Sunday, 22 January 2017

Donald Trump

Donald Trump is a salesman and he will sell you a Trump. You get a Trump and he gets money. Like most salesman Trump is willing to expand reality to aid the sale.

He is all things to all men - everything is done in the names of selling you a Trump. You have a family - here is a roomy Trump, you have a lot of money - here is a sporty Trump, short of cash - here is a cost efficient Trump, coal Trump, jobs Trump, Make America Great Trump.

The sales pitch is good and people hear what they want to hear. You splash the cash, buy your Trump and get it home where it doesn't quite work right it doesn't deliver what you want, somehow it doesn't do what is advertised, the words your heard from the salesman ring hollow, it was a sales pitch and you paid in haste. You think of all the questions you should have asked the salesman before you bought it, how does it actually work, how will coal be bought back when fracking has stolen the market.

Eventually you realise your Trump is broken but unfortunately when you take your Trump back, there is no refund.

If your Trump isn't broken yet - it soon will be.

The end of a series - Spoliers

The end of a series is always an emotional time for me. Characters that have been on a journey with the viewer of a number of years have their story curtailed  and even though the characters are fictional it still has an impact. There are a number of scenes that will have me in pieces, such as the end of Gladiator, and last night I discovered another last night.

The premise of How I Met Your Mother is deceptively simple. Ted tells tales to his children that led up to meeting their mother. On his journey are serial womaniser Barney, couple Lily and Marshall and on-off flame Robin. Towards the end, the character of the Mother, Tracey, is introduced.

The show uses flash forward and flash back to embellish the story line as well as using a number of catch phrases and recurring themes to enhance the tales that are told.

After 9 series and over 200 episodes it came to a close and it had me in pieces. I tried to work out why -

Was it that Barney is destined to be a kind of Donald Trump-esque figure flitting from relationship to relationship, unable to settle down.

Was it the death of a figure that had such an effect on Ted and the impact of the children (the wedding remark from earlier in the season)

Was it the Ted appeared to love and lose so quickly?

Was it all of these things