Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday – or a lesson in cleaning up your own shit

Stephen Fry And Alistar Campbell Photocall

Dear faithful readers,

I don’t know if you are aware of this (and I don’t blame if you are not) but Mr. Fry was involved in a bit of controversy a few weeks ago. When I say a bit of a controversy I actually mean a big old controversy because he only managed to insult the whole population of Poland. If you do want to read what was said I’m sure you will be able to google it and find it on your own.

And don’t worry I do not plan to defend the man, what he said cannot be defended. One of my best friends in the whole world is from Poland and since I am the type of person to take agin people* who insult my friends I was offended on her behalf. I am a firm believer in “think before you speak” rule – a) it saves you a lot of bother in the long run and b) honesty is all fine and dandy but I also believe that the term “brutally honest” was coined by people who are obnoxious and rude pricks.

Having said that we are all humans and fallible by definition. Sometimes the words are out of your mouth before you even had the chance to process them properly. Luckily for me I do have my privacy. So if I screw up I can clear up my own mess without it being picked, prodded and analyzed by all the major news outlets. Unfortunately Mr. Fry is not in that position (which should make “think before you speak” rule a prerogative).

But the words left his mouth and there it was – this big piece of a unprocessed brain fart. And you just have to read the apology he wrote down below and get a glimpse why I am so fond of the man. It is a lesson to us all in accountability and clearing up your own shit.

I take this opportunity to apologise now. I said a stupid, thoughtless and fatuous thing. It detracted from and devalued my argument, such as it was, and it outraged and offended a large group of people for no very good reason. I am sorry in all directions, and all the more sorry because it is no one’s fault but my own, which always makes it so much worse. And sorry because I didn’t have the wit, style, grace or guts to apologise at the first opportunity.

As ever he does go on a bit but you can read the whole thing here.

*it should read take against people; but I have read/loved/borrowed shamelessly this turn of a phrase from one of Marian Keyes books, who although a chick lit writer is bloody brilliant.

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Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday – an announcement

Dear faithful readers – happy Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday!

Oh heavens, I will have to keep it short this week however I would like to ask you to pop around next Monday we should have (well fingers crossed and all that without jinxing it) some exciting Stephen Fry related news.

As in really, REALLY exciting! As in I’m-trying-not-to-jump-out-of-my-chair kind of news!

So dear faithful readers I do hope you will stick with us for another week :)

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When movie stars get their kit off

So everyone saw Demi Moore in Striptease getting her kit off. Novelty has worn off pretty much by the time movie was released. I present to you some of the more memorable scenes where the leading men and ladies got their kit off to a great effect.
Some made us shudder in revulsion, some made us gasp with shock, some tickled us pink but for sure they did not make us yawn in boredom.

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My 10 favorite Seinfeld episodes ever – what are yours?

Now who did not find Seinfeld funny? The phenomenal success of the show that made the actors millionaires many times over (can you imagine the royalty checks from the re-runs alone?) but is also responsible for the “Seinfeld curse” that Julia Louis Dreyfus finally managed to break with her sit-com The New adventures of Old Christine.
There were great debate over what is the best Seinfeld episode ever, there were many polls and surveys conducted as well, however I do have my personal favorites.
And more importantly what are your favorite Seinfeld episodes?

The Hamptons
The episode where worldwide female audience were exposed to the term “shrinkage”. Gang leaves the city for a weekend in the Hamptons where George’s girlfriend sunbathes topless and George has an itsy bitsy problem after leaving the pool.

The Sponge
Elaine has a bit of a problem when she realizes her favorite contraceptive will no longer be available so she stock piles it. However soon she realizes she will have to devise a system to decide if her latest conquest is sponge worthy or not.

The Soup Nazi
Jerry and the gang will have to listen to the Soup Nazi or “No soup for you”.

The Contest
Kramer, Elaine, George and Jerry decide to put have a contest with a bit of a twist to see who can be the master of his own domain the longest.

Serenity Now
Featuring Mr. Constanza’s war cry of Serenity now, Insanity later when Mrs Constanza was getting on his nerves I have to say this was one of the episodes that makes me giggle to this day.

The Pen
Jerry and Elaine visit Mr. and Mrs. Seinfeld in Florida. Jerry has a scuba accident, while Elaine needs to reach for painkillers after an uncomfortable night on the couch. My favorite because Elaine is doped up on painkillers she takes to imitating Marlon Brando and shouting “Steeeela”.

The Opposite
Another one of my favorites that sees George imposing a new tactic. George decides that in order to do something about his life he should go against every one of his instincts and do the opposite. On the other hand, Elaine turns into a female George while Jerry nicely evens things out by doing nothing.

The Marine Biologist
George lies that he is a marine biologist and accidentally manages to save a whale after his blowhole is obstructed by one of Kramer’s golf balls.

Yadda, Yadda, Yadda
George’s latest girlfriend has come up with a handy way to cover up all of her wrong doings, she simply abbreviates the nasty bits with yadda, yadda, yadda.

The Puffy Shirt
Kramer’s latest girlfriend who is a low talker gets Jerry to agree to wear one of her latest designs on the Today show. Unfortunately it is a puffy pirate shirt. George on the other hand finds a career in hand modeling.