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Month: January 2010

Hi-yohhhh

Hi-yohhhh

An early start in the morning: I’m booked on the 07.55 Waveney Flyer from Lowestoft to Liverpool Street, in order to attend the Oldie of the Year beano for the (I think) 12th year in a row. It is, quite simply, the best show in town. Sir Terence Wogan will officiate, as ever. He’ll do the same jokes, as ever. We’ll love every last punchline, as ever. The great and the good have their gongs. The Oldie tends to recognise…

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Embarrassed by your mistakes in procrastination?

Embarrassed by your mistakes in procrastination?

I’m just about keeping my mind on my work at the moment, but it’s not at all easy. The BBC has, rather unhelpfully, put online a documentary that I’ve wanted to see for years. I reckon that after another hour of transcribing, I’ll have earned the right to watch it. It’s part of a tranche of programmes from the rather wonderful history series Chronicle. By Cribbins, I love the Internet.

Gag reflex

Gag reflex

Even in the pre-Internet days, humorous responses to events showed a degree of uniformity. The “Who let the woman drive?” gag about the Challenger disaster was universal and instantaneous. How did these lines make it around the world? Answer: It was a coincidence. Different people thought the same way about the same events, independently of each other, and shared the result with their friends. An example of this occurred today on Facebook. Two friends, one a professional comedy writer, one…

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He who pays the Piper should demand a new logo

He who pays the Piper should demand a new logo

With ITV reducing its commitments to regional broadcasting, the BBC has been taking up some of the slack. A manifestation of this is Late Kick Off, a football show that began last night on BBC1. The version we get in the east is produced by Kevin Piper, who presented Anglia Tonight and Anglia’s various football shows for aeons before the retrenchment. Not giving a toss about football, I can’t say whether the show’s any good or not, but I’m glad…

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How the Daily Mail works

How the Daily Mail works

There’s an interesting story on the Daily Mail website about Millwall supporter Rod Liddle and some messages he posted on a football forum. The piece is headlined “Former Today editor Rod Liddle under fire over ‘racist’ posts on football supporters’ website”. Note those single quotes around racist. When used in a newspaper headline, they indicate that the paper’s making it up. As it proves. The hack makes much of Liddle’s forum handle, MonkeyMFC. Why? Maybe I’m being over-cynical, but it…

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Le-no comment

Le-no comment

The revelation that a cunt might become a newspaper editor (and people acting like it’s unprecedented) is a minor sideshow compared to the meejah story of the moment that really matters: Jay Leno vs Conan O’Brien over the future of NBC’s Tonight Show. Five years ago, to keep the very bankable O’Brien sweet, NBC got a commitment from Leno that he’d step aside from the Tonight Show and let Coco take over in 2009, which he did. However, Coco’s lost…

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Belated birthday greetings to Kenny Wheeler

Belated birthday greetings to Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler was 80 yesterday. Most remiss of me not to mark the occasion by listening to him tear up Seven Steps to Heaven with the Tubby Hayes Big Band, one of my favourite pieces of anything ever recorded on rust-covered Sellotape. I’ll have to repair the omission right now. Happy birthday, Kenny. I interviewed him once – not easy, as he’s a chap who prefers to speak through music. With a couple of quotes here and there, I cobbled…

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Public service announcement

Public service announcement

If you get an email like the following, ignore it. It’s a scam. Naturally, being just before the deadline for self-assessment submission, a few people might think “Oh dear, better click on the link and see what they want”. At best, you’ll end up with a virus. At worst, you might lose money: Taxpayer ID: [part of an email address I’ve never used for tax correspondence]-00000472970993UKTax Type: INCOME TAXIssue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application) Please review your tax statement on HM…

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A Liddle hypocrisy

A Liddle hypocrisy

The aforementioned comment on Woo’s blog resulted in a strange and slightly creepy but highly illuminating stream of communications from Rod Liddle himself. To think that he had time between paid opinions to Google his own name obsessively and give little me a piece of his mind, gratis. Truly I am blessed. In it, I see that he called me a “Typical fucking gobshite public school coward, devoid of talent, wit or interest. Or courage. Hopeless little beardy cunt”. Gobshite?…

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