January 1st, 2009


meet the new year. same as the old year

I hadn't noticed this before but, in much the same way as the Queen has a Christmas Message, it seems that the Prime Minister has a New Year's one.
In his Address To The Nation this year, Gordon admitted 2009 `won't be easy' but "The scale of the challenges we face is matched by the strength of my optimism that the British people can and will rise to meet them."
This comes in the wake of a speech a few weeks ago when he invoked the Spirit Of The Blitz and implored us all to pull together.
So it's official, then. No ideas left. No more plans. Just cheesy rhetoric and crossed fingers. Presumably if everything really goes tits up now it'll be our fault for not rising to the challenges.
You know, I really believed in these guys back in '97. What a mug.
Happy New Year, one and all.
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things you may not have known

The BBC website's Magazine does a weekly roundup called 10 Things We Didn't Know Last Week. It's now done a roundup of the roundup covering last year. And very good it is, too. Among the things I didn't know was that faking your own death is known as pseudocide. Presumably pretending to make your own fermented apple drink is known as pseudocider. I knew the one about the bear carrying ammunition for the Polish Army during World War Two, but I didn't realise that `tork' is the Swedish term for a man who visits prostitutes, or that the world's oldest Mormon congregation is in Preston, Lancashire, or that toasters are banned in Cuba. Nor did I know that misheard song lyrics are called, rather charmingly, `mondegreens.' I must try and find out why.
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