Did Tracey Ullman Date Vyvyan Basterd?

Although I don’t like these shared universe theories, I do keep stumbling across them. A tweet on that there Twitter made me seek out the Tracey Ullman cover of the Madness song, My Girl┬ácalled My Guy.

First of all, I don’t really understand why Neil Kinnock is in this video, nor why he seems to be trying to get off with Tracey Ullman’s mum.

Anyway, what caught my attention (other than this being a really good cover version), is that yellow Ford Anglia with red flame decals at the start. It doesn’t just bear a striking resemblance to Vyvyan’s car from The Young Ones

… is IS Vyvyan’s car from The Young Ones.

Check out the number plate.

Assuming the release date of the single is around the time Tracey was dropped at the bus stop, it’s March 1984. Vyvyan still owns that car until his death on June 19th 1984.

But that’s clearly not Vyvyan driving it.

It could be Mike I suppose, at a push.

So, has Vyv loaned his car to a friend (unlikely)? …

… though he does like Mike more than Neil.

I’ll tell you who it most looks like.

This guy. From their party. Sat on the arm of the sofa.

But that’s Rik’s ‘friend’, and Vyv is even less likely to loan his car to someone Rik knows than he is to Neil.

It’s a mystery.


A Moment In The Young Ones You’ve Never Seen Before

I was moving frame by frame through the opening sequence of Boring, from the first series of The Young Ones, and I found this flash frame at 1m25s2f.

It pops up just after the skating vegetables, and just before we cut to Neil sitting in his window, looking out at the dawn.

In the second series of the show, these flash frames were deliberate things, as we explored here, but they weren’t utilised in the first series. So this is a genuine rogue frame, left over from an earlier edit, and overlooked by accident.

It’s obviously part of the opening sequence, where the house is full of wondrous things before the cock crows, including those skating love vegetables, and Lord Kitchener at the kitchen table. Maybe it was a special effect that didn’t quite work. Maybe the rug was floating around the house, having a wander, before rushing back to the doorway.

Anyone know any more about this?

How To Get A Million Followers

It seems like a reasonable ambition, doesn’t it?

To have one million followers on your preferred choice of social media.

But if only one percent of those followers clicked Like, or Retweet, or replied to you every time you posted, your phone would bong 10,000 times.

Imagine that?

Let’s just watch this instead.

Moments Of Self Delight

Get your mind out of the gutter.

Last night, just as I went to bed (seriously, grow up), I did something that always pleases me (sheesh). When I turn the light off, I get a little thrill every time, just watching the LEDs fade slowly away in the darkness. I have no idea why this is so delightful, but it is.

It’s like that moment when you immediately see four pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that fit together.

Or when you hear someone say the word ‘Fireman’, and automatically do an impression of Mickey from The League Of Gentlemen.

Or when you pass a car wash on a hot day, and it sprays you with a mist of cool, refreshing water.

Or when you make the perfect cup of tea.

Or when you compose a text message without any typos first time.

Or when you first land on the moon and step down from the ladder and get your opening line right.

Norway Shares The Wealth

In the 1990s, Norway realised that its windfall from the discovery and exploitation of North Sea Oil would eventually come to an end. Where the UK had used this new revenue to fund massive Thatcherite tax cuts, Norway realised that it had to protect this money for future generations. With audacious foresight, the country began investing all of the oil revenue into assets abroad.

The sovereign wealth fund is now worth over a trillion dollars.

It owns 1.3% of every listed company in the world, and is ethically managed, sometimes even voting against large companies such as Apple on corporate governance issues.

It is worth $192,000 per person in Norway.

And the Government allows itself to use 4% of the fund in its own budget.

The fund is growing so big that this number might need to be revised downwards.

No doubt there are valid counter-arguments to this approach, and that the way the UK did it was sensible too, but I can’t help feeling it’s another way we pissed everything up the wall (see also Right To Buy).