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It’s been a while…

Posted in Comedy Genius, Journal, Mental Morsels, Music, TV with tags , on 22/07/2013 by Jen Healey

I haven’t so much as checked my emails for a few weeks, let alone checked on the blogiverse.  I’m actually dreading opening my emails, as I fear it might take a huge chunk of time out of my life that I’ll never get back.  There have been two things that have motivated me to actually open my netbook tonight, one of which is my wish to organise myself to get to the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition at the V&A before it ends.  The other was watching Russell Howard’s Good News, which has inspired me to debase myself and share a funny animal video.  I know this is not something that my friends will expect from me, but hey it made me smile, which was much-needed this evening.  Check it out –

I know, childish, but I don’t care.  Life is too short to be so fucking serious all the time.  Share some smiles, it’s the best medicine.



Withnail & I

Posted in Comedy Genius, Films, Reviews with tags , , , , on 03/07/2013 by Jen Healey

Last Friday I went to Stratford Playhouse with the lovely Becky Lea, to see a late night showing of Withnail & I. It was an absolute tonic to the hectic hamster wheel that has been my schedule of late. We were not fortunate enough to be sitting in lucky seats, underneath which could be found a free dvd, but this did not detract from the experience. We did get a couple of free badges though, which were very cool.

Now, it is a completely iconic film, in my humble opinion. Which is why it saddens me that many people haven’t even heard of it. It is not because the actors are unknowns – Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann and Richard Griffiths – these are not obscure names, among others of course. An assumption about it I recently encountered was most disconcerting, that it is set in ‘Oliver Twist times’! Errr.. NO.

I believe that Becky is due to write a piece on Withnail & I soon, so I will leave it to her talent to write a review proper. Instead I will name-check her one more time today and include a link to a review she wrote on my beloved Labyrinth.
Enjoy – here.

Ok, I fibbed, I can’t resist adding a little preview from Withnail & I.



England made…

Posted in Comedy Genius, Music with tags , , , on 31/10/2012 by Jen Healey

Whilst going through my bag of paperwork, which I’m not embarrassed to say has been overflowing for months, I found a list of bands born in the UK.  I can’t claim to be much of an anorak when it comes to music, so I cannot take the credit for knowing that the following bands were British, that belongs to the comedian Steve Hughes and his amazing rant about the X-Factor (urgh).  I had to write the list down (thank goodness for Sky+) but these are all from our little island –

  • Black Sabbath
  • Judas Priest
  • Iron Maiden
  • Venom
  • Motorhead
  • Def Leppard
  • Deep Purple
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • The Beatles
  • The Smiths
  • The Cure
  • The Damned
  • The Jam
  • The Police
  • The Sex Pistols
  • The Clash
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Kate Bush
  • Jarvis Cocker
  • David Bowie
  • Queen
  • Pink Floyd
  • Radiohead
  • Supertramp
  • Chemical Brothers
  • The Prodigy

Now I don’t enjoy all of these performers, but you have to admit that it is a pretty formidable list.

Here is the man himself making a great point –

The vid is a little sketchy, but you get the idea.  The full gig is very much worth a watch –

Full show here…

Happy Halloween y’all!


I’m taking it back…

Posted in Comedy Genius, Journal, Musings with tags on 06/07/2012 by Jen Healey

Yesterday I wore a dress that I haven’t worn since I was last at work, about a year ago.  It is pretty much the only item of ‘work clothing’ that I didn’t donate to the British Heart Foundation.  I just haven’t wanted to wear anything that I associate with ‘that place’, as I found it uncomfortable.  I’d bought/ordered said clothes purely for work purposes, as they were smart/semi-casual and made me feel kinda professional whilst still retaining a little personality (mainly due to the fact that I wore boots with them – not my gorgeous New Rock ones).  However, they weren’t ‘me’ and were just a reminder of a time and place that I cannot return to, nor would want to in all honesty.

The dress that I wore yesterday is a bit colourful for my taste, as I obviously prefer to wear black with black and more black.  But it was quite nice to feel a bit smart-ish for one day.  I didn’t want to embarrass my daughter at her school production, an extended version of the show she did in Stratford on her birthday, that I sweated through last night.  The school hall was positively cloying!  And they made us all dance the Lambada – urgh!

I intend to keep and wear the dress again, as I quite like it.  So I’m taking it back –

Oh yes, I do actually wear dresses on occasion, believe it or not.


Bloody Dexter!

Posted in Comedy Genius, Reviews, TV with tags , , on 25/05/2012 by Jen Healey

I know I am about six years behind the rest of the world, but after having recently rented the first three series, I am completely addicted to Dexter!  I’m up to the third episode of the fourth series, which is so far, the funniest.  Supreme black humour.

In usual style I have, of course, ‘Dextered’ my phone – ringtones, notification tones, wallpapers… and I really want to acquire and read the novels.  Yes, yes, I know…

To those of you who are aware of this series but, like me, missed the beginning, I really cannot recommend it highly enough.  How much that counts for is perhaps questionable, but I’m really enjoying it.  Despite the fact that I’m staying up late to watch it and am therefore a bit sleep deprived, I can’t get enough!  I’d always thought that it looked like something I would enjoy when I saw it advertised, but I am not someone who will just pick up with something halfway through, it’s just not in my nature, so starting to watch it on FX (season 6) now is absolutely out of the question because I’d missed the beginning.

I was lamenting the absence of new True Blood episodes to watch, so thought that Dexter would be a good replacement – and, oh boy, is it (he) ever!  Blockbuster stand to make a bit of cash out of me continuing to rent the DVD box-sets.  I really doubt that I’ll be able to resist season five when I return this set!

Should I be worried about being this obsessed with a serial killer?

Not that it is a huge change of pace, as I was fascinated with Jack the Ripper as a teenager, and still prick my ears up when I see a documentary on him now.  Also, I have a small thing about vampires… hmmmm.

I’m sure that once I get to the end of season 5 I’ll be hallucinating and beyond grumpy through lack of sleep, but it’s worth it.  Miami looks disgustingly hot, much better enjoyed from my sofa, like Charlaine Harris’ Bon Temps.

Zombieland – not for kids

Posted in Comedy Genius, Films, Food, Reviews with tags , , , , , on 20/05/2012 by Jen Healey

Despite the title, this post will not be dedicated purely to the most awesome zom-com film of the same name.  No.  I’m also going to ‘give a shout out’ to Twinkies and Kool-aid.

Firstly, those of you who have not had the pleasure of watching Zombieland, you have missed a real treat.  To the rest of us, enjoy the opening scene –

What a perfect matching of zombies and Metallica – epic start to a film!

How does this link to Twinkies and Kool-aid I hear you ask?  Well, Twinkies feature pretty significantly in Zombieland, at least the search for them does for Woody Harrelson.  Now, ever since I watched Ghostbusters as a young ‘un I was always curious about what a Twinkie actually tastes like, exacerbated by the watching of Zombieland last year for the first time.  Recently, thanks to a lovely lady in the States (Arkansas), hubby and I savoured our first ever Twinkies!  To your average American this probably sounds daft, but it was actually really exciting.  We washed them down with some Kool-aid!  I felt like I could have been in America!!!  We watched Zombieland whilst eating a Twinkie!!!  “You gotta enjoy the little things”  – it’s the rules!

A Bit Late…

Posted in Comedy Genius, Journal, Musings with tags on 13/05/2012 by Jen Healey

I just realised that I let the first birthday of this blog go un-acknowledged!  It was the 13th of Feb, so this is a seriously after-after-thought!

I had thought of using it as an opportunity to air the first post that I ever wrote, so that’s what I’ll do today, 3 months late but hey…

Here it is/was –


Hello world!

Posted in Journal with tags   on 13/02/2011 by Jen

Hi there.  This is me dipping my toe into blogging.

The idea behind this is primarily to keep in touch with my lovely friends, soon to be readers, hopefully on a regular basis.  Which is why I plan to keep privacy setting pretty high.  I can’t very well have service-users reading about how ‘into’ vampires I am, or being privy to some of the random thoughts that occur to me on occasion (ok most of the time)!  I don’t think that would engender much confidence in my mad professional skills really.

Anyway, I thought I’d start on a random bit of hilarity – it’s genius and a bit scary.  I’m sure Bill Compton would approve.  Enjoy!


I’m still just as much into vampires as I ever was, if not more so, but soon the privacy settings may be relaxed a bit – which will be nice.

I’m off to cook roast chicken dinner and later work a bit on my next post, which will not be suitable for children…

See y’all soon!

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