Vegging-out, The Young ones recalled

20180906_194522 edit (Domestic scenes, mostly vege)

Partly artistic in form but also a very bad homage to the The Young ones. In particular, the episode, ‘boring’. This had a short scene (played with puppets no less) in that a fridge is opened and to which the vegetables start talking to the user. I haven’t had that experience just yet. I don’t think I’m tired or sleepy enough to have that sort of hallucination. When that happens, it may well be time to go food shopping.

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Duckman goes fowl

Duckman goes fowl IMG_20161001_130533_zpsusvnffep.jpgNo, not the animated series but someone who sells ducks, and other bird related poultry. Still, it strikes me as a very traditional vocation. It also strikes me as also a very visceral way of getting meat on the table.

As to the animated series, Duckman was more for adults because of it’s themes. Duckman was vocally portrayed by Jason Alexander, Duckman was a slightly intellectually under-powered, sex-obsessed private detective. His world was a dis-topian one to say the least. The series producers Peck, Reno, Osborn, Klusky and Csupo were responsible, Klusky and Csupo were also associated with Rugrats and plenty of other animated cartoons. Quite a divergence.

Dirty collars, blue by convention

I change at school, just to save wear on my business shirts. Usually I’m dripping in sweat when I come in. Looking at my shirt in the morning, I just realised what sort of collar grime I’m going to have to contend with come Friday. When purchasing a shirt it’s one of the requisites that it has to be a dark colour, which this is not. Still, convention states that there are only two colours, and only two patterns. White or blue, plain or striped. Who the heck thinks up these conventions?

I still bought the shirt though, they were on sale.

Funny references about Van Heusen shirts.

Audio-lingual, U-RAH, U-RAH!

The Audio-lingual method is one of learning by repetition. That is, having the students repeat the target language, many times.  I hear it was invented by the US military, as a way of teaching its’s soldiers the lingo of the country that they would be based in, let alone the language of the people that they might be fighting. In a Korean classroom, (especially that of an Elementary classroom) Audio-lingua is king, and I’m not talking about Elvis. Students here are expected to read, write and recite the target language.  As a student of the Communicative language teaching method, this is just wrong, as in simply just inane. I can cite that if the context is not set properly, the target language that the student would be saying, means nothing. But what I can get from the students, what is worthy of pronunciation, sometimes isn’t worth the effort at all. They’ve been drilled and drilled with a said response to a question, it can be difficult to get them away from the default response and have them think about a real answer.

“Is that the atom bomb, then is it aey? Owww, Nah. Not in that colour, you know what I mean?”

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With an atom bomb in front of their refrigerator, the Young ones try to deal with it, in their own particular way.

Writers Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer wrote the scripts. Totalling over two seasons only, amongst the facts around the comedy, they based the characters on flatmates they knew while at university.

With additional material from Alexei Sayle, The young ones dealt with issues from Vampires, University challenge, video rental to parties, no money and Cliff Richard. All the while trying to deal with the Balowski family, all of whom were played by Alexei Sayle.

Many of the actors went on to star in later comedies, such as Flithy, Rich and CatflapBottom, The New statesman, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff.  The list goes on.