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Midweek musings: The Rule

Firstly, regarding those who still argue about “staying the course” in Iraq: image from despair.com (check out their cluelessness poster) Secondly, I’ve been thinking about applying the Mo Movie Measure Bechdel-Wallace Rule to reorganising my SF collection, giving pride of… Read More ›

You’d flinch too

if Christopher Walken did all his scenes with you after eating three cloves of garlic every morning. This is how Walken manages to make his fellow actors so tense around him that on screen he appears to exude palpable menace,… Read More ›

FFS

Spare me. Michelle Malkin patting some hack on the back for doing a search and replace on a few paragraphs from the of a George Orwell essay, doing the usual strip-the-context bait and switch, as if he has made some… Read More ›

One for the Janeites

Take the Quiz here! :: L I Z Z Y :: You are Elizabeth Bennet of Pride & Prejudice! You are intelligent, witty, and tremendously attractive. You have a good head on your shoulders, and oftentimes find yourself the lone… Read More ›

Yesterday’s beach walk

My favourite shot of the morning – mum and bub were just having so much fun here (playing Harry by the Sea, where “Harry, a friendly little dog on a visit to the seashore, is mistaken for a sea serpent… Read More ›

Unca Tim, what’s a dystopia?

Has this Melburnian dilettante read Huxley’s novel and resents the quoted phrase below as a slur on hir beloved reality TV? Or does sie, as I suspect, hate reality TV and inadvertently revealed that sie hasn’t read the novel and doesn’t recognise the contextual meaning of the title phrase? Can anyone untangle these antecedents at all?

“the brave new world of reality TV”?!?

lordy”¦ someone get me a bucket, i think i’m going to hurl.

80’s music is one thing, i’m quite fond of a lot of it even when it’s second time round & really not quite as good as it was first time around. calling reality TV a “brave new world” is”¦ well”¦ words fail me.
Posted by pache on 2006 09 20 at 06:19 PM “¢ permalink

words words words

Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words!
I get words all day through;
First from him, now from you!
Is that all you blighters can do?

Pavlov’s Cat is feeling tetchy about certain words she’d like to ban, and presented us with an array of abused words and phrases, most of which, as she points out, were once vivid metaphor but now grown dull from overuse.

What a good idea!

Peeve of the week

I tried to ignore it, I really did. Does it really matter? said I. The people who don’t already know won’t care, and surely the rest of us Auntie-loving lefties will forgive them the odd howler.

In the end, I couldn’t let it go. So, I sent my letter to ABC complaints:

Please please please can the ABC promotion for the upcoming new season of the Midsomer Murders series stop calling Midsomer a village when it’s obviously a county!?!