Well, we originally thought that Channel 5 was a bit of a programming desert (and we certainly haven't got the stomach to try watching OK! TV). But then we stumbled upon this. Airing on Tuesday nights at 9pm, the documentary series follows the warship HMS Manchester as it embarks on its final tour as West Indies Guardship. As well as undertaking humanitarian work and ensuring the protection of UK dependencies, the ship is seen working with US customs in the fight against drug smuggling. The gripping and well-made series is the result of a five-month long embed by Chris Terrill of Uppercut Films. More of the same please, Jeff Ford.
Converse saving the 100 Club
Ah, the 100 Club on Oxford Street evokes fond memories for many for being a legendary jazz, punk and Northern Soul music venue as well as a haunt for 18th birthday parties back in the day, when Converse were the only footwear in town. So forgive us a bit of nostalgia, but the Nike-owned Converse stepping in to save the venue by signing up as its sponsor seems like a brilliant fit. Hopefully, it will also reconnect a younger generation with both its live music as well as with Converse trainers.
Tabloid moral relativism
There's nothing more amusing than a bit of blatant tabloid hypocrisy. So a story in last week's Sun newspaper raised a smile. It read as follows: "A mum playing a computer game version of TV's Countdown with her three-year-old son was outraged when it spelled out SH**HEADS. Victoria Smith and her lad Oliver were trying to work out the conundrum ... to help him build up his vocabulary. She was stunned when the jumbled letters SHAHSITED clicked over to reveal the swear word. Angry Victoria said she would not be playing the game again." Presumably "Angry Victoria" would also have to explain to her delicate child why that nice lady has got no clothes on in the newspaper that features her story.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
Bono's been pushing his luck for years - let's face it, the last decent album U2 produced was The Joshua Tree more than 20 years ago - and quite why politicians feel they need his endorsement, we'll never fathom. But after his ludicrous outburst during U2's tour of Australia, which coincided with the Ashes, where he tried to claim empathy as they "all shared a passion to beat the Brits", we didn't think he could stoop much lower. But now he's at it again, espousing violence during his visit to South Africa, where he said he supported a song called Shoot The Boer. He claimed that, similar to the IRA songs he chanted in his youth, it was just like "folk music". Yes, that's right, Paul - lovely, traditional, incitement to murder folk music.