I don’t think there will ever be a better game in cricket than that.
Ben Stokes, Man of the Match in the cricket World Cup Final, as England beat New Zealand on boundaries after being tied after 50 overs and then after a Super Over each. Filled with drama, twists, outrageous skill and elements of controversy, it was a match that had everything.
Shaun: [to muffin] Hello, you. [Shaun bites into the muffin while it’s still in Darren’s hand] Andy Millman: Why’s he eating like that? Darren Lamb: Yeah, why are you eating it like that? Shaun: Me hands, been cleaning out the toilets, got no gloves. Andy Millman: You… you shook my hand when you came in. Shaun: Well that’s politeness innit?
Shaun Richardson, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in the acclaimed Extras (2005 – 2007). Telling the story of a struggling actor, the British sitcom was the follow up show by Gervais and Merchant to the phenomenally influential The Office (2001 – 2003).
It was the hottest day of the year here yesterday, so after my recent Songs with Rain post, it was the right time to do something with a far sunnier theme. Have you seen them all? How many could you work out? Feel free to suggest your score, any favourites from the set or others you might think of.
Taken from the song Dancing in the Dark by New Jersey’s finest Bruce Springsteen, from the iconic Born in the USA album (1984). Who doesn’t love Bruce? My favourite song of his will always be Secret Garden (with a soft spot for Thunder Road too), but had to add this to the set. Especially as it has such agreat sax solo.
Sam Malone: Ya’ see, matching a Corvette with the right owner, Dennis, is kind of like finding a home for an animal… Dennis: OK, but I’m kind of pressed for time. I gotta’ get to my hair stylist. Sam Malone: Good.. good. (Checks him out) Oh, very good, very good… Just a few multiple choice questions… Number one, it’s high noon you’re driving in Harvard Square, parking is limited. Do you: A, park in a handicap zone, B, park in a regular spot under a tree, C drive around until a space opens up. Dennis: C. Sam Malone: (jumps up) What are you nuts??!! I can’t believe it man! It’s a trick question. You don’t drive this baby at high noon, man! Sun damage, bucko! What the hell is wrong with you?!! What do you want to do, oxidise the paint?!! Get outta’ here, you make me sick!
Proud but broke Corvette owner Sam Malone as played by Ted Danson (with Rob Moran) in the hugely popular and long-running Boston-themed sitcom Cheers (1982 – 1993). You can find other examples of Cheers here and here, more information about Sam’s famous on/off romance with Diane hereand about his bachelor status here.
The weather here has been so bad lately, rain coming down hard and often, that I thought I’d use it as a good thing and post my favourite songs featuring rain in the title. With no particular order (and with apologies to Adele and Led Zeppelin), feel free to choose a favourite or any you want to add.
“Listen to me, Morty. I know that new situations can be intimidating. You lookin’ around and it’s all scary and different, but y’know … meeting them head-on, charging into ‘em like a bull — that’s how we grow as people.”
Rick Sanchez (Justin Goiland) in the wildly imaginative, hugely colourful and wonderfully structured Rick and Morty (2013 – ). The animated series takes place between a domestic set up and different outlandish intergalactic worlds, with the bond between the cynical Rick and his nervous 14-year-old grandson Morty the heart of the show.