Tim Dowling, for example, is a twat

(485 Posts)
Robespierre Sun 17-May-09 16:28:36

..who writes moderately entertaining columns about his personal life in The Guardian. Yesterday's was about the perils of self-googling, and in particular of an episode of self-googling which returned the text 'Tim Dowling for example is a twat'

Where did he find that humbling line?? On mumsnet of course!

In the article he claims to have given up self-googling, but we know that isn't true, don't we.

Shall we give him a few more personal insights? I think he is less of a twat than Jon Ronson and he doesn't have a whiney voice.

I quite like him. But he will never know because he is never going to google himself again.

BitOfFun Sun 17-May-09 16:32:34

I quite like him actually- but i haven't read the Guardian regularly in a few years, so perhaps he's got more twatty of late...

cornsilk Sun 17-May-09 16:33:07

Let's all do one!

Chris Moyles, for example, is a twat.

Robespierre Sun 17-May-09 16:36:09

It was a poster called auntieitaly who called him a twat on the thread I linked to, and here is his response in his column:

"I have decided I no longer need to begin my day by finding out that in the intervening 24 hours someone somewhere felt the need to type the words, "Tim Dowling, for example, is a twat." I'm not upset that people think I'm a twat. I'm aware that this is a commonly held opinion, if not a distinct school of thought. It's the casual insertion of "for example" that really hurts. I'm not just a twat to that person. I'm the twat you name when you need an example."

So auntyitaly you are famous.

Incidentally, if you should by any chance Google Tim Dowling, the suggested searches include:
Tim Dowling unfunny 261 results
Tim Dowling still unreadable 532 results
I bet that makes him feel better.
And either he is a mumsnetter or he actually googled "Tim Dowling twat" because he would never have found that thread otherwise.

BitOfFun Sun 17-May-09 16:40:41

I love cornsilk's suggestion...I am really struggling to work up enough ire about anyone though, I need longer to think grin

cornsilk Sun 17-May-09 16:42:15

Oh come on Bit of Fun it's easy!

Jonathan Ross, for example, is a twat.

See?

pointydog Sun 17-May-09 16:42:39

lol. That's tickled me. Excellent quote to find.

I, however, do not know who Tim Dowling is

Robespierre Sun 17-May-09 16:43:21

ooh LadyG, he must be a mumsnetter then. Hooray.

I think that damning with faint praise is the best way to go, humiliation-wise. He is kinda funny, without any big laughs or fundamental truths about the human condition.

On the plus side, he hasn't sent his wife on to mumsnet to stick up for him. And,he sits at home all day with his dog next to him, pissing about on the internet instead of working. Which gives me an example of someone like me who is nonetheless a functioning economic unit.

smallorange Sun 17-May-09 16:44:16

I think Tim Dowling is a good columnist.

Jonathan Ross, however, is a twat.

cornsilk Sun 17-May-09 16:44:43

Give it time Robespierre. Has anyone sent their mum on yet?

pointydog Sun 17-May-09 16:45:37

I like Jonathan Ross for he is entertaining

TheCrackFox Sun 17-May-09 16:45:42

Cornsilk you completely right about Chris Moyles - he a twat - and that is me being polite.

I haven't read the Gruniard for years so don't really have an opinion on Tim Dowling. However, if the majority of Mumsnet think he is a twat, then he must be a twat.

I'll second that cornsilk.

Chris Martin - twat, good at playing the piano but far too 'right on'.

pointydog Sun 17-May-09 16:49:38

Martin and Moyles, twats

TheCrackFox Sun 17-May-09 16:50:21

Bono - twat

cornsilk Sun 17-May-09 16:51:46

Bono is King twat.

IwoulddoDrWho Sun 17-May-09 16:52:10

Tim Dowling definitely not a twat. Hope you find that too.

BitOfFun Sun 17-May-09 16:54:46

Eamonn Holmes , for example, is a twat. That one works, doesn't it?

georgimama Sun 17-May-09 16:55:41

He hasn't sent his imaginary friend publisher on to defend him either (unlike some columists that could be mentioned), so you have to give him that.

I wonder if the twat train thread is still in archive? It might have been posted in chat in which case it is gone.

Jim Davidson is a twat. Bono is a twat too. And Bob Geldof, although not as big a one as his ridiculous daughter.

TheCrackFox Sun 17-May-09 16:55:53

Jeremy Kyle = twat

IwoulddoDrWho Sun 17-May-09 16:57:31

Cheryl Cole, for example, is a twat.

BitOfFun Sun 17-May-09 17:00:16

Derek Acorah, for example, is a twat.

pointydog Sun 17-May-09 17:00:43

oh yes, derek acora, lol

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