Jah Jah Dub

Friday, March 31, 2006

Yesterday on Argyll Street a homeless boy was parping tunes down a traffic cone. His choices were cheery - Tequilla, Go West, Oh When the Saints - but each was more pathos-filled than the Last Post.

Words cannot describe his mournful lament.


Thursday, March 30, 2006

What’s John Cusack up to nowadays? Hopefully he’s now wasted enough time accumulating worthy credits in dull indie films and can guiltlessly give us another great action film like Con Air.

See also: Steve Buscemi.

From Israel, a glimpse of a possible future for a Britain with proportional representation.

Winning party:
1. Kadima: 28 seats, centrist
Probable partner:
2. Labour: 20 seats, centre-left
Possible partners:
3. Shas: 13 seats, ultra-Orthodox
4. Pensioners: 7 seats, single-issue
5. Torah Judaism: 6 seats, ultra-Orthodox
6. Meretz: 4 seats, left-wing
Unlikely partners:
7. Israel Beitenu: 12 seats, Russian emigres, far-right
8. Likud: 11 seats, right-wing
9. Arab parties: 10 seats
10. National Union/Religious: 9 seats, far-right, settlers

Pensioners! Brilliant. They're way ahead over there.


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

This is drying up, what?

There was a time when I was all like:

Now, I'm all like:


Monday, March 27, 2006

Good weekend?

I had a ball: big shout out to the north.

Some photos here, if you're interested.


Friday, March 24, 2006

Now I know that one of you motherfuckers must have seen The Wire. What I don't know, not yet, is why y'all been keeping it to yourself.

Best TV show since the Sopranos?

Mos' def'.

The Wire: action-packed.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

ETA: Ooooo - scary!

Great article from Jamie Whyte in The Times today.


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

My nemesis rubs my face in it again.

"I've won medals that are respected, but never in my entire life have I stood on top. For the first time in my life I can actually pat myself on the back and say, 'I'm the man'."

Dean Macey: a face a mother would punch.


Monday, March 20, 2006

Train geeks!

At the weekend I saw a tube train go through Wimbledon Park - it was on a bridge and everything. I vaguely remembered that the Northen Line comes up for air somewhere far South, so I settled on that explanation. Marty thinks it's the District Line. Is he right? It'd make me a bit sad if he was.


Friday, March 17, 2006

I've just been to the pub.

Should I buy some moleskin trousers?


Thursday, March 16, 2006

Last month I joined the RSPB.
Yesterday I bought a book about crosswords.
Today I bought an Ordnance Survey map*.

My transformation is gathering pace: soon it will be complete.

Me, in about two weeks.

* Explorer 161 if you're interested.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Michael Gove

Punk for life.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hey Stef, remember Kate Somebody?


Friday, March 10, 2006

Stefan made a pretty good stab at winning the coveted "Jah Jah Dub: Best New Blog Award", but sorry man, you've been bested.

I give you... Dudley Sutton

A choice excerpt:

"Don’t you just love corporate bullshit? I like to think of myself as pretty cooled out, wandering the King’s Road like I have done since the seventies when Chelsea was the acid capital of London, now it has changed...


"This is my pet hate of the week: YOUR M & S. What fucking impertinence, what slimy sneaky smelly underhand bullshit and jive. Okay, if it is OUR M & S, let us all gather together this Saturday morning and walk out of OUR M & S with our arms full of their crap, and see what happens..."

What with all the hullabaloo over Hugh Laurie in House, I'd plum forgotten that other British actor burning up American TV screens. Ladies and gentlemen, People magazine's tenth sexiest man alive, 2005...

Ian McShane!

Anatole Kaletsky, Britain's best economics journalist, had a great article yesterday about carbon emissions and air travel, and how best to tackle the problem*.

* I don't think I'm spoiling the surprise too much if I mention that his prefered strategy does not involve taxation or prohibition**.

** Because THOSE ARE BAD!


Monday, March 06, 2006

Want to see some guy juggling in time to the ending suite of songs from Abbey Road? Thought so.

Link stolen from Norm.

Office joker, Nick Park (left), now has three Oscars.

Al Pacino has one.


Planet Earth was, of course, magnficent. I offer a tribute with these photos, taken in my garden five minutes ago.

I just need a helicopter for the long shots.

So like everyone else I'm going crazy for this face-recognitiion programme.



Saturday, March 04, 2006

Was listening to this earlier.

It’s important that women be given the opportunity to show that they are just as good as men at making pissweak radio comedy.


Friday, March 03, 2006

Point of information: I'm home from work, it's Friday, and I'm about to turn the Rolling Stones up loud and strut around my flat. I imagine I'll go for Bitch first, then Tumbling Dice, then maybe Shattered.

I'm nipping this one in the bud right now. Celebrating that a British person selling records in the States is lame. No one should care about the Arctic Monkeys sales figures but the band, their manager, and their record company. It's like poring over opening weekend grosses. As I say: lame.

Worse is despairing that James Blunt is number one in America. If you didn't give a shit what was top of the charts there last week, you shouldn't care now. I would be more bothered about the image of Englishmen that is being presented to Americans. But then Hugh Laurie and Simon Cowell are doing sterling work in overturning perceptions that we're all courteous gentlemen, so there is an antithesis out there.

The World's Best Popstar?

From the Guardian review:

"Just how crackers is signposted the minute Oral Fixation Volume 2 hits the CD player. Anyone discombobulated by the cover image should spend a few minutes composing themselves before pressing the play button and thus being confronted by How Do You Do. The opening track features mock-Gregorian chanting by a group called Seraphic Fire, a staccato wah-wah guitar solo that bears a debt to Queen's Killer Queen and a winning chorus that you would call stadium rock were it not embellished with backing vocals sung in an inexplicable baby voice."

I hope that he (and I) are not just distracted by her fantastical work-rate.


Thursday, March 02, 2006

As far as I can tell, Benjys, the poorly-punctuated chain of sandwich shops, is entirely staffed by wan Russians.


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