The End of the Twinkie?http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/11/16/hostess-twinkies-ding-dongs-wonder-bread-going-out-of-business/1708409/World War 3 may just be months away, with much of the middle east currently being blown apart by missiles and the locals setting their neighbours on fire, but the real news is that the Twinkie, the USA's primary contribution to world cuisine, could cease to be."You eat those?" I hear people ask. Hell no. Never eaten one in my life. There's something about their unnatural, chemical-yellow colour and that they have a half-life rather than a use-by date that just sets off one too many alarm-bells.In fact, I'm pretty sure that if you read the print on the pack, you'll find asbestos to be a key ingredient.Even John McClane can't keep one down, and he took out a building full of terrorists with nothing but his bare feet and a Santa hat.Which leads to my point: Without the Twinkie, there are SO many lines from SO many classic movies that future generations just a
How to interview a politician.A tiny snippet from Jeremy Paxman's interview with Silvio Berlusconi.Some might not know who Berlusconi is: he's a media tycoon, 3 time Prime Minister of Italy and is generally regarded as the face of political vice and corruption in Europe.Many won't know who Paxman is: he's the brick that the BBC throw at people like Berlusconi. His questions being so blunt that it's nigh on impossible to wriggle out of answering them without looking more of a prat than you did at the start.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rEqiC8ItM8I'm pretty sure that Paxman also hates that fact that you, whoever you are, share the same planet as him:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVaZwJn-ZcMThese aren't outtakes. This stuff airs
Skyrim - First ImpressionsPicked up a cheapo copy of Skyrim today. First impressions: this game is so inside the box, it's inside a smaller box.Tolkien was, undeniably, a genius, but, for the love of creativity and dynamism; read another f**king book, people.There's a world of culture, history and myth out there to seek inspiration from! Fantasy should be an exciting, twisted reflection of the world around us, not an endless stream of pirated Lord of the Rings DVDs.
Party PoopersRussian politicians really like trying to associate cultural elements that they personally don’t like with things that are universally frowned upon, in the hope that the latter poisons the former in the public's view. During the lead up to the Winter Olympics in February, for example, while large gentlemen with flails were beating the sh*t out of small, female protesters, Putin seemed to make a great effort to always mention homosexuals and paedophiles in the same sentence, as though the two were somehow linked.I’m not suggesting that politicians elsewhere in the world don’t pull the same trick in order to rally a hysterical mob in their favour, but the Russians do it with all the subtlety of a brick.In what I’m assuming is less an effort to protect the fragile psyche of Russia’s youth and more an attempt to thwart another dastardly Western concept (namely f
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