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Southerly: They don't make 'em like they used to

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  • Steve Barnes,

    Woah, Steve. I think that link was provided in good faith.

    Your site Russ, but in a mode of self justification I would say threadjacking a three year old thread to link to a commercial for cheese is a bit spammy, don't you think? just a bit... cheesy?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Does anyone remember "The Mysterious Cities of Gold"?
    It was a Japanese/French collaboration. Cool anime with Incan themes that had the most awesome synth soundtrack.

    I definitely do. It was the first show I recognised as animé, as a 10-year old. MacGyver was the other biggie for me.

    Is TVNZ alone, or otherwise ahead by a country mile, in deintellectualising? NZ still produces decent TV shows that are regularly exported to overseas networks, but they'd be considered 'too intellectual' to be screened here.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Your site Russ, but in a mode of self justification I would say threadjacking a three year old thread to link to a commercial for cheese is a bit spammy, don't you think? just a bit... cheesy?

    He might have got it a bit wrong (the sooner our forums upgrade comes through and lets me close old threads, the better) but I think he was acting in good faith.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Monkey Magic (right after Wooley Valley on Sundays) was crazy!!!

    Squee! A Japanese adaptation of a 16th century satirical Chinese fantasy novel, dubbed into English by the BBC (with 13 episodes not dubbed until 2004 due to 'inappropriate content') -- what's not to love? When I visit the local branch of JB Hi-Fi, the complete box set gets a lustful glance. :)

    Children of the Dogstar (I had a crush on Gretchen)

    And to give TVNZ credit where credit is due, both Children of The Dog Star and Under The Mountain are available on DVD. While there's inevitable signed of age in aspects of the characterisation and performances (and the production values can seem downright primitive to modern eyes), they both hold up remarkably well IMO. Good stories that respect the intelligence of their viewers, and told well.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    He might have got it a bit wrong (the sooner our forums upgrade comes through and lets me close old threads, the better) but I think he was acting in good faith.

    Seems that way to me. If there's an element of flogging cheese I've missed it.

    Further upstream, way back in November 06, Compie asked:

    Anyone any luck with the The Glumps, little animated plasticine blobs.

    Curd Nerd was able to oblige, albeit over 2 years later. At least the link he gave was working last night. While all I know of The Gumps is gleaned from Curd Nerd's link, the name of their supposed creator, Mark D'Arcy-Irvine, is certainly familiar from my years in the lost world of Australian industrial animation.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Squee! A Japanese adaptation of a 16th century satirical Chinese fantasy novel, dubbed into English by the BBC (with 13 episodes not dubbed until 2004 due to 'inappropriate content') -- what's not to love?

    Squee indeed! Great cast, ripping multilayered plots (the monk's horse was really a river monster doing penance for having eaten the original horse), B-grade Hong Kong-style fx done with Japanese polish, all the great cosmic crassness of the original - Monkey was the Mt Everest of "kiddie" TV. If this show had a formula it was certainly plundered by Hercules/Xena.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Curd Nerd was able to oblige, albeit over 2 years later. At least the link he gave was working last night. While all I know of The Gumps is gleaned from Curd Nerd's link, the name of their supposed creator, Mark D'Arcy-Irvine, is certainly familiar from my years in the lost world of Australian industrial animation.

    Yes, that was a nice little link. The guy was a bit taken aback by the response and has put it on private now.

    Steve, you really got the wrong end of the stick there.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Curd Nerd,

    New Zealand • Since Jul 2009 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Steve, you really got the wrong end of the stick there.

    Please accept my apologies.
    However, in my defence that was not the page that rendered on my screen the other night. What I saw was a guy standing in front of racks of cheese and then the embedded music started, I can't stand embedded music on web sites.
    Sorry again, now I feel like a right shit.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Sorry again, now I feel like a right shit.

    Nah, you're not ...

    Also, reading further down Curd Nerd's blog page, I discovered why cheese can't be made from human breast milk. Not enough protein = won't curdle.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    cheese can't be made from human breast milk. Not enough protein = won't curdle.

    I now have a piece of cheese on toast that I can't eat.
    :-(

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Nah, you're not ...

    I am sorry, really.
    I'll go away now.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    I discovered why cheese can't be made from human breast milk. Not enough protein = won't curdle.

    Ffs.

    I didn't encounter the embedded music. If there's anything more resistable than popups for smileys & ringtones, it's embedded midi music

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    May I just say: for fuck's sake. I go away to Rotorua for the weekend, fail to keep completely on top of PAS, and you all bloody well have a legendary thread concentrating on Things Which Danielle Is All About, and I have only just discovered it. Christ.

    The Muppet Show anyone?

    Damn RIGHT. Any Muppet Show naysayer is going to have to meet me outside. And that includes people's underwhelmed kids. I will *cut you*, you jaded little sophisticates. ;)

    I partially credit the Muppet Show with my musical education. I think they were so brilliant at using music hall *and* folk *and* rock *and* disco *and* the great American songbook. You never knew what you would hear next. And the band was rad. Bless those beardy stoners.

    Also, I have been trying to remember - for literally YEARS - the name of Marianne Dreams . Andrew, you rock. That book scared the crap out of me.

    I am too scared to rewatch Sapphire and Steel because I am still very easily frightened. Plus Joanna Lumley might inspire me to get that shaggy blonde bowlcut from the early episodes, because she is so awesome, and then I would look like an idiot.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Also, reading further down Curd Nerd's blog page, I discovered why cheese can't be made from human breast milk. Not enough protein = won't curdle.

    After that gross but curiously fascinating factoid, how could anyone have doubted Curd Nerd is one of us (gabba hey!)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Josh Addison,

    And after the Muppets came Muppets Tonight. Some saw this as a bastardisation of the original brilliance - all I remember is me and a bunch of friends (all 20-somethings by that time) pissing ourselves laughing at it when it first came out. Best use of the Anvil Chorus ever.

    Onehunga, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 298 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Trans Uranic Elements need not apply...

    I am too scared to rewatch Sapphire and Steel

    I too am scared... that the Americans might try and make a movie or series of S&S... They'd probably call it The Avenger from U.R.A.N.U.S. or summat...

    yrs wistfully
    The Tin Man
    formerly of Oz
    now resident in Gary, Indiana

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7953 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I partially credit the Muppet Show with my musical education. I think they were so brilliant at using music hall *and* folk *and* rock *and* disco *and* the great American songbook. You never knew what you would hear next. And the band was rad. Bless those beardy stoners.

    Sadly the DVDs are shorn of the more glorious musical moments, because of music licensing issues. Damn it.

    Also, I have been trying to remember - for literally YEARS - the name of Marianne Dreams . Andrew, you rock. That book scared the crap out of me.

    Ever seen Bernard Rose's rather splendid and shamefully under-rated film adaptation? In tandem with Candyman, he's one of those film-makers I feel never reached the level of critical and popular success he should have.

    And another bit of retro TV I have a special place for in my dark twisted heart is the 1981 BBC adaptation of The Day of the Triffids -- the triffids themselves looked absolutely absurd, but were genuinely terrifying at the same time. Genius, and I'm not exactly cheered by the news that the BBC have commissioned a remake in the wake of the successful re-boot of Survivors.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I too am scared... that the Americans might try and make a movie or series of S&S... They'd probably call it The Avenger from U.R.A.N.U.S. or summat...

    Nah... American TV appears to be handing out work permits to every reasonably photogenic Anglo-Australian actor they can find, and the mania for 're-booting' old shows continues unabated (SciFi has just greenlit a remake of 'Alien Nation' in the hopes it will turn out to be the next BSG) but I think Sapphire and Steel is a little too elliptical for Yankee tastes. At the time, I thought anything THAT confusing had to be brilliant! :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • robert mcmillan,

    hey curd nerd, some very exciting news....TVNZ have located two episodes of the glumps on unindexed episodes of what now from 1983 and 1984. They are 'art' and 'advertising'.....I've got Mark in contact with the archives and I'm hoping that TVNZ will do further searches AND release them to Mark to put on the glumps website! YAY!

    Cheers

    Rob

    Since Aug 2009 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Another PAS public service!

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    I too am scared... that the Americans might try and make a movie or series of S&S...

    I prefer to imagine that Russell T Davies will get hold of it and bring it back in style. Some of Steven Moffatt's Dr Who eps have given me great hope that this would work well.

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

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