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09 August 2010 @ 08:20 pm

Day 13 - Favorite childhood show

Ja zuster, nee zuster ("yes nurse, no nurse") ran from 1966 to 1968 and was an extremely popular children's/family programme written by Annie M.G. Schmidt, with music by Harry Bannink. I remember always watching it together with my mum on Saturday afternoons, and I still have the LPs with the songs and a book containing four of the stories.

Although some of the songs and outside scenes were shot on film, most of the episodes were recorded on Ampex tapes, which due to their expensiveness were used over and over again. Therefore very little has remained of the series, which no doubt has helped it acquire its legendary status.

In the early '90s, I believe, an appeal was made to viewers to check whether they had any recordings of the original series, and a surprising amount of material showed up. Unfortunately, most of it was in very bad condition, as the atrocious quality of this clip demonstrates: Stekkie van de fuchsiaCollapse )

Another series I loved to bits was Thierry la Fronde. According to Wikipedia it was also broadcast from 1966 to 1968 in the Netherlands. Hmmm, I thought it was a little earlier than Ja zuster, nee zuster. Anyway, I was madly in love with Thierry and oh, how I wanted to be Isabelle!

Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Stekkie van de fuchsia
05 August 2010 @ 08:22 pm

Day 09 - Best scene ever

Until recently I considered this the best scene ever:

It is from the first episode of The Singing Detective (1986). The writer Philip Marlow suffers from psoriatric arthropathy. He is lying in a hospital bed and the pain and fever give him hallucinations.

This clip is quite long, over 9 minutes, but I prefer it to the ones that just give the song, because some context is needed and it perfectly shows the condescending attitude of the medical staff.

I remember that the first time I watched it, my jaw just dropped and I declared it the greatest thing I'd ever seen on television.

Lately though it has been replaced in my affections by a scene from the first episode of Life on Mars:

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Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
Current Music: Life on Mars? - David Bowie
19 January 2010 @ 11:57 pm

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Current Music: Dancer with bruised knees - Kate & Anna McGarrigle
31 December 2009 @ 05:20 pm

Here is a song to ring out the old, ring in the new:

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Wishing everybody een goede jaarwisseling/einen guten Rutsch/a happy (countdown to the) New Year!

Current Mood: mellowmellow
Current Music: Prikkebeen - Boudewijn de Groot & Elly Nieman
01 December 2009 @ 08:37 pm

I couldn't find my favourite Ramses song on YouTube ("De een wil de ander"), so here is my second favourite. There is a live version on YT, but the audio is out of synch and anyway I prefer the studio version because it sounds less jazzy. But alas, no video. I have this single in my collection BTW (inherited it from my mum, without the autographs though).


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Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Sammy - Ramses Shaffy
24 December 2007 @ 08:10 pm

LJ-surfing the other day I came across two entries by lifeinamarble which had me rolling on the floor.

One was a huuuuuge picture post full of cat macros. I thought I found macros only mildly amusing at best, but seeing so many together srsly built up the giggles. My personal favourite is the Prozacs cat.

The second was an entry with weird, cheesy and downright disturbing album covers. Be sure to read the commentary, it adds to the brilliance!

Now, a meme horked from heartofdavid:

Go to Wikipedia.
The first random Wikipedia article title that you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to The Quotations Page random quotations:
The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on "explore the last seven days"
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

My results:

Band name: Immortality *
Album title: I myself deny it.
Album cover: Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

* To be honest, the actual title of the article was "Immortality (Celine Dion song)", but what self-respecting band would name themselves that?

My current favourite song is Jailer by Nigerian singer Asa (or Asha). It's getting a lot of airplay on French radio, and I've steadily fallen in love with it. I found a nice live version on YouTube, check it out:

Happy holidays, everybody. :)

Current Mood: lovedshare and enjoy
Current Music: BBC2
13 October 2007 @ 01:40 am

And I also found Marcia baila (see meme post)! Hadn't seen this clip since the '80s, great seeing it again. BTW, I heard some years ago that the MoMA acquired this video for their collection :)

(I tried to post this together with the other video, but then I kept ending up with two Marcia baila's and no Froggy?! What did I do wrong?)

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Current Mood: productiveshould really go to bed
Current Music: Marcia baila - Les Rita Mitsouko
13 October 2007 @ 01:31 am

I guess everybody here knows this cartoon, but I mentioned it to a colleague today and discovered it can be found on YouTube (I don't know why that surprised me):

Current Mood: productiveshould go to bed
Current Music: Marcia baila - Les Rita Mitsouko
12 July 2007 @ 01:00 am

I had heard this song on the radio before and liked it, but I came across the video just now and fell in love. It's in Dutch, sorry guys.

Current Mood: quixoticquixotic
Current Music: Wespen op de appeltaart - Spinvis
27 January 2005 @ 12:24 am

Britcom lovers, how many familiar faces do you see in this video? I recognized 4 so far:


(Thanks to summer_smile for this link!)

Surfing around lj I found a link to Tetris, a game I'd heard a lot about but never played before:


And a quote:

The husband to a friend: "She says it's platonic. I had to look that up, it means they haven't done it yet."

(From The Rotters' Club, which started tonight on the BBC.)

Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: For you - Judie Tzuke