The Dawson Bros. are one of television's best-kept secrets. This powerful writing trio are behind some of the greatest comedy moments on your screens - crafting everything from sketch shows and sitcoms, to well-crafted one-liners for presenters, hosts, and national treasures alike.
...we caught up with Steve Dawson to find out everything we could.
Coffee shops today offer five different coffee beans in six styles, three sizes and four different types of milk - what’s your favourite coffee? Couriers will deliver from any restaurant in town - now, what would you like to eat? Dating apps provide you with an endless stream of potential partners - now, what’s your type? LinkedIn sends you a daily email highlighting ‘109,000 jobs which are available for your skillset’ - now, what do you want to do with your life?
“Can you go to war with one arm? Can you go to war with asthmatic lungs? Broken hands? Yes you can Champ. You prepare yourself. Push yourself. And when the worst of the worst happens you start saying #LETSGOCHAMP #LETSGOCHAMP #LETSGOCHAMP”
Who remembers the guy who died playing World of Warcraft, alone, in an internet café? In March 2015, 24-year-old gamer Wu Tai coughed up blood, slumped on his keyboard, and died after he played a 19-hour World of Warcraft session. Crazy, right? But... where were his friends?
These weird space-age sarcophagus' are overlooked as a therapy tool because the sessions are more easily marketed as an ‘experience’ or to ease muscle pains. Sure, it ticks those boxes, too… But it’s not the tank’s main selling point. Done properly, a floatation tank can take you on a psychedelic journey akin to intense meditation or drugs (allegedly). Yep, it gets real trippy.
We've all been there - It's post-breakup and everything you see and do reminds you of your ex.
Well, Simon Feilder (@simonfeilder) - like the trooper he is - has not let his recent bad news affect his work. Take a look at the video below to see a true example of how to leave your baggage at home*.
The first rule of Tinder - If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. I won’t have been the only guy lured in by a robot *Ahem, a few times* and I’m positive I won’t be the last. Admittedly, I’m not as ‘active’ on the app as I was back then, but these robots don’t seem to happen so much anymore. There are still a lot of suspect accounts lurking about, though...
There are over 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide, and you can't have Donald “I don’t want to rule out anything” Trump, and Vladimir "I like to measure my dick [read: Military prowess]" Putin calling the shots without nudging the Doomsday clock a little closer to midnight.
In 2014, Google purchased the British Artificial Intelligence start-up, DeepMind, for a massive £400 Million. Shortly after the acquisition Deepmind's founder, Demis Hassabis, took some time away from being a newly crowned super-millionaire to unveil his two step plan for the company...
He posed as a heroin user and used other addicts to make his connections with dealers. He estimates his arrests account for over 1000 years of prison time. He was on the front line of the ‘war’...and he’s not proud of any of it.
After reading about the album, I felt a preemptive sense of defeat but had already committed to this pointless, masochistic cause. Largely, I was adamant that I couldn’t have felt much worse at that point in time and yearned to wallow in much pain as possible, for maximum effect. This was the week I listened to Sea Change, effectively, non-stop.
Hopefully your pension plan gives you control over whether or not to invest your pension contributions in an ethical fund. The bad news is that, if you’re a teacher, a nurse, a police officer, a librarian, or one of countless other roles in the public sector, any meaningful choice whether or not to invest in the British arms trade, or companies operating within oppressive overseas regimes, may have just been taken away from you.
I took a look into what I could do, naturally, to give me the best chance of keeping my sweet man juice (I’m aware that that sounded a bit wrong. Sorry. I won’t use it again.) So here’s what I've learned from what can only be described as a ‘modicum’ of internet research about boosting testosterone.
Are you the sort of person who is always looking for the next challenge? Whether an exam, a sport competition, a promotion at work or a bigger house? Do we live in a culture of constant dissatisfaction where as soon as we’ve achieved something great, the feeling quickly passes and is over taken by a craving for that next big thing?
When I initially saw the headline that seven ‘Black Lives Matters’ protesters had blockaded London City Airport in protest, it took me a moment to join the dots. Were the airport staff racially profiling passengers or the management showing bias in recruitment? The actual reason for the blockade requires some mental backflips, so limber up now.
This video captures the amazing moment when Robert (Bobby) Kennedy went out into the streets of Indianapolis's African-American ghetto to inform the community that the civil rights movement leader Martin Luther King had been assassinated by a white man. Apart from being a gifted orator, Bobby’s message was a beautiful one which went to the heart of what MLK stood for.
Let’s go back four years. We were living in a rented flat in Hackney; five of us all fellow Yorkshire friends from way back trying to make it in the big smoke. The place was dire. Mould in the bathroom, mould in the bedroom; drop a freshly laundered shirt on the floor and the lingering damp clung on as you peeled it off only minutes later. A mobile phone rings, you go to answer it, only to discover it’s a passer-by outside and the cracking windows have deceived you once again.
I’m not a 'hater'. In fact I was a fan of the original TV show, and the proud owner of a Gameboy with Pokemon Blue. I lost many an hour playing that incredible game. An undeniable work of genius that took over my life, and made me obsessive about ‘catching them all’. I’ve only completed 3 games in my life, and Pokemon Blue was one of them.
Testosterone has quite a bad reputation. Mostly due to its brazen association to thuggish, sexualy aggressive and ‘white van’ type behaviour in men. Yes, it is created in the testicals. Yes, it is what makes a man ‘manly’. Yes it can enhance aggressive reflexes, and YES it can be partiallyblamed for some of my gender sending unwanted dick pics on instagram / getting their penis out at any opportunity in real life. BUT we must remember...
The Jack The Ripper Museum opened in August 2015 with a desire to provide “a serious examination of the crimes of Jack the Ripper within the social context of the period”- Sounds fair. I’d even go as far as to say that sounds quite interesting. What's more, it claims to have “one of the rarest Ripperologists collections of recent times”. I didn’t know Ripperologism was a thing, but I’m sold. What’s not to like?
Representation in media is incredibly important when it comes to gender equality and how we view our fellow humans. However, less than 20% of films released this year will be directed by, written by or star a woman in the principal role. One of the easiest ways that we as consumers can influence media makers is with our money
The Brexit referendum has confirmed beyond doubt that we are now a nation divided; but is it still possible to reconcile our differences? In order to bring the two sides together and begin the healing, we need to engage in an open, constructive conversation which promotes the sharing of ideas. The problem is that the arena needed for this to take place is quickly disappearing.
It’s hard to admit - without accepting that we are inherently selfish - that we often put ourselves at the centre of our own universe. Being rooted there means that the daily mundane, frustrating crap that we’re all faced with can feel like it’s more of a personal attack than it actually is. It’s the reason we get annoyed in slow moving traffic, or in a queue at the supermarket. We react as though the situation (or specifically, the person at the root of it) is intentionally disrupting our life, and as a result we get frustrated - this is a ‘default setting’ reaction.
I’m no longer able to predict the future. I’m not sure when I lost this power exactly but I fear it may have gone forever. I’m not talking about an interesting skill like reading tea leaves or staring into a crystal ball – I mean, I can’t do these either, but that’s because they’re both complete bollocks.
The UK’s decision to leave the EU is a historic moment and its impact will be felt for decades to come. It was therefore of paramount importance that the public was in possession of the facts they needed to make a well informed decision before entering the voting booth. The problem is, the facts were not reported.