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Dubious facts and poor advice from pop tarts

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Initial post: 23 Dec 2008 09:16:16 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
'There are 9 million bicycles in Beijing..and that's a fact' sings the luscious Katie Melua. Babe that she is, I doubt the veracity of this bold statement. The actual population of the Chinese capital is over 16m which means there are around 7 million cycle-less persons, which having been to Beijing myself I think unlikely. Secondly, it would've been better to have sung' There are an estimated 9 million..' or 'There are 9 million... give or take a few thousand' . I doubt there would be excatly 9 million bicycles.
I also take umbrage at advice from singers on self improvment and other such matters, the cheek of it. Fr'instance, M People said that 'you've got to search for the hero inside yourself', what! and probably put yourself in grave danger. Or maybe the lyrics are advice to drug mules and it's 'you've got to search for the heroin 'side yourself'.
Who else needs to be brought up short on factual inaccuracy or ill thought advice?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 12:55:42 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Afternoon ND
That Nena and her 99 Red Balloons, I don't think so. For starters even on a still day there would be enough shape-shifting of her balloons to make it impossible to scan and count that many before they floated off. Secondly at high altitude the exterior pressure decreases causing a difference in pressure between the helium gas inside and the vacuum outside, this would cause the helium to expand and burst. To get 99 balloons to be airborne together for long enough to individually count would be nearly impossible.

You would think they would check these things before making such statements

If she was alluding to Communism, that didn't work either.

Tsk, humbug etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 12:58:15 GMT
Lifes too short to get involved in this pish.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 13:01:08 GMT
Sera69 says:
But not too short to post, eh, Butler?!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 14:24:26 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
Aft'noon to you MC. I dont think Butler has got into the Yuletide ethos of sharing and generosity of spirit.Thing is, here we've got millions of children and youth who look to celebs for guidance and all they do is provide half-arsed advice and misinformation. If the kids wont learn in school, then it's left to Britney and the rest to educate.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 15:42:28 GMT
On further examination my response was a trifle harsh.

I need to count to ten before typing.

"E's are good, E's are good, .... Ebenezeer Goode" was a particularly damaging statement to the youths from a popular beat combo group.
Shame....(n) on you.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 16:00:32 GMT
Tikka says:
Surely a statement like 'It's raining men!' (Weather Girls) is a bit misleading......

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 18:04:19 GMT
MC Zaptone says:
Get Rich or Die Trying - 50 (no) Cents. I wasn't born in a ghetto (Brixton ain't Detroit no matter what you have heard) so maybe don't understand the desperation of that sentiment, trouble is nor were the vast majority of his young audience, it just adds to the I wannit NOW, it's my right, philosophy.

Respect everyone: gays, women and prostitutes included, doesn't seem to be the message, sad.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 18:15:57 GMT
Sparky says:
pst... I think Butler is mellowing

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 19:03:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Dec 2008 19:07:23 GMT
spiderboris says:
Was going to bring this one up on the bad lyrics one, but wasn't incensed enough last night...

re. Estelle's fairly recent travel request on American Boy - 'Take me to New York, I'd love to see LA', suggests that Kayne might not have properly versed her in the differences between east and west coast and indeed where things are there. ie LA probably not actually being in New York. He should know, one of them's his surname!

And I don't know about the rest of you but just like my one true hero Fifty Pence, I have every intention of getting rich or dying in my attempts. Mind you, this all depends on how the festive hostage negotiation for the lives of Dido and Natalie Imbruglia go. I might let Dido go, but they'll probably have to shoot me for Irn-Brulia. Oh well. C'est la pee!

Plus, I definitely respect everyone! Apart from all the prostitutes I murdered, of course!


In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 19:18:32 GMT
Martin says:
Spider - his name is Stewart Cop-eland - appropriate, huh? He's the only member of that particular combo with a proper musical pedigree as not only was he in Curved Air prior to joining them but also wrote the theme tune to The Equalizer.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 19:27:38 GMT
called Stewart cos his mother is Scottish....and his father Miles Copeland played trumpet in Glenn Millers Air Force Band and was a big shot in the CIA.

Bet they have a file on spiderboris a mile long.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 19:57:28 GMT
Sparky says:
I think it's hard to beat the great ladies of jazz when it comes to this misleading business. I mean take Cleo Laine 'On a Clear Day You can See For Ever' - I don't think so Mrs Dankworth, not even with binoculars; I've Got it Bad and That Ain't Good' - total gobbledygook. Then Ella chips in with 'It's Only a Paper Moon' - that's gonna confuse all the kids who've just been told it's green cheese. Thank goodness Dusty Springfield came along to sing some sense into us with down to earth, indisputable gems like 'I think it's Gonna Rain Today' - good chance in this country girl; but surely her greatest gift was to any boy born in a vicarage by creating that sexual mystique around anyone lucky enough to be the 'Son of a Preacher Man'.
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