September 19, 2003


The David Marr Effect is a local television phenomenon whereby criticism from the prissy Media Watch presenter causes stunning ratings success. Nobody knows how it works, since Media Watch has so few viewers itself, but work it does; Marrís bashing of Nineís The Block led to this:

The combination of home renovations and reality TV has produced the highest-rating Australian-made series in television history.

And his attack on Sevenís Sunrise program has resulted in this:

In the past 12 months it has grown its audience by 59 per cent, building it from 156,000 national viewers to 210,000.

The Sunrise gang celebrated this morning by talking like pirates. Arrrr!

Posted by Tim Blair at September 19, 2003 02:19 PM

Attack of the Killer ToMARRtoes.

Posted by: pooh at September 19, 2003 at 02:43 PM

Talked like pirates? Did they sing the song too?

Posted by: Ken Summers at September 19, 2003 at 03:59 PM

I've always found pirates to be a real pain in the arse. (But good tippers).

Posted by: Tom the Cabin Boy off the "Black Pig" at September 19, 2003 at 04:15 PM

I could never understand how they climatised tropical birds to a life at sea.

Posted by: pooh at September 19, 2003 at 05:11 PM

Yarr! It ain't easy, me hearties!

Posted by: scott h. beard at September 19, 2003 at 05:13 PM

Arr! Just realized a Futurama episode with a small bit about pirates will be on tomorrow on in the US on TBS ! Be settin' yer VCRs or Tivos appropriately, me hearties! Yarr!

Posted by: scott h. beard at September 19, 2003 at 05:39 PM

You shouldn't use the word "pirate" in this day and age....they prefer to be called Caribbean Maritime Entrepreneurs.

Posted by: Richard at September 19, 2003 at 08:31 PM

Still the best swashbuckler of all time.
Bob Carter
Houston, Texas

Posted by: Bob Carter at September 20, 2003 at 12:41 AM

Yarr! I'd say Robert Urich comes close, matey! And any of ye scurvy dogs remember this "What's my Pirate Name?" quiz from aways back? Arrr?

Posted by: the dread pirate scott h. at September 20, 2003 at 03:58 AM


Click 'ere, and ye'll be speakin' like Blackbeard 'imself in no time 'tall, matey. Yarrr.

Posted by: Jared at September 20, 2003 at 06:05 AM

Thank God software pirates don't talk like this.

Posted by: Jerry at September 21, 2003 at 01:19 AM