britain’s Got Talent Holt says she did it because she was upset at being asked to pretend to play the violin on stage. She says it was a “stand against people miming on television and against Simon Cowell and against his influence on the music industry.”
Natalie is 30. In the clip below she’s grinning as she chucks the eggs. It’s almost as if – as if – it was a stunt. If it wasn’t, why didn’t Natalie do something less telegenic, like stick her fingers down her throat and throw up or read aloud a letter full of Cowell’s limp put downs for the losers he once would have wilfully signed (see his work with Roland Rat, Chaos, Girl Thing, and Robson and Jerome) and asked him why none of the eligible bachelor’s lovers kiss ‘n’ tell. Who needs a super-in junction when you’re pernickety Simon Cowell?
Holt went with raw eggs. Cowell should have caught them unbroken before the cameras pan around to see the crowd agog at this talent. Or else fellow judge David Walliams might have lept across the bench uttering an action film hero’s “Noooooooooooooo!” as he took a pelting in the face for the leader.
As it was, Cowell said he just removed his jacket, which had a spot of egg on it. Holt apologised. And the Sun invited someone called Storm Lee to tell us:
“A lot of people would like to egg Simon. His influence is such that if you are not liked by him as a musician you are out of luck.”
If he likes you, you get to be big as Cheeky Monkeys, Janey Cutler, Kieran Gaffney, Kieran Gaffney, Only Boys Aloud, Ronan Parke, Connie Talbot, Nikitta Angus, Austin Drage…
THE world’s fastest clapper is… Bryan Bednarek. Bryan clapped 802 times in a minute, breaking Kent French’s record. Bryan’s, alleged, ambition is to work as the only audience member required to provide the sound of clapping on BBC Three sitcoms.
BEFORE I read The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, I’d supposed the best way to evade a bear would be to show it a picture of drippy Rupert Bear in his hideous trousers and hand it a pass to a local golf club. It turns out that the best way to escape a bear is to not sleep in the same clothes you cook in and go for the eyes or snout. Times move on, however, and now the best way to survive bear attack is to film it and upload the video on YouTube.
CONTINUING our occasional look at Sesame Street, arguably the greatest ever children’s TV show, we look back at Philip Glass’s appearance on it.
Geometry of Circles is a series of unnumbered animation pieces created for Sesame Street in 1979. Cathryn Aison commissioned Philip Glass to write music for animation based on her storyboard which had been submitted to and approved by Edith Zornow of CTW.
The shorts consist of the movement of six circles (each with a different color of the rainbow) that are formed by and split up into various geometric patterns. Glass’s music underscores the animation in a style that closely resembles the “Dance” numbers and the North Starvignettes written during the same time period as hisEinstein on the Beach opera.
The film has featured in public screenings and museum exhibits. In October 2012, the third movement from the film was included in the “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900–2000″ exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
SESAME Sesame presents Waiting for Elmo, a Samuel Beckett parody (a Monsterpiece Theater production).
“A modern masterpiece, a play so modern and so brilliant that it makes absolutely no sense to anybody” - Alastair Cookie
THIS is the original Sesame Street cast. As you can see Oscar The Grouch is orange, collars are generous, Big Bird looks three sheets to the wind and children are hanging out with adults with no hint of fear. Sesame Street was always great telly. We feel a a few most posts on this great show coming up…
SCARY, creepy adverts stick in the mind. This means they must be working.
Chuck in children and the fear factor is cranked up:
WHEN we read Lord Hylton’s news that homosexuals had “stolen” the word ‘gay’ from his private word vaults, we wanted to help him reclaim it as his own. It will take time before Hyl, Ray or ‘Fancy Gentleman’takes hold. But we are confident it will. If we wer Lord Hylton, we’d bet our ‘beard’ on it. In the meanwhile, we urge you to watch this video and learn how to recognise homosexuals. If they can steal ‘gay’ they had best be watched closely:
PRESENTING The Internet Animal Orchestra:
TO Monywa, Burma, where a man on a scooter is trying to zip through the open toll gate. He never makes it:
IN this video, James Kingston, 22, climbs a big crane in Southampton. He then dangles from the very tall crane. With one hand.
On Facebook Kingston says he’s an “Athlete - Constantly looking for adventure!”
On Twitter, he says “climbing/ jumping is my forte”.
But not falling.
If you’re unnerved by heights – as I am (it’s fear mixed with a desire to jump) – see how much of this you can stand:
DID you bid to buy the complete L!VE TV archive? The Daily Mirror’s parent company once stpped into telly. The body of work includes such gems as Topless Darts, the Canary Wharf soap opera, the weather in Norwegian, Britain’s Bounciest Weather, Tiffany’s Big City Tips and the News Bunny.
The advert highlights:
How would you like to own your own Cable TV Archive and earn money from it?!
THE TV CHANNEL THAT WAS HAPPY TO BE LAUGHED AT…
LIVETV was broadcast on all UK cable systems from August 1995 until November 1999. Early in its existence LIVETV produced, not surprisingly – live television – lots of it, badly. Gradually, the channel evolved into producing light-hearted format television. LIVETV’s popularity, regularly winning over 1% of viewing, and strength lay in originality – these were not by any means ‘me too’ formats.
During its life as a channel, LIVETV made a lot of noise, punching above its weight in publicity terms – this was driven by programmes which set out to cause controversy or ridicule the norms.
British institutions like weather and news bulletins were given the LIVETV treatment with ‘The Weather in Norwegian’ and the ‘News Bunny’ reflecting a brighter side of life – and ‘Topless Darts’ setting out to amplify the absurdity of life by combining the (supposedly) two great interests of working males: Page Three girls and playing darts down at the pub.
The channel sought to confront the problem of modest budgets by making the most of its assets – setting a soap opera (Canary Wharf) in a television channel in the same building as the channel itself, thereby providing its own location, and sometimes storylines as well.
The Sex Show
Britain’s Sexiest Security Videos
Threesome (adult soap opera)
The two minute late night signature programme Topless Darts was ubiquitous. That said, the adult material only perhaps represents 20% of the archive.
Many one-off documentaries on topical issues or characters were also produced over the years – featuring the Spice Girls (Live filmed for their first ever TV performance), OJ Simposon, Katie Price (Jordan) and many on various aspects of the life of Diana Princess of Wales.
SHIP launch of the day:
CODY is the screaming dog. When the humans say “Co-deee” over and over, Cody the dog screams. The humans laugh. And Cody continues to tell them that a child is stuck in a well below the house. “Co-dee” the child calls. “Co-deeeeeeeee”…
WHEN the news says that a report may contain ‘graphic images’, no-one really expects pornographic scenes do they? Neither did the people of Greece who found that their news bulletins were much saucier than anticipated.
This sight of a bongo film may be just the thing to cheer everyone up after the country has been suffering months of economic doom.
WHOVIANS are some of the most troubling people on Earth, so you’ve got to be careful what you say to them. They’re dedicated to the show in such a manner that they’ll show much more dedication to telling detractors they’re wrong, than detractors care to listen.
So, with this, we shall tread carefully around fans of Doctor Who, for fear of incurring their wrath and ire. We don’t want to ruffle any feathers.