Monday, February 14, 2011


Aaro seems to be tweeting his colonoscopy. (I'm not sure we want to Watch.) We wish him well.

AaroWatch: for a polyp-free Aaro.


Blogger flyingrodent said...

I think most of the AW readership will agree with me when I wish Dave well, and send my sincere hope that he doesn't suffer any further problems with his Aarse.

2/14/2011 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous organic cheeseboard said...

i had one once, it was a horrible experience.

2/14/2011 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

I was fortunate enough to have mine removed exactly three weeks before the start of the 1988/9 football season, with a three-week period off work required by the doctors.

I still wear the dressing-gown I bought for the hospital stay.

2/14/2011 02:53:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

I second the Kid and FR, although I learned from Marko that "Aaronovitch and Cohen very sensibly ignore [Daniel - and by extension this blog]".

If Marko reads this, and I doubt he will, while I offered to delete the comments which offended him, it was actually the Cous Cous Kid who did so.

2/14/2011 07:38:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Wilkinson said...

Aaro does not ignore Daniel: he engages in Twitter conversations with him.

His doppelganger Phil D'Bap (rather unfortunately named in the circs) does of course show up here, too, or used to when he (DA) was still the main focus of the site.

2/14/2011 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

Oh yes, I know that Aaro doesn't ignore Daniel. He doesn't ignore me either. But I wasn't going to let facts spoil a good rant.

2/14/2011 09:55:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

Phil was Aaro? Is that true, and if so, was I alone in failing to realise this?

2/14/2011 10:11:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

I, too, didn't "realise" this. Don't believe it, either.

2/14/2011 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Wilkinson said...

Yes, I took you to be being at least a bit ironic, but thought I may as well point it out.

I didn't actually say that P D'B was DA, but I will confess I did actually think they were one and the same, without having any real evidence and without being willing to rely on that (purported) fact in any way.

But if that is not believed by others, then I may reconsider, if and when I can ever be bothered to inspect the collected pronoucnements of P D'B, run them through style analysis software, subpoena various IP records etc.

But you never see them in a room together, do you.

2/14/2011 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Wilkinson said...

(when I say 'real' evidence, I mean concrete, firm, clear etc.)

I'd assumed that everyone was just repsecting his pseudonymity. Oh, I getcha, yes, of course - I now see I was wrong and the two are obviously distinct...

2/14/2011 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

I'm pretty sure Phil D'Bap was called a troll here, so we can rule him out as a pseudonym for Michael Ezra. That just leaves us with 6 billion odd suspects.

2/14/2011 10:40:00 PM  
Blogger The Couscous Kid said...

For what it's worth (not much), I also tended to assume that PD'B was Aaro (again, without any strong evidence to back up the identification). Not that it matters much.

2/14/2011 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous BenSix said...

Woah, hold up, you mean Phil D'Bab was a pseudonym?

2/14/2011 11:03:00 PM  
Blogger ejh said...

Pretty good one, too, I reckon.

2/15/2011 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Edgar Ole said...

I thought Phil D'Bap was Brownie from Harry's Place. I can't recollect why now.

(Though I was surprised by the quality of the pseudonym.)

2/15/2011 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous organic cheeseboard said...

If it's any consolation, I never thought Phil D'Bap was Aaro; I always thought it was Brownie.

2/15/2011 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Martin Wisse said...

If Phil D'Bap was Aaro my respect for him plummetted another notch -- not so much for visiting here under a pseudonym, but for the quality of Phil's contributions.

None of which means I don't share the general wish for Aaronovitch being polyp free...

2/15/2011 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Wilkinson said...

Well I certainly thought (and would still think, in the unreliable sense suggested above, had I not been corrected, nudge, wink) that I was addressing DA here, while being punctilious in observing a distinction between 'DA' and 'D'B' (geddit?).

(Also only just stopped short of accusing D'B, and thus by tacit implication DA, of going completely anonymous or enlisting a proxy, and if the former, lying about it.)

(Q: does protecting anonymity, in circs where failure to answer will be tantamount to confirmation, provide an actual, or anyway likely-to-be adopted, justification for lying, as protecting privacy wrt spent convictions does in similar circumstances?)

But of course I now realise (single slow nod/wink/open jaw while keeping lips closed so as to elongate face in mock seriousness) that D'B is not in fact DA, but someone else who only ever turns up to defend DA, appears to have at his (for it is surely a he) fingertips an encyclopaedic knowledge of things-concerning-DA, and writes just like DA does on Twitter (terms like 'gittishly' sound quite DA-ish, for example).

Eh? Eh? Say no more, Eric Idle etc

(And may I take this opportunity to register with the gods my vote for the 'things will be better, ceteris paribus, to the extent that DA is spared suffering, upset etc.' party?)

2/15/2011 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Coventrian said...

Is innuendo the Italian for colonoscopy?

Is this the only way to stop Aaro talking out of it?

Enough questions - a colonoscopy is for wimps, real men (like me) have an gastroscopy. Look it up, you can't read a book or watch TV while you're having one.

2/15/2011 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

I've had two colonoscopies & was blessedly unconscious through both of them. I think it's possible to remain conscious, but really not advised. Coventrian may be thinking of sigmoidoscopies, which are altogether less invasive (in every sense of the word).

2/15/2011 05:20:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Wilkinson said...

Coventrian: O,VG.

(How do you do a gastroscopy? Look it up. How do you do a colonoscopy? Look up it. You can have that one.)

Also, FlyingRodent's 'Aarse'.

2/15/2011 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous BenSix said...

I've never had a colonoscopy but it can now join the swelling list of things I live in mortal fear of.

2/15/2011 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

If you're ever advised to have a colonoscopy, Ben, it won't be the colonoscopy you're mortally afraid of. (Fine, thanks for asking.)

2/15/2011 10:52:00 PM  
Anonymous BenSix said...

A good point. (And glad to hear it!)

2/15/2011 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous skidmarx said...

If you want to probe your squemishness, try cytoscopy. Be glad things have moved on since Al Swearengen's day.

2/16/2011 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried it. Many times. Better than the alternative, though. Fine now, thanks for asking.

Chris Williams

2/16/2011 04:10:00 PM  
Blogger Coventrian said...

I know that Matthew Norman gets under Aaro's skin - but this is ridiculous,


Re 'scopy, forgot to say that, even further up my colon than the polyp, was another growth. Biopsied, it turned out to be Matthew Norman.
7:19 PM Feb 14th via web

2/16/2011 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course I was Phil D'Bap. Absolutely bang to rights. And as for Aarse! That nearly made the 'oscopy worthwhile.

2/25/2011 01:08:00 AM  

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