On Wednesday my kids and I had to say farewell to my 93-year old mother-in-law from computer screens in our various homes.
I watched via the webcast, as I’m sure other members of our family did, helpless as my sister-in-law wept, unable to offer any support to her or my nephews sat with my brother-in-law in that almost empty room while a complete stranger from the God squad sent the old girl on her way.
I broke down as my late wife was mentioned, six years gone herself this month, and two of my brood told me they had started well before that.
Meanwhile, in the past few days, police have broken up a 400-strong wedding party in a Stamford Hill school hall and a party of 200 in Kensington.
With 4,000 COVID patients across the country on ventilators and the death rate still at nightmare levels, what can I possibly say about these people that I haven’t already? Public opinion obviously means nothing to them and they have absolutely no sense of social responsibility.
There are key workers risking their lives every single day in the fight against this virus while these pathetic mouth breathers enjoy a p*** up.
My mother-in-law did not die of coronavirus, but it’s the reason most of the family had to see her off from a distance.
I wish there was some way of creating a greater distance between the greater part of society and those who think a party is more important than common sense.
The year 1971 was an incredible year for music with albums that are now considered classics from Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, ELP, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Van der Graaf Generator, Yes, John Lennon and Pink Floyd to name but a few.
You can say it’s an age thing on my part, but how much of today’s music is going to be admired with the same reverence as the likes of Won’t Get Fooled Again, Stairway To Heaven, Aqualung, Imagine, Family Affair, Life On Mars and Let’s Stay Together in fifty years time?
NONE! That’s how much.
Established acts were accused this week of monopolising music streaming services to the detriment of struggling lesser known acts.
As someone with two of my own albums on Spotify, Apple etc, such blatant column filling bo****ks is infuriating.
Streaming, even if the artist royalty rates are disgraceful, is the closest you’re ever going to get to a level playing field. The rest is down to awareness and choice.
The problem isn’t with the music of the past, it’s with a business that has turned music into the aural equivalent of a pot noodle.
Quotes of the week:
“I’d be so embarrassed if my mom saw me with an insurrection.”
US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel
“The movement we started is only just beginning.”
“Democracy had prevailed.”
President Joe Biden
“There’s no argument to be had unless you both at least know that the world is round.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman
“”I simply cannot continue in post,”
Tory Paul Davies from the Welsh Parliament after he was seen in December drinking with other politicians in the Senedd, days into a pub alcohol ban.
Stupid TV quiz answers of the week:
Pretty obvious where these came from
Q: What large stringed instrument’s name is an abbreviation of the word violincello?
Q: Apart from Alabama and Alaska, what other US state beings and ends with an A?
Q: The German word Schwein refers to which animal