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Wednesday January 24 2007

I am to be on 18 Doughty Street TV tonight, on the graveyard shift, i.e. between 10 pm and midnight, which is the DSTV time I like best.  I also prefer being asked on at the last minute, because then I won’t be expected to have done much home work.

I will be on with Vicky Ford, and with a character by the name of Andrew Ian Dodge, who is actually quite a busy and impressive blogger.  But, I have been rather rude to him over the last few years, at such gatherings as Samzidata blogger bashes, saying of him, for instance: “There is less to that young man than meets the eye.” So, I will try to be extra-polite this evening, and if he is rude to me, that will be entirely fair.  I suspect that Dodge is one of those people who is better on telly than in real life.  Until I told him to stop trying to impress me, he used to boast to me about all his wonderful TV appearances, internet hits, etc., which, I felt, may or may not have been real.  But this evening when I meet with him he will be doing an actual, real TV appearance, even if it’s only internet TV, so he won’t be trying to convince anybody that he is really on TV, and hence an important well-connected person etc.

“There is less to that young man than meets the eye was” was, I believe, a modified cliché first used by Vinegar Joe Stilwell to describe Louis Mountbatten, then deep into his medal flaunting phase as Viceroy of India.  This quip has since been much recycled, but I can find no internet reference to the Stilwell original, which may even then have been rather unkind.