Thursday, 29 September 2011

What Is Your Stars In Their Eyes?




My Stars In Their Eyes was always going to be Richard Burton, out of War of the Worlds...




Or both of Bros.


What was yours?



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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

How Did Scrappy Doo Happen..?

How did Scrappy Doo happen? And who'dve thought this would have me gripped from beginning to end?



One of my favourite things on the Internet.

An Insiders story about how Scrappy Doo got on the air...

Here's a taster :
Sure enough, I was banned from the studio for a good eighteen minutes, which is how long it was before Mr. Barbera phoned. He instructed me to — and I will clean up his language here a tad — "pay no attention to that damn idiot in Business Affairs."

Before the sun set that evening, I had a deal to write the script that would introduce Scrappy Doo. The pay was sufficient (barely, of course) and there would be a small bonus if the show was picked up.

The next day, I was to meet Mr. B. at the Villa Capri restaurant in Hollywood so we could brainstorm ideas over lunch.

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Pingu Needs A Wee - Fave 100 TV moments #6

Putting 100 of my favourite TV moments on here...


My favourite PINGU moment.

Possibly one of my all-time favourite Children's TV moments.




Pingu needs a wee.

<-- #5 Best Awards Acceptance Speech Ever

#7 When ITV Regions Ruled The World -->



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Monday, 19 September 2011

Here's a quick way to generate character names...






Looking for surnames, last names, or even just a quirky original
‘name’ for your characters?

Me too.

Banked my lists of names and free online random name generator links here on my webseries blog.
For characters.

Or actual kids.


http://storygas.blogspot.com/2009/01/random-lists-of-surnames-and-random.html




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Sunday, 18 September 2011

How To Do A Baby Haircut




Baby Haircut.


[HAMMERS PIANO]

Had to do it, had to do it,

He's my one and only son & heir.

Had to do it, had to do it,

Now we given him Victoria Wood hair.


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Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Monday, 12 September 2011

Kitchen Roll Art



Idea:
There are no websites dedicated to the art of the Kitchen Roll design.

You’d think that Kitchen Towel artists would have their own websites or blogs.

They don’t.



Miracle commit to some kind of balloon vibe.



Tesco backs a block square blue mosaic repetition.



Asda skew surreal with anthropomorphic veg.



Bounty design features cats and dogs and fish, in a variety of action poses and situations.


Essential Waitrose prefer more realism in their depiction of fruits and flowers.


And Thirst Pockets claim a Limited Edition for their Botanics designs.

I'm no Botanist, but to these eyes it's more lines and squares.


Maybe there's a way of determining someone's personality through their Kitchen Roll. What have you got?


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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Over Our Heads



Lewis Hamilton gets paid by Santander and has to wear a hat.

I owe Santander a house, and don't have to wear one.

Does... that make me the Alpha Male?


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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Prize For The Most Cumbersome Goes To...




I love being British.

Because we get to have the biggest electrical plugs in the world.

I’m so proud.

When you’re on holiday, they’ve got those little dinky sockets for the 2 slender pins…
... and you’re there wrecking it with your massive chunk of plastic...

... then you swing over the iron to the board, and get that THWACK on the back of your calves by one of these babies.

Why? I don’t know.

Maybe we have the fattest power.

When it comes to electricity, we are the most cumbersome.

With the most bruised shins.


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Monday, 5 September 2011

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Bottle, booby!



Tried describing an afternoon filming for this show at the home of legendary horse racing TV pundit, John McCririck. Through tweets.

It went something like this.

He was upstairs getting changed for us.

His wife (who he refers to (fondly) as The Booby) offered us a cup of tea.


JOHN MCCRIRICK:
(FROM UPSTAIRS) I'm sure these gents would appreciate a glass of champagne.

THE BOOBY:
(TO US) Would you like a glass?

US:
That's really kind, but we've got to get back. We've got to cut this for tomorrow.

JOHN MCCRIRICK:
(FROM UPSTAIRS) Bottle Booby.

US:
Tea'll be great, thanks.

JOHN MCCRIRICK:
(FROM UPSTAIRS - LOUDER) Bottle, Booby.

THE BOOBY:
Okay, I'll put the kettle on.

JOHN MCCRIRICK:
(FROM UPSTAIRS) BOTTLE, BOOBY.

THE BOOBY:
John, they're working - they're fine with tea. (TO US) You sure you wouldn't like a glass of something.

JOHN MCCRIRICK:
(FROM UPSTAIRS) BOTTLE BOOBY!

US:
Honestly, that's really kind we really-

JOHN MCCRIRICK:
(FROM UPSTAIRS) BOTTLE BOOBY. I INSIST! BOTTLE BOOBY!


We got the (very fine) bottle (of champagne).

In two large glasses.

And now very rarely, from time to time, I still find myself, or the director Patrick Ruddy, yelling
BOTTLE BOOBY.



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Thursday, 1 September 2011

Ways To Be Annoying


Ways I inadvertently annoy The Other Half.


Spending whole night talking like Mystic Meg.





Playing LWT idents on Mrs NMs chest.






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BARKMANIA




BARKMANIA - BBC SCOTLAND for CBBC

Writer:
Scripting 30 comic-strip style sketches starring dog characters for flash "Who Let The Dogs Out" spinoff.

Appeared on the CBBC website for BBC Online.


While writing them, I banked a kennel-load of words and phrases associated with dogs and doggie things.

Posting my starter list here as my open-source gift to the Internet, to help anyone else who needs sparking up those canine synonyms and word-associations.

Hide behind tree
Peeing up a tree
Cocking a leg
Bury bones
Bones
Poodle
Washing the dog - shampoodle
Bloodhound - Vampire Dog
Collie
Wagging Tail
Growl - Woof - Bark - Yap - Whimper - Grrrr - Doggone - Howl - Ruff
Great Dane
Canine
Puppy - Litter - Puppies
Lapdog
Hotdog
Watchdog
Fur
Running on the spot - Running in circles
Coat
Fleas - Shave - Scratching
Mongrel - Uncertain Breed
Breed
Alsatian
Hound
Mastiff
Beagle
Sniffing - Wet Nose
Pack
Master
Good Hearing
Smelling Terrible
Guide dog
Pointer
Coyote
Setter
St. Bernard
Retriever
Gun Dog
Greyhound
Whippet
Fetch!
Throwing stick
Chew toy - squeak - stick
Scent
Bad dog! - Obedience
Sit! Stay! Lie Down! Beg!
Crossing paws
Trials - Dog trials - sheepdog
Lead - Leash - Choke Chain
Dog Show - Best in show - scruffiest
Mutt
Chihuahua
Dachshund
Doberman
Muzzle
Dog blanket - basket
Dog Eared
Nose
Collar
Kennel
Dog Handler
Walk - walkies - stay!
Chum
Can’t reach
Bite - bites - teeth
Chasing own tail - jump - roll over
Police dog
Rubber ball
Dig
Dog tags
Dog fashion
Talking dogs
Vet
Leads Leashes Collars
Pants - Panting - Drool - Tongue
Stray Dog
Dog Catcher
Cats and Dogs
Dalmatians - Spot - Spots
Dog food
Bone
Tins
Water
Meat
Bowl
Cocker Spaniel
Moulting
Bulldog
Guard Dog
Police Dog - Cops
Greyhound
Retriever
Dingo - Wolf - Fox
Bite
Snarl
Heel
Dogsbody
Pooch
Dog’s Dinner
It’s a Dog’s Life
Dog Eat Dog
Let sleeping dogs lie
Scottie
Terrier
Heads and tails
Barking
Watchdog - security dog
Beware The Dog
Pooched Eggs - Collie Flower
Pet Shop
Gone to the Dogs
Doggie Heaven
Boxer Dog
Fairy Dogmother
Corgi


And for a run of weather forecast sketches, here's the same for weather word associations and phrases...

Thunder and Lightning
Rain
Snow
Shower
Fog
Sleet
Snowfall
Wind - Windy
Wind Chill Factor
Forecast
Summer - Autumn - Winter - Spring
Mild
Atmosphere
Warm Front
Cyclone
Low Pressure
Turbulence
Cloud
Humidity
Met Office
Forecaster
Gales - Gale Force Winds
Drought
Heat
Hurricane
Sun
Typhoon
Tropical Storm
Storm



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