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09:53 pm - Williams
  • Some of you might like to be reminded that there's a Friends-locked post with my address and phone number in. There's a link to it in the userinfo if ever you lose it.

  • The UK's Top Ten Williamses List, December 2005

    10) Danny Williams. British heavyweight boxer famous for beating a fading-really-badly Mike Tyson. Unsuccessful in a European title challenge against an unheralded Turk and a WBC world title challenge against Vitali Klitschko. Fighting against Audley Harrison on Saturday and not expected to do too well.
    9) Montel Williams. His talk show was broadcast on Channel 4 over here for a while, but it failed to have the impact of even Ricki Lake, let alone Oprah Winfrey. Probably less impact than Ireland's Gay Byrne on "The Late Late Show", even.
    8) My mate Phil Williams. Phil is huge, about three inches taller than the bloke we used to call Big Gordon (who himself is 6'5") and built like a brick external closet. Really nice guy, though, and very kindly gave me a lift from the games convention I went to last summer. Phil won the first English Settlers of Catan Championship in 2002, but second-placed Tanya Fox took our slot at that year's world championship. I'd pick Phil in a fight against Danny at #10.
    7) Mark Williams. Habitually glum Welsh snooker player who nevertheless won the World Championship in 2000 and 2003. He was awarded the MBE in June 2004 and has been off his game ever since. Yet another snooker player who has since turned to poker with some success.
    6) Sir Frank Williams. Has run a highly successful Formula One motor racing team since 1977, winning the constructors' championship nine times, despite being confined to a wheelchair since a car accident in 1986. Would be ranked higher if his team hadn't been a little off the pace for the last few years.
    5) Shirley Williams. One of the "Gang of Four" politicians who founded New Labour in 1981, but made the mistake of calling it the Social Democratic Party. Has been vindicated in much of her political views, but the SDP never had much success.
    4) King Williams. A mixed bag here. William I was the king with whom school history starts; accordingly terribly influential. William II, non-event drunkard. William III managed to unify his title as Prince of Orange with the crown of King of England (and Ireland) and later the King of Scotland, making him far more successful at accumulting titles than Danny Williams at #10 above. Oversaw quite a good revolution. William IV lost quite a few points today for being distantly and illegitimately related to the new leader of the Conservative Party, but King Williams could yet climb the charts again should William V yet win the big belt.
    3) John Williams. Composer of film scores and other works. Wins Oscars for fun. Has only produced two different scores in the last 20 years, though, Schindler's List and All The Rest Of Them.
    2) Robbie Williams. Singer, formerly of boy band Take That. Spends considerable time and effort getting people to speculate about his sexuality, then sues newspapers who suggest he might be gay. And wins. You can't have it both ways, Robbie, and I can't afford to suggest that you've demonstrated that, in fact, you can.
    1) David Walliams. One half of the hottest comedy act in the UK at the moment, Little Britain, which is winning awards left, right and centre as a more up-to-date version of The Fast Show. Has been working with Matt Lucas, who might these days somehow have eclipsed Reeves and Mortimer who gave him his big break, all his career, but highly regarded for his solo work as well.

    Oh. Walliams. Still, though.

    The UK's Bottom One Williamses List: Bill Jillians.

  • The Docklands Light Railway's extension to London City Airport and beyond is now open, hurrah! The London Underground sometimes bills itself as the first internal rail system to take passengers directly to an airport, having extended itself to Heathrow in 1977. I don't know whether that's true or not, but I'd be curious to know whether there are comparable systems in the world which link two or more airports.

    Of course, many people will be wondering how the new line affects Mornington Crescent strategy, and the answer is delightfully simple. Tell someone that you're playing the London City Airport extension ruleset, as you would be, and open with the wonderful Pontoon Dock. The following exchange then becomes legal under all rulesets:

    Our Hero: Pontoon Dock
    Chump: (thinks: if we're playing the London City Airport extension ruleset, er...) London City Airport
    Our Hero: Mornington Crescent. Legal in this situation under all variants.

    But nobody's going to be silly enough to fall for that, are they?

Current Mood: tiredle tired, but happy
Current Music: "Last Train to Trancentral", KLF
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From:bopeepsheep
Date:December 6th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Well, Walliams was born Williams.

Wot no Kenneth?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:December 7th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
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9¾ Kenneth Williams. Veteran Carry On actor who nurdled his wadger on the radio as Syd Rumpo; career highlight was appearing as The Moog in a daweaver icon. Loses points because I used to confuse him with Kenneth Grahame and Frankie Howard. Would beat Danny Williams in a fight.
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From:bopeepsheep
Date:December 7th, 2005 10:22 am (UTC)
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I think it was his splod that Syd nurdled, but no mind. :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:December 7th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
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I suppose the plural ought to be Kings William rather than King Williams.

I thought that King Williams were either a type of potato or a type of spaniel, but the latter is King Charles.
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From:undyingking
Date:December 7th, 2005 08:29 am (UTC)
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... and the former is King Edward. There's a Williams (or possibly William's) pear, if that's any help?
From:quidditchmaster
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
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What's Mornington Crescent?
From:quidditchmaster
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
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Never mind, wikipedia is quite useful ;)
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From:undyingking
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
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David Walliams's actual last name is indeed Williams. He uses Walliams for stage purposes to make it sound more interesting.
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From:bopeepsheep
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
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And because there already was a David Williams in Equity. The curse of the years for actors with common names (see Stewart Granger). Although I see it has now extended to Conservative MPs...
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From:dramawench
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Uh huh. Have officially added you to Christmas card list ;D
From:mr_babbage
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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You forgot Walliams' triumphant turn as the Lift in Incredible Games.

London City Airport to Mornington Crescent isn't valid if the stations are high and you're in nid.
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From:imc
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
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I didn't, though. :-)

Obviously the trick of changing his surname to Walliams worked on me, since I've always known his name since then.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:December 7th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
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Triumphant? Try "rub".

Agreed, but at the start of a game, Pontoon Dock to LCA to MC nevertheless works.
From:athena_arena
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Ah, y'see, in my top ten, I'd have to include my old housemate from Durham, Tom Williams. He is one of the nicest, most fantabulous guys I know.
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From:imc
Date:December 6th, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Why are you talking about Williams, just out of interest?

And why do you include John Williams in a list of the UK's top ten Williams, when you didn't even include John Williams? (Admittedly he was born in Australia, but at least he lives in Britain now.)

Also, bopeepsheep reminds me, you left out juggzy.

And you left out Mark Williams, which for a Potter fan surely can't be excused?
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From:bopeepsheep
Date:December 6th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Your telepathy must be working overtime. I wasn't aware of speaking out loud about someone jiggery_pokery doesn't even know (TTBOMK).
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:December 7th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
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Having two John Williams in a list would just be confusing. Besides, it's a top ten, so some people have to be left out.

That's why Mark Williams' snooker has been worsening these days - too busy suiting you, sir. Mornin', Weasleys!
From:ex_homestar577
Date:December 6th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
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What, no mention of the Royal Guards of Hattytown? Weren't they Willy, William, and Will?

And you must have somehow known that I was thinking of calling at some point in the not-too-distant future.
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From:amnewsboy
Date:December 7th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
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(tap)(tap)(tap)(tap)(tap)(tap)(tap)

Computer says no.
From:daweaver
Date:December 7th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
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You asked for it...

And how could you *paaahsibbly* miss off "William, It Was Really Nothing"?

William IV lost quite a few points today for being distantly and illegitimately related to the new leader of the Conservative Party

Oh dear. This is going to turn into a joke from the next edition of Private Eye, isn't it...

William IV
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Elizabeth FitzClarence
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Elizabeth ClarenceHouseStables
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Agnes Hay
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Agnes Duff
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Plum Duff
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Orange Duff
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Duck a l'Orange
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Donald Duck
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Donald Cameron
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Donald Ian Cameron
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David William Donald Cameron
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WD 40
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Number 10


I'll just change my name to dahislop and be done with it, shall I?

Spends considerable time and effort getting people to speculate about his sexuality, then sues newspapers who suggest he might be gay. And wins. You can't have it both ways, Robbie, and I can't afford to suggest that you've demonstrated that, in fact, you can.

Ah, no. Mr Williams sued the Sunday Pibble over the latter's claims that he had *lied*. It's reasonably clear that accusations of falsehood are defamatory; in recent years, no-one has asked a jury to consider whether "being gay" is defamatory, or even capable of being defamatory. Not even the notorious heterosexual Jason Donovan - he also took The Farce to court over their insinuations that he was a lying t'rag.

Anyway, I know that Deal or No Deal is popular and a huge success, but how come there's so much interest in the show's researchers?

Of course, if you're starting with Pontoon Dock, I'm going to go to Turnham Green. With optimal play from both sides, I believe that's my win. Though with sub-optimal play from your side, you could still win. Hey-ho.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:December 8th, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)

Who let the Moogs out?

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Williams vs. Sunday People: a good point well made, and it does indeed make a difference.

If there is a sequence of actions that permits Pontoon Dock to Turnham Green to turn into a win for me, I am not quite so sure that those moves were actually sub-optimal on my part :-)
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From:oinomel71
Date:December 9th, 2005 10:25 am (UTC)

Re: Who let the Moogs out?

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Ahahaha... sub-optimal play by you is definitely optimal for daweaver. I've come to understand that it's just not my game though, having now been stuck in Dollis Hill for 37 years...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 6th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)

Two Trains to Airports

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Chicago
O'Hare in 1984 http://www.chicago-l.org/stations/ohare.html
Midway in 1993 http://www.chicago-l.org/stations/midway.html
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:January 6th, 2006 01:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Two Trains to Airports

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Very cool, O anonymous poster. Thank you.

Is that a reasonable way to change from one to the other (changing between blue and orange at Clark) or does this way madness lie?

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