Sunday, December 30, 2007

Bob & Omar

Just a few words for a couple of righteous friends / ex-work colleagues who recently passed away.

Omar Jama. I started out in TV pretty much the same time as Omar. Most of the time I worked with him he was a sound engineer, though, ambitious chancer that he was, he went on to much greater things. Member of the 1991 Madrid Seven, when we drew straws to trash a hotel room, Omar got the short one & never complained. He will be sorely missed.

Bob Ando. A great director with whom I worked with on & off at Middle Eastern Broadcasting for years. Master of bridging the awkward English/Arabic divide whilst half cut, Bob was a true old-schooler with the confidence to stay on one camera for more than three seconds.
I learned a lot from Bob, he once asked me over talkback: 'Is 30 seconds long enough to get that 40-piece band off stage...and their chairs? Because it was Bob, I said yes.
I worked my very first audience show with Bob, and, as I was fairly petrified, had the good sense to get me drunk beforehand. Just prior to addressing them he whispered 'Don't go to pieces or anything' in my ear. Thanks for that, Bob.

Bob & Omar...RIP.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Top 10 Sword & Stab Films

#01 : The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1974).
#02 : Demetrius And The Gladiators (1954).

#03 : 300 (2006).
#04 : The Long Ships (1964).
#05 : Troy (2004).
#06 : The 300 Spartans (1962).
#07 : Conan The Barbarian (1982).
#08 : Jason And The Argonauts (1963).
#09 : Gladiator (2000).
#10 : Up Pompeii (1971).
Crikey, it's harder than you think coming up with ten Sword & Stab films. It would have been 'Sword & Sandals', but I spotted shoes in at least a couple of these timeless epics.
Tell me all the titles and win a Sack Of Christmas Shit.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Whizzer

Good to see The Whizzer back in comics.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Birthday Prezzes

Got some great stuff from Kek, Mrs Zero & Davider. Thanks all...El Dorado is just Genius - Mitchum's a fucking great drunk, and I love the totally misleading Race With The Devil cover.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Molly Zero

In an alternate universe it seems Molly & I got married.

Monday, December 03, 2007