Friday, March 23, 2007

Gordon Brown IS Macavity - Watch and Enjoy!

Remember a couple of days ago I posted a new version of MACAVITY, which somehow had fallen into the hands of Paul Goodman MP? Well my colleagues at 18 Doughty Street have had a bit of fun with it. Watch this...



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I should also mention that Dizzy was the first to liken Brown to Macavity back in February. See HERE.

19 comments:

Theo Spark said...

Macavity the Scottish Prat

Bel said...

I should also mention that Dizzy was the first to liken Brown to Macavity back in February.

Actually, the first time I heard Gordon Brown likened to macavity, it was in an article in the Times around 2000.

Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/3476wg

dizzy said...

I assumed someone had already done it when I originally wrote that. It's an easy comparison to make.

don't eat it you moron! said...

Very good but you missed out his disgusting habit of picking his nose in public:

http://www.guynews.tv/2007/03/bogey-man-cometh.html

verity said...

I have also been comparing - although not on a blog, as far as I can remember - Brown to McCavity for two or three years. Yes, Dizzy; in a sense, it's a obvious comparison to make.

I didn't like the clip. It was way, way over-produced. The poem says it all. It was over-egging it to try to illustrate what the clever words had already said. In fact, rather than enhancing it, adding illustrations detracted from the cleverness of the take-off, as did the choppiness of the amateur readers.

Iain knows I'm not prone to flattering, but the only reader who caught the correct tone of both the original and this version, was Iain. The others were just a stream of smarty-pants Amateur Nite in Dixie contestants.

David Anthony said...

err...hmmm

Anonymous said...

Macavity isn't there, Iain, just a black screeen. Has the wee greedy moggy has stolen your filem?

Bloody Communists, they're all the same - inverted Capitalist crooks.

How does the rhyme go?

The Communist is the one who is willing
To give you his sixpence and pocket your............
£200,0000 + pa
Free & tax freen world wide travel
Free booze
Free handouts
Free accomodation

Was Brown's book, 'Where There Is Greed', a travel guide?

verity said...

Actually, I think it's bloody awful. The words Paul Goodman wrote are a brilliant parody and stand alone.

This is studentish, not to say childish.

BOF2BS said...

Excellent - well done.

Please........ please could you remind us all of it every so often, particularly on the more mundane of days.

verity said...

I am willing to make a small wager that some or all (not Iain, but the others) of the people were not even aware of the original poem. It should have been read by ONE person in a dry, understated T S Eliotish voice. The poem stands alone. It doesn't need illustrations. The words that Paul Goodman wrote are vivid enough.

God! Talk about a tin ear!

First "Cats" and now this bit of dross.

john prescott's tiny pianist said...

Methinks we may have been obliged to ponder Broon's cavities and their contents too closely of late. I'm starting to feel ill.

Anonymous said...

I can see this spoof now I'm on my home machine. Can hardly understand a word though - no lips to read.

Perhaps you might like to learn some BSL - sign language - Iain? The BSL sign for your name, spelled the Scots way, is really cool:

With a great flourish, because sign language is all about rhythm and drama, quickly butter (exactly as though buttering a curved slice of bread) between your, outstretched, second finger of your left hand ('I') and your left thumb ('A') using only your right index finger for a 'knife'. Then quickly butter back from your left thumb to your second finger again ('I').

As your right index brushes the tip of your second finger on left hand, it curves upwards and is joined by your second finger on the right hand. At the top of the curve, bring both fingers together and round in a sort of arc to tap the palm of your left hand ('N)

It doesn't matter if you don't get the movement exactly right, rhythm and flourish is everything.

1. Right fist to your chest. Then 2. Right index and right second finger together to the right of your forehead
3. Butter fingers as above

And you've signed 'My name is Iain' in BSL.

Auntie Flo'

Anonymous said...

verity said:

some or all (not Iain, but the others) of the people were not even aware of the original poem. It should have been read by ONE person in a dry, understated T S Eliotish voice.

I imagine there's one person who's acutely aware of this poem..and who's read it with a very dry voice indeed...before going out to find a cat to kick

Auntie Flo'

verity said...

Auntie Flo, I would never kick a cat or a dog and I love 'Ol Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Which is why Iain's over-egged attempt is so cringe-worthy.

I really have no interest in the language created for deaf and dumb people to communicate with one another. I'm glad, in a misty kind of way, that they have one, but, Aunti Flo, I don't take an interest. That you think I would give a flea fart is symptomatic of the socialist/Marxist "all must have prizes! All must have disabilities that everyone else accepts!"

English is the biggest language the world has every known,. Anyone who speaks a second language, speaks English.

English rules!

I'm glad that y'all have a way to communicate. Good on you! Bonne chance! as they say in France, which I am sure is appropriately signed among the Gauls.

But cruel as it sounds, if you're pushing your agenda on this site, I'm not signing up.

Rush-is-Right said...

I'm glad that y'all have a way to communicate. Good on you! Bonne chance! as they say in France, which I am sure is appropriately signed among the Gauls.

Err.... tradution si'l vous plait.

verity said...

Rush Is Right - Shouldn't that be s'il vous plait?

Anonymous said...

Verity, the subject of my comment:

'I imagine there's one person who's acutely aware of this poem..and who's read it with a very dry voice indeed...before going out to find a cat to kick'

was Mr Broon, not you. Apologies for making it too obscure for that to be recognised.

Since my description of how to sign 'Iain' in BSL, was clearly addressed to Iain and a response to his film about the Goodman poem, I can't see you've any grounds to complain about that. I can my reference to signing bored you, well, I've been respectfully tolerant of your 3 or 4 tediously repetitive responses to the film, every one pushing an over-egged T S Eliot agenda which I disagree with - Eliot's very over rated, I prefer the Goodman adaptation.

Over 4 million people in (7%) in UK (and it's marginal constituencies!) are deaf or hearing impaired, according to the RNID. Old age or a mere dose of a rogue measles or other virus can - and will - deafen or partially deafen millions - yes, millions - of, now hearing people, as it did me as a child. No one is immune to suddenly becoming Mutt 'n'Jeff, verity, even you.

Thomas Edison, Goya, Duke of Edinburgh, Peter Stringfellow, Beethoven, Hellen Keller, Vinton Cerf (father of the internet), PM John Howard, Pete Townsend (The Who), inventor and physicist, Guillaume Amontons, French inventor and physicist, Jack Ashley MP, Hallle Berry are just a few of the countless high achievers who are/were very deaf.

So signing, and occasional references to it, you will have to tolerate.

Anonymous said...

By the way, verity, I forgot to add that very few deaf or partially deaf people are 'dumb'. Most, like me, re bi-lingual, having worked hard to learn and speak very good English, or whatever their native language is, and deserve respect for that.

English is, as you say, a great language, as is, the much misunderstood, BSL - British Sign Language - which has a descriptive power and beauty which excels above that of any other language

Also, as the founder, managing director, of a long established and successful company - not a nulab style, grant funded, Mickey Mouse organisation - I've never drawn a benefit of any description in my life. Have never described myself as disabled either - and no one who knows me would dare to. So I am equally puzzled by your suggestion that my agenda is of a Marxist/Socialist nature and a plea for sympathy.

Anonymous said...

One last comment I can't resist.

The BSL sign for 'verity' is Winston Churchill's 'V' for victory sign.

Very apt for the tough Tory lady I've more than a sneaking respect for. Inside that gruff, tough talking exterior lies a heart of English gold :)

Auntie Flo'