Thursday, June 30, 2005

Feeble Attempt At Humour

  • I was walking around town with my sketchpad and charcoal pencils when I saw Johnny Tightlips. I asked him several times if I could do a portrait of him, but he refused to be drawn.
  • Can you compare an Opel model to a tin container? Corsa can.
  • Bono shows up at the Pearly Gates with a Checkers board under his arm. St. Peter asks, "Did you come here to play Jesus?"

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Music: Whistling

Paul Johnson in The Spectator laments the lack of whistling in today's music (and singles out Bing Crosby as a prime whistler of yesteryear).

The only recent whistling that I can think of is by Bryan Ferry in Roxy Music's cover of "Jealous Guy". Can you think of any others?

Bonus: How to whistle.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Words: Bee's Knees

When I heard someone using the phrase, "It's the business", recently, it occurred to me that it might be related to the phrase, "It's the bee's knees". says yes, "the business" is derived from "the bee's knees". The Telegraph says that "bee's knees" is a nonsense phrase from the Jazz Age, and also mentions "the dog's bollocks".

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Music: U2

I was singing "Zoo Station" to myself on my drive home when I realised why Apple called their mini music player the Shuffle. "I'm ready for the shuffle - ready for the deal. Ready to let go of the steering wheel" Nothing to do with the fact that it can only play songs randomly.