It is December. December is overshadowed by Christmas, a period so hyped among children that most spend their adult years trying to deny the sick feeling of disappointment they feel every Christmas day.
It is sometimes hard for one to feel much in the way of empathy for the fabulously rich.
I am often left with the distinct impression of having been born in the wrong place.
Films and drama series based around the end of the world as we know it always spark in me two concerns.
Western civilisation has brought us some wonderful benefits, and I think most would agree it has been a fabulous success.
There is a strange sort of solace to be found in the fact that on every television channel, no matter how far outside your demographic it sits, there is something worth watching.
This is what I like about Strictly Come Dancing, series six: the show's host, the fabulous Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson, Kt CBE, began his television career before World War 2.
How can it be possible it's come around again? That most tiresome, most imbecilic, lame, and brainless seasonal event that somehow one just can't escape.
This I ask you: what, and perhaps why, is a moor?
Gwendelbum is the illegitimate daughter of Lord Oedipus and Lady Probably-His-Sister (or similar) in the latest sex, violence and incest-fuelled X-rated fantasy romp set to stun faint-hearted Dunedin television viewers.
Every now and then, it becomes necessary to lock friends and family in the cellar.
New Zealand From Above is a televisual extravaganza of looking down on things - a tour de force, if you will, of aerial photography.
It amuses one to think that in every small town across New Zealand, and perhaps across the world, there is bound to be a family that has no secrets.
The best way to evaluate the success or failure of your life is to imagine how it might look on television.
It slipped on to SoHo beneath Remotely Interesting's radar recently, but The Affair is the latest best thing on television for those of good taste.
The month comedian Alan Davies chooses to come to Dunedin on tour seems a good one to also broadcast the latest in his Jonathan Creek series.
The camera lifts from long grass swaying gently in the warm air of an English summer (perhaps it's summer - it is hard to gauge the temperature to any specific degree).
The world is full of very good ideas for things that would just be excellent if only they would work.
Michael Mosley has brought to television some of the finest programmes about science known to mankind.
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have found a rich vein of material in the stories of World War 2, from the movie Saving Private Ryan to the more recent television series Band of Brothers.