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Taken from strange_complex (a.k.a. The Meme Queen) Scan my… - The Titfield Thunderbolt
Heisenberg might have stayed here
qatsi
qatsi
Taken from strange_complex (a.k.a. The Meme Queen)

Scan my interest list and pick out the one that seems the most odd to you.

I'll explain it.

Then you post this in your journal so other people can ask you about your interests.
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strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: January 19th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
So go on: explain your fascination with Newcastle-Upon-Tyne...
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 19th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was born there and spent the first 18-ish years of my life in the People's Democratic Republic of North Tyneside. Curiously I never had a Geordie accent, though I do pronounce things the 'northern' way, where there is a difference.
strange_complex From: strange_complex Date: January 19th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fair enough!

Somehow, despite a similar experience with Birmingham, I utterly avoided a Brummie accent, too. Although the legacy I carry is that I do think the accent's quite cute, while most other people say it makes their toes curl.
From: ex_kharin447 Date: January 19th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Communist kitsch!
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 19th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
A combination of nostalgia and social justice (see also above), particularly influenced (negatively) by Thatcher and Reagan, and corroborated by growing up in the Gorbachev era, which I can see is ironic. But I think Gorbachev was probably the most courageous world leader since Churchill, even if one cannot say he was entirely successful.

And kitsch because, as in Animal Farm, just because a system has been brought down does not mean it ceases to exist. Frankly I can't tell the difference between the operation of communism and most corporations.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: January 19th, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't tell the difference between the operation of communism and most corporations

Well, one of them doesn't claim their activities are for 'the common good'.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 19th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quite right! Only Party members benefit from Communism.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: January 19th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Full Marx
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 19th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
<Chuckle/>
From: ex_kharin447 Date: January 19th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Frankly I can't tell the difference between the operation of communism and most corporations."

I'm not sure Bangalore exactly qualifies as a workcamp in the east...
addedentry From: addedentry Date: January 19th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, Jonathan Meades is back!

What's j2ee/J2EE? (Double points if it's not computerological.)
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 19th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Single points only then, for it is the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: January 19th, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, you almost caught me out with 'isihac', but then I saw the lazer scoreboard and all was revealed.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 19th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not in nip for long, then.
altariel From: altariel Date: January 20th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
"George Parr"?
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 20th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Described some years ago by The Channel 4 Political Awards as "a man who has seen service in every part of government", George Parr is the creation of satirists John Bird and John Fortune, who take turns at portraying the man in their improvised interviews on Bremner, Bird and Fortune.

Most often a Whitehall mandarin, sometimes a government minister or captain of industry, occasionally a scientist or military expect, and once in the guise of Gyorgy Parr, the Uzbekistan High Commissioner to London, his job is to outline policy and practice in plausible yet absurd terms.
altariel From: altariel Date: January 21st, 2005 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Aha! For some reason, I've never watched 'Bremner, Bird and Fortune' (I strongly suspect it's because while I like the last two, I just don't find Rory Bremner funny).

Gyorgy Parr, the Uzbekistan High Commissioner to London

Heh.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 21st, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, that is an opinion I've heard from several sources. I have to agree that Bird and Fortune normally provide by far the best material for the programme, though Bremner is occasionally good - for example a few years ago he did Betty Boothroyd singing "I will survive" as she retired from the House of Commons, the "Has Anyone Seen Our Frank" spoof on the London mayoral elections, and a Jerry Springer spoof featuring the Queen, Charles and Camilla. But his continuing obsession with Blair and Campbell is tedious.
From: ex_kharin447 Date: January 21st, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget Lady Pamela Parr...
altariel From: altariel Date: January 22nd, 2005 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
The secret camera thing with Blair and Campbell was the last thing Bremner did that amused me, but that was some time ago now, I think. If he's still doing it, he probably needs some new material.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 22nd, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, initially it was funny, but it didn't last. Being funny, that is. He's still at it. There has been a bit of variation - one programme where the hidden camera was supposed to be filming him in discussion with the head of MI6 - but generally it wore thin some time ago.
altariel From: altariel Date: January 23rd, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
So still the same basic joke. Thank you for the 'Long Johns' audio rec.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: January 22nd, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
You might like 'The Long Johns' series of audio cassettes/CDs then, which contain various of their highlights. Mr Bremner is excluded.
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