Wednesday, 3 June 2009
news is bad news and other matters arising
1. My new cashless Barclays Connect card does, indeed, disable my Oyster Card.
2. Sherlock Holmes. I like the stories while finding them, basically, a bit crap. A thing I have been noticing listening to the very faithful 1960s radio ones on BBC7 at the moment is the way that Holmes, ridiculously for someone who is supposed to be a reasoning machine, CONSTANTLY uses the superlative. Things are endlessly the 'limit' and the 'most extraordinary' and the 'most puzzling' and etc. (Fact about me maybe I should have mentioned: I am irritated by overuse of the superlative.)
3. The tennis from Paris is, according to Eurosport, 'sponsored by Romania'.
4. A thing I don't think I have mentioned but might have is the joyful use by not-very-good journalists and others of compound words (longer and therefore posher) which mean different things to the word within the compound word that they actually mean. My favourite so far was a reporter who the BBC went back to several times during a day and who kept talking about 'the mood-music' at a party conference. 'The mood-music was pretty negative earlier, Brian, but it's getting more upbeat,' and so on. There was a good one yesterday about, I am almost certain, Dinara Safina's tennis from, I am almost certain, John Lloyd. He said, 'She is showing great self-determination.'