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July 13, 2007


In the comments on yesterday's piece. Mike Medina of St. Albans carries on with the task of expanding the language:

I've thought of a possible new parlour game - Banticipation - in which contestants are invited to guess what's going to be next.

An excellent neologism, don't you think? Lessee, the BMA has discussed the banning of drinking in public, the serving of more than two drinks to an individual in one visit to a pub, the CRE a Tintin book (and if that goes, where Huck Finn, with the reference to "nigger"?...which is as everyone should know, one of the great anti-racist scenes in American literature), well, anyone got more candidates?

Banticipation played in the comments section?

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Smoking in your own home if you have children.

Trans fats (whatever they are) - they like banning them in the US, not much longer until they are here.

The Dam Busters due to the dog being called Nigger (already censored by ITV at least).

Posted by: Tristan Mills | Jul 13, 2007 11:58:09 AM

blogs that take the piss out of people who want to ban stuff?

Posted by: ph | Jul 13, 2007 1:51:11 PM

Tim's original thought has been done:

(while the book centres on the use of the n-word in Huck Finn, its most amusing 'idiot censors' scene is when the librarian heroine points out there are scenes of rape and appalling cruelty in the Bible as well - so the craven school principal tears the relevant pages out...)

Tim adds: Not sure that I'd try to claim the Huck Finn one as original....but good to see that it has been done.

Posted by: john b | Jul 13, 2007 2:21:12 PM

Tim Worstall will call for something that people enjoy to be abolished, on account of the way it is funded?

Posted by: Neil | Jul 13, 2007 3:29:18 PM

I think it's important to concentrate on things that many find enjoyable and don't really harm anybody else, e.g. hunting and fishing, smoking at home or in your car, cheap flights, pornography, eating sticky buns or meat, listening to an MP3 player with headphones, drinking alcohol (whether in public or at home), competitive sports, being filthy rich, Tintin books, Enid Blyton books, using swear words etc. BUT of course all of these things are either bad for you, offensive to a pruirent minority or they are just not PC or "green".

That's why they banned foxhunting (but not halal slaughter), playing conkers, smoking in pubs etc.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 13, 2007 3:59:11 PM


Posted by: dearieme | Jul 13, 2007 4:01:47 PM

Violent computer games.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 13, 2007 4:15:48 PM

Scantily clad women in advertisements and size-zero models.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 13, 2007 4:20:57 PM


Tim adds: Who would want to ban the BBC? Sell it though.....

Posted by: Neil | Jul 13, 2007 4:21:41 PM

Public transport.

Posted by: Neil | Jul 13, 2007 4:22:18 PM

Planning regulations.

Posted by: Neil | Jul 13, 2007 4:22:49 PM

Neil, are you being ironic or have you not quite understood the rules of the game?

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 13, 2007 4:26:10 PM

It's things people want, but 'they' would like to see banned, right?

Have I got the wrong end of the stick?

Posted by: Neil | Jul 13, 2007 4:29:01 PM


Posted by: chris strange | Jul 13, 2007 5:59:12 PM

Sports cars that go over 100 mph. I think I read some MEP positing that yesterday.

Posted by: John Hargreaves | Jul 13, 2007 8:13:08 PM

Plastic bags, disposable nappies, patio heaters, gas fires, bonfires, loudspeakers with more than 20 watts output (unless installed into small hatchbacks with blacked out windows and driven round residential areas late at night), horse riding and tumble driers.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 13, 2007 9:33:33 PM

Political Blogging

...and I wish that I thought that this was really a joke

Posted by: Avana Beach | Jul 13, 2007 9:59:22 PM

Watering your lawn, washing your car, motor racing and tanning salons.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 14, 2007 12:08:05 AM

"Who would want to ban the BBC? Sell it though."

On account of Tim Worstall objecting to the way it is funded. He knows best.

Posted by: Neil | Jul 14, 2007 12:25:40 AM

Having children.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 14, 2007 2:05:24 AM

Banning children again.


Posted by: Devil's Kitchen | Jul 14, 2007 2:18:05 PM

Water skiing (if they haven't done that already). Dogs in urban areas.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 14, 2007 4:56:09 PM

DK, crikey, that Neil Harding knows how to hit the nail on the thumb. Was there ever a point he didn't miss?

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 14, 2007 4:58:08 PM

Banning councillors voting on something they care about? No, done.

Banning habeas corpus? Almost

Banning England? Almost

Building cars that are beautiful? Done.

Banning protests by MEPs about EU corruption? Done it.

Grief! This is like being Dr Evil coming out of Cryogenic Stasis and trying to hatch an e-vil plot to get $1m, er, no $1bln in extortion.

How about "Banopoly", a game where you have local authorities, not streets, Government Departments, not Utilities. Railways remain (ha). You build Quangos, not properties, in the authorities you own (I am not kidding) and fine people who land, not charging rent.

"Community Chest" will have a card - "Get out of Jail Free due to overcrowding".

Posted by: Roger Thornhill | Jul 15, 2007 7:10:27 PM

Plastic bags.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jul 15, 2007 9:33:41 PM