|Nov-08-04|| ||Knight13: Wow. This club is way too old. |
|Nov-08-04|| ||WMD: Now known as the London Chess Centre. |
|Nov-11-04|| ||aw1988: <Knight13: Wow. This club is way too old.> Yes, it is. I am the founder. |
|Jul-08-05|| ||THE pawn: <aw1988> LOL, man, be more friendly with yourself, you're not THAT old!|
|Jul-26-05|| ||TruthHurts: <http://icasualties.org/oif/IraqiDea... for those who want to know statistics of Iraq military killed...>|
Mr Blair common think a bit more next time...
Now there is two city to build again, Bagdad and London. Maybe they should take the same society to build their underground network, France will send some experts.
|Sep-09-05|| ||BishopBerkeley: I note that the BBC has just published the results of audience voting on the top British sitcoms of all time, with "Only Fools & Horses" taking the number 1 spot, and "Blackadder" taking #2. Further results are shown below.|
"The voting started last summer to find the Top Ten from a list of 100 British sitcoms. Since the start of 2004 the public have been voting by text, phone and online, to decide which programme will receive the ultimate comedy accolade of Britain's Best Sitcom. Here is the final Top Ten."
1. Only Fools & Horses
3. Vicar of Dibley
4. Dad's Army
5. Fawlty Towers
6. Yes Minister
8. Open All Hours
9. The Good Life
10. One Foot in the Grave
I believe that Monty Python were not in the running because they were not a "sitcom" in the traditional sense (there were no enduring characters, for the most part (unless you consider the "It's" man or the knight with the rubber chicken enduring characters)).
This list is a part of the BBC's "Guide to Comedy", "Info on every TV comedy shown in the UK, from 1936 to today...":
And here's their bit on Monty Python:
(: Bishop Berkeley :)
|Sep-09-05|| ||azaris: The fact that "Dad's Army" beat both
"Fawlty Towers" and "Yes Minister" shows that even in Britain, the public have no taste.
|Sep-09-05|| ||euripides: Dad's Army had a bedrock of feeling and character that made it in some ways deeper than Fawlty Towers (very high-class and slightly surrealist farce) or Yes, Minister (cerebral and dubious political satire). I saw a similar list of the top forty a little time ago. What dismayed me was that my favourite was the oldest one.|
|Sep-09-05|| ||BishopBerkeley: I was sorry that "As Time Goes By" with Dame Judi Dench & others was not on the list. Alas, I don't think we got "Dad's Army" here in the US.|
(: Bishop Berkeley :)
|Sep-09-05|| ||azaris: <Dad's Army> It also had the distinct sitcom property that every single episode was exactly the same (see "Keeping Up Appearances").|
|Sep-09-05|| ||BishopBerkeley: <azaris> I thought that "Keeping Up Appearances" and "Are You Being Served" both suffered from too many recycled themes. I thought both shows were more fun than funny. (There can be some comfortable fun in laughing at the same joke slightly repackaged and marginally disguised, though such fun wears thin pretty quickly! At times, "Are You Being Served" didn't even trouble itself to repackage the jokes, it seemed to me!)|
(: Bishop Berkeley :)
|Sep-09-05|| ||euripides: <azaris> In general, of course, that's exactly right and just the way it should be. However, in one of the six series (hard to believe that's all they made) they made the grave mistake of introducing a new character. Most unsatisfactory.|
|Sep-09-05|| ||euripides: I think, now I remember, that the new character was a replacement for one of their actors who had dropped dead. Very unprofessional.|
|Sep-09-05|| ||Benzol: Was "Last Of The Summer Wine" considered or voted upon?|
|Sep-09-05|| ||BishopBerkeley: <Benzol> I just noticed that not only the Top 10 British sitcoms, but also the top 100 are listed! "Last of the Summer Wine" comes in at #14, whereas one of my favorites, "As Time Goes By", weighs in at #29. Here are numbers 11-100:|
(: Bishop Berkeley :)
|Sep-09-05|| ||Benzol: <BishopBerkeley> Thanks. It's like looking at your old school photos seeing that list.
Comedies I remember when I was a child, "Steptoe & Son" with Wilfred Brambil and Harry H Corbett, "The Likely Lads" with James Bolin and Rodney Bewes and "All Gas And Gaiters" which had William Mervyn, Robertson Hare, John Baron and Derick Nimmo.
What happened to him?
It would be great to see some of those episodes again. Perhaps I'm looking back with rose-coloured glasses.
|Sep-09-05|| ||ughaibu: Rising Damp is surprisingly low.|
|Sep-09-05|| ||BishopofBlunder: "Fawlty Towers" will probably always be my favorite British sitcom. Glad to see it in the top ten.|
I like "The Office" (in at #25) very much. The first series was very funny. The second series, well, wasn't so much.
My big disappointment in the list is "Coupling" (in at #54) not even being in the top 50. I loved this show! At least until Richard Coyle (Jeff) left. Nothing against Richard Mylan, the guy who replaced him, but he just wasn't Jeff. I live my life now in fear of the "Sock Gap", "The Giggle Loop", and the dreaded "Melty Man".
Granted, this was one of the few, if not the only, example of British television "borrowing" from American television, as it was eerily similar to "Friends", but "Coupling" was much, much, better. The comedy wasn't nearly as infantile as "Friends".
|Sep-09-05|| ||BishopofBlunder: Ah, yes! "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin" (#35). Another 'Great!' (Super!) comedy from BBC. I didn't get where I am today without recognizing a brilliant BBC comedy when I see one!|
I am, however, a victim of circumstance here. So far, Reginald Perrin is not available on DVD in the States. I think I can order directly from BBC but its a different "Region code" and I don't think it is compatible with my DVD player. <Sigh...>
|Sep-10-05|| ||WMD: Get a multi-regional player, tightwad.|
|Sep-10-05|| ||WMD: <"Are You Being Served"... suffered from too many recycled themes.>|
Yes, it was at its best in the first two or three series with all the original cast. They flogged it to death in the end.
|Sep-10-05|| ||BishopofBlunder: <WMD> Buy one for me, moneybags.|
|Sep-10-05|| ||TheSlid: Ahh... Red Dwarf & Rab C Nesbitt. They don't make them like that any more (Jimmy).|
|Sep-10-05|| ||Norman Glaides: Oh deary me, that list was such a travesty - the vote was clearly fixed to keep Father Ted out of the top ten just so the BBC didn't have to deal with any potential legal issues over showing a complete episode of a Channel 4 show. And for that matter, what the hell are 2.4 Children and Coupling doing in there at all? And how on earth can Hancock's Half Hour be 30th, below the Vicar of Sodding Dibley?|
As for the rest, 'The Office' shouldn't even be in the top 200 sitcoms ever, complete tripe, and there are just so many admissions: Filthy Rich and Catflap? Paris? Hardwicke House? This was one of the biggest wastes of licence-payers' money the BBC ever put together, christ. I'd forgotten how angry I was about it at the time.
|Oct-17-08|| ||biglo: The London Chess Club organized on the 6th of April, 1807, Mr. Augustus Hankey being first President,
and the committee numbering among its members Sir Astley Cooper, the celebrated surgeon, Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid, and others of almost equal
eminence. The meetings took place at Tom's Coffee-House, in Cornhill. Such men as Sarratt, Lewis, Walker, McDonnell, Cochrane, Popert, Perigal, Staunton, Fraser, etc., have either been members of the Club or frequenters of it. |