why I listen to ABC Classic FM

As I’m writing this, I’m listening to my favourite radio station, ABC Classic FM. Yes, classical music. Who would’ve thought?

There’s some lively piece of music playing at the moment – something that energises and awakens – so fitting for this time of the morning (late Sunday morning, although I’ll publish this later in the week). I didn’t pay attention to the introduction, so I can’t tell you what the piece is called or who composed it or who is playing it, but it’s delightful and feels like the perfect thing to be listening to as I write.  Continue reading

fact: there are still good shows on TV

I never expect there to be particularly good shows on during this time of the year because (1) it’s the ratings off-season and (2) the majority of shows/movies on TV are Christmas-related and cliched.

However, to my good fortune, I happened to be watching ABC2 the other night (can’t remember if I was channel surfing or it was already on for some other show) and I happened to watch a show called “Would I lie to you?”, which, I gather, is produced by the BBC. I don’t think the show itself is new but, damn, it is funny!

If you haven’t seen it before, you could probably just Youtube it and find out what it’s all about, but if you can’t be bothered (do it anyway!!), then I suppose I can just explain it. Basically, it’s a game show where people tell random anecdotes, etc and people in the opposing team have to figure out if it’s actually true or a lie. It’s a good show to watch if you’re after some good laughs.

As it happened, I liked “Would I lie to you?” so much that I kept the TV on ABC2. The next show, if I remember correctly, was “Life’s too short”, which might sound like a serious sort of show but is actually a funny documentary-type show about the life of Warwick Davis, who supposedly played something (Ewok?) in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”. Some parts are very wrong (as in politically incorrect) but overall I found it quite funny.

And, finally, since ’tis the season, I’m going to share a Christmas show that I actually really liked. Well, it’s one of ABC’s “Xmas Quickies” and, as the name suggests, it’s only a short clip (less than seven minutes) but it’s probably the best Christmas documentary I’ve ever seen (to be honest, I don’t think I’ve seen that many, but that doesn’t matter).

It was created by the Van Vuuren Brothers and explores the existence of Santa. I could try to explain it more, but it’d just be easier (and funnier) if you just watched it. Merry Christmas.