“We do have things in there that are meant to say ‘we like this band'”. And so the echoes of British pop music begin and to be fair you don’t have to look very far. Stephen Street, the producer of Blur for many years is drafted in and the clues continue with the lyrics and the subjects and ultimately the pose that The Kaiser Chiefs adopt.
Go Easy. I havent written a poem for years. I lost the art writing Lit Crit.
Without you, when the sun shines, my heart aches with the heady perfumes of Spring. Without you, when it is Winter and night, and the sky is clear and visible, like insignificance, I seek out signs that precipitate desires, shooting stars, constellations even, that suggest an order to hope.
Without you, in the street, I seek out lucky pennies to wish on and I wish magpies a good day, whenever I see less or more than two.
Without you, I hoard my luck. No lottery, or bets. no games of chance, even flippant bets to hit the waste paper bin are passed up. I hold my breath, the pennies held tightly in my hand, to be spent with you.
And hope as well, I save my hope like luck, a precursor to the real and not lost and frittered away.
My hope is a declaration of action, of love and doing; an emptying of the blue from the sky into my lungs and life, open and ready.
Without you happy sad because without you leads to with you and without is presence banishing fear of nothing with the potential for everything; with you.
Well, After years of nearlys, yesterday my football team was relegated or demoted or whatever you want to call it. It is quite sad. We now have to sell our players.
Secondly, Some American tycoon who owns tampa bay bucaneers and hasnt ever been to see football in england has bought Manchester United. Its caused a great deal of controversy hear, mainly because whn I say he bought, he actually borrowed Â£300 million of the Â£700 million and put the club into debt. Thats buisiness I suppose and its always amusing to see a club that courted merchandise and its brand so regularly as a buisiness to be bought and run like a buisiness. You sow the wind and you reap the whirlwind. PLC means you can be bought and you have already sold out. We laboured under the illusion that the buisiness men before were concerned with the spirit of football. At least its out in the open. Some American Cu*nt has bought what he sees as a good deal and doesnt really care if its a team or a it buys and sells oil. Thats the way of the world. Sad but true.
Finally, if you ahvent done already, listen to Groovey Train by the Farm or Safety Dance by Men with Hats today. Its always good to revisit the old ones.
Anyway. So its not a big deal for you but the scene is thus.
We have 3 parties but only 2 that realistically that can win Conservative and Labor. Both are now centre right parties with pretty much the same policies just fine tuned. The choice for the voter is which brand do you prefer. Do you think New labor have done a good job, or if they haven’t have they done a better job than the Conservatives would? Can we forget the desolation the conservative government left in this country after 14 years even though we don’t trust Tony Blair? If we don’t like Tony Blair do we vote liberals and risk the Conservatives winning as a result?
I haven’t watched Dr Who since the abysmal reworking of the 80s and early 90s. They made it quirky, less serious, the effects still rubbish but so as to make it kitch and camp. There are a lot of people in this country who remember the good old days of Tom Baker, John Pertwee, and that guy who went on to be in All Creatures Great and Small. Anything since has been sacrilege.
I am sorry to bring up lists but they had a top 100 albums list on tv in England at the weekend that really ticked me off. The link to the list is here.
I am particularly shocked by the high showing of both Alanis Morrisette Jagged Little Pill and Oasis’ whats the story morning glory. I am shocked by the lack of Van Morrsion’s Astral Weeks in any of the Top 100. Anyway just thought you may find it interesting to see the thinking in these parts as flawed as it is.