sense of humour

The latest Banksy is going to test the greed for money of the prison authorities. Whilst in the past whole walls were removed to preserve and sell the art-work, that won’t be easy with a wall that surrounds a prison. LOL.

Inaugeration

I was fascinated to watch Jo Biden’s inaugeration. I didn’t even take that guy seriously. One look and I thought that old guy doesn’t have a chance against the burly bully-boy Donald Trump. With a woman as vice-president (Kamala Harris), the US is entering an era of hope and social change.

Actually for us older folks Jo Biden is a figure of hope as he is the one that dismisses those rumours that once over 70 you are only good for scrap.

There was a lot of hope with this high-quality performance of state duty.

Amanda Gorman recited and excellent poem, disguised as speech, the US’s first ever poet-loreate for young people and there were top singers to copella anthems and folk tunes.

This radiated a lot of hope. People believed and smiled.

Pale horse

white coated horse running

Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels.com

I’ve now watched two different versions of the Pale Horse, a novel by Agatha Christie, my favourite author.

I enjoyed the Miss Marple version more and though old-fashioned, it made it clear and easier to understand how the criminal organisation worked.

Quite fascinating that a criminal organised a gang of helpers who went around the homes of potential victims to find out what their habits were and what potions they used daily.

Then the criminal broke into the home of the victim, exchanged their favourite potion with a similar item but the contents now containing Thalium or rat poison so that the victim died from poisening, which was very hard to detect.

Doesn’t that make one paranoid not to disclose such information to strangers?

Drill music

Watching Krept and Konan on Victoria Derbyshire was a revelation. It makes sense that stopping music is not stopping the cause of problems. Music is more a mirror of what is happening rather than the cause of it.

When I was young music was all about love and happiness because we had the baby-boom generation and life was easy and people made a lot of love.

The only odd one out were the sex pistols who were advocates of punk, which was not outlawed at the time.

Now we live in a period of austerity, which is the real reason for the increase in violence and music reflects this with drill music. The music is popular and sustains an industry and allows musicians and followers to establish business structures, which is a positive result.

A sensible Nobel Peace Prize award

I am very happy that a politician who has established a very important peace process in Ethiopa, in the relationships between Ethiopa and Eritrea has been awareded this year’s Nobel Peace Price.

This is exactly the example we need, a politician who makes peace and not war.

I definitely do not want to see people awarded who engage in mere modern spin about Global Warming without making an actual peace effort.

New thoughts

The political correctness changes from time to time and we get trained how to express ourselves in the correct manner.

I find it quite amazing that people who behaved according to generally accepted laws and behaviour suddenly find themselves prosecuted in old age for doing things wrong.

This blog exists since decades and hopefully I did not make too many remarks, which are now unfashionable. I apologise if I did not correct anything in time.

Just to say that I am now reading new books and one of those is Steven Pinker’s “Enlightenment now“, which puts a lot of those modernistic fears that swampt the Internet for years into an excellent perspective. The book beams with positivity, just what I need right now.

Apparently a lot of great new books get recommended during the “Daily Politics Show“, which I enjoy watching too.

It is quite often that new trends throw up fears we all have in the back of our minds and appeal to us somehow and we engage at some point or other. There were the anti-vaccine people, the anti-GMO crops discussion and so forth.

Often radicals do exploit our fears and stear us into undesirable directions. We have to be careful and stay on the level playing field that is acceptable to all.

I think it depends what logarythm one is switched onto because social media always shows us stuff again and again we once looked at and keeps our minds on a certain level.

That is where the Steven Pinker book comes in because it clearly shows a very good set of comprehensive statistics that put human development into perspective world-wide. A book not to be missed.

 

 

Dylan’s opinion no, no, no

Not even Bob Dylan is safe on making opinionated remark. How silly things have become is clear in the fact that France now has served Dylan with a notice of intend to examine a complaint. Story here.

“Blacks know that some whites didn’t want to give up slavery – that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can’t pretend they don’t know that.

“If you got a slave master or [Ku Klux] Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”

When Dylan was asked about US history, he stated some comparisons, remarking about old, new or repeating conflicts. It has to be categorically said, that he did not remark about any conflicts that had not already existed.

Perhaps people would have loved to see it if Dylan would have given a type of stereotype and childish answer like, I wish all people could become friends and that there be no war in the world; in the good old Woodstock fashion.

It seems clear that opinions are simply not appreciated anywhere these days. That is opinion that comes freely, in a spontaneous fashion. Most other opinion, is the paid for type, the strongly rehearsed fiction or fact that tells us what we can think or say.

In this instance also Dylan compared well known groups of people he compared Klan with blacks, Jews with Nazis. In those samples he stated that the victims can sense the perpetrator of injustice, like blacks can sense the Klan or Jews and sense the Nazis but in the case of the Croats he didn’t say Croats can sense the Serbs, he said the Serbs can sense the Croats and since the Serbs killed the Croats there was an ill-feeling about the remark of Dylan.

I personally think there is no point in having an opinion, unless one gets paid for having one, then there is already a much bigger power game in play. I simply do not express any opinion at the moment, therefore my own blog is concealed. There is no point in saying what you think. They tell you what to think in the FREE Evening Standard and on the BBC news.

There is also no point in voting unless one is directly personally involved in politics or gains financially in terms of business contracts after a party has come into power. It is quite obvious that many people have given up voting altogether as the participation has become minimal. Politics have become a game of chess.

Eurovision needs an ethnic overhaul

Watched the Eurovision Song Contest or ESC for short yesterday. If you asked me to tell you by tune alone where a song originates, I would have sworn that the Danish, winning entry came from Ireland. The classic flute and drum song was in my view ethnically Irish.

Most songs were in English and that was a pity. I would suggest that a new rule be made that forces all countries to perform in one of their native languages and at the most can only use the official language of the country, if any one country uses more than one ethnic languages. Belgium for example uses Flemish and French.

I think one could have thrown most entries into a big hat and let each country pull a composition out of it and let them perform it and that would not have changed yesterday’s results.

I enjoyed watching the contest years ago when countries proudly would attend in national costume and regional language to be frustrated by English speaking countries winning but that should not give them reason to throw their tradition overboard.

It is just atrocious that an authentic entry like Croatia’s was refused into the final.

I think for next year, all countries should submit ethically flavoured entries and flout the English speaking watering down of the contest.

E-publishing

YouTube has been found to be responsible for the copyright of music despite the E-commerce regulations and the German court decided that an Internet publisher should install filters to prevent the posting of copyright material but that is in my view a very laborious an unworkable concept. There are only 2 possibilities, its either only allowing approve material or charging U-Tube a universal license per month, quarter, annum, which is much more practicable and workable.

Asking a large company like YouTube to pay for each clip played, would be similar to charging a pub for each piece of music they play to their customers but such companies pay a universal license fee instead.

Engelbert shows how it’s done

I think it is marvellous that Engelbert Humperdinck, aged 75, will represent the UK at the next Eurovision Song contest. At least that shows us that you can get older in show business and that we still have some old-aged singing pensioners.
It is more than necessary that some health stories are pumped into show business because I have read a lot of early death stories for well-known show biz personalities, which makes the whole show industry look very stressful.

I shall enjoy this year’s Eurovision especially. But, I still miss Terry Wogan and he really could match Engelbert and also appear alongside him because Terry Wogan’s commenting skills are unsurpassed. There are not a lot of people that can make me laugh but Terry can.

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