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20 February 2014

20 February 2014

I wonder if we should start our own Spectator Blog NekNominations? Open to bloggers and readers. I nominate Daniel Maris to drink a small glass of Pinot Noir while watching the early evening news. And Alex Massie to drink a flagon of Teachers while standing on the up line somewhere between Edinburgh and Alnmouth. Maybe on that big bridge over the Tweed. No need to post any photos or film.

I’ve written about this latest internet craze for the mag this week: it is the usual carefully and copiously researched investigation, devoid of bigotry and offensiveness. At least five people have died so far taking part in Neknominations and there will surely be more to follow. Is this trend to be encouraged, or should we try to stamp it out?


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  • Redneck

    Mr Liddle

    May I neknominate Mr Blair to quaff 3L of Islay Malt for each lie he’s told about WMD please.

    Or, alternatively, he drinks one gill for each & every British soldier he’s had killed or maimed.

    Thank you.

  • http://nek-nom.com/ neknominate

    Neknominate is dangerous if you are dumb. If you don’t want to drink you don’t have to. As the owner of http://nek-nom.com I have seen many “raknominate” videos (performing a random act of kindness) go just as or even more viral than many of the videos featuring extreme stunts. The idea is to spread kindness and nominate others to do the same.

  • DougS

    “….Is this trend to be encouraged, or should we try to stamp it out?….”

    No need to ‘stamp it out’ – it’s self-regulating.

  • Cyril Sneer

    Promote it.

    It removes stupid people from the gene pool, which can only be beneficial to the human race.

  • Jackthesmilingblack

    Stupid behavior especially when it involves excessive alcoholic beverage consumption in public, is a major component of Trash Culture UK.

  • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

    Is there a time frame for this bonanza? I’ve got a beer fridge, a wine fridge, and two offsite storage locations (no actual cellar, alas). I could drink while blogging but I’ve been doing that for years and still, the alcohol keeps appearing….

    • gerontius

      I’ve got my very own tame brewer – sends me cases three at a time.
      Just boasting girl – men do.

      • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

        Nothing like a good boast now and then : )

  • Ricky Strong

    I nominate you Rod, to dig out that Burka of yours, walk into a pub (of your choosing, but preferably busy), order a pint and quaff it. Belch and then walk out.

    • Baron

      The best of the lot, Ricky.

      • Ricky Strong

        Very kind of you Baron to say so. In all seriousness I would pay good money to see it happen.

  • tjmac7

    Mines a pint but i’m keeping my pants on.

    • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

      Just one pint? I think you should drink as many pints as you have pants :^o

      • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

        Oh come on, Downvote, it was a harmless joke! Jeez, some people have no sense of humour….

        • gerontius

          better to be downvoted than ignored I always feel.

          • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

            Oh I’m hardly ever ignored, G : )

  • Daniel Maris

    LOL Never known to stop at one glass when I am drinking…

    I nominate Rod to drink a pint of Creme de Menthe while reading the collected works of Benjamin Zephaniah.

    • Kitty MLB

      Indeed, you must have a G&T before dinner,
      a glass of wine with food and one afterwards whilst reading
      a book by a roaring fire.
      I nominate David Cameron to drink half a pint of Zappa,
      it will put hairs on his chest.

      • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

        That’s my goal, minus the G&T. However, two glasses for me is just the warm-up!

        • Kitty MLB

          A glass or two does improve the
          create flow when writing I must admit.
          I have a relative who does not drink
          alcohol and does not like it when others do,
          she is a vegan who will look at you as if
          You have murdered someone if you
          eat meat in front of her , and even worse
          if she comes to stay she will use up
          all your very best bottles of wine for cooking
          sauces .y

          • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

            I think if I knew her she would very quickly mend her ways or else become an ‘ex-relative’! : )

    • Noa

      Yeah man. That be aloud and in Jamaican patois…

  • wycombewanderer

    We used to have similar things go on in the rugby club(not the spirits that’s just fuckwittery of the highest order) but there was an audience of a few dozen, not millions on so called social networking sites where any clown can challenge anyone.

    Although a favourite was the chilli challenge when carefully placed mega hot slices of chilli were indistinguishable from slices of tomato, and we ate the tomato and our opponents bled from their ears!

  • Colin56

    I nominate the ridiculous ‘Church Commissioners’ to reverse their perverse decision to kick the next Bishop of Bath and Wells out of his palace in favour of an out of town rectory they’ve had to buy back at a significant loss; and to reinstate the Bishop’s residence in the palace where it ought to be.

    • Baron

      You don’t seem to have got the hang of the game, Colin56, where’s the booze then?

      • IanM

        Oh calamity Baron, this is the C of E.
        Remember All Gas and Gaiters? “Sherry Cuthbert”? “Don’t mind if I do Bishop”.

    • DougS

      Quick Colin – chuck some Lindisfarne Mead into the story.

  • Colin56

    I nominate Chris Smith and the rest of the muppets at the Environment Agency to get their wellies on and go to Somerset, Gloucestershire, the Thames Valley and other flooded places and get their hands dirty. Alternatively to find some money to start the dredging this summer in preparation for next winter – when it will be too late.

    • rodliddle

      No, Colin – and others – alcohol must be involved.

      • Bluesman_1

        Easy – any slacking and they get drowned in cider (not the good stuff).

        • Colin56

          Now that’s a good answer!

  • Colin56

    I nominate George Osborne to grow a pair and start making real cuts in government spending to reduce the deficit, or resign in favour of someone who can.

    • cg

      I nominate you to live on £65 for a week. That would put a dent in your smug and callous attitude.

      • Baron

        What is it that makes you to live on £65 per week, cg? The guy who gathers trollies in out local supermarket gets the minimum per hour works 10 hours a day. Not that Baron has a degree in math, but doesn’t his home take per week come above 65 quid?

        • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

          I suppose it depends how much the tax man takes, Baron. From what I hear, in Britain it’s a lot.

          • Baron

            It is, Swanky, it is alot, but it takes some doing to be making £65 per week after tax.

            • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

              Would you do me the favour of reminding me — and this time I’ll make a note of it — which village you associate with? It will remind me which village *I* associate with, ancestrally speaking. B-b-b… I just can’t get it past the tip of my back brain.

              • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

                You missed one, Downvoter. Slackness and hooliganism: must do better!

              • Baron

                Bradfield Combust, Swanky, is the village you must be thinking about, we takled about it before, but it has nothing todo with Baron’s ancestry, the barbarian mentioned it to remind people what happens when an endurance of the unwashed snaps.

                • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

                  Ah thank you, Baron. Yes, I do recall that you come from farther afield than that….

          • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

            Oh I see: it’s my fan club in action again. What a bore.

          • Jackthesmilingblack

            And transport, especially in rural areas, where the cost of getting to the job can easily exceed the remuneration.

            • http://ajbrenchley.com/ Swanky

              Or at least severely encroach on it: agreed.

            • Jackthesmilingblack

              Who in their right senses would vote this down?
              That you, Jock?

  • Colin56

    I nominate Ed Miliband to resign as Labour ‘leader’ favour of Ed Balls, as soon as possible. Now there’s an opponent that the Tories ought to beat at the next election.

  • Colin56

    I nominate the Scots to vote Yes for independence in their referendum.

  • AndrewMelville

    We should encourage it most definitely. Darwinism at its finest. The welfare rolls should be thinned most pleasingly.

    • ohforheavensake

      You’re really a rather nasty person, aren’t you?

      • Baron

        Nasty perhaps, startelcod that is, but witty definitely.

      • AndrewMelville

        I don’t think so. I’m just a realist. Fools who will abuse themselves thusly will find a way to off themselves sooner or later. Why should I try to avert the inevitable – King Canute and all that.

      • gerontius

        It’s gallows humour. You shouldn’t comment on this site, you don’t get it.

      • Cyril Sneer

        He’s a realist.

    • startledcod

      Hear, hear! if someone is stupid enough to kill themselves showing off then, and I know it’s harsh, they deserve it.

      • Baron

        Seconded that.

  • Bluesman_1

    Darwin – what a guy.

    • Baron

      But did he NekNominate, Bluesman_1, that’s the question.

      • Bluesman_1

        Remember citizen, they walk among us and they breed.

  • Lungfish66

    I nominate Tony Blair to drink a bottle of Famous Grouse in the Masjid al-Haram.

    • Baron

      Too expensive to get rid of the guy, you’ve got to come up with a cheaper alcohol derivative, Lungfish66.

      • Bluesman_1

        Red Biddy should do it.

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