Thursday, 28 August 2008

Overheard #50

A suitable way to bring up the half-century...
"If I'm honest, I really don't think we should be encouraging people to take short trading positions on our cricket club Christmas dinner..."

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Frok Hedanls

We've all seen the research that says:
It deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae and you can sitll raed it.
Well now you can test it on the interwebs:

Reading Test

Strangely compelling...

As Broad As Its Long

My Man Stu(TM) does it again

South Africa 83 all out (Broad 5-23, Flintoff 3-29)
England 85 for 0 (Prior 45)

Whilst admiring the young paceman's achievement, I was struck by the similarity of the following two pictures:

Oh, come on, let a chap have his day :))

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Ken Lee

OK, I give up, failblog wins:

Tulibu dibu douchoo? Gesundheit!

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Are We Charlton In Disguise?

This is what an Arsenal shirt should look like:

This is what our current home shirt looks like:

And this is what a Charlton shirt looks like:

And this is today's result:

Draw your own conclusions, I'm too furious.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Nix Mux

That didn't last long:
"Muxtape will be unavailable for a brief period while we sort out a problem with the RIAA. "
Nicely underplayed...


Change those default router passwords, kids:

* this is funny to about three people :)

Monday, 18 August 2008

Devon Knows

A funny thing happened last Wednesday. I took the wicket of an England international cricketer. Clean bowled, middle stump, for a duck, at The Oval. Now before you start going through the bins to see what kind of absinthe I was on the night before, gentle reader, please carry on...

Ollie, one of the fine members of the Gentleman's Relish Amateur Cricket Club, won a prize draw to play in an invitational Twenty20 sponsored by Betfair. After we'd all stopped jumping up and down, details emerged that we were to play a representative team from that esteemed organ [insert your own joke here] The Sun, who were raising money for a war veterans charity. Each team was to be captained by an ex-England international; in our case, the very talented (6-60 against the Aussies) but sadly underused Dean Headley and for the Currant Bun, one Devon Malcolm, conquerer of the Saffers at the Oval with 9-57 in 1994.

Now a full report will be posted shortly on the GRACC site but it was a fantastic match, with two remarkably similar innings - early wickets, middle order taking back control, the extras mounting up before a flurry of runs and wickets again at the tail.

Even though we narrowly lost (by just 2 runs!) we had a brilliant day, the highlights being Dave ripping the heart out of their top order with 4 for 15, Damien's massive six into the stands and, without getting too carried away, the most amazing, astonishing, absolutely astounding moment of my cricketing career - bowling ex-England international fast bowling legend Devon Malcolm for 0. Inswinging yorker, beat the bat, right through the gate, timber everywhere. What's that you say? Yes, yes - but where are the photos*?

Oh, go on then...

* And huge thanks to Katie's dad, Gus, for the snaps; talk about shot(s) of a lifetime!

Friday, 15 August 2008



Although when I think about it, there do seem to be less language nerds around than there used to be.


Just A Blip?

Ian Tait over at crackunit thinks this might just be the best thing ever:

As he says:
It’s like the best bits of, twitter, and muxtape all rolled into one. And it plays nicely with all the web stuff it ought to.
Agreed - get up and join at once. Just do. See you over there...

Thursday, 14 August 2008

Overheard #49

I'm still trying to work out the logic on this one:
It still would have been after you'd left, even if you'd left later, which you didn't.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Kith And Kinder

Brooker spot on again - couldn't agree more, as I believe I said (perhaps with a shade less acerbity) here earlier in the year:

Mollycoddled prisoners

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Morning Has Bacon

Saw this and thought of winjer:

Wake 'n' Bacon

When's yer birfday again?

Smelly Bears Seen Exiting Woods

Following on from this and this, come the (renegade) masters of the bleedin' obvious with this:

You. Don't. Say.

However, this line from the wonderfully titled Barry Slotnick (happy days at school, Barry?) I think tilts it inadvertently more towards Greg Gillis (but then again I never did finish that law degree):
“What you can’t do is substitute someone else’s creativity for your own.”
No, that would be stealing. But there is a long history of putting bits and pieces and sounds together and calling it musique concrete, no? So who decides how much is a substantial part and how much is just a relatively insignificant bit of a larger work - that has to be the courts. This could get interesting, if someone really wants to challenge him. It's not just one (highly recognisable) sample looped over and over whilst MC Thingummy does his schtick over the top - this is possibly a new genre.

Of course, if they have any brains left up their noses, they will simply do the sensible thing and clamour like mad to be part of his next compilation - think of the publicity, dudes...


Winning Post(er)

Now I am no film buff (or even fully-clothed) but this quiz from Empire is rather fun, being much better for those of us who have seen an awful lot of posters but, frankly, a pitiful number of films:

"Can you guess the movie from just one letter of the poster?"

No cheating!*

Go on, reveal your score in the comments (and Alex, I expect absolutely 100% from you and Nick or there may be mocking...)

* by clicking on the letter which pops up the answer - anyway, as if you would... cheat... in an online quiz... I mean, really... tsk... etc...

Sunday, 3 August 2008

En Vacances

Currently, here at Lascombe (just outside Cahors in southern France) the temperature is a blistering 34C (93F in old money) and the sky looks like an Yves Klein canvas:

Now some of you will be thinking, "Yeah, right, he's just put a bit of Yves Klein canvas up, the cheating monkey" so here is the same shot with a bit of foliage in it, innit:

It's bloody hot :)