Archives for January 2009

Poldark – you CAN’T miss it!

I don’t know if anyone’s been watching the re-run of Poldark on UKTV History channel but if they haven’t then they are missing a rare treat.

Poldark Titles

Poldark Titles

It was originally aired in 1975 and had a huge following. (I’ll forget the fact that there was only three channels, no DVD, no satellite, no ipod, no playstation, no nothing really.) And accept that it was so massively watched because it was damn good.

For anyone not aware it is a good old romp through Cornish history revolving round copper mining but including much of what else went on historically along the way. Set in the late 1700’s it features the main character of Ross Poldark (played by the excellent Robin Ellis.) Recently arrived back from the American wars to claim back his inheritance and his beloved.
Of course it all goes a bit south (not much further south, we are in Cornwall after all.)

Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis)

Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis)

This of course is where the fun starts. Think of Dallas in costume (with the wind, without the sunny weather.)
Think of Dynasty without the glam, think of Eastenders with a Cornish accent. Think of Hollyoaks, no don’t think of Hollyoaks.

It’s all there and in bucketfuls. Or should I say shovel fulls, this is a mining tale you know.

I won’t give to much away about the story, but if you’re interested have a look. It won’t take long to catch up and it’s well worth it for the breath of fresh air that the brisk sea breeze brings. Just make sure you’re not down wind of the locals. They can afford to drink rum, not so much buy soap by the looks of it.

I think some of the characters are great. Demelza played by Angharad Rees is feisty, spirited and way to old for the part at the beginning of the series. She was meant to be sixteen-ish, a very big ish.
The statutory baddy George Warleggan played by Ralph Bates is an evil treasure.

And you have to admire the language, “You little moxy!”  ,   “I demand satisfaction!

You don’t get that down Albert Square.

The pictures were taken from my telly. It’s not HD quality stuff but I think it gives a grainy, historical feel to this grainy, historical drama. (Okay I’m just being cheap and quick but ‘no ye never mind capt.’ )

From a mercenary point of view I’m still hoping to get a glimpse of an old Ford Escort or Hillman Imp parked round the back of an’ ol’ stone barn that’s sneaked into shot but until now I’ve been disappointed. But I shall keep looking.

I love this programme. I maybe coming back to it in future posts … You have been warned!

Buy the series from Amazon on glorious DVD

Buy the books by Winston Graham (the adaption is based on his Poldark books, kind of, well not too kind really.)

Poldark tries to beat them at their own game

Poldark tries to beat them at their own game

Chartism is for dummies

Now that were well into the credit crunch (I guess nostalgia lovers will be storing away memories of this so that they can tell their grandchildren. “Yes, I remember when there were banks.” or be able to answer “What did you do in the great crunch daddy?”)

Well I was looking at the BBC’s Archive section on their website and they have a series of programmes about british banking etc. first broadcast in 1964. (Back in the days when the world was black and white.)

One of the episodes was called  ‘The Golden Eggheads’ and amongst other things is about ‘Chartists.’
Now Wikipedia describes them as:-

‘A chartist (also known as a technical trader or technical analyst) is one who utilizes charts to assess patterns of activity that might be helpful in making future predictions. Most commonly, chartists use technical analysis in the financial world to evaluate financial securities. For example, a chartist may plot past values of stock prices in an attempt to denote a trend from which he or she might infer future stock prices. The chartist’s philosophy is that “history repeats itself.” ‘

On this programme (about 7:00 in) they were being asked and were attempting to explain what they did and how successful they were at it.
Unfortunately they failed at both. Either they didn’t want to tell and give away their secrets of alchemy or they just didn’t know. At one point during the explanation it seems to dawn on them that there is nothing to know, they don’t really know what they’re on about and all they do is look at graphs and well, sort of guess!

Anyway I don’t think this chart-porn is all that difficult to decipher. You only have to look at this graph (produced during the recent “I’ve been here before” financial déjà vu) that I found during my study of the subject …


Enough said really.

Hello to all the sport averse!

Well it doesn’t seem to matter what time I stumble out of bed and blearily plonk myself in front of the TV to watch ‘breakfast’ the result is always the same.

The sport comes on, without fail. If I’m lucky I might get a bit of news, at least 10 seconds of it and then I’ll be subjected to what seems like 15 minutes of sport news. Critics would probably say it’s not 15 minutes at all.
Really? Ok 14 minutes 59 seconds then.

Whatever it is, it goes on forever and ever and ever … well you get the picture.

It doesn’t matter a jot WHEN I turn on the tv. The sport will be there, lurking round the corner waiting to grab an unfair portion of the programmes content.

Anyway this blog will be about all the other things that can comfortably fill your life without ever going near the dreaded five letter word.

I may mention S**** in the context of a warning. Either to forewarn of some impending sport storm that’s coming our way to give people a chance to head for the hills. Or to lam-bast the subject in general and the way people seem to think it’s so wonderfully important.

If sport ever does come into this blog for any other reason than the above then please accept my apologies.  The occurrence is purely accidental.