Been pondering the nature of fame, mainly because we’ve been following Fame Academy on the Beeb in my house (sad, but true). Why is it that some of the contestants just look `right’ on stage performing (Louise, Peter, Alex, to some extent James, …), while others look like they’ve clambered up on stage at their local’s karaoke night? (most notably Barry – what’s he still doing there – but some of the others already gone too). I was actually a bit disappointed with this week’s results – I can’t see how Barry really deserves to be there over any of this week’s bottom three.
So of course weblogs are an attempt to grab some of this limelight – even the Church Times did a little feature on them last week. And how post-modern ironic is it for a (would-be) blogger to speculate on the meanings of blogging. Or something.
On a different note, came across a couple of most groovy websites recently – first mention goes to tv.cream.org, a site which (despite the title) is jam packed full of TV memorabilia, including MP3 theme tunes of all those fab 70/80s TV shows (Bagpuss, Thunderbirds, the A-Team, Airwolf, The Adventure Game, Treasure Hunt, …). Sad man that I am I keep listening to the theme to Knight Rider as I do my research. Also, remember The Fall Guy? (Lee Majors as “Colt Seavers” – great lyrics too:
I’m not the kind to kiss and tell, but I’ve been seen with Farrah
I’ve never been with anything less than a nine – so fine.
I’ve been on fire with Sally Field, gone fast with a girl named Bo,
But somehow they just don’t end up as mine!
It’s a death defying life I lead, I take my chances.
I’d die for living in the movies and TV.
But the hardest do I ever do, is watch my leading ladies
Kiss some other guy while I’m bandaging my knee,
I might fall from a tall building or roll a brand new car
‘Cos I’m the unknown stuntman that made Redford such a star.
I’m fairly sure that ‘Farrah’ would be Farrah Fawcett, who I’m also sure occasionally appeared on the show, which makes it all deliciously self-aware (the best known female co-star was, of course, Heather Thomas).
The site also has a description of each TV programme, the highs and lows if you like (I’ve gotten burned over Cheryl Tiegs (who??), blown up for Rachel Welch” – Ahh, the mighty Goggle tells me Cheryl Tiegs was a model at the time that tune was written.)
Dragging myself away (It’s me no-no, small robot you know), the next site to get a mention is… um.. well I can’t remember what it was now! Having the “Tales of the Unexpected” thinkling in my ears probably isn’t helping my concentration. Well, probably enough for one day anyway (Goodie goodie yum yum).