“Mongo. Santa Maria!”

Jazz doesn’t come easily to me but it is rewarding: for what I put in to it – my listening, my concentration – I seem to get a lot out of it. Put a gun to my dome and demand my favourite jazz tune ever, it would probably be ‘Afro Blue’ as performed by the John…

Would Bernie have beaten Drumpf? Absolutely. No doubt about it….except…

Sanders would have taken him to the cleaners. When faced with the ‘original’ and the ‘phony’, the public chooses the original. When Democrats run as Republican-lite, they often lose. Sanders’ genuine populism would have wiped the floor with Drumpf’s phony populism. However: One argument to consider is if that swine, and Drumpf golfing buddy, Mike Bloomberg might…

An nymag.com reader breaks it down.

I felt duty bound to archive a reader’s response to an article-autopsy regarding the U.S. Democrats’ utter debacle last week. The writer of the article itself, even though I profoundly disagreed with her advocacy of Hillary Clinton, is actually a really good writer and has already had the strength and fortitude to get up, spin around…

Bruce Springsteen for Hillary Clinton

I’ve heard that Bruce Springsteen will be rallying for and with Hillary Clinton today. I’ve also heard that he’ll be doing an acoustic set, especially adapted to take Donald Drumpf into account: ‘Born To Run…(Six Businesses Into The Ground)’ ‘Blunder Road’ ‘You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)….Me Or I’ll Call The Police’ ‘Part…

Retrospective: 2014 World Cup: Five

1st July Build-up talk   8.07am “USA! USA! USA! C’mon USA!…….C’mon, close down Guantanamo Bay, plough over the land and go back to the USA! USA! USA!”. 1st July Argentina 1 Switzerland 0   8.17pm “Bloody rubbish and then the last six minutes were just deranged. The referee must’ve been tempted to abandon the match…

Retrospective: 2014 World Cup: Four

25th June Honduras 0 Switzerland 3   11.02pm “I totally admire Lionel Messi and think that he’ll drag his side to a World Cup final victory but Xherdan Shaqiri and Tim Cahill have scored better goals. You leave with love and respect, Honduras. Your violence in the France game caused guilty chortles but also, Paul…

Retrospective: 2014 World Cup: Three

21st June Argentina 1 Iran 0   7.22pm “Meh. I’ve got no axe to grind against Messi at all – an obviously great player and supposedly a lovely bloke too – and Argentina were my tips to win – based on my deep analysis that the World Cup’s in South America; they’ve got Messi; er,…

Retrospective: 2014 World Cup: Two

15th June Switzerland 2 Ecuador 1   7.23pm “World Cup-ing it like a mother-effer. None more World Cup than this World Cup. Make the next one six months long, please.” 15th June France 3 Honduras 0   10.05pm “This is a simply stupendous, goal-drunk, World Cup. No matter how how many times Fred dives, Brazil…

Retrospective: 2014 World Cup: One

Immediate reactions to the games of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. I couldn’t see all the matches. I was working a full time job and painting and decorating while still trying to cram in all two or three games too. I was pretty frazzled. Some things I got right; some woefully wrong. Much probably…

You’re not choosing a leader, you’re choosing an opponent.

Seen about three articles now, all re-tweeted many a-time, all ascribing Hillary’s woes to males, their dicks and misogyny in general. Nothing is ever her fault, evidently. How many of the other (male) candidates would have even been allowed to run in their parties’ respective primaries while an FBI investigation was hanging over their heads?…