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Saturday, 26 December 2009
Christmas twaddle, or the nadir of zeniths

Christmas is the season of goodwill to all twaddle. Television is terminally twaddled, and as the newspapers all tell us,  "we" -  that is the conspiratorial "we" of journalists - don't mind because we're too tired or sozzled to notice. But the newspapers themselves are not immune from twaddling.

Reviewing Meryl Streep's latest film, The Sunday Times' Christopher Goodwin twaddles thus:

It seems astonishing that Streep, 60, is at the pinnacle of a career that has had many pinnacles.

How so? If the career has had many pinnacles, surely the latest pinnacle can't come as a surprise. It's just another pinnacle in a long line of pinnacles. Streep must be all pinnacled out by now. Or is this pinnacle bigger than all the others, and if it is, how can the others be proper pinnacles? And is there a bigger pinnacle round the corner, or is Streep over the hill, pinnacle-wise?

Perhaps they're mind-forged pinnacles, in which case each can be bigger than the last, and no harm done.

Posted on 12/26/2009 8:11 AM by Mary Jackson
27 Dec 2009

New Left Baby Boomer's are clinging to pinnacles....thus aging starlets and stars making movies to appeal to the bulging demographic.

Never trust anybody over 30.

26 Dec 2009
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 HF passed up the low-hanging fruit of the Islamic octopus sinking its pinnacles into the cosmic blue ball, earth:
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26 Dec 2009

 Perhaps Ms Streep, like Obama, is at the "precipice" of a pinnacle.