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Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by kazzzz on 5 August 2008 7:45am
 
Yes but it's OK to slaf off your own home town that's OK, you're allowed to, you can't slag off someone else's though, (like he did with Palmerston North). Does that even make sense? probably not!
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by mrsthing on 5 August 2008 9:06am
 
His sense of humor ranges from endearingly dorky to darkly sarcastic. I think he was at the latter extreme when he dissed Palmerston North. I don't really like the extremes of his humor, but the middle part is hysterically funny. And when he's *not* trying to be funny, he's very interesting.

I've spent time in places that fit his description of PN, so I can understand his feelings. Maybe he should have kept them to himself, but that's not his style if he thinks he can get a laugh.

He reminds me of the people I grew up with--we all had a sharply mean edge to our humor. Maybe that's why I like him so much: he reminds me of my dead relatives.

LOL!
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by peripatetically on 5 August 2008 2:33pm
 
In a nutshell for me, anyway, he can dislike any place he wishes, but he shouldn't be nasty about it. What purpose does that serve. BTW, I haven't read any of what you are all talking about that he wrote about these places.
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by bIG bLOGGER on 5 August 2008 5:22pm
 
mrsthing:I DID read the blog you referred to,and I understood (in a strange way) the point made that maybe SOME firemen get a kick out of STARTING fires,so that they can then do their "heroic" duty by rushing out to put them out;also,maybe SOME firemen were "naughty boys"in their youth,and started fires deliberately,and became firemen to "atone" for previous sins because of a guilty conscience;however,the bottom line is that whatever anybody says,arson is a criminal offence and anybody caught doing it should be prosecuted.AMEN.
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by johnnythemonkey on 5 August 2008 5:28pm
 
Oh arson ! I thought you meant arsing, that seems to be de rigueur in Britain these days.
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by mrsthing on 5 August 2008 6:04pm
 
The nub of his blog entry was this:

"But, in our secret hearts, we identify as much with the villain as the hero, and it is this which causes us to be so scared."

(Scared by the thought of seemingly random events being planned by some evil intelligence.)

I agree with him--I do identify as much with villains as with heroes. I'm fully aware of my dark side. I don't indulge it, but there it is, keeping me up at 3am, and yes--it does scare me, which is a good thing. It's that fear that keeps me from indulging it.

And I'll say, for the record, that I no longer like *my* original home town, and I'm falling out of love with the one I'm in. My old home town got taken over by rich, snooty people who drove out everyone I knew and built houses in all the open land I used to play in and improved all the winding country lanes I used to fly my bike on. It's a yuppified, artificial place now, with too much traffic and way too much emphasis on appearance. And the town I live in is getting that way. I want to live in a town with lots of open space and interesting characters and old family businesses, a few run-down, quirky houses and a bunch of those neat-as-a-pin-but-welcoming kind of houses; a town occupied by people who don't bar their doors when a fox runs through their back yard, or complain about paying town taxes to pay for schools for other people's brats, or who decide that you can only display white outdoor lights at Christmas (true--this is a law in my town, but it's not enforced), or who cut down trees so they won't get imaginary diseases from songbirds or be awakened by owls in the night. JEE_ZUSS!

Rant finished.
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by bIG bLOGGER on 6 August 2008 4:55pm
 
mrsthing:Judy:I really enjoyed your "rant"..I just wish I could rant as powerfully as you do.If you have yippies living near you who cut down trees to spite the songbirds,or who deprive owls of their natural night-perches,then I should indulge your "dark side" for once and go and torch their houses,to see how THEY enjoy being dispossessed.
On second thoughts,maybe that's not such a hot idea..someone might think you're Ku Klux Klan!! This is a rather difficult subject we've got onto,isn't it? bIG.
p.s.What's the betting JTM chimes in with some hilarious crack about having a fox run up his back passage???
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by kazzzz on 6 August 2008 5:07pm
 
What is a yippie?
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by peripatetically on 6 August 2008 6:22pm
 
A yippie is a hippie who is still working hard for a political cause.
 
Re: John Cleese doesn't like his hometown! by mrsthing on 6 August 2008 6:48pm
 
HAHAHAHAHA!

But she meant "yuppie", which stands for Young Urban Professional--YUPpie. In the case I was speaking of, up-and-coming white collar folks who move into the suburbs and rural areas in order to "improve" them.

But NDD (Nature Deficit Disorder) isn't just a problem for city folks. A contractor bought a wooded, 3-acre plot abutting my property, razed just about every tree, put in 3 houses, and when I went to try to strike down a variance so they could build one of the houses too close to mine, the contractor said, voice heavy with incredulity, "I should think you'd be grateful to have the property improved. There used to be nuthin' but *trees* there."

But never fear--for the first time in 10 years, I heard a screech owl in the woods behind my house. And one thing I got in exchange for the tanagers and orioles that liked the old forest canopy is bluebirds, that prefer more open space.
 
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