Saturday, July 28, 2007

Thoughts for the Day

1)Germaine Greer has trashed Princess Diana. Big deal, you might say. But Greer reveals that Diana was regarded as so thick by her siblings that they called her Brian after the snail in The Magic Roundabout. I've been there. I too was mocked for my association with this snail. It was futile to point out my name had a 'y' in it and was pronounced quite differently. At last, I feel at one with Diana or Dyana as I shall now call her.
2)Why are all the greatest American heroes suddenly succumbing to the impulse to operate heavy machinery while intoxicated? First there was Paris Hilton, now there is Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan. And, as if that weren't enough, astronauts have been attempting to stagger aboard the Shuttle clutching quarts of Jack Daniels, six-packs of Budweiser and a party-sized bucket of pork scratchings. Well, I suppose it gets boring up there, but really.... Truly things fall apart, the centre cannot hold.

11 comments:

  1. I've never been able to abide the terrifying Ms. Greer, but surely curmudgeons the world over will celebrate this line on Diana: "Her habit of popping up in the midst of other people's life crises must have startled some of her victims."

    And, Bryan, I don't see why you should harbour concerns about drunken astronauts in the future. Didn't you see from the article that they are planning to institute a written code of conduct? As I can personally attest, these work much better than oral codes. Ever since I wrote one for myself, I haul it out to reassure She-Who-Is-Perfect that my humiliating, pie-eyed performance of the previous evening was obviously a one-off. Works every time.

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  2. I usually don't resort to such language but the first few words of this post provoked me beyond recall.

    Greer is an abject lesson in what a woman should not me - a vile, spiteful creature, an abortion on legs. I could go on but the language would descend to the gutter.

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  4. What, Lord S-B, should a man not be?

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  5. Perhaps Greer is also all that a man should not be. Indeed, she may be all that a dog should not be, all that a remote control should not be, all you really don't want in a pair of cowboy boots, definitely what a pizza ought not to taste like, and so on.

    However, it's possible she is all that Greer should be.

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  6. Sjusan B., on Eyes and EaseJuly 29, 2007 12:11 am

    Germaine sure does have a way of getting guys' knickers in a twist.

    Bryan, how do you pronounce your name? Is it "BREE-an" or "BRI(Eye)-an"? I had simply assumed the latter but know nothing about characters in the Magic Roundabout & how their names are pronounced.

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  7. A wind-up, Susan, sadly it is pronounced the same way as Brian the snail.

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  8. isn't there is a serious flaw in this assessment? - brian the snail wasn't the thick one. dougal, yes. dillon, yes. ermintrude, yes. the snail? no. as I recall, he wasn't even slow on his leg!

    I suggest this goes back to that cadbury's fingers advert which featured two youngsters, one of which was called brian. the catchphrase of the other was something like ''why are you so clever, brian?'' delivered in a numpty drawl.

    and I thought research was paramount! ;o)

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  9. But I still don't know how Brian the snail pronounced his name! Is it "aye" or is it "ee"????

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