Thanks for the mention, I'm checking him out now. :)
I'm aware of him. I've got the two albums- Mermaid Avenue I & II- in which he and Wilco provide the music for lyrics from the Woody Guthrie archive- but I've never properly explored his work. I realise I should.
Ditto for me; one of those artists I think I'd like but have never got round to. And I'm frightened by the vastness of his back catalogue, and how much his fans adore him. It's always scaring dipping a toe into something like that.
I know what you mean. There's so much music out there I've never heard....
P.S. It's interesting how Kipling- for all that he was a man of the right- has this appeal for contemporary left-wingers.
and 'The Pict Song' is almost entirely Kipling's lyrics.
I need to find a copy of that.
My grandfather was a railwayman - I sing that song sometimes and think of him. He was delighted when the rail system was nationalised into British Rail - and totally disillusioned with the way it went afterwards.
Thank you for the last two paragraphs. That's roughly what I've been trying to say about my own politics, but I couldn't manage to express it.
I'm glad it hit the spot.
There have been times over the past decade when the Tories made noises that seemed to be coming from the left of New Labour- but it was all just positioning. There's a deep difference- at heart- between the two parties. I don't want to be governed again by people who think the way Tories think- even if, in person, they're awfully civilisaed and nice.
That's exactly how I feel and think about the Democrats and Republicans.
I'd rather vote for someone who once entertained progressive ideals, than for someone who never did.
Edited at 2010-03-01 02:02 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this. Cameron's only passion is the NHS - and I saw him a couple of years ago pushing his son Ivan - now deceased - in a wheelchair, and so it isn't hard to know where that connection comes from.
Politicians should not have to be loveable as long as they know what they are doing. In this media savvy world would Lloyd George or Churchill or Edward Heath or Gladstone have got elected? All of them with personality flaws a mile wide.
Tories dream of... well they would tell you, less government interference in our lives, but what they really mean is less money taken from them in taxes and redistributed to the poor. And having seen how my personal tax burden is being increased next year, I agree with them; those of us who have been financially responsible and worked hard and not maxed out our credit cards or blagged our way into mortgages they can't afford... we are being asked to pay for those less responsible than ourselves.
But fundamentally why things got that way seems to be do with an over materialistic culture that does not value a sense of community, an education system that does not inspire the young and does not work for those less academically able, and a banking system that did not contain enough checks and balances - and the Tories have had a huge part in creating that Britain. So I can't in good conscience vote for smooth Dave to be in charge. Another Old Etonian who, apart from his experience of parenting a disabled child, can't have ever lived in the real world.
Politics has become a profession in itself. An awful lot of people move from school to university to politically related employment to the House of Commons without ever having knocked around in the "real" world. Dave is one such. Brown, for all his apparent ruggedness, is another.
We need more people in parliament who know what it's like to hold down a regular job, or run a business or a trades union, or serve in the army or even- like the old style Tories- to manage a country estate. We've created- or allowed the creation of- a political class which has little idea of how the rest of us live.
As I am losing my job later this year (the job is being sent abroad by a company trying to avoid the high levels of UK corporation tax) I might consider going into politics. Or opening an artisan cheesemaking company. Haven't decided!
Cheesemaking- much more satisfying!
2010-03-01 09:30 pm (UTC)
I agree with all you said. I couldn't articulate it so well myself though.
Your trip looked wonderful and the script was entertaining. I showed it all to Ma who enjoyed being so included in all the details.
Ian can help as far as identifying Mont Blanc is concerned.....sometime.
Love Jenny x
I'm glad you were able to show it to Ma. I keep telling her she should go on line.
If Ian can identify any of the mountains in the pictures I've posted I'd be very grateful.
2010-03-02 02:50 am (UTC)
I was in Britain during the last election, and everywhere we went sightseeing in Cornwall there were village halls set up as polling stations.
It gave me rgreat satisfaction that after the election Carnwall remained a Tory- and Labour-free zone.
2010-03-02 09:31 am (UTC)
Re: Brit politics
All my life I've been waiting for the "third" party- first the Liberals, then the SDP, then the Lib Dems- to make their big breakthrough on the national scene.