Saturday, June 02, 2012
A few weeks ago we commented angrily on DEFRA's revolting and completely unethical decision to licence the destruction of buzzards' nests. Unsurprisingly, we were far from the only ones and, also unsurprisingly (considering this current government) are even more weak, wishy-washy and lilly-livered than their predecessors, they have capitulated at the first sign of trouble and withdrawn the plans.
This is where my dilemma comes in. Of course, they have made the right decision. The idea was ludicrous and completely flew in the face of all the environmental legislation of the past century. But we do really want a government that caves in and changes their mind so easily? I'm not going to write that perhaps it is time for a change. Of course it bloody is, but can you think of anyone to replace them? The alternatives seem even worse. Surely the democratic ideal means more than voting for the least horrific option. Maybe it's time for a change (oh yes, I said I wasn't going to say that).
It's Sunday, so again its time,
to do the daily blog in rhyme,
working for Gonzo is good (don't you know it)
'cos I don't get sacked for being a poet,
if reading this in your own homes,
you dignify this doggerel by calling it poems,
but I'm just lowly bloggo staff,
and once a week this makes me laugh.
So we start off with a big surprise,
Dan Wooding at the two Is
which was (this may come as a shock)
the birthplace of all British rock:
and now, live on a festival stage
the delectable Mimi Page,
and an audience too in awe to hector
as she sings 'Butterfly' with Bassnectar:
And next (I promise this ain't fake, man)
a link to an interview with Rick Wakeman
and sadly (stifling a cough)
the Crystal Palace gig is off:
And next we all can take a look,
at the work of Helen McCookerybook,
and the album she has made with Martin,
my praise for this is only startin':
Now I thought it would be jolly,
to introduce the daughter of that bloke from Wally,
a talented lady (its not a myth)
so here is Haley Glennie-Smith
And last (but not least) I must mention,
a strange review of Auburn's Liz Lenten,
with some notes from me, saying I've read better,
cos on the whole he doesn't get her:
So that's about it for this week,
and although my poetry's quite weak,
I hope that you all have a fun-day
and we'll be back without the rhymes on monday.
On this day in 1926 Alan Ginsberg was born. Ginsberg was a poet who was one of the leading lights of the beat generation and opposed militarisation and an early supporter of gay rights (not least because he was gay himself). However, for all the good he did in the counter-culture movement, during his life he made some spectacularly bad decisions not least in publicly joining and singing the praises of the paedophilia advocating organisation organization NAMBLA.
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Ginsberg once made an appearance at the Weird Weekend when he tried to levitate Woolsery Community Centre: