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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2018
     
    Before Trump’s tweets, Wolff spoke to the BBC. He said: “I think one of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear ‘emperor has no clothes’ effect.

    “The story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job. Suddenly everywhere people are going: ‘Oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes.’ That’s the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end … this presidency.”
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 6th 2018
     
    One may hope. But there have been already quite a few small boys pointing this out, some of them quite loudly on the moletrap.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2018
     
    “I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined the government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

    “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”

    “We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender…”

    Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to one man’s brilliance with words.

    Compare and mournfully contrast the power of his oratorical poetry with a Donald Trump tweet or Theresa May coughing her way through a conference speech or Jeremy Corbyn having a bit of a rant or Jean-Claude Juncker on a verbal ramble at a Brussels news conference. Inasmuch as contemporary political players pay homage to Churchill, it is the dismal tribute of offering bastardised versions of his wartime rhetoric in self-serving support of their own causes. Mrs May does this with her awful “red, white and blue Brexit”.Boris Johnson does this when he claims that Britain will become “a vassal state” if it doesn’t have a relationship with the European Union that he approves of.

    How painful it is to contrast what was at stake in 1940, when there was a genuine danger of Britain becoming “a vassal state” of Nazism, with the phoney and petty furies that foam around many of the arguments related to Brexit. The current cabinet bickers about whether Britain should aspire to be Canada plus or Norway minus. What wretchedly pathetic wrangling compared with the awesome choice facing Britain when Churchill became prime minister.


    Winston Churchill makes a fine movie star. If only we had a leader to match him in real life today
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2018
     
    From the 2006 movie, “The Last King of Scotland”:

    Idi Amin: You dare try to poison me? After everything I gave you? I am Idi Amin! President-for-life and ruler of Uganda. I am the father of Africa.

    Nicholas Garrigan: You're a child. You have the mind and ego of an angry, spoiled, uneducated child. And that's what makes you so fucking scary.


    Oh, the Trumpian resonance...
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2018
     
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2018
     
    “People behaving like bots pretending to be people: this is the nature of modern propaganda.”
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    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2018 edited
     
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2018
     
    "Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O."

    - Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
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    But can Jell-O recognize a sketch of a camel?

    Therefore Trump.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2018
     
    Don't be too hasty. Some jell-o is pretty smart.
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    Words beginning with "F":

    fake fraud fool flop frivolous fault forgettable forever failure fantasy flim-flam Frump! er... Trump!
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2018
     
    "Cadet Bone Spurs". Senator Tammy Duckworth.
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    "The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away."
    Pablo Picasso
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2018
     
    Pablo certainly spread his gift among the women.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2018
     
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    Who knew "Killary" was A Thing outside the fevered imagination of the Trumptards?
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    "One salient fact has been proven beyond any dispute. Despite multiple contacts by Russians over the course of the election, not a single American associated with the Don's campaign EVER was moved to notify the FBI or any other government agency. Instead, it fell to an Aussie and a Brit, as well as the intel agencies of several of our allied nations, to act to protect our interests. No collusion there, Donnie--just treason."
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2018
     
    David McSavage on addiction, sex and why resentment fuels him

    McSavage, by then regarded as a Dermot Morgan-like comedy prophet, couldn't resist biting the hand that fed, and infamously refused to pay his TV licence in protest at the national broadcaster's comedy output. This was fairly true to form for him. At times he seems to have made a career of making enemies. Feeling slighted by a prominent comedy booker, he once persuaded a group of strangers to descend on a venue where the booker had organised a comedy festival, shouting expletives. He was arrested in Edinburgh and banned from performing in parts of Sydney and Melbourne. When left out of the line-up for a recent comedy festival he thought "well f**k them and f**k it all and I'll do my own f*****g thing. I see a desperation in comedians to get on and it's quite creepy in some ways. At the same time it's a f****d way of thinking to believe that I have to create enemies and nemeses to fuel me, but it worked in the past. But then you're sitting at home with your integrity and you're thinking 'Well I've told him to f**k off and him to f**k off, but now I can't pay the rent'."

    He lives in Portobello in Dublin, "like a solitary farmer in the city" and has based his forthcoming show, A Terrible Want, partly on the Patrick Kavanagh poem On Raglan Road. "There's a real sadness in On Raglan Road the song and the sense of this ugly farmer, an alcoholic, living in this bedsit or whatever but has this beautiful mind", he explains. "He sees this woman who just rocks his world. She shows him a glimpse of something he can't have access to. Rather than try to consummate the relationship he writes a poem about it which outlives them both. So that want, that emptiness, is in my mind a great motivation for writing and solving things."

    McSavage's own wants have been fairly dogged and numerous. At various times he has wrestled with drink, drugs and sex and found solace and emptiness in all three. He was an alcoholic or "alcosexual" when he was younger because he found it gave him confidence with women, but gave up the booze twice - the second time following a terrible (but entertaining-sounding) relapse.

    "I went to AA meetings every day for a year. When I started going to the meetings I hadn't drank for about eight or nine years and, after going to all the meetings, I went back drinking. I'd never talked about alcohol so much. It was like all the talk about booze made me want it more.

    "I have to say that first drink after having not drunk for eight or nine years was the most awesome. I went to the Camden Court Hotel and just went to the bar and said (adopts low conspiratorial tone) 'double vodka and coke' and it was seriously the most amazing thing ever; the sun shone, Jesus came down and [shot] holy goodness into my mouth. I'm just trying to make it relatable here. Even if you're not religious you'd surely ride Jesus. I thought I could just have one but then two months later I was walking around the canal at two in the afternoon, f****d out of my mind. And of course I was having sex with lots of inappropriate people. Even now I get little memories of some of them. I've explored every avenue. I thought maybe I can get p****d once a year, but no. It doesn't work like that for me."

    Fantasy and intimacy are still things he struggles with, and he sees porn as a modern malaise. "A nice looking woman walks by and I can't help looking at her bum. And I know I shouldn't, but… mmmm… can't help it. Some guys are more chilled about the whole thing, are more emotionally integrated, and when they're with one woman they can give all their attention to that woman and they're not leaky.

    "All the sex scandals recently do give me pause and make me wonder how I am around women. Why do I have to check them out when they walk by? Is it just from years of pornographic material? I know I can go home at any time and see big nipples, small tits, a black guy f*****g a white woman and then you're out in the real world and you pay a price for absorbing it all. I was with a woman once and after we'd had sex she said, 'do you watch a lot of porn?', and I said 'why' she said 'I can just tell by the way you had sex'. But yeah. Porn is the McDonald's of the genitals. We prefer it to getting to know someone."

    Codeine was another addiction; at one point he was taking 24 tablets a day and pharmacy shopping. "I would get codeine through Solpadeine. I used to also take it through Codenix - like a cough syrup. This girl I was seeing introduced me to it. I stopped because of concerns for my health and also because I thought 'Is this what I would want my kids to be doing', and the answer was no! I mean, is life not enough for us?
    "We should feel like we are enough but I don't feel like I am enough. I feel ugly and disgusting and like my face is not symmetrical and all that stuff."

    In truth he has a wonderfully craggy face which wouldn't work at all if it were symmetrical - there are tufts of glue coming out of his eyebrows from a Bull Mick sketch which he had to run off and do mid-interview. It's almost jarring to hear him mention kids but he has two grown-up sons, Jack and Daniel, ("the names probably were a subliminal alcohol thing") and says that being a Dad is "scary, because you're always wondering at some level if they're OK".

    I wonder if there's the same generation gap between him and his sons as there was between David Andrews and him. "My own father came from that generation he was dealing with the cards that he had. They weren't great talkers but maybe that's a good thing." He agrees that there is something a little teenager-y about his own angst at times. "Sketch comedy is not a thing that grown-up men generally do, so there is a juvenileness to it and so I do have a bit of that to me. Within AA, they say that you have to understand your inability to form a truly loving partnership with another human being. I haven't been with Hannah (the mother of his boys) for 10 to 12 years but I still think that's the closest relationship I really have to companionship. Now I'm single and I see people in relationships and it looks awful. I'm so used to being on my own. There's a sort of settledness and compromise and it doesn't work for me. I've resigned myself to that for the time being."

    Part of the brilliance of The Savage Eye and his stand-up generally is that he never stoops to affectionately ripping the piss. Even after all these years, he is still looking around in horrified bafflement at the country he lives in and, like a teenager, is perennially dying to get away from it. "Things like the Rose of Tralee or the ploughing championships, they are where Ireland meets itself", he tells me.

    "I think in Dublin a lot of country people have to stay in the closet, the way gay people used to have to be. But at the ploughing championships they can just let it out, the s**t jumpers and and bad haircuts, a parade of culchieness.

    "Garth Brooks selling out Croke Park all those times was a real wake-up call to me. It made me realise I'm not Irish. It was like these mud zombies just rose up from the fields and started walking toward Dublin to see this bucket of pig vomit."

    He wearies of Irish people's desperation to be considered 'good craic'. "In social interactions in Ireland, people always have to end with a bit of an oul joke. 'I won't be late the next time!' or something chipper like that. Whereas in England people just say 'goodbye'. They aren't worried if you think they're funny or not."

    He's pitching to English television stations at the moment and says on a level he feeds on the adrenaline of not knowing where the next job is coming from but at other times he wouldn't mind being a smidge less Bohemian. "I was in a play a few years ago and got a regular pay cheque and it was so nice and so unusual and it sort of struck me that, 'Oh, this how most people live - they can make plans and go on holidays and things based on money coming in.' I'm 52 now and by the time I'm 60 or 70 maybe I could get something on TV or radio. Y'know, some travelogue where I'm looking at walls in Connemara or something."

    What are his own terrible wants?

    "I'd love to have a house, I'd love to have a garden. I look at houses now with the same desire that I used to look at women. I have a fear of ending up in some old-age home being brutalised by some damaged nurse. I'm always just a few weeks away from financial oblivion. The wolf is at the door and it keeps me awake, but that might be a good thing. If I had plenty of money it would be quite dangerous."
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    "Maybe if we started calling school shooters "late term abortionists," then conservatives might actually do something about gun control."
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2018
     
    Posted By: Andrew Palfreyman"Maybe if we started calling school shooters "late term abortionists," then conservatives might actually do something about gun control."

    Ha!