Thursday Oct 30, 2008

In Praise Of... Russell Brand

One of my favorite columnists from my favorite newspaper, the Guardian, is in "a spot of bother". (He made an "inappropriate" prank call on his BBC 2 radio program.) I have been an admirer of Russell Brand for several years. His weekend sports column, focusing primarily on his love for West Ham, the football club of which he is an ardent fan (and which turned out to be a dank little corner of London when I ended up near there accidentally about a year ago), is simply brilliant. His sentences are colorful, lively, warm, amazing. And completely original. His metaphors are incredible. He makes reading about sport a literary endeavor. Read these articles to get an impression of his style:

I'd never have thought I'd use this word to describe someone's way of speaking, but I saw his language referred to recently as "baroque", which is exactly right.

To see his true & 100% original brilliance, a David Letterman piece should serve well:

Other things I've seen of him on YouTube are a lot less good than the above (though his appearance on the Craig Ferguson show was also pretty brilliant). Anyway, I never knew that he had a show on BBC 2 and, now that I know, I'm very surprised at that. They don't deserve him and never did. Good for him for having resigned. And I'm looking forward to his next column already (one of the highlights of my weekend).


Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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