August 9th, 2014

Random Dead parrot


Still faffing about with the new tv. Hooked up my dvd player only to find that because it's quite old, and not HD, the picture quality on the large screen tv was pretty bad, which meant a new player was in order. And if I was going to get a new player anyway, decided on a blu-ray rather than just dvd. Then I discovered that none of the shops openly sell region-free players, and I had to get one online. It arrived two weekends back and I thought I had it set up properly but when I hooked it to my receiver and turned on the tv, there was nothing. Frustration! I'm not good with this sort of stuff and it always leaves me feeling anxious when I can't get something to work straight off. Had another go at it today; this time I plugged the HDMI cable straight into the tv instead of into the receiver first, and now I have a good picture. Unfortunately it means that the sound no longer runs through my surround sound system so it's not ideal... will have to try a few more configurations and see what works.

Of course I had to try an overseas import disc, just to make sure it really was region-free, and ended up watching episode one of The Sentinel.

This afternoon involved a trip to the cinema to see Monty Python Live (Mostly) which was a total blast. It was filmed in the O2 arena earlier this year and the boys did all of their most famous sketches as well as a couple I didn't remember at all. Brilliant stuff, just brilliant, at one time I was crying with laughter; even when you know what the joke is, it's still such funny, funny stuff. They're all looking old, (but aren't we all) and on a couple of occasions one or other of them would forget their lines, or just crack up laughing... made it all seem more real, somehow.

Surprisingly the theatre was empty when we arrived; shortly afterwards another two people showed up but that was it - the four of us had the theatre to ourselves. Shame, really, as it would have been great to be surrounded by lots of people all enjoying it as much as we were.