It’s Easter holidays and I’m doing the childcare so today’s post is brief and functional, like when you nip into WH Smith as fast as you possibly can to buy a bottle of water before you get on the train.
So here are the music round cheat answers for tonight:
First for The Ship Inn at Musselburgh where Kerry will be playing this bollocks by Niall Horan who used to be one of the directions out of One Direction:
And secondly at the Argyle Bar where I will be playing this by Pulp which feels epic at first but, upon repeated listens, becomes rather turgid:
Both these tunes are not the greatest but maybe Niall Horan wins because he is available in life-size cardboard cutout format:
If you buy that, remember to make sure you do it ironically
Not so many entries this month as we experienced a few stationery issues.
In other words, I ran out of Dead Pool sheets and forgot to order more.
Anyway, here are the ones that were picked for the month. Full list after the picture:
Sharp betting on the PM but remember: political or metaphorical death does not count Only the real thing.
Barbara Knox Bill Cosby Brian Wilson Cliff Richard David Attenborough David Attenborough Dick Van Dyke Elon Musk Joan Collins Keith Richards Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas Menzies Campbell Michael Douglas Nicholas Parsons Ozzy Osbourne Paolo Nutini Paul Gascoigne Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Philip May Prince Philip Prince Philip Prince Philip Prince Philip Prince Philip Prince Philip Prince Philip R Kelly Seamus Heath Shania Twain Shia Le Beouf The Queen The Queen Theresa May Theresa May Theresa May Theresa May Yoko Ono
Sunday: like a cake full of sawdust heralding the empty week.
The best thing you can do to oppose this sawdust paradigm is go to the quiz where it is possible to win money, booze and the respect of your friends in a friendly knowledge-based contest which rewards a sneaky combination of smarts and luck.
I love it when you come to the quiz. I could kiss every one of you. Anyway. Here’s the music round cheat for tonight’s quiz at the Persevere:
This is jaunty tune but also strangely depressing. I remember when it came out and I couldn’t decide whether I quite liked it or totally hated it.
I’m still torn.
So there you have it: in thirty years I have learned nothing. Well nothing in terms of Tanita Tikaram anyway.
Although, having said that I was looking her up the other day on Wikipedia and discovered she was born in Germany. That’s proper trivial, in the sense that it’s information that can be of no proper use.
Another item which is not really a fact came from one of the youtube comments which pointed out that she looks like Elvis.
This is another type of learning: something that I always knew but never really thought of until someone pointed it out.
But also useless in terms of knowledge. What do we know and why do we remember it? This is PhD stuff. I’d better leave it there. It’s Sunday.
Anyway – come to the quiz.
See you later.
Ooh la la.
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The cheat answers for tonight include this song by Train: I can’t stand it. It came out in 2012 and feels like every template ever written for bland-as-possible radio playlists which are calculated to offend no-one and inspire no-one.
It’s the same shit as Maroon 5 and all that type of bollocks.
It’s classified by Google as “Adult Contemporary” which is a long phrase for “Dull”.
And if the song is bad, the video is worse.
What a load of shit.
Anyway, from crap videos to the greatest film of all time. As you know, I’ve been counting down the list of my ten favourite films of all time.
I had often heard about this film but never watched it until a couple of years ago. It is satisfyingly brilliant and I watched it again straight away.
It’s a Werner Herzog joint so it’s already almost automatically going to be interesting but the action and the crazy adventure draws you in completely until you too are dying on the Amazon, merely by watching.
Basically it the 16th century, its South America and the lunatic Spanish conquistadores are determined to find El Dorado, the city of Gold.
Instead they find madness and murder and a whole lot of Mother Nature, spurning their goliath ambitions of riches and conquest in the same way an elephant would disregard a used bus ticket.
Kalus Kinski is the madman Aguirre, a warrior hungry for power, gold and perhaps immortality.
The crazy in his performance is aided by the fact that he was obviously an actual madman.
Much has been written on the making of the film, and the difficulties and impossibilities thereof, including the epic fights between director and star.
Like a lot of films in my top ten, music is important. The soundtrack to this is just great. I was recorded by some crafty German band named Popol Vuh and it’s got just the right balance of strangeness, beauty and menace, perfectly in sync with the action.
I could talk about this film all day but, to be honest, the internet has been up and down this morning like a Dundonian who keeps thinking he’s seen a five pence piece on the ground, so I’m going to publish it and get the fuck on with Thursday.
Got round to tabulating and recording the March 2019 Dead Pool entries yesterday.
Prince Philip dominates, a spell in the news always gives Dead Pool rankings a boost and the old D of E is usually number one anyway so he’s the big boss this month: if he dies it will be a fifteen way tie for the scratchy.
Surprise/exotic picks for this month include Les Dennis and Mariah Carey. What a pair they would make if they ever became romantically involved.
Anyway, here is the full list for the month:
Duchess of Cambridge
Michael J Fox