Sunday 20 August 2006

The joy of the local press

Leafing through a local paper yesterday, I came across the sort of story that you just don't get in the national press, regardless of whether you read The Sun or The Telegraph. The story in question concerned an elderly man complaining that he had been injured when a bag of plums was thrown at him from a speeding car. Now we shouldn't laugh... the poor gent was knocked over and suffered a bruised knee which, if you live in Thetford as this old chough does, is probably enough to warrant recalling bLiar from his hol's...
What gets me though is that this story made the paper! This drive-by plumming made the pages of "the country's top-selling regional morning newspaper", the Eastern Daily Press. How the provincial hack resisted the temptation to contort plumbago into the headline somehow ("plum-and-go" anyone?) is frankly beyond me.

Wednesday 16 August 2006

A couple of websites to recommend to you

Sometimes it feels like there isn't a lot of point recommending a website these days; if you're looking for something specific, you'll just Google it and get 24,368 options that might give you what you want, right? But I must just take a minute to recommend a couple of tremendous time-wasting sites. Prepare to kiss your lunch-hours goodbye.

The first is, where you can pointlessly fritter away your time trying to guess the film based on the stick-man representation of a scene from the film, or its poster. Take a look - start at puzzle 1 (easy - "Back to the Future") and follow them through... but be warned, they do get harder.

The other site is less flashy or exciting, but is still worth a mention. It's, on which people can submit totally random lists of anything. I ended up there after searching for a particular quote from the film "Wayne's World" (ahem - excellent!) and found a great list of quotable moments from that film at Listology. Anyway, have a search around for subjects that interest you, you might be surprised (and amused) by what you find.

Whilst we're sort of on that subject (digression alert!), halfway through Wayne's World Garth says, "We're looking down on Wayne's basement, only that's not Wayne's basement. Isn't that weird?" To which Wayne replies, "Garth, that was a haiku." But it isn't! Shouldn't a haiku have seventeen syllables, in a 5-7-5 pattern? So that was a haiku....? Not!