The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Monday, 25th July 2016

When Corbyn’s supporters say that they believe he can lead Labour to a general election victory because ‘Politics is the art of the possible’, they use possible in its strictly philosophical sense: ‘Logically conceivable; having the property, whether or not it actually exists, of not being excluded from existence by being logically contradictory or against reason’ (OED).

Thursday, 21st July 2016

Leaked list of rejected titles for the new Bourne film:

  • Bourne-Again
  • Bourne and Bred
  • Firstbourne
  • Fifthbourne
  • High-Bourne
  • Low-Bourne
  • Well-Bourne
  • Stillbourne
  • Unbourne
  • Bourne with a Silver Spoon in His Mouth
  • Bourne Under a Lucky Star
  • To the Manner Bourne

Saturday, 9th July 2016

The BBC has a new policy for referring to a recently rebranded train operating company. Tony Hall, the director-general, explains:

The BBC takes a common-sense view when deciding how to describe organisations: we take our cue from the organisation’s description of itself. We have recognised that, used on its own, the name ‘Great Western Railway’ could suggest that FirstGroup’s GWR is as ‘great’ as Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s was, and such an interpretation is misleading. So we have caveated the name ‘Great Western Railway’ with words which qualify it, e.g. ‘so-called Great Western Railway’ or ‘the group calling itself Great Western Railway’.

Thursday, 7th July 2016

Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud

– BBC News

Robbie Savage says: ‘If that was Robson-Kanu, they’d be talking about it for years!’

Saturday, 2nd July 2016

Britain is a starkly divided country. It’s divided between those who voted leave and those who voted remain; between young and old; rich and poor; London and the rest of England; England and Wales, and Scotland; and it is divided between those who applaud ideas of which they approve and those who prefer to say ‘whoo’.


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