Thursday, November 11, 2004


Don't freak out: this isn't turning into a 'political' blog (for starters, I haven't got the patience or the anger-management skills...). I just thought this was a really great photo from yesterday's Daily Mirror.

Don't they look groovy? If they were a band, I'd go and see them at the drop of a hat. I was really touched by the fact that a bunch of Jews had joined the vigil for Yasser Arafat. These guys are members of a group called Jews United Against Zionism, and they oppose the state of Israel on religious grounds. How cool is that?

In their mission statement they say: "Let the truth be declared. The use of the Name "ISRAEL" by that State is a complete falsification. The People of Israel have nothing to do with that State. Zionism and its State have no share and no part in the true ISRAEL." Right on, brother! Damn it, I 'm thinking of starting up 1/64th Jews United against Zionism. Any one who's a multi-cultural mongrel like me can join; the more outrageous your ethnic/religious/philosophical mix, the better. So all you Welsh Scandinavians and Filipino Scousers form an orderly queue. A No-Prize to the reader with the most bizarre background. C'mon, don't be shy, now: we should revel in our ludicrousness. "Bring me yr huddled masses, etc..."

Yesterday's Madonna post was more a rage against the idea of the Pop Star/Celebrity as expert. What, apart from fame and arrogance, entitles these people to an opinion that carries more weight than yours or mine? The idea of The Expert collapsed in The Sixties, I think, after the utopian idea of The Brave New Atomic World of Tomorrow promised by "Scientists" was eventually torpedoe'd by the reality that, er, radiation is really bad for you. That was the Beginning of The End for experts; a trend which is still continuing today with the Media's current love-affair with the idea of the Discredited Expert Witness: the forensic scientist or the pediatrician whose evidence can no longer be trusted. Those pesky scientists & doctors, they just wanna make a name/buck for themselves these days; how can we possibly believe a word they say. But maybe someone cleverer than me can explain why it is we're now prepared/expected to trust celebrities for wisdom and soundbites on everything from Economics to Relationship it because they're famous by unspoken concensus, that they're a physical manifestation of our own unconscious Mass Selective Choice, so therefore we're prepared to listen to them with more of an open mind because they're a 'perfect' exteriorisation of our own shabby selves? Well, more bloody fool us.

Anyway, today's Special Guest Celebrity Expert Arsehole is Dave Stewart, ex of The Eurythmics, who says (without a hint of irony) that he's leaving the UK because: "It's difficult to function in England as I am. I'm a Polymath, really, and in England you aren't allowed to be. People here don't really know how to facilitate multifaceted ideas. Anoushka (his wife) and I are creative communicators, and it's far easier in LA ..."

What a knob. I can hardly believe he was once married to one of Bananarama. You'd never catch Andrew Ridgely carrying on like that.