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Thursday, November 13, 2003
      ( 11:40 AM )   by David Barker  

Lucy, You Got Some 'Splainin' To Do. Now, Whatever Could He Mean?

Okay, a heads-up. From now on, when what I mean to convey is that I'm not interested in excuses, I'm going to say "I don't care if he's filling in for Mel Zoetz!"

This is from one of my 112 favourite Simpsons episodes, where they try to shut down the burlesque house. The line was funny then and it will be funny forever.

Like I said, a heads-up. I am not, however, going to say or write the equally brilliant but tragically over-used 'D'oh' unless it's really, really appropriate. And don't try to trick me either. I'll see it coming and you'll be sorry.
 




Wednesday, November 12, 2003
      ( 1:06 PM )   by David Barker  

Welcome Jamie!

John and Kristen Chew (mostly Kristen) gave birth to a wee baby boy on Tuesday.

Here are proud papa John's pics.

They - the parents - are, like many people I know, intelligent, friendly and gracious people around with whom it is a pleasure to hang. (Kristen is in publishing, hence the 'whom'.)

Jamie is their first child. What an entrance.

(And yes, Freudenfreude rears its pink little fuzzy bunny head again...)




Also, time-lapse Reid. You have to blink fast as you move your eyes really fast across the screen. I think.
 




Monday, November 03, 2003
      ( 10:15 AM )   by David Barker  

Rofflemow. Whatever That Means. People Use It, So I Will Too.

Even though I already knew the story, when I saw this headline on cnn.com, I double-took, because I imagined something completely different.

"Teen surfer describes losing arm to shark"

Here's the thing of it: why did the shark want to hear about it?

 




Saturday, November 01, 2003
      ( 12:38 PM )   by David Barker  

The English. Delia Smith, The Naked Chef, Nigella Lawson, And Now This.

"The Duchess of Devonshire hasn't cooked for 60 years, and it shows - her new recipe book advises you to send the gamekeeper out for gulls' eggs... oh, and to keep your own cow"

I came across this article about the Duchess of Devonshire, the youngest (and last surviving) of the Mitford sisters.

It's from The Guardian Unlimited, and their Observer magazine section The Observer Food Monthly.

 





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