The Difference Between American and British Comedy (2 min read)

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Humour tells a lot about a culture. I notice it a lot in comedy shows either side of the pond. The contrasting British and American versions of “The Office” show this in stark form. The British version had a very sad and irritating protagonist (Ricky Gervais), while the American lead (Steve Carell) was sweet (though misguided). The British one showed work to be a waste of time, while the American version had to drop that theme. Continue reading “The Difference Between American and British Comedy (2 min read)”

The Wisdom of Master Oogway (from Kung Fu Panda)

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I watched Kung Fu Panda 3 recently. It was a fun movie, better than the second, but not as good as the first. My favourite character, though, remains Master Oogway – the elderly tortoise who was master of the Jade Palace. Here are some of his words of wisdom from the various films: Continue reading “The Wisdom of Master Oogway (from Kung Fu Panda)”

How Luck Looks Like Genius In Hindsight (1 min)

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Jaws is the most successful “horror” movie of all time. Adjusted for inflation, it also comes in at number seven for all genres of movie*. The film is 124 minutes long. But guess when the shark first makes it full appearance? 80 minutes into the film. So for most the movie, we just hear about the shark, which is what makes it so scary. Continue reading “How Luck Looks Like Genius In Hindsight (1 min)”

Everybody Hates Bankers

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Some people binge watch TV shows, I binge read books. Now that I’ve finished the first draft of my book on how bankers can become better citizens of the world, I read three books on bankers in three days. I also watched “The Big Short”.

The common thread to all these is that bankers are evil! Continue reading “Everybody Hates Bankers”

How the Media Changes Our Minds

"Extreme Rendition" -- Jonas (Dennis Haysbert) and his team are sent to Bulgaria on a complicated mission to arrange for the dangerous prison escape of a rogue former Unit operator who can help them track down an arms dealer on THE UNIT, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2006 CBS Broadcasting Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Dennis Haysbert. Source:CBS

(another excerpt from my upcoming book)

This marketing of products is perhaps one of the biggest reasons many feel uneasy about the modern economy and by extension finance. Are we being induced into buying something we do not want or need? Continue reading “How the Media Changes Our Minds”

My Favourite Books/Movies/Music/Apps Of 2015, What’s Yours?

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I could have made my list a lot longer, but I’ve tried to keep it short. I’ve also included my favourite TV, podcasts and purchases of the year. Let me know your favourites with a one line explanation – I’ll then send out the compiled list next week! Continue reading “My Favourite Books/Movies/Music/Apps Of 2015, What’s Yours?”

Why My Cat Loves The Film “Alien” (2 mins read)

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(SPOILER ALERT!) The 1979 Ridley Scott classic “Alien” was marketed as the “Jaws” in space.  A commercial space crew are diverted to a planet, where they pick up a life form. With it on-board they return to space, but the life form is revealed to be an acid-blooded “alien”. It slowly kills of each member of the crew. However, one of the crew members is  Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). She is the last survivor, and takes the escape pod. But the alien has joined her. A final battle ensures, and Ripley wins.  The end.

That may be the way people remember it, but everyone seems to forget about Jones the cat! The film is really about the survival of the clever cat, with the humans being incidental Continue reading “Why My Cat Loves The Film “Alien” (2 mins read)”

Wanna Have Fun? Do Improv!

Source: City Academy
Source: City Academy

No lines, minimal instruction, then act – that’s the essence of improvisation. I attended an excellent taster session run by the City Academy earlier this week. We were told not to worry about failing and just have fun like a child. And, boy was it fun! By the end, we, ten strangers ,were falling over each other with laughter.

If there was a structure, it would be have four elements: Continue reading “Wanna Have Fun? Do Improv!”

The Foresight of “The Matrix”

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The deeper meaning of “The Matrix” has been much debated since its release in 1999. The three most common have been that is about the ultimate struggle between man and machine, “the brain in the vat” (i.e. world as illusion) paradox or the  coming of the Messiah. The last one is especially popular. In one version, Neo represents Jesus, Morpheus represents John the Baptist and Trinity represents Mary Magdalene. While all of these are appealing, I recently came across another which I prefer.  Continue reading “The Foresight of “The Matrix””