Wednesday, October 31, 2007


There is really nothing I can add to this.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Guess who is coming to dinner?

I dreamt I was over at the White Stripes' house for tea. We had pasta and red pesto and raspberries and cream. Meg had Raspberry Ripple. You have NO IDEA how disappointed I was to discover it wasn't real.
Q. What do Paul McCartney and Axl Rose have for pudding?
A. Lemon Meringue Pie.
It's funnier when Josie does it.
Still 244

Monday, October 29, 2007


And immediately the record is smashed. One girl on phone 2 days later achieved 19 in a minute, averaging just under 1 "Like" every 3 seconds.

This may become a hobby of mine.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Like Linguistics

Two teenage girls sat next to me on the train jabbering away. As I have nothing better to do I slyly glance at my watch and have a little listen.
In 5 minutes they managed to say the world "Like" 49 times. What a great substitute for language! That's one "Like" every six seconds. Yes, I know I am a geek.
These two pleasant but slightly vacuous lasses are however infinitely preferable to the feral bunch of bastards that kicked lady smahman's wing mirrors off the other night.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Good Work Cover Artist!

I just read this.

It is a tale of human strength and resistance. Set in an unknown Northern village, it tells how, despite the oppression of an un-named invading force, the spirit can never be fully crushed from the beaten inhabitants. People endure, permanently and with dignity.*
They handed this brief over to the illustrator who thought, "hmm how can I best represent that?" Thankfully he didn't make this work from Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck come across as a cheap tawdry potboiler.
* Yes I know it was written in '42 and as such predates the Nobel prize, and is also anti Nazi propaganda. But let's be clear, he casts his net wider than that and is careful not to explicity mention who the two sides actually are, thus making a bigger, longer lasting point about humanity. No Cannery Row to be sure, but still pretty good.