Round 1: John Oliver v. Jack Warner

Full disclosure. I don’t profess to know all there is know concerning the recent allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice with respect to FIFA, the international governing body for football, and the possible role bribery has played over the years in the selection process for past World Cup sites. That said, I know just […]

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New 'Doctor Who' trailer introduced during World Cup finale

Short of premiering an overpriced spot during the Super Bowl, the next best thing, bar none, is to premiere an overdue, long-awaited trailer for the longest running science-fiction series in the history of television during the finale of the Fifa World Cup telecast. This year’s finale between Germany and Argentina didn’t escape notice with the […]

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Just "What" and "Who" is this Endeavour person?

If, for some unexplainable reason, you are just this minute jumping on the Endeavour bandwagon and wondering just “What is Endeavour?” or, you are flipping through the 57 channels coming to the realization that Bruce Springsteen had it right back in 1992 and you stop on PBS and ask yourself, “What is Endeavour?“, have we […]

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At last! The first video glimpse of Downton Abbey 5…sort of.

Sometimes, I feel like Downton Abbey is more like Moriarty than we think….stay with me here.   Miss Me? For Downton Abbey fans in the U.S., it is now day 125 since we last visited the Crawley family and were left wondering if Mr. Gregson would be found, who might Lady Mary end up with […]

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World Cup 2014: OK, England, it's time to 'Bring It Home'

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil just around the corner, beginning next week on 12 June. Every participating country is still in the running and, just like Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber, they all still have a chance. For England, however, 2014 couldn’t have come soon enough in order to quickly erase the disaster […]

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Baseball / Cricket as explained to a foreign visitor

The Day the Earth Stood Still – almost Definitely not the magnitude of the World Cup where time seems to stop for matches at all hours of the day and night depending on where and/or who you might be watching, but, it somehow seems appropriate to turn our attention (along with much of North America) on […]

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Dame Judi Dench – no need to say anything else

Thinking back some 12 years ago, I was fortunate enough to meet and interview Judi Dench for an earlier production, The Best of British Comedy for American Public Television. I was even more fortunate to be able to interview her a second time for the upcoming program on British comedy writers for PBS as I’m […]

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Dame Judi Dench rose tops Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Seems fitting that a rose inspired by the greatness of Dame Judi Dench would top the seller’s list at the end of the first day of this week’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. The “drama queen” rose, with red and white stripes, is described in The Telegraph as having a “light but descent scent”. Dame […]

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