― the pinefox, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
― chris, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
Funnily enough, I quite like the Guide, partly because Joe
Queenan and Byron Coley sometimes write for it, partly because
it means I no longer have to buy that useless piece of toss Time
― Andrew L, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
― james e l, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
1. The simplification of the accusation may just echo what it asserts
about the target (just as 'Dumbing Down' is a dumb, dull phrase);
2. If I don't like Triviality, why don't I read nothing but 10-page
reports from the former Yugoslavia? It would be hypocritical of me to
say that I simply wanted them to be SERIOUS and SOLEMN and
RESPONSIBLE all the time. No, that's not it.
What I mean, I suppose, is that too many features, esp. in G2, now
look dashed-off - half-hearted, half-baked, unconvincing, just cliché
pies really. Today's Lara Croft piece was just the latest of a
million examples. It feels (the terms are problematic here, I know)
JOURNALISTIC in a bad way - trite, unconsidered, full of crowd-
pleasing Received Ideas - rather than JOURNALISTIC in a good way
(that is: dogged, resourceful, brave, mentally agile, snappy and what
It's the world of second-hand Lifestyle phrases that bugs me. The way
that adults can still write a phrase like "*that* dress" and not hang
their heads in shame.
A rider to all my bile, though, is that my previous, more impressed
impressions of the Guardian may just reflect youthful
impressionability. (Sentence!) Maybe the same kind of crap used to
impress me that now feels rubbishy, faux-zeitgeisty and embarrassing?
Maybe, but I suspect it's a bit of both.
I agree about Queenan too. But most of all, I agree about Thomson.
There's almost no point having a thread about Thomson, because people
who know what they think about him already know it all and would just
send in superlatives.
― mark s, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
What the paper still has going for it: George Monbiot's column, the
Diary, Steve Bell, giving review space to Ians Sansom and Penman, and
the tv columns of Nancy Banks-Smith. (When N B-S finally pops her
clogs I will have to think very hard about buying the paper.)
What is leading the paper ever closer to the abyss: consistently
terrible pop coverage (honorable exceptions: Maddy Costa, Betty
Clarke); the fatuous new Saturday mag (Zoe Ball on dressing? match
the celebrity with the pet? that awful woman talking about words that
should be banned??); Charlotte bloody Raven.
― stevie t, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
I agree with you there. They sucker you in with the G2 front cover
(and the masthead of the main paper), but when you get to read the
cover story it often appears cobbled together and lightweight. I
imagine it must be difficult to fill that space with high quality
stories day in day out though.
― David, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
I actually like Peter Preston's awkward, staccato opinion pieces,
come to think of it. But not the pompous ones of Hugo Young.
Freedland is sometimes good at summing political issues up, but
usually he 'sums up' too much - there's too much glibness in the way
he marshals it all. (I admit again, though, that it's easy - even
glib - to call someone glib.)
Penman strikes me as a red herring. I can see that he doesn't do that
to you, cos you have some kind of investment in his career. I agree
about Sansom (great left-back, mean penalty, blah blah) - in fact I
think that the whole Saturday book reviews section is quite possibly
the best feature of the paper. EXCEPT of course the footy. Heroes?
How could I forget David Lacey?
BUT I think that you are wrong about N B-S. It doesn't surprise me
that older folk make that judgement about her; it does rather
surprise me coming from you. She has skills, I guess, but she's
terribly repetitive; uses the same lines on the same topics year in
year out. It's all too - yes - glib and easy, while dressed up to
look aged and thus wise.
― jamesmichaelward, Tuesday, 3 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
I only read it for the Guide and the job listings. Not that either has
been particularly helpful lately... ;-)
― masonic boom, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
― Richard Tunnicliffe, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
― tarden, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
― Mark Morris, Wednesday, 4 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
― Tadeusz Suchodolski, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
There's a lot of irritating stuff, yes. My favourite columnist is
George Monbiot, by a mile. Something I like about the Independent
when I do get it is that its liberalism is less metropolitan and more
about the common good. Needless to say, though, the Guardian's
series of articles on public service under that very title were
― The Hemulen Who Loved Silence, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
Today's G2 seems designed to add fuel to my (f)ire: one page
of 'Style' after another, including a column on Why We're So
Disappointed That Madonna Employs A Stylist.
― the pinefox, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
― blue veils and golden sands, Friday, 6 July 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink
Also good in Guardian: John Patterson re. cinema.
oh god, ask hadley today is just... tooth-grinding.
― Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink
― Dom Passantino, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:17 (eleven years ago) Permalink
"At what age is a man too old to wear band T-shirts?"
Martin McCall, by email
"About 15 - that young enough for you, Martin? And to follow one rhetorical question with several more, what in God's name is the point of band T-shirts anyway? To show your allegiance to a band? Do you think anyone else cares? To impress onlookers with your esoteric musical knowledge? See previous reply. To make people stare at your bony chest? Again, I refer you to the first answer. To show that you once attended a live gig? Wow, like, a pair of golden headsets to the guy in the Nirvana '91 T-shirt. In case you happen to bump into the lead singer on the street, he sees that the two of you are kindred souls and therefore invites you to join his band and you then go on the road and have all the manly bonding sessions followed by groupies that your heart could desire? OK, I'll give you that one, although this does suggest that you still harbour the fantasy that you might bump into Joey Ramone in Waterstone's.
"As for ladies in band T-shirts, give me a fricking break. First, gals, a badly cut, poorly made, oversized T-shirt is good for nothing other than wearing to bed and the gym. Second, too often women who wear band T-shirts appear to be going for what we shall call Groupie Chic. It is a style amply modelled by Kate Moss in recent years, and can pretty much be summed up as skinny faded black jeans, ankle boots, a ripped band T-shirt and a cropped fur jacket. In other words, a girlified version of Marc Bolan's or Keith Richards' wardrobe, as though the woman has been so busy, um, sleeping on the band bus she hasn't had time to clean her clothes, so she's now wearing ones belonging to her musical companion. This column has no time for such nonsense."
― Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Yeah, because women have *no* interest in music whatsoever except for sleeping with musicians. What CENTURY is this cretin from?
― Masonic Boom, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink
I think I stopped wearing band T-shirts by the time I was 23. It wasn't necessarily a conscious move tho. I doubt I will ever wear one again tho - I guess it seems lame unless it's an old obscure or overlooked thus hip act (even this I dunno about). I don't notice many people over 20 wearing them. Does Matt DC still have that Save Ferris T?
I only want to sleep with musicians if they are hot as they are (their musical ability is pretty irrelevant in fact).
― blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink
dear teh grauniad - a long time ago/we used to be friends...
― CharlieNo4, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink
It went downhill after I left.
― Dom Passantino, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink
or were you PUSHED?
― blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink
heh. (sorry alex, no harm intended)
― CharlieNo4, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink
― Dom Passantino, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink
i was being harsh really. i don't care what's on other people's t-shirts that much. just trying to work out why i stopped wearing/wouldn't wear band t-shirts myself.
― blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Any t-shirt which isn't plain white clearly sucks that's why.
― aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink
i couldn't agree less
― blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink
I still wear band t-shirts if I like the band. Why not? I don't *define* myself or my personality by my music tastes any more, I haven't done that since I was about 18. But that's not the same thing as wearing a band t-shirt.
I suppose the fashion journalist in discussion cannot fathom the idea that clothes are just something you put on, rather than a definition of or statement about your personality.
This is definitely something that happens as you age - or rather, has happened to me as I aged. There's a subtle difference between Statement Clothes and just things you put on.
― Masonic Boom, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Guardian editorial worldview circa 2007:
― tissp, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink
why else would you buy a band t-shirt if not as a statement or definition of personality?
― blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink
I didn't know it was a band t-shirt okay?
― Matt DC, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink
because you're cold xp
― tissp, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink
In the past I've usually just bought them as a keepsake of a gig I've enjoyed. The piece tracer quotes is idiotic fluff, obv. I'd be embarrased to admit I'd written that.
― Pashmina, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Because you like the design? Because you like the music? Because it was given to you (this is where most of mine come from)? Because it was a souvenier?
― Masonic Boom, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink
you wouldn't actually buy a band t-shirt because you liked the design but not necessarily the band tho...would you?
because you like the music = statement/definition of you/your taste
given to you = not you buying
― blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink
No, plus I've only ever bought them @ gigs.
Probably yeah, but w/smaller bands there's also the knowledge that in buying it, yr helping to supposrt the tour.
― Pashmina, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink
i actually bought a comets on fire t-shirt solely because the design was so awesome. (it was at a gig, but they hadn't come on stage yet.) then i heard the music and i liked that too. i suppose if i hadn't liked their music, or thought it was boring, it would have posed a problem.
a friend of mine, who shall remain nameless so that alex in nyc doesn't stalk and kill him, bought a huge iron maiden patch when he was 14 and sewed it across the shoulders of his denim jacket. he had never heard a note of iron maiden, but he wound up becoming the biggest iron maiden fan i know, and even sung in a band later, where his vocal style was almost inseparable from bruce dickinson's.
― Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink
my take on this: do not read hadley freeman.
this resolution made some time ago, stands as strong today as it ever did.
it's a crass and deliberately invidious piece of writing. such an attitude, if sincerely held, could be turned around on pretty much ANY choice of clothing. so forgeddaboudit
― Alan, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink
the last band t-shirt i bought - robyn!
alan i can't help myself, i know i'm sick and need help.
― Tracer Hand, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink
is there a thread for best band t-shirts? must see
― blueski, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink
Taste is something that I have. It does not define me. Clothes are something I wear. The statement I am making is "I don't really care about clothes any more."
If I'm going to make a statement about clothes, I'll wear a bright green paisley jacket to a dronerock festival where everyone else is in leather.
I suppose my Hawkwind t-shirt is a statement, it says "ha ha, I'm wearing a Hawkwind t-shirt, I care nothing for fashion, I am wearing the shirt of a band so deeply uncool you can suck my left one because I love them!" But it's certainly not a statement saying that I want to f*ck any of Hawkwind or that I have a musician boyfriend whose Hawkwind t-shirt I'm borrowing, which is the assumption of that article.
― Masonic Boom, Monday, 3 September 2007 14:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink
> I don't notice many people over 20 wearing them.
> you wouldn't actually buy a band t-shirt because you liked the design but not necessarily the band tho...would you?
EAR t-shirt with the putney on the front = great. EAR live = terrible. (EAR on CD = ok, plus pram and stereolab were supporting)
― koogs, Monday, 3 September 2007 15:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink
I was trying to find the exact definitions of working class, blue collar, low-income etc. Because a lot of blue collar jobs pay really, really well. I almost became a union electrician in my 20s.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:35 (three months ago) Permalink
see also political candidates talking about how they come from a long line of ranchers or steel mill workers but leave out that their ranch land has oil rigs on it or their daddy owned all the steel mills.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:37 (three months ago) Permalink
One of the fun complications of most class structures is it's not just about money. I think that partly accounts for the frequent exclusion of people of colour from some notions of working classness. Wrong notions, obv.
― two Barongs don't make a Wight (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:38 (three months ago) Permalink
loads of middle class kids go into apprenticeships the electrical/plumbing trades in this era, huff up a bit of asbestos, get some tribal tats, earn some good money, act like they talk like idiot yobs in front of their parents!
― calzino, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:39 (three months ago) Permalink
That man of the people thing that scumbag politicians and clueless poshoes do is kind of multivalent and class fluid depending on their audience I think.
― two Barongs don't make a Wight (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:40 (three months ago) Permalink
Just because venal right-wing politicians are apt at manipulating the working class by stoking its sense of pride, doesn't mean the sociological category is itself meaningless and unredeemable. If anything, this kind of thinking may further strengthen the conmen's position.
― pomenitul, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:43 (three months ago) Permalink
I used to to work with this young guttermouth Whose dad "worked in a prison". Lol he didn't mention he was an actual professor and taught degree courses in maths!
― calzino, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:46 (three months ago) Permalink
I don't think anybody here is saying it doesn't have value as a category? If nothing else, in the UK at least, it feels bred into you on a deep social and cultural level.
― two Barongs don't make a Wight (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:48 (three months ago) Permalink
I think most cultures have some version of this fetischization of the working class: honest, hard working folks who form the backbone of Our Great Nation. It's an easy way for the powerful to keep people in their place.
― Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:53 (three months ago) Permalink
karl marx 2 thraed
― the Stanley Kubrick of testicular torsion (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:55 (three months ago) Permalink
Yeah, I just don't know why coming out as "working class" is something to write about as he has; it's a bootstraps story by a relatively attractive, able bodied , white, american man who acknowledges one can't readily determine his sexuality and that he overlooked that his classmates/friends were also working class (ok, you dick). A better take would've been the complete diversity of the university experience going against the current tale that all professors are coastal elites trying to indoctrinate the children with its liberalist gay frog agenda. Between frat parties and MBA resume drops.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 14:56 (three months ago) Permalink
For sure, it's just that when you augment it with the frontier cowboy, hyper-individualist credo of pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps, its worst aspects are exacerbated, since you piss all over the Marxist aim of emancipation from systemic oppression. This isn't unique to the US, of course, it's just more common there. Or so it seems to me.
― pomenitul, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 15:10 (three months ago) Permalink
I totally did not follow that. Are you saying mocking the bootstraps trope that some people use sincerely (like the guy in the essay) makes things worse?
― Yerac, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 15:24 (three months ago) Permalink
No, I'm saying that the US more readily fuses the (individualist) bootstraps trope with the (originally antagonistic, i.e. collectivist and Marxist) notion of 'working class', thus cancelling out any hope for systemic liberation via this particular term.
― pomenitul, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 15:30 (three months ago) Permalink
xp most industrialised cultures. the honest hard-working thing is a flash in the pan historically
― ogmor, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 15:32 (three months ago) Permalink
xpost ah, yes. My problem with the essay.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 15:32 (three months ago) Permalink
there's plenty of classical era shit abt the value of work but obv agriculture is the original industry, the two go hand in hand
― ogmor, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 15:34 (three months ago) Permalink
Not unrelated (from NZ rather than the US, however):
― pomenitul, Thursday, 15 November 2018 14:16 (three months ago) Permalink
This is great if you want to give yourself an aneurism:
― Stollen Valour (ShariVari), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 21:37 (two months ago) Permalink
excited to announce that I've been given five articles by The Guardian to explain this political chart! pic.twitter.com/qFfgdrlwEP— ʙʀᴇxɪᴛ (@Eff__Jay) November 21, 2018
― Stollen Valour (ShariVari), Wednesday, 21 November 2018 21:49 (two months ago) Permalink
What's wrong with being populary?
― Danton Lok (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 22 November 2018 00:40 (two months ago) Permalink
This year there has been no avoiding the superstar psychologist from Canada Jordan B Peterson, and if you want to know what he thinks about lobsters and hierarchy you’ll probably have to read his multimillion-selling 12 Rules for Life (Allen Lane). It is both less evil and more eccentric than widely described: those hoping to hate-read it as an “alt-right” screed (or to hate-gift it to someone they don’t like) will be disappointed to find that, far from being some kind of crypto-fascist, Peterson is really a conservative existentialist, a bit like a more sciencey Roger Scruton.
― calzino, Saturday, 1 December 2018 13:04 (two months ago) Permalink
Guardian best books of 2018.
Can't believe there's some pig-thick nazi apologists writing in the Graun
― Bound 4 da Remoan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 December 2018 13:05 (two months ago) Permalink
my book is the best book of 2018 so yes the guardian is getting worse
― mark s, Saturday, 1 December 2018 13:11 (two months ago) Permalink
Scruton did the full English Breakfast of not very cryptofascist at all complaints on radio 4 last night: PC gone mad, offence archaeology, the invention of islamophobia, Witchunts etc... Probably not the best comparison to make when trying to make JP sound more respectable to libs!
― calzino, Saturday, 1 December 2018 13:22 (two months ago) Permalink
A less scrutony Roger Science.
― Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 December 2018 13:37 (two months ago) Permalink
... sorry, more. LOL Jordan Peterson + science.
― Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 December 2018 13:38 (two months ago) Permalink
tbh it's Jung I feel sorry for
― Bound 4 da Remoan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 December 2018 14:25 (two months ago) Permalink
He particularly concerns himself with the abuse of language and has written two books on the subject: Unspeak (2006) and Who Touched Base In My Thought Shower? (2013).
― Bound 4 da Remoan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 December 2018 14:28 (two months ago) Permalink
oh wait, lol, is this steven poole's selection? unspeak was pretty good (the book and the blog abt political language deployed to obscure) but i disliked his book on bad cookery writing (even when much of it was and is actually very bad)
― mark s, Saturday, 1 December 2018 14:35 (two months ago) Permalink
Unspeak looks ok but the rest of his stuff is some "pedant's corner pretending to be baffled by how language actually functions irl" cobblers
― Bound 4 da Remoan (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 1 December 2018 14:54 (two months ago) Permalink
yes he def went downhill. also he's a bit of a dick on twitter
also we once had an argument on his blog abt baudrillard and the concept of simulation so who's the dick again *surprise reveal*
― mark s, Saturday, 1 December 2018 15:03 (two months ago) Permalink
Terrific piece on Rusbridger's book: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n23/james-meek/the-club-and-the-mob
Although I will sadly have to see the 'Three Little Pigs' commercial now.
― xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 December 2018 15:11 (two months ago) Permalink
Washington Post is suggesting they may have bungled one of their biggest ‘scoops’ of the year:
The lead reporter on the Manafort article, Luke Harding, declined to comment on Monday and referred questions to the newspaper’s spokesman, Brendan O’Grady.In response to questions, O’Grady reissued the same statement the Guardian has stuck by for the past six days: “This story relied on a number of sources. We put these allegations to both Paul Manafort and Julian Assange’s representatives prior to publication. Neither responded to deny the visits taking place. We have since updated the story to reflect their denials.”
In response to questions, O’Grady reissued the same statement the Guardian has stuck by for the past six days: “This story relied on a number of sources. We put these allegations to both Paul Manafort and Julian Assange’s representatives prior to publication. Neither responded to deny the visits taking place. We have since updated the story to reflect their denials.”
WikiLeaks on Monday identified the alleged fabricator as Fernando Villavicencio, an Ecuadoran journalist and activist. A government ministry under Ecuador’s previous government accused Villavicencio of fabricating documents; Villavicencio’s supporters call him a crusading journalist who exposed corruption under former president Rafael Correa.Villavicencio’s byline appears on the Guardian’s Manafort article, but only in the newspaper’s print edition, which doesn’t circulate widely outside Great Britain. O’Grady declined to explain why Villavicencio’s name was left off the Web version of the article, which was viewed around the world last week
Villavicencio’s byline appears on the Guardian’s Manafort article, but only in the newspaper’s print edition, which doesn’t circulate widely outside Great Britain. O’Grady declined to explain why Villavicencio’s name was left off the Web version of the article, which was viewed around the world last week
At the very least, having a controversial critic of the last Ecuadorean government, who had been accused of forging evidence the Guardian previously relied on for a story, co-author the piece and then taking his name off the online version looks sloppy and suspicious.
― ShariVari, Thursday, 6 December 2018 00:32 (two months ago) Permalink
A piece on The Gurdian's coverage of Brazilian affairs:
In 2011, with Rousseff now in office, Phillips published this article on a supposed wave of “anti-establishment” comedians, featuring notorious far-right comic Danilo Gentili. ”Vote for Dilma because she was tortured?” he quipped. “Fuck that. Did I ask her to be?”, “Seriously,” he went on, drawing nervous giggles from the packed audience. “A president has to be smart. If she was caught and tortured, it’s because she was an idiot.” “It was the edgiest moment in an 80-minute monologue – attempting to poke fun at a woman who had been brutally tortured by the dictatorship. But Gentili, 32, a highly controversial but also wildly popular comedian who is blazing a trail for stand-up comedy in South America’s largest nation, is a man who enjoys living on the edge.” gushed Phillips. Accused of misogyny, homophobia, and investigated for racism, Gentili went on to be a vocal advocate of Dilma’s ouster, and one of Neofascist Jair Bolsonaro’s most high profile supporters. In the years prior to his election, Gentili invited him regularly onto his TV chat show “The Night”, whose other guests included a serving UK Ambassador. Ustra, the secret police chief responsible for Rousseff’s two year long torture which included electric shocks to her vagina, was later eulogised by Jair Bolsonaro during his vote for her impeachment. Living on the edge, indeed.
― xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 20:30 (two months ago) Permalink
Can anyone out-dance Theresa May? The greatest movers in politics – ranked!
funnily enough my doctor prescribed me "a modicum of fun" and the Graun duly delivered the prescription. ho ho ho all the way to The Samaritans suicide line.
― calzino, Saturday, 5 January 2019 11:37 (one month ago) Permalink
Seems a bit...tone deaf? I mean, no amount of Melvyn Bragg will help people using food banks.
― Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Monday, 14 January 2019 23:42 (one month ago) Permalink
Yay Britain's got proudness
― moaty, boaty, big and bloaty (Noodle Vague), Monday, 14 January 2019 23:53 (one month ago) Permalink
I love both In Our Time and Marmite - but how much succour and support you can draw from these undoubtedly good things is quite limited + ain't gonna save you from hard times at all. It's such a tonic to see the writer lives in New York but still sees UK as "home" - all in this together eh?
― calzino, Tuesday, 15 January 2019 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink
people who are "proud to be from [insert nation state]" are a phenomenon i will never understand
― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 00:04 (one month ago) Permalink
We're supposed to be proud of Melvyn Bragg?
― Never Turn Your Back On Virginia Woolf (Tom D.), Tuesday, 15 January 2019 00:16 (one month ago) Permalink
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― gyac, Monday, 21 January 2019 17:56 (four weeks ago) Permalink
You could link literally any John Harris gammon safari but his trip to NI, two years in, is just as full of shit even when he supposedly sympathises:
Here and elsewhere, there was exasperation at the historical accident that had made Theresa May dependent on the Democratic Unionist party
In the tiny southern Irish border town of Clones
Thanks to an arcane scandal about government subsidies for renewable fuels – which involved vast amounts of wasted public money – and tensions between Sinn Féin and the DUP over the Irish language, there has been no devolved government since January 2017.
And stark regional inequalities have yet to be tackled: for all its cultural vivacity, Derry has deep-seated problems with unemployment, and a gross median wage £69 per week lower than in Northern Ireland as a whole.
Anyway tl;dr, not sure what publishing this muck is doing besides keeping Harris in shit clichés and annoying basically everyone else.
― gyac, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:13 (six days ago) Permalink
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/12/irish-brexit-northern-ireland-young-people the muck in question
I think I'll end up reading the JH travesty-log where he gets kidnapped by some rough-as Batley crack dealers who scald his balls with boiling water while making him sing Whitney houston hits.
― calzino, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:26 (six days ago) Permalink
As the scalding water drew near my quivering sack, my thoughts were chiefly concerned with the plight of these people. If their very real and legitimate concerns had been heard, might I not be in this situation?
― gyac, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:29 (six days ago) Permalink
― Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:35 (six days ago) Permalink
fp'd u both for making me think about john harris' scrote, which in my imagination has a little gurning john harris face on it like a testicular kuato
― a surprise challenge that ended with a gunging (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:37 (six days ago) Permalink
when you get these completely incurious, equally ignorant and smug ex-music hacks (see also Macaroni fucking Maconie) going on a voyage of discovery into the provinces - you always get a strong feeling that against all odds their own ignorant + prejudiced first thoughts on these ppl turned out to be uncannily correct, as backed up by their impeccable research.
― calzino, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 13:42 (six days ago) Permalink