"Stop…Carry on?"

It’s not entirely unexpected, but still rather sad to hear that Mark and Lard, mainstays of Radio 1 for the past ten years, are splitting up and moving to Radio 2 and 6 respectively. What will we do without High Tea and Tosspots? Who will ask us if we “Fancy A Brew”? What will happen to Lard’s “Waaarp” sanctuary? Will Frogging become a pay-per-view sport only available to Freeview viewers who press red now?

Here's the liner notes for "Reverse Midas Touch", a compilation of their greatest Records of The Week (complete with chart placings so they could see just how much an effect they had on the chart; it wasn't pretty), that I sent to them a few years ago.

Reverse Midas Touch

Mark and Lard began their afternoon show on October 13th 1997, having help to ease the burden on Radio 1's overworked transmitters by chopping off two million listeners from the Breakfast Show's audience.

The hapless duo stated their intention to perform as well in the afternoon as they did at breakfast, hoping to reduce the next RAJAR audience survey to double figures. They brought all-new (and some well-worn_ quality items to the show; who could forget the blazing originality of the Cheesily Cheerful Chart Challenge, or the staggering genius of "Flick or Trick"?

Who could resist Lard's sultry "Waaarrps", or Mark's slavish devotion to the Radio 1 playlist? Or the spectacular collaboration between Fat Harry White and the London Philharmonic Orchestra? This, and many more radio gems, are not included on this CD.

For this is a CD celebrating the Record of The Week. For anybody in Radio 1's target audience, that's all those bits of noise that the play before 911 comes on, or the latest number one by a Chancer With A Drum Machine Washing On The Right-Hand Side. For everybody else, seeing what the duo had picked for this week's record was worth sitting through the endless Steps/Lolly/insert playlisted song here.

They all had something in common. They sold six copies each.

So, without too much ado, we present "The Hit Parade of an alternate universe." A universe where the Lighthouse Family are indeed locked up in a lighthouse, and Michael Bolton is a failed hairdresser, and where the word "playlist" is verboten.

currently playing: Len — It’s Down To This

"Do The Mashed Potato!"

"Weapons of Mass Destruction? Yeah, I'll talk about them. But first, let's do the HULA!"

currently playing: The Pretenders — Don’t Get Me Wrong

Grammar Nazis Rule OK

Ha ha ha ha ha ha

currently playing: Sister Hazel — Your Winter

Oh Lauren, So Much To Answer For

The new Johnny Vaughan show is not as bad as they say. It somehow manages to be worse. A drunken Westlife and Lauren Laverne reduced to pointing at pictures of people holding sausages. 8-(.

Why don't you turn off TV and do something more interesting instead? Because I'm on Tape Duty tonight; I have to record different programmes for my sister, some of which are on satellite, some need to be on the same tape, and some require the juggling of tapes before a tight deadline. I'm the only person in the family who can be trusted with this, so Bonnie has ordered that I can't visit her tonight, as getting the Brit Awards on video is more important than seeing me. I don't mind, oh no. Might just tape over the Justin Timberlake appearances with something more suitable, though. Muahahahaha....

currently playing: The Flaming Lips — Take Meta Mars

Brief Links

All you wanted to know about the leaked Windows source code (and probably a little more besides).

Flying the friendly, God-fearing skies. And, for Bonnie, even though she won’t see this until the weekend (she went into hospital today), a polier for an upcoming episode of the now-cancelled Angel:

currently playing: Mint Royale — From Rusholme With Love

Tired and Emotional

Listening regularly to the radio again has some benefits; you often get to hear something that you’d never have heard otherwise. Here’s Her Space Holiday, with a song that Lauren Laverne played earlier this week on her radio show, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend”. It’s like a mixture of The Magnetic Fields with the Primitive Radio Gods and Bran Van 3000…no wait! Come back! Give it a chance!

And, to keep up my indie-obscurity cred, here's a track that you probably won't have heard before, unless you attended a party in Carrboro in October last year. Yes, this is a Bhangra remix of Snap's "The Power". Cower in fear when you discover I have a full CD-R of these things!

currently playing: R.E.M. — The Apologist

The Scott McClellan Drinking Game!

You will need:

Take a drink when:

  • Scott mentions September 11th
  • …and another when it is has nothing to do with the question asked
  • An extra drink if the subject of Iraq and September 11th occur in the same breath.
  • Scott ignores the question being asked and repeats the same thing he said a minute ago
  • Scott says "activist judges" with a scathing look on his face
  • Scott mentions "The War on Terror"
  • …and how it has made the world a safer place
  • The Press Corps laughs at an obvious evasion
  • Scott declines to answer Russell Mokhiber's question

Take a long drink when:

  • The Press Corps asks the same question for over fifteen minutes
  • …and they still don't get an answer
  • Scott goes through tortured hoops to suggest that Bush will alter the Constitution, but never actually say the actual words
  • Having no desire to continue this line of questioning, Scott attempts to change the subject, and fails miserably

Drink everything in sight when:

  • Scott pulls out a Magnum, fires it wildy into the air screaming "The next person to ask about his military record goes down by a Magmum load!"
  • Scott starts the briefing by saying "But first, let's do the HULA!"
  • Russell Mokhiber is satisfied with an answer to one of his questions

currently playing: DJ Danger Mouse - Allure


The Florida jokes start here:

An easy way to determine whether you're a geek or not. Look at this site. If your first thought is "cool", welcome to my world.

Cary Doctorow in UNC's Wilson Library last week, talking about the Creative Commons and the problems with today's copyright laws.

The White House Press Secretary being harangued for forty minutes about President Bush's National Guard records.

This is why Paul O'Brien is the best comics reviewer in the world (or at least Scotland).

Old Soviet propaganda posters.

And, finally, a song for Alex Ferguson…

currently playing: Aimee Mann - Lost In Space

That Man Is Carson Dial!

While the Star Wars fans go nuts over this announcement, I’d like to point out that this wonderful film is available to buy once again this April:

currently playing: Saint Etienne - Can’t Sleep

"This Flight Will Have A Discussion On The 14th Amendment"

This story amuses me. Even more so if he gave the announcement before take-off; there’s nothing quite like having the impression that the pilot is slightly unhinged before he takes control of a 300 tonne airliner, is there?

Now here's the way to fly…

currently playing: Public Enemy - Mind Terrorist