Feeds

Mayor Boris serves Governator cold revenge

'Schwarzenegger is a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg'

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Taking the piss out of the machines: London mayor Boris Johnson gave himself a full year to stew over being mocked by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for rhetorical fluency. Ironic that.

While waiting to address the Tory conference in 2007 via video link, the Governator had whispered frank impressions of the then mayoral candidate's ongoing speech to his off-camera aides.

"He's fumbling all over the place," Schwarzenegger observed. Unfortunately, the critique was made over a live microphone. Hilarity ensued when videos of the gaffe made their way to YouTube.

Now that he's beaten Labour's Ken Livingstone for London's mayor, Johnson arrived at this year's Tory conference with a comeback for "Arnie" armed and ready.

"Thank you very much for the welcome," Johnson said. "Much more generous than 2006 when I was physically pelted with pork pies by the press corps or last year when my speaking style was criticised by Arnold Schwarzenegger."

"And it was a low moment, my friends, to have my speaking style denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg."

"But I can say now to Arnie that in spite of all his doubts and through there was a great deal of suspense until the final reel, Ken Livingstone was terminated."

Johnson may think he had the last laugh, but just wait until the Golden State elects a T-1000 model. Mimetic polyalloy don't care if the mic is on or not. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.