You know those lyrics that you can’t quite make out and so you do your best with a phonetic rendition? A classic is the six year old belting out our national anthem and translating the less comprehensible ‘long to reign over us‘ as ‘the long train ran over us‘. An urban myth, possibly; but my sister’s stab at ‘Guantanamera‘, rendered as ‘one ton o’ metal‘, is definitely true. I was there and took merciless older sister advantage of her ignorance. Another mysterious distortion emerged recently in the conversation of two radio presenters. Which two, I have no recollection, but it reappeared during a transmission from Glastonbury, so maybe it was 6Music. The ‘bommsittit‘ or ‘bomsytit‘ was evidently an … Continue reading In search of the ‘bommsittit’
Writing is writing, right? Someone in ‘Good Will Hunting’ said that, if you can do it, you should, on behalf of all those who can’t. Well this link to my other blog, my other life, is my writerly way of speaking for those who can’t. Others have done the same. Journalists have made erudite comment. The BBC gave us the material. But we all knew it was happening, somewhere in our souls, our collective psyche. We knew that we could not always trust humans to act with humanity, or decency, or even just plain neglectfully. We knew that some would see an opportunity for … Continue reading Winterbourne abuse scandal
The Aliens on your Sofa Vet’s day today and, to echo a friend, it’s not all about Vietnam; these vets are the brave souls willing to take up the challenge of delivering vaccines to the nation’s ungrateful pets and this week it’s the turn of Ms Massive and Mr FancyPants. Aka Muppet and Monty; this tale is from happier times – here Continue reading Aliens on your Sofa
Had to just put this up here because it’s so completely FAB! The Abbey Road crossing where people pose and traffic waits. You get live web cam and archive footage of some of the best moments. What’s not to like? No idea what it’s about? This is the recording studio where The Beatles made their later albums and the crossing outside is the one on the cover of their album ‘Abbey Road’ which many believed predictive of John’s death as he was dressed in white. Continue reading Abbey Road crossing
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It’s Spring finally and the warmer weather – almost certainly temporary as there’s a Bank Holiday coming up – drew me out to sit by the pond. The fish were beginning to circle, half expecting to be fed but not quite remembering yet what that entails, and I was reminded of an incident a couple of summers ago… Continue reading Not being first fish
Good ol’ Enger-land, still here and shouting the odds with the big boys despite being Empire-less and, currently, lacking any sort of government as we dangle between the dissolution of parliament and the Britain’s Got Talent final on May 6th when we pick our new Head Boy. Of course when we do choose our new boss, we’ll be inflicting him on Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland too whether they like it or not. Or they’ll be sticking it to us, safe in the knowledge that they have their own devolved governments so they can vote with impunity for the party … Continue reading St George’s Day, April 23rd
Yes, we’re still shut over here in Europe Land but take a look at this, isn’t it just spectacular? Thanks to Robosteel for the link. Continue reading Eyjafjallajokul. Go on, you say it then!
Ok, I don’t live near a major airport but you could view this as an exemplar of the skies over GB-PLC today and it hasn’t happened before EVER! Because of Iceland’s reprehensible inability to control the behaviour of its volcanoes, pretty much the whole of Europe has been grounded and can’t expect to be on its way again until tomorrow at the earliest. Most people have been pretty phlegmatic about it; after all, it’s in rather poor taste to criticise Mother Nature, not to mention fairly pointless. That didn’t stop one chap, with a degree in Advanced Twerp self evidently, … Continue reading Don’t come visiting northern Europe today – we’re shut!
Fabulous thing, this integrating of blog and tweet business. You write your headline, develop your theme, and press the button so that publication and dissemination occur simultaneously. Magic! Or at least it is if, once twitter has separated it from its context, the headline doesn’t look like your geography teacher’s demand for the submission of your homework . Reading my previous post, plucked bald of its message and lying exposed on Tweetdeck, I suddenly see the words ‘Did you read ‘Madness’?’ in a different context. This time my hopeful inquiry born of earlier discussion is replaced by the image of … Continue reading The Twitter Imperative