Jade Goody I mean. I went to watch our village quiz last Friday (yes, that's how sad I am!). The last round in the quiz is an 'on the buzzer' style round with clues gradually helping uncover the answer. The question master started with 'British female'. The intellectual minds amongst us start running through female novelists, politicians, film stars etc.
'Born in south London.'
'Father died when she was young.'
'Mother injured in serious car accident'.
'Bloody hell' says I to my son who was (bizarrely) with me.
(there is a reason why both he and I were watching the village quiz that night - me because I mistakenly believed I was needed to read out some of the questions - he because he knew there was a good chance he would be bought some pints down the pub later)
'It's Jade Goody' says I.
And so it was. Shame I wasn't competing as that could have won my team six whole points. No, of course, when I am playing the answers are more likely to be some British female who was briefly an Under Secretary of State in 1963 and hasn't been heard of since. (Bitter? Yes.)
Only about ten pages about the Big Brother racism row in the Observer today - I wonder if The News of the World found space for any other story whatsoever?
But following the report of a conversation in the pub later that same evening I realise that sadly Ms Goody is far from alone in her extreme stupidity.
Someone asked the (horrible) pub landlord how he had enjoyed his recent holiday in Antigua. He replied, so I am very reliably informed - 'Well, it was alright but I wouldn't be in a hurry to go back there....too many blacks.'
What can you say in the face of such jaw dropping ignorance?
Nothing polite obviously.
To lighten the mood a puzzle for you all from our village quiz -
If James is 5, Edward is 3 and Henry is 2, who is 1? (Reidski is not allowed to give the answer to this one having been told it earlier today.)
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