Line(s) of the Day #TheWestWing

The West Wing

You know one of the things that happens when I stay away too long is that you forget that you don’t have the power to fix everything. You have a big brain, and a good heart and an ego the size of Montana. You do, Jed. You don’t have the power to fix everything. But I do like watching you try.

Abbey Bartlett (Stockard Channing) in the superlative political TV drama The West Wing (1999 – 2006). During its seven year run, it told of the President of the United States and his group of White House staffers’ issues when running the country.

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Line(s) of the day #KennethWolstenholme

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It is only twelve inches high… It is solid gold… And it undeniably means England are the champions of the world.

After England were unceremoniously dumped out of Euro 2016 after their woeful, atrocious, dreadful, abysmal, dire, abominable, horrendous, wretched, rotten, terrible, shameful, shocking and, erm, poor 2-1 defeat to Iceland, a reminder of happier times. 50 years ago England beat Germany 4-2 in the final of the World Cup to be crowned football champions of the world. Bobby Moore, the late England captain, is seen picking up the Jules Rimet trophy, memorably described by commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme.

TV Quiz: Political TV Shows

With the European news being dominated by the UK’s decision to leave the EU, I thought it was only fitting to do a politically-themed quiz. So with the shockwaves of Brexit still being felt, here are 15 past and present TV shows that capture different moods, mavericks and mindsets within the political landscape. It is one of the tougher ones I will do, so no worries if you struggle. While my picture quizzes are usually film-based, for those interested I have also done TV ones before, with American drama and cartoons.

TV quiz - Politics TV 1  1.

Yes Minister  2.

TV quiz - Politics TV 3  3.

TV quiz - Politics TV 4  4.

TV quiz - Politics TV 5  5.

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TV quiz - Politics TV 8  8.

TV quiz - Politics TV 9  9.

TV quiz - Politics TV 10  10.

TV quiz - Politics TV 11  11.

TV quiz - Politics TV 12  12.

TV quiz - Politics TV 13  13.

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Political Animals - Season 1  15.

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Line(s) of the Day #GimmeShelter

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War, children, it’s just a shot away

Taken from the song Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones from Let it Bleed (1969). One of the best known anti-war songs, it also features one of my favourite opening guitar riffs. If you’re a fan of The Rolling Stones, you might also like this previous post.

Line(s) of the Day #TheWolfofWallStreet

The Wolf of Wall Street

Jordan Belfort: [to the waiter] Oh, I’m good with water for now.
Mark Hanna: It’s his first day on Wall Street. Give him time.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey in the film biopic The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Nominated for five Academy Awards, it tells of Belfort’s wild ways and continued excess after he becomes a stockbroker in New York.

Film Quizzes: Awesome Film Dads

Unlike Mother’s Day which is celebrated on separate days in different parts of the world, Father’s Day is a truly universally timed celebration. So let’s hear it for the awesome fathers out there with a specially themed quiz. Below are 12 wildly different examples of inspiring fatherhood. Do you have a favourite? How many did you get?

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 1 1.  (1940s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 2 2.  (1960s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 3 3.  (1960s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 4 4.  (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 5 5.  (1970s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 6 6. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 7 7. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 8 8. (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 9 9. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 10 10. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 11 11. (2000s)

Film Quizzes - Best Film Dads Film 12 (2010+)

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Line(s) of the Day #Hurt

Johnny Cash Hurt

Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

Taken from the song Hurt by music legend Johnny Cash, from his final studio album American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002). Cash’s version of Nine Inch Nail’s song (and its highly emotive video), was a huge success and has long been one of my favourite covers.

Gr8at: Spectacular Nature

I’ve always been interested in how photographers capture the spectacular beauty of nature. Unlike a previous post I did on photographs from the National Geographic, I know neither the place nor photographer but wanted to share them all the same. Is there one that stands out for you?

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Film Quizzes: Films adapted from Video Games

With Angry Birds and World of Warcraft being released, it really is the season for computer games coming to the big screen. Are you more of a beat up up, platform, shoot out or sports fan? Are there any console games you’d really like to see adapted for cinema release? As always feel free to share your thoughts on the films below or what score you received.

Film Quizzes - Films based on video games Film 1 1.  1990s

Film Quizzes - Films based on video games Film 2 2.  1990s

Film Quizzes - Films based on video games Film 3 3.  2000s

Film Quizzes - Films based on video games Film 4 4.  2000s

Film Quizzes - Films based on video games Film 5 5.  2000s

Film Quizzes - Films based on video games Film 6 6.  2010+

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Line(s) of the Day #Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   

And miles to go before I sleep.

The closing lines of the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (1922) by the much loved poet Robert Frost. Written in an iambic tetrameter, it is Frost’s most famous poem, after The Road Not Taken. My thanks to the supremely talented Tosha Michelle for reminding me.