Month: February 2017

10 Best Picture Oscar Winning Movies Ever

So La La Land is the favorite to land the best picture award at the Oscars. But whichever film it is, none come close to getting in the top ten. This is the definitive list.

  1. The Godfather: Part II the only time in history where the sequel was better than the original.
  2. The Godfather what are you doing rooting for these criminals?
  3. The Silence of the Lambs yes third of all time. Don’t be a snob. Watch it again. Still brilliant.
  4. The Deer Hunter the Russian Roulette scene is the best in cinematic history.
  5. Unforgiven the best (and funniest) Western ever.
  6. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest such great performances.
  7. Schindler’s List the most important film about the Holocaust. Speilberg’s finest.
  8. Casablanca the best written and structured film in the list.
  9.  Midnight Cowboy the seedy side of life.
  10. Annie Hall this list needs a comedy and this is the best.

Biggest Mergers & Takeovers

With Kraft Heinz looking to takeover Unilever, here’s a list of the biggest takeovers and mergers in history. The figures are in billions! They vary depending on which article you read. If you know better and disagree, please put me right.

  1. Vodafone & Mannesman – $180
  2. AOL & Time Warner – $164
  3. Verizon Communications & Verizon Wireless – $130
  4. Philip Morris & Altria Group – $108
  5. ABN AMRO & RFS Holdings – $98
  6. AB InBev & SABMiller – $90
  7. Pfizer & Warner – Lambert – $90
  8. AT&T & Bell South – $86
  9. Exxon & Mobil Group – $81
  10. Glaxo Wellcome & SmithKline Beecham – $75


Best Quotes About Love

The over-hyped, cliche ridden boost for the flower and greetings card industry is nearly with us. Have some love quotes.

  1. Love is the answer, but while you’re waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty interesting questions. Woody Allen
  2. All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles Schulz
  3. I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. Rita Rudner
  4. I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. Groucho Marx
  5. Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that you’re in. Richard Jeni
  6. Love thy neighbor – and if he happens to be tall, debonair and devastating, it will be that much easier. Mae West
  7. A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love. Friedrich Nietzche
  8. You can’t put a price tag on love. But if you could, I’d wait for it to go on sale. Hussein Nishah
  9. If loving someone is putting them in a straitjacket and kicking them down a flight of stairs, then yes, I’ve loved a few people. Jarod Kintz
  10. Love is like war, easy to begin but hard to end. Leo Buscaglia

England’s Greatest Cricket Captain

With Alastair Cook saying that he will be stepping down as England cricket captain this week, here’s a list of who the most successful captains are based on their win/loss ratio and doing the job for a minimum of 30 tests.

  1. Mike Brearley – 31 matches – 4.50
  2. Ray Illingworth – 31 matches – 2.40
  3. Michael Vaughan – 51 matches – 2.36
  4. Andrew Strauss – 50 matches – 2.18
  5. Peter May – 41 matches – 2.00
  6. Ted Dexter – 30 matches – 1.28
  7. Nasser Hussain – 45 matches – 1.13
  8. Alastair Cook – 59 matches – 1.09
  9. Graham Gooch – 34 matches – 0.83
  10. Michael Atherton – 54 matches – 0.61

Hans Rosling’s Best TED Talks

Hans Rosling died on 7 February 2017. He called himself an “edutainer”. His TED talks presented statistics on health, population growth and economics in a hugely entertaining way. Have a look.Inspiring.

  1. New Insights on Poverty
  2. The Magic Washing Machine
  3. Global Population Growth, Box by Box
  4. The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen
  5. Religions and Babies
  6. Let My Dataset Change Your Mind
  7. Asia’s Rise:How and When
  8. How Not To Be Ignorant About The World
  9. Insights on HIV
  10. The Good News of the Decade

Best Aretha Franklin Songs

Aretha Franklin is retiring this year. This list reminds us of what we will be missing.

Happy retirement.

  1. Respect – her greatest anthem.
  2. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) – a great soul performance
  3. Think  – another empowering feminist anthem
  4. I Say A Little Prayer – better than the Dionne Warwick version
  5. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – another great song with a tough, don’t mess with me, message
  6. (You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman – a more loving Carole King song
  7. Chain Of Fools – although this is a break up song, Aretha still seems strong
  8. Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business) – proper sexy vocals
  9. Share Your Love With Me – another Grammy winner
  10. Baby I Love You – this bizarrely appears in Goodfellas’

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The Best of Marc Spitz

The novelist, playwright and rock journalist died on 4 February 2017. Here’s his best stuff:

  1. We Got The Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk – the definitive book on this subject. Buy Now.
  2. Nobody Likes You: Inside the Turbulent Life, Times and Music of Green Day – a really good biography. Buy Now.
  3. How Soon is Never? – his best novel about trying to get the Smiths to reform. Buy Now.
  4. Bowie: A Biography – not the best on the subject. Buy Now
  5. Poseur: A Memoir of Downtown New York City in the ’90s. An autobiography with lots of drugs. Buy Now
  6. Too Much, Too Late. Another novel, not as good as How Soon is Never? Buy Now
  7. Retail Sluts. His first and best play. Buy Now.
  8. Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion and Film. His most recent book. Buy Now
  9. Jagger: Rebel Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue. Not his best biography. Buy Now
  10. Shyness is Nice. Check out this play, a bit wierd, but I liked it. Buy Now

Check out his interview with Marc Maron

Greatest Scrum Half

In memory of the late Joost van der Westhuizen, here’s the list of the best number 9’s.

  1. Gareth Edwards – without doubt the best scrum half ever and possibly the greatest player of all time. The man had everything.
  2. Joost van der Westhuizen – So brave. A ninth forward. Remember him taking down Jonah Lomu in the 1995 World Cup Final?
  3. George Gregan – a mouthy, abrasive character who had the ability to back up his talk.
  4. Nick Farr-Jones – a great leader and tactician.
  5. Justin Marshall – a physical player at the base of the scrum and a good reader of the game.
  6. Agustin Pinochet – an under-rated player who had excellent skills.
  7. Matt Dawson – The king of the sniping run.
  8. Rob Howley – an excellent player behind a poor pack.
  9. David Kirk – a feature of his game was his quick service to the backs. Another great captain.
  10. Gary Armstrong – a key member of the 1990 Scotland Grand Slam winning team. A tough competitor.

Here’s some Joost highlights

Most Six Nations Tries

To celebrate the start of the Six Nations, here’s the tournament’s greatest try scorers.

  1. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) – 26
  2. Ian Smith (Scotland) – 24
  3. Shane Williams (Wales) – 22
  4. Gareth Edwards (Wales) – 18
  5. CN Lowe (England) – 18
  6. Rory Underwood (England) – 18
  7. Ben Cohen (England) – 16
  8. Gerald Davies (Wales) – 16
  9. Kenny Jones (Wales) – 16
  10. Bill Llewellyn (Wales) – 16

Here’s some of BOD’s best tries