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Whatallo

February 5, 2012

Update, 20 February 2012: Though you probably won’t need to run your own whatallo, the code may serve as a Hello World for Google App Engine, therefore the code for the site is available here https://github.com/mdneale/whatallo.

We were just watching ‘Allo ‘Allo!, something we are prone to do and it reminded me of something I wrote last year, of which more in a moment. On the subject of ‘Allo ‘Allo, I still find it hilarious even after all this time. My favourite character is probably Monsieur LeClerc who arrives each episode disguised badly as some unlikely character or other in order to convey a message on behalf of the French resistance. He appears briefly at the end of this clip as an often-seen-in-wartime-France Christmas Pudding Seller.

The original Monsieur LeClerc actor Jack Haig had French mannerisms perfectly exaggerated. On the flip-side of that I could also have chosen Officer Crabtree, also featured in the clip, the English agent disguised as a French policeman poloceman whose French is probably something akin to mine.

Anyway, I’m skirting the point. If you watch it as much as we do (perhaps unlikely) then you need a simple way to randomly choose an episode to watch. Enter whatallo.com – it picks you a random episode and remembers what you have watched so that it doesn’t suggest the same episode twice.

It’s just a bit of fun, put together with Python, Django and jQuery running on Google App Engine, and I wholeheartedly recommend all of them.

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