Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Flackenhack Awards 2008…are you in?

The Flackenhack Awards are back again for the second year…let’s see if we can get it right this time, eh?

What am I saying? Last year’s event was a cracker. So it’s more of the same, just bigger and better. If you weren’t at last year’s awards, you can get a flavour for the evening here.

All the relevant details can be found on The Flackenhacks blog, but here’s a summary:

– The awards are taking place on October 29th at the Village Underground in Shoreditch (a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station) starting at about 7.00pm

– Tickets are on sale here. Full price is £65 but if you get in before the 23rd September you can snap one up for £50. Credit crunch friendly, see? You’ll get some grub, enough booze to make you wobbly, some music and a decent laugh. Not bad for a wet Wednesday in London, eh?

– To make sure we have a decent turnout from the press community, there a ‘buy a hack’s ticket on eBay scheme’ going on. Again, more details here.

– The all-important award categories will be announced soon. These are prestigious…look here.

It’s all shaping up to be another cracking night. John ‘Wheels of Steel’ Ozimek is back on the decks; Paul ‘Balls of Steel’ Wooding is our witty compere once again. Why change a winning formula?

Hope to see you there.

Palin into insignificance?

I can’t resist a decent pun, can you?

I’m in the US at the moment and, as you’d expect, the news is absolutely dominated by the Presidential race. This week, it’s the Republicans turn to gather and whoop a lot (though I think they’re less of the whoopy types than the Democrats).

All attention right now is on this lady, Sarah Palin, McCain’s choice as Vice-Presidential running mate. Everyone seems a bit down on her, ’cause her teenage daughter’s up the duff and not married and there’s a suspicion that being Governor of Alaska might not be the most thorough preparation for standing next to the guy with his finger on the button (which, luckily – or perhaps not – is a single-handed job).

She has got other experience of being number two though. In 1984, she was runner up in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant! I have visions of Miss Alaska 1984 sitting bitterly in front of the TV this week…”I beat her back then…I should be running for President.” (Actually, the winner in 1984 was Maryline Blackburn, who’s now making shocking records.)

I digress.

I was astonished to see a news item on CNN this morning highlighting the difficulty Sarah Palin is causing Americans. Not difficulty in supporting her position on US action in Iraq, or how to solve the housing crisis, you understand. No, the difficulty they’re having in pronouncing her name.

What?! It’s Sarah flamin’ Palin for God’s sake. How hard is that?

Well, CNN replied, quite. And then presented a number of case studies. “Parlin”…”Praline”…”Paylen”…WTF?

Clearly those of us brought up on Monty Python have a clear advantage in the Palin pronunciation stakes, but even so…