The Daily Dust delivering the best bric a brac, daily news and events with a British flavour » Fun & Games Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:05:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Once upon a time, Top Gear was a bit slower Thu, 22 Sep 2011 08:27:01 +0000 Ewan Still had The Allman Brothers playing Jessica though.

Filed away in the drawer marked "how have TV styles changed" let’s take the darling presenter of the BBC, put his best mate in a high powered Dragster, and have a token female no-one remembers introducing a filmed piece.

Top Gear. 1979. Let’s rock!

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Great versions of theme tunes in the wrong place Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:11:59 +0000 Ewan Number four, the Thunderbirds theme tune as played by the Royal Marines Band.

I’m sure in the film it made sense, but removed from context it’s wonderful, hilarious, and a bit freaky.

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Oh Louise, I’ve got the giggles Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:18:49 +0000 Ewan A live newspaper review, a bit of schoolboy humour, and the giggles attack Sky News.

And who should you blame? The host for staying with some comedy gold? The commentators for egging each other on? Or the Chancellor of the Exchequeor, George Osbourne, or having his safe word as … Louise?

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Who’s paying the bills anyway? Mon, 05 Sep 2011 09:02:28 +0000 Ewan How about every "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" on demand to start your week?

No we’ve no idea how legal this is, but it’s Monday morning so we’re not going to complain until we get a few laughs and some coffee in us. Can I recommend you start with this UK Season 5 episode with the classic line up of Greg Proops, Ryan Stiles, Mike McShane and Josie Lawrence?

But be quick, the lawyers doing their best impression of Clive Anderson will likely swoop in shortly, although Tony Slattery will have no idea why they are at his party.

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Don’t Stop Google Now on Freddie’s birthday Mon, 05 Sep 2011 08:53:09 +0000 Ewan What would have been the 65th birthday of Freddie Mercury gets the ultimate birthday card. A Google Doodle.

Yes it’s going to be all over the internet soon, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping Queen alive.

Doodler Jennifer Hom was the brains behind the elaborate doodle, which was a team effort. She and other illustrators spent about three months putting the whole thing together. They even studied a bunch of old Queen albums and videos to pick out visual cues… "Considering how colourful Freddie’s career was, we wanted to create a doodle that was just as colourful," said Hom, who tried to squeeze in as many humorous and respectful references that she could.

More on the Doodle at NBC Bay Area.

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Some Friday fun with The Beatles and The Muppets Fri, 02 Sep 2011 08:36:05 +0000 Ewan You want happy "here’s the weekend" music? How about a collection of Beatles songs the Muppets covered.

All my favourites are in there, including Floyd’s cover of George Harrison, She Loves You and  the infamous Letter B song. Had over to Top Hat Sasquatch for the old classics, right after the newest version of the theme song.

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The classical version of Angry Birds Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:03:56 +0000 Ewan The London Philharmonic Orchestra play the theme from the popular bird throwing game.

Orchestral Angry Birds (mp3)

We agree with Jon, it is lovely. And here’s Adele’s version as an encore.

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It’s a camera! On a hula-hoop! (Try not to throw up) Thu, 21 Jul 2011 08:04:15 +0000 Ewan Definitely safe for work, but full screen this and keep the bucket ready. This is what life looks like from the rim of a hula hoop.

The Go Pro camera is being used by lots of You-Tubers getting the weirdest video possible, but we here at The Dust enjoy this one the most. It’s shot from the edge of a hula-hoop while it’s spinning.


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Man catches chickens Thu, 14 Jul 2011 13:39:54 +0000 Ewan Never say we don’t bring you the happiest news in the UK. Who needs phone hacking scandal when you have a man with four escaped chickens?

As "Friend of the Dust" Sean Murricane asks on his blog:

Ever watched an out-of-shape Scotsman in his 30s lollop around a garden trying to catch four loose chickens?

Love it – this is what puts a smile on the face of the UK!

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Enter the performing seal of the Sandman Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:46:00 +0000 Ewan Bill Bailey takes the art of the cover to a higher plane of existence.

Quite simply, the horniest performance possible.

Hat tip to Scott Beale.

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That would be Sock Puppet Rory, just out of shot Mon, 04 Jul 2011 09:47:13 +0000 Ewan Doctor Who’s Season six, in ten minutes, by the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre.

And if you liked that, see if you can find their Torchwool, Primarkeval, and a dozen other Doctor Who themed videos somewhere out there on YouTube. The Socks also appear as DVD Easter Eggs on the classic Doctor Who videos The Dominators, The Horns Of Nimon and The War Games.

Congrats, as always, to KevF.

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And our welcome is warm… Fri, 01 Jul 2011 13:19:27 +0000 Ewan Why not Visit Scotland? Because behind the soundtrack of the cosy adverts lies a much darker truth.

I’m not sure who this would appeal to, but I bet Edward Woodward would! (Sorry, old joke).

Hat tip to B3ta.

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FIFA12 announces the commentating team and drops Andy Gray Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:06:01 +0000 Ewan Fallout from the former Sky Sports pundit’s view on female referees continues as his digital voice duty stops at 11.

Sitting alongside Martin Tyler in a recording studio for three weeks will be Alan Smith, taking up the seat of Andy Gray – promptly followed by those sound samples being chopped up to amuse everyone as they play FIFA 12 later in the year.

Joining them will be a second team, with Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend popping up for alternative matches.

FIFA 12 is of course the "must have update to FIFA 11, 10, 09, 08, etc" and regarded as a tent-pole game in the calendar. It’ll be available at the end of September.

Hat tip to Digital Spy.

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What if Jeremy Clarkson was a beatboxer? Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:17:27 +0000 Ewan Would he be "the best beatboxer… in the world?"

I’m guessing that Swede Mason came across another repeat of Top Gear on Dave, where Jeremy Clarkson did a tiny bit of rap and suggested that it could be sold on iTunes for 79p.

Guess what Mason did?

More at

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How to survive overnight in an airport Sat, 18 Jun 2011 09:30:00 +0000 Ewan It’s a modern dilemma… what do you do when stuck overnight in Dallas Fort-Worth. You might get a book and try to get comfy, or find a drink. Joe Ayala and Larry Chen made a film.

Joe explains the origins of Stuck:

While on our way home from Formula Drift Palm Beach, Larry Chen and I found ourselves stranded over night in the Dallas airport as our flights home were cancelled. The following is a brief summary of the events that took place that night.

Stuck, on Vimeo.

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The fastest electric car spoof… in the world. Mon, 06 Jun 2011 11:08:19 +0000 Ewan Tonight, Top Gear takes to the streets of London with electric cars, and a dash of parody.

It’s a given that the team of BBC’s Top Gear don’t really do electric guitars – you can fill in your own conspiracy theory. While you’re doing that, enjoy the "Electric Car Challenge," which I suspect won’t show up on BBC 2 in the future.

The leaked video is actually a very funny spoof by a group of friends from London, England who decided to immortalize their version of what could have happened when Clarkson and May were spotted finding somewhere to charge a 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Peugeot iOn in Lincoln, UK last month.

Hat tip to All Cars Electric.

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Just a mad man with a magical box and a YouTube fetish Wed, 01 Jun 2011 08:52:13 +0000 Ewan "Wowsers! It’s the top secret Gadget phone… in a Tardis!"

Look, we could fill an entire blog with all the great Doctor Who fan videos on YouTube that we tend to follow the "don’t post unless it’s really, really, good" rule with them.

So you can take it as read that this one is really good. Doctor Who and Inspector Gadget.

Hat tip to

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Never stop playing Pac-Man Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Ewan The world’s game players get together to make a huge maze!

It’s easy to play Pac-Man, but now internet gamers are being asked to do more – to build extra random maps that bolt on to the side of the last map. Which means it’s starting to sprawl all over the virtual world.

And once that’s done, you can dive into the maze and start playing yourself, avoiding the regulation four ghosts that patrol each section. Which is going to be fun even for Pac man masters, because you’re going to have to rely on reactions and not the normal tricks to beat the regular maze!

Pop your coins in at

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Numbers can be fun as well Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:48:33 +0000 Ewan Specifically integers, as witnessed by the “Online Blog of Integer Sequences.”

The internet is always feted as something that has a space for everyone, but now it’s dug up the perfect blog for people who love integers.

How about this, on Pi?

But how exact does ? need to be? If you were calculating the circumference of a circle the size of the entire universe (r = 46.6 x 106 light years = 4.409 x 1026 m), and wanted to be certain that your answer was accurate to the size of a Hydrogen atom (1.2 angstroms = 1.2 x 10-10 m). You’d only need 36 or so digits.

Hat tip to whoever passed this round Twitter, more at

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Fly from America to France in two minutes Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:37:55 +0000 Ewan Time lapse flight from San Francisco to Paris on Air France.

Loving this video, taken by a Canon on board a transatlantic flight, with a handy tripod in a spare seat.

Oh and to be fair, photographer “Beep Show” insists that when the plane is on the ground, the camera was off:

The photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device when the FAA prohibits them.

Which we’ll believe once he gets hired by Pixar as a computer artist, because they are very lifelike.

More conversation at Vimeo.

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Doctor Who makes it big in Farmville Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:23:29 +0000 Ewan The travelling Timelord coming to a Facebook game near you.

Its finally here. For the princely sum of 60 FarmCash (or 35 neighbours ready to sign up to be your companion) your Farm in Zynga’s hugely addictive FarmVille can have its own Tardis.

Part of the English Countryside expansion package, the classic blue box (which is now a trademark of the BBC) and grace your fields. While the scarecrows keep the crows away, this should prevent a Dalek invasion taking out your crops.

Hat tip to The DW News page.

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Blunders of the Universe Mon, 28 Mar 2011 12:59:37 +0000 Ewan We can’t improve on the headline of the outtakes video from Brian Cox’s Universe.

Put simply, it’s the outtakes from “The Wonders of the Universe” with Professor Brian Cox getting it all horribly wrong, being interrupted by two dogs, and lots of stunning music and photography.

Blunders of the Universe from darren jonusas on Vimeo.

Thankfully there isn’t a Large Hadron Collider bloopers reel, although that would be interesting to see just what hilarity a magnetic track and too much liquid nitrogen would cause!

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Your dystopian feline nightmare is here Fri, 04 Mar 2011 08:19:26 +0000 Ewan Only one thing is stopping cats stealing your milk. And they’ve overcome that now.

Hats of too advertising agency W+K, who’s UK branch have come up this cracker of a campaign. It’s a funny video, it’s for the internet and it has cats.

Cats being evil.

Cats being intelligent.

Cats doing a throwaway spoof of West Side Story.

Cats with thumbs… now on Facebook.

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Hey, you sunk my Battleship – hic! Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:16:40 +0000 Ewan A barrage of shots has two meanings in this adaption of Battleships.

It could be quite a tipsy game, and strategy will go out the window if you loose a few games in a row. But we congratulate Tony Harion on his “shots of battle” or some other wickedly funny name.

Admittedly you could knock this up at home with two cereal boxes, but doesn’t this version look so much nicer?

Hat tip to Scott Beale.

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The King’s Shave, inspired viral running up to the Oscars Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:10:59 +0000 Ewan Will “King of Shaves” King couldn’t resist the marketing opportunity. Good.

When your name is Will King, when you run the biggest thorn in the side of Gillette through King of Shaves, and when you’ve got the same sort of “that sounds fun” attitude that reeks through the halls of The Daily Dust… well you can’t avoid the parody potential of “The Kings Speech.”

The thinking behind the “potential/viral” video is at King’s always illuminating blog:

It was also, an absolutely perfect, once in a lifetime opportunity, for me (given my name), my brand (King of Shaves), and the challenges we face (going to war against G-G-G…) to make a one-off parody that would debut globally via the social media magic that is Twitter, and hosted for a world-wide audience on YouTube.

More on Will King’s blog, including links to alternate cuts, full length versions and a Directors Cut. What next, a DVD boxed gift set with a free razor to be presented to Colin Firth?

Actually I wouldn’t put it past Will to try something like that. Perhaps that’s the next mission for @Documentally after he’s covered SXSW with King of Shaves’ help?

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