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Week 270 – Soggy Cornflakes At Noon, Triple Tainted Love And For Some, A Shagable Penguin.

Well here we are at Week 270.

I heard the best example of the pot calling the kettle black this week.

There was some Politician or another (They are all the same to me) stating that we should never believe what we read in the papers. I agree but he did have more cheek than ten arses to say anything about believability.

There are many many many things I hate about Politicians but the one that really bugs me is them not answering a direct question. We normally have the:

Before I answer that can I just say…

(Nope you fuckwit – Just answer what you were asked.)

Or

To answer that, we need to look at…

(No you don’t – As previously stated – Answer the fucking question.)

It’s even more annoying if it is a simple yes / no answer.

You have no chance in these self-promoting, out of touch, disrespectful, lying wankbags ever giving anyone who they feel is below them the courtesy of a yes or a no.

If you’ve never seen it, check out Jeremy Paxman asking Michael Howard the same question over and over again.

We should go back to an idea from our childhood when any leftover breakfast would become lunch. If a politician doesn’t answer a question, the next interviewer should keep on asking and so on. After three interviewers, they should have their expense account closed. That would reduce their income around three hundred percent.

If these bastards weren’t able to manipulate their crimes into what is ignored, how would they fare in a court? Would an old judge accept their avoidance to a question?

Probably – A handshake and a mutual university opens cell doors!

Never read a Politicians auto-biography. The foreword hits a hundred thousand words and says fuck all.

The chapters on deviance, bribery and lying should have loads of words but they just jump to the next chapters which have no relevance and after another hundred thousand words you give up.

There is an old idea that to be able to write well, you need to write a million words. A Politician can do this easily. All they need to do is think of a question that they don’t want to answer.

I was thinking about plagiarism this week and how there are double standards with other forms of art and there probably shouldn’t be.

If you are strongly influenced by someone’s work, you can get away with it. If you class it as fan fiction, again, if you are up-front, then, for whatever reason, you can get away with it. I think any fan-fiction should be a criminal offence. This has nothing to do with theft of an idea, it’s just that the fiction that is used is questionable. In fact, it’s normally shite.

Weirdly music can be covered. Of course, you need to pay to do so. Songwriters have went from being absolutely ripped off to being quite lucrative. In the old days, a song writer would come up with something and after their initial payment from a record company, the song was fair game. That’s why you get so many versions of the older songs. But some artists stamped their brilliance on these. When you think on certain songs you only associate them with a certain artist.

I think it is a sign of a cracking song when you see merit in all the versions.

One song that makes me smile due to my memories is ‘Tainted Love’ by Soft Cell.

There was a crowd of us from school who had found our way into the pub around 1982-83. I can still see us sitting in a corner, singing our hearts out. ‘The Plough’ in Ayr will always be in my fondest memories.

Over the years I heard the other two versions of that song. The original was by Gloria Jones and of course Marilyn Manson did his version. Every one of them was as different as you could get but everyone was a belter.

Film remakes can also be considered. They can be considered shit.

Okay onto this week’s stories.

We had two new writers, a third timer, me and the most productive writer ever!

The usual welcome to both John and Lisa. We hope they have fun on the site and that they have a long association with us.

Our topics this week include; A union, home, a comeuppance, a public display and AI.

As always our initial comments follow.

 

On Monday our first new writer got us up and running with, ‘Stocks And Futures‘.

‘This raised a very interesting conundrum.’

‘Good premise that was well executed.’

‘It didn’t dwell too much on any technical flim-flammery.’

 

No introduction is needed for Tom Sheehan.

When anyone has written 107 stories for us, I’m sure that you have all seen some of his work.

The Story Of My Hometown, Sagus Massachusetts‘ was published on Tuesday.

‘Poignant, reflective, sad and happy.’

‘This is a lesson on how to write feeling and familiarity.’

‘Beautifully lyrical as always.’

 

A third story for Donald V. Zagardo on Wednesday.

He broke the back of the week with, ‘Accountable Victim‘.

‘I think the brutality in this was more to do with the acceptance than the violence.’

‘Grim and gory with a great pace.’

‘This is actually quite a cutting observation on life.’

 

On Thursday, ‘Joint Claim‘ was published. This was one of mine.

I had fun with this and even though it was a comic representation of a situation, there are still more truths than you would probably believe,

As always, I thank Nik and Diane for all their support.

 

And we finished off the week with, ‘Counting Crows‘ by Lisa Fox.

‘The old boy gave him a belief that ended up a bit compulsive.’

‘The first part about the crows was excellent.’

‘This was delivered with a lot of style.’

 

Well that’s another week come and gone.

More Scripture Union.

Please keep the comments coming. Oh and if you have had something published, we really would like to hear from you as well. Stories are good, but we’re interested in your comments on other folks’ work.

And why not send in a suggestion for The Sunday Re-Run? Just pick an older story that you’ve enjoyed, send us in a spiel or an introduction and throw in a few questions for the writer. We’ll publish exactly what you send.

To finish off.

Now that I think on it, there’s one original film that a lot of our younger generation would state is terrible compared to the remake(s) and that would be ‘Batman’.

But they’re wrong. The 1966 version is a work of genius.

I actually hate most of the superhero films as they’ve given up any resemblance of a story for special effects. The end action sequence of any film used to be around fifteen minutes. But these all stretch to well over an hour.

But I do have a liking for a few of The Batman films, especially the 1966 version.

It was as camp as tits but still had one of the sexiest villains ever. (Which one depends on you!)

The stories were educational – Who knew that a shark could be deterred by an aerosol?

It was heartbreaking. It’s not often you see a film where a noble dolphin gives the ultimate sacrifice.

And it taught you what an LSD Trip looked like!

 

Hugh

Image by Picdream from Pixabay

4 thoughts on “Week 270 – Soggy Cornflakes At Noon, Triple Tainted Love And For Some, A Shagable Penguin.”

  1. I have never missed voting in an election or a primary. But maybe I have had enough. It makes me sick inside to vote anymore. I feel about all the candidates as I do non-alcoholic beer. It ain’t a pretty feeling. I honestly believe that everyone (almost everyone) should serve one term in government and no one would be allowed or forced to do it twice. That might expedite the end the world, but at least there’s a chance that the media might return to the news business.

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    1. Hi Leila,
      I wonder if we will ever be forced to vote?
      If so I may need to get a conviction. I’d need to choose carefully.
      Jury duty is another thing that pisses me off. If we are in a so called free country, why should I be forced to do this.
      The last time I was dictated to do so, I managed to get out of it. I advised the powers that be that I had worked with most of those who hit the courts every Monday Morning so I was somewhat compromised.
      They accepted this.
      Anyhow thanks so much for the comments, you are much appreciated!
      Hugh

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  2. Being a politician can be pretty thankless so that’s likely why so many narcissists go in for it. Hmmm…..
    I agree, some remakes of original songs re invent the original, for sure, such as Jimi Hendrix’s version of Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.” or Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.” Uh oh. Now I’ve dated myself.

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    1. Hi Harrison,
      Thanks so much for the comments – Much appreciated.
      I think the first version I heard of ‘Woodstock’ was by Matthews Southern Comfort.
      The most un-hip song covered brilliantly is Dr Feelgoods rendition of Bill Haley’s ‘See You Later Alligator’.
      The most un-hip person that I enjoyed covering a cracking song is Lulu’s version of Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World.’
      And the worst version ever of that song is ‘The Krankies’ – Check it out, you won’t believe what you are watching!
      All the very best my friend.
      Hugh

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