Posted on December 13, 2008.

The last episode of Countdown with Carol Vorderman aired yesterday (the final conundrum was, appropriately, 'Era Closes'). It was the final of the current series, and was competed between two PhD students from Cambridge and Oxford. Unfortunately, the Cambridge guy lost narrowly (four points), but I was struck by how much I liked the poem from Hilaire Belloc that Giles Brandreth recited handing Carol a bouquet:

From quiet homes and first beginning Out to the undiscovered ends There's nothing worth the wear of winning But laughter and the love of friends.

Secondly, this news pleases me more than it really should. Gambit's omission from the X-Men movies frustrated me intensely, and Deadpool is simply excellent. Seeing them both (potentially) get the treatment that I think they deserve is delightful.