The Little Baby Jesus: Another Apology

In what seems to be becoming a Christmas tradition, I have cocked it up again. I did manage to send the physical cards this year, which is better than last year, but my plan to send out the seasonal emails has foundered on the basic problem that I discovered at the last minute that the only computer with the distribution list on is not the one I am sitting at, or which going to be able to lay hands on before the deadline. Well, at least I tried to send the email on time this year…

On the subject of all things shambolically festive, have some of Mark E Smith’s Christmas complaining…

I don’t know anybody called Simon so that should be safe. At least, it should be no more likely to offend one person than any other, which about as good as it gets with The Fall.

In case that was not enough, there is much more here, so don’t say I didn’t give you anything.

Seasons greetings to one and all.

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Free bonus Xmas party tip:

If you are the sort of person who gets drunk at Christmas, try singing “David Bloody Davis” to the tune of Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2. It’s really annoying!

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December 24, 2017. #Brexit, Daniel, Music. Leave a comment.

Trump Trump Trump

I was going to express my disgust with Trump’s open promotion of a Fascist, and borderline terrorist, group in the UK. I was going to talk about how this, and our less than adequate response to it, demeans both our nations and also democracy itself. But the anger did not carry over into the ability to say anything particularly coherent about a situation so obscene as to defy language.

Fortunately, the BBC’s James Cook pretty much nailed it so I don’t have to:

Instead, I have pop videos…

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December 2, 2017. Music, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Can’t shake the devil’s hand and say you’re only kidding

You know what this is about…

Lyrics here: via Google Play

August 17, 2017. Music, Politics. Leave a comment.

Clever and Modest and Misunderstood

As the UK gears up its diplomats to find out wtf “Brexit means Brexit” actually means, and as Satan gears up construction on a new ring in Hell, people may be wondering what the UK’s attitude is to the rest of the World, and to what is left of itself, will be going forwards. Well, wonder no more:

(Flanders and Swann in 1967. Fifty years ago. Fifty years!)

And how is the rest of the World going to take to this newly confident/delusional* rump UK? Early indications suggest that they are far from impressed.

* –  Delete as applicable depending on whether you are Nigel Farage or not.

March 31, 2017. #Brexit, Music, Politics. Leave a comment.

A little empire

Have just realised what Trump reminds me of…

I mean the song, not the band, obviously.

It seems that I am not the only person who has had this idea. Indeed there are a few YouTube videos of Trump set to this song. I’m not linking to those because I don’t want to see his face and, besides, I slightly prefer this version of the song.

February 26, 2017. Music, Politics. Leave a comment.

The Little Baby Jesus: An Apology

I am sorry to have to say that I have been far too disorganised to send out any seasonal cards or emails this year. In my defence it has been a really crappy year and, thanks to the leap second, a long one too. The safest thing to do seems to be to avoid any unnecessary motion that might prolong it any further due to relativistic time dilation.

Nonetheless it probably does behove me to assert that I am not dead, but not to go so far as to prove it by singing. There are no winners in that game. With this in mind, let me wish you all seasons greetings and leave the singing to somebody who knows what they are doing.

December 24, 2016. Daniel, Music. 1 comment.

It’s Cold Outside

I was going to write about the predicament Britain has got itself into but I know it doesn’t seem right for me to be talking about Britain when a lot of good people are now suddenly far deeper in the shit than we are, and some for reasons that are far less their own fault than our problems are ours*. So I will talk a little about where Britain is, i.e in the cold, cold, Atlantic ocean with no friends at all, but mostly I want to talk about where the rest of the world is and present a grand theory that I hope turns out to be bullshit, because I really, really, don’t like it at all.

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November 12, 2016. #Brexit, Music, Politics. 3 comments.

Is it too late to ask?

Yes it is! Yes it is! Yes it is! Yes it is! Yes it is!

As the UK falls apart, and the best idea anybody seems to have it to ask if we can hit the reset button and try again, it seems possible that we will be needing one or more new national anthems shortly. We like nautical themes so here is a suggestion.

This is a song that I know via my bother, who is in the Brockley Ukulele Group, who perform it. I don’t have a video of that, so here is Boothby Graffoe’s original version.

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July 2, 2016. #Brexit, Music, Politics. Leave a comment.