Following up from yesterday, this morning's best radio show award goes to Stewart Lee proclaiming the Devil gets the best tunes. Lee of course is co-creator of Jerry Springer: The Opera, and the show, available on Listen Again, has interviews with Andy Hamilton about [ profile] oldharrysgame and a bit about the Faustian elements of the Charlie Daniels Band song Devil Went Down To Georgia (which is one of the most played MP3s on my phone). I commend it to you all as a damn good listen.

Unfortunately, Media Watch Watch is less positive about yesterdays court decision:
As it stands, the two judges concluded that the play could not be considered blasphemous “in context”, and as a whole was not and could not reasonably be regarded as aimed at, or an attack on, Christianity or what Christians held sacred. This leaves open the possibility that if some other work could be considered as being - in context - an attack on “Christianity or what Christians held sacred”, then its creators might still be prosecuted under this stupid law.
and Green's bunch of extremist lunatics are going to appeal--here's hoping the Lords really quashes this silly outdated law and tells Green to go get a life. Money quote from the loon himself?
I’m really sympathetic to the freedom of speech argument. But blasphemy is not a matter of free speech, it’s people going out of their way to offend almighty God.
I'm in favour of free speech, except when it's not convenient to me. Mr Green? That's not the point.

Ah well, in more lighthearted news, this map of the world's transit sytems is absolutely brilliant (via).
Busy busy busy. Quick question, why had no one told me how cool The Intrepid Fox is before? Be going back there again methinks.

Reasons to renew your UK passport (or get one) early from [ profile] purplecthulhu. Seriously, mines got years on it, but those interview centres just freak me out.

YouTube - Sexy little panda bear. Does exactly what it says on the link. Freaky, but somehow compelling...

More importantly, [ profile] ginasketch has posted her most up to date version of the trailer she's working on for [ profile] oldharrysgame. So very cool (and I'm meeting her for lunch having just missed them at the Fox last night).

Last up, [ profile] rhythmaning has posted the Piano Playing Cat. See, I don't need to read [ profile] boing_boing, someone always posts the good stuff...

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And if the art looks familiar, it's because it's by [ profile] ginasketch, and I get to be the atheist in hell. Sounds about right...

Oh yeah, Les Mis was great, although agree with [ profile] jantshira, some of the cast weren't quite up to their role, although the lead male was very good. Also spent much more time wandering London and chatting, I may get to a point where I can walk from A to B in the centre without having to look at a map or go via a pointless diversion to one of the squares I know soon.

Today, went into Waterloo to meet with [ profile] nadriel and [ profile] the_emster for a drink in, I think, the Duke of Sussex, very close to the Old Vic and the IWM. Nice place actually, worth a walk out to if stuck in Waterloo for longer than desired.
Via [ profile] ginasketch and [ profile] oldharrysgame, Andy Hamilton describes how things have changed since Drop the Dead Donkey:
DVD Reviewer: Since the original series, has much in the world of politics changed? Are there more or less targets to ridicule these days?

Andy Hamilton: Nothing changes, it just gets worse. The targets get more ridiculous, but also more serious. In 1990 we thought Ronald Reagan was as stupid as any world leader we could ever get – now he looks like a genius.
He's sort of got a point there. Please America, try to elect a non-idiot next time? Please?
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