BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS PLAYLIST

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BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS PLAYLIST

  1. THE WAILING WAILERS – ONE LOVE
  2. THE WAILING WAILERS – RUDE BOY
  3. SOUL REBELS – NO SYMPATHY
  4. SOUL REVOLUTION – DON’T ROCK MY BOAT
  5. SOUL REVOLUTION – SUN IS SHINING
  6. THE BEST OF THE WAILERS – STOP THE TRAIN
  7. CATCH A FIRE – SLAVE DRIVER
  8. CATCH A FIRE – STIR IT UP
  9. BURNIN – GET UP, STAND UP
  10. BURNIN – I SHOT THE SHERIFF
  11. NATTY DREAD – NO WOMAN NO CRY
  12. NATTY DREAD – REVOLUTION
  13. RASTAMAN VIBRATION – JOHNNY WAS
  14. RASTAMAN VIBRATION – WAR
  15. EXODUS – EXODUS
  16. EXODUS -WAIT IN VAIN
  17. KAYA – IS THIS LOVE
  18. SURVIVAL – ZIMBABWE
  19. UPRISING – REDEMPTION SONG
  20. CONFRONTATION – BUFFALO SOLDIER
  21. SATISFY MY SOUL

BOB MARLEY, PETER TOSH AND BUNNY WAILER WERE GREAT HEROES OF MINE IN MY YOUTH. BOB HAD A BEAUTIFUL SOUL. I WAS ACTIVE IN THE ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT IN THE 70’S AND 80’S, I WAS IN ANC AND SWAPO, (WHICH YOU CAN GOOGLE IF YOUR NOT SURE WHAT THEY ARE)… BEING ACTIVE IN FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM FOR ALL PEOPLE IS NOT VERY POPULAR WITH CERTAIN ELEMENTS OF OUR ELITE… MY PHONE WAS TAPPED BY THE FUNNY PEOPLE. BUT YOU HAVE TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE. WHEN I GOT OLDER AND HAD THREE KIDS, I TOOK A STEP BACK, AFRAID FOR THEM.. I REGRET MY RETICENCE.

DALE ‘M’ WE WITH ‘J’

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

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Boris Johnson has called on Brits to crowdfund up to £500,000 so Big Ben can bong at the moment of Brexit .The Prime Minister revealed he is drawing up plans to “bung a bob” for Parliament’s famous bell to ring out at 11pm on January 31.Scores of Tory MPs have been calling for the bell to toll to celebrate the moment Britain legally becomes the first nation to leave the EU.

As a rider to what I am about to say, I would like you first to realise that I have been anti- Common Market since we joined in 1975. Had I been allowed to vote in the referendum, I would have voted against it. I have always viewed the Common Market….EEC… E.U. as a proto-Fascist anti- democratic organisation. When a Government rules by diktat and not by fair and open democratic debate, it is by nature a Fascist Regime. This has been the nature of the Common Market since it’s inception and the European Parliament has no more legitimacy than the old politburo of the Soviet era.

Given my opinions as stated above, you may feel that I would be pro-brexit? Nothing could be further than the truth! I do not wish to retire into Little England, evoking the blitz and the sound of Big Ben, to ride a wave of nostalgia for age that never existed. The thought of crowd funding the banging of the bell appals me, a piece of theatrical mummery akin to the Nuremberg Rallies. However, this is just a flummery, a mass hysteria designed to make those who cry, Get Brexit Done! feel vindicated.

My fear is that once the chicanery has taken place and Brexit is done, the massed throng of people who look for the wrong targets to blame, will find out that they have been fooled, again, and will look for even more ludicrous targets to blame… Who will become our JUDEN? Will it be English born Muslims? Naturalised East Europeans? Handicapped children? There was an awful story a few months back of a right-wing Nazi type screaming abuse at a handicapped 5 year old girl, because he regarded her as a waste of resources…

The echoes of the 1930’s are ringing louder than the fucking Big Ben Bell!

The real target for change should not be the leaving of the E.U., if we had stayed inside and argued for reform with the other countries who are beginning to see it’s faults, rather than declaring unilateral UDI (unilateral declaration of Independence) and blowing our economy with all the alacrity of a foot-stamping five year old, we could create an organisation, which could redress the real problems inherent in late Capitalism.

The basic tenets of the Right’s doyen, Adam Smith, is that Capital  when free, will self- regulate,

Adam Smith was an 18th-century philosopher renowned as the father of modern economics and a major proponent of laissez-faire economic policies. In his first book, “The Theory of Moral Sentiments,” Smith proposed the idea of an invisible hand—the tendency of free markets to regulate themselves by means of competition, supply and demand, and self-interest. Smith is also known for his theory of compensating wage differentials, meaning that dangerous or undesirable jobs tend to pay higher wages to attract workers to these positions. But he is most famous for his 1776 book, “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.” Read on to learn about how this Scottish philosopher argued against mercantilism to become the father of modern free trade and the creator of the concept now known as the GDP.

once it reaches the level of international Cabal,it cannot and will not self-regulate. The simplistic mechanism is no longer fit for purpose. If you have Corporations who basically control all of the flow of information, such as Google, or You Tube, or Disney or who ever… The Truth is basically and fundamentally lost!

If the Tory Party can lie in 88% of their facebook adverts and then hide in a freezer when asked questions… and yet you still win by a landslide, then there is no hope for this Capitalist adventure.

Remember every civilisation crashes and burns, and it all starts when the wealthy oligarchs make a grab for more money and more power!

It took a thousand years for this civilisation to arise from the death of the last one.

I fear for everyone. But not myself. I have lived my life. I fear for my children and Grandchildren, I fear for your children and Grandchildren… When Capital fall for the final time and it will, the chaos will give the strong the power to stop playing lip service to morality, fairness, and compassion, and reveal their true nature which is red in tooth and claw. God help us all, especially those deluded by racist propaganda.

Dale ‘m’

2020 REVELATION AWAKES HA PLAYLIST

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2020 REVELATION AWAKES HA PLAYLIST

  1. 2000 SHOES – BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
  2. 20/20 – GAZ COOMBES
  3. REVERBERATION – 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS
  4. EVE WHITE /EVE BLACK – SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
  5. VALLEY OF THE DOLLS – GENERATION X
  6. EYES ON FIRE – BLUE FOUNDATION
  7. LAND OF HOPE & GLORY – MADNESS
  8. A CASE FOR SHAME – MOBY
  9. TAKE MY HEAD – ARCHIVE
  10. I AM STRETCHED ON YOUR GRAVE – SINEAD O’CONNOR
  11. OBLIVIOUS – AZTEC CAMERA
  12. NO LONGER MAKING TIME – SLOWDIVE
  13. A DAY IN THE LIFE – THE BEATLES
  14. WAILING WALL – CLAN OF XYMOX
  15. A SONG FOR EUROPE = ROXY MUSIC
  16. K HOLE – BRITISH SEA POWER
  17. ECHOLALIA – DEAD CAN DANCE
  18. SAFESURFER – JULIAN COPE
  19. HA HA WALL – LIBERTINES
  20. A BETTER FUTURE – DAVID BOWIE

I CANNOT TELL YOU WHAT YOU WILL FIND BUT THIS IS THE YEAR WHEN ALL BECOMES CLEAR… WE’LL TALK THEN.

DALE ‘M’

SUPER POWER

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SUPER POWER

WHAT WOULD YOUR SUPER POWER BE?

It’s a common question, in this world where all movie narratives are obsessed with super heroes, having a supra ability, is high in the collective consciousness. For myself, I will have no truck with any of these narratives, like the other dinosaurs of my generation, I prefer my story-lines based in reality. I don’t want my heroes to solve real-time problems with outlandish abilities, I don’t want retractable steel claws or to fly across the ocean at the speed of light… I don’t want laser beams to shoot from my eyes or ice to flow from my heels. I would prefer my heroes to solve dilemmas by the power of thought. I would prefer natural powers to be used to solve the problems we all face as a species.

The only super powers I have are dull. I have the power to love, I have the power to be honest, and I have the power to nurture. My Kryptonite is : my lack of  understanding when people lie to me; my inability to recognise when people have an agenda; my lack of the need to be acquisitive… I’m murder to buy presents for… I really do not want anything!  The inevitable question at this time of year: What do you want for xmas? Is one that really bugs me, I don’t want anything. Nothing that can be bought. I would like my beloved back. I would like to live without pain, both physical and mental. I would quite like to be able to run again, though yesterday, just the ability to walk would have been nice! Today, my back is freer and I can walk again.

If pressed the only power I would like is the ability to time travel… But that is a double-edged sword. If you go back in time, would you save those you love from their untimely deaths? The urge would be irresistible, but whose to say that they have not died to free their souls from this reality to be able to aid lives in another? Our knowledge of other realities is limited, probably for good reason, perhaps to keep our souls from trivialising our efforts in this reality… Nothing concentrates the mind more than the feeling that this is your one shot at living a decent life! If you were aware that your soul is immutable, that it will exist in many lifetimes, your cares and worries in this life would not feel so important.

I have one super power, I can connect to people I love, I can empathise. Empathy is a very under valued super power, it doesn’t get a lot of airtime in the narratives of the modern media, but the power to feel what other’s are feeling is the bedrock of social interaction, its what enables us to live in communities. It makes us Human. And it is this ability that is most under attack by the concept of super  human powers, we do not need x-ray vision to perceive our neighbour is suffering; we do not need to be able to fly  across oceans, to be able to help the homeless or the hungry…

The real world requires empathy, and from a position of empathy we can actually do something to help real people along their life journey.

Yes. This is the super power we should all aspire to.

Save the world, one person at a time.

That’s a goal which is attainable.

Dale ‘M’

JOHN DONNE (1572 – 1631)

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Air and Angels

Twice or thrice had I lov’d thee,
Before I knew thy face or name;
So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame
Angels affect us oft, and worshipp’d be;
         Still when, to where thou wert, I came,
Some lovely glorious nothing I did see.
         But since my soul, whose child love is,
Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,
         More subtle than the parent is
Love must not be, but take a body too;
         And therefore what thou wert, and who,
                I bid Love ask, and now
That it assume thy body, I allow,
And fix itself in thy lip, eye, and brow.
Whilst thus to ballast love I thought,
And so more steadily to have gone,
With wares which would sink admiration,
I saw I had love’s pinnace overfraught;
         Ev’ry thy hair for love to work upon
Is much too much, some fitter must be sought;
         For, nor in nothing, nor in things
Extreme, and scatt’ring bright, can love inhere;
         Then, as an angel, face, and wings
Of air, not pure as it, yet pure, doth wear,
         So thy love may be my love’s sphere;
                Just such disparity
As is ‘twixt air and angels’ purity,
‘Twixt women’s love, and men’s, will ever be.

John Donne

I have always had a passion for John Donne, his poetry seems very modern in comparison with his contemporaries, like Shakespeare or even Milton.

He grudgingly became an ordained minister at the constant requests of the King, but his poetry speaks of a worldliness usually denied by preachers.

Dale

CLIMATE CHANGE – THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

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There are now 250, 000 scientific papers on climate change (source: inside science radio 4) can you imagine that? How much paper does that in fact take? Are papers about climate change actually contributing to climate change? I mean, you imagine the amount of trees that amount of papers consume. Poor innocent living, breathing trees chopped down in the prime of their life… and for what? To  go to describe the destruction of rain forests?

Ok. I shall say this only once. I have been campaigning for green issues for over 30 years, and this is the simple truth and nobody will say this. World pollution is a product of capitalism. That’s it. very simple. Dismantle capitalism, stop creating exponential growth to create interest which can be skimmed off for the capitalist moguls, and we can save the world. Stop consuming and start sharing, create small units of humanity who work together in meaningful ways to make their community better.

That is the only way to stop pollution, climate change etc etc etc. Of course nobody will accept this analysis, because Capitalism is God. So thanks for all your campaigning against plastic waste in the ocean, about the destruction of the forests, about the loss of bio-diversity, but if you do not take this bitter pill… Your world is doomed.

Dale

UNIVERSITY BLUE

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UNIVERSITY BLUE

Four years I toiled,

Is the lie…

For truth be told

Two and a half

were a breeze…

High on life and luck

drink drugs and fuck,

Work did not come into it!

 

But then and there,

Amidst the Hedonism,

My mind took flame.

Enchanted by Baudrillard

And Levi-Strauss

Cultural Examination

Became my  new science

And awoke a coarse reality.

 

This reality became a religion,

Ans as such meant I was useless

In Commerce and consumerism.

What I learnt was a harsh lesson,

A lesson, I would not wish to share…

For it bitters the pill of modernity.

All that is left is a toaist approach

And as such, All I could use was my hands.

 

My mind had to be free,

And could not be sullied

By a Sell-out clause…

Labour hard without excuse…

But it is a sin, a mortal sin,

To deny your mental accuity,

and the flow of years,

are awash with tears.

Dale

JOHN DONNE (1572 – 1631)

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Celestial Music

I have a friend who still believes in heaven.
Not a stupid person, yet with all she knows, she literally talks to God.
She thinks someone listens in heaven.
On earth she’s unusually competent.
Brave too, able to face unpleasantness.

We found a caterpillar dying in the dirt, greedy ants crawling over it.
I’m always moved by disaster, always eager to oppose vitality
But timid also, quick to shut my eyes.
Whereas my friend was able to watch, to let events play out
According to nature. For my sake she intervened
Brushing a few ants off the torn thing, and set it down
Across the road.

My friend says I shut my eyes to God, that nothing else explains
My aversion to reality. She says I’m like the child who
Buries her head in the pillow
So as not to see, the child who tells herself
That light causes sadness-
My friend is like the mother. Patient, urging me
To wake up an adult like herself, a courageous person-

In my dreams, my friend reproaches me. We’re walking
On the same road, except it’s winter now;
She’s telling me that when you love the world you hear celestial music:
Look up, she says. When I look up, nothing.
Only clouds, snow, a white business in the trees
Like brides leaping to a great height-
Then I’m afraid for her; I see her
Caught in a net deliberately cast over the earth-

In reality, we sit by the side of the road, watching the sun set;
From time to time, the silence pierced by a birdcall.
It’s this moment we’re trying to explain, the fact
That we’re at ease with death, with solitude.
My friend draws a circle in the dirt; inside, the caterpillar doesn’t move.
She’s always trying to make something whole, something beautiful, an image
Capable of life apart from her.
We’re very quiet. It’s peaceful sitting here, not speaking, The composition
Fixed, the road turning suddenly dark, the air
Going cool, here and there the rocks shining and glittering-
It’s this stillness we both love.
The love of form is a love of endings.

John Donne

I have always had a passion for John Donne, his poetry seems very modern in comparison with his contemporaries, like Shakespeare or even Milton.

He grudgingly became an ordained minister at the constant requests of the King, but his poetry speaks of a worldliness usually denied by preachers.

Dale

MALCOLM X (1925 – 1965)

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PAINTING – TOOK SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO GET THE GREY TO COVER THE CANVAS PROPERLY, WHICH IS DOWN TO THE ENGLISH SUMMER ACTUALLY BEING HOT & STICKY.

MALCOLM X was a hero of mine for the longest time. I learnt about his life whilst briefly doing a degree in American Studies. I changed one of my majors in the 2nd year to sociology. What I found frustrating about his life was that he had stepped away from the Nation Of Islam tenets and was working towards a disavowal of racism and a more inclusive creed which went back to the Quran’s basic teachings. His belief system was turned on it’s head, when he made the Hajj to Mecca, and found that outside the USA, peoples of all nations could come together in peace and harmony, with a shared belief in humanity.

So, it was with some irony, that having disavowed violence and separatism, he was murdered so tragically.

If you are interested in Malcolm X, I would recommend to you his autobiography, which was ghost written by Alex Haley, who later wrote Roots, which is another great read.

Dale

HOW TO BECOME SOCIALLY OBSOLETE

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HOW TO BECOME SOCIALLY OBSOLETE

My 60th year on this planet is fast approaching. Less than 18 months away. Very scary. I’m still a teenager in my head, but my body is falling to pieces. This is something nobody tells you. Nobody says if you do this, that or the other, your body will rebel by the age of fifty. You get no health warnings, I was always told the sport and fitness was good for you. Turns out not to be true. I played rugby and football up until my mid forties, and it broke my body. I have serious problems with my back, neck and knee. I keep moving with the aid of painkillers. Off- topic but this is my first warning. Be aware, your body will rebel if you put it under physical pressure. Take exercise with care. Main thing is moderation in all things. Don’t over exercise, don’t over-eat, don’t over drink. Boring, but true, anything you do to excess will damage you in the long term.

Think about this… Everything you now believe will be usurped over time. All the things you believe to be self-evident will become ridiculous and obsolete over time. Your fixed views will become as outrageous to coming generations as were the views of the 1930’s are to mine.

Imagine. Go back 60 years  to before I was born… That takes you to 1900. Wow! What was that like? In my city, Birmingham, the majority of the population were living in terrible slums. There water was from a stand pipe in the street. Cholera was still an ever-present danger. Child mortality was 100 deaths per 1000 births within the first year of life. 10 women per 1000 died in childbirth.  Imagine how that impacted on the families of that time? By the time I was born 1960, infant mortality was down to 3-4 per 1000, and maternal mortality was almost insignificant. Socially, things change rapidly. We are capable of social and cultural changes which develop so quickly and ubiquitously, that whole generations can be left behind in a perplexed and lost state.

If this is a little dry try to think about this.

I was using computers back in 1987. I edited a magazine and used the University Computer to cut and paste the magazine copy. I couldn’t scan in pictures and had to cut and paste the finished galleys manually. The computer I used was the size of a large classroom, but it used ms.dos and was no more powerful than 640 megabytes. It was basically a word processor.

Now, my phone has something like 200 x more power than that computer which was housed in a massive room! Incredible.

These are analogies. Technology and social Health over short periods of time ave been changed beyond all recognition. And yet, we adapt and cope with the changes.

We are hard-wired to accept, adapt and acimilate changes like these. And we can see them happening. We can appreciate the changes for what they are.

What we fail to realise is that culture changes with a similar rapidity.

In 1900, everyone went to church, religion played a significant role in every household, yet by 1960, it’s role was obsolete for a vast proportion of the population. I never went to church in my lifetime. I think I may have gone to Sunday school a few times, but I can’t remember it. My children have never been to church beyond the obvious social occasions… Weddings, Christenings and Funerals.

In 1900, entertainment was in Musical halls, Theatres, or singing around the family piano. Now, we are entertained remotely, through all of our electronic devices, and for the most part in isolation. Entertainment is no longer a social event.

My point? Everything which each generation holds as their social identity, their social mores, their communal shared beliefs, all become obsolete and out-moded. I see myself as a socialist, a feminist and anti-racist, but all of these political and social positions are not immutable, over time they have all been eroded or switched. When people like feminist Germaine Greer, are shown to be  out of date with her views on Transexuals identity… It highlights how deep the social changes cut across generations.

So, live long enough everything you ever thought will become wrong. Our culture becomes a crusted petrie dish left in the back of an old refrigerator… Only to be pulled out by some cheap TV show, with talking heads pointing and laughing at the things we used to believe.

This is a word of warning to you millennials, who have a fascistic tendency to see all old people as ridiculously out of date with their beliefs, you too will become out-moded and obsolete and your beliefs will come crashingly dull and boring. I just hope that your progeny will be more accommodating  of your mores than you are to my generation of old farts!

Dale