The Ashes!

(I like putting the !-mark at the end of that; makes it seem a bit like a west end musical) So, if anyone needs an open thread in this ghost town of a blog, do please let this be it. But, mostly, here is where I plan on finally figuring out how to read this [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Yes. Yes Exactly.

Well: Jon Stewart on the IRS A good recap of my own political philosophy comes at about 5:35.

Categories: Politics

Dolphins! He Wasn’t Making a Rank-Related Joke!

Well, I thought, it’s been a while since we’ve had a good submarine video, I thought, and this one is pretty epic, I thought. Then, DOLPHINS! Like, totes the small gregarious toothed whale with the beaklike snout and curved fin and sociable nature and high intelligence and adorable habit of leaping around the waves like [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Peter Recommends CXLIV

If you’re in a bad mood, watch this: Josh Turnbull making a brilliant run and slotting away a beautiful goal in front of Matthew Harding. After Chelsea’s last match of the 12/13 season. Stay Believe.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Peter Recommends CXLIII

Who here remembers the waterspout above Batemans Bay last November, as sent in by the intrepid Brett McS? Now we have: The birth of the May 20, 2013 tornado at Newcastle, OK. It Moved from there to Moore where it turned into an F4. God be with its victims. It’s very loud. At the beginning [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCC

As usual, the title cards and captions are the best part. The book title, too, is the best part. But the really best part is how Putin’s headshot has no captioning at all. That’s the best part. It’s interesting that this is uploaded by somebody whose titles are all in arabic, so, obviously, for an [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Absolutely the Most Wonderful Item of the Day

Commander Chris Hadfield, of the Canadian space agency, who has probably done more for space exploration than anyone this side of the moon landing, has recorded a revised David Bowie to commemorate his time on board the International Space Station: Space Oddity Watch it big, and up the quality.

Categories: Science and Nature

Friday Catblogging: Dear Diary…

Via Brett McS, who sees the truth in this: (Ahh, zefrank.)

Categories: Catblogging

*Bursts Into Applause*

I’ve been reading this, via Janice Turner’s Twitter feed, on my phone, and I’ve gotten up to “there are criticisms flying about” and I had to get up and link to it on here because I just keep laughing out loud and doing subtle air punches (we’ve just had dinner, the child is in bed, [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXCIX

I tweeted this earlier (“OMG SO VG”) but it’s so good I wanted to save it in ye olde external memory drive. As well as, I haven’t done one of these in an age. Impressionist Jim Meskimen Does Shakespeare in Celebrity Voices I don’t know what it is about impressionists because they don’t even have [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Everything In the World Happened While I Was In Maui: A Collection of Catching Up

First: This video of Margaret Thatcher being interviewed about her efforts to support British fashion in 1984 (I’ve never seen archival news footage from the 80s look this good). I’d embed but the uploader has disabled that so just click the link and the video will be bigger anyway. Margaret Thatcher’s fashion sense – TV-am [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Musical Interlude!

Via Brett McS, who knows me, what can I say: Ali Mills – Waltjim Bat Matilda In the first minute or so, I was confused, and had to look her up in Wiki, at which point all was made clear: Her Kriol version of “Waltzing Matilda” sung in her Gurindji-Kungarakan language (written by her great [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

In Which Google Destroys the Thing Holding the Internet Together

…In order to force people into using the thing that’s they want to hold the internet together but won’t because it’s a piece o’ shite. Hitler finds out Google Reader is shutting down Brian Shih’s answer to: Google Reader Shut Down (March 2013): Why is Google killing Google Reader? (Brian Shih is a former Reader [...]

Categories: Business & Media

And the Most Amazing Item of the Day

Judi Dench in Cabaret! From the video’s notes: Yes, that Judi Dench…from the original London production of Cabaret in 1968…keep in mind, the character of Sally Bowles from the original stories was supposed to be woefully untalented (this was changed for the Liza Minnelli film version) and this particular song was not included in the [...]

Categories: Entertainment

The Country’s In the Very Best of Hands (More True Every Day)

Remember when this went around a few years ago and we were all “WOAH HOW PRESCIENT” about it? I think Vanderleun found it first? Or maybe Tim Blair? Anyway, in pursuance of a laugh, I followed up a Twitter conversation with RC2 with this and, gosh golly, it just keeps getting better. The Country’s In [...]

Categories: Politics