Look, I'm not going to get all excited about the Krypton Factor coming back on TV. It's not as if that's going to cloud my judgment for the rest of the afternoon and lead to me dancing around the room, screaming "Oh yes! Oh yes! Oh yes!" and dusting off the 1980s blue tracksuit to attack the military-standard assault course I've constructed in my back garden. Oh no, because that's not going to happen. It's just a television programme. The most brilliant television programme ever in the history of the world ever, I grant you, but that's not the point. I'm not going to get overexcited about this, OK?
Right, so in a list that will NOT involve the Krypton Factor at any stage whatsoever, here are some things I've read and enjoyed recently.
Andrew Sullivan documents the 12 lies of Sarah Palin, all backed up with evidence so you can judge for yourselves.
Meanwhile, Tim at Bloggerheads points out that the lies of a lying liar aren't a problem for those bloggers who think she's great because she's a woman and that.
Lenin reports on what's been going on while our backs are turned, worrying about all that lovely money:
And so, expanding the war into areas of Pakistan where the 'Taliban' and sympathetic forces operate in and retreat to, knowing that the widower president could not conceivably approve of such actions if he wanted to avoid being assassinated, is a logical further step. "Logical," that is to say, from within the twisted purview of terror warriors.
Obsolete takes a rather interesting view of making the monarchy a bit less discriminatory, except not discriminatory against the 60 million people who don't happen to belong to one particular family.
And yes, I had to, I'm sorry: THE FUCKING KRYPTON FACTOR IS BACK!!!
Claire Horton, the controller of entertainment at ITV Productions, said: "We are taking a brilliant format and bringing it bang up to date with state-of-the-art technology.
No need to bring it too much up to date, though. What we want are badly acted dramas for the observation round, tacky 1980s plastic shapes in primary colours to wedge into other tacky 1980s plastic shapes in primary colours, some inept numpty trying to land a Jumbo Jet and ending up crashing it into the Duty Free shop, and of course the brilliance of the assault course. Will the women still get a head start? Will it all be filmed in December to maximise the evil of the watersplash? We can but wait... but please, please, please, it has to be presented by Gordon Burns. For fuck's sake. The man's a legend. And may well soon be down the Job Club if ITV continue their regional news cuts. So come on, bring back the Burns.
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