What is good music?

This little contretemps over music has raised an interesting question – what is good music?

Ask Endeavour Morse and you’ll get one answer – ask ordinary people and the answer might be quite different.   This is the case  tonight for music less classical, less pure, less skilled but with a whole lot more oomph to it.   Mozart is peerless, Beethoven is peerless but so are these guys below, in the way they can capture the mood of people on the street.

Like township music in South Africa, this is for the people and I, for one, am quite partial to the people in joyful mood.   The Clash may not be my cup of tea but there’s no doubting they captured a time and a mood and my time was around 1980 on the streets of London, an exciting time and a joyful one too.

So, would you say that was music of little taste?…

Quick bites – fair deal for England

Particularly with the Scottish question coming up, not to mention West-Lothian and Barnett, it’s going to be necessary to ensure England doesn’t get done down.  Between the EU and other things happening, that’s more than a possibility, particularly given the Westminster 3.

If you’re interested in this issue, then you might like to read this post at Wonko’s.

There’s also talk at this moment about the CEP and the Witenagemot rising again.  I’ll keep you posted on that one.    If you’re not English, I’m at pains to point out that this is not against you in any way, it’s just for us.   In no way do I have or this blog have an extreme view on England – readers know I’m a Russophile and Francophile for a start.

However, that’s not to say there are not English issues which need addressing.   For the Scottish readers, I really don’t have an opinion on the referendum – what happens happens I think and the Brave New World  [or Old World] will be dealt with as and when it comes.…

Shakespearean insults

No April 23rd would be complete without the Shakespearean insults:


§ Most shallow man! Thou’re worms-meat in respect of a good piece of flesh indeed! [Taken from As You Like It ]

§ Away, you bottle-ale rascal, you filthy bung, away!  [Taken from: Henry IV, part 2]

§ Thy lips rot off! [Taken from: Timon of Athens]

§ Canst thou believe thy living is a life, so stinkingly depending? Go mend, go mend. [Taken from: Measure for Measure]

§ Peace, ye fat guts! [Taken from: Henry IV, part I]

§ Hence rotten thing! Or I shall shake thy bones out of thy garments. [Taken from: Coriolanus]

§ [Thou] small grey coated gnat. [Taken from: Romeo and Juliet]

§ Thou crusty botch of nature! [Taken from: Troilus and Cressida]

§ Thou art only mark’d for hot vengeance and the rod of heaven. [Taken from: Henry IV, part I]

§ You starvelling, you eel-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, you bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish – O for breath to utter what is like thee!



Whether tea for elevenses [can be coffee] or afternoon tea later, do remember:

§ Savoury first, then scones, then sweetmeats;
§ Three fingers when picking them up, please;
§ If tea, milk last;
§ If scones, then which county do you support?

jam or cream first

Personally, I’m for cream first – there’s something vaguely sexual about a scone done this way.…