Charlie Brooker gets it right… again

14 08 2007

Nothing to do with Dawkins this time, but I got sent a genius article by Charlie Brooker on Facebook and this time around, it was like an epiphany of recognition about how, really, if we’re all being honest, nightclubs suck.

“Really, why bother? Why not just stay at home punching yourself in the face? Invite a few friends round and make a night of it. It’ll be more fun than a club.”

Here’s the full article.

Thanks to Jen for the link.


Charlie Brooker gets it right

13 08 2007

I’ve always had something of a love-hate relationship with Charlie Brooker; he genuinely pisses me off as much as impresses me, but I had to blog about his superb article on Richard Dawkins’ new documentary which airs tonight on Channel Four on spirituality and superstition.

Some choice cuts:

“If it wasn’t for the Enlightenment, you wouldn’t be reading this right now. You’d be standing in a smock throwing turnips at a witch.”

“If you’ve ever described yourself as ‘quite spiritual’, do civilisation a favour and punch yourself in the throat until you’re incapable of speaking aloud ever again. Why should your outmoded codswallop be treated with anything other than the contemptuous mockery it deserves?”

“The NHS recently spent £10m refurbishing the London Homeopathic Hospital. The equivalent of 500 nurses’ wages, blown on a handful of magic beans. That was your tax money. It was meant for saving lives.”

Read the full article here.

PS. I hate to say it, but Richard Dawkins does actually look a bit like Professor Yaffle off Bagpuss.

The sound of silence…

30 04 2007

Well I’m just getting ready to go off on holiday for a week to Centerparcs, which is shamefully middle class of me but there you go. Anyway, the main thing is that I shall be away from broadband internet for the whole time, which as well as reducing me to a quivering wreck, will also mean I won’t be posting on here any time soon.

Might prepare some nice posts for when I’m connected again though. Or I might just switch off the laptop and go out and do something less boring instead, “Why don’t you” style.

Anyway, there’s a great Charlie Brooker article in The Guardian this morning which sums up my views on fashion quite nicely, so I shall leave you with that.