The Man in the Street

This week Toby Young talks to the man in the street. Our man James Delingpole is literally on the streets of London – complete with the occasional car horn, siren and gusts of wind – but the show must go on.

Toby wraps up his trip with tales of Mexico and then, staying in North America, they take on Justin Trudeau and the Canadian Crackdown. Who is calling the shots? Is it the the PM or Klaus Schwab? Domestically we ask the question, “Is Boris Johnson running the worst government in recent memory?” And then they survey the damage of last week’s storm.

In Culture Corner we wrap up Reacher and take on Pam and Tommy (Hulu).

This week’s opening sound is Mark Dolan’s unique intro of James on GBNews last Friday.

 

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  1. Taras Coolidge
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    I gave the “Bendy Cumberbatch” gay cowboy movie, The Power of the Dog,  one star on Rotten Tomatoes:

    Doing his usual Amurrican accent, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a very unconvincing Montana cattle baron in the 1920s, who takes exception when his brother marries a pretty widow. Which doesn’t make sense, as their ranch will eventually need an heir, and he certainly won’t be providing one. Ghostlike, Kirsten Dunst wanders through the film, remaining silent when common sense would indicate she would say something. Her behavior would make sense if her character were a mute, or a recent immigrant who can’t speak English; but she is a successful frontier businesswoman with a nearly grown son. We are told she used to play the piano in a silent movie theater, which means that she would be playing for hours every evening, adapting herself to whatever is on the screen at any given moment; yet she has mysteriously forgotten how to play. And is mysteriously unable to get back in practice; and mysteriously unable to tell her new husband she can’t play for the visiting Governor. Maybe she’s supposed to be symbolic of something. N.B.: The terrible title is an obscure Biblical reference.

    “Symbolic of something”:  I had to be cautious about what I said, or the review would have been censored. The director is making a feminist — and ahistorical — point about women not being heard.  As the film is set just a few years after the suffragettes were heard so well that they won the right of American women to vote, this will seem absurd to any knowledgeable viewer.

    Kirsten Dunst probably took this thankless role because she could play opposite Jesse Plemons, her real life partner, who does pretty well as Bendy’s normal brother.  In the age of Covid, this meant they could do love scenes.

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  2. colleenb Member
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    Loved the opening – especially followed by James, of course, introducing his great and good friend Toby. They do such a great job of sparing with each other but still liking each other. A lesson for us all. Surprised they did not comment more on Canada being a Commonwealth nation. How does what Trudeau is doing bode for Britain, etc. 

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  3. JimGoneWild Coolidge
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    Once again, in my car, I’m on full volume and only catch about 95% of what they say. Pump up the volume!

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  4. EJHill Podcaster
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    JimGoneWild Once again, in my car, I’m on full volume and only catch about 95% of what they say. Pump up the volume!

    These files are encoded so that all audio is between -7 and -2 dB. Any more “pumped up” and it would be distorted!

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  5. JimGoneWild Coolidge
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    JimGoneWild : Once again, in my car, I’m on full volume and only catch about 95% of what they say. Pump up the volume!

    These files are encoded so that all audio is between -7 and -2 dB. Any more “pumped up” and it would be distorted!

    EJ, Hmmm? I don’t usually have to go to max volume so something was different.

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  6. EJHill Podcaster
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    JimGoneWild EJ, Hmmm? I don’t usually have to go to max volume so something was different.

    As I explained in the post, James was literally on the streets of London, doing the show on his phone. And everytime Tobes switched to his microphone his headsets stopped working. When you have a window you need to fly through it. The alternative was to scrub the show for the week.

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  7. JimGoneWild Coolidge
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    JimGoneWild : EJ, Hmmm? I don’t usually have to go to max volume so something was different.

    As I explained in the post, James was literally on the streets of London, doing the show on his phone. And everytime Tobes switched to his microphone his headsets stopped working. When you have a window you need to fly through it. The alternative was to scrub the show for the week.

    Ok. I see. Thanks EJ.

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