Today, we live in more enlightened times: we have to make do, mainly, by mocking the afflicted in the form of the babblings of the benighted Boris. This week:
‘Boris Island’ airport may replace Heathrow
The London mayor plans to shut down the city’s main airport and build a new four-runway hub in the Thames estuary
This, of course, is yet another retread of a notion first floated back in February. It re-emerges everytime the acting (in every sense) Mayor feels short of recent publicity (as in June and again in August). Notice the cyclical element: Malcolm wonders if it coincides with phases of the Moon.
Then again, in the search for a no-longer cheap laugh, we buy the Sunday Times each week, and enter a parallel world of frothing mouths, bilious viciousness and unmitigated nonsense.
Inside each issue comes the Ingear — sorry, proper use of capitals is forbidden in this zone: so ingear — section: “cars⎮gadgets⎮adventure” (again, there’s this adventurous use of non-punctuation). This is the ninth circle of journalistic Hell, where we are admitted by the modern Antaeus: a.k.a. Jeremy Clarkson. It is a region exclusively populated by petrol-heads, technology-chasers and similar lost souls.
Malcolm rarely visits this madhouse without coming away totally baffled. Where do they find these people?
Today’s issue outstrips all credence:
- Some idiot, obviously seeking his second childhood, intends to strap himself onto a self-designed, jet-propelled wing, leaping out of a light plane over Calais, lighting the blue touch-paper, and spending a dozen bowel-clenched minutes hoping he can make Dover.
- The Dodge Viper “loaded with extra venom” can do everything a Porsche or Lamborghini can, and for less than £55,000! Wow! Just what we need to bring home the bacon from the Supermarket. And so environmentally-friendly, too.
- And look here, page 15: a British company is machining bits of a worn-out Spitfire (vintage 1942) into 120 wrist-watches. Only £6,450 each. Recommendation: Wearing an authentic piece of British history on your wrist is a back story you don’t get with a Rolex.
But for the ultimate obscenity, that’s on page 3 (natch!). It’s headed “Viz Top Tip”, so by an imaginative stretch it might just be an irony. Or so Malcolm hopes:
First snowball of the year
Hammer six-inch nails through a cricket ball and roll it around in fallen leaves. Hey, presto! An autumn snowball. Cheap, and great fun for the kids.