Friday, May 18, 2007

The Spinsterella Memorial Post

Young Stalin...




*would*

29 comments:

longcat said...

i don't get the gag, but i am perhaps interested in reading this book, which i was JUST NOW reading about due to ganching sitting next to the author in cafe and blogging that fact..

kookie...

i guess you read her too?

x

patroclus said...

Ooh, hello longcat! Erm, I was merely pointing out that the young Stalin was evidently quite an attractive fellow. I didn't read ganching's blog, but I *was* just reading the review of the book in the Economist, and was moved to post my own highly incisive and considered review here, as a tribute to the sadly departed Spinsterella, an unparalleled connoisseur of male attractiveness...

Annie Rhiannon said...

Heh, Patroclus rumbled.

Tim Footman said...

Can I just say that Pol Pot makes me moist.

GreatSheElephant said...

it's about the only picture of him that doesn't make him look like the sociopath he was (and I say that as a communist).

I miss Spinsterella.

Loganoc said...

Oh yeah, definitely. I think that might be Spinsterellas type too.

Betty said...

It's difficult to tell from that picture if he would've been Spinsterella's type, because you can't see any veinage.

Hmm ... Osama Bin Laden, *would*. He doesn't really count though.

patroclus said...

Spinny - if you're out there, knock once for *would* and twice for *wouldn't*.

Stef the engineer said...

Funnily enough I vaguely remember Simon Sebag Montefiore from his college days (*), and he looked and dressed a little like that then. I don't think he ships people off to gulags at the moment, but maybe he's missed his vocation.

(*) By appearance, when he debated at the Union. We weren't buddies or anything.

patroclus said...

Gosh, Stef, and (as I have noted before) his good lady wife used to be in my Italian class. We weren't buddies either, as I was a scuzzy indie chick at the time, and she was *quite posh*.

wyndham said...

Mao was also very attractive to the ladies, also. He would have their families shot and/or forced into a collective farm if they didn't appreciate his charms. Not taking a bath for 27 years and having black teeth must also have helped pull the chicks.

9/10ths Full of Penguins said...

Urrrgh, the use of the 'moist' disturbs me....

Geoff said...

Frida Kahlo found Trotsky a hotski.

Well, she did in the film, anyway.

violetforthemoment said...

Is there going to be a telly adaptation along the lines of Young Indiana Jones? Somehow I imagine Young Stalin would also be a dab hand with the bullwhip.

Anonymous said...

doesn't do much for me I'm afraid - now Bruno Mussolini and Stanley Baldwin, different story.
(Smat btw - Blogger doesn't like me any more)

Fat Roland said...

I nearly spat out my tea when I saw *would*. Good job I wasn't drinking any. Funniest three-word post in the whole wide internets.

belladona said...

He looks quite like Keanu Reeves in that photo.

Spinsterella said...

lol!

what Roland said

*would* too

(relurks)




PS: for the record I didn't come up with *would* myself. I stole it from another blogger - quite possibly Swipers.

Billy said...

I've been beaten to the "Trotsky hostski" joke.

Why aren't there any female dictators for me to get hot under the collar about?

I've looked for young Margaret Thatcher and the verdict is *wouldn't* to the max.

GreatSheElephant said...

Billy, check out young Benzir Bhutto

patroclus said...

Look everyone, Spinny!!

I'm not sure that I intended this post to kick off a discussion about fanciable autocrats, but I'm glad it did.

Smat: Yes, but A-level History might have been *just slightly* more enjoyable with a few photos like this one interspersed among the interminable filmstrips of the Battleship Potemkin and the storming of the Winter Palace...

First Nations said...

was he veiny?

(hi spinny!!!!!)

realdoc said...

Nooooooo Spinny is gone....why?????
and also oooooo I went to college with him. (Simon Sebag Montefiore rather than Stalin)

patroclus said...

Blimey - is there anyone reading who *didn't* go to college with Simon Sebag Montefiore, his wife or Stalin?

belladona said...

Down our way in A-level History we were quite attracted to Rasputin, due to a (not actually very) hot drawing of him looking faintly vampiric. We were bored and the Diet of Worms was sadly long gone, so he was our only source of entertainment.

BiB said...

I have never met a single Sebag Montefiore or Stalin. And Billy, GSE is right, Benazir is (probably) a willy-magnet. (GSE, was the you-being-a-communist bit a joke?)

Marsha Klein said...

Stalin and Trotsky were the subjects of my sixth-year history dissertation, a course taught by my favourite teacher EVER. He specialised in all things Soviet* -crazy guys, crazy times.

* For the record, his cherry vodka tasted like Oraldene.

Sylvia said...

Is this a variation on the Lights on, lights off game from GW? Spent last summer on the beach on Lake Como playing that game.... Bit of a cheek really, since I'm a not only lights off but a not even if you were the last woman on the planet type.

sb said...

Sylvia - clearly not the case Missus!