We're really enjoying this documentary series on the Discovery Channel, which charts a commercially organised expedition up Mount Everest. After all, there's nothing better than sitting on the sofa with a Toffee Crisp while watching men in supreme agony risking their lives. The tension is ramped up because the expedition has to acclimatise in half the normal time, and one of the party is attempting the ascent despite having lost both of his legs in an accident. As the series has progressed, the human drama has intensified, and we can't wait for the final summit ascent.
MARMITE MEETS GUINNESS
We love the new Guinness-flavoured Marmite variant that appeared in UK shops this week. The new flavour, combining two tastes you either love or hate, is limited to around 300,000 jars ahead of St Patrick's Day. We were initially disappointed to learn that the spread contains no real alcohol. However, Guinness yeast is used in the preparation, and the result is well worth tasting. The PR for the two brands hasn't been bad either.
Tyler Brule's latest magazine is everything you'd expect from it - pretentious in parts, but very good looking in an academic kind of way. The high-concept mongers would describe it as "Wallpaper* meets The Economist", and there is something of a flavour of both magazines in Monocle. However, the features are somehow more idiosyncratic, encompassing pieces on subjects such as Saudi lingerie laws. The best thing about it is the grainy paper stock and some of the innovations for advertisers (a Manga supplement featuring Audi vehicles stands out).
In Shaun of the Dead, the flesh-eating zombies were not the only things to get sliced, diced and chopped into pieces. A host of film genres, from romantic comedy to horror, were also cut to shreds and reassembled in an extremely witty way. And Hot Fuzz, the second major film release from the same writing team, is no different. However, this time it's action films, especially the buddy cop movie, which get the treatment. With amazing production values and some of the best one-liners ever put to celluloid, it will be one of the hits of 2007.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
There are things we like about the Oscars - the glitz and the glamour and the after-show reports of high jinks at various parties. But the event itself - screened in the UK in the small hours of this Sunday - drags on for hours and the winners are always the obvious films that have already had loads of exposure anyway. Some might stay up late to see if this year's host, Jon Stewart, can move beyond the comedy dross usually dished out by the likes of Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg. But we'll already be in bed.