All entries for Saturday 25 March 2006

March 25, 2006

Really very amusing music/history gag

Writing about web page http://www.theonion.com/content/node/46458

I just laughed at this:

Franz Ferdinand Frontman Shot By Gavrilo Princip Bassist: GLASGOW, SCOTLANDóLead singer and guitarist for pop band Franz Ferdinand, Alexander Kapranos, is in critical condition today after being shot by a man identified as the bassist for rock group Gavrilo Princip. "We ask fans to cooperate with Interpol to find the assailant, and call upon British Sea Power, Snow Patrol, and The Postal Service for help," drummer Paul Thompson told music magazine NME Monday. "The suspect had links to The Decemberists and The Libertines, and we are following up on all leads." It is unclear whether the shooting was linked to The Polyphonic Spree's invasion of Belgium earlier this week.

When Saturday comes

Title:
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Saturday - Ian McEwan: McEwan pulls another one out of pretty much the top drawer here. Saturday, as the title implies, covers one (rather long) day in the life of Henry Perowne, renowned neurosurgeon. It is the day of the big anti-war demo and this offers an interesting back drop to proceedings as Henry deals with the traffic and the attitude of his daughter Daisy, an aspiring poet, towards Iraq. The story focuses on interactions (somewhat, but not entirely, incredible) between Perowne and a thug he happens to encounter and the effects on his family. Baxter (the thug) features in a number of compellingly intense scenarios but too much detail would give things away.

Overall this latest offering is genuinely very good and is brilliantly written but just doesn't quite fully convince – the family arrangements and personal interactions seem odd at times and the no doubt accurate medical detail is overdone and too clever by half.

Well worth a read though.


World of (middle class) Goth

Writing about web page http://arts.guardian.co.uk/features/story/0,,1735690,00.html

Nice story this one from the Guardian:

It's every parent's nightmare. Their apparently well-adjusted child suddenly comes home with hair the colour of a coalface, a face whiter than anything made by Dulux, and announces, "Mummy, I'm a goth." However, according to a new study, parents of goths will probably end up boasting about their son/daughter the doctor, lawyer or bank manager.

But, isn't it simply the case that most goths are middle class anyway and therefore much more likely to pursue a professional career?


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