:: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 ::

Ho Ho Ho

Merry Christmas

I'll probably not be back on here till the new year, so have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope Santa is good to you, don't forget to leave him a wee dram.


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:: Friday, December 15, 2006 ::

Punk Heritage

pic removed at request of author.

I'm reading Simon Reynolds history of post-punk Rip It Up and Start Again at the moment. It looks at the impact of punk and bands like the Sex Pistols. Interestingly John Lydon talks about how musically conservative the Pistols really were despite the image...the 'last of the rock bands' rather than the first of something new. Nonetheless they were faced with absolute fury by the mainstream press with politicans, press and church all lining up to condemn them. Lydon said that he faced violence every time he left his house.

So I found this piece on the BBC Wales website interesting.

"Still a Caerphilly councillor, Mr Davies said that 30 years on he was "very sorry" for his part in attempting to ban the Pistols, adding it was "because the young mothers were against it and I just wanted to represent their point of view".

The events around the Pistols' visit to Caerphilly were immortalised in their film Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle in which Mr Davies can be seen in the forefront of the protests.

He said: "I was conducting the carols and when I look back now and see the couple of young people creeping in there I feel absolutely and thoroughly ashamed of myself.

"I've got some great regrets when I look back at it because who am I, a fuddy-duddy councillor, to tell young people what they should listen to, what they should enjoy and how they should conduct themselves and their lives?

"We should try and put a plaque there to the Sex Pistols to commemorate the event that took place in Caerphilly and I would be prepared to unveil it."

With the cinema since demolished, the 30th anniversary of the gig is being marked on Saturday evening with a punk festival in the town's rugby club."


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:: Monday, December 11, 2006 ::

Muerte de Pinochet

Picture by Gerardo on Flickr.

Chileans celebrate in the capital Santiago.

Only a pity this monster never faced justice before the end.

Let's remember those Tories like Thatcher who lined up to defend him. Human rights means nothing to these people. They would put you and I in a death camp in the blink of an eye if it suited their purpose.


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:: Friday, December 08, 2006 ::

Fife Flyers

I love this story.

In 1984 my home town of Dunfermline was centre of the pop universe, or so it felt like. The Skids had hit the big time and when they split up Big Country became a really big group. Another local band were being heavily tipped to follow in their footsteps and not just by the Dunfermline Press and West of Fife Advertiser. That band were called White China.

They had a single, they played gigs, but then they seemed to vanish. Another failed attempt at a pop career I thought.

But whilst working on a redesign of the jocknroll site I found an interesting link. I have come across a White China MySpace site which tells the real story. Seems the band got royally messed about by their record label, Island, who forced them to remix their single 17 times, starved them of resources and ultimately went bankrupt before the album was released.

Now they have concrete plans to release the album early in 2007, more than twenty years after making it. See the MySpace for more details.

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More Second Life Campaigns


Second Life politics marches on.
There is an SSP office now in SL.
There is also a SL Left Unity (including SSP members) blog.
Check out also the campaigning work of the World Development Movement in SL.

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:: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 ::

Dawkins Creek

Amusing question and answer with Richard Dawkins in the Independent.

"Does your wife ever say "Bless you" after you sneeze, just to annoy you? DOUG MACKENZIE DODDS, Reading

Bless you, I'd have to be dreadfully literal-minded to be annoyed by that. What do you take me for, one of those people who sends Christmas cards to The Archers?"


"You backed an anti-war candidate in the last election. Would you be happier if Saddam Hussein were still in power? ANTHONY SHEEN, Macclesfield

Oh, how silly of me. You see, I had this foolish memory that Saddam Hussein was given an ultimatum on the eve of war that if he surrendered his weapons of mass destruction war would be averted. Silly me, I thought that meant the purpose of the war was to remove his WMD. Oh, so now I understand. All along, the purpose of the war to to remove Saddam Hussein. Oh, I see (copyright: J Cleese). Now the Taliban are coming back to power, because Bush and Blair took their eye off Afghanistan and charged into Iraq instead. You know, horrible as Saddam Hussein was, I believe I'd rather have him than the Taliban. Last week in Afghanistan, a teacher was disembowelled and torn to pieces by four motorbikes pulling in opposite directions, for the religious crime of teaching girls algebra.
I don't think even Saddam Hussein executed people for teaching girls algebra."

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