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I could lay some line on you about it being that time of year again when I go to the great effort of trawling through twelve months of this blog to painstakingly figure out the best items of 2010 so that if you missed them the first time around, you won’t now.
But the simple fact is, like an ageing rocker with no new hits and a great back catalogue, releasing a “best of” compilation at Christmas is just too easy an opportunity to pass up. Apparently I have more in common with Rod Stewart than just a penchant for blonde tips and women half my age.
That was a joke people.
The only thing I actually have in common with Rod Stewart is a disturbing tendency towards patterned jackets. I present Rod as Exhibit A and myself in the Rod Stewart stylings as Exhibit B (above).
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Today I’m going to be a curmudgeon. Let’s start with Avatar. I hated it. Before anyone starts: yes, I know the special effects are amazing. Yes, I saw it in 3D. Yes, I know it’s nominated for a Best Film Oscar. I still hated it. The plot was lame and I resented being bashed over the head with the groaningly obviously political message.
While we’re at it, I also didn’t like Lord of the Rings. Fell asleep in the cinema in fact. Hell, as long as I’m bucking conventional wisdom, I may as well really disgrace myself: I find Monty Python terminally unfunny. I don’t get the big deal about Bob Dylan. And I don’t reckon Brad Pitt’s that attractive.
I usually keep these views to myself because of the reaction they provoke. The Monty Python one in particular attracts gasps of disbelief and horror.
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Is there any way I could convince you to read aloud in public from a diary you kept when you were fourteen?
A group called Cringe is encouraging people to do just that. Its founder, a blogger named Sarah Brown, started Cringe in a Brooklyn bar in 2005 and it’s since spread to London. Members of the group get together and read aloud from things they wrote as teenagers – diaries, poems, letters, songs, plays, you name it.
Sarah Brown has turned the best – or perhaps the worst – of the material into a book.
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