Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Christina Perri + Monty Python = Silliness

It occurred to me this morning that Christina Perri's "Jar of Hearts" and Monty Python's "Lumberjack Song" could be combined into one exceedingly silly song.  (Whether or not they should be is left as an exercise for the reader.)

(To the tune of "Jar of Hearts")
Who do you think you are
Hanging around in the bars
In suspendies and a bra
Just like your dear papa?
You think that you're okay
'cause you go to work all day
Cutting down a tree
Having buttered scones for tea.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hilary Mantel on Monarchy

"I used to think that the interesting issue was whether we should have a monarchy or not.  But now I think the question is rather like, should we have pandas or not?  Our current royal family doesn't have the difficulties in breeding that pandas do, but pandas and royal persons alike are expensive to conserve and ill-adapted to any modern environment.  But aren't they interesting?  Aren't they nice to look at?  Some people find them endearing; some pity them for their precarious situation; everybody stares at them, and however airy the enclosure they inhabit, it's still a cage."
-- Hilary Mantel, "Royal Bodies," London Review of Books Vol. 35 No. 4 (21 Feb. 2013)