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Ideas that add up #228

He said: “If you want my advice, go with what’s closest to home. Faith is ethereal, the practice of faith is cultural. If you become a Zoroastrian or a follower of Cao Dai, a marvellous Vietnamese Christianity that believes Muhammad, … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #132

Every morn­ing, when I wake again under the pall of the sky, I feel that for me it is New Year’s day. That’s why I hate these New Year’s that fall like fixed matu­ri­ties, which turn life and human spirit … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #110

“Hi, I’m President Business, president of the Octan corporation, and the world. Let’s take extra care to follow the instructions [whispers:] or you’ll be put to sleep, [shouts:] AND DON’T FORGET TACO TUESDAY’S COMING NEXT WEEK!!!” President Business, aka Lord Business, broadcasting to … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #76

In his short novel Le Cure de Tours, Balzac writes of a cognomologie by which a personal name may express an entire personality. What would he have made of Mr Rich Ricci? (“Barclays’ Ricci cashes £17.6m in share bonuses”, report, March … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #73

Cracknell, an ad man since those heady days [“Madison Avenue’s Golden Age”], agrees with the late creative director Bill Bernbach’s suggestion that while advertising can “vulgarise” or “brutalise” society, it can also “help lift it on to a higher level.” … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #40

Eric Bristow asked me why I put superglue on one of his darts. I said you just can’t let it go can you? Tim Vine at the Edinburgh Festival Silly Saturday: you really need deadpan delivery for this. I’ve tried … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #26

Life is a process of continually realizing what a twerp you used to be. Unattributed caption shared on Facebook Silly Saturday again. But for real too. Honest. The version of this I saw was in Chinese, it read: 生活是個不斷發現自己以前是個傻蛋的過程. I’m … Continue reading

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