Friday, November 26, 2004
Me vs. Kavanagh
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
IACGMOOH-themed pop quiz
Democracy's a battle sometimes. I just hope nobody gets hurt.
As an aside, he's posted some pictures of him meeting the President. While this is cool in itself, I found it really interesting as in some way it made GWB seem more human to me. Kevin's about my height, so I can kind of picture what it would be like to meet Bush now (though I've no idea what I'd say!). Interesting insight into the weird workings of my mind, huh?
Thanks and thanks again...
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Au revoir until next time
But before I go I would like to thank Rod for having me, and everyone who took the time to reply to me, even if some of you are a little crazy. I would also like to ask Rod one final, important politics question. Is this real?
Poppet over and out
Monday, November 22, 2004
I finally get it!
Friday, November 19, 2004
Clearly The Woodlanders should be at the top
Its nice to see "top 100 novels of all time" lists that haven't been chosen by the public at large and thus aren't strongly biased towards things like Bridget Jones and Harry Potter. This list from Robert McCrum is a good counterbalance to The Nation's Favourite. Although some of the top ten does seem a little too worthy to be geniune. I refuse to accept that anyone would put Don Quixote at the top of their list. Did anyone ever enjoy really Clarissa? Seriously... Tristram Shandy?? And how is Anna Karenina so low?
Anyway, difference of opinion aside it is nice to see people are rating challenging reading for a change.
I couldn't agree more
Thursday, November 18, 2004
A closet Francophile speaks!
There's nothing really new here, and it is difficult to capture exactly how it feels to be a British Francophile. A kind of violent love isn't perfect, but it is the best attempt I've seen.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
A Shakespeare post? It must be Poppet
Inexplicably, I will never portray Hamlet as having had sex with, or wanting to have sex with his mother is in there, but I will never have Hamlet consider suicide in the to be or not to be speech is not.
I would be tempted to add: 1) I will never have the actor playing King Lear leap to his feet at the end of the play after Lear died (indeed, I might add I will never cut out the eye gouging scenes from said play) and 2) I will never mock the less hirsuite members of the audience for a quick laugh with my oversized Timmy Mallet comb, to compensate for the fact that the play I have chosen to stage is really dull.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Could do better...
But then...he comes out with something like this. On the face of it a reasonable post (its point about the BBC's timeline is particularly good, though I think he's doing Plett a disservice). But comparing the beeb to Stalin undermines him completely. It just makes him sound like a swivel-eyed loony, and he's really so much better than that.
All too predictably...
1) Geoffrey Howe, 1990
2) Peter Mandelson (both times...and I'm including his 'scary' comeback in Hartlepool)
3) Edwina Currie, 1988
4) Richard Nixon, 1974 (token US effort, not very memorable)
5) Margaret Thatcher, 1990 (Oh, the tears!!!!)
Update: OK, so maybe not Rummy...
Friday, November 12, 2004
It's OK, we forgive you
A big, belated welcome
a) We don't get to hang out as much as we should,
b) I thought it would be interesting to broaden the content of the blog, and
c) In the hope that she would bring some new (and, so it seems, prurient) visitors
I'll try and sort out the posting problem ASAP so you can tell who is writing.
Nature v Nurture
Eve was disobendient and thus bad: was this because of the nurturing from her family situation? Well, you could wheel out the single parent argument, but I think that God was prolly more than enough mother and father (plus they had the host of angels guarding and looking after them). Adam, of course, could claim that Eve led him astray (boo!)
So then, could it have been, instead, in Eve's nature? But could God have given Eve naughty genes? Unlikely.
What, then, it boils down to is, as always, peer pressure. Satan, disguised as a garden snake actually tells Eve that it will make her smarter and Adam will respect her more. Oh and she'll look really cool.
By the way, don't beleive the computer. This was posted by me. Not Rod.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Anyway, so, going with the political theme: over the past few weeks I have been looking at the power roles in Hamlet (suggested by a great BBC production). For example, I have been looking at the illegal transferal of the power of the crown. After his brother's death Claudius got the throne by two dodgy methods. Firstly, the system was crooked. Claudius appointed himself (with the aid of his corrupt council) King before Hamlet even has a chance to contest it. The country loved Hamlet more than Claudius (Cl admits this) and yet they didn't get a chance to have their voices heard (according to most political critics the king should have been elected by the people in this situation).
The second method is that he plays on his kingly abilities - Denmark is being threatened with war by a bloodthirsy adversary, and the people are turning to him to protect them. They are scared and worried that having Hamlet rule the country might be about as much use as letting Gerty run it. But he's still a murdering, lying baddie, isn't he?
Now, as I say, I'm not up on current affairs and politics. But it makes you think, doesn't it?
Thanks for listening,
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
For those of you who don't know, Etzioni is a distinguished academic and extremely influential communitarian thinker. I'm incredibly excited about this and look forward to reading his thoughts online.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
A test of my 'inside knowledge'
So what does this mean? Well Feb is a pretty unusual month for elections in the UK. In fact, we haven't had a February election since Wilson's win in 1974. Before that, you have to go back to 1950, and then consecutively in 1910 and 1906.
So why so unusual? Well I'm not sure it can be about the weather, with the assumption being that a low turnout favours the incumbent - 1974 saw the highest turnout in recent history. At a guess, I'd say that it would sweep the slate clean for the domestic agenda, buying the government a lot of time to work on the EU constitution referendum. But hey, looking outside, maybe it is the weather afterall.
Friday, November 05, 2004
High brow election commentary
Monday, November 01, 2004
Aaaah. That's better, isn't it?