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Mark Rimmell

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This, and the plethora of Valentine's cards I've received, has made my day.... [Feb. 14th, 2010|01:51 pm]
Mark Rimmell
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It's no secret that I am not really a fan of popular culture. I know it makes me sound like a bit of a snob, but I wasn't born a snob, this attitude came about after years and years of exposure to stuff that does absolutely nothing for me. I get zero stimulation from what floats most peoples boats in the way of entertainment. I loathe so much of this mainstream stuff, and it is so insidious I fear it's out to get people, sucker them in and rot their brains. So I am reassured by any evidence that I am ignorant of the mainstream. I've developed a scoring system and award myself brownie points for not knowing certain types of celebrity, depending on how crap their job is and how well known the media think they are... I should write it down into a table some time... but it is a sort of sliding scale with footballers towards the zero end.

Today's story has the potential to reassure me no-end and earn me lots of brownie points. It seems some chap called Vernon Daly (never heard of him) has been misbehaving, sending mucky texts to ladies. I see headlines and stories like this all the time, they use people's names like we are supposed to know who they are, most of the time I correctly assume it's a football player. How many times have I seen the headline "Joe Blogs in nightclub assault charge"? That example is always a footballer.... Anyway back to Vern. At first I assumed "Vern was a footballer (you can see where my prejudices lay), however on reading further I find he has a radio show. At this point I start to think he's a celebrity from the USA, one of those take show hosts who earn millions but are unheard of outside the USA, I can't award myself brownie points for not knowing one of those... So I read on, worrying that he's going to be a Big Brother winner (even less brownie points for one of those). It transpires he's married to Kess Daly (BINGO! I've never heard of her either), the report informs me that Kess hosts "Strictly Come Prance About". But before I award myself points I should make sure this isn't an American version of Strictly Come Dancing. I read a little further but still can't work out if these are UK celebrities, at this point I'm really starting to lose interest in the whole story (If you've read this far you probably feel about the same) so I gave up, guess I'll never know. GOOD!,
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[User Picture]From: woodlandguy
2010-02-15 08:48 am (UTC)
That's Tess Daly! Do I loose brownie points on your friend scale for knowing her proper name? I only know because she is a pretty lady, honest.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-02-16 03:14 am (UTC)
You're safe. The friend brownie points system works on a different algorithm and it factors in some of them knowing about football, there's even a subroutine that can be applied to friends liking football, or anything from popular culture I don't comprehend the appeal of.
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[User Picture]From: woodlandguy
2010-02-16 07:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying that.

*Jots down algorithm and subroutine*
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-02-16 11:45 am (UTC)
Err... you're not taking any of this seriously are you?
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[User Picture]From: woodlandguy
2010-02-16 12:44 pm (UTC)
Well, if I didn't know you, I would not have half so much a broad vocabulary.
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[User Picture]From: ian_wyrdness
2010-02-16 07:48 am (UTC)
Well you're obviously paying some attention to these people if you're blogging about them. I hadn't heard of any of them, or even the story that you're alluding to, until I read this post. I'm awarding myself a lot of points, minus a few for now knowing a little bit about them, thanks to you!
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-02-16 11:54 am (UTC)
The great thing is I can't remember their names. I can't tell this story away from the computer because I just can't keep the information in my head. I would say it's being pushed out by my intellect, but I don't have one... so it's probably being prevented from settling in my memory by 1970s advertising jingles.
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