Stuff & Nonsense #961

-> One Approach (But Better In Theory)
-> One Voice (But Still Saying The Same Things Repeatedly)
-> One Opinion (But The Media Will Never Agree)
-> One Classic Film (But You Probably Won’t Agree)
-> And One Of Those That Clicked With Me
One Approach (But Better In Theory)

Call me old-fashioned, but I believe in having a real discussion about ideas as opposed to force-feeding an increasingly sleepy crowd with numerous graphs and bullet points projected on to the nearest wall. Sometimes I wonder why we even bother showing up to hear a colleague elucidate on their thesis, when we are helpfully posted an advance printout of the presentation. As the speaker is building to a crucial statistic, delegates have long finished and are doing the crossword instead.

One Voice (But Still Saying The Same Things Repeatedly)

“I don’t recall the nihilism among kids now, 40 or 50 years ago,” he says. “Now there is no place for kids, period. So I think despite the material advances, we’re worse off.” We also don’t seem to have a political class that understands, on any level, what it’s like to face unemployment. “No, the Bullingdon boys have never had to confront that,” says Loach. “The Bullingdon boys will wreck restaurants and …” he pauses. “Just throw some money at it?” I say. “Yes, or their parents will throw money at it.”

One Opinion (But The Media Will Never Agree)

One way or another, Redknapp will not be in charge of Tottenham Hotspur FC on the opening day of the 2012/13 season. Whether it be because of the soon-to-be-vacant England job, poor results this season or an imminent court date with HMRC, the last thing Redknapp offers now is long term stability. He won’t be around long enough to build a legacy. Every Spurs fan is grateful to Redknapp for the job he has done, but he’s no longer the right man to take Tottenham forward in the long term… Redknapp has proven to be tactically inept, fairly impotent in the transfer market and Spurs’ current form in 2011 threatens to undo the excellent work Redknapp had done in bringing Champions League football to White Hart Lane. If Redknapp does not recognise these flaws he can never correct them, and that will cost Spurs a very attainable spot in the top four this season.

One Classic Film (But You Probably Won’t Agree)

Halfway through the film, Dixon goes over a piece of dialogue with Laurel while driving in his car: “I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.” By this point in the film, their love seems relatively absolute. Dixon has seemingly transformed himself from a louse to a poet, but this exchange of words, through raw and empowering, foreshadows the end of their romance. Laurel and Dixon may love each other but it’s evident that they’re both entirely too victimized by their own selves to sustain this kind of happiness. In the end, their love resembles a rehearsal for the next and hopefully less complicated romance. This is the existential endgame of one of Ray’s smartest and most devastating masterpieces.

And One Of Those That Clicked With Me

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