Monday, 27 June 2011
My dad loved the Columbo show, so did I. Even now if I see an episode repeated on TV I watch it to the end so see him catch the baddie.
In fact Columbo was so good and so original that no one else ever got his job. He was unique.
Ever since Sir Arthur Conon–Doyle wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories in the Strand Magazine we have all become used to the “Whodunit”, where the clever detective solves the “perfect crime” and unmasks the villain at the end of the piece.
What made Columbo different was that it was the first TV show to use the “inverted detective story”, or "howcatchem", where you see the commission of the crime at the beginning and the show is about how the detective solves the crime and arrests the perp.
Like all original things, you can’t ever remember it ever not existing. All the cop shows have some “howcatchem" episodes now.
The TV companies have never been able to recreate the show because Peter Falk was, well…perfect. What they did do however, was to chop up the show’s component parts and mix them up in other shows.
If you look carefully you can see Lt Columbo in: Monk, CSI, Criminal intent, Criminal minds, Lie to me and The Mentalist
Monk Solves the crime by finding the fact that doesn't fit and exasperating the villain.
“The guys in the lab came up with….” Became the guys in the lab.
Perhaps the natural successor to Columbo is Robert Goren in Criminal Intent. Goren is the poor guy who catches the evil rich bad guy, using his off putting manner, super awareness and even the evil eye for detail.
What was Columbo’s first name? He said it was Lieutenant, but it was in fact Frank.
Trivia corner. The first episode of the first series "Murder by the Book" was directed by young Steven Spielberg.
Peter Falk died on 23rd June and Columbo died with him. Oh, just one more thing....we'll miss him.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Monday, 20 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
That is, unless you are Coca-Cola!
How is that? I hear you say.
Well, it seems that the Coca-Cola Company have been given exemption from prosecution all over the world.
In the US the big boss (Coke) never touches the product. Coca-Cola has the exemption to make it happen. The leaves go via another company The Stepan company of Northfield, Illinois, who are the processors. The Stepan company is also exempt from government prosecution.
So this Covidien company of Massachusetts has got shitloads of cocaine, cannabis and opium.
What do they do with it?
Maybe it is for medical use and it’s all innocent?
Friday, 17 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Friday, 10 June 2011
"It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid."
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."