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Monday, 13 April 2015

The Row of Thrones

The Sunday Times this weekend posted a rather bitchy overview of tonight's episode of Game of Thrones after Sky Atlantic seemingly snubbed the newspaper's TV critics from advance screenings of the opening episode of season five -  The Sunday Times summed up the first episode with the following paragraph:

 G.... Of Th..... We don’t know what we did to upset them, but the folk at Sky Atlantic decided the Sunday Times TV desk should not be invited to the launch of their latest series of the blood, sex and dragons saga. The channel rarely makes any effort to keep us onside and we use Twitter to find out what it is up to. We have no idea if this week’s episode is any good, but we asked people who were at the launch and their response was: “It’s ok, nothing great, bit of sex, but not much happens this week.” More updates as we get them. 

Maybe the Sunday Times should have illegally downloaded the episode which was leaked to the Internet a week or so ago and has become the most downloaded illegal torrent file in the history of the world wide web.

Tainted Stats

Weekly Stats Report: 6 Apr - 12 Apr 2015


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Unique Visits79971056685936759285
First Time Visits74941016584936357482
Returning Visits5341104183

The Hundred Year Old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared

What a wonderful movie - think Forrest Gump as a hundred year old, explosive expert and you pretty much have the theme of this movie. Mind you, it's much better than Forrest Gump ever was, though no less ridiculous. It's also a heck of a lot more entertaining. The film is based on a bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson, and I must admit to having been out of touch - I'd never heard of the book which was Sweden's biggest selling title in 2010 and since has gone on to become an international bestseller, nor was I aware of this movie version until I saw it as a discount title in the DVD section of my local ASDA. Strange given that it's the third highest grossing Swedish movie of all time, coming only behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire.

I guess I've not been following movie releases the way I used to - still, I'm glad I've finally discovered the movie which I loved. So impressed was I that no sooner had the end credits run than I downloaded the source novel to my Paperwhite.

It's a scream from start to finish - from the moment 100 year old Allan Karlsson climbs out of the window of his nursing him in order to escape his birthday celebrations, the film doesn't really put a foot wrong. If you like your comedy on the black side then you'll enjoy this.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tainted Stats

Weekly Stats Report: 23 Mar - 29 Mar 2015


  Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Total Avg
Unique Visits1249712411112497108785112
First Time Visits1229312310311792103753108
Returning Visits2418755325

Monday, 9 March 2015

Tainted Stats

Weekly Stats Report: 2 Mar - 8 Mar 2015 


Unique Visits9222775115699864740106
First Time Visits8621667109669659699100
Returning Visits61186325416

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Big Sleep, Long Embrace

It took some good old fashioned detective work worthy of a Philip Marlowe novel to finally fulfill the wishes of the late author, Raymond Chandler. This is a fascinating story that I knew nothing about until I stumbled across an episode of the podcast, Criminal.

Chandler was devoted to his wife Cissy and when she died in 1954, Chandler was left a broken man and it is well documented that he attempted suicide barely two months after losing his wife. Chandler had initially met his future wife shortly after the first world war - she was the stepmother of his army buddy, Gordon Pascal, a woman who was 18 years his senior but the two soon fell head over heels in love. Cissy was a free spirit, she never admitted her true age and would clean the house in the nude.

Chandler and Cissy were married for thirty years and during the final years of Cissy's life Chandler was devoted to her and when she died the author fell apart.

'For thirty years, ten months and four days,' Chandler wrote shortly after his wife's death. 'She was the light of my life, my whole ambition.'

Chandler would die himself in 1959 and because it was believed Chandler left no burial instructions the author was buried at Mountain Hope Cemetery. Many years later in 2010 Chandler fan Loren Latker was researching the author and he discovered papers that revealed Chandler had wanted to be buried alongside Cissy's ashes and he, feeling that Chandler's wishes should be carried out, contacted Cyprus View mausoleum to ensure that these wishes were finally carried out.

Loren and his wife at the service to reunite Chandler and Cissy
The problem was that Cissy's ashes had gone missing and when Latker and his wife, also a devoted Chandler fan pushed the matter they were told that no one could find Cissy's ashes. 

Latker kept onto the mausoleum until the ashes were discovered. The next step was to hire a lawyer, Aissa Wayne (daughter of legendary actor John Wayne). Eventually the case was taken to court and thanks to the determination of the superfan, Chandler's grave was opened and Cissy's ashes were placed alongside the author. The service was held on Valentine's day in 2011, fifty years after Chandler's death and the two were finally reunited thanks to Loren Latker, a superfan indeed. The event was more a celebration than a funeral, with Cissy's ashes arriving in a procession of vintage cars, a band playing "As the Saints Go Marching In", and readings from Chandler's novels.

Loren Latker runs the Chandler website, Shamus Town.