Well, I think she’s settling in, but oh dear, that Johnny’s timing is pretty bad, isn’t it? Highlight of the show was Lauren’s reaction to the suggestion that the Stereophonics were her favourite band. Or perhaps 50 Cent’s (50 Pence: a Mark & Lard sketch that should have been?) rather creepy suggestion that Myleene could help him get to sleep.

Not entirely sure that they’ve thought this MiTracks thing through - it would be rather bad if a committed fanbase rigged the charts for several weeks. And vote for Bottle Rocket! There’s a small possibility that I’m in the video!

Right now: hating tennis. I want Colonel Blimp, dammit!

currently playing: The Distractions – Time Goes By So Slow

We ♥ Paul Morley


(also, Sam Waterson! Young! In! The! Great! Gatsby!)

currently playing: The Mighty Wah – Heart As Big As Liverpool

What's Your Favourite Cut?

A House Panel of Republicans has met to see what they can cut from the Federal budget in order to pay for the Katrina reconstruction (because dropping the inheritance tax changes is Not Going To Happen. That’d be far too sensible). Some highlights:

  • You remember NASA’s announcement last week that they gave last week? Well, don’t get too attached to seeing the moon again, as the plan calls for the cancellation of the entire project.
  • Eliminating government support in Graduate loans
  • Eliminating support for Northern Ireland and drastically cutting back on an international AIDS initiative.
  • Cancelling all federal support for National Park areas.
  • Eliminating grants for drug-free schools, and as a bonus, removing all federal money for teenage family planning (abstinence education is still fully-funded. I’m sure you’re shocked).
  • Federal funding to Washington D.C. will be reduced even further (D.C. has no representation in the House and Senate, as control of the district was given to Congress in the Constitution (inhabitants couldn’t even vote for President until the 1960s)).
  • Erm, you know PBS? Home of Sesame Street? Well, as Toby isn’t on the watch, funding for this is going to disappear. The National Endowments for Arts & Humanites will also be tossed out.
  • The EPA is going to be slashed across the board: forestry, water quality, and waste disposal all take major cutbacks.
  • CDC to have its funding reduced by up to 25% (good thing America isn’t worried about biological attack, or that the world is supposedly facing a flu pandemic, eh readers?)

And then! Because you know they care about the man on the street, they get tough with corporate welfare! Shall we look at what they’re planning to eliminate? Shall, we children? Why, look:

  • Eliminate: Applied research for renewable energy sources, clean coal programmes, the FreedomCAR programme (to encourage more efficient cars)…and, and: President Bush’s hydrogen fuel initiative.
  • To be fair, they do also eliminate a few other non-environmental welfare programmes, but boy, does it look like they’re using this as an excuse to kill everything they don’t like the look of.

What’s that? Surely, the military will be spared cuts in this time of war? Not a chance:

  • A yard sale of old military technology, bypassing the need to get Congress’s approval for large naval ships
  • Encouraging military personnel to opt-out of the TRICARE healthplan and buy cheaper, less-comprehensive ones.
  • And, in a fit of, well, I’m going with insanity, restricting first-responder grants in the event of terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Nice one.

And all this because they want to hold on to those inheritance tax cuts until the bitter end. The Republican Party’s new motto: “And You Thought Harding Was A Bad President?”

currently playing: Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (BBC Session)

And, why was Scotland Yard never interested in her boyfriend's drug habits?

It’s fairly obvious what today’s generation of editors were reading thirty years ago, eh readers?

currently playing: Handsomeboy Technique – Season Of Young Mouss

No, really, aren't there terrorists to fight rather than models?

AMAZING FANTASY #16 Written by Simon Furman Penciled by JAMES RAIZ Cover by LUCIO PARILLO The fans have spoken in Marvel’s second online pole for which character will get revamped in AMFAN. Friends and foes alike, may we introduce to you Death’s Head 3.0!

I’m not crying, yes? It’s tears of joy, yes? The continuing adventures of a freelance peacekeeping agent…oh goodness.

currently playing: Billy Bragg – The Myth Of Trust

Kate Moss Takes Cocaine! Shock, and indeed, horror.

Yesterday most disturbing sight: was it the scantily-clad CGI women turning into a giant chicken to entice Gonzo, or the female Blue Peter presenters dressing up in Japanase fetish outfits?

In other news, can we call on the USA to refund the taxpayers of the UK? I mean, come on, if you don’t want the rations, you could at least send them back rather than burning them.

Rachel Stevens’s new album first impressions: I really don’t see what everybody’s jumping up and down about. On the first listen, it’s not as good as Anniemal. Although it will annoy purist Cure fans, and annoying purists is always fun.

currently playing: The Cure — Lullaby


The Problem With Pirates

Talk Like A Pirate!

currently playing: Adam Ant — Prince Charming

I Am Not A Stalker

Or obsessed. But I did wake up at 11:30 on the dot this morning, clump down the stairs, and switch the TV on to watch Lauren Laverne’s new job as presenter of cd:uk (as before - yes there are other presenters, but really now, they don’t count).

I have a feeling she’s not going to have quite as much as a free hand as she did on Planet Pop, but I thought it was okay as these things go. Some fun bits!

To Westlife: “imagine your new album as a pie - how much of that pie would be covers?”

On coming back from the new Robbie Williams video: “and on the basis of that video, he’s the new Sting” (complete with a disdainful look on her face)

Bonus points to Franz Ferdinand for getting “I blew him before ya” out at 11:55am on a Saturday. While wearing Dennis The Menace outfits (I have warmed up to the new FF single, probably due to the video, the I Should Be So Lucky breakdown at the end, and realising that they’ve nicked the riff from Go West. It’s the greatest comedy single of the year). (oh, followed shortly after by Lauren adding cheap sausage humour)

Note to Black-haired Tatu girl: a parka isn’t going to keep you warm if you chop it off just above the navel, you know…I hear it gets pretty nippy in Russia, so you might want to find the other half of that coat.

Interestingly, the show has jettisoned the sales chart, in favour of MiTracks, an on-line voting thingy. Look at Myleene’s choices, and weep. It appears to use cookies to see whether you’ve voted or not, so if you really want, say, The Go! Team to appear on the show, you know what you have to do…

currently playing: Charlie’s Angels – The Young Ones

Ah, Europe

Home of stable and uncorrupted democracy.

currently playing: Alexis Strum – Still Standing


Mr. Ken Livingstone (Brent, East) : Will the Leader of the House find time to debate the terms of reference of the Calcutt inquiry and in a form that allows us to move amendments so that we can ensure that the inquiry investigates why it was that when Colin Wallace drew the attention of child abuse in Kincora to the attention of his superior in 1974 no action was taken and six further years of child abuse ensued? That inquiry should also investigate the links between the late Airey Neave--in writing--with Colin Wallace, commissioning work from Colin Wallace to continue his disinformation activities. It should also investigate the information passed by Airey Neave to Peter Wright, in Peter Wright's capacity as an MI5 officer, about figures in public life. It should investigate the meeting held between Peter Wright and the late Airey Neave in the period immediately before the decision of Airey Neave to offer his campaign services to the right hon. Member for Finchley (Mrs. Thatcher). It should investigate the meeting that took place in the Cumberland hotel a week before the murder of Airey Neave, when Airey Neave sought to recruit a former officer of MI6 to set up a small group to involve itself in the internal struggles of the Labour party.

Isn’t 1970s Britain fun, eh, readers?

currently playing: Altered Images – See Those Eyes