December 4th, 2011

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The competition this year is so close!

This week my favourite couple, by a long way, was Chelsee and Pasha and their Shrek jive! Tons and tons of high energy, enthusiasm, and life, and the flicks and kicks - OMG!

Chelsee is absolutely brilliant when she puts her mind to it because she dances from the heart.

Remember ... Keep Dancing!

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Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook - 9pm, BBC2, Sunday 4 December

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I am now going to run a few promos for TV programmes that are on today that I think are worth a watch. First up, the BBC and Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook.

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In just seven years, Mark Zuckerberg has gone from his Harvard college dorm to running a business with 800 million users, and a possible value of $100 billion. His idea to 'make the world more open and connected' has sparked a revolution in communication, and now looks set to have a huge impact on business too.

Emily Maitlis reports on life inside Facebook. Featuring a rare interview with Zuckerberg himself, the film tells the story of Facebook's creation, looks at the accuracy of The Social Network movie, and examines Facebook's plans to use the personal information it has collected to power a new kind of online advertising.

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My feature on The Social Network is here:
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The National Anthem - 9pm, Channel 4, Sunday 4 December

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Next up, Channel 4 and The National Anthem.

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Black Mirror Programmes

Charlie Brooker returns with a new three-part 60 minute mini-series.

Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone - a black mirror of our 21st Century existence.

Our grip on reality is shifting. We worship at the altars of Google and Apple. Facebook algorithms know us more intimately than our own parents. We have access to all the information in the world, but no brain space left to absorb anything longer than a 140-character tweet.

Black Mirror taps into the collective unease about our modern world. The three stand-alone dramas are sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales with a techno-paranoia bent.

The National Anthem, is a blackly comic drama written by Charlie Brooker

A twisted parable for the Twitter age, 'The National Anthem' looks at how information is now disseminated so quickly and public opinion now so loud, powerful and quick to change, that life is very much harder for the rich and supposedly powerful. It's a political thriller in which the fictional Prime Minister Michael Callow (Rory Kinnear) faces a huge and shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped.

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The Golden Compass - 5.55pm, Channel 4, Sunday 4 December

Last, but by no means least, Channel 4 are screening The Golden Compass, the film adaptation of Northern Lights, the first of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights was marketed as The Golden Compass in the US). It stars Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra and features both Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.

I saw the film on its release in 2007. I had read the book a few years before (in fact I had read the whole trilogy in - I think - 2004) and I LOVED it. I re-read the book in preparation for seeing the film. I personally think the film is very good BUT, and it is a big BUT, it falls a long long long way short of the book. However, it is worth seeing as a taster/intro to the book, and it is also worth seeing if you are not really a book person.

I would recommend people watch the film AND read the book and compare and contrast the two! You can buy the book here for the bargain price of £4.12:

Once you have read Northern Lights you can go on to The Subtle Knife which is my favourite book in the trilogy. And then conclude with The Amber Spyglass although, for me, by the time you get to the third and final book in the trilogy, it has all got very convoluted and, like Lost, I feel it loses its way. However, I know for a fact that others feel differently and say that The Amber Spyglass is their favourite book of the trilogy. I am asking everyone to read the books for themselves and make up their own minds!

I haven't physically seen this edition but it looks to be a lovely gift edition of the His Dark Materials Trilogy at the bargain price of £7.20:

Cut and pasted from the Amazon website re Northern Lights:
"Without this child, we shall all die." Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequnces far beyond her own world...
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All Souls

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I went to All Souls today, looking for support. As usual they provided it. There was a Holy Communion Service there today, which is quite rare. Then, whilst Communion was being given, they had a solo violinist playing, and these words came up on the screen:

Someone is praying for you
And when it seems you're all alone,
And your heart would break in two,
Remember someone is praying for you.

Thank you All Souls!