What You Can Get Away With » Humour

Inspired by this piece of news, which is quite interesting casting actually.

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For entirely ego-driven reasons, I feel the world needs to know how this morning’s Twitter meme began:

chickyog: Morning all. has Nick Robinson exploded yet?
nickjbarlow: @chickyog No, but when he does, the Telegraph and Mail will claim it’s Nick Clegg’s fault.
chickyog: @nickjbarlow Ha. I feel a meme coming on.
chickyog: Just stubbed my toe #nickcleggsfault

Oh, and my favourite thing to blame Nick Clegg for so far? This:

Chinese Democracy took 15 years because Nick Clegg was arguing with Axl about adopting proportional representation.

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Ken MacLeod‘s novel Newton’s Wake features a character living on a distant world in a post-Singularity future who writes operas based on badly remembered and misunderstood history. This gives us classics like The Tragedy of Leonid Brezhnev with gun-toting communist leaders denouncing each other as revisionists in song.

It only comes to mind because Conservative Home seem to be pitching a similar idea, perhaps as a dramatic counterpoint from the same era:

In the Falklands Margaret Thatcher led our armed forces to a great victory.

I’m thinking it’d have to be in a pseudo-Wagnerian style to really work and depicting the scene where she storms the beaches at the head of the Task Force will prove a tough job for the director and set designer, but it is opera, and no one really goes there expecting too much realism.

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Keeping you safe

Something about the previous post reminded me of something, then I realised it was this:

In The Know: Is The Government Spying On Paranoid Schizophrenics Enough?


Right, serious debate time. Which is funnier:

  • Conservapedia attempt to correct the notorious liberal bias present in the Bible, or;
  • This piece of art, which has to be seen to be believed (and check the detailed descriptions in the box to the right)
  • There’s only one to way find out….PRAYERFIGHT!

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    We need a new TV series in the mould of Dallas or Dynasty. Just as they burst out of a recession economy to wow the world with glamour, glitz and conspicuous consumption, surely something similar would work today, given the audience a dose of high-end trash to amuse them in times of austerity.

    What’s needed is a series that combines fabulously rich people with the machinations of giant global businesses. Something that features a set of glamorous and luxurious locations spanning the globe.

    Then, of course, you just need some ridiculous plots, things so outlandish that no one would believe them if they happened in real life. Add in some bizarre personal habits of the leading characters, and of course, some weird feuds that no one can even remember the origin of.

    So, all they need to do is get rid of the focus on the racing, and Bernie Ecclestone might have found himself another nice little earner…


    I remember when I was living in Swansea and new to all this politics lark, someone once told me that ‘you can tell when an election’s near, you’ll see Peter Black wandering around pointing at things.’

    Peter is yet to feature on the Glum Councillors site, but it collects other fine examples of local representatives pointing at things, wearing safety clothing and looking generally unhappy.

    A thought occurs to me: if you have a phone capable of sending messages by SMS, what’s to stop you branding it as ‘Twitter-compatible’?

    An addition to this is the thought that someone – possibly inspired by the Amstrad Emailer – is currently working on a Home Twitterphone system so that you too can join in the fun and send messages through your normal phone. All responses will either be read out to you by the automated SMS voice or printed out and sent to you by post for an additional charge.

    I’m not saying this is a workable business model, but I do wonder how much seed capital the right pitch might get from befuddled investors looking to leap on the latest bandwagon.


    Some other hashtags that might have been used instead of #welovethenhs:

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