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When Comedians Attack

When Comedians Attack

Jonathan May-Bowles, a.k.a. Jonnie Marbles, is due for a recall to the comedy factory. After 17-and-a-half minutes of undeserved fame, he has conspicuously failed to use that time to tell a single funny joke. If you have forgotten who May-Bowles […]

Asking Questions of Pilger’s Research

Asking Questions of Pilger’s Research

The beginning is a good place to start a story. The Euro-American attack on Libya has nothing to do with protecting anyone; only the terminally naive believe such nonsense. After the heading and sub-heading, that was the first line of […]

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Dear friend, I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. That was a line from a movie, You’ve Got Mail. Apologies; one should always recite a quotation with forewarning, or […]

The Movie Demagination Index

The Movie Demagination Index

Sex in the City 2. Predators. Iron Man 2. Jackass 3D. Saw VII 3D. The Twilight Saga: Whatever. A Recurring Nightmare on Elm Street. Toy Story vs. Shrek, round 2. Harry Potter and the Please Kill Me Now. Do you […]

Music of the Marionettes

Music of the Marionettes

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. It seems hard to believe that Gerry Anderson, pioneer of Supermarionation and producer of classic kids’ television like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet might have unwittingly influenced popular music through puppet shows. Hard to believe… until […]

The New Paradigm of Print: Many and Few, Novel and New

The New Paradigm of Print: Many and Few, Novel and New

Gutenberg and his Bible… The Little Red Book from Mao Zedong… The Guinness Book of Records setting the bestseller record for a copyrighted series of publications… discussing the future of printing using the (gulp) internet. Is the heyday of printing […]

The Tao of Sporting Punditry

The Tao of Sporting Punditry

When an accident occurred during an F1 Grand Prix, Murray Walker, the motor racing commentator would sometimes tell the audience “we can’t see what’s happened from where we’re sat.” The reason Walker could not tell who came off at turn […]

News is No News

News is No News

If I told you what I did today, you probably would be left unimpressed. Rather obviously, I spent a part of today writing a blog. Let us avoid any metaphysical musings of over whether the blog-writing should be described in […]

attends the after party for the NME Awards at Sketch on February 26, 2014 in London, England.

Lily Allen: The New Arthur Scargill

http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/halfthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/LilyAllenArthurScargill.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (9.4MB) Enjoy this blog as a podcast here or at iTunes. George Orwell wrote about Salvador Dali: “One ought to be able to hold in one’s head simultaneously the two facts that Dali […]

Ideas: Worth Less, Worthless, or Worth Even More?

Ideas: Worth Less, Worthless, or Worth Even More?

When the US was a young nation, it was greedy to learn and to grow. A good example is Benjamin Franklin a famous polymath who experimented with electricity amongst other things. Benjamin Franklin was an innovator, but he also engaged […]