Category Archives: The Crone as Television Critic

South Beach Classics–reality worth watching

If you miss Jesse James in Monster Garage, make do with Cake Boss, and watch Pawn Stars even though you know no-one walks into that store without a History Channel producer having first phoned them up, then make sure to … Continue reading

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Fork Handles, Frayed Feet and that Christmas Feeling

I am feeling a little frail this Christmas. Something to do with having fallen on the ice and hurting my right hand. (You try wrapping presents without an opposable thumb). I’ve been wearing the same bra for five days because … Continue reading

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Murder at Midnight–The Bedroom Habits of the Blarney Crone

“People are murdered all night long in your room” said Gretel disapprovingly, and I’m afraid she is right. As befits a woman of a certain age, I have developed an affection for Discovery ID (in truth, the only Discovery channel … Continue reading

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Cuban motion and holiday travel: the Crone takes action

So little of the outside world impinges on Itchy Ankle that I am rarely compelled to write of happenings beyond the charmed circle that is Peggoty’s fireplace, the Snug Harbor Inn, Grace’s Garage and Heavenly Ice-cream. This week however a couple … Continue reading

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A New Chair for the BBC–I do my bit

The BBC is looking for a new chair of the BBC Trust. They may not be looking in America but, even at a distance of 3000 miles, I feel obliged to get involved.

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Young People Today–So Clever

Enjoy these videos, the first from Scottish Susan’s son Rory–a very knowing spoof of the soupy films television producers make to make sure talent shows like American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent last an hour. Rory, of course, is too … Continue reading

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I SO belong at Stanford

The Crone is far from academic and not much given to serious study but, since reading the novels of C.P. Snow as a teenager, she has always wanted to work at a large and prestigious university. Watching Inspector Morse only fuelled … Continue reading

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Was Sue Ellen far gone or just too far south?

Dear Doris, I write to you from Dallas, Texas where it occurs to me that Sue Ellen Ewing may have had a bad rap. Here, the weather is damnably humid meaning that anyone venturing even one glass of wine is … Continue reading

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A cultural exchange with Doris Brazil

Blabs, The grease stains on my sheets are testimony to the perils of eating Bombay Mix in bed. As for those long thin pieces, there have been nights when it’s been like lying on a bed of nails. I’m so … Continue reading

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Doris Brazil on Greg Pope, Shirley Horn and Bombay Mix

Dear Blabs, As I type, using my right hand, my left is dangling above a finger bowl of Bombay Mix. Segregation of duties is something I learned long ago with BM. I share your love of the spicy snack and … Continue reading

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