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Saxophone Disaster

Wikipedia sentence(s) of the day, found today at 0911, is about French synth maestro Jean-Michel Jarre and a doomed collaboration:

“Jarre worked with several Houston-based astronauts, including Bruce McCandless II and Ronald McNair, an accomplished musician who was to have played the saxophone on “Rendez-Vous VI”, recorded in the weightless environment of space. The live performance was curtailed by McNair’s death in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on 28 January 1986.”

Jean Michel Jarre B10-2016.jpg

Here’s a picture of Jean Michel Jarre, still being sad about it, thirty years later.

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Sunday Is So Special (And the USA – What A Great Place It Was)

If you like it cool and easy, the best quizzes of the week are Sunday nights

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: One of the answers in the music round is Van Halen. See video below if you want to hear the (rocking) tune.

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: One of the answers in the picture round is Wimbledon.

The video was made when rock was big, brash and best served American. I’m talking about the 1980s. We’re feeling Ronald Reagan, hamburgers, the Dukes of Hazzard and loads of denim jackets. We’re talking about working in a steel mill all week long and living for Sunday Night Football.

We’re liking Van Halen and Beverley Hills Cop and freeways and cheap gas and french fries in fact freedom fries. We’re talking Space Shuttles and Back the The Future and cheese that isn’t strictly a food.

This is the USA.

That was the USA.

Then the commies spoiled it all. Or something like that.


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Justice Comes In Hashtags

We had these Americans in at the Newsroom a wee while ago and they were called #justiceforbradswife. They even had a T-shirt to go with their team name:

justice for brads wife

I asked them what this was about. I probably did in a Tom Selleck accent with extra-septic emphasis like:

“Hey buddy, what the heeeeyelll is that about? Pardner? Yee hah!”

They wouldn’t explain but said to look online and that I would see a hilarious story. So here I am, several months later, finally getting round to my investigation.


  • Some guy’s wife got sacked at a restaurant chain in the US.
  • husband goes mental about it on the internet.
  • Internet responds by creating giant hashtag war on the chain.

Who knows what happened in the end? I ran out of giving-a-fuck pretty quickly.

The American in the Newsroom promised hilarity but I think in all the links I have found in the last ten minutes or so I have not ACTUALLY laughed. It’s not really that funny. Someone gote

But then, I am now forty-five years old. When you’re 45 you still laugh at people falling down escalators, but very little else. Seen it all before


Poor show

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Delusional Yank?

We had some septics in at the Newsroom last week and one of them claimed that although Dr Paul was cool, it wasn’t as cool his name: “Johnny Fever”.

He said he was from Cincinnati, Ohio and worked for a radio station there. He gave me the call sign (a jumble of letters) and I was immediately reminded of the old sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.

So, I just looked up his name on the internet to see if I had met a local celebrity from Ohio and lo and behold, there was a character with this name on that very show.

So I’m guessing this guy at the Newsroom was a delusional. Or sick. Or maybe even right. I don’t know. Everyone’s such a liar these days.

The actor is called Howard Hesseman and even though it’s thirty five years later, I still don’t think my guy looked like the sitcom guy.

Who knows?


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Sunday Quiz Service In The Great Village of Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s like a daft wee village and we’re all pals and we all know each other. Come and meet everyone tongiht at the quizzes:

6pm – The PErsevere. Jackpot £90. Cheat: The picture round includes Billy Joel. Yeah, the piano man.

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: The music round contains a horrible song by Train. See video below to hear the song:

I’m not a hundred per cent sure why I hate this song so much.

I feel it’s part of a shitty trend of American bands who sing seemingly heartfelt songs when you know they couldn’t give a monkey’s.

Fake emotion. Like someone pretending they like the cake you made. I can’t be dealing with it.

Fake emotion. Like he is definitely going to be in love with this bird for ever, guaranteed, not just for one night, promise. And he feel this so deeply he has to make a song about it and wear an “honest” looking denim jacket to complete the look, when he clearly just wants his hole.

Fake emotion. Fake people. Fake news. #Sad.

Plus, they’re called ‘Train’. That’s shit.

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Shut The Fuck Up (Please)

I had to interrupt some Americans last night who were simply bellowing at each other during the jackpot round. No one could hear the questions.

loud americansThis isn’t them, this is a stereotype image I found on the internet.

However, being Americans, they were polite apologetic and they did actually shut up.

When you remind Americans, their manners are lovely.

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