Saturday, May 28, 2011

Simon Greenall and the World Service


Simon Greenall is one of those "Hey, it's that Guy!" performers in the UK. He's excellent in a great deal of quality -- usually comic -- material. But he's not a star per se.

He appeared on the BBC World Service program The World Today on 27 May, 2011. The stated reason was because Cheryl Cole was dropped from the US version of The X Factor due to her Geordie accent. Since Greenall is famous for doing the unintelligible Geordie accent of Michael in It's Alan Partridge, he showed up to speak. Here's the video of the Michael-Partridge bit they played on radio:

It was an inspired choice by the producers of The World Today. In about seven minutes, Greenall performs an array of accents and accent-variants, including Geordie, Lancashire, Northern Irish, Glaswegian, American newsreader, and more. It's an entertaining display and he manages to make a few points that I largely agree with about the relative friendliness of the UK and the USA to regionalism in accents.

It's criminal that the UK Government cut the World Service budget.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Management Tips of the Stars

By Ken Levine: Roseanne's latest insane rant:
"Since there was so much turnover in the writing staff and she had no desire to learn anyone's names, she made them each wear numbers around their necks during runthroughs."


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Graham Parker

Graham Parker: Hotel Chambermaid

Not related to recent news, really. I've just been hearing the title phrase more in the past week than I have previously in my life. And it's a good song. But unrelated.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Monuments of the 16th Century

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Portrait of a Young Boy holding a Child's Drawing, ca. 1515
Giovanni Francesco Caroto (Italian, ca.1480-1555

This is one of those paintings I wish I could view in person. Even on the screen, I spent minutes trying to divine the expression on this child's face and imagining the sounds emanating from the subject. Giggles? Sighs? Italian?

Found at's Art History site.
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