Hotel Babylon: Season 4, Episode 7

Hotel Babylon
Season 4, episode 7
Aired: August 7, 2009 on BBC1



Famous Sicilian artist (and frequent Babylon guest) Christiano Cucci has died, and he so loved the hotel that he wants his funeral service held there. James, smelling a chance to become the manager of all food and drink at Babylon, begs Juliet for the chance to show her what he can do. She agrees – if he pulls off the event, he will get his promotion. However, at Juliet’s insistence, James must partner with Geno to do so.

Meanwhile, famous comedian Jim Doody (played by real-life comedian Hugh Dennis) has checked into the hotel. One of Juliet’s old flames, she starts swooning whenever he’s around… which sets Sam off on a jealous rage. He ends up going to the room of Sophie (Poppy Elliot), a flirty guest, to have a one-night stand. But Juliet is in for disappointment: despite his being all flirty with her, Jim is married. Sam, too, feels awful, because he only slept with Sophie to “get back” at Juliet… until Sophie says that they didn’t actually sleep together, as Sam passed out from tequilla before anything happened. So Sam feels better, and he and Juliet try getting back together again.

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It was consensual?

I haven’t said much about the civil suit against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger because a) I’m not a lawyer; and b) so far, we’ve only had the alleged victim’s 36-page original complaint to comment on.

However, in an affidavit filed on Friday, Angela Antonetti, a former co-worker of the alleged victim, stated that Andrea McNulty “did not appear to be upset, stressed-out or nervous” about the incident… in fact, she appeared to be “happy and boastful”, and even wondered if she might “have a little Roethlisberger” inside her (i.e. be pregnant).

Antonetti further states that McNulty’s series of psychological treatments and long absences from work after the alleged incident were actually related to the affair she was having with a married man, and another “relationship” she was having with a soldier in Iraq (who was actually an imaginary person made up by the wife of the man she was having an affair with).

Look folks, this is just the opinion of one of Andrea McNulty’s co-workers. I’m sure that if you asked most of your co-workers about you, you’d get several “he’s a great guy” comments and a few “he’s a complete jerk” comments. The point is, just because one woman says that McNulty is lying doesn’t mean that the suit is a slam-dunk for Roethlisberger’s attorneys. It’s not, however, a good sign for McNulty. Her case has always seemed shaky, and a few more affidavits like these and the suit will collapse.

Read more about it here.

John Hughes Follow-Up

John Hughes, director of such iconic 80s and 90s films as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, She’s Having a Baby, Uncle Buck and Curly Sue and the writer of many more such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Mr. Mom, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, Home Alone and Career Opportunities, passed away of a heart attack yesterday in New York at the age of 58.

Born in Lansing, Michigan on February 18, 1950, Hughes grew up in Northbrook, Illinois, where many of his films would take place (the city was originally named “Shermerville”, hence the “Shermer, Illinois” name in the movies). He married his high school sweetheart in 1970 and remained with her throughout his life. He began his professional life working for Chicago ad agencies, where he created the famous “foam vs. Edge” credit card commercials.

I’m not going to write a long post about how he was the “voice of a generation”… in fact, I’m not sure I really even know what that phrase means. All I know is that Hughes made me laugh, cry and think about my life. His movies were the first to portray “my” generation in a somewhat realistic manner. And when I saw his characters on the screen, I identified with them. These weren’t movies for my mom, my younger and hipper uncle, or even the babysitter… there were movies for me. And for that, I’m thankful we had John Hughes, if only for a short while.

Here are a couple of neat Hughes-related things:

Here’s the complete text of “Vacation ’58”, Hughes’ “allegedly fictional” short story that inspired the Vacation film. It’s a short (but hilarious) read… you oughta check it out!

And here’s a blog entry by a woman who was “pen pals” with Hughes. It seems that she wrote Hughes a long letter, pouring her heart out to him after she saw The Breakfast Club. Hughes sent her a form letter in return, which made the woman so mad that she sent him another long letter, this time an angry one. Hughes actually wrote her back personally this time, and the two exchanged several letters over the years. Reading her post is sad… not only because of Hughes’ death, but because she quotes a few paragraphs from her letters about why he largely turned his back on Hollywood. It’s a sad and poignant post, and if you were a Highes fan at all, you should really read it.


So… yesterday, Lisa and I needed to run some errands. One of the stops was at our local Rite Aid, so Lisa could pick up some lipstick. Having no interest in lipstick, I just wandered around the store while Lisa decided between “salmon” and “coral”. I managed to stumble upon some “limited edition” coconut M&Ms. Being a fan of all things coconut, I just had to try them… but check out my receipt:

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Now, I’m not one of those “save the planet” types, especially when it comes to paper – which comes from trees, which can easily be replanted. But come on, people… Do I really need 16″ worth of receipt for one 88¢ bag of M&Ms? WTF Rite Aid!

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By the way, the M&Ms were crazy delicious!

R.I.P. John Hughes

It’s a sad day for those of us who grew up in the 80s:

Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood’s youth impresario of the 1980s and ’90s who captured and cornered the teen and preteen market with such favorites as “Home Alone,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” died Thursday, a spokeswoman said. He was 59.

Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, Michelle Bega said. He was in New York to visit family.

via ’80s teen flick director John Hughes dies in NYC – Yahoo! News.

$90 Cheese Pizza?

College football commentator Steven M. Sipple, writing a post for the Husker Extra website, talks about the grandeur, opulence and price gouging of the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium:

You almost have to see it to believe it. There are carpeted hallways throughout the arena. Padded leather seats in sections other than suites. An 18,000-square-foot gift shop. Cowboyrita drinks for 14 bucks a pop. A total of 3,000 Sony high-definition televisions throughout the arena, with plans to add 2,000 more before the 2011 Super Bowl.

Tuesday’s tour took our group into a suite that can be leased for $800,000 a year — which doesn’t include the price of game or event tickets but does offer a large pizza for $90 (no toppings), 12-packs of domestic beer for $66 apiece and a four-pack of Red Bull for $22, among other ridiculously priced items.

The Big 12 is apparently considering making the new stadium the permanent home of the Big 12 Championship and Sipple, who opposes the move, was recently given a tour of the facility.


Worse than newbies…

In the world of tech support, there is a special scorn reserved for “newbies” or “n00bs”, people that are new to computers and are often afraid that their machine will burst into flames if they click the wrong thing. Personally, I never understood the hate. Yes, newbies are annoying… but weren’t we all newbies at one point in our lives? There are a million things I don’t know, and I know that if I tried candlemaking, caulking, coffee roasting, or stamp collecting I’d be an annoying newbie to all those with experience.

The people that I hate are those that have “just enough knowledge to be dangerous”. For example… calls like these:

Knowledge Is Dangerous Guy: “I was hoping you could help me.”

Me: “Sure, let’s first get some basic information about your system.”

KIDG: “Well, it’s running Windows Vista SP2, but it has two network cards.”

Me: “Two network cards?”

KIDG: “Well, I didn’t want to spend the $30 for a router, so I set up a virtual machine running Squid, which is connected directly to the cable modem…”

Me: “Ummm… OK…”

“But I didn’t think that was safe, so I set up Internet Connection Sharing on an old Windows 2000 computer I had lying around, so the Squid output from the virtual machine is forwarded to the Windows 2000 machine, and…”

“Wait… what?”

“… now, I used to have ZoneAlarm and Kerio installed on the Vista box, but that didn’t work out so well, so the Squid box sends the output to the ICS machine, which runs it though ZoneAlarm before sending it to Kerio on the Vista box…”

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Congrats, Mad Men!

Sorry to be so late with this… but congrats to Mad Men for winning “Outstanding Achievement in Drama” at the Television Critics Association this past Saturday!

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The season 3 premiere is less than two weeks away! OMG – I’m so excited!