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Friday, June 30, 2006

Philip Sully, father of Eugene from off of Big Brother, has done more Open University courses than anyone else - 61 so far. He has a Graduate Diploma in Spanish, a BSc Hons in Natural Sciences, a BA Hons in Humanities, a MSc in Industrial Application of Computers, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing for Commerce and Industry and a Diploma in Information Technology. Fact!

Eugene: his father is very proud.

We all want Germany to win, of course?

Of course.

I went to a conference the other day, it was fine. Opposite the hotel was a shop called Padre Pio’s, vendors of finest Catholic paraphernalia. A woman was sat outside it all day, smoking fags and throwing a Frisbee down the pavement for her dog (friendly-looking, with a man’s tie around its neck) to fetch. This was on Vauxhall Bridge Road – busy, full of cars and exhaust fumes. She might well be there every day: worth checking her out if you can.

An immaculately dressed, rosy-cheeked old fellow just walked out of the Ritz. He stood at the top of the steps and waved to an imagined crowd of well-wishers. The doorman turned to say something to him and the old man came over all pope-like, making the sign of the cross and blessing him.

Advantage of working round here: the charming old pissheads.


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tell me, have you seen Saxondale? My word.


Monday, June 26, 2006

Did you see Jonathan Ross's interview with David Cameron? Have you seen the phoney outrage? I thought it was one of the more illuminating political interviews I've seen recently - like two chaps having a chat in the pub.

In February 2003 I marched against the coming Iraq war - it was an excuse to hook up with some friends I hadn't seen for a while. I hadn't really thought about the rights and wrongs of it, but I resented the fact that a decision seemed to already have been made.

It was the same with Russell Brand. Suddenly he was everywhere, a coming star, but I couldn't see why - it seemed like it had been pre-ordained in the Groucho club, without my say-so.

I'm man enough to admit that I was wrong, about Iraq and about Brand. You know better than I, shadowy cigar-smoking cabal of hegemons!


Sunday, June 25, 2006

I don't want to fall into the trap of arguing with dullards, but the common complaint - "ooh, the World Cup takes over television schedules for weeks, it's rammed down your throat, you can't escape," deserves no sympathy. It's only a month, once every four years: watch a different channel; stick a DVD on; go out for a meal; read a book. I've watched... maybe two hours of it in total - it hasn't got in my way at all. What are you missing anyway? Programmes about houses, I guess. I wouldn't worry.

VinnieK reminds me of yesterday's Culture Show. There was a segment entitled "Unpopular Culture" where they rounded up what a load of bores had picked as the most infuriating/overrated/disappointing parts of contemporary culture. Here's what they came up with:

Last Night of the Proms
The effect of mobile phones on manners
Big Brother
Celebrity magazines

Have you ever seen a more tedious list? Honestly, I'd be ashamed of myself if I'd come up with that lot. I'm sure we can do better than that. Off the top of my head:

The Mighty Boosh
Radio 4
Lily Allen
Kate Moss
Chris Morris
Neil Young
Alison Lapper

Lily Allen: so over


Thursday, June 22, 2006

Via Popbitch:

Win tickets to Belgium's rather lovely Dour Festival
13-16 July. Lie in the sun, drink Stella, watch Miss
Kittin, Mercury Rev, Dandy Warhols, Primal Scream etc
Email: Info:

I went a few years ago with some cool cats. It was great. Apply for tickets.

I'll try and rustle up some photos.

Ambition inflation: "I've always wanted to swim with wolphins."


Monday, June 19, 2006

Anything lamer than this Marina Hyde post? Apart from her haircut, of course.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

Animal vs Buddy Rich

Some good things: Spanish dubbing, Muppets and Buddy Rich.

I know it's a drum solo, but it's jazz, so it's OK.


Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Post courtesy of Oli in the comments:

All humans become immediately infertile: does quality of life improve or deteriorate?



Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I sent this email to Marty. He hasn't replied yet so I thought I'd open it out, give people a rare opportunity to talk about the World Cup.

Like a whirlpool this world cup is drawing me in. Who else are you supporting? My teams are:

Ivory Coast


Friday, June 09, 2006

I have to write a load of emails every morning.

I sign them off with a quick,

Many thanks,

Jah Jah Dub

But in my mind I say,

Manu Chao,

Jah Jah Dub

I know nothing of Manu Chao's work.


Thursday, June 08, 2006

I assume everyone's heard this joke, but it's been going through my head.

1st Frenchman: Tu aimes le guitariste des "Smiths"?
2nd Frenchman: Bof! J'en ai marre.


Sunday, June 04, 2006

I saw Sarah Cawood on Big Brother's Big Mouth the other day.

She's filled out.


Friday, June 02, 2006

Betting on Sezar doesn't seem so clever now.


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