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Stories of the Strange

Stories of the Strange
Posted by M. Cherise Perez on May 21, 2006 - 9:53:00 PM

There Goes That Guy


LONDON, ENGLAND – Nothing beats the pure, unadulterated terror that public speaking tends to inspire. Except, maybe, for unexpected, mistaken-identity infused public speaking, broadcast live on national television. Here are the dirty details:


Plan: Interview with Guy Kewney, editor of, pundit and tech journalist extraordinaire, about a decision in the Apple v. Apple case, starring Apple Computer, Inc. and Apple Corps (the Beatles).


Sounds easy, right? Here’s what really happened: BBC correspondent Karen Bowerman interviews Guy Goma from the Congo, who is actually expecting an interview for an IT position with the BBC. Goma rolls with the punches and stays relatively composed despite his obvious surprise, while Kewney watches the broadcast from a waiting room in amazement.


The result is a supremely bloggable, google-worthy international news story with a few follow-up interviews. Another snafu for the muddy mix: many news services have been reporting that Goma was a taxi driver standing by, instead of the business/technology studies graduate that he is.


Internet Radio Gets Sirius About Our Four-Legged Friends


THAILAND – Anupan Boonchuen brings music to dogs, for dogs, (but not by dogs), via always-on streaming audio through his newly launched internet radio station, Dog Radio Thailand.


Boonchuen’s day job at the head of a Bangkok dog grooming school inspired him to add audio to the aesthetics and tune into a higher level of canine care. He followed the lead of a similar US station after he discovered the joys of low-cost internet airwaves.


Planned programming for the morning doghouse includes a special talk radio session featuring the DJ talking about the same thing over and over again – sawasdee.


No, nothing controversial nor exotic – it is just a good old ‘hello’ in Thai, and properly trained dogs will lift either one or two paws in response. Tune in to to catch the latest on Thailand’s pop charts – just don’t be surprised if you hear the DJ howling every now and then to encourage audience participation.


Special Feature: A Story About Strange

TELEVISION – Sorry to all the comic-book aficionados and punkers out there – this feature is not about Marvel Comic Superhero Dr. Strange, nor punk rock label and record store Dr. Strange Records. This is good old-fashioned television.


Strange is the name for a short-lived, 7-episode drama series on British television, featuring an assortment of characters as they investigate and encounter dark forces and deadly secrets. The pilot episode first hit the air on BBC One in early 2002, with United States airings on a channel owned by Showtime, and recent British reruns on the UK Sci-Fi Channel.


Characters include an ex-priest, current priests, an ex-scientist nurse, demon hunters, demon detectors, and of course, the forces of evil. Richard Coyle plays former priest John Strange, who navigates hidden agendas, curses, corrupt clergy, re-opened tombs, and all the excitement that an occult-investigating lifestyle brings.


Your best bet for checking out Strange is on their website at

Chances are, you may have to scan the U.S. sci-fi channel schedules regularly before finding a rerun.


Information compiled from news services and wire reports.


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