I'm on the second week of this "New me" thing now and while changes in lifestyle have a tendency to go south despite the best of intentions this one feels like something I can do long term. So far I've shed about half a stone - normally this might be alarming but I've never been able to lose weight slowly, I either slowly creep back up or it falls off me in a matter of a month. The excessive farting has also stopped, I no longer sound like the brass section of a particularly incompetent band. The smoking keeps creeping back up to ten and then I stamp it back down to seven or so. Either way I'm at about half what I was smoking ten days ago.
Huzzah!.. still can't run for the bus without coming close to death though.
Now, two sorta funny men.
I like Robin Williams. He may have done Patch Adams but he did Good Morning Vietnam too and the best actor in the world will stink when he's given a role as schmaltzy in a film as badly done as Patch Adams. Also, he does that great routine on how golf was invented that always makes me giggle. He is starring in a new movie that (from the trailer at least) looks like it might be the best he's done in a while. Its called Man of the Year. That is the trailer. He plays a Jon Stewart type presenter who decides to run for president. The trailer seems to give a good chunk of the plot away so I assume it all happens in the first hour or so.
I'm not a huge fan of Keith Olbermann - I don't get many chances to see his show but what I have seen leaves me a little cold. I can't fault what he does but he seems a little ... bombastic about it or something. Anyway, this aside I DO reckon he's a good presenter and this section on the way "terror alerts" always seem to follow events that aren't desirable for the US administration is interesting and of course comes with the disclaimer that Olbermann himself gives - you can draw the same relationship between shopping malls opening and the increases in terror alerts. Needless to say, last week's alert (which the UK police insist wasn't a threat at all) coincides with Ned Lamont's victory in the colorado(?) democratic senate primaries. Ned Lamont favours getting the troops out of Iraq. More and more I feel comfortable in being a paranoid conspiracy nutjob.