Monday 28 April 2008

humphrey Lyttelton delivers swansong with giant kazoo band- Sunday Times - April 27, 2008

Humphrey Lyttelton, the jazz trumpeter who became doyen of the double entendre as chairman of the quiz show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, is to make a bid from beyond the grave to enter the record books as leader of the world’s biggest kazoo band. Lyttelton, who died on Friday aged 86 after heart surgery, equipped every member of the 3,550-strong audience with a kazoo at a live version of the radio programme earlier this month at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and encouraged them to hum into the simple instrument.

(via Heidi)
The Project has very simple parameters and it basically works like this: Men who are open to being given a swift kick in the balls need do nothing. Women will simply assume that any man not clearly indicating his position vis-a-vis being kicked in the balls with an approved OSSKBP badge or pin is open to being kicked in the balls, as any progressive, free-thinking, feminist man ought to be, by any woman who wishes to do so.
However, we also recognize and affirm that not all men will be so willing to serve. Therefore the OSSKBP provides two other options.
1. Men who would like to be asked for permission before a woman administers one or more swift kicks to their balls shall wear the offical OSSKBP "Ask First Pin" at all times...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may not be aware--since it's not mentioned in Heidi's link--that the OSSKBP is a satiric riposte to the quite real and rather misguided Open Source Boob Project, news of which caused a flurry of consternation in the sf community last week. The original post is here (if you must):

28 April 2008 at 21:54:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

I thought it did sound familiar...

29 April 2008 at 00:15:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

Having ben to a couple of sci-fi cons as a guest in recent years and thought it all a bit odd and interesting I did assume that there was this kind of backstory to the whole thing.

30 April 2008 at 15:59:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Hypersonic said...

I have listened to I'm Sorry I haven't a Clue for 30 years almost since it's beginning. the only time I missed it was when I first came out to Brazil and couldn't get it on long wave. Sad day for British radio, sad day for jazz.

30 April 2008 at 22:46:00 GMT-5  

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