James Blunt, it would be fair to say, is not everyone’s cup of tea. I’m not his biggest fan myself but you know what? I can think of plenty of artists/bands more worthy of scorn and dismissal.
Blunt’s problem was that a bandwagon of dislike started rolling when he had his number one hit “You’re Beautiful”. The falsetto voice and rather twee subject matter of the song got some danders up and he became an easy target.
It seems that Blunt, a former captain in the British Army, has taken on and is relishing his role as hate figure on social media.
He reveals himself as good humoured and quick witted in response to some of the insults he has to endure on Twitter.
For example in response to the barbed comment “James Blunt just has an annoying face and a highly irritating voice” Blunt replies “And no mortgage”. Here are some more.
He’s turned the whole thing to his advantage by his own anti-marketing campaign with products such as:
The Poke has compiled a selection of Blunt’s best 2013 put downs in an article entitled 30 reasons why James Blunt won at Twitter in 2013. It gave me my best laugh of the New Year so far.
Well, I watched some of the opening ceremony. All the history bit and then the parade of the countries.
I lost the will to continue watching at “G”.
I am neither a fan of ceremonies nor the Olympics but given that there had to be an opening ceremony for the Olympics, I don’t think it could really have been improved on much.
I must admit to a wee lump in the throat when the staff and patients of Great Ormond Street Hospital did their bit.
There were tributes to the Suffragettes and the Jarrow marchers amongst many other wide and diverse aspects of British society.
I suppose these references were what prompted these tweets from Tory MP Aidan Burley:
Mr Burley apparently enjoys nothing more than a Nazi themed party (The Tories?)
How else can one explain anyone thinking that a ceremony laden with Union Flags, Her Maj, David Beckham, James Bond, Cricket and Morris Dancing was left wing?
As I say I didn’t have the willpower to stay up and watch Sir Paul do his Marcel Marceaux tribute but what I saw was ok.
I hear they got seven young athletes to light the flame rather than the usual suspects so that has to be good.
Oh! and by the way, the football season in Scotland starts today!
What Ricky Gervais said about Twitter last year:
“I just don’t get it, I’m afraid. I’m sure it’s fun as a networking device for teenagers but there’s something a bit undignified about adults using it. Particularly celebrities who seem to be showing off by talking to each other in public.
If I want to tell a friend, famous or otherwise what I had to eat this morning, I’ll text them. And since I don’t need to make new virtual friends, it seemed a bit pointless to be honest.”