In recent months my blog has attracted the attention of spammers - though as comments are screened before publication it's all a bit of a wasted effort on their part, I'm afraid. But I thought I would share some of their contributions anyway, what with it being a slow day and all.
A post about the Four Tops, for example, attracted this enthusiastic response:
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After a post about the doo wop documentary Street Corner Soul chiding the BBC I received the flattering response:
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In the translation.
And if I have indeed made that easier for the busy reader with a world of competing attractions - even if all that means is that you can tell in doublequick time that my particular brand of wordspinning is not for you - then I am grateful.
It reminds me of a stupid phrase, a translation on the packaging of a Japanese or Chinese toy owned by the daughter of a friend. I can't remember now what the toy was, but for some reason the slogan is burnt into my mind forever.
You ready? It ran, in its entirety:
Daring - Don't Fear of My Eyes!Why I should remember that I don't know - except that it was near the end of a happy day and all of us, adults and child, delighted equally in the stupidity and ill-assortedness of this particular botched striving for meaning, which occasionally returned to remind us of that day when we were united again. It became a catchphrase, of sorts, a memento of that day, along with the phrases "MMMMbankment" and "Naughty Puppy Cake" - neither of which, trust me, would gain all that much from further explanation here. But all three sayings still have a kind of magical force, at least for me: as my spamming friends might put it, they make backward glance easy.