Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Ten 20-word reviews
Album: Sound of Silver (LCD Soundsystem)
Funky non-standard American dance music, with insistent guitars and pulsating synths, layered and chugging, both tuneful and tongue-in-cheek - highly recommended.
Book: Great British Bus Journeys: Travels Through Unfamous Places (David McKie)
Author rides 25 obscure buses, nationwide, then writes about semi-obscure local history (at the expense of the journeys) - almost recommended.
TV programme: Castaway (BBC1)
Revamped non-Hebridean Fogle-free series concentrates on personalities at the expense of survival, causing nation to lose interest - no longer recommended.
Album: Pocket Symphony (Air)
Soft and smooth audio symphonies, undetectably Gallic, nothing too challenging, a bit of a grower (but no Moon Safari) - recommended.
Gas boiler: TurboMax V242E (Vaillant)
Flaky stuttering heater with malfunctioning distributer valve, causing five-day loss of hot water in E3 area (yet again) - highly unrecommended.
Book: The "Guardian" Book of April Fool's Day (Martin Wainwright)
A collection of endearing media spoofs, from spaghetti to San Seriffe. Fantastic idea, but not worth thirteen quid - reluctantly unrecommendable.
Optician: Eyelink (Ludgate Broadway)
Patronising and dismissive service, seemingly disinterested in my contact lens custom, made me feel incompetent (so I left) - not recommended.
Tearoom: The Brew House (Kenwood House)
Unashamedly genteel, fine home-made fare, rather pricey, a delightful spot for lunch in yesterday's spring sunshine - recommended (out of season).
TV programme: Doctor Who (BBC1)
Series three's very good isn't it? Although she's no Rose is she? - recommended from next Saturday (via a time warp).
Virus: Common cold (invading my sinuses since Sunday)
Tube-filling dribbler, a bit of a grower, creating mildly uncomfortable snuffliness, ridiculously late in the season - not (cough) recommended (splutter).