Not the sharpest pin in the packet

The Tory’s having ditched May
Are still fighting a no win war
Among themselves, for now
But if Boris does, become P.M.

The Buffoon, is dangerous
It will be the working class
In England and Ireland, will suffer
The Scots and Welsh, will seek independence.

And who could blame them?
With no political answer
The Irish boarder problems will grow
Into such a firmament of unrest.

Can we expect direct rule again
Both Irish clans again at each other
Perhaps an all out civil war
Death and carnage, back on the streets.

A general election, could help
Although
Brexit fallout would influence
Perhaps an unexpected outcome
Manifestos, worded very carefully.

No more false promises
From rich fools, who don’t give a damn
Pandering to homophobic prejudice
The British Isles, are cosmopolitan.

And, have been for hundreds of years
All the better, in adding to our nation
The rich heritage, each has brought with them
Adding diversity to development.

Yes, the buffoon might be a unionist
He might profess that in public
Will history judge him different though
As not the sharpest pin in the packet.

Mike

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Flexible Politics

Who needs principles in 21st century British politics?

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CD Review: Alabama 3 ~ Exit on Coldharbour Lane (1997)

People of a certain age tend to have fixed musical tastes. And I’m no exception. Therefore when I heard this cd it came as a surprise. How did this Acid House cd end up on my deck? (Quaint word heh!) But the shock of the new (1997 is new for me) didn’t collapse my brain.

Their lead singer and writer Jake Black died and was given a major obituary in the Guardian. Back in 1997 their song Woke up this morning was the theme tune of The Sopranos. As this is one of my favourite series and the music was compelling I turned to my (non-premium) Spotify account and played it. And was blown away.

Acid House turns out to be a mix of folk-rock with elements of gospel and some very challenging lyrics. More-or-less impossible to disaggregate without destroying the magnificence of it all. The amazing U Don’t Dans 2 Tekno Anymore is shocking. A wonderful sing-a-long tune telling of drug deaths. The dysfunctional tune with challenging lyrics jars producing cognitive dissonance. Other songs worth paying attention to include Bourgeoisie Blues and Mao Tse Tung Said. By ‘paying attention’ I mean listen as opposed to letting it drive you into ecstasy – unless you can do both simultaneously of course.

Ditch your prejudices and give it a try. My commitment went so far as to get the cd.

Chris

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A publicity seeking judge in Hancock’s Half Hour

Lord Chief Justice Fleming: Well now, you wish to build a road through Mr Hancock’s garden?
Sid James: That’s it.
Lord Chief Justice Fleming: And he won’t let you because he’s got a marrow growing there.
Sid James: That’s right.
Lord Chief Justice Fleming: Yes. Hmm. Yes. What is a marrow?
Sid James: Eh?
Lord Chief Justice Fleming: I always ask that. It gets me in the newspapers.
Chris
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Film Review: Rocketman (Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell)

Unlike the review cited below1 I consider this biopic in terms of what we’re missing today.

Obviously Rocketman is trite depending on a sing-a-long narrative. The recurring thread is Elton in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting coupled with flash backs. This is an authorised film with Elton’s husband being an executive producer. Elton’s promoted as a hugely talented working-class hero like Billy Elliot. This is well done. Eventually it shades into lachrymose sentimentality without actually being nauseating. All of which doesn’t give you a reason to see it.

So why see it? The sheer exuberance of Elton’s life adds zest to the inner man. Our gruesome risk averse nanny state has sucked the lifeblood out of the country. The spate of biopics about 1960s/70s superstar icons isn’t just about money, though that’s important. It’s also about the contrast that era had with our zeitgeist. That period saw overwhelming confidence even by the ‘have nots’ unlike today where fear is rampant. I enjoyed Elton’s reckless life and stupendous creativity along with his partner Bernie Taupin. The Elton shows were Shows! Great stuff and at the very least you too can sing-a-long.

1 For a very different and professional review go to https://variety.com/2019/film/reviews/rocketman-review-elton-john-1203218116/

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Donald Trump meets British public opinion June 2019

..he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

Nate White

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Basic humour

Simple humour

 

Pete

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