Archive for August, 2008

that could have been phrased more elegantly

August 24, 2008

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The young Roma are expected to be of use mostly in cases of disturbing the public peace at night, domestic violence, and the throwing of garbage at illegal dump sites.


just not British

August 24, 2008

BBC NEWS | UK | Shipping forecast takes global bow
Composer Philip Sheppards sequence combines elements of the shipping forecast, Jersualem, Greensleeves and harmonies based on the chimes of Big Ben.

A massive worldwide television audience will hear it for the first time on Sunday, as the Beijing Olympics come to an end.

Mr Soanes explained: “He [Mr Sheppard] said he wanted to compose a piece which completely summed up Britain, and our island mentality.”

Uh, the shipping forecast, Jerusalem, Greensleeves and Big Ben? All these things are wonderful in their own ways, especially the shipping forecast, but they are iconic English sounds. In fact, they’re iconic London sounds. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but they don’t represent Britain as a whole. Sorry, but they just don’t.


August 14, 2008

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | US warns Russia of lasting impact
But, Mr Gates warned: “If Russia does not step back from its aggressive posture and actions in Georgia, the US-Russian relationship could be adversely affected for years to come.”

So, the United States can do whatever they like, but Russia can’t? I don’t think so.

I think it’s time for all the big nations to stop playing their silly games and let the small countries develop as they decide, the idea being to create a commonwealth of progressive, democratic countries, of course.

early onset

August 12, 2008

Gloomy feelings, gloomy feelings. It’s August, but it doesn’t feel like it.

Rain falling, rain falling. Rain falling now for weeks, on and off. We don’t believe it. But it is, and probably it’s not so unusual as all that.

The trees don’t believe it either, and they’re all turning too, quite prematurely, in my opinion.

So time spend in, hoovering. Clean the cutlery drawer. Clean the microwave… Jesus, how did it get to be like that? Dogs with cabin fever jump on me.