Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Mississippi is quite a big river.

The Fry experience that I said I would follow for you has not improved. He goes from place to place, makes banal and trite observations on subjects that he has done in-depth investigations of (some of them take as much as five minutes), and then draws some even banal and trite conclusion about the nature of American life.


I expect so much more of him. Not that I think that everything that he says will be a gem of outstanding and original wit that will leave all who hear it wetting themselves with mirth, but is there any value in watching him squirm, trying to find some appropriate response to the utterances of people with whom he has little in common and few shared values? The queen gets it right by commenting “that is very interesting” to everything that is told to her. She is taking the piss, of course, and can get away with it because no-one expects her to be doing that. Fry, instead, makes some glib response in exactly the same way that I do when someone says something that makes me want to say “you are talking total wank, you dickwit”, but don’t have the courage to do it. The difference is that I would not want to have these encounters to be recorded and broadcast.

Apparently, in Wisconsin they make cheese.


Mr Coppens said...

And here I thought that Wisconson was famous for inventing Whiskey!?

When I ask my Doctor,
"What's Life without Cheese?"
he always says,

Vicus Scurra said...

Donn. "He always says". How often do you ask him? Has he suggested euthanasia yet.
Yes, it is surprising what you can learn from this excellent television series. The Mississippi river has quite a big delta, and Minnesota is chilly in winter.

Mr Coppens said...

I have heated exchanges with my Physician on an hourly basis. This week he sent my good-lady-wife a small remote that apparently controls my pacemaker.
Needless to say we are getting along famously.

Chilly winters in Minnesota eh?
That is disconcerting. When the Yanks come for our water (any day now) they will simply annex my Province and change the name to something pedestrian such as Minnetoba.

Personally I would have preferred Manisota but beggers can't be choosers.

Geoff said...

He's doing Turkey next. It's going to be called Fry's Turkish Delight.

garfer said...

According to Mr Fry there is a substantial population of Mongs in Minneapolis.

Why he needed to travel so far from home to find some mongs beats me. There are plenty to be found in Wetherspoons on a Saturday night.

zoe said...

There are several Mongs in Mongolia too. I've never been though.

zoe said...

I forgot to add that they make fabulous cheese in Wisconsin - and I'm talking as the buxom broad/blonde from Brussels. It truly is marvellous.

Just not the stringy cheese.

I, like the view said...

that is very interesting

Dave said...

Its not even quite interesting.

Richard said...

To be fair to him, he must have struggled to fill the half hours as well as he has done.

Vicus Scurra said...

ILTV. If it were you, I would support the idea of a monarch.

I, like the view said...

if it were I, I'd knight you

for superior contributions to the furtherment of education and learning for the masses, interesing use of the English language and your contant divine wit and sarcasm

I, like the view said...

(sorry about the typos)