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Happy Birthday to ‘The Office’!

Keith: I watched that ‘Peak Practice.’

Tim: Yeah, I’ve never seen it.

Keith: Bloody repeat.

Tim: That’s annoying, isn’t it?

Keith: Not for me. I hadn’t seen it…  Boring, isn’t it? Just staying in watching
‘Peak Practice’ with your life.

Tim: Mmm, yeah.

Keith: Not for me. I like it.

–         Episode 1.5: New Girl.

It’s been ten years today since ‘The Office’ was first broadcast. The ‘mockumentary’ show introduced us to David Brent and his employees at paper merchants, Wernham Hogg. Furthermore, it also introduced us to Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook and Lucy Davis – and many more.

I admit that I didn’t watch it when it was first aired, although- like everyone else, right? – I knew about the dance fusion of Flashdance and MC Hammer. A further admission: I only started to like Gervais and Merchant – and obviously Karl Pilkington! – when I stumbled upon ‘An Idiot Abroad.’ Since then, I have been an avid fan of all their stuff.

For anyone who’s interested, I have a feature about ‘The Office’ on ‘The British Comedy Guide’:

http://www.comedy.co.uk/guide/tv/the_office/special/10_years_of_the_office/

It feels great to work for BCG. Let me know what you think of the article, and let me know what your favourite bit is. Like the show’s creators, my favourite scene isn’t funny; just very, very sad and directed brilliantly. At the end of the second series, Tim takes the girl he loves, Dawn, aside, takes off their microphones and there’s a long silence for the viewer. They hug and Tim goes back to his desk. Putting his mic back on, he looks at us, and says: “she said ‘no,’ by the way.”

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2011 in Published work

 

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Two new Bristol247 articles

Bristol247 celebrates its 2nd Anniversary this year, and I’m proud to be a contributor to the site. While my other articles can be seen by clicking on the links in previous blog posts or my online portfolio, I have also had two further pieces published on the site of late.

£9000 university tuition fees will make the common student an endangered species

Students take their protest to the Bristol247 homepage!

Like many, I feel very strongly about the increased student tuition fees, though I am lucky enough not to be directly affected, so I want to thank the editor, Christopher Brown, for the opportunity to air these views. I also want to thank my interviewees, Chris Brownett and Barry Creswell. I’m pleased to see a couple of comments from like-minded individuals too; any further opinions are very much welcomed.

http://www.bristol247.com/2011/05/17/your-say-9000-university-tuition-fees-will-make-the-common-student-an-endangered-species/

Jack Vettriano celebration comes to the RWA, Bristol

Vettriano on the Bristol247 homepage

Jack Vettriano’s one of my favourite artists – in fact, you’ve probably got a print of his art, perhaps on a card or something – and I’m glad he’s being recognised at the RWA. It’s unusual to have something like this in the South West – I’m still trying to get to The Doctor Who Experience in London, although obviously, it’s moving to Cardiff next year – so I hope to show my support and go to the exhibition soon.

http://www.bristol247.com/2011/07/01/jack-vettriano-celebration-comes-to-the-rwa-bristol/

There’s some comments on that too; this time, some more, uhm, opinionated ones. Ah well, love a good debate (as long as I win). Personally, I really like this quote from Vettriano: “The whole debate between the public loving it and critics hating it made it controversial and I’ve benefitted from that. I don’t mind it at all; I’ve always wanted to be a bit of a maverick.”

And finally, here’s my contributor’s page:

http://www.bristol247.com/author/philip-bates/

Hopefully, this’ll be growing, ‘long as Mr. Brown is happy with what I do!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Published work

 

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