Ever since I was a whippersnapper, I have had a fondness for ridiculous cartoon violence. Not the type of realistic gory action found in shoot-'em-up video games or Jason Statham films, but the silly, old-fashioned, over-the-top violence that Bugs Bunny, Laurel and Hardy and the Looney Tunes used to dish out and in which no one really got hurt.
One of the most endearing memories from my childhood was sharing belly laughs with my dad as Tom ran face first into another frying pan, once again outfoxed by his nemesis, Jerry. It would have us rolling around on the floor laughing long before someone dreamt of a sexy acronym to describe doing just that, and the excessive comedy violence never drove me to mow down my classmates in a fit of teenage rage. But, then again, my mum never let me near the frying pan, let alone the family arsenal.
While not exactly in the same bloodthirsty league as the ultra-violent Ren and Stimpy, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup - better known as The Powerpuff Girls - wreak a good deal of havoc as they make a return to the small screen this week, more than 10 years since the last episode aired on television. They may have been made from "sugar and spice and everything nice", but the chemical X that their scientist father, Professor Utonium, accidentally added to the mix turned the three wide-eyed school girls into a super cute/super fierce crime-fighting trio.
The reboot of the animated show (above; which begins on Saturday at 10am, on the Cartoon Network) has received approval from the original creator, Craig McCracken, who is not involved this time, but not all of the changes have been universally welcomed. The visual style remains similar to the original series but the girls are accompanied by a new theme tune, courtesy of feminist pop-punk indie band Tacocat, and are voiced by new actors, a development that the former Bubbles, Tara Strong, has called, rather dramatically, "a stab in the heart".
However, with its pop culture references and cutesy high-energy cartoon violence still strangely appealing, I, for one, am glad to have The Powerpuff Girls back to save the world before bedtime.
If you're anything like me (you will have scoffed your Easter eggs already) and were asked the question, "Would you like to live forever?", you'd probably answer with a vigorous shake of the head and a "no way!". "Forever" is a lot longer than most of us would have in mind, but I'm sure none of us would object to having a few years added to our time on Earth - and that, according to the new six-part health series Chasing Longevity (TVB Pearl, Wednesday at 9pm) - is exactly what we are doing.
As a species, we have gained about six years of life expectancy over the last two decades, but what are the contributing factors to people living longer than ever before? Does it come down to genetics? Diet? A balanced lifestyle? Or simply better health care? Whatever the cause, when we aim for those extra golden years, we obviously want to spend them fit and healthy.
Investigating the factors affecting our longevity and ageing, presenter Adrian Pang meets with leading nutritionists and research scientists, and plays the guinea pig in some interesting food and exercise experiments. Along the way, our affable host gets to meet some inspiring elderly characters but, despite all of the scientific know-how determining our lifespans, maybe the secret to lasting vitality is being able to do what we love with passion - just like the 78-year-old guitar-riffing grandma seen in the show.
Well, if it's as simple as that, I'm off to smoke crack dressed as a pirate - so have a fine week, people.