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The Hon Dame Pickwick

Since the Cock Incident at work (anyone who can't see my locked entries, this is not as exciting as it sounds) everyone's been noticing cocks all over the place. I would say "Weird", but I know it's just an example of that thing where you notice a word for some reason, and then you keep hearing it again and again, but it's not that it's being said any more often, it's just that your brain's now flagging it up every time it appears. I'm sure there's a name for that. I've forgotten it, but I'm sure if someone reminds me, I'll see it mentioned again at least a dozen times before the end of the year.

Anyway, moral of the story: there are more cocks on British TV than you'd think. Or, perhaps not.

Links! Doctor Who Archive - copies of internal BBC paperwork from the first series of Doctor Who, including concept notes and audience research. This is what the internet is FOR.

I'm loving this way to deal with people asking dumb questions on the internet. "Who won the US election?" Here's the answer.

Top Ten Ways To Amuse A Geek. Worked for me.

Star Wars a capella tribute to John Williams. Seriously, watch this - it's a hundred times better than it sounds (and it sounds pretty damn cool.)

And OMG BOLD CAPSLOCK FLAIL. Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in Waiting For Godot. In Edinburgh. Who wants to come with me? Anyone? Please?

I registered on the theatre website and it had the best drop-down list for "Title" that I'd ever seen.

Captain
Councillor
Doctors
Dr
Dr & Mr
Dr & Mrs
Dr & Ms
Dr & Prof
Lady
Lord
Lord & Lady
Messrs
Miss
Misses
Mr
Mr & Dr
Mr & Mrs
Mr & Ms
Mrs
Mrs & Miss
Mrs & Mrs
Mrs & Ms
Ms
Prof
Prof & Dr
Prof & Mr
Prof & Mrs
Professor Sir
Reverend
Sir
Sir & Lady
The Hon Dame
The Hon Lord
The Hon Lord & Lady
The Rt Hon
The Rt Hon Lord
The Rt Hon Lord & Lady
The Rt Hon Mrs

Thorough, huh? Interesting the discrepancies it throws up - to do with male being the default gender, so you have all the different permutations of Miss & Mrs & Ms, just about (no Ms & Ms?) but just "Messrs" for all blokes; but also just random - why can't a Prof or a Rt Hon have a Ms? Why "Doctors" but not "Profs"? I'm strangely fascinated. And tempted to tell them I'm a Rt Hon Lord & Lady.

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( 17 comments — Comment )
astartesyriaca
Nov. 19th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I know of a few people who would want to go see that, if you don't find anyone to go with - you could join us! :-) Thanks for sharing.
pickwick
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Ooh, cool, I'll let you know!
anonymous_greg
Nov. 19th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Dear Rt Hon Lord & Lady Pickwick,

I'd love to go see it with you! BUT... Um... Kinda far away for me. WAAAAA!

Yours,
Etc., etc.

P.S. I was not amused. That is to say, teh [ebhil obherlords] are blocking the allegedly amusing site. WAAAAA!
pickwick
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
How bizarre! You'll see why it's particularly odd if you look at it from home...
anonymous_greg
Nov. 20th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
A. I was amused!
2. I suspect nymphs.org is why it's blocked. Clearly someone is a bit confused about the word "nymph". o.O
luckykaa
Nov. 19th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
So they're not expecting any royalty or the admirality to come?
pickwick
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Maybe they just don't think they can use the internet ;)
gemz_lee
Nov. 19th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Star Wars a capella = awesome!
pickwick
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
It is, it's amazing!
matgb
Nov. 19th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
There are some weirdnesses in titling across the board. SB's staying the night in the spare room of a Baroness and her husband, who has no title. But if he was the Baron, she'd be an Hon Lady or something.

But still, that is an impressive selection--wonder how much research they did on their customer base to figure out what selections were common enough...
pickwick
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I've heard of some of the weirdnesses before. And I read a bunch of stuff on wikipedia when I was trying to figure out how the third son of an earl should be addressed, for a roleplaying session.

I suspect they probably just chucked the values from the Titles column of their customer database into the form, but that makes it less interesting somehow.
momentsmusicaux
Nov. 21st, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
I think he likes to be called Dave.
dakegra
Nov. 20th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
you should check out the Boden website

http://www.boden.co.uk/catreq.asp#nav

It's got stuff like 'Field Marshall Lord', and 'The Viscountess'

Of course, now we get catalagues addressed to Wing Commander Graham, which makes me giggle every time one pops through the letterbox.
a_pawson
Nov. 20th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
Just a thought, but there may be no Ms & Ms because the plural of Ms may be Misses. It would make more sense than something like Mses or Ms's.

(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
> And OMG BOLD CAPSLOCK FLAIL. Ian McKellan and Patrick Stewart in Waiting For Godot. In Edinburgh. Who wants to come with me? Anyone? Please?

Am rather tempted. But only if I can be Professor Dr Dr. And it would be hard to keep reminding myself it's NOT Magneto and Professor X.

Laughed at the 10 ways too...
momentsmusicaux
Nov. 21st, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
That was me by the way. No idea why LJ logged me out. Bad LJ. Nobiscuit.
gwinniegirl
Nov. 23rd, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
The thing you're referring to is when the brain's reticular activating system tells you something is important and therefore brings it into the forefront. The actual phenomenon...well, don't know if it has a name.
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