Veep 4.01

Veep 4.01 – Joint Sessions


Twenty-four hours before Selina’s first major speech as President, her staff frantically tries to work out how she can say two completely opposite things (cuts in the military/ spending on the families first bill) at the same time. But, just before the speech begins, everything falls apart. The staff adjusts to their new roles in the White House: Gary questions his worth now that he can no longer be close to Selina. Jonah is put off by the hands-on approach of the new VP’s chief of staff, Teddy. Amy learns that Bill Ericsson, a rival campaign manager, may make a play for her job. Mike is trying to be healthy.

Kent: The only unthinkable thing is that anything is unthinkable.
Ben: Kent majored in fortune cookies.



Starcraft HD

Starcraft was originally released on March 31, 1998. I’m sure I have played it at least twice through (including the sequel Brood War).

The original game was released wit ha resolution of 640×480, sufficient for games of the time but now out of date. On 14 August 2017 it got a Hi-Def upgrade, released as  Starcraft: Remastered.

I had already purchased the Starcraft Compilation (required to play the game). So re-installed the game from the Blizzard site then went looking the the ‘Remastered Upgrade’ to install. Couldn’t find it anywhere, so tried playing the installed game. It had a new intro screen proclaiming ‘Starcraft: Remastered’, but it looked just like the old game. It took some digging around in the settings to work out that checking the ‘HD’ box was all that was required. Why wasn’t it on by default ?


Veep 3.10

Veep 3.10 – New Hampshire

While Selina balances her unexpected Presidency with the New Hampshire primary, Dan pushes Jonah to take the blame for the torture rumor in exchange for a job at the White House. There is a slight issue with the oath of office, because of Mike’s clumsiness. Selina accidentally tells Kent the wrong person to fire and ‘squeaks’ to the nation. To help her campaign, Selina visits a factory.

God, there’s so many people in here. It’s like a Mormon orgy.

Jonah: There’s one of me fuckin’ a chicken while dressed as bin Laden.

I am the most powerful person in the world. Is that correct? [All agree] Any fuck-up from now on is not just a fuck-up, it’s my legacy. Got it?! No fuck-ups!

 No, stat. He’s useless. He’s a one-inch cock.

 I came in third, Amy. Okay? Even the Nazis came in second.

Hudson & Halls

Actors: Todd Emerson, Chris Parker and Anya Tate-Manning

The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news…

Be transported to an ’80s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns and very questionable cooking in this immersive work co-created by theatrical daredevil Kip Chapman (director of That Bloody Woman).

Theatre Review

Press Review

Scrap Ship

Scrapyard Ship (Scrapyard Ship #1)
by Mark Wayne McGinnis (2013)

Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately — evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he’s relegated to his grandfather’s old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But It’s through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

What begins as an adventure science fiction story soon turns into military science fiction. Although the story could easily be epic fantasy. There is a lot of hand-wavy techno-mumble to explain how things work. It could have just have easily been labelled ‘magic.

Despite these drawbacks, the plot moves along at a good pace and is generally well written. The story takes a number surprising turns. But there is one REALLY obvious military tactic that is foreshadowed early on.

A good read, and I’m moving on the the second in the series.


Veep 3.09

Veep 3.09 – Crate

After Selina is caught badmouthing a reporter, putting the campaign in jeopardy, the team gets some unexpected news. Mike worries about balancing his home and work life. Selina and her staff wonder how to make her seem more down-to-earth, when they learn that Thornhill is leading in the polls.


Dan: Amy, I gotta say, you’re doing a great job. Seriously, you do me better that I do me.
Amy: You do yourself a lot.

Mike: [regarding Selina’s new campaign “platform”] She thinks it looks folksy, but she really looks like Dustin Hoffman on a crate.

Mike: [trying to unlock a cellphone] It’s password protected. Hang on. 0-0-0-1… 0-0-0-2… 0-0-0-3…

Selina: Well, there’s just… there’s just no way out of this. I mean, you know, not for a sitting Vice President… who’s lost Iowa and New Hampshire. You know what V.P. stands for? It stands for “victory perma-fucked.” I don’t deserve this. You know? Goddammit. I don’t, but you do. Because you are all losers! Every motherfuckin’ one of you! [pointing to Amy and Gary] Loser! Loser!

Selina: What are you talking about? What is it? Are we at war?
Kent: Ma’am, we’re America, we’re always at war.

Kent: The First Lady isn’t in a good place.
Selina: Oh. Hospital.
Kent: Mentally. POTUS has decided that he wants to devote more time to looking after her.
Selina: Yikes!
Kent: At any rate… he’s gonna resign.
Selina: Uh-uh.  What?
Kent: Ma’am, you’re about to become the 45th President of the United States. It’s not a dress-rehersal, not a drill. You are going to be the president.



Veep 3.08

Veep 3.08 – Debate

The staff prepares for the debate between Selina and her rivals; Dan returns to the office after his panic attack; Gary inadvertently tells Wendy that Ray collaborated with Selina to make decisions. Selina makes a drastic change to her hair.

Ben: Well I’m a baby-faced, know-nothing Congressman from Shitstain, Nevada, who’s got the newly dropped balls enough to think that I can run for President.

Gary: What do you think of the new cut, huh? Do you like it?
Mike: Of course I don’t fucking like it! It’s the worst use of scissors since my failed vasectomy!

Doyle: I think I’ve endorsed a Nazi!
Furlong: It’d explain the Hitler haircut!

It there’s any dirty trick I can’t stand – it’s honesty.


Veep 3.07

Veep 3.07 – Special Relationship

During a trip in London, Selina is bombarded with questions regarding the influence of Ray and his online beliefs, which have been recovered by Jonah; Dan has a breakdown which could work in Amy’s favor. Selina makes some appearances, including a visit to a local pub and a speech at a War Service. The team learns of the suicide attempt of the First Lady.


He’s currently with a woman from the Bank of England. It’s like watching a goat try and use an ATM.

Let’s get the merry old fuck out of merry old England. Okay, I need to be driven to the airport at Diana speed. Okay, just more carefully, though, please.

Jonah: Let’s check out your chart. Let’s see how you’re doing, here. Okay. All right. Dan Egan, 67, female. Unemployed campaign manager. Thirty different types of semen pumped from stomach, inverted nipples, abnormally high douche readings—that makes sense. Cancer of the soul, traces of dog excrement found around the corners of mouth. Chronic cretinism, leprosy, anal bleeding. Uh… tiny child balls?


Veep 3.06

Veep 3.06 – Detroit

At an economic summit in Detroit, Selina’s staff and her family, especially Andrew, are peeved by the presence of her new personal trainer, Ray (Christopher Meloni), who is also her new lover. Meanwhile, Jonah and Mike negotiate a photo-op with Selina and Maddox, which only works for Maddox. Later, Catherine protects her mom from a protester. Selina attends a women’s gun show, after an anti-gun rumor is spread by Jonah through Minna Häkkinen.

Minna Häkkinen: I would like you to understand that in my country, politics is a lot more honest.
Selina: In your country, people fuck snow. And I hope you understand that I say that with the utmost respect.