Some brilliant radio links today. The BBC World Service broadcast part one of Inter-continental Cops yesterday.
On the Today programme, the last two items were wonderful. In the first, research has shown that people who have a particular political position zone out anything anithetical to that position. So a Democrat would automatically shut out George Dubya, while a Republican would shut out John "flip-flop" Kerry.
The second item was about books acting as a badge and what they say about the person carrying them. I know someone who has carried Tolstoy's War and Peace, not just because it was a good read, but the kind of man it could attract. Apparently newspapers and magazines don't count, because they don't require the same commitment books do. Rules out a voracious magazine and newspaper reader like me.
Man spots ancient Greek classic poking out of handbag of woman.
Man: Oooo, The Iliad. I like a bit of ancient Greek myself
Woman: Really? Well this is nothing, you haven't seen my Aristophanes yet
Man: If you show me your Aristophanes, I'll show you my Sword of Damocles
Man and Woman interlock arms and run off.