It`s not clever, it`s not witty or even vaguely endearing and it`s certainly not as important or as significant as Bradele sweeping the board at the It Brawards. Simply prefacing the word “exit” with the letters b and r is lazy, trivial and a crime against both the English language and common decency. Only a complete brarsehole would invent a meaningless compound word to describe the most profound political decision facing this nation. (more…)
February 26, 2016
February 1, 2016
After a busy January, show business editors, arts correspondents and the poor souls buried in film archives will be looking through their fingers at an approaching February and the next tranche of celebrity demise. Even the most imaginative authors of obituaries must be struggling to construct an original sentence containing mandatory terms of deferential respect such as icon, legend, national treasure, hugely influential and never to be forgotten. There are times when “person of advancing years with a health condition dies after an illness” simply will not do.
In this information technology age, smart eulogists could simply set up a template, load in a bunch of algorithms and the piece will compose itself well before the print deadline or broadcast. Age (veteran, popular, up and coming), occupation (actor, musician, entertainer, politician,); cause of death (drugs, drink, terminal medical condition, the discharging of a firearm) and a few vintage photographic images guarantees immortality for the sadly deceased and a job well done by the busy hack. (more…)
January 20, 2016
”And that was Life on Mars by David Bowie; a musical legend and the man who changed the world. In this hour we discuss Britain`s nuclear deterrent. Trident; good or bad, right or wrong, vital or irrelevant, fried or boiled, salt or pepper, indiscriminate weapon of mass destruction or the ultimate insurance policy? Have your say by calling our usual number.
Our first caller is Abraham from Barking. Hello Abraham, what would you like to say about Trident? Good or bad, right or wrong, vital or… (more…)
January 12, 2016
A variety of worthy academics engaged in a futile analysis of popular culture claim with some certainty that Rock and Roll was born on January 10th 1956 when Elvis Aaron Presley recorded Heartbreak Hotel in Nashville – Happy 60th birthday Rock and Roll.
The heartfelt outpouring of genuine grief at the passing of David Bowie is a basic human reaction but says more about the audience than the performer. It seems that we cannot accept that our heroes are mortals just like us and even if they provided “the soundtrack of our lives”, it does not exempt them from running out of time. (more…)
November 13, 2015
As some day it may happen that a victim must be found, I`ve got a little list – I`ve got a little list of society offenders who might well be underground, and who never would be missed – who never would be missed.
After what seems an age of interminable waffle and prevarication, Cameron has at last produced his little list of “reforms” to the European Union that are required if the United Kingdom if to remain a member of the largest trading market on the planet. Oh I wish he would desist – I wish he would desist. (more…)