Just Me, Jarno, Ethan, Jesse and er, Aung San

Ethan Hawke: Nae bad ah suppose.
Jesse Bradford: Nivir heard ae the bawbag.
Jarno Trulli: Hey big man, gonnae lay oaf the pies?
Aung Saan Su Kyi: Hmmmmmmmmm?

The above gizmo comes courtesy of myheritage.com.

I’m not whether it’s an insult to me or Aung San Su Kyi that the machine thinks we’re lookalikes. Mrs Kyi has oft stated her desire to remain in Burma until that state attains freedom. I wonder . . . ? All sorts of devious permutations are running through my head involving me acting as her body-double, infiltrating Burma, teaming up with Aung, the pair of us sneaking up on the regime as they sleep and flummoxing them with our dastardly double-ness until they wilt and beg the two-headed Aung San monster to leave them in peace….

Ol’ Jarno reminds me of myself back in ’89 at the peak of my 6-Guiness-a-night phase. If he’s a Formula 1 driver then does that make Michael Jordan a jockey?

IED Attack

Ever wondered what an IED attack is like in Iraq? A horribly detailed account by milblogger Eric Coulson in Iraq is here. Strong stuff . . .

BBC Bias?

For some reason BBC bias has become a hot topic right now in the UK. I think it’s because this ex-BBC employee has a new book out criticising the Beeb. He’s featuring heavily over at 18doughtystreet.com too. Read more

Lily Livered Lille

It’s become very unfashionable in the MSM in recent times to talk of physical courage or the lack of it. Your typical chin-stroking ((c) Mark Sandell) pundit will dash off a 3,000-word article on the nature of moral cowardice in a jiffy but when it comes to facing up to adversity in the physical sense we don’t hear a lot about it. Read more

A Slap from the Censors

Have you ever wondered about the power of words? How about winker? An editor on the BBC forums expressed horror that I had let this evil word slip through while moderating some debates . . . Read more

Radio Lingo

Want to know what a trisco is? Here’s a list of the weird jargon I’ve encountered so far in the BBC’s World Service. Thanks to Ruth for the idea and I look forward to comparing vocab . . . Read on to enter the strange world of radio lingo:

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The Beeb ponders open source . . .

An e-Mail from the depths of Novell, the world’s second largest open source company, wings its way to me on the day Microsoft Windows Vista is released; the author has written to a bunch of folks in his department . . . Read more