The Very Best of Rambling Syd Rumpo

When I was but a small nodgefangler in deepest, darkest Essex, we used to sit around the kitchen table listening to the BBC comedy series Round the Horne.   One character that stood out was Rambling Syd Rumpo and his stirring tales of downright hilarity.

I present to you, courtesy of Spotify, some of Syd’s greatest tales.

It’s depressing when..

.. you read an article on BBC News about how middle-aged people should be walking faster, and realise that you’re included within the “middle-aged” category.  I’m a sprightly 41.

As it happens, I do walk faster than most folk regardless of age bracket.  I outpace a lot of youngsters who seem to have their faces stuck in their mobile phones all the time. What drives me mad, actually, are places like Wimbledon where people amble about aimlessly, getting in my way of where I want to go.

Middle-aged?  Pah.

Halt and Catch Fire: Irony Edition

I’ve previously mentioned how AMC, the US-based TV broadcaster, has about as much grasp on international marketing and promotion on Twitter as a badger has for astrophysics.

Well, they’ve just taken that to a whole new level.  A TV show called Halt and Catch Fire, which I’ve watched all three seasons within the past few weeks, is about to start season 4.  So AMC are promoting it.  It’ll be on Amazon Prime UK too.  But, as they’ve done for Better Call Saul, any clips are strictly limited to the US only.

The irony is that season 4 of the show, which is a fictional drama that’s set around key points of the computer industry in the 80’s and 90’s (season 1 – IBM clones, season 2- starting up a BBS/online gaming company, season 3- much the same, with hints of the internet about to come on the scene) .  Season 4 will heavily feature the internet.  The same internet which I can’t view AMC’s clips because they’ve geoblocking all video on social media and on their web site.

Again, the official social media from AMC doesn’t cater for international users.

Halt and Catch Fire, along with HBO’s Silicon Valley which is also a favourite, is a brilliantly written and performed show that combines a strong storyline with the crazy technologies that I fell in love with as a kid.