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The House of Duh

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013


So, House of Cards is back, in a newly designed playing set.

I loved the old TV series, so, I think I will give the remake a miss. I’m not much for upgrading nostalgia – but this is not a discussion about originals & remakes.

Though it is, in a way, a reflection on things past & present. Temps perdus & temps perfides, if you must.

In the original BBC TV drama, the genially evil Francis Ewan Urquhart has this ur spinny catchphrase, “You might think that; I couldn’t possibly comment”

… and however much I love the little word, you might think that it is a rather sad reflection on the times that the above phrase translates into today’s mono-syllabic “Duh!”


John Lennon’s corpse to be dug up and sued by Montgomery County school

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

And there I was, thinking nobody could be more wilfully stupid than the leader of the NRA

I was wrong:

“The parents of a 6-year-old Silver Spring boy are fighting the first-grader’s suspension from a Montgomery County public school for pointing his finger like a gun and saying “pow,” an incident school officials characterized in a disciplinary letter as a threat “to shoot a student.””

(Also under attack…)

Filler up, Leonard

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Reading the Leonard Cohen biography… which made me watch his Isle of Wight and London concerts again…

… which makes me want to post these two clips – badly. So, I do:


So, now, go and buy

1) The Simmons biography
2) TheIsle of Wight DVD &
3) The Live in London DVD

… and bought the T-shirt!

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Been there…

Been there, done that…

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

and yeah…

Ring Cycle Song

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

I guess the makers of the Lord Of The Ring movies missed a trick when they didn’t choose this old song as the film’s theme song.

Maybe it’s not too late to use it in the Hobbit?

Peeping awesome…

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

No, really, it is! I’m normally not the greatest of fans of modern installation art – or whatever the buzzword du jour is – but this is, well:

Judge for yourself and read all about it HERE…!


AA Gill: America grew tall

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Last week I downloaded AA Gill’s latest book, “The Golden Door: Letters to America” to my Kindle and I just started reading the first, introductory chapter, which holds this very pretty line:

“America grew tall out of the cramping ache of old Europe.”

Beautiful, no?


I bough the book today, oh boy (Plus: In bed with Amanda Palmer)

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

(An early birthday present from me to me*…)

Very cool video – with thanks to Neil Gaiman, for posting it on his blog.

I know, I know: he gets millions of visitors – me, only an handful but if anyone sees it here who didn’t catch it there, I’m happy enough.



(*… which will arrive months after my actual birthday: go figure…)

Debased pastimes

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Now, here’s a serious Quote Of The Day, by Nicola Barker, author of the wonderful Darkmans novel (and many more):

“I find writers boring. Writing is kind of a debased pastime, it’s one level above masturbation.”

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