Line(s) of the Day #HotelCalifornia

Hotel California

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax,” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!”

Taken from the iconic song Hotel California by American band The Eagles, from their self-titled album in 1977.

Line(s) of the Day #TheFootballMan

Football Man book

It is not a phenomenon. It is an everyday matter. There is more eccentricity in deliberately disregarding it than in devoting a life to it. It has more significance in the national character than theatre has. Its sudden withdrawal from the people would bring deeper disconsolation than to deprive them of television. The way we play the game, organise it and reward it reflects the kind of community we are.

Taken from the opening part of the book The Football Man (1968) by English writer and journalist Arthur Hopcraft.

Gr8at: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibition

To commemorate 100 years since the start of World War I, an exhibition entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” was created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre designer Tom Piper.  It has truly captured the heart of a nation, having been visited by more than four million people, equating to about 70,000 people a day. While a spectacular vision, it also masks the tragedy of war. Each of the 888,246 poppies represents a British or Colonial soldier’s life lost in World War I. With today being the Armastice, it seemed fitting to put the photos up that my mum took when she visited recently.

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Things to See: Rome Part 2

As Part 1 helped show, Rome really was the most gorgeous place. There wasn’t a drop of rain and it was always the right weather to go outside for a walk. There are so many lovely bars, cafes and restaurants everywhere, that getting a drink, meal or an ice cream was always a temptation. And one temptation that was always given in to!

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Alex Raphael Sporadic Scene: Duck Soup (1933) – The Mirror Scene

The Sproadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger is one of the blogs I can remember following and I have been an avid reader ever since. So happy to contribute to her fantastic Sporadic Scenes section, and I plan to do more in the future. To start off with though, I just had to use THAT scene in Duck Soup 🙂

The Sporadic Chronicles

Hey guys. So today I have great pleasure today in welcoming Alex of Alex Raphael to my blog today with an awesome Sporadic Scene! Thanks a million Alex 😀


There is so much to be delighted in Groucho Marx’s one liners. He really did have a way with words. But for all his cracking one liners, he and his brothers really were gifted visual performers, homed by their time doing vaudeville. Here is one of my favourite film scenes from the 1930s comic satire Duck Soup. It features Groucho and his brother Harpo in the film’s most famous scene. Enjoy!

If you have a scene that you would like featured, drop me a mail at sporadiczoe@hotmail.com with a picture/gif/video of the scene and an explanation as to why (should you want to include it).

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