Monday, May 4, 2009

That's why, darling, it's incredible!

Examine the following newspaper ad:

Touching, no? We all know lots of "unforgettable" women. We're all interested, yeah? Yeah. Well what is this ad imploring us to do with the thought of our own unforgettable woman?
How about I let you in on the second half of the ad. Read on.

Perhaps "forgettable" ain't the word we should be using around Alzheimer's sufferers, eh?
Do you know an unforgettable woman?
I don't fucking know! They're all fucking forgettable when you've got Alzheimer's! I'd thank you for reminding me, if that weren't one of the number one fucking symptoms! Thanks, Adelaide Review! Now what's happening in local theatre?!

GTH - ThirdCat for tutting me on my own blog. Bully for you.


  1. Oh. My. God. That's so bad I'd almost think it was a deliberate joke..... until I read that it was done by Burnside Snobbing Village.

  2. Squib - You get the impression some graphic designer was either fired, or is in the delicious process of quitting by hilarity.

    Kath - Maybe it was one too many Kardonaiis at lahnch, daahhhling.

  3. I like it, it's catchy. But I am a little twisted :).

  4. I don't see anything wrong with the ad. Nominating an unforgettable woman has nothing to do with Alzheimers. You could nominate any woman at all who has influenced your life to the point where you'll never forget her. *unforgettable*
    The ad is also encouraging people to support, by spending, the dementia research which is needed to find out why this happens and how it can be prevented.

  5. Shippy - I'd assumed you'd already popped down to the BSide shops to support the cause.

    River - I reckon it wouldn't matter how unforgettable a woman was, once the Alzheimer's takes hold, she's gone. Could you imagine being an Alzheimer's sufferer reading this ad? You'd be wanting to nominate someone unforgettable, but damned if you can think of anyone like that these days ... I wonder what's happening in local theatre?

  6. gee, I've forgotten.

  7. GTH - Two women you don't want to forget things when their doin' their job?
    Two women that may one day treat a forgetta-ful woman?

    (..I'm sure I could write some other line about unforgettable in context to the GTH stars here, but seems too cheesy! ;) )

  8. ...or when they're doin' their job...

  9. Happy very first Mother's Day to Mele. Charlie got up and made her tea and toast breakfast didn't he? Clever boy.


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32