Sunday, January 29, 2006
Seven things to do before I die:
1) Travel across
2) Visit the
3) Be at Goodison park as Everton put the 4th goal past
4) See Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band live.
5) Form a band and play in front of more than 30 people. Ok, 25.
6) Watch TV with Caitlin Moran and Harry Hill.
7) Get out more!
Seven things I cannot do:
1) Read something and take it all in whilst watching television/listening to music.
2) Make a cup of tea in less than 4 minutes. It shouldn’t be done any quicker.
3) Stand the implication that country music is all about Stetsons and line dancing.
4) Break dance.
5) Put up with shoddy sound quality.
6) Speed read (if only I could!).
7) Pole vault.
Seven things that attract me to…the countryside:
1) Notably cleaner air.
3) Greater appreciation of the seasonal year.
4) Less traffic.
5) The fact that there is nothing to do after it gets dark.
6) The dark.
7) Pubs. Country pubs.
Seven things I say:
2) “I tell you…”
3) “Strong, one sugar”
4) “Good stuff!”
5) “Or is it?”
6) “Gah!” / ”Bah!” / ”Pah!”
7) “He’s got red hair but we don’t care, Davey, Davey, Moyes”
Seven books that I love:
1) Flowers for Algernon.(Daniel Keyes)
2) Cash, the autobiography (Johnny Cash)
3) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
4) The Road To McCarthy (Pete McCarthy)
5) Things Snowball (Rich Hall)
6) McCarthy’s Bar (Pete McCarthy) (What!? I like him!)
Seven movies that I’ve loved:
1) Lord of War
2) High Plains Drifter
4) High Fidelity
5) The Wickerman
6) The Usual Suspects
7) This is Spinal Tap
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
"Every defeat hurts. You might think it doesn't, but you ask my family, you ask the dog."
Perhaps someone should call the RSPCA...
In other news, this blog is the number one result on Google for: are you tamworth in disguise song.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Lady Finchley points out the striking similarity between recently resigned Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesman - Mark Oaten and actor Willie Garson who plays Stanford Blatch in Sex and the City.
Stanford is the gay friend of Sarah Jessica Parker's leadrole.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Harry Hill's brilliant TV Burp returned to our screens today. The first episode of a series of ten, screened at 5.15pm on ITV1.
Harry takes a sideways look at television programmes from the week just passed, specialising in the likes of Holby City, Holiday Showdown and the Bill. His observational comedy and inclusive humour is perfect for the pre-watershed audience and a welcome addition to the otherwise dreary Saturday night schedule.
The 23 minute duration of TV Burp is easily the most laughter-packed of the televisual week and the clips format ensures that the jokes remain funny for those that didn't see the original programme - giving the show and element of timelessness.
Hill himself, remains a divisive comedian and this will no doubt put some people off, for me though, it's a perfect way to spend the early Saturday evening and a very welcome return.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Courtesy of Adam Smith.
"Are you Tamworth in disguise?"
Thursday, January 12, 2006
It was generally thought that the younger Lib Dems would support Menzies Campbell as a uniting force for the leadership, knowing that he would be forced to stand down after the next general election on age grounds. This would vacate the seat for them to battle it out amongst themselves, however, this tactic is now not an option. With Chris Huhne today entering the contest, it has forced the hand of his fellow Orange Bookers and hence we may see Clegg stand. The battle originally planned for 2009 is happening now.
As if the election process wasn't confusing enough already - The Guardian point out today that a loophole in the Lib Dem rules means that there is nothing to stop MPs from signing up for more than one leader! This could ensure that in the nominations process, the Orange Book candidates don’t block each other from standing by taking votes from the limited pool of right-wing MP’s. With the election itself using preferential voting, it shouldn’t split the
Moving away from the Lib Dems, the New Statesman has an interesting article about what it’s calling “the Adrian Mole generation” of new politicians – Cameron, Clegg, Opik, Alexander, Miliband et al. Worth reading.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Tony Blair today launched the latest plans in his respect agenda. The picks of the bunch being a national parenting academy and 'possible' temporary evictions of troublesome families - including homeowners. Quite where these evicted families will be moved to and who will be paying for their accomodation, we can't be sure
More on this and the Lib Dem leadership contest later.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
UPDATE: Menzies Campbell will be making a statement following the Kennedy speech. Assumedly this is to confirm he will be taking the helm until a new leader is elected, I can't see it being to announce his intentions to stand, not yet anyhow.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Charles Kennedy claims to have not touched a drop for two months, meaning his last drink was back in November. Strangely, a month later, the Unwins off-license chain announced losses and called in the administrators - as I blogged about on December the 20th.
It will be interesting to see who comes forward to stand against Kennedy. Mark Oaten had been touted as a potential leadership candidate but has already announced that he won’t be standing and will in fact be actively supporting Kennedy. Simon Hughes will surely stand but will he be able to bridge the vastly differing factions within the party? It his hard to see the Orange Book Liberals getting behind Hughes. Menzies Campbell, current deputy leader would be better suited to uniting the party but he has so far remained relatively quiet. There is a strong possibility that one of the younger generation may stand, Nick Clegg would be the choice of many within the party, but inexperience would be a potential snag, although considering the success that David Cameron has had thus far, the Lib Dems could well be tempted to opt for a younger leader.
Interesting times ahead for the Liberal Democrats.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Let's hope the much hyped internet based 'music revolution' isn't just post-Libertines/Babyshambles/Arctic Monkeys media babble and is a genuine movement towards a fairer, more diverse music industry.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Aside from all the bleakness, I had a wonderful Christmas and 21st birthday - even if the time off went far too quickly. I leave you with this hilarious collection of small ads collated by Jonathon Horsman, link courtesy of Jawbox.