Posts from 8th October 2004

Oct 04

Things In The Top 25 Non Fiction Books Which Are Fiction No Matter How Many Copies They Sell

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Things In The Top 25 Non Fiction Books Which Are Fiction No Matter How Many Copies They Sell

7. Julia Donaldson – The Gruffalo’s Child
12. The Beano Annual*
18. Rowling – Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
21. Derek Acorah – The Psychic Adventures Of Derek Acorah
23. Michelle Payer – Wolf Brother Book 1: Chronicles Of Ancient Darkness
25. Julia Donaldson – The Snail And The Whale

*may reflect deeper structure of reality.

Fine and Dandy

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Fine and Dandy

The Today programme, yesterday. John Humphries intriduces a story about the new, glossy, relaunched Dandy.

He begins by fulminating that it’s on glossy paper, has new stories, and Desperate Dan has got rid of his gun. Isn’t this political correctness gone mad, he asks of the interviewee who isn’t from the Dandy’s publishers, DC Thomson.

‘I really liked it. Well done!’

Humphries is now flumoxxed. The wind has been drawn from his sails, and he actually has to say ‘what do you like about it’ and a reasonably interesting discussion ensues.

It was a fascinating insight into the faux adversarialism of much talk radio, and also, given a researcher will have rung the interviewee beforehand, surely they would have said ‘do you like it or agree that it’s a piece of political correctness gone mad?’. Therefore, either they put people on the radio with no idea about what their view is.

Or maybe they did, and they just set Humphries up because he’s a pompous ass in real life too.

Toe curling moments in political television

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Toe curling moments in political television (apologies for inaccurate transcription from memory but this is broadly correct):

Question Time, BBC1, 7 October 2004. Dimbleby declares that only 60 seconds remain of the programme. Nation thanks its lucky stars but hunkers down, realising that this can only mean a “light-hearted question”.

Rube in the audience: What was the last CD you bought?

Panel: blah blah blah Snowpatrol blah blah

Nation: yawn.

Patricia Hewitt: I bought a CD of Haydn arias. It’s lovely, lovely music, you know. But [mischievous look] I wish I’d bought the Busted CD because they’re the only pop group the Tories have and if the Tories get back in it will be a return to boom and Busted!

Audience: [smattering of embarrassed laughter]

Faceless Tory Bloke: Ah yes [waves pen in direction of PH to signify oncoming witticism] but on that CD there is a song called “3000 AD” and after we’ve got Labour out this time we hope they won’t get in again until then.

Audience: [….]

New Guidelines for Kids TV

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New Guidelines for Kids TV: a little strict, say industry types. The thing about kids watching TV is that generally they will actually turn over or off if they see genuinely disturbing (as opposed to scary or ‘ewwww’) stuff. Also the entire idea of protecting kids from all dodgy material on TV has been dead since the mid-80s: they know how to work the DVD player better than Ofcom does. A crackdown on advertising to kids would be a better thing for the regulators to worry about than a bit of spooky wand-waving before the watershed.