JAMBOREE BAG – WHY IQ IS BOLLOCKS, TUNES TO CHECK AND NEGOTIATING BOTTLENECKS

Tim Stanley, Sun. Tel. 8.12.13, put up a good defence of Boris Johnson’s failure to answer IQ test questions after making that speech suggesting IQ was important.  It was a good stunt to throw them at him, I have to say, but as Tim Stanley said, most normal people just cannot be bothered to think about trick questions of the kind the test compilers love …

“It’s as if they were written by a swot who compensates for diminished height and body odour by making other people feel idiotic.

“IQ tests test patience, not wit.”

 

Tim also strikes a chord with me by wishing background music suppliers  could come up with something seasonal other than I Wish It Could  Be Christmas Every Day and the rest of the usual suspects.  He suggests  …

Christmas Dream, by Roxy Music, recording as The Dumbells in 1980 … “a classic example of Eighties synthesised spookiness that actually sounds frozen”.

December Will Be Magic Again, by Kate Bush … “so beautiful it pains me to know it’s so rarely heard” but “perhaps too clever for the office party”.

A Tapestry Of Carols by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band … “to really escape the modern Christmas, the 16th century is a good place to start”.

PS: A note here in preparation for my next surf in search of music somebody else has made me want to hear …

Ivan Hewett, Sun. Tel. 8.12.13, writing an obituary of pianist Stan Tracey: “I particularly love Tracey’s solo on a version of Body & Soul by American guitarist Wes Montgomery.  Every move is unexpected, and yet as the solo unfolds, a sense of inevitability gathers.”

PPS: Not sure what to do with this yet, but it could be the start of Ten Tricks You Can Learn On YouTube?

How to remove a cork which has fallen into a bottle …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL1ovAYtKuQ/

The explanation in brief is …

Poke a plastic bag down into the bottle; blow up the bag so it traps the cork against the side of the bottle; and pull.

 

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