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December 26, 2017

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Alice

"what British schools can learn from Venezuala."

How to spell "Venezuela"?

Rafi

diversity in ballet

They've really got their finger on the nation's pulse.

David

They’ve really got their finger on the nation’s pulse.

It does rather capture a mindset. One that will be all too familiar to some readers, and which is increasingly difficult to parody.

The framing of the Tweet, which is tellingly oblivious, is slightly more absurd than the programme content; but even so, the issues of supposedly pressing concern are, shall we say, somewhat removed from the lives of most of the taxpayers who are extorted to fund the BBC. And for someone to struggle to find some way, any way, in which Venezuela can be considered exemplary, if you squint, does suggest an attitude that one might call perverse.

Fruitbat44

Well providing British schools treat Venezuela as a "How not to" example, we should be fine.

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http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/cancellations-and-refunds-top7

Burnsie

Well providing British schools treat Venezuela as a "How not to" example, we should be fine.

I'm sure that's the intent.

But the lesson won't be "Socialism fails again, as it always does, leading to unimaginable human suffering."

It will be, "We'll do Socialism right when we're in charge. Because we're so much smarter."

Farnsworth M Muldoon

What they can learn, eh ?

"This is your brain, This is your brain on Corbyn"

BTW, my amanuenses, Connie and Bonnie, have authorized the accountants, as it is Boxing Day, to fire you off something slightly nicer than a rock or something. Look for a manila envelope under the stoop.

David

Look for a manila envelope under the stoop.

May your car’s glove compartment never be bereft of wine gums or lemon-scented antibacterial hand wipes.

Spiny Norman

...what British schools can learn from Venezuala.

Well...

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Dom

I don't know if I got this here, if so I apologize for being late to the game. But a tattoo parlor is giving 25% off to customers of color, in order to diversify ... Tattoos. Ask me, I think it's just a new way to separate a fool and his money.

pst314

"...a tattoo parlor is giving 25% off to customers of color, in order to diversify..."

Wut? Plenty of "persons of color" get tattoos.

aelfheld

Is Venezuala where socialism works?

Dom

“Wut? Plenty of "persons of color" get tattoos.”

According to the store owner, the tattoo business is “flooded” with white people, and people of color-other-than-white have a hard time getting what they want. Even NPR did a story on this.

This will put tears in your eyes: https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/12/01/503014301/for-tattoo-artists-race-is-in-the-mix-when-ink-meets-skin

Pogonip

Ohio and Alabama: where men are men and sheep are nervous. See item 4.

http://listverse.com/2017/12/26/10-horrific-acts-that-are-legal-in-some-countries/

Interesting how in Alabama the bestiality lobby could afford a governor and the sheep-farming lobby couldn’t.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Interesting how in Alabama the bestiality lobby could afford a governor and the sheep-farming lobby couldn’t.

I see it it laugh at the South day, but notice you failed to note your link says necrophila is apparently still OK in progressive Massachusetts.

I also wouldn't recommend taking your sheep down there to shag as the anti-bestiality law in Alabama passed without signature of the governor, Alabama being a state that does not require the governor to sign. The Governor did not veto it.

Pogonip

Ohio’s in the South?

David

Interesting how in Alabama the bestiality lobby could afford a governor and the sheep-farming lobby couldn’t.

I learn so much from these threads.

SumDumGuy
Is Venezuala where socialism works?

Yes.*


(*Based solely on past performance.)

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

Ohio’s in the South?

Closer culturally, Cleavland and Toledo excepted, than those northeast necrophiliacs, and bestiality is also illegal in Ohio. Fact checking is hard for Listverse, I guess.

Pogonip

David, Farnsworth’s miffed that I didn’t highlight Massachusetts; that was because I couldn’t think of a good necrophilia joke. The field of necrophilia-related humor is pretty dead these days. Anyway, assign a henchlesbian or two to keep an eye on him till he calms down and stops throwing the good chairs, will you?

I told you nobody would pay attention to that FOR THROWING sign on the wall above the collection of junky chairs. That one guy who did read the sign left in a huff when he couldn’t figure out how to throw the wall.

David

Any breakages go on the tab.

[ Hides brand-name spirits. ]

Pogonip

Listverse makes mistakes? I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you!

As a former resident of Clumbus Ahia, home of THE Ohio State University, I am pleased to set the record straight. Ohio did finally get around to outlawing bestiality in the spring of 2017.

Now put that chair down.

Pogonip

Every time a radio or TV announcer refers to “Ohio State University,” they’ll get a call from the college’s publicist reminding them it’s “THE Ohio State University.” It’s a running joke in the area.

Farnsworth M. Muldoon

...he calms down and stops throwing the good chairs...

We are far too refined south of the Line of Mason and Dixon to throw chairs, dueling, unfortunately, is illegal, and there is not enough room in here to settle this with a lawnmower race. If I wanted to get even, I'd offer you a pickled egg.

Pogonip

There’s always enough room for lawnmower races!

Pogonip

The strangest thing just happened. There I was, sitting playing Hidden Objects, and lo, an angel appeared. I held out the phone and said, “Hey, can you find the gray toilet? I can’t.” The angel said, “ In this beautiful world the Lord made for his children, can you find nothing more constructive to do than look for a phantom toilet on a glowing screen?” “Nope, not really,” I said. Thunder boomed and the angel waved his sword and said “Very well! I sentence you to do something even LESS constructive!”

And suddenly here I was.

WKrebs

And for someone to struggle to find some way, any way, in which Venezuela can be considered exemplary,...

I would say Venezuela is exemplary, in a cautionary fashion.

Not that I expect Ms. Rojo meant quite that.

Jeff Wood

Sweet Pogonip, did you perhaps treat that cough with something, Ah, interesting?

Or have you been at David's sherry again?

WKrebs

Nobody said anything about this, but I thought it was rather odd to see Venezuela come up in the middle of Fine Arts bloviation. Does this happen often in Great Britain?

Pogonip

I think the Venezuelan lawnmower races are popular over there in Great Britain.

ftumch

When it comes to beastiality, our Muslim friends have it down:

https://twitter.com/Abu_Corbyn/status/945757233584988165

Hal

Behold:

. . . . . I don't remember this Monty Python sketch. Was there another reunion I missed?

---I can even see John Cleese in a wig and a tutu doing the part of the ballet director.

Daniel Ream

the tattoo business is “flooded” with white people, and people of color-other-than-white have a hard time getting what they want.

Well, yes, insomuch as what most people want from a tattoo parlour is a tattoo that can be seen from more than 6 inches away and no one has yet invented opaque, brightly coloured tattoo ink.

Pogonip

ftumch: That guy’s not from Ohio or Alabama, is he?

Pogonip

My grandfather was drafted into WW I (which fortunately ended a few weeks later). While in the service, he got drunk for the only time in his life and got a tattoo of an anchor. 50 years later, he had a blob. That ink shifts and fades over time.

ftumch

Pogonip: the chap quoted is called Khomeini. I believe he was from Teheran, and, as I understand you Mercan types, refer to as "back east"

ftumch

Added: I do like the fact that it's ok to have sexy fun times with a goat, but then slaughter the beast and sell it to people from the next village.

ftumch

"Artists deserve respect"

https://twitter.com/Amish_Frog_Guy/status/945796091265478656

pst314

"people of color-other-than-white have a hard time getting what they want. Even NPR did a story on this."

I'm sure the market will sort this out.

"Oshun Afrique is getting her 35th tattoo..."

I am not surprised that someone with a name like that is profiled in the NPR piece. Perhaps NPR can next do a profile of someone who only gets tattoos featuring German themes, ja?

pst314

"When it comes to beastiality, our Muslim friends have it down:"

Particularly charming is the ruling that although the animal victim must be slaughtered its flesh may be sold to someone who does not live in the same village. It's rulings like these that cause one to wonder how much glue Khomeini sniffed while in France.

ftumch

Tried to remember the Billy Fish quote (Man Who Would Be King); something like "They are always pissing down the river when our women are bathing!"

Google fu time:

Billy: Ootah say take your pick. He have twenty three daughters.

Dravot: Those are his daughters? Why the dirty old beggar!

Carnehan: Now, now Danny. Different countries, different ways. He's only being hospitable according to his lights. Billy, tell him one's as pretty as the next and we cannot choose.

[Billy translates; Ootah replies in Kafiri]

Billy: Ootah say he also have twenty sons if you be liking boys.

Carnehan [angrily]: Tell him he makes my gorge rise; tell him!

Dravot: Now Peachy, different countries, different ways. [To Billy] Tell Ootah we have vowed not to take a woman until all his enemies are vanquished.

ftumch

*sniff* I miss the Empire.

lotocoti

diversity in ballet

I know a bloke who once went on tour with a ballet company as a stage hand. Resolutely hetero, his novelty status meant he spent more time ticking boxes and filling niches than humping sets.

Fred the Fourth

lotocoti, I've read that last sentence 4 times and am still confused. Or, as Simon Tam noted, perhaps you are confused...

Surreptitious Evil

Oh, I think it was innuendo. Not bad innuendo at that.

Hal

lotocoti, I've read that last sentence 4 times and am still confused.

Here, see if Billy Wilder can help you with the subtleties . . . .

Nemo

Ftumch, "Man Who Would Be King"; are you a graduate of Ohio State University?

Pogonip

That’s “THE Ohio State University.” 😄

Pst314

“filling niches“

Is that what they call it nowadays?

Turk Turkleton

Who's up for some awareness-raising art?

David

Who’s up for some awareness-raising art?

If your attempt at a work of art has to be labelled, by yourself, in enormous letters, as “a work of art,” I’m inclined to think the attempt has failed.

Spiny Norman

I’m inclined to think the attempt has failed.

If she gets extra credit from her Wymyns Studies prof, it's all good.

Pogonip

Maybe David should paint THIS IS A BAR in big letters on the front door?

lotocoti

I've read that last sentence 4 times and am still confused.
When one of our American friends declare they are rooting for [insert cause/team/politician here], separated by a common language comes to mind.

Fred the Fourth

lotocoti, it wasn't the "humping sets" bit that confused me, if that's what your last implied. Hell, I've been well paid (for which read: poorly paid) to hump furniture, firewood, and books.
Much as I dislike watching video on this device, I suppose I'll have to look at the Wilder linked above. (Shakes head at sad state of education in U.S.)

William

grandfather was drafted into WW I (which fortunately ended a few weeks later). While in the service, he got drunk for the only time in his life and got a tattoo of an anchor. 50 years later, he had a blob. That ink shifts and fades over time.

with rime, dolphins become whales and unicorns become rhinoceros

Hal

Ooooohhhh, what a pretty cascade of italics . . . .

Hal

Soooooo, lessee, does that fix things?

Hal

No? Ah well, David'll be up in a bit . . . .

Hal

Oh, Dear, that took two fixes.

At least the second one took.

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