A few days ago I discovered that cablog.com.au had ceased blogging. It was run by Sydney cabbie Adrian Neyland and was such a great example of what a blog is all about (niche subject, good writing, informative, entertaining) that I even featured it in as one of the blogs in the BBC News Superpower season. If memory serves Adrian even recorded a lovely POV video for the BBC of him driving through nighttime Sydney all the time narrating the cablog ethos.
The thing is Adrian’s blog actually stopped nearly a year ago . . . and I never even noticed. What does this tell us about the state of blogging and people who read blogs? As Adrian writes above, putting up posts became a ‘chore’ and I suspect that since blogging’s golden age of around 2003/2004 the novelty for many writers has worn off. Sure some are still going strong, Charles at littlegreenfootballs.com (another BBC superpower feature) only has to sneeze to get over 100 comments and early blog pioneer Glenn Reynolds is keeping it regular despite being swallowed by a conservative publishing house. . . . but Egypt’s Sandmonkey (aka Mahmoud Salem), nominated for best Middle Eastern blog back in ’06 I think, is now down to about 3 posts a year, iraqthemodel.com and the mildly famous Riverbend shut down years ago with the latter flinging out one last last hurrah this year in a very poignant sort of dead cat bounce. . . however, I suspect the real reason I never noticed cablog’s demise was that I just don’t have the time to spend lazily leafing through the web and stopping by anything that takes my fancy . . . might have something to do with the fact that I now spend a lot of my time changing nappies!
RIP Dennis Farina, as usual these days I’m way late on my entertainment news and it was a shock to see he’d died. Farina was a pleasurable sight on screen and one of those actors who give you that safe feeling where you know what you’re going to get and invariably it was entertaining. He came late to acting so there’s hope for all wannabe starlets out there who are exiting their thirties.
The LA Times has a nice gallery dedicated to some of Dennis Farina’s movie roles but in my view they’ve missed some of the obvious greats. First off the movie I’ll always associate him with: Midnight Run. In this rare example of a De Niro comedy that really works, Farina played gangster Jimmy Serrano. This film could easily have had 3 leads: De Niro is superb and well-matched by Charles Grodin with his hang-dog expression and wry asides but Farina as the dirt-talking boss was brilliant too, especially when verbally abusing his two hapless goons. He could be real nasty too — when he gets Grodin in the car towards the end and tells him what he’s going to do to his family, it gives me the chills. And not forgetting Snatch: Farina is superb as cousin Avi the wisecracking diamond dealer in this heist caper — the best Guy Ritchie film yet and way way better than Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. Snatch is one of thoise films with lines and scenes that have stayed lodged in the memory long after watching, including Farina’s quips . . relive them here.
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