philmophlegm: (Ben Folds)
'The Louisiana Gator Boys' being...

B. B. King, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Gary U.S. Bonds, Eric Clapton, Clarence Clemons, Jack DeJohnette, Bo Diddley, Jon Faddis, Isaac Hayes, Dr. John, Tommy "Pipes" McDonnell, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Preston, Lou Rawls, Joshua Redman, Paul Shaffer, Koko Taylor, Travis Tritt, Jimmie Vaughan, Grover Washington Jr., Willie Weeks, Steve Winwood...

and a few more.

Blues Brothers 2000 (sequel to the original film) is a largely terrible film almost saved by a great soundtrack. This is the best song.

And if you'd prefer the clip from the film that includes the song, you can watch this video. I warn you though, it's not a good film. (Of course the original is a classic. The best musical of all time, in my opinion.)

philmophlegm: (Wrexham club shield)

The latest target of the PC police - Gilbert & Sullivan.

"Controversy as Chester Zoo opens 'Wrexham Scally Enclosure'". (I should point out that Homo Wrexhamius Scalliensis Chavus is pretty much confined to the southern part of Wrexham, not the nice bit where I’m from…)

Why Gandhi is such an asshole in Civilisation.

The Curious Case of the (Medieval) Weapon that Didn't Exist

Why you can't just have more quantitative easing to get rid of the national debt.

This is not a 512gb microSD card.

The worst football kits of all time. They’re all bad, but Colorado, seriously…?

This month's best headline is from an astronomy website.

"A lousy, stupid, no good, bad, law is being proposed."

Star Wars Episode IV in a single image. (OK, it’s a very big image, but still…)

Minimalist, anonymous rooms are probably not a good place to do teamwork.

"We all owe a significant debt to Richard Murphy." No, really.

I'm an only child, so I can't really relate to this. Nevertheless I thought it was a sweet film about growing up being “Player Two”.

Woman accidentally joins search party looking for herself.

Today's most widely misinterpreted piece of economics, from the IMF. There are two arguments put forward in the paper. The first is that there are risks associated with capital account liberalisation (allowing money into and out of the country with less regulation). The second is that although high public debt is bad for growth and welfare, for countries with excellent records of debt repayment, like the US, the UK and Germany, a “credible medium-term fiscal consolidation” makes more sense than a “fiscal noose today”. In other words, slowly bringing down debt as a percentage of GDP, not slashing everything to balance the budget as soon as possible. Now that’s pretty much what the UK’s current fiscal policy is. Still I suppose “IMF economists broadly agree with George Osborne” isn’t quite as good a headline as “You’re witnessing the death of neoliberalism – from within”. Seriously, this is a paper that says “There is much to cheer in the neoliberal agenda. The expansion of global trade has rescued millions from abject poverty. Foreign direct investment has often been a way to transfer technology and know-how to developing economies. Privatization of state-owned enterprises has in many instances led to more efficient provision of services and lowered the fiscal burden on governments”… and Facebook (and one of our less reputable newspapers) is full of idiots claiming that “we are witnessing the death of neoliberalism”.­

philmophlegm: (CalMac)
This was part of the soundtrack for the film 'Local Hero', written by Mark Knopfler and a regular part of Dire Straits' set after that. Local Hero is a nice little film early 80s film starring, among others, Burt Lancaster, the bloke who played Wedge in Star Wars, Mrs Michael Winner Jenny Seagrove and the bloke who played Mr Mackay in Porridge. Most importantly though, it's the film that gave the young Peter Capaldi his big break:

It was also Mark Knopfler's first film soundtrack and this is the most famous piece of music from it. Still played whenever Newcastle United players come out at the start of each match.

And in this particular performance, you get a special bonus British rock guitar god. In fact, as well as Mr Knopfler, you get the original British rock guitar god:

philmophlegm: (Blue Mosque)

A rousing defence of private property from an unusual source.

Why are NHS Accident & Emergency units suddenly too busy to cope?

Very serious corruption in the NHS watchdog. Seriously, people should go to prison for this.

Which society connects Oswald Mosley, the founders of the London School of Economics, H.G. Wells and Bernard Shaw...and advocated eugenic sterilisation?

I'm not a fan of James Blunt's music, but his Twitter putdowns are great, he prevented World War 3* and you have to appreciate letters to leftards that begin "Dear Chris Bryant MP, You classist gimp..."

"Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy"

2014 was the warmest year in moden record.

...although actually it's within the margin of error and tied with 2005 and 2010.

Dodgy anti-trade measures from "so called chocolate maker Hershey's". (I remember a colleague who had been on holiday to the US bringing some Hershey’s ‘chocolate’ into the office for everyone to taste. It tastes of vomit. I’m not saying this in a way that means “it doesn’t taste very nice”, I mean literally that you can taste vomit and you can taste Hershey’s and they taste very, very similar. And everyone in the office who had some agreed with this assessment. If you run a Google search for “Hersheys tastes”, see what the auto-complete suggestions are. How is this stuff so popular?)

How to appreciate American cuisine.

Baseball's toxic tradition - chewing tobacco.

Benedict Cumberbuzzle falls victim to SJW idiocy. (The leading black/colored/coloured/African-American civil rights pressure group in the US is the “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” so how can the word “colored” be “outdated” or “offensive”? But presumably your typical hashtag social justice warrior is too stupid to realise this.) See Rules 21, 22 and 23.

Lars Andersen explodes Hollywood's archery myths.

Geekdad explodes Lars Andersen's archery myths.

Practical jokes through facebook advertising.

124 year old business destroyed by single-letter Companies House typo.

The French government has just spent £40million on this "How to spot a Musilim Terrorist" wallchart.

* True story.

philmophlegm: (Sid James)

Royal Albert Hall to finally get retractable roof.

Piers Morgan recruited as Liberal Democrat media advisor

Darth Vader to run in Ukrainian presidential election

The Kindle Paperscent removes one of the remaining disadvantages of eBook readers.

bathstore launches world's first selfie mirror

Dating site doesn't want lonely hearts using Firefox

NASA detects 'intelligent' alien signal

Toby Carvery brings you the Breakfast Sundae

Manchester United's new home shirt to feature Sir Alex Ferguson's face

Ant and Dec to split. Dec will reinvent himself as 'Dec'.

Government to crack down on selfies

Domino's introduces the edible pizza box.

UN draws up peacekeeping plans in event of Scottish 'yes' vote.

Mumsnet to run maternity wards

Square eggs

New Scottish pound coin to use Alex Salmond's head instead of the Queen's

An independent Scotland would drive on the right

Aspiring 'glamour' model gets £5,000 breast enlargement plus £2,500 of dentistry on the NHS.

Eight year old bodybuilder

Polly Toynbee calls for Richard Murphy to sit on the board of HMRC

The Holy Grail has been in a Spanish church for ages.

You need to eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day, not five.

"Manchester United are not underdogs" against Bayern Munich.

Goat Simulator

Hull's rival to Bitcoin: HullCoin

Unite boss calls on members to kill the rich

Vegetable are good for you

George Osborne to get everyone a fancy job.

Netflix to relaunch Firefly

CERN website to switch to Comic Sans

Finding Pokemon with Google Maps

Michael Gove to make gowns and mortarboards compulsory

Leonard Nimoy to sing end credits song for third Hobbit movie

philmophlegm: (orbit)
...landed on my doormat this afternoon. One person on my LJ friends list should (I hope) be very pleased with the three page article about him.
philmophlegm: (Dying Earth)
The American comedian Chris Rock used to do a routine called "Niggas vs Black People". Although it's certainly funny, it's perhaps more important as social commentary. The thrust of it is that those black Americans who are lazy and ignorant, and irresponsible, criminal even - the "niggas" - essentially spoil things for the black Americans who are none of those things. The "niggas" get away with it because the respectable "black people" feel it is wrong to criticise other blacks. It's a very astute observation.


Chris Rock isn't anywhere near as famous in the UK as he is in the US. In fact, he's probably about as famous over here as Jonathan Ross is over there. Which brings me to the rest of my rant blog post.

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