Photography: Centre Court, Wimbledon

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On my recent trip to Wimbledon, I took this photo of the iconic court. It has heralded countless legends over the decades and even empty, you can sense its magic.

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Line(s) of the Day #HouseofCards

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Bob Birch: You want the convention to be a circus.
Francis Underwood: Oh, Bob, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but politics is no longer just theatre, it’s show business. So let’s put on the best show in town.

Larry Pine and Kevin Spacey in the political TV drama House of Cards (2013 – ). Set in the White House, it centres around the ruthlessly ambitious power couple of Francis and Claire Underwood. I’m currently on series 4 so no spoilers please if you’re ahead of me.

Line(s) of the Day #TheSimpsons

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Actually Homer, that’s just one. See, each push-up includes both an up part and a down part.

Lenny (Harry Shearer) in the hugely influential and long-running cartoon The Simpsons (1989 – ). You can find more wit relating to the hilarious Homer, here, here and here.(Photo credit: The War of the Simpsons)

Things to See: Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is an American franchise that deals in bizarre events and strange and unusual facts. It was founded by Robert Ripley in 1918 with a sports cartoon in the New York Globe. It soon sounded expanded to include items from other areas and then onto different formats like radio, television and books. Continuing that expansion have been the exhibitions first in the US, before countries like Mexico, Canada, India and Australia. And of course the UK. It was about time I saw the one in Piccadilly Circus, London.

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Line(s) of the Day #GroundhogDay

Groundhog Day

Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.

Phil Connors (Bill Murray) in the fantasy-comedy Groundhog Day (1993). Though coolly received by critics at the time, the story of a weatherman in a small town who keeps living the same day has gone on to be a much loved film. The term Groundhog Day has also become a common phrase, with the film itself entering the prestigious United States Film Registry in 2006.

Line(s) of the Day #ArrestedDevelopment

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Tobias Fünke: Listen, I’m an actor. You’re an agent. You do the math. I want you to represent me. In other words, you do the math. The money. The negotiating. 
James Carr: You know I’m not that kind of agent, right? I’m a real estate agent. I’m predator. I sell giant houses to very poor people who can’t afford them.
Tobias Fünke: You see that’s the money stuff I don’t understand. All you need to do is tell people what a terrific actor I am because I can’t do it believably. What do you say?
James Carr: Sounds like it shouldn’t be too much work.
Tobias Fünke: Huzzah!

David Cross and Ed Helms in the highly original and intricately plotted comedy Arrested Development (2003 – 2006 and 2013 -). Set mainly in California, the how tells the story of the wasteful Bluth family and their flawed attempts at recovering their financial status. You can find two more examples of the show’s humour here and here.

Line(s) of the Day #ItMustHaveBeenLove

It must have been love

It must have been love but it’s over now.
It must have been good but I lost it somehow.
It must have been love but it’s over now.
From the moment we touched ’til the time had run out.

Taken from the song It Must Have Been Love by Swedish band Roxette. Originally released in 1987, a slightly edited version appeared in 1990 as part of the Pretty Woman soundtrack and became their third US number one. The second of these was another classic, Listen to Your Heart.