Have you ever read the parental advisory bits for films on IMDB?

It is worth a laugh and you will discover that there are some extraordinarily sensitive people out there.

Let’s take a relatively calm film like Meet the Parents.

Sex & Nudity

Numerous moderate references.

Pam and Greg prepare to have sex two or three times, but are always interrupted before it gets beyond passionate kissing.

Jack tells Greg to “Keep his snake in it’s cage for 72 hours.”


1 use of the ‘f’ word by Greg, as well as 2 other incomplete ones and several uses of the ‘s’ word. There is also a lot of other profanity, including 3 damns, 2 hells, 2 S.O.B.s, 1 ass, 5 uses of “Oh my G**,” 4 of “G-d***” and 2 each of “For Christ’s sakes” and “Jes**” as exclamations.

Greg’s surname is essentially a constant play on the f-word.


Smoking: Gaylord (Ben Stiller) is a smoker, but because his future parents in law don’t like it and don’t know that he does, he just chews nicotine gums most of the time (a cat gets into it one time). In one scene, he has to climb the roof, finds his cigarettes that had been thrown up there earlier and smokes one.

Alcohol: Brief drinking throughout the movie especially during dinners.

Drugs: After Jack begins playing the song, “Puff the Magic Dragon,” in his car, Greg jokes about what the song is allegedly really about (smoking pot), but Jack won’t believe it and then asks, “Are you a pothead, Focker?” (Greg replies that he isn’t).


Had a somewhat eventful week and therefore not been posting much. Was involved in a small crash on a bus from Glasgow to London. Luckily no one was hurt but the guy in the car that drove into the bus was extremely lucky he wasn’t hurt.

The other thing of note on the journey was that something I thought was weird and then thought was stupid and wrong turned out in fact to be true.

When I was 12 years old and in French class my teacher told me that French people often eat Pain au Chocolat in the morning which she described as like “a roll and chocolate”. For a long time I had this vision of people getting a Morton’s roll and sticking a dairy milk in and eating it for breakfast. When I subsequently discovered what a Pain au Chocolat really was I felt stupid for thinking that.

However, on this bus journey I got talking to an Italian guy and he did almost exactly what I described. He had a ciabatta roll and he opened it up and stuck a fruit and nut in it and started munching.


It is pornography, nothing else. Shameful, degrading and something that is likely to corrupt the poor children.

Or at least that was the reaction of some of the resident’s of Springfield when the statue arrived there on a tour and Homer referred to it as “Michelangelo’s Dave”.  Marge however, having been a member of the “moral” group, thought that everyone should see it and left the group.

Recently though it seems that life has been imitating art again with the story of a snow sculpture in the USA that  some local residents objected to.

Police in the US state of New Jersey have ordered a family to cover up their snow sculpture of the famous nude Venus de Milo after a neighbour complained….

Many people praised their creation, but a police officer told them a neighbour had found it too risque, she said.

When given the option of covering the sculpture up or knocking it down, she dressed it in a bikini top and sarong.

“We didn’t want to have any problem with the police so we covered it up,” Ms Gonzalez told the AFP news agency.

But she now thinks the snowy Venus looks “more objectified and sexualised” than it did before the authorities intervened.


This is the second in the series and the people who missed the point this time were a large part of the public.

In 1991 Doug Bower and Dave Chorley admitted that they had been responsible for the crop circles appearing in part of England and believed that they inspired others around the world. Doug Bower also had to tell his wife...from wikipedia

Bower’s wife had become suspicious of him, noticing high levels of mileage in their car. Eventually, fearing that his wife suspected him of adultery, Bower confessed to her, and subsequently, he and Chorley informed a British national newspaper. Chorley died in 1996, and Doug Bower has made crop circles as recently as 2004. Bower has said that, had it not been for his wife’s suspicions, he would have taken the secret to his deathbed, never revealing that it was a hoax.

They made it quite obvious that it was human work too, even going as far as to write their initials next to some of them. Another act was to make one in anti-clockwise direction instead of clockwise to show up a someone who had been discussing how they were always clockwise in the media.

Other groups like have also shown that they can create just about any kind of pattern.

A large industry started up around crop circles and it is because of this industry that a lot of the ideas about it being aliens etc are still taken seriously by a few people…who obviously missed the point because Bower and Chorley also said that they did it to demonstrate that a lot of pseudoscientists and UFO spotters were gullible.

All of that said…some of them do actually look quite nice and it could be considered an art form. Can’t we just enjoy them on that level now…

Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? – Douglas Adams


Wasn’t expecting this headline…not at all….

Mystery tribute channel to Saddam Hussein launched

A television channel dedicated to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has appeared on Arab satellite networks.

Its launch came on the third anniversary, on the Islamic calendar, of the former president’s execution.

It is not clear who is behind the channel which broadcasts the speeches, images and even poetry of Saddam Hussein, backed with patriotic music.




The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted…

The Merchant of  Venice, Act 5, Scene I

Something very strange happened for the 3rd time today. I met someone who told me “I don’t like music”.

I just can’t understand that. Fine if it is “I don’t like this music” but just to say it in a general way is very strange to me.

It reminds me of the Bill Hicks “What are you reading for?” bit. Not “What are you reading?” but “What are you reading for“?

So, here is some music….

The Stranglers – Walk On By


Never blogged from a moving train before but thought I should post the photograph below which I noticed whilst waiting for my last connection.

Does it strike anyone else as a bit odd? Not “Thanks for travelling with our company” or “Thanks for coming to ———-” but just “Thanks for travelling…in general”.

I am all for it – travel broadens the mind all that but it did strike me as strange..