As some day it may happen that a victim must be found, I`ve got a little list – I`ve got a little list of society offenders who might well be underground, and who never would be missed – who never would be missed.
After what seems an age of interminable waffle and prevarication, Cameron has at last produced his little list of “reforms” to the European Union that are required if the United Kingdom if to remain a member of the largest trading market on the planet. Oh I wish he would desist – I wish he would desist. (more…)
Politicians and other celebrities often wish to project a simple, one-dimensional image to simultaneously mask and yet expose their persona as being in some way normal whilst at the same time demanding to be considered as being in some way extraordinary. As public figures, it is perfectly understandable that they would wish to maintain some level of privacy and offer instead a shallow image of normality. It is fascinating to discover what those that wish to govern us, and those that wish us to like them, got up to before they were famous. (more…)
Oye como va
Whilst we are being mesmerised by British politicians telling massive lies, something rather significant has taken place across the pond where a man once had a plan about a canal in Panama. Some bloke called Raul sat down for a chat with another bloke called Obama and after the brief mano y mano discussion actually shook hands. This might not seem important but if you were born in the 50s and remember childhood nightmares caused by the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban missile crisis, this rapprochement between the US and Cuba is nothing short of remarkable.
Cuba is more than crumbling buildings, ancient Chevrolets, cigars hand rolled on the thighs of young beauties and a tenacious clinging obsession with Marxism; it has the best rum and some of the best music ever created. Setting aside Guantanamo Bay, it looks like Fidel won the waiting game. It seems Cuba is no longer considered to be a rogue state cynically sponsoring and encouraging terrorism but has instead been transformed into a lucrative market. Perhaps the next POTUS, who might actually be a woman, will take a look at lifting the sanctions and embargos placed on Vietnam for having the downright cheek to defeat a global superpower in a war that ended 40 years ago. (more…)
Malice; here are four thoughts…
Firstly; that road looks a bit French.
Secondly; none of the statements are remotely true.
Thirdly; telling blatant lies will not fool even the stupidest voter and…
When something or other turns out to be a little bit popular, it is sadly inevitable that even moderate success will attract imitators, copyists and blatant plagiarists.
Whenever talent and originality emerges or gimmicky notoriety makes money, there are legions of bandwagon jumpers looking to cash in. Hence we had decades of everyone trying to sing like Kate Bush, then Bjork, then the Hemidemisemiquaver 64th note urban yodelling of Whitney Houston, then the artificial removal of the glottal stop in the style of Lily Allen and now the pop star as harlot Lady Gaga persona. When Abba won, other nations decided that the only hope of winning the Eurovision Song Contest was to be represented by two ugly blokes and two attractive women who might or might not be moonlighting from the adult film industry. Thus the nervous nation was on the receiving end of Save All Your Kisses For Me complete with its own funny little dance and Making Your Mind Up with disturbingly kitsch skirt ripping. It is surprising that former minor celebrities up before the bench on serious charges have not cited ripping off someone`s dress in front of a live TV audience of millions as evidence of the period`s zeitgeist. (more…)