P&O Cruises MV Ventura to Amsterdam – Embarkation Day (#BackAtSea Pt1)

Join me for the first day of #BackAtSea, my cruise to Amsterdam onboard MV Ventura with P&O Cruises! Including the journey to Southampton from London, my time in a Day Room at Jurys Inn Southampton, my Standard Inside Cabin on Deck 14 (Riviera) numbered R204, the buffet lunch, steak dinner at Saffron restaurant & live music in the Arena Theatre from Rock On!
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Sparkling New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Ring in the new year with fireworks form the people who do them best: Disney! This is the full Sparkling New Year’s Eve Fireworks show from Disneyland Paris’s Disney New Year Party on December 31 2019.

Uploaded as part of #virtualDLPNYE4, my virtual new Year’s Eve event reliving #DLPNYE3 in real time one year later as we deal with the complications of 2020 preventing international travel and keeping theme parks closed.

Shot in 4K on a Sony Digital Imaging Handycam AX53. Combined with Stereo Audio from iPhone XR. Finished on LumaFusion.
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Countdown to Fun Street Party

The full Countdown to Fun Street Party Parade from Disneyland Paris’s New Year’s Eve Party on December 31 2019.

Uploaded as part of #virtualDLPNYE4, my virtual new Year’s Eve event reliving #DLPNYE3 in real time one year later as we deal with the complications of 2020 preventing international travel and keeping theme parks closed.

Shot in 4K with Dolby Stereo audio on a Sony Digital Imaging Handycam AX53. Finished on LumaFusion.
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Mickey’s Christmas Big Band 2019

The highlight of every Christmas Season at Disneyland Paris since its inception, Mickey’s Christmas Big Band was better than ever in 2019. Enjoy this performance from December 31 2019 in full with 4K video and stereo sound.

Uploaded as part of #virtualDLPNYE4, my virtual new Year’s Eve event reliving #DLPNYE3 in real time one year later as we deal with the complications of 2020 preventing international travel and keeping theme parks closed.

Shot in 4K with Dolby Stereo audio on a Sony Digital Imaging Handycam AX53. Finished on LumaFusion.
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Disney’s Christmas Parade 2019

Christmas Is Here! Celebrate the Season of good cheer with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Pluto & pals in the 2019 edition of Disney’s Christmas Parade, the daily Christmas Parade at Disneyland Paris!

Uploaded as part of #virtualDLPNYE4, my virtual new Year’s Eve event reliving #DLPNYE3 in real time one year later as we deal with the complications of 2020 preventing international travel and keeping theme parks closed.

Shot in 4K with Dolby Stereo audio on a Sony Digital Imaging Handycam AX53. Finished on LumaFusion.
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Everything Changes, Everything Stays The Same

Nigel has a dead-on understanding of the nature of TV going forward. I have long been trying to make people realise that the traditional TV is the natural home of video content, and integrating content with the existing TV paradigm is the optimal experience. Hence my belief that Smart TVs are the only worthwhile innovation TV manufacturers have pushed since FullHD (except ultra narrow bezels, which are also fantastic).

TV Reviews: Brooklyn Nine-Nine

You have the right to remain silent. But you won't.

You have the right to remain silent. But you won’t.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is Universal Television’s (By way of FOX) effort to fill the hole in the sitcom landscape where a cop show parody should be. It’s also the latest vehicle for Saturday Night Live‘s biggest recent success story, Andy Samberg – following the decidedly uneven Cuckoo. Alongside Samberg are Terry Crews (Apparently Will McAvoy’s bodyguard Lonny went off to become a cop, explaining his absence from The Newsroom Season 2) and relative newcomer Stephanie Beatriz.

Samberg plays an immature but gifted detective whose “dammit I get results” stylings come into conflict with the “by da book” new Captain’s way of doing things. Despite that seemingly clichéd premise, the show isn’t going for a straight parody of cop show tropes, and instead opts for a more subtle (Yes, subtlety in an Andy Samberg vehicle – if only Cuckoo knew such luxuries) deconstruction, more along the lines of Scrubs.

It’s unclear from the pilot if the show will be able to develop the same dramatic chops as Scrubs did with its cast of beloved characters over the years, but there are early signs of deeper thought at least, with Captain Holt given a decent backstory which earns him the sympathy (and, more importantly, the respect) of Samberg’s Jake Peralta.

But while the dramatic underpinnings of a sitcom can give it the prestige and enduring appeal to make it a long runner (The SimpsonsFriendsScrubshow i met your mother…), any sitcom which isn’t funny will sink like a rock (I’m looking at you, majority of the pilots from Amazon Studios’s first Pilot season). So is Brooklyn Nine-Nine a comedic dud destined to end its run in a graveyard slot and be forgotten about by next Christmas?

No.

No, it’s actually pretty funny. Samberg’s smug performance actually manages to be charming because the show makes the wise choice to show us immediately that he’s actually good at what he does, and he is nevertheless more of a smartass than actually condescending. Meanwhile, the absurdity has been kept just about in check. There’s no lengthy fantasy sequences, and all of the hijinks the cast engage in are relatively grounded.

It’s all just stupid. And I don’t mean that as a knock. It’s the best kind of stupid. It’s the kind of dumb joking around you get into when you’re hanging around with friends or killing time in an office. Too often, this kind of dumb comedy doesn’t work out so well.  Microsoft published a video game example recently in LocoCycle, which just feels like you’re watching someone else’s inside joke. And it’s never explained to you. So it never becomes funny.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine invites you to laugh at its characters with the rest of the cast by constantly ensuring there’s someone to laugh with. The cast takes turns playing straight man for each other as the situation demands; mocking or being mocked, laughing along or hiding their shame. It’s relatable because that’s how people are in real life.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is part of a movement in sitcom writing to reflect the kind of humour people experience day-to-day. Rather than placing absurd caricatures in front of you and inviting you to laugh mercilessly at their failures (Two And a Half Men), Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the formula successfully deployed by how i met your mother of allowing its characters to know exactly how funny the things that are happening are. And it mines that area mercilessly for extra yucks as Samberg or another cast member manages to deliver that extra quip at the end of the scene that perfectly encapsulates the audience’s feelings.

Oh and by the way, I think you’re overdoing it on the man-scaping.

Rating: Watch

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