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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 11:00 am:   

For a story in progress, I'm wondering if any of y'all could help me out with a couple of things. Is there a TV show or a press column (preferably the former) that deals in gossip about celebrities, especially the Royals, and is extremely popular?

Also, is there a slang term for a Palm Pilot?

Thanks
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ellen
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 11:38 am:   

Lucius, not Brit but there used to be that one with puppets. Don't remember the name of it and don't know if it's still on, although it may be in reruns.
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des
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 11:56 am:   

The puppet programme was Spitting Image - very famous (and cruel) satire in its time on politicians and the royals. Not been on for some years. The only current ones that can think of on TV are Double Take which uses near-doubles to masquerade (very cleverly) as politicians and royals in compromising situations -- and the Rory Bremner satire show (forget what it's called) whereby they make mock of politicians (sometimes seriously) and royals. Neither are what you might call 'famous'. I'm not an expert but I hope it helps.
des
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Tamar
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 02:09 pm:   

There's also the TV quiz show, Have I Got News For You, which has a lot of gossip and gets very, shall we say, irreverent. Been on the go for yonks and still current.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 02:23 pm:   

Thanks Des, Ellen, Tamar....I think that might do it for the TV show. Much appreciated.
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Luís
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 05:05 pm:   

"Also, is there a slang term for a Palm Pilot?"

People sometimes shorten it to "Palm", but I'm not aware of any particular slang names for it. If they exist, they're certainly obscure.

Hope this helps.

Best,
Luís
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - 05:15 pm:   

Thanks, Luis....That's all I needed to know.
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Rob
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 07:02 pm:   

The European puppet show was called the Gignoles and was originally French. Spitting Image was a copy of this one. They are still on the air and are particularly brutal with Sylvester Stallone. Go figure.
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Lucius
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 07:33 pm:   

Maybe Sly's still a player over there....?
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peterw
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 06:19 pm:   

>Also, is there a slang term for a Palm Pilot?

Hi Lucius,

Wouldn't call it slang, but they're more generically referred to as "PDA"s (personal digital assistants). We're still waiting for someone to come up with a humorous moniker that would suggest "hairy palms".
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Lucius
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 06:24 pm:   

Thanks, Peter. PDA works...until something better comes along... :-)
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Rob
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 09:24 pm:   

How about "Hand Captains"?
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Joshua Koppel
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 11:27 am:   

>Also, is there a slang term for a Palm Pilot?

Actually, Palmpilot is a slang term in itself meaning "Clueless, helpless, loser, etc."

Twosome
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Nicholas Liu
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 05:24 am:   

My computer studies teacher in secondary school told the class that one company in China launched a version called the HandJob. I like to believe it's true.
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 07:59 am:   

Excellent! Thanks for that, Nicholas.

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