Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Readers: What is?
Blogroll: Joachim von Ribbentrop.
Readers: German Ambassador to Great Britain 1936, Foreign Minister 1938, broker of the Pact of Steel with Italy in May 1939 and the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact with the Soviet Union in August 1939... what of him?
Bloggeddose:: Well, his name apparently means "ribcage" in German.
Readers: No it doesn't.
Blogbooking: No. You're right. It doesn't. Still, rather macabre, though, eh what?
Friday, 25 April 2014
- you are long-term unemployed, income £72 per week;
- your bedsit is cold and draughty enough in the summer, never mind mid-winter;
- the thermals aren't helping much, have got smelly and make you feel like a retired trapper;
- Radio 4 has long ago become unbearable, Radio 3 is doing something altogether too tootly, isolation in silence is demoralising.
a) turn on the heating for a while to take the edge off the chill and tune into Magic FM because it is your ex-girlfriend's favourite station?
b) head down the local J D Wetherspoon late afternoon and stay drinking doubles until closing time, with a hail-fellow-and-well-met for all of your Wetherspoon friends and a bottle of Famous Grouse in your coat pocket for that all-night central heating effect, thus every day for 10 months?
c) return, defeated once again, to Alcoholics Anonymous, where the coffee, biscuits and welcomes are free, for ninety meetings in ninety days?
a) you are perhaps a little sentimental, but fundamentally sane.
b) and c) you are me and already knew the answer because you devised the Test.
Monday, 21 April 2014
Sir Terry Pratchett is excused on the grounds of being a genius and writing books that have much amused your Leader-in-Waiting (see my autobiography "Chertiozhnik, the Wilderness Years: Yes, All Fifty-Six of Them").
But the rest... are the other signatories to this letter in the Daily Telegraph where they argue that they are sooo noteworthy that they really ought to be on some sort of list or other. Well, now they are muahahahaha.
Professor Jim Al-Khalil
Dr Simon Singh
Dr Adam Rutherford
Sir John Sulston
Sir David Smith
Professor Jonathan Glover
Professor Anthony Grayling
Professor Steven Rose
Professor Raymond Tallis
Dr Iolo ap Gwynn
Professor Steve Jones
Dr Evan Harris
Dr Richard Bartle
C J De Mooi
Professor John A Lee
Professor Richard Norman
Dr Susan Blackmore
Dr Harry Stopes-Roe
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC
Dr Helena Cronin
Professor Alice Roberts
Professor Chris French
Sir Tom Blundell
Professor Norman MacLean
Professor Sir Harold Kroto
Sir Richard Dalton
Sir David Blatherwick
Dr Simon Singh
If your heart, despite a big lift from Sir Terry, has not sunk into your boots by now... then I suggest you haven't actually read the whole list.
Ancora da capo! And no slacking this time.