No Complaints #69: Ghostbusters, Gymnastics and John O’Groats

Roll on silly season, where the news is fun and not upsetting in different ways on an hourly basis.

Things to read

“It forms a loop around the whole northern tip of Scotland, from Inverness, close to our home, to John O’Groats in the north-east, along the stark sea of the north to Durness, then down the convoluted west coast before turning inland at the Applecross peninsula. The itinerary was designed by the North Highland Initiative, a non-profit organisation established by Prince Charles to spread the love across less-visited parts of the northern Highlands.”

I love driving in Scotland, and this route looks so interesting. I also now feel slightly conflicted about the Royal Family – that was a good idea, Prince Charles... Email to Pocket.


“But what if you didn’t like the original Ghostbusters? Or thought it was perfectly fine when you first saw it but haven’t been stroking its memory like a stuffed bunnykins ever since? If you’ve paid any attention at all to the Ghostbusters-remake flap that’s been unfolding on the web for nearly two years now – two years! – you’ve probably been watching with half as much brain energy as you spend gauging the ratio of milk to cereal you pour into the bowl each morning. But the loudest people on the web are never the most sensible, and it’s always the loudest that skew reality. If you dislike the original Ghostbusters – or even if you just think it’s merely OK – for the sake of mankind, it’s time to break your silence.”

Yes, I am one of those people. The original is OK, I guess, but I also really enjoyed the new one (as discussed on our podcast this week). Email to Pocket.


“Bad apples in the entourage are also worth a little vetting; hangers-on who will bring bad press. They needn’t necessarily be engaged in anything criminal (although, clearly, that’s a big no-no). It could be something as simple as a family member or friend who looks like they might spill to the press as soon as a blank cheque gets wafted under their noses. People like that are an unnecessary headache that can easily be avoided with the lightest bit of reconnaissance work.”

Why any celebrity worth their salt these days has a private investigator on the payroll. Email to Pocket.


“In 2011, a user named Teh1ppe discovered that YouTube’s length limit had quietly and dramatically increased for their account, so they celebrated by uploading 10 hours of Nyan Cat, which had just recently made its Internet debut as a three-and-a-half minute video. According to Know Your Meme, that Nyan Cat loop is the first 10-hour video. It went viral, which led to more 10-hour loops, copycat 10-hour loopers, and challenges where people would film themselves watching 10 hours of something, and then upload all 10 hours of that footage. ”

What were we thinkingEmail to Pocket.


“Clinton’s favourable ratings are still higher than any of the candidates’, including his wife’s. He can enchant billionaires, farmers, the kitchen staff. He talks to baristas about student debt, gleans a little story from the woman who sold him a pair of jeans – and then uses those anecdotes in his talks. His love of politics is obvious in every photograph, every hoarse speech, every lingering departure. He has his own small staff and his own schedule: more than 400 public campaign events in over 40 states and territories so far this year.”

How Team Clinton are using Bill. So interesting – apparently the Clintons now only see each other “when their schedules line up” but talk on the phone all day, every day. Email to Pocket.


Things to listen to

I’ve got really into this Mass Observation podcast recently. If you’re not familiar with MO, it's a very long-running social history research project in Britain that collects and archives testimony from volunteers about their everyday lives. I particularly liked this one with the editors of the MO diaries, this one about the English in love, and this one about how people remembered the war. The quality isn’t always great – lots of them are recorded talks or lectures – but the subject matter is completely fascinating.


Things to watch

I have never identified so strongly with a panda before.

Hurrah, the season of crazy sports is almost upon us again!

Leslie Jones + Kate McKinnon 4eva.


Compulsory medieval thingamabob

Out, damn snail.

The guest gif

Shakin' that ass.

THE END. See you next time*!
*Next time will probably be next Friday. If you want to suggest things I should include in the next one of these, please do reply and send me links.