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The Scottish referendum. The SNP. And the politics of the unborn…

Only a politician could stoop this low. Using an as yet unborn foetus to campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum? Tis just poor.

Whilst some of their (uncosted and potentially undeliverable) policies appeal, in an ever globalising world, it’s hard to imagine why 5 million people would want to decouple themselves from a historically successful union.

Still. Salmond and his cronies would no doubt disagree….

Iain G. Morrison is a senior marketer in the third sector. And would not be voting yes (if he still lived north of the border).

Mamma mia. Here I go again…

I was fortunate enough to spend time with a good friend last night who was over for just a few days from Singapore. She’d wangled some free tickets to see Mamma Mia, so after a pre-theatre nibble at Dishoom (which is a must visit if you haven’t been), we trot off to the Prince of Wales theatre.

One to avoid.

Now, I’ve seen Mamma Mia at the theatre before. And the film. There is very little plot to speak of, this we all know. Most people go because they are

a) fans of ABBA

b) tourists, or

c) both.

This production however, was hideous, for a variety of reasons…

  • Most of the cast struggled vocally. Not only were their singing voices poor, they barely enunciated
  • The dancers (term used in the loosest sense), were poor. High kicks barely made it past waist level for most of them
  • Muffin tops were an odd wardrobe choice for many of the usually lithe cast; usually inexcusable for a dancer
  • The fat / skinny sidekick combo mustered a few laughs, but the chemistry between them (and indeed the cast), was non-existent
  • The set, like the costumes and majority of the cast,  were tired

After arriving 5 minutes late, we had to wait to be seated. Thankfully only ten minutes. There was a screen in the bar, but the very loud bar staff had to be asked to turn it up. Twice. Even then, the sound quality was much the same as it was in the auditorium. Poor. And we were in row H of the stalls!

The house looked full. Which we both found astonishing. Had we not been late and brought to our seats, we’d probably have left after 15 minutes. However, we hung on till the interval. And then snuck off to find some gin.

One to avoid. Even if you are getting a free ticket…

Iain G. Morrison can now understand why at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender…

I’ll have my Madonna with Duck Sauce…

I know it’s not Friday, but as I’m off work this week, every day has that Friday feeling (sorry). Most people know that Madonna’s older stuff is her best.

With a new album in the pipeline, I’m reminded of one of the few stand-out funny moments in her infamous documentary  ‘In bed with Madonna’, where they joke about her still grabbing her crotch and writhing around on stage to ‘Like a Virgin’ when she’s 50.

Ponder…

Anyhoo, to my favourite mash-up of some time. The storming 90’s Madonna classic ‘Vogue’ meets Barbra Streisand?

I’d definitely order my next portion of Madonna with Duck Sauce on the side…

Iain G. Morrison is still recuperating. And looking forward to watching George Osbourne claim he has a genuine growth strategy in the 2011 budget…

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Angry boys…

No, it’s not the next single from <insert former X-Factor winners name here>.

It’s the follow up to the genius mockumentary series Summer Heights High from the comedic genius, Chris Lilley. BBC 3 will be broadcasting the show this summer.

For those of you that can’t wait, here’s a little slice of Mr. G, the musical…

Iain G. Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. And can’t wait to see Ja’mie King return to our screens…

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Happy Christmahannukwanzadan…

The Baby Jesus (tm)

Yes dear readers.

It’s no longer enough to say happy holidays if one is being PC. Urban Dictionary’s word of the day is Christmahannukwanzadan, meshing all the festive holiday wishes into one (the idea being no offence be caused to anyone of any particular persuasion).

I’d rarely class myself a traditionalist. But today of all days, I’d just like to wish you all a happy Christmas. I hope the festive season brings you peace, happiness, goodwill and if you are a shopkeeper, a very full till.

Iain G. Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism industry. And is enjoying a few days with family in Scotia…

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Strike? What strike…

Let's kick some striker arse Bolly...

Let me make one thing clear. I’m not anti-strike. I am however a big believer in employers & employees working together to achieve resolution to any conflict. Swiftly.

And if they can’t (a la TFL and the infamous London Underground strike that has had a somewhat detrimental effect on the capital today), I fully endorse sending in Gene Hunt to sort the problem out.

If we could, I’d wager an agreement would be reached within 30 minutes, way before he reached for the leather gloves / toiler-head-flush manoeuvre.

Iain G. Morrison is a senior marketer in the British Tourism Industry. And is working from home thanks to our good striking friends…

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