Friday, 26 December 2008
Monday, 22 December 2008
agent.Speak("Those Chapman brothers? What a pair of \\map=\"twats\"=\"c*nts\"\\")The only other comprehensible use is on a Spanish language news aggregator which has clearly been spammed:
Teens tasteless shoplife video lapsed rubin black xxx. Big map twats teens hush black with fixed-rate. About black teens books. Gore teens bowmenKind of poetic…
Almost all of us managed to go for a walk near Littleborough (above Watergrove) this Sunday - all except Daniel, who had conjugal duties. Nevertheless, we off-roaded and ate effete food and found skulls. I took lots of photos of said skulls, lichen and twats.
Friday, 19 December 2008
In a break from the L. M. Montgomery marathon, I read Terry Pratchett's Nation yesterday. People can be snobby about Pratchett, but who else is writing consistently good, funny, socially-engaged books which tackle the big issues. Nation propounds the joys of liberal humanism and atheism in a thoughtful and sensitive way, amongst other things. Pullman does the same thing in a more dramatic fashion, but TP quietly explores them in this book. We'll miss him when his Alzheimer's takes over. Curiously, the author photograph is the only hint of Pratchett's condition. Instead of a full-frontal one, his face is turned away from the camera, making him unknowable. Given that he has a white beard and always wears a black hat and clothes, the effect is one of darkness - very poignant.
On the theme of children's fantasy, I saw Inkheart yesterday. I'm a fan of the books (they're about the power of reading), and grew to like the film. They give away the central conceit in the first line of the voice-over which is ridiculous, and Brendan Fraser is the worst actor I've ever seen. Keanu Reeves would have put more primal energy into the role.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
Friday, 12 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
I'm trying to avoid any porcine-related double-entendres about the Great Irish Pig Scandal, because my sister is immortalised in the world's worst newspaper (actually, I can confidently make that the worlds' worst newspaper - even given the mathematical calculation that there must be several billion inhabited planets out there, surely none is so unfortunate as to have the Daily Mail), gazing hungrily at the empty shelves of an Irish supermarket. The Mail loves these scares - they've of course managed to reduce the complex interaction of organic chemistry to 'cancer causing dioxins' (no hyphens for them) and only just managed to resist tying it to house prices. If the Mail's shallow and offensive approach to science makes you sicker than a hamburger-scoffing Irishman, head over to Bad Science for the antidote.
Friday, 5 December 2008
My twee, Sarah- and Postcard-loving soul thrills to the delivery today of the Belle and Sebastian BBC sessions. John Peel liked them too, so you can all sod off.
'a "tunnel of light" turned out to be a line of trees with a few strings of fairy lights'and
'One child allegedly found [Santa] smoking a cigarette behind the grotto'.UPDATE: a similar wonderland was meant to open at Essington, a few short miles from here by sleigh - but was closed down when Trading Standards unsportingly pointed out that the car-boot sale venue operation was, well, a bit rubbish. It would have been a wonderfully British day out. Jonathan Meades would have loved it.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
How screwed are the Republicans right now? Put it this way: the sanest contender in the above list is named "Bush".
the professors are the enemy, the professors are the enemy. Write that on a blackboard 100 times.
And if you must go to work tomorrowWell if I were you I really wouldn't botherFor there are brighter sides to lifeAnd I should know, because I've seen themBut not very often…
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
Friday, 28 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
While I'm in the mood for pictures, here are a couple from my walk up the Cheshire Matterhorn. There are plenty of landscapes over at my flickr site, but I'm particularly pleased with these images of lichen and icicles (click on them for a bigger image)
Monday, 24 November 2008
Walking on Saturday was stunning - from Macclesfield's finest delicatessen where I bought hare and venison pie, up Shutlingsloe, across the moors to the Cat and Fiddle for a pint in front of a fire. I'll post some photos (of lichen and icicles) when I work out why my camera isn't showing up on my computer - I'm hoping it's just a low battery.
Friday, 21 November 2008
'that dreary tribe of high-minded women and sandal wearers and bearded fruit-juice drinkers who come flocking to the smell of progress like bluebottles to a dead cat … fuzzy-haired intellectuals in pullover sweaters'
'Socialism' and 'Communism' draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, 'Nature Cure' quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.Anyone know why this thing is ignoring my formatting?
Thursday, 20 November 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Monday, 10 November 2008
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Where are you now, Arsenal? Sure, you can beat showponies like Manchester United, but you fold up like a cheap deckchair