Thursday, March 25, 2010

Croc-wise in Croc country!

Terri and Bindi Irwin TV Commercial on how to be Croc Wise

North Queensland is croc country.
And... crickey! crocodiles are living dinosaurs.
And a crucial part of our ecosystem.
So in croc country be croc-wise.
Treat all water as croc territory.
Never swim where crocodiles live.
Camp well back from the water.
Keep rubbish secure.
And never clean fish at boat ramps.
In croc country be croc-wise.
It could save their lives and yours.
Crocs rule!

Crickey! = Slang an expression of surprise [euphemistic for Christ!] and a beloved word used by Steve Irwin, the
Crocodile Hunter.
Crocs rule! = Steve Irwin would often say "Crocs Rule!" at the end of his shows.

Terri and Bindi Irwin on The Late Show With David Letterman

This hour has 22 minutes - Pizza

Floyd On Spain (Galicia) - Keith Floyd making a queimada with Manuel Fraga

Keith Floyd (28 December 1943 – 14 September 2009) was a British chef and television personality who hosted numerous cooking shows for the BBC and published many books combining cookery and travel. On television, Floyd was noted for his haphazard presenting style which included frequent consumption of wine, beer and local alcoholic beverages. In this series, Floyd on Spain, he visits Galicia, where he cooks at Moncho Vilas' Restaurant in Santiago and makes a queimada with Manuel Fraga.

Ingredients for the fish dish:
olive oil, onion, parsley, salmon, clams, wine, fish stock, mustard

Ingredients for the queimada:
a bottle of mark, lashings of red wine, fruit and sugar

Jamie Oliver on food and health

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spitting Image - Cher

DUI Scottish Style

The guy's drunk. He staggers down the street, stumbles to his car and starts fumbling to get his key in the lock when two cops walk up, one male, one female.

The male cop says he's going to have to administer a sobriety test before he'll let the guy drive. "Would you sleep with my colleague here?" he asks the drunk.

The camera cuts to a close-up of the female cop, whose face is hideous.

The drunk looks at her, grinning lasciviously, then answers with an enthusiastic "Aye!"

Wrong! He's failed the sobriety test.

"Cuff him," the male cop says.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Transport For London - Do the test campaign

Transport For London is challenging motorists to test their change blindness in a campaign designed to increase the safety of cyclists.

The results of the tests demonstrate something called change blindness, in which only a tiny fraction of all the information going into your brain enters your consciousness, and inattention blindness, in which concentration on one thing can lead to other events going unnoticed.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ding Dong Denny's History of Ireland

A tourist walks into a Dublin pub looking for directions and encounters Ding Dong Denny O'Reilly at the bar who insists on telling him the "real" history of Ireland over a number of pints. From the Normans to the Famine to 1916 and the sex shops of O'Connell Street, we hear Ding Dong's delusional take of events that shaped our nation. Ding Dong is a comic creation of comedian Paul Woodful and this is his first adventure into animation.

Winner Best Digital Film Digital Media Awards 2008, Winner Grand Prix Award, Digital Media Awards 2008.

Year of Production: 2006-2007
Commissioned by: Frameworks
Producer: Brian Gilmore
Directed by: Cathal Gaffney
Written and narrated by: Paul Woodful

Irish films

Based on Gerry Conlon's autobiography, Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father tells the tumultuous and wrenching tale of a man wrongfully imprisoned in 1974 for the bombing of a London pub. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Conlon, a young Irish petty thief who gets falsely accused.

Danny Flynn is released from prison in Belfast after fourteen years for his part in IRA activities. He determines to avoid the bloodshed that was inherent in his political past and to build a new life in his old home. He starts a gym to train young boxers like himself, with no political or sectarian ties, and renews his relationship with the woman he left behind when imprisoned. But his relationship to the past refuses to let him live a life of peace.

Stephen Frears wonderful adaptation of Roddy Doyle's novel about a working-class Irish family, and the teenage daughter who finds herself pregnant.

In Neil Jordan's psychological thriller, a reluctant agent of the Irish Republican Army discovers that some people just aren't who you expect them to be. Fergus (Stephen Rea) is an IRA "volunteer" who, despite personal misgivings, takes part in the kidnapping of a black British soldier, Jody (Forest Whitaker), stationed in Northern Ireland. After befriending the soldier, Fergus promises to look after his girlfriend Dil (Jaye Davidson).

Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone. The story centers around Benny and Eve as they enter student life at University College, Dublin. Here Benny and Eve reunite with their childhood friend, the ice-cool Nan Mahon, the 'college belle'. They also encounter the handsome and charming Jack Foley, whom Benny quickly falls for.

Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of Michael Collins, the 'Lion of Ireland', who led the IRA against British rule and founded the Irish Free State (Eire) in 1921.

When word reaches two elderly best friends that someone in their tiny Irish village has won the national lottery, they go to great lengths to find the winner so they can share the wealth. When they discover the "lucky" winner, Ned Devine, they find he has died of shock upon discovering his win. Not wanting the money to go to waste, the village enters a pact to pretend Ned is still alive by having another man pose as him, and then to divide the money between them.

Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.

"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land. And when the widow who owns the field decides to sell the field in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it. But while no one in the village would dare bid against him, an American with deep pockets decides that he needs the field to build a highway. The Bull and his son decide to convince the American to give up bidding on the field, but things go horribly wrong.

In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be retarded for the first ten years of his life. Later, through the help of his strong-willed mother, a dedicated teacher, and his own courage and determination, Christy not only learns to grapple with life's simple physical tasks and complex psychological pains, but he also develops into a brilliant painter, poet and author.

A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.

The Commitments (1987) is a novel by Irish writer Roddy Doyle, and is the first episode in The Barrytown Trilogy. It is a tale about a group of unemployed young people in the north side of Dublin, Ireland, who start a soul band.

Irish Coffee: The Ultimate St Patrick's Day Recipe

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, a six minute film produced in Ireland, has been nominated for best animated short film in the 2010 Academy Awards. The film, online at, tells the story of a seemingly sweet old lady who terrifies her little granddaughter at bedtime with her dark version of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale. Granny O’Grimm started life as a character in Kathleen O’Rourke’s comedy show. Director Nicky Phelan saw Granny O’Grimm’s potential as an animated character and, working with Brown Bag Films, production began in 2008. Kathleen O’Rourke reprised her role to voice the character in the short film.

St. Patrick's Day History and Traditions


Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing. A group of dancers perform with rapid leg movements while keeping their bodies and arms mostly still.

It was first performed at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 featuring Jean Butler and Michael Flatley, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Celtic choral group Anúna.

Riverdance continues to be performed all over the world, but is currently playing its farewell tour. The show will finish in 2010, 15 years after opening, in Dublin


Keith Floyd - Irish food

Chef Keith Floyd is in Cork, Ireland to learn how spiced corned beef is prepared and cooked. Includes details on the best method to cook tradtional Irish mash, or colcannon. Great meal ideas from BBC classic cookery show 'Floyd on Britain & Ireland'.

How to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Like an Irishman

Poteen making

The traditional craft of Poitín making (a.k.a. Poitin, Poteen, Potcheen, Mountain Dew, Moonshine Whisky) and the history of illicit distillation in Ireland

Friday, March 12, 2010

Miracle Fish

Oscar nominated short film written and directed by Luke Doolan.

Cast: Karl Beattie, Brendan Donoghue, Tara Morice & Kieran Darcy-Smith.

8-year-old Joe has a birthday he will never forget. After friends bully him, he sneaks off to the sick bay, wishing everyone in the world would go away. He wakes up to find his dream may have become a reality.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Big Train - Cake factory

Look up the meaning of "sell like hot cakes" and "too many cooks spoil the broth" clicking below:
Sell like hot cakes
Too many cooks spoil the broth

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


In most military emplacements and ships, everything is stored in its own designated place, and that place is usually called a "locker" (for example, hoses are kept in the hose locker, paint in the paint locker, etc.). Military people often extend a naming theme into other areas (for example, a person's nose might be called a "snot locker", as that's where Joe keeps his snot). The hurt locker is the place where pain is found; either because someone is causing somebody pain ("You and I are going to have us a session in the hurt locker") or because entering into a given situation is sure to bring pain ("Man, that village was a full-on hurt locker"). The latter usage applies to the film.

Journalist and screenwriter Mark Boal, who wrote and produced the film The Hurt Locker, first heard this expression in Baghdad. In 2004, Boal went to Bagdad and embedded with an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal ) squad to write an article for Playboy, The Man in the Bomb Suit, a story about an Army staff sergeant who had disarmed the most bombs in Iraq.

I was trying to interview a soldier about a bomb that was there, and I was trying to figure out how much explosive charge the bomb carried, how many pounds and how much damage it could do, and he just sort of said, ‘Put it this way; if it goes off, it will put you in the hurt locker. And I’d never heard that before, and it really sunk in,” partly because Mr. Boal was close enough to be put in the hurt locker himself.

To put someone in a "hurt locker" is to physically mess someone up, badly. It is roughly synonymous with causing someone "a world of pain." According to the movie's official web site, "In Iraq it is soldier vernacular to speak of explosions as sending you to "the hurt locker." The hurt locker is the destination for victims of explosions. For members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad, the likelihood of ending up in the hurt locker is a risk they live with daily. As a title, “it appealed to me because it gets to a central theme of the film, which is the cost of war and the brutalizing effects of combat,” Mr. Boal said. “And so more or less, to be really reductive about it, if you’re in Iraq, you’re in the hurt locker.”

Source: The Carpetbagger, the Awards season blog of the NY Times

Best actor nominee Jeremy Renner, who plays Staff Sgt. William James, an army sergeant and bomb-disposal expert in the Iraq War drama, explains what the title means to him:

For me, it was a thousand different things and when I first saw it I thought that’s just a really fucking cool title. Page one, “The Hurt Locker, what is this about?” And then it became a casket, I thought of it as a casket or a hospital bed, not as a place. And after shooting it, it was an emotional and spiritual place of pain and despair and loneliness and loss. This is personal stuff, this is for me, this has nothing to do with the movie, that is what it seemed to represent because we were all in the hurt locker, somehow.
There was an outhouse for 200 people that were all in diarrhea that’s the hurt locker! Get me out of this suit, were all going to the hurt locker, you know what I’m saying. So it was a lot of things for a lot of people. You know it doesn’t matter what I think so much, it’s how one interprets it. That is why I love the movie title, I love the characters because it’s so rich, and they are not one note, and there is room for interpretation. I love that.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Bit of Fry and Laurie - World Sport

50 Things to do Before You Die

At number one on the top 50 list of Things To Do Before You Die is swimming with Dolphins, and Gaby Logan travels to an animal sanctuary to try it out for herself.

Gaby Logan gives a married couple a trip on the Orient Express from Venice to London. The British public voted this luxury train journey into the top 50 Things To Do Before You Die.

Whether you scuba dive in it, helicopter over it, or view it from the shore, all 50 Places voters seem to rate the Great Barrier Reef as one of the most vibrant, impressive and most of all colourful places on Earth.

The British public also voted to travel to Borneo to spend some time with one of the world's most endangered species - the Orangutan.

The British public voted Huskie Sledding the most fun you can have when wearing a lot of clothes. It's number 38 on the list of 50 Things To Do Before You Die

Michael Palin covered by sucking leeches!

Miichael Palin experiments with a traditional Russian health therapy in Estonian capital Tallinn by allowing a doctor to cover him in sucking leeches. Fascinating video that is definitely not for the faint hearted! Taken from BBC travel documentary, Palin's New Europe.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Michelle Obama soccer mom

Michelle Obama has been showing off her soccer skills as the First Lady promoted her "Let's Move" healthy eating campaign.

Is "Twenty Ten" Retroactive?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Learn Welsh - How to say: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyndrobwlllantysiliogogogoch

This Welsh town on the island of Anglesey is only known due to the fact that it has a very long name, and is the longest railway station name in Britain, and probably the longest domain name in the world.

The name translates as 'St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave'.

Originally called Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, which means 'The Mary church by the pool near the white hazels' the village was renamed in the 19th Century.

This was around the time when the railway was built between Chester and Holyhead at the beginning of the 1850s. A local committee was put together to try and encourage trains, travellers and 19th Century tourists to stop at the village in order to help develop the village as a commercial and tourist centre. It is believed that the name Llanfairpwll­gwyngyll­gogerychwyrndrobwll­llantysilio­gogogoch was invented by a cobbler from Menai Bridge; little did he know that he had implemented one of the most successful tourist marketing plans of all time. Today the village is signposted as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and is known to locals as Llanfairpwll or Llanfair. (source BBC)

Welsh rarebit

Welsh Rarebit (also known as Welsh Rabbit - although there's not a rabbit anywhere in sight!) is a delicious traditional British dish.

Welsh Rarebit consists of toasted bread covered with cheese that has been melted in beer or milk with mustard, pepper and Worcester sauce.

It's then grilled (broiled) and served very hot so the cheese is bubbling and golden brown.

Some people call it Welsh Rarebit and some people call it Welsh Rabbit...but no-one seems entirely sure which one is right!

There's lots of variations on the basic theme of Welsh Rarebit too - it's very versatile and easy to make.

In Welsh, the dish is called Caws Pobi which literally translated means "cheese roasted"!

Happy St David's Day!

1st March is St David's Day: the traditional day of the Welsh.
St David reached the status of archbishop of Wales, and was one of many early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of Western Britain. Apparently he lived a frugal life, eating mostly bread and herbs and just drank water. Dewi died on 1st March 589AD and was buried at St David's Cathedral in Pembrokeshire which became a place of pilgrimage throughout the Middle Ages.

St. David's Day is celebrated by Welsh people all over the world and is a time when the wearing of the national emblems of Wales - a leek or a daffodil - is a must.