Monday, February 26, 2007

Weather presenter training*



"And showers in the east, and sun in the west, and bits and pieces of rain, and again..."

Zoz

* I nominate this for a Golden Willy in the Worst Cartoon category. Ed

Saturday, February 24, 2007

The height of New Labour ambition

Letters

All that Blears, Hain, Harman and the rest of the non-entities can aspire to is to be deputy, a nothing job with a big fat country house at Dorneywood. Their ambition for their country and their party rises no higher than a sinecure for themselves with little or no responsibility. At least give Michael Meacher and John MacDonald credit for applying for the real job.

A. Ridgeley, Harpenden

Friday, February 23, 2007

Don't forget the victory parade

Tony Blair takes the salute from happy returning troops led by a guest party of executioners from Iraq in balaclavas and leather jackets, waving, followed by floats with tableau depicting scenes from the campaign, including the cruciform electrified person on a box, covered with a black sheet, and the famous Iwo Jima-style pile of naked men, rampant snarling dogs and a lookalike female soldier pointing at naked prisoners, another two floats with a replica of the "mission accomplished" scene on board a US battleship and a giant statue of Saddam with an American flag over its face. Next come the limbless and blind, orphans and veterans with their white canes and wheelchairs, entertained by a baton-twirling troupe of cheerleaders for an upbeat finish. Lastly, at a discreet distance, as the reviewing stand empties, road-sweeping motors return the city streets to normal. Sound like a plan?

Ossian Carey

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A Hand of Solo

Lips and tongue
wrestle the delicious
        life out of you.


This is the start of the first poem in Thomas Kinsella's new collection "A Dublin Documentary". The rest of the poem and a brief commentary are here. "Indian apple" is a great name for pomegranate. They should eat them in Indianapolis.

Ossian

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

An evening with Louise Jefferson



We fixed you up with Stella Duffy f.o.c, and now we give you another exotic companion for one night, gratis. Plus, we make sure nobody smashes your windows exxetera, as long as you keep clicking on dis site.

P O'Toole

Monday, February 19, 2007

Orwell or not well

Such were the joys

"Jacintha Buddicom and George Orwell were childhood soul mates who lost touch until he was dying. A new postscript to her genteel memoir sheds a disturbing light on their friendship, finds Kathryn Hughes" (Guardian)

Fascinating insights into what made Orwell

Ossian

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Check out Ossian's home page

MySpace

He used to work here, you know. He's famous now. What he doesn't know about newspapering is not worth knowing.

Feargal Mooney

Thursday, February 15, 2007

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Willesden Green Writers

Follow the link to get a free (cost of postage only) copy of the Arts Council award-winning anthology The Monkey's Typewriter from Willesden Green writers group; or if you're a writer, join the group any Thursday night in the Willesden Library Centre, NW10.

P. O'Toole, Marketing Dept.

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Martin Amis turns professor

"...there comes a point when, my father [author Kingsley Amis] put it very well, he said: 'There comes a point where you think, it's not like that any more. A social change in the collective consciousness has happened and you feel you are not seeing it.' "

There are some interesting views about British society and politics in the article.

Ossian

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Newsagent's window



If you're after a "Double room to let" or a "Slim leggy black girl" or "Man + van" this is where to look.

Poetry diSpenser

Valentine's poetry quiz

"This year, say it with words: a carefully chosen poem can spark tender feelings in your chosen valentine. But who to go for - Sappho or Marvell, Yeats or Shakespeare?" (Guardian Online)

Just punch in your prejudices and out comes a suitable ditty for the hapless swain.

Bloody Branson

My NTL account has just changed to "Virgin Media". Insufferable. I never would have signed up to that. Am I the only one who hates Richard Branson and his company for appropriating the word "virgin" and for putting their logo everywhere, which looks like it has been written by a finger in a pool of blood? The word "virgin" is very important and sacred and should not be franchised to that jumped-up huxter.

Zoz

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tanzanian lovebirds

Video

"Lovebirds are actually a type of parrot named for their seemingly passionate behavior with their lifelong partners." (National Geographic)

Bill Oddity

Literary links

Monty Python's Oscar Wilde

Monty Python's Agatha Christie

Pitch & Putt with Joyce & Beckett

(They need a course at the Argument Clinic.)

International Philosophy: Greece v. Germany

Approved by The Ministry of Silly Walks

Friday, February 09, 2007

Dear Mona: When counsellors need help

I have a bit of a problem...

 

with Mona Bone-Jakon


Dear Mona, I have a rather unexpected and distressing problem. Like yourself, I am a counsellor, and like yourself I have done everything to perfection—instant solutions to complicated problems, again just like yourself—had a brilliant career with a list of credits as long as your arm, but nobody writes to me anymore! Could it be that I have been too successful and worked myself out of a job, and what can I do about it?

Gloria, Dollis Hill

Mona replies:

Dear Gloria, it's not that you've worked yourself out of a job, you are a real pro—I can tell—it's just that the world is full of losers, who would rather wallow around in their misery than accept the advice of us pros about how to turn on their happiness receptors. I do appreciate you writing to me about this, I know that it wasn't easy, and I hope you will see that what I am about to advise you is in fact the solution to all your difficulties, and that is: screw them! They don't deserve you. Also when the next enquiries come—as they surely will—hold back a little, don't give them the full instant solution. Why not setup a course, a program of treatments and take them for every last penny they've got. Always remember, they are nonentities, we are the pros.

Lovingly, ever, Mona

Due to the volume of mail received, Mona regrets that she cannot enter into any personal correspondence. Send details of your own original misery to Dear Mona.

Three great new serials: coming soon

The Acts of Saint Floncus (Eachtraí Naoimh Fhloncaigh) transl. Ossian Carey

Tongues of Fire, Life as a Neglected Daughter by The Holy Ghost (with a foreword by Matt Talbot)

Not Me Again - Stuff your Penny Apples by Eddie "Red" Woodward (with Feargal Mooney)

Presbytery Publishing Ltd.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Offbeats and Brutalists

Literature for the MySpace generation

They don't know they're born. They should go here and see what they're missing. Brutalists are just nancy boys and fainting floozies.

Ossian