Saturday, 9 October 2010
I’m off on my travels again, tomorrow. Unfortunately this is a business trip and my destination is Kunming in China.
This is my first visit to that strange, yet wondrous land since 1999, when I wrote my travelogue (The China Chronicles).
I’m having mixed feelings about the trip to be honest. I’m a little excited about returning to China, but it is such a weird place that there is a feeling of trepidation and of course I have to work, which is a pain in the arse.
The trip is lasting two weeks and, thankfully, I should have internet access over there – so watch out for some photos on The Plastic Mancunian’s Eye and possibly a blog post from there. There might be the odd tweet as well.
In the meantime, I will leave you with a meme that I have stolen with absolutely no guilt whatsoever. It is called the TV meme.
1. Name a TV show series in which you have seen every episode at least twice:
That would have to be Star Trek and I have probably seen each episode of the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager at least twice. I am a huge fan of the show.
2. Name a show you can't miss:
At the moment I would have to say Dexter, which is my current favourite. I absolutely love the idea of serial killer working as a blood spatter expert in the police and murdering bad guys to satisfy is homicidal maniac tendencies.
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to watch a show:
That’s a tough one. I’ve never seen anything bad with Robert Carlyle in it so that is who I shall say. I am currently enjoying watching him in Stargate Universe
4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to watch a show:
Another tough one. I would say William Roache who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street. I reckon I could act better than him.
5. Name a show you can, and do, quote from:
I usually quote from Blackadder which is absolutely full of fabulous comedy quotes like:
The path of my life is strewn with cowpats from the devil’s own Satanic herd.
We’re in the stickiest situation since Sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun.
The eyes are open, the mouth moves, but Mr. Brain has long since departed, hasn't he, Perce ?
Oh, God. What on Earth was I drinking last night? My head feels like there's a Frenchman living in it.
A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn.
He's mad! He's mad. He's madder than Mad Jack McMad, the winner of this year's Mr Madman competition.
6. Name a show you like that no one else enjoys:
Strangely, I would say it is Curb Your Enthusiasm. I love it but Mrs PM finds it unfunny, though I have to say, she has chuckled at the odd episode.
7. Name a TV show which you've been known to sing the theme song:
I love the theme to “True Blood” and sing this bit to Mrs PM:
“I wanna do bad things with you”.
What does she do? Rolls her eyes and tuts.
8. Name a show you would recommend everyone to watch:
There are so many that I would recommend but at this moment in time, it would have to be Dexter. It is now in its fourth series so you would have to start with the first to get the gist of what is going on.
9. Name a TV series you own:
I am a real geek. I own all eight series of Red Dwarf on DVD and the full box set, including movies, of Babylon 5.
10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium, but has surprised you with his/her acting chops in television:
I’m not a big fan of Billie Piper (certainly not her singing career) but I was pleasantly surprised by her portrayal of Rose Tyler in Dr Who.
11. What is your favourite episode of your favourite series?
It is really difficult to name my favourite series so I shall pick a random one. That series is Blackadder II and the episode is “Beer” when Edmund Blackadder has to host a night of drunken debauchery while at the same time trying to convince his puritanical aunt and uncle that he is worthy of an inheritance. Absolute classic comedy. Here is a clip:
12. Name a show you keep meaning to watch, but you just haven't gotten around to yet:
I’ve heard from many people that The Inbetweeners is a very funny show, but I keep forgetting to watch it.
13. Ever quit watching a show because it was so bad?
Absolutely - numerous times.
14. Name a show that's made you cry multiple times:
Being a sad geek, I have struggled to remain composed during some episodes of Dr Who.
15. What do you eat when you watch TV?
I usually watch TV when eating at home, so dinner?
16. How often do you watch TV?
I watch less TV than I used to. I tend to use the Sky+ box to series link my favourite shows and watch them at my leisure later. On average, a couple of hours a day.
17. What's the last TV show you watched?
18. What's your favourite/preferred genre of TV?
I like weird science fiction stuff, preferably with a touch of horror – shows like Fringe.
19. What was the first TV show you were obsessed with?
I think that would have to be Dr Who. I used to watch the classic series as a child but the new series and stories have made the show unmissable.
20. What TV show do you wish you never watched?
I don’t watch anything I don’t like. I have been known to switch off in the middle of a show that was utter bilge. I did go through a phase of watching soap operas, so I will say Eastenders (which thankfully I stopped watching in the nineties.
21. What's the weirdest show you enjoyed?
I think True Blood is pretty weird – but I love it.
22. What TV show scared you the most?
As a child, Dr Who scared me to death. One series in particular with Jon Pertwee as the Doctor gave me nightmares.
23. What is the funniest TV show you have ever watched?
That is such a difficult question. Select any episode from any of the following shows:
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Blackadder, Monty Python, Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers, Father Ted, One Foot In The Grave, The Office, Drop The Dead Donkey, Black Books, The Young Ones, The Simpsons
and many more.