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I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Stay out of Camberwick Green!"

Last night I finished watching "Life On Mars". That's the best British TV show I've seen since moving here...may be I'm homesick, but this smart detective series about a delusional time-traveling police officer keeps me locked to the TV (PC screen) through its clever mixing of 70's nostalgia, psych-rock music and quirky Brit humor.

"And, I'm seeing things", says Sam Tyler.
"You're always see-ing *things*...", replies Annie Cartwright.

Lucky to see the light of day This show was originally conceived way back in 1998, but it took a re-write and re-development of the main characters and someone at BBC Wales to stick their oar in to get it made seven years later.

There's lots of attention to detail and clever dialogue that plays on Sam Tyler's predicament...he's frustratingly trapped in a past he doesn't know after being brain injured in a car accident (he was 4 years old in 1973), yet he hears voices from the future he's left behind. In the opening episode iPod in his Sam's Jeep Cherokee gets switched with an 8-track player in his Rover P6 after waking up 30 years in the cool! Having Bowie's "Life on Mars" as the theme song shows how influential the 70s was. Oh, and Manchester never looked better!!

"Here is a box, a musical box, wound up and ready to play. But this box can hide a secret inside. Can you guess what is in it today?"

See below Episode 5, Series 2 opens with the Camberwick Green scene which is as hilarious as it is odd?! Especially as it plays out a few minutes later. Has someone been smoking the wacky-baccy?! (The original is preserved on YouTube below too...ah, bless!) Watch all the episodes and you'll see the BBC test-screen girl appear a few times's weird, but cool!

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