Monday, July 03, 2006

bitesize bullets


RESTORED : Not having broadband sure wreaks havoc on the sanity of a blog junkie, I can tell you. Luckily I’m now back in action with my new wireless connection, so stay tuned for a resumption to regular postage. Net cafes are just not my bag, baby.

FOURTH: The most yankee-doodle thing I will do on the 4th of July this year is go for a meal in TGI Fridays to celebrate my son’s upcoming birthday. Funny how “Hamburg”ers and “French” fries are considered American! Best wishes of the day to all (both?) my stateside readers.

GAS… : …is my Irish Slang O’ The Week and simply means something amusing. “How was the party?” “Ah, yeah, it was gas!” Now in case my American readers think that’s a bit strange, just remember you guys call the stuff you put in your cars “gas” even though it’s a liquid…

CANCELLED: One of the BBC’s longest running shows, Tops of the Pops, which is similar to American Bandstand, is soon to be taken from the air, finally succumbing to the pressures of the MTV generation. I’m not exactly gutted, but I do have some fond memories of the show.

Switch off your shield
Switch off and feel
I'm working on loving-yeah
Giving you back the good times
Ship it out-out
I'm working for the black gas

Who sang that? Check comments for answer

TUNES: The sleeve cover may be gross, but Pearl Jam’s “Vs.” is hands down my favourite album from the grunge era, with tracks like “Daughter”, Rats” and “Rearviewmirror”. I saw them live here in Dublin about ten years ago, though the Point Depot was a bad choice of venue for them.

JOKE : How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? [check comments for the answer]

RENTAL: I finally got to see Joaquin Phoenix’ portrayal of Johnny Cash in “Walk The Line” last week. Er – yeah, it was a good flick, but I tell you – if Reese Witherspoon’s performance is considered Oscar material, competent though it may have been, then God help the future of Hollywood.

ONGOING : The most frustrating aspect of the trouble in the Middle East for me is the way all Israeli military action is considered “legitimate self-defence” by the West but any Palestinian equivalent is labelled “terrorism”. For me, all extremist action is unjustified no matter what way you package it.

GOOGLING : Latest phrases to lead people here include …

“dr cox’s best rants”
“turn close your eyes setanta”
“how to give a good shag”
“rugger bugger”
“drunken english supporters photos”
“jason mcateer cosmopolitan”
“what does aet mean in world cup”

I hope they all found what they were looking for.

“Google phrases of the week” courtesy of

“Irish Slang Word O’ The Week” courtesy of “The book of feckin’ Irish Slang that’s great craic for cute hoors and bowsies”


JL Pagano said...

This week’s clip is from Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s smash hit from the 80s “Two Tribes”, taken from their only decent album, “Welcome To The Pleasuredome”.

I was reminded of this song by the demise of Top of the Pops – whenever it was sung on the show (and that was quite a bit since it was Number 1 for a gagillion weeks) there a part where he said “on living in a land where SEX and horror are the new gods”, and I used to have to cough whenever he said “sex” so my grandparents wouldn’t hear!

Still wondering how many surrealists it takes to screw in a lightbulb?

The answer : FISH!

The Swearing Lady said...

Are you really Dr. Cox? Sexellent!

James Howard Shott said...

Thank you for your good wishes for the Fourth of July, Mr. P.

I agree with you about extremist activity being equally distasteful, however Israel has a uniformed military that is the proper target for Palestinian anger.

The Palestinian "combatants," on the other hand, do not wear uniforms, and instead prefer to hide among innocent men, women and children. That makes it infinitely more difficult to attack the "proper" enemy without inadvertently injuring or killing innocent people.