On You Are What You Tweet

I enjoyed the juxtaposition of 'film cusack excellent', not seen in the same line since about 1995.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 10:55 pm 1

On I'm Gonna Take A Pass On Russell Brand's Bloody Revolution

@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.)

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:57 am 1

On Ask Polly: My Best Friend Is A Lunatic Who Owes Me An Apology!

@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.

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm 0

On Oh Those "Crazy" One Direction Fans

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.

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:58 am 0

On Oh Those "Crazy" One Direction Fans

@NinetyNine Yeah, calling football fans 'crazy' is in fact a huge cliche (as a Google News search demonstrates). See also: Barmy Army.

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 11:56 am 0

On Date Ivy: Inside IvyConnect's Exclusive Dating Scene

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.

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

On Ask Polly: I'm Almost 30 And I'm Terrified Of Losing My Looks

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.

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm 2

On Ask Polly: My Boyfriend Dumped Me For Following My Dreams

@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.

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm 2

On 'Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa," The Full Trailer

Perhaps you could just get someone to come over and reenact it for you? 'Oooh, bit of bush'...

Posted on June 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm 0

On Ask Polly: Should I Dump My Stupid, Lazy, Alcoholic Husband?

@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.

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:21 pm 0