May 31st, 2004

breaking bad

With me little ukelele in me 'and

A nice story arising from the subject of funny songs.

The South African Prime Minister phoned George Formby's wife Beryl (who was also his manager) to complain about George’s enthusiasm for playing to mixed race audiences and apparent colour blindness. She shouted “Why don’t you just piss off you horrible little man”, and slammed the phone down.

That's how we all ought to behave.

Interesting sociological note. In middle class families the man manages the money, and any dealings with international statesmen. In working class families, the wife does.
breaking bad

Last stand

Woken up early this morning because H had a nightmare, and shouted out. I think I'll go to the Peak District today. Meanwhile, two stories about freedom, which brought tears to my eyes.

Atrios posts a letter from a Vermont newspaper. A mother writes.

You have the audacity to talk about protecting families and children from the homosexual menace, while you yourselves tear apart families and drive children to despair. I don't know why my son is gay, but I do know that God didn't put him, and millions like him, on this Earth to give you someone to abuse. God gave you brains so that you could think, and it's about time you started doing that.... If you want to tout your own morality, you'd best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality. You did nothing to earn it... The deep-thinking author of a letter to the April 12 Valley News who lectures about homosexual sin and tells us about "those of us who have been blessed with the benefits of a religious upbringing" asks: "What ever happened to the idea of be better human beings than we are?" Indeed, sir, what ever happened to that?

The whole thing is very powerful. The comments to the post are good too.

A second story is from Afghanistan.

"She was patient, but it was too much for her. She was educated and sensitive. She found it hard to live like a slave."

A government mission sent to investigate the problem in Herat, the biggest city in the country's west, reported that at least 52 young, married, or soon-to-be married women had burned themselves to death in the city in recent months. The youngest was a 13-year-old bride-to-be.

"There is not a village in Farah where a young woman has not burned herself to death,"

In the past, every girl knew she belonged to her family, she existed only for her father and her husband: she knew she wasn't free. Now, young girls know they should have rights, and they are prepared to burn themselves to show society that they do not have them yet.

"She just wanted to be free and this was her only way."

A picture here which you may or may not want to see.