Vote Sadomasochism!

A thought for ‘Red Wall’ voters
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What would Jesus do?

I found £20 in a carpark and felt really pleased. But also, a little bit guilty as I picked it up. So, as I always do when I have a problem, I asked myself, “What would Jesus do?

So, I turned it into wine.

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Film Review: Top Gun: Maverick (Tom Cruise) (2022)

This film is absolutely tremendous if and only if, you park your brains in a locker and put your critical faculties into neutral. Luckily that’s exactly what I did and unimpaired by either of those inconveniences I wallowed in a glorious experience.

Everything was done brilliantly. Tom is 60.1 This is part of the need for a parting of the way with your brain and critical faculties. The entire film portrays him as a hyper-fit 25 year old man. But the star of the film isn’t Tom. It’s the incredible shots of fighter planes doing what they were designed for…And then more…And then a bit more.

Then we have the old-fashioned American exceptionalism. John Wayne in the sky captures it. There are loads of steely looking into the far distance and a very convenient enemy: Iran. Naturally it’s a Mission Impossible type film and equally obviously only one Superman has the wherewithal. There are ludicrous sub-plots but…So what?

Go for it. Just remember this isn’t a film to be analysed. It’s Summer fun.


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A Heat-wave Cartoon

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Black Lives Matter: Billie Holiday’s song ‘Strange Fruit’

Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” is now recognized as one of the greatest recordings of all time, being named to the Songs of the Century list by the National Endowment of the Arts. But this powerfully mournful song was almost never made.

Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol, Holiday began to sing it during her concerts in New York nightclubs. Upset at the song’s uncompromising focus upon the daily violence faced by Black Americans in the South, nightclub owners and the government alike worked to ensure Holiday would never be able to play the song again. Her own record label, afraid of retaliation by Southern consumers and radio stations refused to record the song – forcing Holiday to record with a new studio and producer. Almost 85 years after it was made, Strange Fruit stands as a testament to the daily violence of Black life in the South, forcing the listener to confront the stark reality of lynchings in America.

For the Billie Holiday song go to Billie Holiday-Strange fruit- HD – YouTube

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A Conservative economic triumph: a new Food Bank

Morbidly obese councillor Jeremy Kite proudly opens a Food Bank in Dartford, May 2022


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Lady Chatterley’s maid demands a raise

Maid: “I’d like a raise.”

Lady Chatterley: “Why do you deserve a raise?

Maid: “Two reasons. I’m a better cook than you.”

Lady Chatterley: “Who told you?”

Maid: “Your husband. And I’m better in bed than you are as well.”

Lady Chatterley: “I suppose my husband said that?”

Maid: “No, the gardener.”

Lady Chatterley: “How much do you want?

Inspired by D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928) which was banned as pornographic and is now regarded as a classic

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Song Review: Blowin’ in the Wind (Dylan) 60th Anniversary (1962-2022)

Blowin’ in the wind is an iconic anthem of the 1960s, which has been covered by many artists. Purists shudder at the implications. They believe that only the 1962 Dylan recording is perfection. I too thought this way, until like a good researcher, I want back to the sources. This was a salutary experience. The magic of YouTube means covers are available in an exceptionally usable way. And the result of my anti-nostalgia dive into the sound archive? Dylan’s version comes second behind Sam Cooke.

Joan Baez, a longtime associate of Dylan, shared both the stage and song with him on the Rolling Thunder Revue. Even more importantly she was with Dylan in his gigantic creative years in the 1960s. A Blowin’ in the wind cover by Baez should be magical. Not so. She managed to flatten the passion with bourgeois Folk Singer sincerity. Peter, Paul and Mary’s offering grimly sandpapers the lyrics into banality. Ditching prejudice I hurtled into a rendition by the very youthful Bee Gees. Horrible! Then I listened to Sam Cooke. A fast 2 minutes 34 seconds of a brilliant gospel version with his wonderful singing voice. The lyrics had their meaning enhanced as Cooke elevated them into a stratospheric masterpiece.

Dylan has two versions reviewed here. The first is the 1962 original. Absolutely terrific and as good as remembered. Then, unfortunately, I listened to the 1985 Live Aid version, which should have been strangled at birth.

Blowin’ in the wind is a wonderful song written by Dylan at the height of his powers. Of the six versions offered below go for either Dylan (1962) or Cooke.


Baez Joan Baez – Blowin’ in the Wind (Live 1978) – YouTube

Peter Paul and Mary Blowin’ in the Wind – YouTube

Bee Gees Bee Gees – Blowin’ In The Wind 1963 – YouTube

Sam Cooke Sam Cooke – Blowing in the Wind – YouTube

Bob Dylan Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind (Official Audio) – YouTube

Bob Dylan, Keith Richard Ron Wood Bob Dylan / Keith Richards / Ron Wood – Blowin’ In The Wind (Live Aid 1985) – YouTube

There are hundreds of covers of this song. If you want to catch the flavour of them try this site Cover versions of Blowin’ in the Wind written by Bob Dylan | SecondHandSongs


Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind Lyrics |

 1997 Time out of mind

35 years after Blowin’ in the wind had hundreds of covers Dylan’s Make you feel my love also had hundreds of covers. This one is by Adele Adele – Make You Feel My Love (Lyrics) – YouTube This completely endorses the status of Dylan as a popular songwriter as well as a profound spokesperson for his era. It also points at his restless genius constantly reinventing himself.

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Energy Conservation in Hell

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OAP Blues song

Woke up this morning and
Got myself a beer
Washed down my pills
Swilled down eagerly.

 Woke up this morning and
Got myself some toast
Buried it in jam
Finished off in a cloud of crumbs

Woke up this morning and
Opened my eyes
Pinched my arm hard
Smiled a little smile: Still alive.

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