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Great British Sewing Bee – And The Winner Is…

Here it is…the finale of the Great British Sewing Bee and it didn’t disappoint. Ann, Sandra and Lauren sewed a men’s shirt, hand embroidered a purse and fitted and created a ladies evening dress.

I loved Sandra’s cheeky attitude. I wanted to hug Lauren and tell her that she’s really good. And Ann, well, she needed no encouragement whatsoever.

Who won? I’m not going to spoil it but I will say that there will be another Sewing Bee. Yippee! Until then, I’m going to have to write about something else on this blog.



Great British Sewing Bee – Episode 3

It’s semi-final time and one contestant goes home. Now that it’s down to four, the viewers get a chance to see how good these sewers really are. About 24 minutes into the episode there is a delightful segment about British sewers during World War II and the “Make Do and Mend” movement.

The finals are next week and I’m all aquiver!

Great British Sewing Bee – Episode 2

The Great British Sewing Bee, episode 2 is online and this time 2 contestants are sent home. I was able to guess which ones before the reveal but, that being said, they are way better sewers than I am. This episode was just as good as the first one. My only complaint: I want to move the bangs from the hosts’s eyes.

Great British Sewing Bee

Over the last 12 months I’ve gotten into sewing. My criterion is if I’m not embarrassed wearing it in public, then it’s a success. Never would I show my stitches to a seamstress. I know my abilities, thank you very much.

Tax-payer supported BBC has a new show, The Great British Sewing Bee. Basically, the Corporation throws together a group of disparate Brits and have them do various sewing projects in a set amount of time. Two judges critique everyone and decides who “goes home.”

Viewer stress rises when Michelle stretches out her silk and Tilly becomes over ambitious with her pattern design. It’s all in good fun and I like the fact that there is no backstabbing and no personal sob stories, a la NBC’s Olympic Athlete mini-bios.

Check out the first episode for yourself:


A few days ago the wee one had trouble going to sleep. By the time I did the soothing mother thing and headed downstairs, it was past my bed time. Since I wanted little Miss to fall asleep, I stayed downstairs and turned on the t.v. Not interested in the news, I surfed and came across Freaky Friday (the new one with Lindsay Lohan) on ABC Family.

Desperate for Attention - Watch ABC Family!

The movie was o.k. but the crap that passes for original programming on ABC Family is appalling. The commercials for ABC Family shows like Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth made me think, “This passes for family entertainment in 2011?” For instance, the four main characters on “Pretty Little Liars” look like high class call girls. All these shows and the product commercials are geared toward teenagers.

And please don’t tell me I’m am old fuddy. I call ’em like I see ’em. This stuff is crap.

p.s. A few years back I wrote a small rant on the worst show on t.v. Even with one of the main stars gone, it’s still dragging on.


On this May 26, 2011, let us celebrate the birthday of John Wayne (1907) and the end of the Oprah Winfrey show. 

Such polar opposites.

The diametric difference between these two folks is nicely explained in this scene from Boondock Saints II (WARNING: Lots of Explicit Language):

Oh, Jon

Last night Jon Stewart was on Bill O’Reilly’s show to debate the Common/White House invite controversy. The two main points Stewart expressed were  the “Right’s” hypocrisy in it’s condemnation and that Common was not advocating cop killing but thought that the supposed killers were falsely accused.

Click here to watch the interview.

I thought it was an interesting back and forth. Stewart believed it was fine for Common to be invited and vigorously defended that Common’s poetry in question wasn’t about cop killing but whether justice was served.

In the end I couldn’t help but think that Jon Stewart was the same man who defended his invite to Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam, to sing Peace Train at his Rally to Stop the Insanity in Washington D.C.  last year.

Salman Rushdie was not amused.

For more about that, click here.