Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Monday, 20 May 2013

Meanwhile, some music

A busy few weeks, so posting will be light - in any case, even the darkest satirist would find little in recent news to laugh about;

For example, in any other context, Nick Clegg's evasive wrigglings when asked outright whether he shopped at Primark would be highly diverting, but in the light of the massive death toll in the supplier's factory, silence somehow seems the better option.

I am, however, grateful to JuliaM for alerting me to yet another impending asteroid. We'll certainly be raising a glass or two on the 31st, even though this one is giving us a fairly wide berth; there will be more on the subject nearer the time.

Meanwhile, writing the previous parody got me thinking about songs with a story, so here are a few more, in no particular order...


  1. I did not know that Clegg got his frocks from Primark. I hope he reads the washing instructions properly.

  2. Demetrius, it was certainly a revelation.

    “I’m not pretending our shopping choices are done on some sort of moral calculator, far from it. You go to the most convenient shop, you buy what’s affordable, you try and get what you can in an affordable way for your kids.”

    You have to feel sorry for him - a bit - since he was damned whichever answer he chose; 'Yes' and he's not fooling anyone, 'No' and he's Marie Antoinette.

    This must have seemed a good compromise, eve though, when you consider what his household income must be, it makes him sound rather like the affluent middle-class foodies who fill up their children with fish fingers and spaghetti hoops before cooking their own gourmet meals.

  3. Oh no, not more asteroids? Have we not had our quota?

  4. JH, the gods may play at dice but it's starting to look like they prefer shooting pool.