Last week we went to see the very funny film Samba a French comedy but being French there is often a deeper meaning than just that. And so it was with this film. Omar plays a character who is from Senegal and who has lived in France for ten years. It shows the dark side of immigration, the lowly paid jobs and the risks run by desperate people. The film will make you laugh so go and see it but look at the other agenda and this isn’t funny. This is something that affects Europe and the US, Australia and even places like Argentina. Our burgeoning global human population especially in the mid latitudes is either moving to the north or to the south as they see the relative wealth of those regions. We don’t have a plan but we really need one. Go see the film and think about what is happening in both your country and in the world.
As is usual with Private Eye a great mix of visual gags and serious comment guaranteed to please some and annoy others. It is such an important journal in exposing those who are trying to take the rest of us for a ride. If you haven’t tried it yet then pick up a copy. It is very compact and the only celebrities in it are those they make fun of. Need we say more?
We were lucky in the draw for the free tickets to go to the recording of episode 7 of this series of the News Quiz, a BBC Radio 4 comedy. It was very funny. The two teams consisted of Jeremy Hardy and Bob Mills and Holly Walsh and Fred MacAulay. It took almost two hours to record it for a 30 minute broadcast. Definitely worth it.
We have just been to see Mark Thomas’s new show, Cuckooed, at the Tricycle theatre in Kilburn, London and as usual it is extremely good. This is political and activist comedy at its best and Mark pulls no punches. We have been we think to all of his shows over the last few years and they are always highly entertaining. This show tells the story of a how a very good and close friend spied on a group of activists linked to the Campaign Against Arms Trade for BAE Systems. It is funny, moving, sad and entertaining all at the same time. If you haven’t seen Mark or the show then go and see him. If you live too far away then read one of his enlightening books. http://www.markthomasinfo.co.uk/
Don’t you just love how some supposedly professional outfits turn out to be totally amateurish? Well that happened to us last night as a group of EasyJet passengers were subjected to the best comedy that Gatwick Airport could muster. Our Easyjet flight was early for a change and we had landed and come to a halt at around 10pm. Unfortunately, we were parked at a remote stand and those professional comedians of LGW took 25 minutes to get the buses to the aircraft followed by a great little drive around the airport. So loads of really stressed people worried about getting trains and missing connections.Then of course there were those passengers who had tickets for the Gatwick Express but there weren’t any trains due to engineering works. But that’s another story. Britain, you couldn’t make it up and our government couldn’t organise a drink in a brewery.