To Thine Own Self … #Kiss

4am, awake again …

Just watched Gene Simmons, the frontman of the band Kiss on BBC HardTalk.

I was never a fan, but as an 8 year old Hungarian immigrant to the USA, he has had a life and a half and gives an interesting perspective on the music business, sex, drugs, immigration and Trump.

Well worth a watch.

Here’s a snippet of the wisdom learned from experience – To Thine Own Self Be True.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09hmc1j

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#McMafia? Anti-Semitic?

First off, happy new year and all the best to you for 2018.

Have you came across or watched the new BBC 8 part big budget thriller McMafia?

If not, please do, having watched the first two episodes I found it particularly gripping with its plots and subplots involving drugs, human trafficking, money laundering and interactions between Russian, Israeli, Czech and Indian gangsters.

It’s not particularly surprising that in this twisted tale where capitalism meets criminality that the UK element is a fund manager who’s family have been expelled from Russia.

Is it coincidence that this family are Jewish and that his family escaped the Russian mob with enough funds to set up the fund management company?

Or is that an example of a possible real world situation?

Having worked in investment banking, I have personal experience of fund managers who were Jewish and whose family were from Russia and whose business was set up with family money.

It doesn’t make it dirty, it doesn’t make them bad people. Far from it.

In the situation in the story, the family were driven from Russia because of the mob, not because they were in the mob.

Alex Goldman, the main character played by James Norton, is a good, clean living, privileged guy, privately educated and running his fund cleanly until it gets in trouble, ironically by rumours put out by his uncle with the intention of Alex accepting Israeli investment with motives of getting back at the Russian mob who stole the original family business.

It’s a good yarn, full of intrigue and plot twists.

So why do various Jewish bodies think that it’s Anti-Semitic?

Apparently it’s stereotypical, uses gratuitous slurs, uses material not in the original book and misquotes the motto of Mossad, the Israeli secret intelligence service.

What a surprise eh?

The problem with these people is that they perceive that anything that contains content showing Jews or Israel in any perceived bad light is a slur.

Actually the biggest stereotype is probably that of Russians being gangsters or corrupt.

As for the Mossad motto “For by wise guidance you can wage your war” apparently misquoted as “by deception we will do war”.

Is wise guidance to deception that much of a difference? Particularly when it refers to one of the most efficient and connected intelligence agencies on the planet?

Deception is exactly how any intelligence agency wages war. It’s not a slur.

If anything, the lead character Alex Goldman and the Israeli businessman Semiyon Kleiman played by David Strathairn are the “good guys” in this story with the Russians being the nasty baddies.

Now how stereotypical is that?

Personally, coming from glasgow I was a bit disappointed with the title McMafia and it didn’t refer to any Scottish gangsters.

I’m so offended! 🙂

If you get the chance, give it a watch, you won’t be disappointed unless you’re a person who goes out of their way to be offended by any perceived slur.

BBC anti-Semitic claimshttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5232503/BBC-hit-complaints-anti-Semiticism-drama-McMafia.htmlMcMafia critics review http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-42540514—-

On a related note, this has vastly increased the chances of James Norton becoming the next James Bond.
He’s got the right build, tall, athletic, good looking, charming, brooding with cutting delivery of a sarcastic barb here and there. Additionally he looks as if he has been working out in the fight scenes and would be good in the JB role.

Life Moves On, Like it or Not!

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Sometimes, as you get to a certain age, you realise that life is moving on.

My world seems pretty static, I’m single, kids now 28, 27 and 20 and only the youngest is still with me.

Most of the time, nothing really changes, I go to work, go home, eat dinner, play piano, watch tv, fall asleep on sofa, repeat.

It’s Friday and I’ve just did my latest invoice for the company who currently employs my service.

That’s a straight 34 weeks I’ve worked without a break, that pretty bad .. huh.

In August, I was hoping for a family holiday, I was picking up the tab, but the kids all have busy life’s and partners/boyfriends/girlfriend ( delete as necessary)

Trying to get them all to agree to a week or two in the sun at the same time just wasn’t happening.

So unfortunately I didn’t get away and I’m missing the sunshine no my bones.

But I digress, life is moving on whether I like it or not.

The kids considering their partners more than their dad was inevitable, it’s part of life but it still hurts when they don’t want a family holiday. Continue reading “Life Moves On, Like it or Not!”

Good People, Bad Things, Right Reasons?

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Check out my face.
I’m no George Clooney or Brad Pitt.
I’m not exactly handsome.
Am I?

Check out my body
I’m no Arnie, Beckham or Federer
The diet coke guy
I’m not.

Check out my mind
It’s not Mandela or Thatcher
And Stephen Hawking
Has nothing to fear

Check out my heart
You’ll see that it’s big
That its full of love
And it’s in the right place

Check out my soul
It’s mostly pure
Mostly
But I have sinned
I have stolen
Cheated
Lied
But only to survive
And provide

A sinner, a liar, a cheater, a thief
It doesn’t make you a bad person
Sometimes good people
Do bad things for the right reasons

Continue reading “Good People, Bad Things, Right Reasons?”

Wolf – Red Card?

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It didn’t take much, it was the smallest of small things, or so I thought at the time, but then she was gone.

Was it me?

Was my understanding so different to hers that what I perceived as trivial, she perceived as a sacking offence?

A straight red-card, sent off the field of play for ungentlemanly conduct without as much as a goodnight kiss.

I thought about it later, obviously not that night as I was drunk at the time, chatting to someone on the last train home and driving up the short journey from the station because the normal laws that apply to everyone else don’t apply to me.

What?

Does that offend you?

Do you think I’m some sort of arrogant psycho? Continue reading “Wolf – Red Card?”

Fuck U .. #U2

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U2 are a colossal band,  humoungously large and presumably wealthy.

I went to see them last year with my bro and had a fantastic time,  they put on am amazing show.

https://dancingbhoy.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/never-ever-choose-the-seats-best-available-u2-glasgow/

https://dancingbhoy.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/u2-new-order-or-simple-minds-glasgow/

Earlier this year,   they toured with the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree album,   probably my favourite album of theirs with its hits of Where The Streets Have No Name,  With Or Without You Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and my personal favourites of Bullet The Blue Sky and the haunting Running To Standstill.

But here’s the rub ..

On their tour,  the band only played Dublin and London,  other arenas in the more provincial cities like Glasgow were omitted from their tour.

For me that implies that they are happy to take our hard-earned dosh when it suits them,  but only when it suits them.

Tonight,   a U2 tribute band play St Lukes in Glasgow,  a smallish venue of a 3-400 hundred souls, playing The Joshua Tree album in its entirety.

That will do for me.

So fuck you Bono .. you talk shit most of the time anyway.

There .. I feel better now!

http://www.stlukesglasgow.com/events/u2-2-joshua-tree-tour-w-the-noel-gallagher-experience/

 

 

 

Work Stories – The Hills Have Pies?

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The fat family.

Two men and a woman,  all mid-50’s,  white hair,  podgy faces and bodies.

They moved up to my area recently,   currently seated directly facing me two banks of desks away.

I don’t know anything about these people, I’m sure they are lovely, intelligent,  hard-working,  all that good stuff.

But here’s what I noticed .. they all look exactly the same .. like some sort of clones who have been fed a strict diet of McDonalds.

Face,  body,  hair  … All very similar.

Demeanour?

Absolutely no idea .. apart from the fact that they talk non-stop and are constantly stuffing their already fat faces.

Do you think that they are good people are bad people?

Get real for fucks sakes!

How can you possibly make such a decision on so little information?

Of course they are good people,  holding down a job,  earning a living for their families.

Even if it is just the one family!    🙂

But don’t confuse being fat or old or grey with being incapable.

That would only say more about you than them.