1) which country's national anthem contains the line "I've always been a loyal subject of the King of Spain"? 2) which famous 20th Century American science fiction writer wrote Blade Runner: a movie?
There are many things in life that rile me. But in terms of 'obvious, absurd, insane unfairness that's tolerated for absolutely no sensible reason at all', Quebec is top. In most countries that have real languages and joke languages that are indulged, the joke language that's indulged is the language of the people the land … Continue reading What makes me angriest? Quebec.
"Dear Big Oil. Yes, we know this sort of thing is inherent to oil extraction, and we do still want cheap oil extracted - but please can you do it in places where instead of oiling up a few American pelicans and ruining American banjo-playing yokels' weekends by making them kill land animals instead of … Continue reading Shorter US public response to Deepwater Horizon
I really want to steal the bust of Aneurin Bevan, the inventor of the NHS and all-round excellent Welshman, that's currently installed in the the House of Commons. Partly that's because I think it'd make an excellent decoration for my house. But it's also partly because I could lift it high in the air and … Continue reading Sorry about this
Usual rules apply. Insert some kind of joke prize here. What links Bobby Brown, a girl who thinks of ghosts, and Justine Frischmann?
It occurs to me that a major reason why a Lab/Lib coalition was a complete non-starter is simply that it would not have commanded a majority of seats in England, and the regional parties it would have required for support don’t vote on England matters. Hence, it couldn’t have passed any domestic English legislation without … Continue reading Fear and West Lothian
OK, so what links The Pit And The Pendulum, Richard Dawkins, and the Botswana national football team? The usual prize of a Simply Red album and a broken wireless router to the winner. Extra bonus points to be gained from suggesting the fourth clue. Unrelatedly, which punk song contains the lyric "I'm looking for you, … Continue reading Quiz time, wahey!
Not sure if these are downloadable, but listening on the radio I was really struck by the difference between Gordon Brown and David Cameron's speeches on winning their constituencies. Mr Brown is in the wrong job, and needs to resign tomorrow no mater what the final results, but the speech was heartfelt, interesting, passionate and … Continue reading Quick thought on speeches
Tomorrow morning, someone's going to cheese-grate away the surface of both my corneas, then remove the sub-surface tissue with a FRICKIN' LASER. a) wish me luck; b) I'll be drugged up and more or less blind for a couple of days, so unlikely to be up for much Internettery. Have fun without me and play … Continue reading Blinding
Good news, everybody. I'm online, with a real Internet connection and not a telephone, which has been my sole means of Twitter and email for the last week aside from taking my laptop to cafés and pubs [*]. Thanks, Telstra and iiNet, for only taking a month to sort it out. I've also begun writing … Continue reading Back with a vengeance