Nine for ’09…


I’ve been tagged once, I’ve been tagged twice, so I suppose it’s worthwhile thinking up a few random wishes for the New Year. If only to set up a yardstick of disappointment I can work from later.

1. Celebrity Big Brother is coming up fast on the rails, and Phil wishes that Tommy Sheridan doesn’t go into the house. I must admit, though rationally I can see that Tommy’s participation would be damaging for the left, I sort of hope that he does, just so I have an excuse to use That Picture again. What concerns me more is the persistent rumour that top glamour girl and friend of this blog Lucy Pinder may be going into the house. If Tommy goes in, I’ll just shake my head, but if Lucy does – I’ll be very disappointed in you, my lass.

2. Hollywood to finally get around to filming The Stainless Steel Rat, after the rights being passed from studio to studio for decades. Of course, you would need the right actor to play Slippery Jim. I suggest that, though he may be expensive, Clooney in his charming rogue mode would be ideal.

3. Foreign troops to be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan. And not to be sent anywhere else. I may as well add in that I’d like to see Irish troops brought back from Chad and Kosovo.

4. Mark Kermode to take over Film 2009. Yes, Jonathan Ross knows his movies and has real enthusiasm for the subject, but don’t say you haven’t noticed the lack of sharp criticism. And why be surprised – Ross may find it hard to pan Guy Ritchie if he’s hoping to get Ritchie on his Friday night chat show, his radio show or one of his many other projects. You really can’t go far wrong with a specialist critic, and Mark is as sharp a one as you’ll get.

5. Rambo Amadeus to announce tour dates that fit in with my travel schedule.

6. Battlestar Galactica to get as good an ending as it deserves.

7. A second defeat for the Lisbon Treaty in the repeat referendum. And, on a similar theme, Sergei Stanishev to grow a backbone and tell Barroso where to get off.

8. A revival of working-class struggle in Europe, with Greece in the forefront.

9. And, on a slightly less realistic note, Marvel to relaunch Power Man & Iron Fist. Hey, you gotta dream…

I’m not going to tag anybody, but if you have any wishes you expect to see disappointed in the coming year, feel free to join in. Auld Lang Syne and all that to all readers.


  1. A said,

    December 31, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Numbers 3, 6 and 8 — but especially # 6 — sound like they would be tops on my list.

    I say this as someone who only started to watch BSG 3 weeks ago and has plowed through the first 3 season in 3 weeks! Now I’m waiting for the season 4 dvd to be released on Jan. 6th. This will give me 10 days to view it before season 5 starts on tv.

    So say we all!

  2. splinteredsunrise said,

    December 31, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    It is addictive, isn’t it? You can just beat through the thing and not notice the time going in…

  3. Martin Wisse said,

    January 1, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I second 9, but only if they got Christopher Priest back on writing.

  4. organic cheeseboard said,

    January 2, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Kermode would be pretty good on Film 2009, but he wears his prejudices too openly, possibly, to get the gig. Ross is awful on it, I think – he doesn’t even pretend that he’s not reading an autocue and at times even seems vaguely surprised by the stuff he’s reading, which he’s meant to have written. But I’m not sure how well the format would suit Kermode. He always seems slightly ill-at-ease reviewing from a script on The Culture Show, and the best thing about him – his willingness to openly, and loudly, criticise Big Hollywood Product – would have to be muted because if he did it too often they’d stop giving him access to big stars. Saying that, I’ve always found the interviews on Film 2009 very tedious anyway, and if they could comprehensively revamp the format it’d be worth watching. But that would have its attendant downside – there’d be no way the BBC could justify having him doing the same reviews on 5 live and film 2009 so his Mayo slot would probably have to go.

  5. skidmarx said,

    January 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    2. Johnny Depp in his Captain Jack Sparrow/Keith Richards persona? Or there’s always Russell Brand.

  6. james said,

    January 2, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    OMG, Torry Sheridan, OMG OMG OMG!! OMG!


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