Monthly Archives: July 2006

Only In America

And continuing to plunder the veritable bran-tub of surprises that is America’s Got Talent, here’s Leonid The Magnificent. What more can I say, but that it could only happen in America… Leonid is clearly channeling Judy… You go, girl!

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The Airport That Sucks

Brian Sack nails it. Charles de Gaulle Airport is dreadful. I shudder at the memory. It could have been so wonderful; so 1960s Avengers’ chic. But instead it was, and presumably still is, a nightmare.

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Theremin Themes

Ever since I first heard it, as a very young lad, I always wanted to get my hands on a theremin. Actually, I suppose the operative phrase is "hands off" – for the most part, the theremin is played without being touched. It’s … Continue reading

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Quick Change

By way of light relief, here’s a video of two magicians who have got the quick-change costume trick honed to absolute perfection. If you’d like to try it yourself, pick up this book and practise, practise, practise.

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No Smoke Without Fire

Some people have good reason to suffer from coulrophobia

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Happy Birthday, Cecil!

On a personal note, I’d just like to wish my uncle a very happy birthday. Today he has reached the grand age of 101…

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Vent is a new comedy series being broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It’s about a man called Ben. He’s in a coma – so he doesn’t get out much. Nicely black and ironic, Vent is written by Nigel Smith, who … Continue reading

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Forget Skippy – Who’s The Duck?

My eye was caught by an article in The Telegraph today about some newly discovered fossils in Australia. The story centred around the remains found of a flesh-eating kangaroo – Ekaltadeta – but what really got my attention was the … Continue reading

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Candlelight Vigil on 19 July

Almost one year ago on 19 July 2005, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, ages 16 and 18, were executed in the city of Mashhad, Iran. Their crime? They were gay.     There will be a candlelight vigil on 19 … Continue reading

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Lifebeat Loses The Plot

Raising awareness and providing support to communities affected by AIDS is one thing. Organising a concert with the likes of Beenie Man and TOK is clearly so incredibly unthinking that it takes my breath away.   Doug Ireland sums it up … Continue reading

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Safety First

Rare Exports Inc of Finland has found it necessary to issue its Official Safety Instructions. Warning, not for the faint-hearted or those who do not like their humour to be of the deepest shade of black.

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Bush Pilot

This explains a lot. There’s a theme here. President Clinton also seems to have been a puppet…    (hat tip to PZ Myers…)

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Mr. Duck points out that all is not well in this, the best of all possible worlds.

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I liked this. Schmaltzty, American humo(u)r – but still… Not bad, and more life affirming than the troll.

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For He Is The Kwisatz Haderach…

…or the Giant Flatulent Raccoon – take your pick. I am sometimes grateful for being in a backwater as far as the US mainstream is concerned. It means that I don’t have to be confronted with the evident idiocy that … Continue reading

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A Sunday Afternoon…

…on the island of La Grande Jatte. Well, perhaps not, but it does have echoes of Seurat’s masterpiece. I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen the original, and it’s one of the few paintings that I have sat and contemplated … Continue reading

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Count Me Out…

This is probably one dinner date that I won’t be wanting to go on. Don’t forget to go to the loo before you sit down for dinner…   Update: BLDBLOG has the video.   Just don’t drop your fork, OK?

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Bread and Circuses

I’m sorry, but I find this news story particularly depressing. Mbeki denies the impact of AIDS on his country, but he puffs up football? Sometimes I think we are all doomed.

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Hot Weather and Hot Spots

We took our labrador, Kai, to the vet earlier this week for his annual vaccines. While he was there, I pointed out to the vet that I had found a rough patch of skin under his left ear. The vet … Continue reading

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Hassan Writes Another Letter

Rachel publishes another letter from Hassan. He writes powerfully. Go and read it.

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