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One of my favorite Flight of the Conchords bits. We've all had this sort of conversation before, hadn't we? Well, maybe not exactly this sort...

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I can't stop watching The Thick of It and In the Loop. All that profane yelling in thick Glaswegian accents, it's mesmerizing. And oddly hot.

And that's just Malcolm Tucker. Here's his assistant/second-in-command/feral rabid dog Jamie:

"You take the piss out of Jolson again and I will remove your iPod from its tiny nano-sheath and push it up your cock. Then I'll put some speakers up your arse and put it on to shuffle with my fucking fist. And every time I hear something that I don't like--which will be every time that something comes on--I will skip to the next track by crushing your balls."

That's a masterclass, right there.
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Why yes, I am using my off-sick days to trawl for Sherlock fic.

It's Not The Violin, by [livejournal.com profile] sam_storyteller. Somewhere between Alejandro and the fistfight, John Watson became someone Sherlock Holmes would kill for.

Sherlock smiled a little, turning to him. "Anything you'd like me to play?"

"I don't know anything about music," John said. "I wouldn't know what to ask for."

Sherlock nodded and put his chin back to the violin, testing its tuning for a second before ripping into something fast and oddly familiar --

John burst out laughing again. "Is that Lady Gaga?"

"Is it? Is that artist or title?"

"Artist," John said. "How are you playing it without knowing what it is?"

"I heard it in a shop," Sherlock replied, managing to shrug without losing his place in the music. "It's not precisely subtle, but I suppose subtlety for the masses is overrated."

SHERLOCK PLAYING LADY GAGA ON THE VIOLIN. That alone is worth the price of admission. (It's not the only reason you should read this fic, though. It's the best fic depiction of the Sherlock-and-John bromance I have ever read.)

Bonus video: Bad Romance on violin (viola?)

Lady Gaga really works on strings, I see.
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[h/t The Daily PCIJ]

The U.S. State Department as well as "a coalition of civic groups" (YT) sponsored a Youtube contest asking for answers to the question "What is Democracy?", and was promptly deluged by nearly 1000 video responses from nearly a hundred countries. This video, "Long Live The Fearless Man" from Filipinos Aissa PeƱafiel and Miguel Ocampo, was one of the six winners of the competition.

Watch it, and then watch it again, this time listening to the actual words.

It's beautifully, hauntingly poetic in Filipino.

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