The Sleepy Cynic

Adventures in M.E.land

Writer's Block: Workin' for a livin'
What would you consider the worst job in the world, and why?

Simon Cowell's proctologist.

The pressure must be immense to keep that voice in tip-top condition.

As If
If I don't make you smile, then why am I here?
Do you no longer need to call my name?
I can't hold on to what has disappeared
Could you not kiss what I became?
Smile for me as if it was your last
Call me as if I had said goodbye
Hold me as if I were made of glass
Kiss me as if I were about to die.

Writer's Block: Drink up me hearties!
What would your pirate name be, and why would you be the most feared buccaneer on the seven seas?

I would most likely be The Swashbuckling Sarky Shark or Grumpy Gus.

I would be feared for my ability to drive my foes insane with a constant barrage of cold-hearted irony and cynicism.

Writer's Block: Do you want to know a secret?
How do you think personal relationships would change if people could read minds?

Um, I should think so.
It would change the world dramatically.

I'm actually thinking what a great impact it would have on politics!

Bring it ON!

The Goods and Bads of Today
Picked Nat up for a pre-recording fry-up at Dave's Caff at about 10am.
Got to the session about midday feeling decidedly bloated - very professional approach,  I must say.

Nevertheless, we've now got just about all the vocals backing done, barring last minute tweaks, and made good inroads into the basic backline on a couple of the numbers. I'm still feeling very positive about the outcome.
Bad = hand pains again interfered with strumming.  

Open mike night at the local pub tonight and was persuaded to go by a couple of friends from 'The Isfield Soul Review' (see entries for July 13th/25th).
Pleasant time overall - helped with backing on renditions of 'Hallelujah' and 'Mrs Robinson' and did a solo with Mike Harding's 'The Bogeyman' just for a 'larf'.    

Back now and ready for snoozeland.

Writer's Block: Something to cry about
How do you feel about corporeal punishment?

Probably more effective than incorporeal punishment - unless the intention is to scare the crap out of the offender.

Seriously though, those who support the use of corporal punishment ought to thereby be willing to support the idea that law enforcement officers can pull their pants down and spank them in public the next time they are caught speeding.
If they can't accept that, then it follows that they obviously believe people younger than them have fewer human rights. 

Those supporters who say, "I was smacked and it did me no harm" are missing the point. The fact that they support violent acts to children is, in my opinion, evidence of quite considerable harm to their moral values.

Writer's Block: The day the earth stood still
What does this day mean to you?

It was an horrific assault on USA sovereign soil, there's no denying that and my heart goes out to the families and friends of those who suffered loss. 

The title: "The Day the Earth Stood Still" reflects how shocking the realisation was that, for the first time, the impregnable, and all-powerful USA was actually shown to be vulnerable to attacks by fanatical, misguided individuals.

The British suffered the Blitz followed by countless terrorist atrocities and have realised that to have a national day of mourning for each and every event would probably require more days than the calendar posesses.

It's hard to say this without coming across as callous, (which is not my intention at all), but there have been, and still are, greater losses of life through atrocity going on in the world. Unfortunately, these atrocities are going on in places which have no significant resources nor any viable access to the world media. Therefore, they are mostly ignored.

As with any horrific event, it is not so much that it happened but more how positively we proceed from such events that counts in the long run.
Burning sacred texts, torturing, persecuting and denigrating innocent human beings who just happen to be of the same religious/cultural background as the lunatic perpetrators, curbing rights to freedom of expression, etc, are all acts which will simply perpetuate the cycle of fear, ignorance and reprisal; the "nyeh-nyeh nyeh-nyeh-nyeh!" scholl of international relations. 

Sure, retaliation is a right I would deny no-one - go ahead, get it out of your sysytem - It's cathartic, I'm sure. I'm no sandal-wearing liberal - as even a cursory scan of my journal will tell you - but nothing, I mean, nothing will be resolved until there is dialogue and, through that, understanding and tolerance. 
All the while international 'diplomacy' is really being decided by self-serving profiteers and international panic for future resources, we will never break the cycle.

Personally, I don't see a resolution any time soon. 

Silly Billies of the World #24
Pastor Terry Jones - What a numpty.

Writer's Block: It was a very good year
Which year would you consider the best of your life so far?


That Was Actually Nice.
Had a pretty rough night last night with joint aches and very tenacious indigestion. Finally got to sleep about 4am.

Actually got a lie-in this morning till 9-9.30ish!

At 11, I went down to Brighton to pick up Nat and headed over to Mick's place. Mick was the instigator of the whole band/first-gig-for-20-years thing a few weeks ago.
Mick and his son, Dan, piloted the equipment while Nat and I started getting down the vocals for a "special project". I think we made a pretty good start and it's already sounding good. The idea was to get the majority of Nat's stuff down today since, unlike her, I don't have to work around varying shift patterns.

T'was a very pleasant afternoon indeed and, as always, the greatest pleasure was getting to duet with my lil' girl.
I'm back there again tomorrow to get more of my stuff done.

In all, I'm rather a contented old git tonight :)
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