Well, I’m back in the office after my little break. A week in sunny Spain, a stag weekend in not so sunny and in fact rather damp Nottingham, and bank holiday weekend camping in a field in Reading for the festival. The main talking point of which, apart from the weather, was Guns and Roses arriving an hour late on stage. Having read a few reviews I think that a large portion of the press has been unduely biased against Axl Rose and his band, although after his clash with Kerrang magazine and the consequent recording of Get In The Ring you can sort of understand the media not being onside. Personally, whatever the reviewers say, I thought they were great!
With the August Bank Holiday weekend done and dusted for another year we now enter what most consider to be the end of summer. The schools go back, and thoughts start drifting ever more towards Christmas, and the New Year period. That’s the last I’ll mention about Christmas, for a while at least, as it does seem to sneak up on us earlier and earlier every year, but the end of Summer brings me nicely to my next point. When I was listening to the radio this morning I learnt that on ITV tonight is the last ever episode of The Bill.
For those of you who don’t know, and if not you must surely not have watched television at all for the last 27 years, The Bill is a police drama that debuted on our screens back in 1983 under the title Woodentop as part of a series of one-off dramas. It impressed so much that a series was commissioned and screening began in 1984 under the name The Bill. 26 years, and many revamps and iterations later what has become the UK’s longest running procedural police drama bows out tonight. The Bill is not alone as I discovered later on today, as over the weekend we also saw the last ever episode of Last Of The Summer Wine, after 37 years.
Another story in the news over the weekend however shows that it may be the end of the road for Last Of The Summer Wine, The Bill, and the summer of 2010, but Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is still going strong. The Mousetrap is one of those theatre productions that I think I must go and see, whenever I hear it mentioned, and then promptly forget about a week or so later having not got round to booking tickets. Mousetrap was hitting the headlines this weekend as Wikipedia published the ending and revealed the killer. This may not seem like a big deal, until you realise that at every performance of the play each member of the audience is requested not to reveal the killer so to preserve the mystery of the play. I myself shall be avoiding the Wikipedia page and look to visit the theatre to see it sooner rather than later.