Author Archives: Pierre

Words, Words Everywhere

A writing competition at the BBC featuring 101 new words Continue reading

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A Slip Of The Eye

Quickly glancing over yet another Halloween show announcement for my weekly updating of The Gigometer, my eye stumbles upon a mention of “spongy music”. Huh? Oh, it’s “spooky music”. Still, I wonder what spongy music would be like…

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A Bas Les Mobiles!

According to Le Figaro, French concert halls, theaters, and movie houses are now allowed to jam cell phones using a technology already in use in prisons. Way to go! Trains are next, I hope.

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The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain

In New York City however, it falls mainly in the subway tunnels.

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Show Tunes Redeem Themselves

I detest the concept of musicals, and especially loathe the kind of situation where apparently perfectly sane and hale individuals suddenly feel the urge to throw their arms into the air and blare thundering crescendos just because they haven’t done … Continue reading

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A Geordie in Hoboken

First the good news: – Boom Boom – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – San Franciscan Nights – When I Was Young – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – Hey Bo Diddley/Not Fade Away – It’s My Life … Continue reading

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Johnny Ramone 1948-2004

Kitty Kowalski just forwarded the news that Johnny Ramone has just died in his sleep at home in Los Angeles. He was 55 and had suffered from prostate cancer. An era has truly ended.

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It’s All Weird

Sometimes, it gets really tiresome to hear people comment on how weird New York is and all that but, frankly, why is there an M14 bus that plays The Star Spangled Banner from its front-left wheel well when the door … Continue reading

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It’s All Double Plus Good

Linux Insider reports: Microsoft portrayed its Longhorn decision as a necessary winnowing to hit the 2006 timetable. The announcement on Friday, Microsoft executives insisted, did not point to a setback in software development but showed that the company had a … Continue reading

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I knew it was just a matter of waiting…

Salk Institute scientists report that they have turned ordinary mice into marathon racers with a single mutation. They immediately leap to the conclusion that an “exercise pill” is just around the corner. They’re scientists, they must know. And I want … Continue reading

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