Poor Tarrant. He can't even enjoy a quiet Sunday night curry without members of the public taking the piss out of him and then pressing charges for assault. "Tarrant arrested after curry house 'horseplay'" The Daily Telegraph headline screamed after the alleged incident in an Indian restaurant in Nottingham. But we love Tarrant for his response. Reacting to what his agent described as a "Tiswas moment", when Tarrant allegedly threw some cutlery towards some fellow diners, Tarrant said: "I am a big amiable guy, and that sort of thing happens. I've had people come up to me and pour beer over my head, but I don't turn around and smack them."
28 WEEKS LATER
Already described by some as "the best zombie thriller ever", the follow-up to 28 Days Later picks up right where the first film let off. There are some dramatic scenes, the acting is excellent (for a zombie flick) and it's doubly scary because the action is set in deserted English towns and cities rather than in some faceless US suburb. An edgy, tense and violent film, but still a huge amount of fun.
FRONT ROOM/KILLING ROOM AT THE DAVID RISLEY GALLERY
We occasionally like to take in something more high-brow, and this exhibit at the David Risley Gallery in Bethnal Green fits the bill. It's a scary version of an Ikea showroom, with contributions from artists including Paul Carter and Gavin Turk. Each work was commissioned individually, and not as part of a whole, so the idea seems to portray an obsessive collectors' home combined with a crime scene. Cleverly done, but still a little bit eerie.
FORTNUM & MASON'S E-MAIL MARKETING
We're occasional users of Fortnum's excellent website (a gift for forgotten birthdays, anniversaries, etc), but its clever use of e-mail activity has tempted us into making more frequent purchases. The occasional e-mails always seem tailored to our needs and are never intrusive. They also make us feel part of an elegant and expensive world that we wouldn't otherwise move in. It also offers discount tickets for exclusive events and products. A lesson in how to communicate with customers.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
Surely this must be on its last legs as primetime network entertainment? The domination of Central and Eastern European countries, yet another poor UK entry, and a terrible winning song all contributed to the depressing tone of this year's event. Last year, comedy Finnish rockers Lordi livened up the show, but this time, even Terry Wogan, who usually manages a bouncily cynical commentary, has clearly had enough. It should be banished to cable TV, so that people who still have Eurovision parties can watch it without interrupting our primetime schedule.