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Much-loved British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died, at the tragically young age of 56. His personal contribution to the comedy of his generation is almost unmatched. Non-British readers, if all you know of Rik is his role in Drop Dead Fred (1991), then you really must see the TV series The Young Ones (1982, 1984) in which Rik played Rik, the defining role of his career.

This house will become a shrine, and punks and skins and rastas will all gather round and hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader. And all the grown-ups will say, “But why are the kids crying?” And the kids will say, “Haven’t you heard? Rick is dead! The People’s Poet is dead!”. And then one particularly sensitive and articulate teenager will say, “Other kids, do you understand nothing? How can Rick be dead when we still have his poems?”
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British readers, if you know and love The Young Ones, make sure you have seen Kevin Turvey Investigates and Kevin Turvey: The Man Behind The Green Door (1982), some of Mayall’s finest work.

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In other news, Snoop Dogg and Psy of Gangnam Style have collaborated on a new song, Hangover, and debuted the video on US TV on Sunday. Apparently fans of both parties are angered. Take a look and see for yourself what you think. I didn’t think it was anyone’s finest moment musically but it’s inoffensive and it’s a very interesting video. Very nicely shot, thoughtfully art directed, easy on the eye.

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I still haven’t scored any points. I am doing my work and I am arguing with the Honcho because that’s all we know how to do. Oh, I stopped playing Sims, rather to my relief. It is a much better situation. I have switched to Skyrim.

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