May 30th, 2004

breaking bad

But remember that the last laugh is on you

Have you heard Eric Idle's new satirical song? Warning - almost entirely swear words. It's not as good as some he wrote in his golden years (the Galaxy Song must be one of the best funny songs of the 20th Century) but it's pleasantly vituperative.

Of the Pythons, Michael Palin and Terry Jones give me the impression that they have remained mentally agile and aggressive, while John Cleese and Eric Idle sometimes seemed complacent and tired. But, hats off to Idle, he's still fighting back. Bonus points for feminist subtext too: you've been listening to someone haven't you, Eric?

Incidentally - best funny songs. What are your favourites? Here are a few that just came to mind as I type.

Galaxy Song and The Bright Side of Life (Monty Python)
Trail of the Lonesome Pine (Laurel and Hardy)
That song about VD by Tom Lehrer (can't remember the title) - perhaps not the most obvious choice for humour but...
The Mike Flowers Pops' version of Wonderwall
Let's Do It by Victoria Woods. Oh man, the first time I heard this I laughed so hard
The Intro and the Outro by the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band ('Adolf Hitler on Vibes, looking very relaxed') this is great too

Come on - give me some more
breaking bad

Not any normal circumstances

When I read this story in the Guardian I held the headline up so H could see it and said 'This is the strangest news story I've ever seen'. Here is the BBC verson.

"Skilled writers of fiction would struggle to conjure up a plot such as that which arises here. It's staggering to be dealing with a case that arises out of a 14-year-old boy's invention of false personalities, false relationships and events, arranged for his own killing at the hands of a 16-year-old boy who he had met via an internet chatroom." (The judge continued..) under normal circumstances, the offences committed would have resulted in extremely lengthy custodial sentences. "But these could not be described as any normal circumstances,"
breaking bad

art for art's sake

I hope I'm not posting too much - I'm going out into the sunshine in a minute. I think you might like these versions of famous artworks with clothes added.

There are several galleries of these and they are definitely worth a look

How come some of them look sexier with their clothes on? Even thought they have perfect bodies? Or perhaps I'm just revealing myself as an old lecher art connoisseur.

Actually, this one is sexier in its original form