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May 31, 2009, 11:23 PM
 
...but that's not the sad part.

This sign is what's the real tragedy here:



I mean, really. I was under the impression that Brits had a slightly better grasp on the English language than your average American...
     
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May 31, 2009, 11:42 PM
 
The lady on the right looks American.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 12:13 AM
 
"EYE'S"

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Jun 1, 2009, 12:30 AM
 
The show's best dancers won over the show's best singer. Given the considerable difference in market cap for singers and dancers, Boyle will definitely be more successful than Diversity.

However, none of these two have differentiated themselves enough within their genres to become more than one-hit wonders. Perhaps high value production and mass marketing will come to the rescue?

On the other hand, with acting classes, a Julie-Andrews-style musical would draw me to the theater, and maybe even buy the Bluray.
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Jun 1, 2009, 02:11 AM
 
My wife and I were rooting for Aidan Davis. We knew he didn't have much of a shot though, since there's no way another small, young, uber-talented dancer would win two years in a row.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 06:08 AM
 
Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
I mean, really. I was under the impression that Brits had a slightly better grasp on the English language than your average American...
Clearly, your mistaken.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 06:19 AM
 
Its really no big deal that people cant get the your and you're part thing down pat.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 06:29 AM
 
Is it n'ow?
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 08:18 AM
 
Originally Posted by ctt1wbw View Post
Its really no big deal that people cant get the your and you're part thing down pat.
...except that English-speaking folk used to remember this very basic rule.

Thanks to a combination of MySpace, TV addiction, and a general decline in reading books, people are getting dumber - particularly when it comes to grammar and spelling.

Remembering that "your" is possessive and "you're" is a contraction is pretty damn easy.

Same goes for people putting apostrophes in front of every damn "s" they see. Who the hell started that trend?
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 08:23 AM
 
Is this the point in the thread where I point out that quotes weren't used around the title of the TV show?

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Jun 1, 2009, 09:09 AM
 
Umm... Shif...

You know that it's spelt "Britain", not "Britian", right?

As for the show. It's crap.
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Jun 1, 2009, 09:11 AM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
As for the show. It's crap.
Exactly.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 09:47 AM
 
Them Brits don't speak English so good, they loosers.
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Jun 1, 2009, 09:52 AM
 
looser then what?

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Originally Posted by d4nth3m4n View Post
looser then what?

THAN
Looser than my brain... which is pretty loose right now.

But on a good note, I finally deciphered your name. After all these years, I figured it out. Just now.
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Jun 1, 2009, 10:23 AM
 
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Jun 1, 2009, 10:33 AM
 
Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Looser than my brain... which is pretty loose right now.

But on a good note, I finally deciphered your name. After all these years, I figured it out. Just now.
Well at least you can always fall back on your good looks...
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 10:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by Salty View Post
Well at least you can always fall back on your good looks...
Coming from you, that makes me blush.
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Jun 1, 2009, 10:55 AM
 
Susan Boyle got way more publicity out of this than anyone ever has on that show.
     
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Originally Posted by osiris View Post
Coming from you, that makes me blush.
I could make you do a lot more than blush
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 11:10 AM
 
Isn't it annoying how "salty" turns every thread into a GAY thread?

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Originally Posted by RAILhead View Post
Isn't it annoying how "salty" turns every thread into a GAY thread?

You're just jealous that you're not making anyone blush.
     
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"Faster, faster! 'Till the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death." - HST
     
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Originally Posted by RAILhead View Post
Isn't it annoying how "salty" turns every thread into a GAY thread?

Wait...Salty's gay? I guess if I go back and look at his previous posts, I can kind of see it. It's kind of like finding out that Bruce Willis was really a ghost.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 11:43 AM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
As for the show. It's crap.
Oh I don't know... I liked Stavros Flatley.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 12:00 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doofy View Post
Umm... Shif...

You know that it's spelt "Britain", not "Britian", right?

As for the show. It's crap.
I had it the other way, then I switched it. Oh well. Mods, feel free to correct my spelling travesty in the subject line.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 12:07 PM
 
If only there was some computerized mechanism that would look at each word you type and ensure that it's spelled correctly. That'd sure be nice.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 12:13 PM
 
These com-pew-tors.... I think we'll see more of them in the future. They're handy.
     
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These com-pew-tors.... I think we'll see more of them in the future. They're handy.
Indeed I can press buttons, and then letters appear on this screen. I can even send an internet to my secretary it might take a few days for her to get it, but golly gee is it convenient!
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 12:31 PM
 
Talking about Frodo's Mom, she threw a bit of a wobbly when she didn't win.

Britain's Got Talent bosses face probe over Susan Boyle's 'emotional breakdown' | Mail Online

A police spokeswoman said: 'We were called about 6pm on Sunday to a central London hotel to doctors assessing a woman under the Mental Health Act.

'Police attended at the request of ambulance personnel and the woman was taken voluntarily to a clinic. No one was arrested and there were no allegations of crime.'
That's what we call "sectioned".
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Jun 1, 2009, 03:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
I had it the other way, then I switched it. Oh well. Mods, feel free to correct my spelling travesty in the subject line.
"tian" is pronounced "shan" or "chan".

English-speaking folk used to remember this very basic rule.

Thanks to a combination of MySpace, TV addiction, and a general decline in reading books, people are getting dumber - particularly when it comes to grammar and spelling.

If it had simply been a slip - like most of the your/you're errors would seem to be - it wouldn't be a problem, even given your earlier post.

But admitting it was plain ignorance makes you look like a total lugnut, shif.
     
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Jun 1, 2009, 07:15 PM
 
Cannot wait for her CD!
     
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Originally Posted by Person Man View Post
Oh I don't know... I liked Stavros Flatley.
I saw that last night on the internets. I lol'd

I've never actually watched this show (or any other reality/talent show, come to think of it), just caught a clip or two on youtube, but my impression from the coverage of this Boyle woman is that people are amazed that she can sing so well while being somewhat unattractive. Do I have that right? If so, I find that rather sad and pathetic.
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Originally Posted by Eug View Post
Susan Boyle got way more publicity out of this than anyone ever has on that show.
For the moment, yes, but Paul Potts has gone one to record several CDs, which have sold millions of copies in Europe. Besides, she didn't really "lose" anything; she finished in second place, and if she doesn't go bonkers over the publicity, she could still have a recording contract waiting for her.
     
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Originally Posted by ThinkInsane View Post
I saw that last night on the internets. I lol'd

I've never actually watched this show (or any other reality/talent show, come to think of it), just caught a clip or two on youtube, but my impression from the coverage of this Boyle woman is that people are amazed that she can sing so well while being somewhat unattractive. Do I have that right? If so, I find that rather sad and pathetic.
That's the sad and pathetic truth, and it applies equally to Paul Potts.

This voyeuristic truth is masked by the marketing angle that these amazing talents have been slumbering unrecognized in unlikely spots.

Which of course, has long been exposed as utter marketing bullshit, since both Potts and Boyle have had formal training, and have been involved in "amateur" or semi-professional performance for quite some years.
     
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For the moment, yes, but Paul Potts has gone one to record several CDs...
Now was that the gentleman from a couple of years back where everyone was so pleasantly surprised that a dumpy and generally unattractive man had such a beautiful voice? There seems to be a trend here that makes me loathe these shows all the more. When the hell did someone's looks become the measure of their vocal talent? Before the age of skanky little pop divas, there were a great many fantastic signers that weren't what one would generally describe as pretty.
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Originally Posted by ThinkInsane View Post
Now was that the gentleman from a couple of years back where everyone was so pleasantly surprised that a dumpy and generally unattractive man had such a beautiful voice? There seems to be a trend here that makes me loathe these shows all the more. When the hell did someone's looks become the measure of their vocal talent? Before the age of skanky little pop divas, there were a great many fantastic signers that weren't what one would generally describe as pretty.
That was more than fifty years ago, though.
     
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Originally Posted by Doofy View Post

That's what we call "sectioned".
Isn't sectioned involuntary hospitalization? According to the article, Boyle wasn't.
     
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Originally Posted by Phileas View Post
Isn't sectioned involuntary hospitalization? According to the article, Boyle wasn't.
"Voluntary, or else".

In one of today's articles:
Britain's Got Talent the backlash: Priory clinic boss attacks producers as Susan Boyle suffers 'breakdown' | Mail Online
Within 24 hours, police officers and TV producers had forcibly escorted her to The Priory clinic in north London.
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Originally Posted by ThinkInsane View Post
Now was that the gentleman from a couple of years back where everyone was so pleasantly surprised that a dumpy and generally unattractive man had such a beautiful voice? There seems to be a trend here that makes me loathe these shows all the more. When the hell did someone's looks become the measure of their vocal talent? Before the age of skanky little pop divas, there were a great many fantastic signers that weren't what one would generally describe as pretty.
Celine Dion comes to mind.

I mean, they make her up pretty well for her album covers and photo shoots and stuff, but you gotta admit...she's got a horse-face.
     
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Originally Posted by ThinkInsane View Post
Now was that the gentleman from a couple of years back where everyone was so pleasantly surprised that a dumpy and generally unattractive man had such a beautiful voice? There seems to be a trend here that makes me loathe these shows all the more. When the hell did someone's looks become the measure of their vocal talent? Before the age of skanky little pop divas, there were a great many fantastic signers that weren't what one would generally describe as pretty.
That would be him, and you are correct about that trend. Many people live their lives vicariously through TV.

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Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
Celine Dion comes to mind.

I mean, they make her up pretty well for her album covers and photo shoots and stuff, but you gotta admit...she's got a horse-face.
Given that with today's photo editing technology it is possible to take a picture of a golden retriever and turn it into Nicole Kidman, looking good on your album cover is hardly proof of beauty.

Take Beyonce, for instance. Looks great in her music videos, but when you see her interviewed on live TV you realize she has what in the entertainment industry they call, "a face for radio."
     
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Originally Posted by ThinkInsane View Post
I saw that last night on the internets. I lol'd

I've never actually watched this show (or any other reality/talent show, come to think of it), just caught a clip or two on youtube, but my impression from the coverage of this Boyle woman is that people are amazed that she can sing so well while being somewhat unattractive. Do I have that right? If so, I find that rather sad and pathetic.
That's what it looked like to me when it hit a few weeks ago. Here's someone who looks like a normal person who can sing. Wow. Lots of normal people can sing really well when they want to, and when they practice enough. I applaud her gift, which is truly amazing, but the whole thing is sickening.
     
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Jun 3, 2009, 03:45 PM
 
Personally I wish I could sing... sadly I'm only blessed with above average talent in photoshop, ok poetry, and the ability to kiss better than anyone else on the planet...
     
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That's part of his secret.
     
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That's part of his secret.
That and garlic powder.
     
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Salty, me old fruit, your sig image ain't showing.
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