Gregg Easterbrook is a… well, journalist is a bit strong, so let’s go with writer. His main topics seem to be religion, football (the sort played with Americans, not feet) and popular culture/economics/politics. His sports column, Tuesday Morning Quarterback, appears each week at ESPN (I’ll let you work out what day it’s published on). It’s quite amusing, if a little repetitive and way too long, but worth a read every now and then. Except that now you don’t need to, because Kissing Suzy Kolber has a parody so awesome it renders the column itself superfluous. I’d quote from it, but really you should just struggle through one of his columns and then read the whole thing.

(HT: Pharyngula)


Having collected my boy from his new school a few times over the last fortnight, and overheard the conversations of various young mums, I offer the following language advice. “Hello” is pronounced with a short ‘o’, not a long ‘ooo’, and should at no point be pronounced in a sing-song tone. The Welsh can manage that, you can too.


Here’s a great quote from someone trying to gather opinions about a contentious issue from around 300 potentially opinionated members of a voluntary organization:

“I’m grateful to the dozen or so of you who responded. For the silent majority, complacency is a special form of consent”

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From the BBC:

Glamour model Jordan and pop star Peter Andre have named their baby daughter Princess Tiaamii.

Jordan, who was born Katie Price, said the first name was chosen was because the girl was “our princess”.

It’s nothing to do with me, but I can’t stand the name Princess, not least because it’s not a name, it’s a noun.

And Andre came up with the middle name by combining his mother’s name, Thea, with that of Jordan’s mother, Amy.

“We’ve put an accent over the first A to make it more exotic and two Is at the end just to make it look a bit different,” Jordan told OK! magazine.

Phew, I’m so glad they chucked the last ‘i’ in there, cus round our way you can hardly move for girls called Tiaami.

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