A song for Casper

Dear Reader,

In the past I have played songs on diablog for Smiles, for Pete and for Alex. And even for Glynsky. Guess where I was wrong most of the time?

Now I noticed, I have not played any tune for our friendly ghost, Casper.

I have totally neglected the friendliest character on diablog. I am ashamed. What a failure.

Before Glynsky can get out his whip and give me the usual beating, here is a song for Casper. If I remember correctly, she liked the rather dark Love will tear us apart by Joy Division. This is more joyous:

Let’s have more parties,
Engine Room

Resounding at the Engine Room right now

Dear Reader,

Besides this being a wonderful song …

… it is a great reminder to once in a while “take a walk on the wild side”.

You’re never too old, too respectable, too anything, to step out of your comfort zone, leave routine behind for a while and do something new, scary, funny, daring, ridiculous, crazy.

Did you lately? If not, go ahead.

Engine Room

CNN beats The Daily Show

Dear Reader,

Do you remember the days when CNN was the News Leader? When you watched CNN to learn what was happening around the globe? As a traveler then, I would turn on the TV in my hotel room, switch to CNN and get my news. Those days are long gone.

As someone famous said about CNN News a while ago:

“It is stupid blonds reporting about missing stupid blonds.”

As a result, a considerable number of people are getting their TV news from The Daily Show, a comedy program, today.

And it seems, the former News Leader CNN finally has gotten the message. CNN is stepping into the comedy news ring, beating The Daily Show easily.

I have no other explanation for the following. This is the screenshot of a tweet by Wolf Blitzer, the self-inflated airhead from “the situation room” at CNN:

Screenshot wb

You could not make this up. This is real life beating satire. CNN providing comedy gold.

And I have to say, kudos to Mr Blitzer. How he delivers this comedy with a straight face, maintaining his air of – I am at the forefront of what’s happening – is a performance worthy of an Oscar. Unfortunately we can asume, he is buying into his own crap.

Should anyone still think CNN gives you the news, please call me. I have a bridge to sell.

Stay informed,
Engine Room

I want to protest…

Dear diablog,

So much has been going on it is time to protest! Well, not me actually – I prefer to leave it to others.

Mme. and I found ourselves in what we consider to be the most complete, beautiful and all embracing Italian small to medium town where, if we had any sense, we would buy a pied a terre. Luckily for us it is the Italian equivalent of Ipswich – far enough off the well know tourist trails that you have to want to go there so relatively few ‘drop in’ and traffic in the old town is well nigh impossible so no campers or people in floral shorts! I shall never divulge the location – it is our secret and will remain so for as long as we can keep it.

So, checked in at the best hotel in town (at a massive £100 for a suite inc breakfast) off for a passegiata.

Ok, so I wish to start a cultural revolution to protest a whole load of stuff and have chosen music as the vehicle, what do I do? I could go the Engine Room route and just give money and bluster on diablog about the perceived injustice or go with Pete with the whinging drone of wrist cutting dirges – vide Leonard Cohen.

But I am an optimist and the way forward is to appeal to those I wish to convert by giving them pleasure and fun along with the food for thought. Much more fertile and satisfying for all.

Of course, assemble a brilliant and accomplished ‘folk band’ to include full orchestras, a waif with a great voice (who can’t dance to save her life) with a few added guests from time to time and scour the world for an Arab with a superb voice and, to boot, a rapper! This of course just to annoy Pete.

And the most important final step, use the tarantella (!) as the base for all my songs, write lyrics in Italian, Arabic and other north African languages – just to keep everyone informed – and perform in every public square and at every music festival I can find! How obvious and predictable can you get!

You have just met Eugenio Bennato, about whom information is sparse but there you go! To be honest, the whole thing was made for us by the stunning voice of Mohammed Ezziane El Alaoui who changes his voice (if it is all you want to listen to start approx min 2.36) from the melodic to the guttural and comes across even better…

Continue reading “I want to protest…”

Happy 100th Birthday Gene Kelly

Dear Reader,

Today we celebrate a 100th birthday.
Gene Kelly was born August 23, 1912.

Most of you probably will remember him from this most wonderful piece:

But I encourage you to read his Wikipedia article. He lead an interesting life, was multi-talented and very productive.

And if you haven’t danced and romped in the summer rain lately, go out and do so. I love it and will never grow tired of it.


Engine Room

Time flys while we are having a good time

Dear Reader,

It is fair to say, we are having a good time, most of the time. At least some of us.
Like the ones going to Hawaii and Italy and Greece and California and ….

Younger ones are going to college now.

So, here are my personal favorites from the annual (quote)

For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.

  1. They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation.
  2. They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
  3. The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.
  4. If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.
  5. Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.
  6. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
  7. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
  8. They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
  9. The paradox “too big to fail” has been, for their generation, what “we had to destroy the village in order to save it” was for their grandparents’.
  10. For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department.
  11. They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
  12. There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles. Continue reading “Time flys while we are having a good time”

What A Load Of Bull

I have often asked myself whether there is a limit to man’s stupidity.
If you take a look at the video shown below you may well notice that the answer is a definate no.

Apparently no Bulls were hurt in the making of this particular video which makes a pleasant change.
So please enjoy this cruel, barbaric ‘sport’, for morons.