Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Serious Fuck-off Academic Ninjas

I have long been a fan of Ben Goldacre’s scribblings in the Guardian. Particularly when he’s in full Gillian McKeith-baiting flow. His critiques of that hideous shrieking witch (and various other deserving targets) are suffused with a blackly comic fury (a style of writing I’m quite partial to which is why I'm usually skulking round Betty, lc, Surly etc) .

In case you missed it, after mailing a few modest cheques to some dubious US institutes of learning, his dead cat is now just as qualified as Ms McKeith to be dispensing nutritional advice to the nation’s hopeless fat proles.

Dr Goldacre is also pretty good at taking complex scientific ideas and making them comprehensible to half-witted amadans like me who have read Ulysses but can’t wire a plug/understand basic science/count.

I like that his by-line pic is of Frankenstein’s Monster (I don’t like by-line pics), and that he doesn’t use his title for his journalistic ramblings.

I’d pictured a small, pasty-faced, squeaky-voiced (I’ve heard him on the radio), socially inept academic. But look...

He’s actually not bad-looking at all. He’s got curls. He’s thirty-two. (He’s possibly ginger but I’m Irish, I don’t care.) He’s going straight onto The List.

Bit smug, mind.

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  • If I got a first in medicine at Oxford, but still found time to edit Isis, then became a neuroscience researcher, but still found time to knock off an MPhil at KCL, I'd be a tad smug. In fact, I'd be fucking unbearable.

    But not so good looking. Bastard.

    I really liked his ritual disembowelling of the "Doctor" McKeith. But now I hate him.

    By Blogger Tim Footman, at 5:37 AM  

  • I love Ben Goldacre. His attacks on McKeith are wonderful, and one hopes the harridan will disappear, but there's a lot more to him. Check out the articles on HIV/AIDS in Africa on badscience.net. He's articulate and intelligent, and a joy to read.

    Despite not taking any sciences at university (Economics is *not* a science), I am still interested in biology and medicine in particular (it's a pretty important field to keep abreast of in my line of work) and read New Scientist whenever I can. Goldacre is a better writer with a better understanding of the social context of the isssues he writes about than almost any other writer on the topic I can think of.

    By Anonymous riddledwiththepox, at 7:34 AM  

  • Wow - a good looking articulate scientist. And not a test tube in sight.
    Unique methinks.

    By Blogger KAZ, at 9:12 AM  

  • I know. Sickening, isn't it?

    And he's a journo-blogger who allows comments so he's on our side too.

    Remember though, he does have a very slightly high-pitched voice.

    (And KCL didn't reject me at first sight, unlike UCL and LSE, so they're obviously not *that* fussy.)

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 9:22 AM  

  • Spin,
    Happy heart day to you!

    By Blogger Remiman, at 10:15 AM  

  • He was on an Irish TV show recently and he really is cute and funny. Yum, Yum. If he is single and over thirty he SHALL BE MINE

    By Blogger Flirty Something, at 10:20 AM  

  • Mmm, *would*.

    I really wish I'd done sciences at university. Feckin girls' school.

    By Blogger GreatSheElephant, at 10:29 AM  

  • I saved that article so I could laugh at it over and over again.
    Fucking brilliant.

    By Blogger dive, at 12:22 PM  

  • gillian mckeith is no longer allowed to call herself a doctor! yippee! is it schaenfreude I feel? she's just a farud surely...

    By Anonymous idlereader, at 1:21 PM  

  • He's not single. Sorry ladies.

    I'm not sure that you necessarily missed out GSE. From my experience medical/sciencey uni departments are stuffed full of frighteningly ambitious, hard-nosed, hothoused witches who will stop at nothing to get what they want (man/job/last teabag).

    People who want to spend three year reading good books and talking about them are just so much...nicer.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 4:09 PM  

  • I think it's very hypocritical of him to be slagging off Dr McKeith for her phoney credentials when he's not even a real ninja.

    He does seem very nice though, and if I was a girl, I'd efinitely let him put his winkie in my foo-foo any day of the week.

    By Blogger LC, at 5:28 PM  

  • He probably *is* a real ninja on the side.

    I imagine he got his black-belt ninja qualification while similtaneously becoming a world-class concert pianist. Or something.

    Still, he's got a way to go before he can beat Bruce Dickensen in the all-round-genius stakes.

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 5:35 PM  

  • I'd like to see a pitched ninja battle to the death between him and the good "Doctor".

    By Blogger Billy, at 6:09 PM  

  • ooh

    quite a turn up for the books

    just as i was on the verge of forcing fish oils down the chicklets' necks, i read his column about the *coughs* research

    apparently he called the durham university press office simply to ask how many children were involved in the study and um, they couldn't give him an answer


    By Blogger Urban Chick, at 9:45 PM  

  • If you want a Real Doctor and a Real Ninja, there is only one place to go.

    By Blogger LC, at 12:19 AM  

  • Spin: Do you mean Bruce Dickensen the fencing, novel-writing airline pilot who sings in Iron Maiden?

    By Blogger Tim Footman, at 2:28 AM  

  • LC - you frighten me sometimes.

    I can't stand McKeith. Yes eating that crap may prolong your life, but it will also make you miserable, which will cause stress, which will shorten your lifespan anyway. You may as well eat carbonara and live to the same age your genes were going to make you live to anyway.

    **and breathe**

    By Blogger Kellycat, at 7:05 AM  

  • I try my best, KC.

    People who are too dumb to understand basic nutrition or too lazy to excercise probably deserve to die young anyway.

    By Blogger LC, at 10:50 AM  

  • Tim, you forgot Egyptology expert, radio presenting, baby delivering and (since he lost the mullet) surprisingly handsome...

    Yeah UC - that fish oil one was disturbing - especially seeing as the 'proven' 'benefits' had been all over the news for days.

    lc - but they take up so much room!

    By Blogger Spinsterella, at 7:57 PM  

  • Fuck that McKeith bint! She's a nasty-ass, juice-blending Nazi.

    By Blogger Morgan, at 12:34 AM  

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