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It’s obviously a family trait

A sense of humour, that is. And we’re talking about the Carlin family. George Carlin (you know, the stand-up comedian who did the “seven dirty words” routine) died last year. In an interview on recordonline.com his brother, Patrick, tells the tale of what happened to some of George’s ashes. Carlin points to the ground beneath a thick pine tree, near a rustling stream. “We put some of George’s ashes here,” he says in the same...

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The other guy won … it’s a conspiracy

The other guy won … it’s a conspiracy

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) I love that the interweb is abuzz with conspiracy theories and online tantrums now that American Idol has wrapped up for another year. In fact, the drama-rama online is almost better than the over-the-top warblings of contestant Tatiana del Toro, who had a severe case of her bladder being too near her eyes (as my old dear mum used to say). She’d break out...

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Be afraid, be very afraid

Mr Grumpy Pants himself, the lovely, nipple-fondling Simon Cowell plans to have himself cryogenically frozen when he gets … er … voted off the planet. (Aside: C’mon, you must have noticed how he has that habit of fiddling with his own nipples when offering up judgements on the assorted Idol contestants). Oooh, a Simon popsicle? That will make him even more nipple-icious.

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RIP James Whitmore

RIP James Whitmore

Actor James Whitmore died on Friday. He was 87. He had a long career in Hollywood, with his first movie starring role coming in the 1949 movie Battlefield. The most well-known of his more recent acting exploits would probably be in The Shawshank Redemption (playing the part of  Brooks Halten, the old bloke who couldn’t handle life on the outside). He also starred in Them!, that awesome killer ant movie from the 1950s.  Call me...

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The master speaks …

Stephen King has got the teeny-boppers abuzz after sharing his thoughts on JK  Rowling (y’know, the Harry Potter guru) and Stephenie Meyer (yawn, Twilight … dammit, I’m so over hearing about Twilight every 2 minutes).  Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good. I love it! Oh, and how...

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… sing along now …

Remember Perez Hilton’s catchy wee ditty, The Clap? Well, he now has a video to go with it. Check it out here.

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RIP John Martyn

British singer-songwriter-guitarist John Martyn — who released more than 20 albums of his own and worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Dave Gilmour and Phil Collins — died on Thursday. He was 60.   ON THE WEB:   Times Online obituary BBC report

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Time for a singalong

Okay, so Britney’s back on the straight and narrow (for now) and has managed to get through the past few months without shaving her head, losing her undies or shagging anyone too inappropriate.  So well done Britney and Britney’s dad. She’s also managed to make some music during that time. And although it pains me to say it, some of that music is quite catchy. Annoying, get-into-your-head, hear-it-once-and-you’ll-be-humming-it-all-day catchy. Yes, I realise a lot...

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Letterman’s 10 best George Bush moments

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Grrrr … the cat’s been let out of the bag

(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times) Spoiler warning: the whinging of an aggrieved television viewer and web surfer follows. If you don’t want to hear me whinge, turn the page and check out the gardening tips now. A perfectly nice week working in Christchurch last week was ruined when, upon reading the Press newspaper on Friday, I stumbled across a story and photo that proudly announced the winner of the...

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