The revolution of the mind

I have been thinking a lot about the ‘end times’ that are looming, thanks to the global economic crisis. Mirroring the social and political mood of the 1970s, the recession has distracted us from the ecological game that we were always going to lose – due to the very nature of prevailing global capitalism, which is tied up so closely with the ecological problem, both heading for catastrophe. This is something I wrote a long while ago on the topic of the distracted global political system that so closely resembles a disorganised schoolchild. I just wanted to revisit it because I had just started out at the time and was very proud of it… and I’m still pretty sick of hearing phrases such as “…the revolution WILL be televised!!!” or the derivations thereof that appear ad nauseum in commentary. Hilarious. Not hilarious: missing the point.

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Kashka from Baghdad

I am listening to a lot of Kate Bush. She’s what one might call The Man. Except she’s The Woman. For a woman with a squeaky voice, she has balls. Or, to continue the feminist theme, she has ovaries… big ones, full of eggs.

IMG_7823I only heard Kashka from Baghdad for the first time last week. It is said (but who knows, the things that people are known to say!) that it is about a gay couple. Whether this is true or not, generally Bush writes about alienation very well – here, she sings as an outsider herself, observing Kashka and his/her feller, seemingly concluding that the pair have realised true happiness with each other even though they live their lives outside of society. (Incidentally, Kashka can be a girl’s name too, which is why I’m not sure if it really is about a gay couple. But then, Kashka also means a kind of mushy food in Polish, which provides another obvious statement about the song.*)

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I am still chased up the stairs by the monster that lives in the cellar.

Well known to all that watch the show, Scooby and Shaggy take diazepam to reduce the psychic stresses associated with the trappings of mystery-solving.
Scooby and Shaggy take diazepam (aka ‘Scooby snacks’) to reduce the psychic stresses associated with the trappings of a mystery-solving lifestyle.

I always detested Scooby Doo as a kid, because it was so mind-numbling formulaic. But I have been dragged into that particular element of nostalgia by having a daughter who is crazy about the intrepid five, so much so that when she couldn’t find her hairbrush the other day she said, “it looks like we’ve got another mystery on our hands.”

It was on our last all-morning Scooby Doo and pancakes-athon (YES, send me your angry letters) that I was struck by various elements of the show that serve as a commentary on the post-modern construct, as well as drawing a broader parallel with the machinations of democracy.

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world, What a (600.13)

I refuse to comment on such things as the death of Thatcher. Her death has been going on this week. Far be it from me to comment on the whole sordid affair, because really there has been no need now, and noone outside of the UK cared in the slightest anyway. I will now attempt to illustrate, though, for the sake of posterity, what goes on in the wake of such an event of a figure that divides an audience so we don’t have to alienate our acquaintances via social media with our uninformed, irrelevant, agenda-driven and idiotic opinions when it happens again.

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