“Fried was a committed communist; Bach was not. She decided to leave and didn’t tell him she was going, though she long hoped he would follow her. The last she saw of him was when she was on the train heading out of town forever: “He waved and motioned for me to open the window, but the window wouldn’t open. I didn’t see him again.”—Desperately sad article in The Guardian today about the erection of the Berlin wall, fifty years go.
All of my clothes need washing twice, my back is ruined, my feet are blistered, my eyes cannot stay open, my brain is functioning pretty poorly…but my heart is filled with such joy, and I will thank God for a very, very long time that I had the opportunity to share a week with 700 12-13 year olds who are passionate about going out into the world and literally loving the hell out of people. Amazing scenes.
It was very different then, comedy in the 80s. What the comedy was in the 80s was a load of people and they all hated the Tories, and they went out to a place, and there was a guy on stage there, and he hated the Tories. And he’d go, “I hate the Tories!”, and the audience would go, “We hate the Tories as well!”, and they’d go home happy, 67 pence well spent.
It’s very different now, the comedy. I’ve seen some of it on the Roadshow on telly. It’s in stadiums now innit. What the comedy is now is a load of people, and they all hate their electrical appliances. And they go out to a place, and there’s a guy on stage there, and he hates his electrical appliances. And he goes, “I hate my electrical appliances!”, and the audience goes “We hate our electrical appliances as well!”, and they go home happy, forty-seven pounds fifty well spent.
“I hate my toaster, it’s only got two settings: black burned charcoal, or just warm bread”. It’s broken, innit. Mate, that toaster’s broken. They wouldn’t make a toaster like that. There’d be no market for it.
”—Stewart Lee, in Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, s.2 e.4, BBC2, 25 May 2011 (via idledrearydays)
“Fifa is not, as it classes itself, a “world governing body”. It is a squalid cartel. The 208 members of Fifa have no interest in rocking Blatter’s $1.3bn (untaxed) boat while his rulebook demands a 75% vote to oust him. He can dispense millions to his “electors” and enjoy the security of an autocrat”—Simon Jenkins - Guardian (via leftatarmslength)