Nip/Tuck – still relevant 8 years on?


Ryan Murphy may be better known today as the man behind Glee, but it’s Nip/Tuck that will forever be my favourite.

FX in the UK is currently re-running each series back-to-back after midnight each weeknight, so set your Sky+!  I haven’t watched the series since they first aired on Channel 4, I was expecting it to seem dated, but it still remains very modern and topical.  It may be 8 years since the show began, but western society is still image obsessed, people want to look younger, thinner and more like their favourite celebrity. “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself?” sets the scene each episode.

Murphy often pushes the show to ludicrous levels – I had forgotten about the Carver storyline and I’ve still got the Rosie O’Donnell and Larry Hagman guest appearances to come!

But it’s the Christian/Sean/Julia dynamic that keeps me coming back.  I think Julia would ideally like a combination of Sean’s intelligence and strong sense of family (although he veers off that path a few times!) with Christian’s masculinity, confidence and occasionally touching vulnerability.  The casting of Julian McMahon, Dylan Walsh and Joely Richardson is perfect for these characters and I couldn’t imagine anyone else in these parts.

Matt is an intriguing character, even if he does appear to be miscast as a teenager in the early seasons as he seems quite a bit older!  There’s the relationship with Eva, the explosive relationship he has with his parents and Christian – not just your typical grumpy teen.

The FX re-run is currently in the early stages of Season 3, so I’ve a fair bit to go to catch up.  Nip/Tuck seemed to disappear off of terrestrial a few years ago, and I haven’t seen the final season or two – will McNamara/Troy have reinvented itself or closed down, I’ll just have to wait and see!

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Yorokobi by CJ, Japanese and Korean Restaurant in Aberdeen


I’ve been to Yorokobi once before for a quiet meal and I’ve also popped in for a bento box take out – so what’s it like on a busy Saturday night?

Yorokobi by CJ has an extensive menu featuring both Japanese and Korean cuisine.  There are plenty of options and it’s possible to eat in whichever style you fancy.  You could go for a traditional starter, main and dessert or you could order a variety of dishes to share amongst your table.

I was there with a group of friends, and we decided to order a variety of starters to share and then move on to our own individual main course.

So, it was Japanese for starters – Agedashi Tofu, Vegetable Gyoza for me and my meat-eating friends opted for some Chicken Teriyaki skewers and we all shared some Vegetable Tempura.

I decided to go Korean for my main, with a traditional Vegetable Bibimbab topped with obligatory fried egg!  I ate quite a lot of Korean food when I was in Sydney, and this matched up to the quality I got over there.

Sorbets and ice cream was the perfect way to finish the meal off, refreshing and light!

The food was fantastic, but the service could do with a little work.  When I ordered our wine, the waitress told me it was by the glass only, despite the menu stating that I could order a bottle.  They weren’t too fast at clearing our table fully between courses, and we sometimes had to prompt them.  I think we had a new waitress, but I think the poor lass could have done with some extra support from her colleagues.

It’s a great restaurant though, and I’d definitely recommend it and I’ll be going back.

Have you been and what did you think?  Leave your comments here!

http://www.yorokobibycj.co.uk/

The Boat That Rocked – Review


Richard Curtis has decided to deviate from his usual romantic comedy schtick and present us with sixties nostalia – so how did he do?

The plot is a thinly veiled look at the Radio Caroline story – Caroline, becomes Radio Rock for example.

And it’s not just the boat that’s had it’s name changed – brash American DJ Emperor Rosko is renamed “The Count” and is played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  The character Bob appears to be a nod to the late John Peel.  Bill Nighy plays, well.. you guessed it, Bill Nighy!

Rhys Ifans and Bill Nighy

Rhys Ifans and Bill Nighy

As with many Richard Curtis films, there are too many characters and not enough opportunity to get to know them, to care about them and follow their story with interest to the end of the film.  Despite the film feeling too long, I got to the end still not feeling I’d “discovered” the characters.

There’s plenty of fun and games on board, the cast appeared to have had a ball filming this.  Interestingly though, former Radio Caroline DJ Johnnie Walker said in an article in The Times that his time on the boat wasn’t as fun as on the fictional Radio Rock, and it could get pretty grim.

With Johnnie Walker’s thoughts in mind, it would be interesting to see this subject tackled by another writer – perhaps we’d see tensions – cabin fever, if you will – building between the DJ’s marooned out in the cold North Sea in the winter.

I failed to understand why Curtis thought it was necessary to introduce the teenage lad – was it purely to display the supposed corrupting influence of the top DJs of the time, or to find and an excuse to bring Emma Thompson out to Radio Rock?

Kenneth Branagh’s turn as a Hitleresque London establishment figure was frankly embarrassing, as was the lame humour in naming his sidekick “Twatt”.

Rhys Ifans played the rock star DJ Gavin to perfection, but again,  he didn’t have enough material to work with and develop the character.

Watching this as someone from the UK in Australia, with an Australian audience, it became apparent very quickly that many of the references in this film did not travel.  The only jokes the Australian audience seemed to get were squarely aimed at Angus the Kiwi DJ!  It doesn’t take much to get an Aussie to laugh at a Kiwi!

I’m sure it’s been said before, but The Boat That Rocked didn’t really rock me and all it’s left me wanting is another writer/director to have a go at tackling similar subject matter.  Richard Curtis should stick to Hugh Grant and romantic comedies!