Update: Lane Ashfeldt's take on judging this year's competition: The Willesden Prize, Stories and Tunnels _______ This is the...
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
2. Buying the same car as next door.
3. Falling asleep and missing your stop on public transport.
4. Pillow fighting.
5. Imagining oneself witty.
6. Using ylang ylang bath oil.
7. Forgetting to worry.
2. Thumping jackeens out of sight in the back of a police van
3. The sound of their own voices especially with
5. A captive audience
6. Stone cladding
7. Counting their money
8. Creative accounting
9. Hitting animals with sticks
10. Hitting jackeens with sticks
11. Taking themselves very seriously
12. Driving as far to the wrong side the road as possible, as much as possible
13. Pictures of Pope John XXIII and Arkle
14. Mismatching colours
16. Commenting on other people's visits to the toilet
17. Long drawn out standing jokes
19. Singing out of tune
20. Being experts about horses
21. Getting up the yard
Monday, February 21, 2005
"Thompson is credited with helping to pioneer New Journalism - or, as he dubbed it, 'gonzo journalism' - in which the writer made himself an essential component of the story. Much of his earliest work appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. 'Fiction is based on reality unless you're a fairytale artist,' Thompson said in 2003. 'You have to get your knowledge of life from somewhere. You have to know the material you're writing about before you alter it.'"
"A leading US nutritionist today claimed that vegetarian and vegan parents are damaging their children's health by denying them meat."
The article contains some counter-arguments and further information about the findings.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
"Fans of Kerouac and beatniks old and new have a chance to see every word, edit and smudge of his original manuscript, unrolled end to end and under glass at the University of Iowa Museum of Art."
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
"Geoff Huish was so convinced England would beat the Welsh he told mates: 'If Wales win I'll cut my balls off.'"
As a serious publication, we don't usually cover the stories in the general category 'Bizarre' but this poor guy must've felt really hacked off over his defeatist prediction.
Aviation fuel - kerosene - is unique in being tax free. Environmentalists claim the exemption deprives the government of around £7bn a year and breaches its own 'polluter pays' principle.
"I do not think you're going to have any political consensus for saying we're going to slap some huge tax on cheap air travel."
He doesn't give a damn.
Sunday, February 06, 2005
"The vast majority of egg-laying birds (pullets), destined to produce organic eggs, spend up to 18 weeks - nearly the first half of their productive lives - being fed non-organic food in the same indoor conditions as hens destined for other uses. It is only after a transfer process of six weeks, during which the pullets are moved to a laying farm with access to the outdoors and fed an organic diet, that the eggs can be classified as organic."
Thursday, February 03, 2005
- A jubilee amnesty for all personal debt every 50 years, to be backdated to 2000
- Legalise all drugs for sale through pharmacies
- Legalise prostitution in licensed brothels
- An amnesty for all convicts incarcerated for victimless crimes
- Withdrawal from NATO and a policy of neutrality and self-defence only
- Withdrawal from the Common Fisheries Policy and exclusion of all foreign fishing boats for 200 miles. Strictly managed fishing within that.
- Abolition of the monarchy
- Abolition of the House of Lords and replacement with a Senate similar to the Irish one
- Disestablishment of the Church of England
- Adoption of a modern written constitution
- A bee-sting President whose only powers are to approve laws or resign, forcing an election
- An end to all immigration controls
- No choice of school, use your nearest with a place available
- Medical care only within the NHS, ban private medicine
- Join the Eurozone, no referendum
- Maximum two terms for Prime Ministers
- 50% income tax on all income over £20,000, and zero below that
- Abolition of the Council Tax and replacement with an automatic levy on Income Tax.
- Four free tickets per person per day for use on bus or rail, non-transferable
- Whatever else we think of
We have already made a contribution to the manifesto by talking Feargal out of licensing shoulder-launched ground-to-ground missiles for use against cars with loud sound systems, and out of allowing a plea of Justifiable Homicide in the case of murder of tailgaters.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
"'Now we know not to think of Homer as the inspired bard. Homer was a committee just as much as Ossian was a committee,' she said."
I'm a human being, not a committee. And I didn't spend hundreds of years in Tir na n'Og, not to mention chatting with St Patrick, to be called a Scottish fraud.