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hutch0
Date: 2008-12-28 22:20
Subject: ...of the year
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One of the annoying things about this time of year is that every newspaper, news channel and broadcaster does `...Of The Year' roundups. I find this pisses me off, because I know all this stuff already. It also seems to me that there's no frakking point in releasing a book or a film around now because it won't be reviewed - the review pages are full of `Best/Worst Book/Film' of the year articles, and your mighty rollercoaster of an allegorical novel about the 2005 Ashes Test (in 10,120 rollicking pages) will just get lost at the bottom of a page about the best and worst celebrity cookery books of the year.
All is not lost, though. Every week the Telegraph's website does a best-picture-of-the-week photo gallery, a rich source of LOLs. They've just done a list of top picture galleries of the year, some of which I seem to have missed for some reason. The whole list is here, but my favourite is the gallery about the Guinea Pig Olympics, which contains pics like this:




I suspect a certain amount of CGI and Photoshopping has gone on in these pics, but they're fun, and there are more here. I feel some sigs approaching...

In other news, I didn't watch a lot of telly over Christmas. I should rephrase that - I didn't watch a lot of original telly over Christmas. I did watch a lot of reruns of Mock The Week, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You on Dave.
The two bits of original programming I watched were the Doctor Who Christmas special, which I enjoyed a lot and during which it suddenly occurred to me what a brilliant Doctor Jason Isaacs would make, and a cracking documentary about the making of BlackAdder. I don't know how much longer the documentary's going to be available - the BBC usually takes stuff off the iPlayer after seven days - and whether those of you on the other side of the village pond will be able to watch it, but I know there are BlackAdder fans among us, and trust me, you'll enjoy this. It's here.

Back to work next week. I just get New Year's Day off. Although Friday ought to be a bit of a bust.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-12-29 22:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

As when, through the skill and dexterity of your raquetry (or through just stark luck), you'd succeeded in placing one of the chicks into the hay.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-12-29 22:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Absolutely. That's the move also known as `croque-monsieur' among the Corsicans who play the game down in Marseille.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-12-29 23:04 (UTC)
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Well, what can you expect in Marseille? That's where they practise the woody en fois gras manoeuvre.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-12-29 23:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Indeed. In some of the old mining towns on the French-Belgian border you can still be jailed for a move like that. Whereas in Paris it's just regarded as dreadfully de trop. Bof.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-12-29 23:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Myself I always used to find achieving the woody wasn't the tricky part. It was making the score such that the woody could be brought into play.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-12-30 11:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In other words you found it difficult to master the manouvre known as moules marinieres. There's no shame in that.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-12-30 21:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Y'know, I bet Jody isn't even reading all this useful information we're offering her. Isn't it just absobloodylutely typical of these American women? She'll be on her holidays in Britain one day, wandering around one of the scenic tourist traps like Basingstoke or Neath, completely bloody lost, and some local Good Samaritan will offer to help out by letting her have a look at his woody, and she won't have a clue what he's talking about. And who'll get the blame when it all ends in tears? Everybody but her bloody self, you mark my words. It'll never cross her mind, oh no, that if she'd only listened when we were telling her . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-01-01 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If Jody ever makes it over to these shores, I must remember to take her to Basingstoke.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2009-01-02 02:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"If Jody ever makes it over to these shores, I must remember to take her to Basingstoke."

I knew you were a romantic old sod, underneath everything.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-01-02 22:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Basingstoke: Hampshire's Capital Of Lurve...
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2009-01-02 22:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

It rerally is the tourist resort with everything, isn't it? Even a Tescos.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-01-02 22:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It is, in every way possible, the last resort.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2009-01-03 12:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

As the old saying has it, See Basingstoke and Die.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2009-01-03 23:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I suspect we're being too hard on Basingstoke, a town I've only been through once. As quickly as possible.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2009-01-10 01:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Believe me, if you'd stopped for long it would have been one of those life-altering experiences that's forever burned into your memory.

Ah, Basingstoke -- the chief accountant in the Bank of Romance.
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