My new look. Fresh from an apparition in Lourdes and a stint on a peasant’s cloak in Guadeloupe, the BVM herself is now appearing on my blog posts. She will be representing the Irreverent Mother in pictorial (Gravatar) form. Isn’t she lovely. Is it just me, or does she look like Penelope Cruz? (It’s probably just me.)
So the blog is a year old today, and so far has had 3,643 hits. I’m not really quite sure what to say, so perhaps I’ll borrow the words of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon: “Thank you. Come again.”
Apparently there’s a Gay Cure app, now available on iPhone and iPad. The Guardian reports on complaints made to Apple regarding an app that provides “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus”.
As a practicing Christian and practicing homosexual (no, the two are not mutually exclusive) I find this all a bit much. For one thing, Jesus didn’t have an iPhone.
Well I think that’s what this video is about. I kind of lost track of it somewhere around the magnets. Seriously though, this video is quite lovely; I think it’s the choice of music. It’s definitely worth watching a second time, on full screen, just in order to peer at the science experiments to see if you can fathom what’s going on. It’s a science nerd’s paradise. (I can imagine this video being very popular down the east end of campus.)
As I’m sure you will all know, I have great time and admiration for that fantastic British comedy duo: The Two Ronnies, and for Ronnie Barker most especially. It was with great sadness that wordsmiths around the world learned of his passing, some two years ago. He really was a marvelously clever and funny big man. I adore his wordplay, and he was instrumental in my realising that smart people could be funny, a fact that I had overlooked while in was being bullied in school. Alas, Ronnie Barker is no more, living on only in television reels and youtube clips, and in the hearts and minds of millions of fans.
However, a bird in the hand is better than two in Shephard’s Bush and it appears with this in mind that the BBC made a new series, starring Ronnie Corbett, The One Ronnie. Or more so it was because Ronnie C has turned eighty this year, but my God does he still look marvellous in drag. Anyway, here’s a sketch from the new show; fans will of course recognise it as an homage to the Fork Handles and Ice Cream Parlour sketches. Ronnie Barker might not be around to write them anymore, but it’s just as good.
They actually had to advertise text messages to Irish people. They would be the “next big thing” or so we were told, yet they never took off… At decade later and I touch-text, ask any of my friends; they have sore thumbs trying to keep up with me.
I was facebooking a friend earlier about his recent trip to China. I decided to be all smart-ass and write him a comment in Chinese, so I used Google Translator:
Look at the three images above. Until this evening, if a Chinese person in mainland China googled “tiananmen square” they would only see the last picture. Now they can see all three, or at least Google no longer censures the first two. The Chinese government still have their nets, but nets have holes.
If you own an iPhone and colloquial Hiberno-English is not your first language, well maybe this new app will prove to be a helpful translation tool.