Thursday, 24 January 2008


Work has been ... interesting this week. There have been a lot of changes, and not for the better, methinks.

Joe Queenan in today's Guardian reports on why the premature deaths of movie stars affect us more than the premature deaths of singers.

Essentially, when someone like Heath Ledger, James Dean or River Phoenix dies young there is more cultural fallout because over the course of their careers, we would have watched them mature into older roles, in much the same way as Marlon Brando matured from Stanley Kowalski in 1951 to Vito Corleone in 1972, whereas the hot young musicians of the 50s and 60s have just become aging, silver-haired rockers with leather pants stretched across an expanding gut.

I agree to a certain extent, but then people like Nick Drake and Kurt Cobain kind of throw the equation somewhat, so, I don't know, although I think Queenan certainly makes an interesting point.

The New Bond Film is to be called Quantum of Solace, an original Fleming short story title that probably came about through overzealous use of a thesaurus. Crumb of comfort clearly not Bond enough.

Can't think how the song will go...

He will whip out his phalllllluuuuuus
In Kensington Palllllllaaaaaace
It's the Quantum of Solllllaaaaaace!!!

Having said that, Chris Cornell managed to go a whole theme without mentioning casinos, so maybe there's hope. Perhaps it's time for a rap Bond theme.

Finally, the evolutionary benefits of lolcats are explained to all. We can has Darwinism?

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