Archive for January, 2009

Ian Bell’s Saturday Essay

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2009 by Steve

Nail.

On.

The.

Head.

As.

Usual.

Interesting op-ed in NY Times

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2009 by Steve

Middle East opinion.

Check out the name of the writer (minus his full title, admittedly) and the fact he’s writing in the NY Times!

Strange times, indeed.

Vindication?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2009 by Steve

Hicks segment finally broadcast in the US tonight.

In 1993, the great Bill Hicks was due to make what would be his final appearance on the David Letterman show. Edgier than the usual US talk show, Letterman prides himself to this day on getting the more left-field “youth” audience.

Anyway, the upshot of it all was that the segment was never broadcast. Bill’s punchline (and for those of you who know the man’s comedy, it wasn’t exactly offensive) was;

“If you’re so pro-life, link arms and block off a cemetery.”

It got a big laugh from the studio audience and Letterman himself. Unfortunately, pro-life groups were major advertisers on the network. Guess the rest. Hicks himself was furious and composed a 39 page, handwritten complaint to John Lahr of the New Yorker (Lahr, normally a profiler of the theatre, had written an amazing piece on Hicks – you can buy his book here).

Letterman showed regret in later years about the censorship incident, but my feeling it was regret at being shown up as a corporate schill, more than anything. The Outlaw Comic documentary is a good starting point for analysis of the great man.

Anyway, this may seem a bit OTT, but it reminds me of this, if only more insidious and on a slightly shorter timescale.

“There are no lines.” RIP – William Melvin Hicks.

Bell on Obama

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2009 by Steve

The politics of gesture? Or hope?

Another way to waste time…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2009 by Steve

Check out another of my favourite websites; www.uncyclopedia.com. Hilarious wikipedia piss-take that was just made for lies and slander. Here are some examples.

Barack Obama.

Huge beaver escapes from farm in Devon.

Jimi Hendrix.

William Shatner’s famous quotes.

Hitler and his secret Nobel Prize.

Black Jesus.

Voodoo.

Go on, dive in. It struck me that this would be a fantastic platform for people who want to slag off nearby towns. Sadly, no Bore-ders towns feature (yet…), so I decided to check out the north east. I was not to be disappointed…

Keith.

Huntly.

If you don’t laugh at the two above, I don’t want to know you.

Go on. You know you want to…

Last night’s fight

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2009 by Steve

I continue to surprise myself with my miserable aul’ man maturity. Decided not to stay up until 4:30am watching Antonio Margarito v Shane Mosley.  After watching the re-run, I wish I had. Holy shit.

Mosley was a 4-1 underdog, given his 37 years and Margarito’s recent dominance of Miguel Cotto (who beat Mosley last year). Awesome performance, totally one-sided. I don’t think Mosley missed a single shot with his right hand, which came in over the top of the defence of the Tijuana Tornado (great name!).

Always known for his speed and skill, Sugar Shane has deceptively hard hands and he wore the champion down long before the 8th round knockdown. Margarito’s corner let him go back in for the 9th but Mosley’s left hook had also become a factor by then and the referee had no choice but to stop the fight early in the round (the towel seemed to be thrown in before Margarito was knocked down a second time).

That leaves the welterweight division with a paper, rock, scissors situation with these two guys and Cotto. That’s not counting the possible return of Floyd Mayweather.

Note to Ricky Hatton – stay at junior welterweight, son!

Another from 57 Vintage

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2009 by Steve

“I ken that Ernie Winchester half-killed Norrie Martin in 1964, but these lumbering clunts have been taking revenge on oor custodians of the net ever since:

Sept 1990 Snelders and McCoist

May 1991 Watt and Stench

May 2001 Leighton and Wallace

Jan 2009 Lango and some clunt whose ID I couldna see fae Section Y (Kenny Miller, and it looked deliberate – Steve).

Filthy cheating n*zi bstds.”