So blogging started 20 years ago, bloke called Dave Winer published his first blog on October 7th 1994, thanks Dave.
Went on a trip out of Swanage for something other than medicinal yesterday when Sal and Mike kindly drove us to Dorchester and it’s hideously expensive Plaza cinema to see ‘What we did on our holiday’. (Spoiler alert if you haven’t seen film). Lovely film set in a very scenic part of Scotland about the vagaries of dysfunctional family life and centering on the death of grandad, played by Billy Connolly, from cancer. Kate of course kept checking I was OK with this but as someone is diagnosed with cancer every 2 minutes in Britain, when you read obituaries as I have for a number of years now and the majority of deaths seem to be cancerous I realise that it’s somewhat ubiquitous in our lives and so difficult to avoid. The film made some good points, had many funny moments, especially Amelia Bullmore losing it in a shop (she is such a good actress) and gave me an idea for my funeral. I cried, especially at the end, but it wasn’t because of someone dying of cancer, rather more about how achingly sad it is that we too easily get caught up in stuff that is petty, negative, stultefying and shit instead of appreciating, celebrating and enjoying life. Easy for me to write as I lie here with cancer!
Thanks David for suggesting that my writing style might be Gonzo, Hunter S Thompson is one of my writing heroes, so i feel flattered. Extended alliteration to my betting yesterday by backing horses with alliterative names, doubled my money so maybe……….
No takers yet on the IDS front, come on you Tory loathing wordsmiths.
Thinking of wordsmiths Terry Eagleton in yesterdays’ Guardian in the ‘If I were king’ slot had many very funny suggestions including: ‘People who tell you that they literally exploded with laughter will be literally exploded’. Well I thought it funny.
What I don’t think funny was what I read today about Bono and U2; some of you know that I’ve long thought the man a charlatan, poseur and fraud (although maybe using words other than these). What the nobo said was mind boggling in it’s ignorance and utter disrespect for most of humanity, especially all those ‘poor people in Africa’. He represents much that is wrong with our current world as wealth floods up to him and his neoliberal tribe, there is no trickle down. Please everyone with a smidge of knowledge and understanding treat him with the utter disdain he shows for others, watch on you tube the chaser ‘I still can’t accept what a nob I am’.
Is this getting angry about the nob good for my cancer? Right now I don’t care, but will reflect on later.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.