Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street

Imagine being a little kid, watching Sesame Street, and being hit with seven minutes of hard funk. We’d probably all feel like the girl at 0.38. One might surmise that this was from a more enlightened time but I’m guessing that it’s perhaps 1972 and, therefore, there was another maniac in the White House even…

Retrospective Look At 2014 World Cup Semi-Final: Brazil 1 Germany 7

I was screaming too much that I missed the original commentary. It wasn’t so much that Germany were that great, it was more that Brazil were a shambles and disgrace that completely fell to pieces. And while playing in Brazil. In the World Cup Semi-Final. Brazil were woefully unconvincing to me, on their way to…

On The Cornel West/Ta-Nehisi Coates Mishugas

“…..a “deeply moral human being” while remaining silent on the 563 drone strikes, the assassination of US citizens with no trial, the 26,171 bombs dropped on five Muslim-majority countries in 2016 and the 550 Palestinian children killed with US supported planes in 51 days, etc. He calls Obama “one of the greatest presidents in American…

On Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter might be my favourite living American. After Ronald “Mad Dog” (McDonald) “Ray-Gun” Reagan took Carter to the woodshed in 1980, he went back to find his business a million in the hole from its blind trust (a real blind trust, not Trump’s phony-baloney kind of “blind” trust.) but he got back on his…

Football Chants’ Original Tunes

The other teams’ fans are too quiet so you sing: “Is this a library? Is this a library? Is this a library? Is this a library?”. Or, you’re leading the game and the other side’s fans are getting up to leave the ground: “Is there a fire drill? Is there a fire drill? Is there a fire drill? Is there a…

Just One View: Out Of Thin Air (2017)

This film, directed by Dylan Howitt, could be seen as one of those movies that’s so important that it acts as a public service. It’s a documentary based on the real cases of a group of six Icelanders who confessed to murder and all served huge sentences as a result. Their own incriminating testimonies and…

Championship 2017 – 2018: Bristol City 0 Norwich City 1

This was an excellent game. Going into it, I thought that City would get a draw, at best, even though Norwich started the day at 13th in the table. Why? I don’t think that physical tiredness, per se, is the problem for trained athletes like footballers, it’s more mental tiredness that can sometimes beget physical…

Just One View on ‘Darkest Hour’ (2017)

The danger with a film about an (horrible phrase) ‘iconic’ character is that people pick and choose what they want to show and leave out other things, when they find that it doesn’t serve their overall narrative. The U.S. right-wing sometimes tries to heist a Democratic Socialist like Martin Luther King as a conservative, for…

‘Hitchcock’ (2012) versus ‘The Girl’ (2012).

Somehow, I’d never got around to watching the Alfred Hitchcock film ‘The Birds’. I love ‘The Lady Vanishes’, ‘The 39 Steps’, ‘North By Northwest’, ‘Rear Window’ and ‘Vertigo’ and the Kent Jones documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut but the ‘The Birds’ had flown away from me. I was doing some reading about Camille Paglia and came across the…

Carabao Cup Quarter-Final: Bristol City 2 Manchester United 1

I only had four hours of sleep the following night and it was the shallow kind of sleep, not the healthy deep kind. I was still, as The Fall said, ‘Totally Wired’. (Mark E. Smith is a Manchester City fan so he’d have enjoyed the result too.) and couldn’t decompress enough to slumber properly. That…