Caught in The Middle


As far as comedies today are concerned, The Middle has to be one of my favourites. Not only is it funny, it is genuinely fun for the whole family, something Jerry Seinfeld once claimed was impossible. The acting is terrific, particularly with the young cast (who hold their own opposite power-houses like Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn), and a rather relevant social issue is addressed – youngest son Brick clearly suffers from some for of anxiety. What Brick battles with humour and heart is typical of a significant percentage of children in America, and it is humbling to watch and understand his plight. I hope everyone who watches this show has learnt something from this family’s efforts, and that Brick’s somewhat funny tics lead to a more serious discussion about mental health.

Nails on a chalkboard

Back in 2000, a 14-year-old girl went to school with all her nails painted one colour, except for one finger, which was painted a different colour. She got teased and called ‘weird’. Fast forward 13 years, and every second fashion victim is copying that girl.

That girl was me. Miffed, to say the least.

Baa Baa Black Sheep wins a Grammy?!

I’m a fan of Gotye more than the next person, but the response that ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ has gotten from the public (and now the critics) is mind-boggling. I mean, sure, ‘My Humps’ also won a Grammy, but are the voters seriously willing to give an award they have also given to the likes of U2, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston and Seal to a frankly unoriginal break-up song with a nursery rhyme sample?