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Monday, 23 August 2010

the end

Hi you, yes you over there with the horrible legs.

I am stopping this blogger site.

Before you sob all the salty tears out of your vengeful ducts, don't panic. I am merely moving over to the superior http://www.posterous.com.

So to carry on reading my musings, head over to

http://el-nacnud.posterous.com

Blogger has been good, but Posterous has a better interface I think, and it automatically syncs with all my other web presences.

Thanks yo!

Chicken Cottage

The slogan of luxury fried chicken restaurant Chicken Cottage is 'Taste the Secret'.

What is the secret? Any suggestions welcome.

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Friday, 20 August 2010

RIP

I wrote about my love of the work of Edwin Morgan yesterday. As I was just settling down to bed a few minutes ago I heard the sad news that he has died, aged 90.

Rest in peace, Edwin.

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Thursday, 19 August 2010

Poetry - Genius versus Moron

Regular readers of my blog will know that I write the odd (in both senses) poem.  Topics that I have covered include the tallest men in north west England having a fight, the two largest squid in British waters.... having a fight, and beans on toast (a haiku).  I don't claim to be in any way skilled at this poetry lark.  In fact I think I'd call myself a "moron poet".

As a comparison to my body of work, I would like to point people to the Scottish Poet Laureate who blows my rubbish out of the water with just one of his poems.  His name is Edwin Morgan and I remember seeing some prominent Scottish people reading his workon the Culture Show a couple of years ago.  I was gripped by the beauty of his language and the complex simplicity (if that makes any sense) of some of the writings.

One in particular stood out to me as being a breathtakingly wonderful poem, which starts at around the 3:15 mark.  It is called 'When You Go':

"When you go,
if you go,
And I should want to die,
there's nothing I'd be saved by
more than the time
you fell asleep in my arms
in a trust so gentle
I let the darkening room
drink up the evening, till
rest, or the new rain
lightly roused you awake.
I asked if you heard the rain in your dream
and half dreaming still you only said, I love you."

Genius.

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Literally

"These balls, they literally explode off your feet" - Jamie Redknapp

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Thursday, 12 August 2010

A Poem - Squid

John is the largest giant squid,
In the whole of the British Isles.
His ink is worth a fair few quid,
He's feared for miles and miles.

His nemesis is called Hank,
A colossal Cephalopod,
As mean as twenty panzer tanks,
A really nasty sod.

One day these beasts fought it out,
For control of the North Sea,
And after a truly epic bout,
Hank did turn and flee.

He'll surely return for one more fight,
Badder than before,
The seas will turn as black as night,
Hank will win for sure.

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Wednesday, 11 August 2010

DAaronovitch: king of spam

Don't you just hate it when David Aaronovitch spams you?

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Friday, 6 August 2010

Sold Out!


Who is buying the 2012 Olympic mascot toys?

Some are sold out...

http://shop.london2012.com/mascot-toys/mascot-toys,default,sc.html

Madness.

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Never?

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on relations with the UK:

"This is a friendship that will never break, no matter what happens."

What, not even if the UK punches Pakistan's sister and sleeps with its wife?

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Thursday, 5 August 2010

What?

Worst opening to an article ever?

"For much of the soccer world a Manchester United jersey is the equivalent of the little black dress, something every fan's wardrobe must have."

I don't know where to begin.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE66F01N20100716

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Scudamore

Richard Scudamore, head of the Premier League, was quoted as saying the following regarding the England team's poor World Cup showing:

"We're only a small island, we have to be realistic - there are, I think, 217 countries registered with Fifa. That's a lot of people playing football and England don't have a God-given right to win every tournament."

Let's take a look at the populations (according to the World Bank) of the countries that made the Quarter Finals shall we?

Spain (and eventual winners): 45,555,716
Netherlands (and eventual runners-up): 16,607,493
Germany (and eventual 3rd place finishers): 82,110,097
Uruguay (semi-finalists): 3,334,052
Ghana: 23,350,927
Brazil: 191,971,506
Paraguay: 6,237,855
Argentina: 39,882,980

England's population?  51,446,000

So two countries have a larger population than England.

Small island compared with Papua New Guinea, yet one with a sizeable & relatively affluent population, a large economy, and a very very very rich Premier league.

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