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Mad Dog & Glory

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  1. I've read the first few pages, then got waylaid by Book Group choices. I hope to return to it soon before all the birds disappear from my garden - which they always do in August for some reason.
  2. RY was like, coming to a place near you soon, and I was like, it's already here. Like.
  3. RO, I'm sorry to inform you have failed to close your speech mark in employing the phrase 'old boys' club', and thus will be drummed out of The Pedants' League with immediate effect during a specially convened extraordinary general meeting (and, I promise you, with all the commas in the right place even inside a bracket, it will be extraordinary).
  4. Very glad to hear it, Harriet. I also think that everyone who went to Live 8 should calculate how much money they would have been prepared to spend on a ticket, and then pay that into the appropriate fund. If they like, they could subtract the cost of the number of texts they made when applying.
  5. So let me get this straight. People who liked different music to you and didn't sing when you sang were idiots. And when they sang when you didn't sing, they were also idiots. Yet when you didn't sing or instead swore at the top of your voices during music that others liked but you didn't, you were like really cool. "These girls in front of us kept turning around and staring at us everytime we were booing David Beckham or Robbie." Are we supposed to have sympathy for you here? Are we expected to be on your side? Incidentally, I happen to agree that Joss Stone, Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams and Velvet Revolver were the low points, along with Annie Lennox. But didn't those around you who like them have the right to listen without you imposing your narrow tastes on them? And how messed up do you have to be to boo and swear during Robbie Williams and then have a go at a rap fan for not liking Sting??? And why shouldn't the bloke who loved Snoop Dogg not feel the same about Sting? Should everyone just like who you like, and boo everyone else or shout "F****** T***!" at them. Perhaps you could hand a list out beforehand so they can know how they should properly behave. And I know it hasn't been banned, but would you mind not using the word 'T***' on this forum? You're the first to use it as far as I know and hopefully the last. Plenty of children use this forum. Oh yes, I forgot, you are one. Grow up for Christ's sake, and fast. OK, rant over.
  6. Go on, GW. You can always add the link as a signature (as can Claire). I know. Bill told me.
  7. Is it not worth giving the non-fiction book which only just missed out by one vote last time another chance? Seems only fair. Our Hidden Lives: The Everyday Diaries of a Forgotten Britain 1945-1948 - Simon Garfield: In 1936 anthropologist Tom Harrison, poet and journalist Charles Madge and documentary filmmaker Humphrey Jennings set up the Mass Observation Project. The idea was simple: ordinary people would record, in diary form, the events of their everyday lives. An estimated one million pages eventually found their way to the archive - and it soon became clear this was more than anyone could digest. Today, the diaries are stored at the University of Sussex, where remarkably most remain unread. In Our Hidden Lives, Simon Garfield has skilfully woven a tapestry of diary entries in the rarely discussed but pivotal period of 1945 to 1948. The result is a moving, intriguing, funny, at times heartbreaking book - unashamedly populist in the spirit of Forgotten Voices or indeed Margaret Forster's Diary of an Ordinary Woman.
  8. Live in the country?? You should be round my part of West London at ten to nine on a weekday. I live near two primary schools, and you can't get through our streets at that time of day for the parents in their SUVs dropping off their kids. As for other irritations, I can't say them all as I would be here all night, so here's a quick selection. - Middle lane drivers on motorways staring straight ahead never looking in their mirrors, with no awareness whatsoever of what is going on around them, or that they are going 10mph slower than the inside lane. - Drivers who, without indicating, suddenly slow down ahead of you and then veer into the kerb. Somehow I'm supposed to be telepathic and know that they were about to park up. - Mobile phone users drive me bloody crazy. I thought there were supposed to be on the spot fines for this. These people get away scot free, while I'm on nine points because a) I went 47mph on the M4 at a point where the speed limit is 40 for no other reason than to trap motorists and collect the fines, because I stupidly went and did this AGAIN and c) because I went 38 mph Holloway and Cameden in a section of the road that has four lanes and when a pedestrian last crossed, we had a Conservative government and John Prescott was thin.
  9. You no longer have noisy neighbours, as Grammath has murdered them all, and then framed you for the killings. You spend the next 25 years in Holloway, where your neighbours are very quiet...too quiet. Until one day... I wish I could sell my house.
  10. Have you considered reading over what you've written and then correcting any mistakes before clicking 'Submit Reply'?
  11. Fascinating how the last few in the chain have reflected the poster's musical tastes. Although Dr S, I'm surprised at you putting in a song by someone as new-fangled as The Beatles. Green Fields Of France - The Men They Couldn't Hang
  12. Somehow, in six words, you've managed to sum up my attitude to the whole shebang. And the slow was a bit boring too, I'd vouchsafe. Deino, good to hear that you managed to see Star Wars before it got famous and sold out. (And yes, I did see what you were doing.)
  13. Apologies for coming so late to this, but I only finished the book a couple of days ago, and I've been ridiculously busy lately and haven't been posting outside of my official status. I want to write on the other threads but most of all, I want to write about someone who only appeared in the book for a few pages. The person I found most resonant in Educating Peter wasn't Peter, or Tom even, but Roland. Or rather, it was the relationship between Tom and Roland - described in only a few pages - that resonated. I have had quite a few friends over the years with whom conversation was strictly limited to certain topics. If I ever strayed outside those topics - say, into the personal - I would be met with silence, or embarrassed mumbling, and have to steer the conversation back into safe waters. At most points in my life, since I was about 11, I have had at least one Roland in my life. I think this kind of friendship is strictly restricted to men - please correct me if I'm wrong. I have had friends where we only talk about sport, I have had friends where we only talk about sport and music. I have had other friends where the only thing we have in common in the present is a shared past. Often the situation is that one friend moves on with his life and the other doesn't, and it is the latter who not only clings on to the friendship but also seeks to keep the friendship in the past, and doesn't want to update the references. That seemed to be the case between Tom and Roland. I found the scene in Nottingham immensely powerful and poignant, and sad. I have had friends who are exactly the same in their 40s as in their 20s, and you sense that Roland will never change, that he will be stuck as the indie kid of the early 90s when he is in his early 90s, with his very fixed rules about what is OK and what is not OK. No wonder Roland and Peter got on better than Roland and Tom, as mentally they were about the same age at that point. But soon even Peter would be leaving Roland behind.
  14. As T S Eliot once pointed out, "Human kind cannot bear too much reality TV". I now watch one reality TV show, and that is Big Brother. All the others have sprung from it, but this is just sheer naked voyeurism, with the willing participation of its subjects. I always enjoy the show with the psychologists best. The cycle was broken though after watching the opening of the last Celebrity Big Brother. As soon as I saw John McCririck and Germaine Greer go in, I knew they'd been set up as opposites, and were put there to fight. A contrived argument isn't a real one. And when they put in Brigitte Nielsen's mother-in-law, I knew I'd made the right decision. Like you, RO, I always vowed not to watch BB and then got sucked in. I'm glad I watched last year's though - it was a humdinger. I'm very curious to see how they follow that.
  15. This will tell you all you need to know about Rasputin, from those renowned historians, Boney M: There lived a certain man in Russia long ago He was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glow Most people looked at him with terror and with fear But to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dear He could preach the bible like a preacher Full of ecstacy and fire But he also was the kind of teacher Women would desire RA RA RASPUTIN Lover of the Russian queen There was a cat that really was gone RA RA RASPUTIN Russia's greatest love machine It was a shame how he carried on He ruled the Russian land and never mind the Czar But the kasachok he danced really wunderbar In all affairs of state he was the man to please But he was real great when he had a girl to squeeze For the queen he was no wheeler dealer Though she'd heard the things he'd done She believed he was a holy healer Who would heal her son (Spoken:) But when his drinking and lusting and his hunger for power became known to more and more people, the demands to do something about this outrageous man became louder and louder. "This man's just got to go!" declared his enemies But the ladies begged "Don't you try to do it, please" No doubt this Rasputin had lots of hidden charms Though he was a brute they just fell into his arms Then one night some men of higher standing Set a trap, they're not to blame "Come to visit us" they kept demanding And he really came RA RA RASPUTIN Lover of the Russian queen They put some poison into his wine RA RA RASPUTIN Russia's greatest love machine He drank it all and he said "I feel fine" RA RA RASPUTIN Lover of the Russian queen They didn't quit, they wanted his head RA RA RASPUTIN Russia's greatest love machine And so they shot him till he was dead (Spoken:) Oh, those Russians...
  16. Bill? Do you mean Mad Dog & Glory? It's well known that Bill doesn't have opinions, but that MD&G has them all for him.
  17. Good choice - despite being that 'difficult second jumbo crossword book'. So much better than No 3, 4 or 5. I just feel that by then Browne had 'gone commercial' and sold out, going over the same old ground for monetary gain and eschewing any attempt to say anything new or explore fresh ground. Oh yes, they were popular and loved by the masses, but I feel it was at the expense of his creative soul.
  18. I knew you'd pick up on that. It's all part of Harriet's musical education, since most of the music she likes wouldn't exist if it weren't for the likes of Joy Division, The Clash and The Smiths. TC's Educating Peter muat be rubbing off on me.
  19. How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions - Francis Wheen
  20. What, again? You were only listening to that three hours before. Now listen to some Joy Division and Suede like your uncle told you to. (And don't put prepositions on the end of sentences.)
  21. I was also up for Twigg. Not quite the same really. Only lasted till 3.11 - still, it was clear the way it was going by then.
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