23rd Feb 2021

CIPC #210: Futurama S3 E14, Time keeps on slippin’

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post about The Simpsons. It still remains, and will probably remain forever, one of the most lamentable, lacklustre, lackadaisical things to...

16th Feb 2021

CIPC #209: Monsters S2 E2, Portrait of the Artist

If I had been a little smarter, I would have done this episode in the Halloween season, but I’m not so I haven’t. So yeah, it’s going to be Monsters...

10th Feb 2021

CIPC #208: The tonight show 26-09-2019, Grape chess

I am not familiar with American talk shows, but one of the trappings of the genre seems to be painfully unfunny sketches. Today, we will turn our attention to one...

02nd Feb 2021

CIPC #207: Norwich union ad

Norwich! The great city of Norwich! Its cathedral, its mustard, its football team, its famous sons Lord Nelson and Alan Partridge,1 its union. Yes, its union. The Norwich Union, founded...

26th Jan 2021

CIPC #206: Chess in ‘Popular science’

Nothing is quite as unsettling to a scientist than his subject becoming self aware. Imagine the biologist that suddenly finds his fruit flies peering at him; the physicist who finds...

19th Jan 2021

CIPC #205: Father Brown S2 E1, The ghost in the machine

I have sung the praises of Chesterton’s Father Brown stories before, so I will now just suffice by saying that I still stand by those praises. Unfortunately, I cannot be...

12th Jan 2021

CIPC #204: B.C. June 9th, 2013

Last year, we started with some high-brow Culture with a capital C. As there is a widely supported consensus that 2020 was not one of history’s best efforts, I decided...

05th Jan 2021
CIPC extra: The best and worst of 2020

CIPC extra: The best and worst of 2020

Never before have people been so eager for a year to end. All because they cannot wait for my review of the year. I can hardly disappoint them, can I?...

29th Dec 2020

CIPC #203: Asterix Vol.4, Asterix the gladiator

Sic transit gloria mundi! There is no better way to summarise the fate of the Asterix series. It started all the way back in 1959 and quickly became one of...

23rd Dec 2020

CIPC #202: The manhole

2020 has become the year of video games. People have been at home rather more than usual and, naturally, they spend it playing Fortnite, Among us, Cyberpunk since a week...

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