The Friday Irregular

Volume 2, Number 19
31 December 1999

Edited by and copyright ©1999 Simon Lamont

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Saturday 1 January   -   J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye, born, 1919
Sunday 2 January   -   Isaac Asimov, writer and scientist, born, 1920
Monday 3 January   -   Apple Computer incorporated, 1977
Tuesday 4 January   -   Charles I entered Parliament with an armed escort to arrest five members only to find that "the birds had flown."
Wednesday 5 January   -   Sonny Bono, politician and former singer, died in a skiing accident on Lake Tahoe, 1998.
Thursday 6 January   -   Merrill Lynch stock brokerage founded, 1914
Friday 7 January   -   Catherine of Aragon died, Kimbolton, Huntingdon, 1536

 

SOMETHING TO WATCH

Listings from Digiguide, the free downloadable listings service for Win'9x and/or Radio Times.

ITV listings for Granada region. Other regions may vary. (R) indicates a repeat.

Saturday 1 January
 
01:05   ITV   Annie Hall (1977). Oscar-winning Woody Allen comedy.
09:00   Ch.4   The Homecoming (1971). If this tale of a rural Virginia family looks familiar it's because it's the pilot for The Waltons.
12:35   BBC2   The Simpsons. I Love Lisa (R) followed by Lisa's Wedding (R)
17:55   Ch.4   Cinderella. Contemporary interpretation with Jane Birkin, David Warner, Leslie Phillips and Kathleen Turner
22:05   BBC1   Broken Arrow (1996). John Woo action thriller with John Travolta, Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis
22:45   ITV   Manhattan (1979). Woody Allen comedy.
23:45   BBC2   Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992). David Lynch's prequel.
 
Sunday 2 January
 
01:00   Ch.4   The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). Hammer interpretation with Peter Cushing.
15:30   BBC2   The Time Machine (1960). H.G. Wells' classic tale, with Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux.
17:10   BBC2   Battlestar Galactica (1979). Edited-from-TV film version of the sci-fi drama
18:30   Ch.4   Time Team on the Line. Spanish archaeology.
19:10   BBC2   Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). One of the best Trek movies.
21:00   Ch.5   When Time Expires (1997). Time-travel thriller
21:15   BBC1   Jonathan Creek. The Three Gamblers. Murder-mystery.
23:30   ITV   Interview With The Vampire (1994). Neil Jordan's version of Anne Rice's gothic horror.
 
Monday 3 January
 
00:00   BBC1   Blazing Saddles. Mel Brooks' rioutous cowboy comedy.
00:40   Ch.5   The Last Picture Show (1971). Classic rites-of-passage movie from Peter Bogdanovich
01:45   ITV   Innocent Blood (1992). Vampiric black comedy from John Landis
11:55   BBC2   The Simpsons. Duffless (R)
14:15   Ch.4   Lawrence of Arabia (1962). David Lean's epic.
17:25   Ch.4   Friends. The One With The Princess Leia Fantasy (R)
19:30   Ch.4   The Oldest Tree in the World: The Curse of Methuselah. World history through the poetry of Roger McGough and the story of the 4,643-year-old bristlecone pine in California.
20:30   BBC1   Mrs Brown (1997). Judi Dench and Billy Connelly in one of histories most curious love stories.
23:55   BBC1   To Be Or Not To Be (1983). Mel Brooks' remake of the 1942 black comedy about WWII spies.
 
Tuesday 4 January
 
00:50   Ch.4   The Monster That Challenged The World (1957). Cult monster b-movie
18:00   BBC2   Doctor Who. Doctor Who and The Silurians. Vintage sci-fi
21:00   Ch.5   Gremlins (1984). Splendid comedy horror from Joe Dante.
23:40   BBC1   Weird Science (1985). One of John Hughes' finest.
 
Wednesday 5 January
 
00:45   Ch.4   Invasion (1966). Creepy, effective sci-fi thriller.
18:45   BBC2   Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The Magnificent Ferengi. Quark's mother is a prisoner of the Dominion.
22:20   BBC1   The X-Files. The Beginning. (NEW SERIES)
 
Thursday 6 January
 
00:30   Ch.5   NHL Ice Hockey. Toronto v New Jersey
04:00   Ch.5   NHL Ice Hockey. Philadelphia v New Jersey
18:00   BBC2   Star Trek: The Next Generation. Inheritance (R). Data meets a woman who claims to be his mother.
22:45   BBC1   Wayne's World 2 (1993). Hilarious sequel, with Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Christopher Walken and Kim Basinger.
 
Friday 7 January
 
00:20   Ch.4   Children of the Damned (1964). Not-as-good sequel to Village of the Damned.
03:55   Ch.4   Eraserhead (1976). David Lynch's first feature, inspired by the birth of his daughter Jennifer...
18:00   BBC2   The Simpsons. Last Exit to Springfield (R) followed by The Front (R)
20:30   ITV   Sleepless in Seattle (1993). Cute romantic comedy with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan
21:00   Ch.4   Friends. The One With Joey's New Girlfriend (R)
21:30   BBC1   Se7en (1995). Thriller
21:30   Ch.4   South Park. Cartman Gets an Anal Probe (R)
22:00   Ch.4   Frasier. Momma Mia. (NEW SERIES)
23:30   ITV   Dharma and Greg. Ringing Up Baby. US sitcom
 

QUIZZICAL QUOTATIONS

Answers, as usual, next issue or from the usual address.

Last issue's quotations were:

Last issue's answers included an slight error - "It's party time. P, A, R, T. Why? Because I gotta!" was, of course, from The Mask, not Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Weird World News

They may be legendary for their elegant simplicity of woodwork design, but one aspect of the United Society of Believers' (aka Shakers) lifestyle may need a bit of rethinking. In the mid-1800s there were over 6000 members but now, partly due to a central tenet of their beliefs being celibacy, there are only 7.

This week's dumb thieves are the inaptly-named Roland Tough and his five associates. After breaking into a Tesco's supermarket in Walkden, England, Tough decided to commemorate the event with a group photo. Unfortunately his downfall came when he took his film to be developed... at the same store. Employees recognised some of the stolen items in the photograph and the gang subsequently received 3-6 years in jail.

Ho ho huh? After Mississippi state officials declared real Christmas trees a fire hazard, they put an artificial tree on display in the state capitol building in Jackson as evidence of their commitment to safety. All was well until the building had to be evacuated as a result of the "safer" artificial tree catching fire.

A recent poll of Britons found that the most unwanted gifts received at Christmas were home-knitted pullovers, talcum powder, sandwich toasters and Elvis Presley clocks, with fluffy ties, tinned food, stick insects and mooing cow slippers close behind.

In 1980 a racing pigeon was released Newark, Nottinghamshire for a 93-mile race. Three hours later - when all the other pigeons had returned home, there was no sign of the feathered fellow. Nor was there the next day, the next week or the next year, but on 21 April 1988 he returned to his owner's loft in Bishop's Stortford, Herefordshire.

 

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IRREGULAR WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

Here at Irregular HQ we love playing with graphics, usually with a blend of Adobe Photoshop and JASC Paint Shop Pro, but we were still delighted to find this site by Kodak, which will apply a variety of fun filters to your own images or selected ones provided.

Kodak Picture Playground online: http://alts1.kodak.com/US/en/corp/playground/index.shtml

 

THE AMAZING NOT-QUITE-RANDOM LOTTERY PREDICTOR!

Madame Jennifer, our in-house psychic predicts the following numbers will be lucky:

3, 15, 31, 35, 37, 41


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