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Friday 27 October 2006

Birthday message from Canal Street Manchester

I forgot my friend Chris’s birthday, so I made a short video message for him.

Standing by yourself in a busy public place, talking into a camera, is the weirdest thing. Of course, on-screen, it seems like a normal thing to do and if you appear to be anything other than 100% natural, it looks odd. I’m better at it than I was.

Filed under: Fun,LGBT,Manchester,Personal — GS @ 9:05 pm
Sunday 24 September 2006

One of my favourite YouTube videos (video)

I love this, not just because it is hot. But also because it is funny in many different ways, such as the guy who walks in but then gives up and walks out.

Filed under: Fun,With video — GS @ 4:38 am
Saturday 9 September 2006

Man threatened with arrest due to ‘annoying’ gnome

The BBC reports the story of man in Cornwall who has been threatened with arrest due to having an ‘annoying’ garden gnome:

“Now police have served Mr MacKillop with a notice for “placing a garden gnome with intent to cause harassment”.

Mr MacKillop, 46, was woken in the night by two officers who warned him that the gnome was offensive to his neighbours.”

Interesting to see that the neighbour who has complained about it is a ‘former policeman’. And, reading this, you may suspect that the gnome is naked or obscene in some way. But no, it is dressed in a police uniform.

There does seem to be a certain theme running through this story.

Filed under: Crime,Fun — GS @ 11:37 pm
Friday 11 August 2006

Almost a third of Americans (30%) can’t remember what year 9/11 was

Almost a third of Americans (30%) can’t remember what year 9/11 happened

They should have called it 9112001. But, if they had, 30% of Americans would have thought it happened in Beverly Hills :-D

Filed under: Fun — GS @ 11:57 pm
Thursday 22 June 2006

Cats that look like Hitler

A blog dedicated to images of cats that look like Hitler.

Filed under: Fun — GS @ 1:26 pm
Tuesday 16 May 2006

Bargain Hunters: baps

Bargain Hunters: baps

UPDATE (October 2008): this video has ‘retired’ into the archives. I’ve left the production notes below.

Bargain Hunters is our reality shopping programme. Can we get some good last-minute deals at the local grocery stores? It’s a race against the clock!

This one was filmed at Easter but I only just got it edited. I think it turned out great — especially considering we had a few issues.

Five minutes into filming it started to rain (April was just SO wet here). Rain has to be extremely heavy to show up much on screen, but even light drizzle isn’t too good for the camcorder. Then my voice recorder seemed to stop working, so we abandoned one thing we had planned (it turned out later I had hit a ‘helpful’ switch which prevents recording and which I’d forgotten was there).

As usual, here are my thoughts on this episode and some of the ideas behind it…

I’m going to scream if I see another lazy PR person, estate agent or journalist refer to ‘vibrant Manchester city centre‘. It’s become a cliche and we need an organised campaign to take the piss out of the unimaginative people who do it. Even churches and the Arndale Centre (with its tacky new catchphrase ‘come together’) are ‘vibrant’ supposedly.

Big Brother starts here this coming Thursday. It was, of course, Big Brother contestant Michelle who famously offered Stuart the chance to squeeze her ‘baps’. As usual I expect to watch the start of the 13 weeks, get bored and stop tuning in, and then return for the last few days to see how it ends.

One of the things I love about editing video is the way all the different elements — picture, live sound and music — sometimes combine to create something unexpected. As I filmed Chris in the lift, in the background there was the sound of a rather emotional woman talking in a loud voice. During editing, when I added the music, I found it became almost like some weird operatic version of our regular theme music. Bizarre.

Chris makes me laugh an awful lot, with his enthusiasm and that slightly-eccentric British thing he has going on. Like a Kenneth Williams or Frankie Howerd, he can make the most innocent remark sound suggestive.

Memo to self: remember not to film broccoli or salad in front of a green screen.

Filed under: Food & cookery,Fun,Manchester,Shopping — GS @ 3:51 pm
Saturday 13 May 2006

Manchester Passion — Hollywood style

On YouTube.

Filed under: Fun — GS @ 1:57 pm
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