“The African Queen” in Black and White

The African Queen (1951) has Humphrey Bogart floating down an African river in an old steamer boat with Katharine Hepburn after her church in the middle of the jungle is burned down by some classic Evil Germans. She’s a good and proper Christian lady and he’s a drunk, but their trials and tribulations bring them closer together. Although it’s a classic that may not be great, “The African Queen” is easy entertainment. You can put it on and not worry about the plot and just enjoy the company of Bogart and Hepburn. My only complaint is the colour. It’s wrong to view any movie with Humphrey Bogart in colour. Turning the colour setting to zero on our TV transforms the movie from kind of ugly, really, to a classic black and white. I don’t think I could have watched it in colour.

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Xmas Classic: “Waking Ned Devine”

Waking Ned Devine (aka “Waking Ned”) is not a Xmas Classic, but it holds up well to a yearly viewing much better than, say, something like “A Wonderful Life” (which I still haven’t been able to watch straight through). Anyway, the movie is blatantly feel-good, but it’s Irish, and like most things Irish, it’s got intelligence and charm. And I admit it actually has some unexpected touching moments if you’re in the right mood for it, and it manages it without being maudlin or manipulative, and then it moves right on to having fun. The story is about an old guy, Ned Devine, who wins the lottery but dies from the shock of it. Subsequently, a plan to split the winnings with all 52 people in the village is set in motion — and there’s your movie. It’s a good one.

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Cheese Flavoured Slushy?

A photo I took at a gas station in Gander, Newfoundland, last July:

Mice surfing on pieces of cheddar cheese, but is it a cheese flavoured slushy? I don’t know.

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Lanois’s Black Dub

I’ve been listening to Daniel Lanois’s latest band, Black Dub, for the past couple days. The more I listen to it, the better it gets.

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Cancelling Cable TV For Netflix

As I posted in Replacing Cable TV with Netflix, we’re trying Netflix instead of cable TV for a month; that month is almost over and we’re cutting the cord – no more cable.
rogers internet usage nov 2010I just cancelled my television cable and upgraded my internet package. We didn’t watch any cable TV the past month, using Netflix the entire time. We all love it.

I upgraded my internet package to increase the download limit from 60 GB to 90 GB but the download speed remains the same. I’m willing to upgrade again if it’ll make a big different (from 10 Mbps to 25 Mbps), but netflix has been working well even on two devices at the same time.

We get Netflix through our wii, which is connected to my wireless router. I don’t like the wii interface but otherwise no problems. I also watch Netflix in bed using my iPod Touch with no streaming problems.

TV cable cost $80+ a month, which was cancelled. Netflix cost $8/month. Internet package upgrade cost an additional $10/month. Good savings overall!

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