Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml en-gb 30 Thu 28 Aug 2014 16:22:41 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml Aperitif http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=96#comment28 Wow! Fab stuff :-) Sat 08 Nov 2008 09:43:41 GMT+1 tantejennie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=93#comment27 I care about free speech, but have been appalled by the conduct of Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand. In the past I have found them both witty and well informed, if a little close to the knuckle. But, after their completely unacceptable and offensive schoolboy prank, my opinion of them has sunk to an all time low. Furthermore Brand’s so-called apology was tasteless and insincere.In spite of the popularity of Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand, the BBC should still have the courage to fire them rather than waste unbelievable amounts of license payers’ money continuing to employ them. I feel it is shameful if the BBC is not seen to act immediately and terminate their contracts, before it loses all credibility.The behaviour of Brand and Ross is a sad reflection of the decline in British moral standards. No wonder so many young people behave badly. Mon 27 Oct 2008 18:06:41 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=89#comment26 Oh dear, Eddie, you're not usually that pessimistic. Still, it looks as though the clock thingey may be sorted out. I'll use this post as a testbed. Mon 27 Oct 2008 12:32:41 GMT+1 eddiemair http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=86#comment25 I long ago gave up trying to influence any of the many people who have "blog" in their job titles. Mon 27 Oct 2008 12:24:57 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=82#comment24 Let's try again.Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! [waves arms wildly] - Can you tell the powers that be that the Blog Clock is still on summer time? While that's fine for the Beach (where summer reigns year long), it is confusing elsewhere Mon 27 Oct 2008 10:29:43 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=79#comment23 Why not have a go, David? Though it's a pity you didn't think of it first ;o) Mon 27 Oct 2008 10:20:29 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=75#comment22 Very clever. Makes Damien Hirst's stuff look like real rubbish. It looks like something I might think up, but then it wouldn't appear here. Mon 27 Oct 2008 10:13:03 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=72#comment21 pm leader - I WAS joking. I don't for a minute think Eddie is self-obsessed. But if anyone wrote about me in the way that reviewer wrote about him, I would feel entirely justified in making the article into tablemats so all my friends could read it. In fact, so they couldn't escape it!I mean - why not?I still reckon he bought several copies of the Observer yesterday though... Mon 27 Oct 2008 09:24:30 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=68#comment20 Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! [waves arms wildly] - Can you tell the powers that be that the Blog Clock is still on summer time? While that's fine for the Beach (where summer reigns year long), it is confusing elsewhere. Mon 27 Oct 2008 08:53:04 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=65#comment19 Peter Pan (10): I rather think the problems for Mr. Warrington were that he found the techniques and artistic flair required by ballroom dancing difficult at the outset (although I think he improved incredibly, for which he deserves enormous credit), and that he is not well known to the younger generation for whom Rising Damp is a foreign country. Mon 27 Oct 2008 07:35:27 GMT+1 Squirrel http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=62#comment18 Excellent!Furry approved.. Mon 27 Oct 2008 03:35:15 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=58#comment17 Very clever - but I wish I hadn't seen it just before going to bed!I might have to leave the light on tonight.... Mon 27 Oct 2008 00:07:15 GMT+1 Izzy_Tme http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=55#comment16 Love the art - really good. Not read any of the other stuff on this thread. Mon 27 Oct 2008 00:01:57 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=51#comment15 8Of course, it is your (excellent) sense of humour but I must say I do NOT see Eddie Mair as self obsessed in the way you suggest.I am prepared to believe that he likes the limelight and will fight for the spot light spots, and hates competition.I am also prepared to believe that he is fairly ruthless in his own world in trying to get his own way.I don't however see him as preening himself overmuch. He's not some dour William Shatner.I am also prepared to believe that he is cynical and there, two problems arise.1. His cynicism seems based on the belief that the world does not measure up to his standards. Fair enough. But too often his standards that the world fails, are just matters of personal taste, of idiosyncratic style preferences, rather than about substantive matters.2. His cynicism may run so deep that he is unwilling ultimately to take a full part in the moral universe. He will comment on it, sometimes ruthlessly, but he will not, I fear, always fight for what he knows to be right and needs to be fought for.Sadly, that is why I think he seems to be 'ducking' the current crisis.I would trust him completely in matters of individual rights (although one could argue that he should be careful not to be seen to be bullying anyone) and in his proper distrust of politicians.I would be less happy when his audience itself, his natural constituencies, if you like, may be in the wrong. Then I fear, he may not fight for what he knows to be right.In this matter I could of course be entirely wrong and he may be more subtle that I am giving him credit for. He may feel that now is not the time to fight, for worse is to come.... and then....Which view reminds me so much of those discredited lefty politicians like Wedgie Benn who used to explain, when they had the power to fight, that now was not the time. The time never came when they could be effective.If that is the case, let us hope his blog supporters keep him safe 'till the time is right.Personally, I think it's now. Sun 26 Oct 2008 23:29:07 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=48#comment14 13 and 14Oh, goodness, now an anti-socialist IMF bung gate in Hungary. Sun 26 Oct 2008 21:52:27 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=44#comment13 13, unlucky for some!!It should read '...take out the "left angle bracket br forward slash right angle bracket".....', where what's inside " and " is in HTML symbols. Sun 26 Oct 2008 21:16:50 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=41#comment12 7Your link has been Modded.One has to take out the that has found it's way into the URL in the address bar of the target of the link. Then hit return.****PS Jimmy Giro taught me that.Talking of diversions, how about the IMF 'loan' to the Ukraine?The BBC is reporting it as if it's dun and dusted, which it isn't (no strings mentioned).Is it as it appears or are we seeing an Anti-Russian Bung Gate, now that the Orange Revolution is dead, and Warren Buffet who paid for it, is down on his uppers? **** Is that right, Fifi, JG isn't here to help, y'know? Sun 26 Oct 2008 21:12:34 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=37#comment11 To quote our old friend Jason in another place... I think the blog has had a bit of a clock up*. * For once, NOT Fifi Rhyming Slang!!! Sun 26 Oct 2008 20:12:46 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=34#comment10 9.Hey, I thought the clocks went back, not the day forward.I could have sworn this was Sunday. Sun 26 Oct 2008 19:52:37 GMT+1 U13652656 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=31#comment9 How, in the 21st century, can "Race" still be an issue?http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3263441/Strictly-Come-Dancing-public-vote-is-racist-claim-viewers-on-BBC-message-board.html Sun 26 Oct 2008 19:43:59 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=27#comment8 Blimey Annasee... must have been talking about trolls, right?(see following 27 pages for details) Sun 26 Oct 2008 19:38:30 GMT+1 annasee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=24#comment7 Well I'm willing to bet that whatever else Eddie did today, he went round to the newsagents and bought a couple of extra copies of the Obs*rv*r this morning. For his files, of course. Or possibly so he could cut out a certain article on p 15of the Review section, and wallpaper the kitchen with copies of it. And I wouldn't blame him in the least!Shame the writer confuses the iPM concept with the Saturday PM slot. Dear dear, what can you expect I suppose? And also seems to confuse the "blog" (not mentioned as such) with a "talkboard" which I didn't know we had? A couple of great quotes though:"the talkboard is hogged by people who rattle on interminably"and:"The ranter always dominates".Is she talking about us then? Sun 26 Oct 2008 18:49:46 GMT+1 Charlie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=20#comment6 Diversion..?Maybe. But, it's actually, serious. And, has potentially far-reaching implications that could, yet again "ignite" this part of the EU.Maybe Bishop Desmond Tutu has the answer..?http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/26/spain-volunteers-civil-war-prosecution Sun 26 Oct 2008 18:21:57 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=17#comment5 Nemisis, relentless retribution.Out of the stale hot air of the subways and trash can alleys.Tristam Tzara is reborn.The system is trashing itself.Nothing can stop the collapse of capitalismMake papier mache models of your stock and share certificates, of your futures contract speculations and your third party Credit Defaults. It's not Marylin Munroe standing over the subway grill to entertain you or other diversionary tricks to entertain you.It is the behomuth, It's time has come.The age of equality is being born, struggling and fighting to become the very world. Sun 26 Oct 2008 18:05:38 GMT+1 Fifi http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=13#comment4 What a delicious sense of fun the artist has. I love that they look like rubbish until they start to come alive - and then revert to 'rubbish' again afterwards.Thanks for passing this on, Eric. Always appreciated, particularly on your (and our) day off! Sun 26 Oct 2008 17:38:45 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=10#comment3 Wahoo! Lovely stuff ... Sun 26 Oct 2008 17:25:54 GMT+1 RxKaren http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=6#comment2 Amazing and very, very clever... Sun 26 Oct 2008 17:04:27 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=3#comment1 MAGIC!! Sun 26 Oct 2008 16:53:52 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/10/diversions_1.shtml?page=0#comment0 Eddie, these are great! Thanks for brightening up a dull Sunday. Enjoy your evening. Sun 26 Oct 2008 16:39:41 GMT+1