Jan. 18th, 2009

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If you were counting on a tax refund from your state taxes, beware: California delaying tax refunds amid cash crisis.

I hadn't heard about this until the CATESOL lobbyist mentioned it (amidst some extremely dire school budget news) at our meeting on Saturday. Yikes.

Alfresco

Jan. 18th, 2009 10:17 pm
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Alfresco is a pair of DVDs you must get if you would be amused by seeing Emma Thompson in the best of the worst of 80s fashion (the whole lot: spandex, teased hair, high-waisted jeans, floofy short skirts, etc.), doing an extra-lewd Morris dancing music video, etc., along with Robbie Coltrane (yes, Hagrid), Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, etc.

It's sketch comedy, fairly similar to A Bit of Fry and Laurie, with the requisite surreal, bawdy, and disturbing turns, and the requisite mad wigs. (Stephen Fry really will take any excuse to get into Louis IV courtier garb, and Hugh Laurie does seem to seek out Regency getups. It's a wonder neither of them have done movies in those periods. Or maybe they did and I've missed 'em.)

Also, unless they're consistently dubbing her with the same person or I have no ear at all, Emma Thompson is a pretty decent singer.

Also, if you've seen this show, what the heck is that weird song/video that Siobhan Redmond sings about the tree and all? We couldn't figure out who she was supposed to be imitating--Sinead O'Connor? (I've never seen a Sinead O'Connor video in my life, and I've only heard like one of her songs that I know of, and it wasn't from this period.)

(A few bits haven't aged well and come off as a bit racist or sexist despite being bits meant to mock racists and sexists, but the show is 25 years old.)

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