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Felix Baumgartner breaks sound barrier and most YouTube live streams ever

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Regardless of what you think about the ridiculously named Felix Baumgartner (translates as tree gardener apparently) crazy stunt, there’s no denying the guy has got some balls doing what he did.

Jumping out a balloon-powered space capsule from 128,000 feet, spinning apparently out of control for part of the plunge – yet still not passing out or screaming for your Mum – is a truly incredible feat. Personally I get a bit giddy on top of a kids’ rollercoaster so I can’t imagine what free falling at Mach 1.24 (833 miles per hour) at temperatures of -68 degrees centigrade must feel like. All on the 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeagar breaking the sound barrier for the first time – though of course he did in a plane, the wimp.

Apparently Baumgartner, his sponsor Red Bull and YouTube have set another record too. During last night’s stunt there were more than two million concurrent livestreams of the event going out around the world. The previous record for a single web video service was around 500,000 concurrent streams, which Google served up during the Olympics this summer.

You can see the whole thing here:

And you can see highlights here:

(By the way rumours of RyanAir’s Michael O’Leary introducing parachute drop offs from aircraft as a way of saving on landing fees are completely unfounded)

For more information on the world record breaking jump go here.

VIDEO: Prince Charles reads the Scottish weather forecast. Is actually quite funny, shocker

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Imagine if the UK found itself in the midst of a republican revolution and, heaven forbid, the royal family have to find proper jobs.

And while it might be fun to imagine what the likes of Princess Eugenie (a fashion designer?) and Prince Philip (a diplomat?) might have to do to earn a crust, we now know what Prince Charles will be doing: presenting weather forecasts in Scotland – at least if this clip of him messing about while on a tour of BBC Scotland’s headquarters is anything to go by.

He’s a natural and surprisingly funny with it – witness his ‘Who the hell wrote this script?’ quip when confronted with inclement weather in the Balmoral area.

Via Shortlist

X Factor 2010: Harry Styles whispers ‘Think how much p**** you are going to get’ to Matt Cardle’

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Harry Styles, the youngest member of One Direction, seems to whisper the rude remark into Matt Cardle’s ear during Sunday’s X Factor show. Charming. And there was Matt thinking about how he’s going to be enjoying quiet pint in his Colchester local before returning to a career painting and decorating.

Youtube Video Of The Week – Masterchef Spoof

Friday, November 12th, 2010

If Masterchef was supposed to teach us anything its probably that food is serious business. However, we think it should just be a bit of fun, which is why we love this spoof version of this seasons final episode by Millers and Long.

Alan Partridge is back with Fosters sponsored web show, Mid Morning Matters

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Is sponsored content like this the future of broadcasting on the web? Like soap powders once sponsored soaps, beer brand Fosters has put presumably a very large wodge of cash behind bringing Alan Partridge to our screens, well our computer screens anyway.

Cynics might say it’s simply Steve Coogan cashing in on his most popular creation now he’s no longer on TV. I’m not so sure. Yes there’s the Fosters logo hanging (ironically?) on the wall. But the content is unmistakably Partridge. Perhaps not the funniest thing of his I’ve ever seen, as a lot of the best Alan Partridge moments were filmed at the fictional Linton Travel Tavern, but mostly quite watchable. As Partridge himself might say, Back On The Net.

It’s all part of a big campaign for Fosters’ new website, which is obviously aiming to link the beer brand with classic comedy. But if Alan Partridge doesn’t float your boat there’s also classic content from Channel 4 including Peep Show as well as a new, and not very funny, show called Two Men At A Bar (two blokes at a bar talking rubbish, it seems). You can also get involved with the new comedy ‘channel’ via Twitter and Facebook of course.

Remind yourself of how funny Alan Partridge was in this classic interview on Radio Norwich with Peter Baxendale-Thomas of the Norfolk Farmers Union. Terrible canned laughter though.

And here’s a great clip of Alan Partridge being flattened by a dead cow:

YouTube: BBC’s Nick Robinson loses it with anti-war protestor

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Always good to see journos lose it every once in a while. Remember Sky’s Adam Boulton with Alastair Cambell before the election or John Sweeney with the Scientology spokesman? This time it’s the turn of BBC Political editor Nick Robinson. He lost his cool when a placard waving anti-war protestor interfered with his broadcast on Wednesday.

After the live link from the Commons, the journalist stamps on the banner reading ‘Cut the War, Not The Poor’ and breaks it. Then the protestor is heard shouting at Robinson: “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

In his blog Robsinson explains: “I lost my temper and I regret that…I am a great believer in free speech but I also care passionately about beeing able to do my job reporting and analysing one of the most important political stories for years. “

You can see the whole incident in the YouTube clip, ‘Robinson Looses It’. Seems like the anti-war protestors are too busy protesting to learn how to spell.

YouTube: Stephen Fry in X Factor Wagner spoof

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

“My love affair with Wagner began when I was a child and first heard his music on my Father’s gramophone,” says Stephen Fry. Only, disappointingly,  it turns out that he’s not talking about Wagner – the Brazilian sensation on the X Factor at all – but the German composer of the same name.

In the clever video mash up, Fry adds that the music “did something most extraordinary to me. It’s made me do things inside – it’s released forces within me.” I think on this occasion we can safely say that he wasn’t talking about the 54 year singing She Bangs or his bongo rendition of the B52s Love Shack, or ‘loan shark’ as he seemed to sing it.

Not that Stephen Fry seems to mind any of this gentle mickey taking. He wrote on Twitter. “Can’t decide what’s funnier: the way (the video) is cut together or that some really believe I’m talking about the X Factor Wagner!”

At the time of writing the spoof has attracted 180,000 views but it’s sure to go a lot higher before this weekend’s X Factor. Will the charismatic Brazilian, who has expressed his feelings for fellow contestant Mary, be booted off this weekend? I very much doubt it. Expect him to go a lot further before the voting public finally tires of him and decides to vote for someone who can sing!

Harry Redknapp Swears Live On Sky Sports

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

harry-redknapp.jpgWheeler dealer Harry Redknapp is a twitching chump isn’t he? He gets all prickly at almost anything thrown his way. This weekend, wheeler dealer ‘Arry spat the dummy after a Sky reporter referred to wheeler dealer ‘Arry as a wheeler dealer. TV got it’s latest live four letter oopsie.


Doctor Who guests with Orbital at Glastonbury

Monday, June 28th, 2010

doctor who matt smith glasto.jpgThe debate about which Doctor is the greatest from Doctor Who will rage on for the rest of time (as will the ‘Who Is The Worst’ no doubt). However, it was pretty much accepted that David Tennant was the coolest.


Interview: Armstrong and Miller at BAFTA awards

Friday, June 11th, 2010

We caught up with Armstrong and Miller on the red carpet outside the British Academy Television Awards at London’s Palladium (June 6, 2010). The winners of the Best Comedy programme, the duo were on great form as they talked about characters in the new upcoming series (their 7th) including grumpy ‘old school’ vampires and disapproving women working in a women’s lingerie store!

Interview: Lesley Sharp at the BAFTA TV Awards

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Actress Lesley Sharp (Vera Drake, Moving On) talks about the need for more female based dramas on TV. “Fingers crossed…the last 12 months have been a rocky time for everybody.”

Interview: Miranda Hart at the BAFTA TV Awards

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Wonderfully dressed to match the red carpet and fantastically tall, comedienne Miranda Hart talks about the success of her comedy programme, Miranda, and how she was inspired by Morecambe and Wise.

Nominated for two awards – Female Performance in a Comedy Programme and Situation Comedy – she lost out to Rebecca Front and The Thick of It in both categories. Nevermind, there’s always next year.

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Polish Lottery Fail, or, Everything You Need To Know About Television

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

lotto fail.jpgHere’s a little video that is sadly for you, in Polish. Unless, of course, you happen to speak Polish (Daily Mail readers, insert your own eye-rolls here). Apparently, it is taken from the Polish National Lottery and, well, it all goes a bit wrong. I say ‘a bit wrong’… it goes as wrong as a lottery show can go really. The resigned silence and slow unravelling is television at its very very best. Press play, kick your sense of humour into snickering mode and enjoy.


“Sack Kay Burley!” cries protesters through Sky News

Monday, May 10th, 2010

sack kay burley.jpgOne of the unexpected highlights of this years failed election involved Sky’s NewsDroid Kay Burley. Yep, she found herself in front of some particularly loud (and quite funny) hecklers while conducting an interview on Westminster’s College Green.


Yo Gabba Gabba! The parent’s best kept secret…

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

yo-gabba gabba.jpgThe Mighty Boosh aren’t psychedelic enough (or, at all) and Sesame Street has left British TV. It stinks. What can fill the void? Well, parents of pre-schoolers have been keeping a show all to themselves and not letting on to those of us who need The Weird. So step forward Yo Gabba Gabba, quite possibly the finest thing showing on the television right now…


Did you see Ricky Gervais and Elmo?

Monday, September 7th, 2009

gervais and elmo.jpgYou may have seen Friday Night With Jonathan Ross at the weekend and thrilled at the great clip of Elmo and Ricky Gervais. It featured all manner of adult themed fun as well as Elmo totally holding his own against a man who has a habit of being intensely irritating at times (although, on his game, he’s almost unmatchable). Should you have missed the clip, you’ll be glad to know you can find it over the jump and seriously, you really should watch it. It’s a ray of sunshine in the face of the imminent cold snap!


Something for the Weekend: Nudity on Sweden’s Got Talent

Friday, July 17th, 2009

naked swedish dancers.jpgIf you live in London, you’ve invariably talked about nothing but the weather. I gather you’ve had a little rain? Rain makes you miserable doesn’t it? Well, it’s Friday and that should cheer you up slightly. If you want even more cheer, then I suggest clicking over the jump to see a bunch of naked men dancing on Sweden’s Got Talent. Obviously, that’s mainly aimed at women and gay men… but even straight blokes should find this fun. Let’s put it this way, it pisses all over that rubbish Stavros Flatley nonsense from Britain’s Got Talent.

Related: Britain’s Got Talent


Did you see the frightening man during Michael Jackson’s memorial?

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

If you watched Michael Jackson’s Memorial yesterday, you may well still be reeling. It was an incredibly surreal couple of hours. There was singing and dancing and tears and tributes and… all vanishes into insignificance when, toward the close of the show, the weirdest human I’ve ever seen appeared on screen. There’s a good chance you probably yelled “ARGH!” or “WHAT THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU?!” Here’s a video of him for those that want to relive or catch-on.

Related: Michael Jackson Memorial Review

Michael Jackson’s ‘ghost’ caught on camera?

Monday, July 6th, 2009


What a crock of bum crack. I saw this just now and it made me laugh out loud. I know people are very upset over the passing of their idol and are trying to hold on to anything they possibly can, but this is just ridiculouos. Some bright interweb spark spotted, during a tour of the singer’s Neverland mansion on CNN’s Larry King show, a ‘ghostly’ figure in the bedroom. Ghostly figure? Erm, no, I don’t think so. For a start, it wasn’t moonwalking. Have a look at the clip after the jump.

Related: TV Review: BBC News/Sky News *** Michael Jackson: The Power Of TV?


Armstrong, Miller and Tony Gardner before they were famous… on You Bet!

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

ben miller before he was famous.jpgThe whole ‘Before They Were Famous’ things that are bandied around are cheap, opportunistic pieces of tat designed to gloat at the rubbish things people did before they started making a big splash and proper wages. Of course, this article is no different. It’s okay, you can all hunt my name on Google and laugh at the crap I’ve written for. In fairness, this is quite sweet. Get over the jump to see a video of Armstrong and Miller, featuring Tony Gardner, on You Bet! doing a challenge with Matthew Kelly. It’s actually quite fun.