Wednesday 10 August 2022

Surrealist Painter Catches Your Eye


It's amazing what the newspapers and TV will do to catch your eye and get you to read a story that is of no interest at all to you, your family or even your pet dog or cat. 

Only recently, on TV, at the bottom of the screen there were two such instances of time wasting headlines. They show you a breaking news story so that you hang on a bit and don't change channel.

The trick is to use a celebrity name and link it to a story that really has nothing to do with the celebrity.

Let me give you two examples. The names of the celebrities have been changed slightly but you'll recognise them.

John Fathead's cleaner arrested for speeding in the highway

Ex-gardener of Sophie Sofat dies suddenly

In both of these headlines your attention has been drawn to the celebrity's name; but in essence, having wasted your time reading the story, you realise that it has nothing to do with the celebrity in question.

So what if a cleaner has been caught speeding or a gardener (sorry ... ex-gardener) has died.

I don't know about you, but I find such headlines irritating. That is why I did not mention Salvador Dali in the title of this post.  

I'll leave you to suggest a better title.


  1. Most of to~days papers have such headlines...Not only
    so called true headlines, but mixed in with TV 'soap'
    headlines...which l would like to see banned once and
    for all..! :(.

    These sort of headlines go straight over the top of my
    head..can't be bothered with them, don't give them the
    time of day..even on the radio, not that it's on that much,
    if Adele..(sorry about the language)..George Michael or
    C&W music comes on...It's switched/turned off...Period!

    I run my life..NOT some newspaper, TV, radio, or even
    the internet.. I'm my own man..I do things my way,
    honestly and correctly..if l have anything to say, l say
    it..don't really care who's watching or listening..!
    My life's an open book...It begins.....
    "I was born at a very early fact twelve months
    after l was born, l celebrated my first birthday...."
    HeHe! And so on....What! What! What! :O).
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    1. Often the headlines are about a "celebrity" I don't even know existed.

      God bless, Willie.

    2. Probably like myself Victor...I'm old school..I remember
      when 'celebrities' were actually 'celebrities'....
      Not a lot of talent out there at the mo...! To many idiots
      wanting to make war and fight each other..
      We need another flood...Hopefully God will say "Willie
      go build an ark".."Yes! my lord, right away"..! :0).
      "Now! Where did l put that bag of nails"..! :O).

  2. call Salvador Dali eccentric is an understatement.

    1. So true.

    2. Thank you Tom and Regine.

      Some people have called me eccentric. But that is not true; it is they who are non-eccentric.

      God bless you.

  3. I find these days that I don't recognize so-called celebrities, Victor. I guess that comes with the territory of getting older - lol!

    1. That's true, Martha. So many people are "celebrities" for doing nothing; like appearing on a reality show, and suddenly they are guests everywhere on TV.

      God bless.

  4. Dearest Victor,
    The best antidote is to ignore it as much as possible!
    Seldom do I watch TV, it is just wasted time and even the so–called news has been twisted and headlines indeed are only created to be 'catchy'—provided you WATCH.

    1. I think I am an incognito celebrity. Someone stopped me in the street and asked me, "is that you or Don Williams?"

      I said, "Don Williams is dead."

      He said, " it must be you then. Who are you?"

      God bless, Mariette.

  5. Isn't that yellow journalism-turned click bait? I get so cross with myself when I fall for those come-ons. Then again, like Martha said, there are fewer and fewer names I recognize.

    1. Over here, Mevely, we have many "celebrities" attending quiz shows and reality shows. They normally play for charity; or appear on shows like celebrity dating, celebrity cooking, celebrity this and that.

      We also have a different show called "naked attractions" whereby people attend to find someone to go on a date with. They choose from six candidates appearing TOTALLY naked on TV. The cameras come close to private personal areas and the contestants and presenter discuss various attributes. Both male and female contestants appear.

      Now then, I am waiting for "celebrity naked attractions". I wonder how many celebrities will dare to attend.

      God bless.

  6. Bread and circuses. They want us entertained and spending our time and money on them.

    1. If I don't like an advert, I don't buy the product, even if the product is good.

      God bless, Mimi.

  7. Our local news broadcasts are notorious for leading people have to watch 30 minutes of talking heads and commercials before you figure out the story they dangled in front of you was nothing like they insinuated it would be.

    1. Yes, same here. The headline bears no resemblance to the news item.

      God bless, Kathy.



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