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Love Island Hayley’s Socratic Intelligence: Zero to Hero

After trying to promote working-class/women-AAW/blondes over the last thirteen years I thought Love Island‘s Hayley was a disaster when I first saw her clip from on the show; an adult on television not knowing the difference between UK cities, countries and continents.

Hail the Enlightened Hayley

However, when I first saw her interviewed, she seemed to stand up to Piers Morgan quite well, and then she spoke well on This Week. I don’t know if she decided herself, or had received good advice, but she said she’d been studying a bit since leaving the reality show, which is quite impressive in itself with what must have been a busy media schedule.

Even more impressively to me, she showed Socratic wisdom in making it clear she didn’t think she had enough knowledge yet to make a statement on Brexit, pushed by Mr. Neil. Socrates of course said the wisest are those who know they know little.

Like Socrates, I know I still know little, and have mental weaknesses, but I think one of my strengths is linking seemingly unconnected fields and themes.

This morning I had a new example, but this blog has gone on long enough already. Do you want to know what it is in the next blog?


This Week Tops Top Twitter Trending This Week

Andrew Neil seemed chuffed that his political review, comment and debate television show This Week became the most trending on Twitter last week. This week This Week has gone one better, by getting onto the Greenygrey.

This Week Political Sense

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, satirical comedy television correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Harry Hill‘s old TV Burp show (we hope we’ve filled the gap left by Burp‘s bidding farewell).

We’ve been long-time viewers of This Week at the Greenygrey, valuing Andrew Neil and the show’s greenYgreyish congratulation and criticism of politicians and political life either side of asking Y and analYsis.

This Week Greenygrey Boomeranging

So we were delighted that Andrew Neil and his political experts, Michael Portillo and Alan Johnson (we liked the show just as much before Diane Abbott left to focus more on politics), celebrated their Twitter triumph with some joyous boomeranging.

Andrew Neil’s boomeranging made the BBC iplayer cover shot, as seen in this photo also featuring singer guest Kate Nash:


Moreover, Portillo and Johnson combined boomeranging with greenygreying. They chose to do it in reverse greenygreying positions:


We’re chuffed that greenygreying and boomeranging are being enjoyed on the best political chat show we know. And yes, we would like a mention on This Week… and you to tweet us!

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