@katenka I don't think you can assume anything about what Paxman thinks. He has to always appear neutral, which he chooses to do by endlessly and belligerently playing devil's advocate. I don't think that always leads to particularly productive debates (although I've seem him take far stupider tacks in interviews than this one), but the opinions aren't necessarily his.
(I agree with what you've said generally though.)
@liznieve 'Assigning the "best" label seems to trap it as one static thing, where it's all or none'. I completely agree, and that seems to be part of the trouble in the other letter too. Maybe all see other friends a bit more and there'll be less drama/ resentment.
I watched a documentary around One Direction fans the other day (not this film, one on Channel 4). Given the amount of time they spent talking about killing/beating up a woman they've never met for going out with someone they've never met, I'm perfectly OK with calling them crazy. 'Deeply unpleasant' would also work.
@NinetyNine Yeah, calling football fans 'crazy' is in fact a huge cliche (as a Google News search demonstrates). See also: Barmy Army.
Why do so many people take Gatsby-themed parties as their cue to sneer and trot out some line from high school English lessons? It seems perfectly possible that one can understand the book and still think a 20s-style party would be fun.
LW2: His 'good points': organising a holiday 'for you' isn't that impressive if you ended up paying for it (or paying for other things for you both because he was paying for that). So you're left with good sex, which seems like an adequate basis for a ten-week relationship. 10 years, not so much.
@Fizigig Yes, I don't understand what Polly means by 'these days'- surely extended family is generally far less involved in raising children now than at any previous point in history? Especially a baby out of wedlock- 100 years ago the grandmother might well have to just pretend it was hers.
Perhaps you could just get someone to come over and reenact it for you? 'Oooh, bit of bush'...
@Peteykins The fact that she talks about his not working out and eating cheeseburgers as angrily as she does his alcoholism sort of made me doubt that he actually *is* an alcoholic. That, and she uses a phrase like 'I have a strong feeling that he only says that because I nag him so much', twice; once in relation to agreeing he's an alcoholic, and once in relation to agreeing she should become an anthropologist and start working out (?). She has absolutely no sense of proportion, clearly.
I couldn't work out who the 'secretly Russian lady' could be or what show that might be. Then I read 'hot... Welsh' and thought, 'Oh, Matthew Rhys must be in something new'. I feel a) like an uncultured perv and b) impressed with my own detective skills. To The Americans!