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Have you a clue?

The sad news of the unexpected death of one of Britain’s best-loved radio personalities prompted me to make this tribute. If you have a YouTube account, you can join the tribute.

On the couch…

I make no apology for featuring BenLoka twice in such quick succession. The reason will become obvious about two and a half minutes into the movie.

Echo

Uh… yeah.

Valkyrie

Every once in a while, you stumble on a rare undiscovered talent. Ralf Meyer, known as “ralfonzo83”, is one such talent.

Here he parodies Tom Cruise. If you’ve seen the infamous Scientology video that was leaked a little while back, you’ll appreciate this spoof trailer of Cruise’s latest movie, Valkyrie.

Meyer isn’t a professional, but consistently gets professional-looking results with a camcorder, a normal home computer, a green screen and a few costumes. Of course, he plays all the parts himself, except the voiceover. His Hitler is hilariously reminiscient of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator.

The Starbucks Principle

Starbucks, as everyone knows, is that chain of coffee shops that sells a bewildering array of coffee flavours and sizes. For some reason, instead of offering the sizes small, medium and large, they insist on tall, grande and venti, and then pretend not to understand if you order sensibly. If you want a medium, you have to remember to order a grande, or go without.

The big Starbucks fans, the ones who have got ordering down to a fine art, complain when lesser mortals get confused and hold up the line because the staff are trained not to meet the clients halfway. What, they want to know, is so difficult about reading from the menu?

Good point; and I think it would be just great if we could extend the Starbucks Principle to other areas of life. For example:

vache slice
steak
costume au James Bond
tuxedo
automobile energizer
petrol
goop pomodoro
tomato ketchup
timepiece moderne
digital clock
timepiece tradicionada
analogue clock
timepiece miniscule
wristwatch
payment-optimized
cheap

I think this would improve the quality of our lives no end, and foster creativity and imagination. I’d be all for it.