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Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 24, 2015 - 2:39pm

The sixty-second rendition of The Lord's Prayer that the Church of England wanted to play in British cinemas before screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this Christmas. Digital Cinema Media, the company that handles most cinema advertising in the UK, has refused to accept the video on the basis that it "may offend" some people.

Youtube do dia: Balldogs

Submitted by Rick Eyre on April 2, 2012 - 1:55pm

Over and above all the usual tiresome attempts at April Foolery, this two-minute video from the England and Wales Cricket Board is one of my favourites this year (along with 8-bit Google Maps). An "innovation" almost plausible enough that it wouldn't surprise me if the IPL tried to adapt it for real.

Here's the ECB's accompanying statement on the balldogs innovation, post-edited to partly wimp out of the April Fool's joke.

Tribe, starring Arthur Beetson

Submitted by Rick Eyre on December 2, 2011 - 7:09am

Arthur Beetson, one of Australia's greatest rugby league players of all time, died suddenly on December 1 at the age of 66. A larger-than-life figure who was a brilliant play maker in the second row for Balmain, Easts and Parramatta, his last major game of football as a player was the inaugural State of Origin clash between Queensland and New South Wales in 1980. The first indigenous Australian to captain a national sporting side, Beetson became a coach, mentor and indigenous community leader in later years. And he even had a go at acting.

Youtube do dia: I move that so much of standing orders be suspended so that...

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 23, 2011 - 8:14pm

And you thought Federal Parliament in Canberra was unruly? During debate in South Korea's parliament yesterday over a Free Trade Agreement with the US, an opposition member threw a canister of tear gas in the chamber. Despite this, a vote in favour of the FTA was carried 151 votes to seven. This report from Agence France-Presse does not indicate how the gas wielding politician voted (or, indeed, if he got the chance to.)

Youtube do dia: Twitter reinterpreted for ukelele

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 2, 2011 - 12:03am

Twitter is the tool which has delivered so much inspiration to us all over the past few years, don't you agree? (Don't answer that.)

Paradoxically, tweeting has almost killed off this blog of mine, so let me fight back and use this blog to document some of the most sublime reinterpretations of Twitter.

I've already reported William Shatner's be-bop recitation of Sarah Palin's tweets in 2009 (though the video appears to be no longer available), and the brilliant marriage of New Yorker cartoons and Kanye West tweetage in 2010. Here, from March this year at no less than the 3rd Annual Shorty Awards, is Amanda Palmer's ukelele medley of the Most Amusing Tweets of the year:

Youtube do dia: The Ship Song

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 26, 2011 - 7:57pm

An array of Australia's finest and a few overseas friends cover Nick Cave's extraordinary The Ship Song in this video, part of a forthcoming documentary about, and filmed in, the Sydney Opera House.

Much more of The Ship Song Project on Youtube.

Youtube do dia: I'm only talking to Gladys

Submitted by Rick Eyre on March 27, 2011 - 7:47pm

It didn't take long for this moment, late in the evening of the ABC's NSW election telecast last night, to become a Twitter meme. Premier-elect Barry O'Farrell hauled before the cameras at the Liberal Party victory party for a quick interview, only to tell anchorman Kerry O'Brien that he only wanted to talk to telecast panellist, and his future transport minister, Gladys Berejiklian.

As was confirmed later, no snub of Red Kerry was intended in the frenetic atmosphere of the Parramatta Leagues Club.


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