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Right, I have approximately a million windows open, so I must post links just to get rid of them.

The Independent has another article by Henry Porter about civil liberties, tyranny and ID cards. The article was taken from a lecture he gave at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. Bits of it seem remarkably familiar, so I think the lecture was based on another article he wrote a few months back, which I probably also linked to. purplecthulhu linked to this and justifies his (her?) anti-ID card stance in a comment in his journal, which articulates my thoughts more clearly than I probably could.

Oh, speaking of Cthulhu, next week's Mastermind has someone answering questions on Lovecraft, if anyone's interested. The research seems to have caused the person subtitling that bit considerable hassle. I'm amused, mainly because it wasn't me. Other specialist subjects are Led Zep, Poirot, and Gustav Landauer, who was a philosophical anarchist, apparently.

sloopjonb linked to a wonderful guide to the North and South for the mediafolk of London. They seem to follow it to the letter. The "Scotland" entry includes the following:

"Scotland (like Wales) also enjoys much higher public expenditure than the English regions. It has its own legal and education systems, its own LTA, FA, National Trust and much else. Outside the South East, the Scots have the highest disposable income in the UK. Successive quality of life graphs have shown the Scots to be streets ahead. Action is necessary. First, undermine the Edinburgh Festival itself. Be scathing about the legendary philistine stinginess of 'the city fathers' (nowhere else has these). Brood over whether the whole event has become too elitist. Ignore Adam's New Town, and go ferreting round the back streets instead searching for drug-abuse problems. 'Here, not a mile from Princes Street...' You know the sort of thing. On a higher level, ask in bold headlines where Scottish culture is going: be deeply concerned about this. Under-dressed intellectuals should debate 'Scottish Cultural Identity' on television. English cultural identity, whatever that is, need not be discussed."

Many, many Harry Potter filks. I was looking for the lyrics to a strange reggae version of Hotel California (as used on Question of Sport tonight, fact fans) when I found House Most Ancient and Noble. Hee. My favourites so far - The DA, to the tune of Penny Lane. Brush Up Your Dark Arts, to Brush Up Your Shakespeare. OOTP to Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Possibly Podmore to Suddenly Seymour. Look Out, You're Melding With Vold to Look Out, You're Rocking The Boat. I like this site - they filk unusual things. There's a bunch of Tom Lehrer filks too, but I don't know the originals well enough to say if they're any good.

The new Sony Bravia ad that was filmed in Glasgow, sprays gallons of paint all over houses, and is very funky. I think I linked to photos at the time it was filmed, and here's the finished ad. Edit: And it has a clown in! Only briefly and not close up, but still...fair warning and all.

My office seems to have gone mad, it being Friday night. There's a discussion of tautonyms, pleonasms and oxymorons getting a bit heated, though good-humouredly. Overheard: "Away and Roly yer Mo!"



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Oct. 20th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
Henry Porter is a true hero. Long may he keep battling the forces of Voldemort!
Oct. 20th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Bwahaha :D Indeed!
Oct. 20th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
The new Sony Bravia ad that was filmed in Glasgow, sprays gallons of paint all over houses, and is very funky. I think I linked to photos at the time it was filmed, and here's the finished ad.

I was right with the ad, loving it... until the clown. There's no excuse for clowns, ever.
Oct. 20th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Argh, I meant to mention that - I know several people on my flist have a clown phobia! Cheers.
Oct. 20th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
I don't actually have coulrophobia myself, I just find them creepy. Same as people in animal costumes, standing by the side of the road, waving at people, advertising a sale. Creepy.
Oct. 20th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a new word. Excellent!

Yes - I've never fancied Disneyworld, because I find all the huge Mickeys and Plutos quite disturbing, and would be trying my best to avoid them.
Oct. 20th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
ahaha, I love that North and South link.
Oct. 20th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
It's not North vs South
It's London vs. Not London. And WE want a chance to complain about being marginalised too:)

The London based media has a general South East prejudice because that's where London is, and they can occasionally visit, but even in Brighton, we get pretty much ignored, or annexed into "London by the Sea".

When I did the London to Brighton bike ride (years ago), I was told in a pamphlet "the easiest way to get home is by train". No, the easiest way to get home is to cycle.

We don't exist as a unique city with its own quirks and culture. To Londoners, we're a nearby curiosity with this strange watery stuff next to it.
Oct. 20th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
the leeds film festival is showing the new Call of Cthulhu film.

Oct. 21st, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
PurpleCthulhu is male. Jolly nice chap too.
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