The Big Issue : Edition 435
thebigissue21Jun–4Jul2013 9 “I always used to say that his love of life was superior to mine. And since he’s died, I feel an increase in love of life. It’s as if it’s your duty to love it on his behalf... The world has a better colour than it used to. I don’t know how long it will last.” Author Martin Amis (Other People; State of England) on an unexpected result of the death of his friend, journalist Christopher Hitchens, in December 2011. From The Independent (UK). “Mr Chairman, distinguished Parliament, the aim of this legislation is to deal with a serious phenomenon – the penetration of prohibited objects into prisons.” Israel’s education minister, Shai Piron, addresses the Israeli parliament about legislation to stop mobile phones entering prisons. Realising the possible innuendo, he got an attack of the giggles, which became contagious, and a colleague had to finish his address. If only parliament were like this more often. From The Telegraph (UK). “We always had many [different] expressions to describe ‘French kissing’, like ‘kissing at length in the mouth’. It’s true, we’ve never had one single word.” Laurence Laporte of the publishing house behind France’s Le Petit Robert dictionary on one of this year’s new words, galocher, meaning to kiss with tongues, or French kiss. Laporte was quick to point out that the lack of a specific term “never stopped us from doing it”. From The Atlantic (US). “We all learned to sign each other’s signatures. Except for Charlie. He wouldn’t sign anything. But me, Keith, Mick and Brian all could sign each other’s autographs.” Ex-Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman, 76, reveals that your treasured Stones autographs might not be all they seem. But would a Mick Jagger autograph penned by Keith Richards, or vice versa, be of any less value? Je suis un rock star frauduleux. From Rolling Stone (US). “There is now a menace which is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.” Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, demonises social media, as he responds to the anti-government protests in his country. Erdoğan, by the way, is on Twitter and has almost three million followers. From Wired (UK). » Frequently overhear tantalising tidbits? Don’t waste them on your friends – share them with the world at firstname.lastname@example.org.