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Thursday July 31 2008

I hate the weather in London just now, especially the humidity.  I have a Pifco plastic fan on the go in my kitchen, but all it does is blow hot air from one part of the kitchen to another.  Which is not nice.

I’m watching Never Mind The Buzz Cocks, which I greatly enjoy.  (I can remember the original Buzz Cocks.) Simon Amstell is funny.  Apparently Lethal Bizzel (sp?), who is guesting on tonight’s show, is a rap singer, and he once called Conservative Party Leader David Cameron a doughnut.  Why?  Because he (Cameron) was blamin’ like black musicians for like what de kids like were doin’ on de street ‘n’ stuff.  Yes, said Amstell, how dare he accuse rap artists of glamourising violence and crime.  What a ridiculous accusation.  “You should have shot him!” Arf arf.

What else can I tell you?  What crumbs from the media banquet that you didn’t notice first time around, can I rescue from the floor and serve you again?  In truth, nothing occurs.  Most of television is a vast desert of “reality” TV and idiot competitions, which, unlike Buzz Cocks, people are mostly taking seriously.  But I see no sense in going on about this.  The popular electronically contrived and distributed culture of the twenty first century is so abundant that there is surely no excuse for attending to anything you don’t like, and then moaning about it, unless you actually like doing that, as many do of course.  When there were only two channels, both showing documentaries about cheese (small prize for the film alluded to there), then such complaining was very reasonable.  But when there are hundreds of channels, you find yourself (I find myself) grateful that so much of it seems like shit and you don’t have to watch it.  Seriously, when I look through the Radio Times and I see absolutely nothing I want to watch, I say to myself: “Great, there’s absolutely nothing I want to watch.  I have the evening to myself.  I can read a book or compose deathless prose.  Life is good.” Plus nowadays, if there is something you want to watch, you can record it, put it on a DVD, and watch it later.  You still don’t have to actually watch anything, this evening.  Isn’t that great?  I think so.  We all have our individual ways of responding to the multi-media cornucopia.  That’s mine.  By the way, it’s not Bizzel, it’s Bizzle.

From the weather, on the other hand, there is, for as long as it lasts like this, no escape.

Amstell is brilliant. 

Chatting with Jermaine Jackson about amusing anecdotes featuring him and Tito and Marlon, then says “What about Michael? He ever do anything weird?”

It’s only polite to let you know I mentioned you on me blog the other day, by the way, Brian.  It wasn’t anything rude.

Posted by Squander Two on 01 August 2008

Squander Two.

Yes, I saw that mention of moi on your blog.  As you say, not rude.  I’m thinking about it.

Something along the lines of: whereas collectivism has to be done by collectivists (there has to be a plan), libertarianism is much less done by libertarians.  Ergo it matter far less if they are nutters.  Collectivists are players, or they want to be.  Libertarians are mere fans in the stands.

Sorry about the change of subject everyone.  I’ll try not to let it happen again.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 01 August 2008
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