A blog by Patrick Crozier


December 25, 2003

My Top Ten favourite movies
Patrick Crozier

Seeing as everybody else is doing it:

Mishima
L'Appartement
Barcelona (yes, I know I'm in a minority of one - but what a minority!)
Day of the Jackal
Smiley's People (yes, I know it was a TV series but it's near enough)

OK, so that's only five but I am applying a fairly exacting criterion here: did it make me wish I had written/directed/appeared in/done the egg rolls for it? If the answer's yes, it's in.

December 18, 2003

Micropayments
Patrick Crozier

Not to self: read this sometime.

December 17, 2003

Useless Idiots II
Patrick Crozier

Reporting on troop entertainment in Iraq the Times says:

Robin Williams and Bruce Willis are turning out for the GIs while British troops have to make do with Jim Davidson and Bjorn Again.

Pardon me, but shouldn't that be the other way round?

December 12, 2003

Useless Idiots
Baklanova

The one-time useful idiots, those who were dubbed this being Soviet supporters in the West, as Lenin ungratefully called them, have had a real problem for a long time.

With the collapse of Soviet Socialism, they became useless idiots, and since then have been looking for something equally unpleasant to be useful to.

There are certain requisites. In their useful days, they absorbed two main ideas, and since any ideas had such hard work getting into their heads that they were far too tired ever to get out again, these are still their main notions.

Hate Western civilization, and hate the Americans. Of course, it is easy to hate the Americans, because they are the most powerful nation on earth, and we ought to remember how earnestly we were hated when we were in that not altogether enviable position. Bung in the West in general, and you have the explanation for the hysterical tantrums indulged in by so many.

It is comic to see how people who will jump about and wail "racism" at any suggestion that, for instance, Zimbabwe is not the ideal state, will enjoy going in for a real go at US bashing.

Mark Steyn in the Spectator
Patrick Crozier

He says of Salam Pax:

But personally I find it heartening: if the Americans can’t transform Iraq into New Hampshire, this snotty little twerp is living proof that you can at least turn it into Islington.
 
December 08, 2003

The Big Silence
Patrick Crozier

After Tone launched his "Big Conversation" in a blaze of publicity and planted submissions, the Monster Raving Loony Party has decided to follow suit:

You fill in the form below to tell us what you think of the state of the country. There's no way on earth anything you say will do any good, so to save on administrative overheads, when you click the button, everything you have typed in will be deleted. Yes, that's right - to help us ignore you better, your comments will never even get to us. Now that's democracy in action. Or something like that.

Via Black Triangle

December 04, 2003

Croziervision blog posting title of the day
Patrick Crozier

Links, sex and pornography

Coutesy of Alice Bachini. Now, don't say that didn't grab your attention.