Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's comedy zombie film Shaun of the Dead
is shambling nearer to production, and they're currently
for undead extras. If you fancy lurching around London in
grey-green make-up, just email them your photo and wait for the phonecall.
The easier path to zombified immortality.
"french (v) To cut a vegetable or meat lengthwise into
very thin strips. Beans and potatoes are two vegetables that are
fries are unstoppable.
Attempting to influence a country's foreign policy by refusing to speak its
name aloud! The world is in safe hands.
"A key feature of any successful organism is its ability to adapt to its
environment, and human beings are amazingly adaptable. This is a
strength and a weakness. In the face of adversity it saves us from
abject misery, but it also makes it difficult to lift us onto a
permanently higher plane of experience.
The Case for Happiness -
three good lectures on quantifying happiness, and the folly of
equating greater wealth or material possession with greater contentment.
That people in Western society are no happier than they
were 50 years ago, despite a huge increase in wealth and lifespan, and
a decrease in working hours and illness. Once you're earning more than
£10k a year, any extra money is unlikely to make your life significantly
A throwaway comment is that targeting advertising at under-12s is illegal
in Norway and Sweden, which deserves applause. I like Layard's
proposal to limit all advertising to
simple information, for the benefit of societal happiness.
Paris was good. A city that you can feel is crediting its
people with adult intelligence, in a way that I've never really felt
anywhere before. Photos and blather to follow, possibly. We shall return.