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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Saturday, September 07, 2019


Godspeed: used to wish someone good luck when they are setting out on a journey

Saturday, June 15, 2019


"we’ve been hacked
my archived mini discs from 1995-1998(?)
it’s not v interesting
there’s a lot of it

if you want it, you can buy the whole lot here
18 minidisks for £18
the proceeds will go to Extinction Rebellion

as it’s out there
it may as well be out there
until we all get bored
and move on"


Saturday, April 06, 2019

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Erik Brynjolfsson

Michael Dell, the 39th richest man in the world, has shocked observers by speaking out against a higher marginal tax rate on people earning more than $10m.

During a panel interview at Davos, the festival for the elite rich white men of the world, Dell literally laughed off the idea of raising taxes.

When asked – amid peals of laughter around the room – if he supported the plan, Dell, who has a net worth of $28.6bn, replied that he didn't.

"My wife and I set up a foundation about 20 years ago, and we would have contributed quite a bit more than a 70 per cent tax rate on my annual income," he said.

Latching on to the idea that the super-rich are all philanthropists and that society should rely on their goodwill, Dell added: "I feel much more comfortable with our ability as a private foundation to allocate those funds than I do giving them to the government." *

He went on to assert that it wouldn't support the growth of the US economy, and when he was asked why not, Dell replied: "Well, name a country where that's worked. Ever."

Unfortunately for Dell, he was joined on the panel by Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, who piped up: "The United States."

"From the 1930s to the 1970s, the tax rate averaged about 70 per cent. At times it was as high as 95 per cent – and those were actually pretty good years for growth." ®

* Clement Attlee('s biographer) said: "Charity is a cold, grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim."


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Harvey Spacey and Kevin Weinstein

Seth MacFarlane...

... the only one who had the balls to give at least some hints regarding Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey...

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

See, bullies are about
one thing, intimidation.
And they feed off fear.
You take that away from 'em,
you stop 'em cold.
And I seen you not be
intimidated in spades.
You know when you're
playing your video games
and you're fully into it and
focused, ready for anything?
It's like you're outside of yourself,
but in control of this warrior.
That's the attitude you gotta
give a bully. Completely still.
In your mind, you're able to
change what's about to happen.
In your heart, there's no fear.
There is nothing he can do to
you that you can't overcome.
You stare at him,
think you're unstoppable.
You shake your head.
No more.
That'll back 'em down,
99 times out of 100.

What about that one time it doesn't?

In that case, son, you just
hit 'em with all you got.
Or run.
Hey, no shame in either.

Just like you did with Charlie,
before you threw that key.

Yeah, something like that.

Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=first-kill
Screenplay First kill, 2017.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


The key story I have for remembering that my father is just a fallible man is this one: when I was 10, my mum was pregnant for the fourth time. At the time, our two pet rabbits had just had five of their own babies. My mum was concerned that there would soon be a human baby crawling around the garden and didn’t want there to be rabbit droppings everywhere. So she asked my dad to rehome the rabbits. How would he do this? My father took my seven-year-old brother and me to the local park and set the rabbits free. A dog came. We watched as the dog chased and mauled at least two of the smallest rabbits. My brother cried. I kept it all inside, where it stayed for 20 years. And when I think of the baby rabbits, I know that if they’d been looking up at my father, desperately searching for an explanation or an apology, they would only have suffered more. Better for the baby rabbits to think, “This is just a man who doesn’t know what he’s doing.”

'Help' by Simon Amstell.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Grazie mille".
"Prego duemila".

Monday, May 08, 2017

First thought


When you blow out the candles on your fiftieth birthday cake, your first thought is: the fewer people I have anything to do with, the better off I'm gonna be.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

The poor master and the rich servant

Michael Caine has revealed his reasons for voting for Brexit, saying that the British public voted for “freedom” rather than as a result of racism or anxiety over immigration.

Speaking to Sky News while promoting his new film Going in Style, the actor said that he was confident that Britain’s exit from the EU would be “all right”.

“I voted for Brexit. What it is with me, I’d rather be a poor master than a rich servant,” he said. “It wasn’t about the racism, immigrants or anything, it was about freedom.

“Politics is always chaotic,” he added. “In politics, you’re always going into areas you’ve never been before, so you’re going to get lost and then you’re going to find your way, and then it’ll be all right.”

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Anyway The Wind Blows

Some like this and some like that
And some don't know where it's at
If you don't get loose,
If you don't groove
Well, your motor won't make it
And your motor won't move
If time don't tell you then don't ask me
I'm riding on a hurricane down to the sea

If you can't hear the music,
Turn it up loud
There's movement in the air
And movement in the crowd
Bow-legged woman
Doing the boogaloo
She got a jive,
She got a move
Turn around, d
Do it again
Bow-legged woman,
Where you been

Fat Jack owns a
Honky-tonk downtown
You can catch a woman
If you hang around
You can tear down the door,
Tear down the wall
Fat Jack he don't care at all
Easy come, easy go
Any way the wind blows

Hey, drummer, drummer,
Can you give me that beat
Can you give me that beat,
Got to move my feet
Guitar player been
All around the world
But he can't play a lick
For looking at the girls
One two three four five six seven

Well, you'd better change
Your ways or you won't get to heaven
Eight nine ten, gonna stop at eleven
Eleven just lays around with seven

Some like this and some like that
And some don't know where it's at
If you don't get loose,
If you don't groove
Well, your motor won't make it
And your motor won't move
Easy come, easy go
Any way the wind blows

J. J. Cale - Anyway The Wind Blows


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Obama and Trump White House meeting - full transcript of their remarks to press

Barack Obama: As I said last night, my number one priority in the coming two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president elect is successful. And I have been very encouraged by the I think interest in president elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces and I believe that it is important for all of us regardless of party and regardless of political preferences to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face. And in the meantime Michelle has had a chance to greet the incoming first lady and we had an excellent conversation with her as well. And we want to make sure they feel welcome as they prepare to make this transition. And most of all I want to emphasize to you, Mr President Elect, that we now are gonna want to do everything we can to help you succeed because if you succeed then the country succeeds. Please [indicates Trump should speak].

Donald Trump: Well, thank you very much President Obama. This was a meeting that was going to last for maybe 10 or 15 minutes and we were just going to get to know each other. We had never met each other. I have great respect- the meeting lasted for almost an hour and a half, and it could have, as far as I’m concerned, it could have gone on for a lot longer. We really, we discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel. He’s explained some of the difficulties, some of the high flying assets and some of the really great things that have been achieved. So Mr President, it was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many, many more times in the future.

Obama: Thank you everybody – we are not going to be taking any questions. [To Trump:] Always a good rule: don’t answer any questions when they just start yelling.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

How to choose between two people BOTH sick in the head?

•          crackers
•          crazy
•          cuckoo
•          lunatic
•          maniac
•          nuts
•          psycho
•          sick
•          bonkers
•          brainsick
•          crazy as a loon
•          daft
•          demented
•          deranged
•          disturbed
•          mad
•          maniacal
•          nutty as a fruitcake
•          out to lunch
•          unbalanced
•          unhinged
•          wacky

Synonyms for "sick in the head"

Friday, September 30, 2016

Poll: 89% Of Debate Viewers Tuning In Solely To See Whether Roof Collapses

the ONION : America's finest news source.

HEMPSTEAD, NY—Explaining that the American people showed relatively little interest in learning more about the nominees’ economic, counterterrorism, or immigration policies, a new Quinnipiac University poll revealed that 89 percent of viewers were tuning into Monday night’s presidential debate solely to see whether the roof collapses on the two candidates. “Of the 2,000 individuals surveyed, we found that nearly nine in 10 said they would be watching tonight’s debate on the off-chance that they might get to witness the roof of Hofstra University’s Hagedorn Hall suddenly cave in and crush the nominees for president,” said Quinnipiac spokesman Michael Jovan, adding that the vast majority of the poll’s respondents expressed interest in how the candidates would respond to the entire overhead lighting grid or large chunks of the ceiling falling directly on top of them. “Our data also showed that over half of those surveyed wanted to hear what the Democratic and Republican nominees would scream if the floor of the debate stage suddenly splintered apart beneath their feet due to a massive earthquake directly below the building that swallowed both of them into the bowels of the earth.” Researchers noted that roughly one-third of survey respondents expressed displeasure with the debate format, saying that Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson should have been allowed onstage to be squashed alongside the major-party choices.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Pure talent


All I can ever be to you is a darkness that we knew
And this regret I got accustomed to
Once it was so right
When we were at our height
Waiting for you in the hotel at night
I knew I hadn't met my match
But every moment we could snatch
I don't know why I got so attached
It's my responsibility
You don't owe nothing to me
But to walk away, I have no capacity

He walks away
The sun goes down
He takes the day, but I'm grown
And in your way
In this blue shade
My tears dry on their own

I don't understand
Why do I stress the man
When there's so many bigger things at hand?
We could've never had it all
We had to hit a wall
So this is inevitable withdrawal
Even if I stop wanting you
And perspective pushes through
I'll be some next man's other woman soon
I cannot play my self again
I should just be my own best friend
Not fuck my self in the head with stupid men

He walks away
The sun goes down
He takes the day, but I'm grown
And in your way
In this blue shade
My tears dry on their own

So we are history
Your shadow covers me
The sky above ablaze

He walks away
The sun goes down
He takes the day, but I'm grown
And in your way
In this blue shade
My tears dry on their own

I wish I could sing no regrets
And no emotional debt
'Cause as we kissed goodbye, the sun sets
So we are history
Your shadow covers me
The sky above ablaze
That only lovers see

He walks away
The sun goes down
He takes the day, but I'm grown
And in your way
In this blue shade
My tears dry on their own

Whoa, he walks away
The sun goes down
He takes the day, but I'm grown
And in your way
My deep shade
My tears dry on their own

He walks away
The sun goes down
He takes the day, but I'm grown
And in your way
My deep shade
My tears dry

Monday, August 29, 2016

Marc 6:11
Et, s’il y a quelque part des gens qui ne vous reçoivent ni ne vous écoutent, retirez-vous de là, et secouez la poussière de vos pieds...

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hang-it-all night out

And yet Brazil was always likely to rise to this particular occasion. Nobody does a hang-it-all
night out quite like Rio, a place where the world always seems to be crumbling at the edges but
still people keep on turning up asking where the party is.

Barney Ronay in Rio de Janeiro
Saturday 6 August 2016 03.27 BST

Friday, August 12, 2016

E Da Sa Qaqa

The gospel song sang by the Fiji Rugby 7s after winning the Olympics final.