42 - *******balls, from Russia with love, post Jon, patience rewarded, Machine Head dreaming
You take offence where none was intended.
My late father was a union man, worked in a factory, a shop steward from Glasgow, labour party through and through.
My mother is a retired school teacher and her political heritage is from the other end of the spectrum, being from a long line of Victorian conservatives.
I love them both dearly, yet became aware at a very early age of the bigotry associated with ideologies of the so called left and right.
My country has been torn to pieces by successive governments spending their entire tenure ripping apart the work of the previous incumbents.
My choice for the worst UK leaders of the last half century are Heath and Blair, right and left.
I do not subscribe to left or right.
I have relatives and friends living in America. I come here for pleasure as well as work.
I am not anti-American. Nor am I anti-Russian or anti-Japanese or anti-any-country, vis-a-vis the people.
I have travelled in every continent and been to some pretty out of the way places.
Generally speaking the local people think their behaviour patterns/accents/food etc. is the norm and the outsiders are somehow weird.
With the greatest respect in the world I think you are wrong about not needing ****** European opinions, not just European opinions but multi cultural/national information. We all need input from different perspectives, that's what breeds respect and understanding; it's called education and with a bit of luck it leads to tolerance. If you live in isolation you will always think you are right and everyone else is wrong, and if you pursue that line for too long you'll run into trouble.
I was disturbed to get your letter; if you read the last line of the DF you'll see that I describe America as a spectacular country, albeit in terms of double negatives, but that's just my fun with words.
In the past I have satirised German, French, English, Brasilian, Italian, Spanish, Australian, Swiss, Japanese and Belgian idiosyncracies, to name just a few.
What makes you so special that no-one can have a pop at you. You're just as daft as we are.
And, as for 'a continent with no balls', well that really makes me mad....have you never heard of Wimbledon or Wembley or Wentworth?
Actually, upon reflection, you might have a point there.
Thank you for everything, Ian. You are fantastic. We wish you a very happy birthday, that's coming soon and here is my question: We want to send you a birthday present, but we don't know where to send it (Ian Gillan, Sussex County, UK doesn't look enough). Of course I am not asking about your home address, but may be some P.O.Box or whatever place where you could pick it up. Thanks again, Happy Birthday and Don't worry, be Happy.
Of course things are different and much better in Russia and the old Soviet Republics these days. Each is finding it's way progressively along the turbulent path to democracy, some more comfortably than others. The Warsaw Pact countries perhaps have it a little easier because there will be some still alive who can recall how it was to live in a market economy, whereas the Republics were absorbed in the aftermath of the revolution; and so there is no living memory of such an ethos. Different models and forces are at play here.
All great democracies were bloody hard won, and they are hard to maintain. If we lose the right to free speech and the tolerance which that engenders, then, in my humble opinion, we can't really expect other nations and cultures to listen to or respect what we have to say. It's back to 'might is right' and that never solved anything in the long term, because it's against human nature to back down in the face of physical threats.
My address in London is:
From: David Bussey
I think it's fair to say that Jon can get up and jam/play/guest with us whenever and wherever he wants; as the musical threads will not have been broken; due to the way in which he has handled himself, as always, with dignity and panache.
We start work on the new album in October, a year later than originally planned, but all the signs are good now. I hope that Jon will feature on the album and symbolically hand over the keys to Don, who is doing a magnificent job as our new ivory tinkler.
Jon's contribution can never be overstated and I consider myself lucky to know him and call him a friend. I'm looking forward to dining with him on 5th September.
Ps.: My eight year kid Joao Pedro is a great fan and says hello to you !!!!
Dear Amauri, and Joao Pedro,
I have just heard that there is a likelihood of a tour in November of this year. As soon as we get confirmation and dates we will print them on the tour section of this website.
In fact, the German technical term for a train's locomotive is "Triebkopf", which would literally translate as "drive head" or "machine head". Now thinking of those sleek German High speed trains "ICE", thrusting the landscape at a couple of hundred miles an hour ... I meant to include a picture of them, stolen from Deutsche Bahn's homepage, but it doesn't seem to work; in case you're interested, try http://www.bahn.de/pv/int_guest/true/pv2_trains_ice.shtml for a swift glance. In everyday practice, those beautiful trains have developed a weird tendency of showing up late, or not at all, hardly ever on time, and every now and again, they crash into a bridge in quite a spectacular way, but I'm sure it's possible to push an analogy too far.
I must say this much about ICE's, though:
They never, ever come early.
I've been asked before to do something about my dirty imagination but I think I quite prefer it to remain this way.
Eagerly looking forward to DP's concert in Cologne's Tanzbrunnen in August (your music still is such an effective means to have my blood sizzle ...)
- kind regards,
Well Hello There Ursula,
Have you ever owned a model railway?
The reason I ask is because I'm into comedy sex, and a hilarious picture springs to mind, which suggests that we may just have something in common.
Did you know that the German company Siemens will be supplying trains to a South East English railway company. Siemens sells trains to twenty two different countries and customises its product, with the usual German efficiency, to match the local conditions.
When the company discovered the dire state of the system in England it had to downgrade, for the first time, it's seven mile test track at home, to cater for the mismatched rails, the gaps in the points, the intermittent electricity supply and all the other disgraceful and fatal flaws in a system that was once a credit to the country where the railway was invented (well that was Scotland actually, if we're being picky).
Which is why, in England, the phrase 'level crossing' is one of the finer examples of that contradiction in terms, the oxymoron.
Q: Why are Brazilians well endowed?
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