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James Thomas

James Thomas: @AstonishingSod. Irish writer. Author of Why The Long Joke? & creator of @CrimerShow, @TerbilDraems and other twitters.

I'm James Thomas. Many know me as @AstonishingSod. Known for Why the Long Joke? (collection of humour writing), HUMUOR (comedy zine), Crimer Show (1st show on Twitter), stuff in the New Yorker, and over 50 Twitter accounts, including Terbil Draems and Goggl Serch. www.astonishingsod.com

Happy Birthday, Father Ted

Everything just came together for the show. Ireland had just emerged from the 80s and early 90s with a bit of cultural clout, however overblown or naff many of our exports were, so the timing was good for a sitcom about the place.
21/04/2015 17:52 BST

Edgar Froese and Tangerine Dream's 'Phaedra'

Edgar Froese took inspiration from the pioneers of electronic music, building instruments, repurposing electronic devices and devouring intimidating new technology for which there was often no manual, as himself and as the driving force behind Tangerine Dream, released over a hundred albums and dozens of film scores.
06/02/2015 11:22 GMT

Richard Attenborough and '10 Rillington Place'

Richard Attenborough's perfomance in 10 Rillington Place was so triumphantly, shockingly convincing that those who see it must surely recognise his total commitment to this story. His initial reluctance to inhabit the role was tempered by the passion he felt for the film's message, declaring it "a most devastating statement on capital punishment"
25/08/2014 14:18 BST

I'm Running for President of Twitter

You heard me. This is neither joke nor jape, neither jest nor jibe. This is real, dammit, as real as the fingers on my hands, as real as the piece of corn wedged between two of my back teeth since teatime. I'm running for President of Twitter harder than you've ever seen anyone run for anything in your entire life.
28/01/2014 17:20 GMT

Oscar Winners (Leaked)

I have here before me the complete list of this year's Oscar winners. Please don't ask me where I got them. I'll never tell*.
17/01/2014 12:52 GMT

The Year In Review

Remember the year? Well, now you can, with the help of this: this year's Review of the Year, called "The Year In Review" - the year being This Year. This is the review, beginning now.
01/01/2014 18:36 GMT

How to Write a Sentence

Where shall/should you/one start/begin? At the start/beginning, of course! You ought always, and in everything you do, to begin a sentence at the beginning. It is simply no good to start in the middle and work your way out. I guarantee that you will become confused.
05/12/2013 17:23 GMT

Why I Did What I Did in the Cathedral

Now, I love tours. Don't even talk to me about those audio-guide ones, though - give me need a real, live, flesh-and-blood tour guide with a positive attitude, a wealth of knowledge and a clearance badge any day.
28/11/2013 13:11 GMT

Lady Gaga's Next Video

Script discovered by Astonishing Sod. (top secret, so don't tell ANYBODY) <strong>INT. FLOTATION TANK - WHENEVER</strong> Close-up of a FOOT covered in SNAILS. It is LADY GAGA's foot (one of). We see the snails moving around. Footage is 100 times the normal speed... This bit lasts for four minutes.
20/11/2013 16:34 GMT