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Vinyl Migraine


Posted on 16 March 2012

two_riders.jpgDr No doesn’t really get Hendrix; nor does he get migraines. But if he did get the latter, listening to the former might bring on the latter. Given Dylan’s own haunted enigmatic recording of All Along the Watchtower, why strangle genius in a dustbin of dying cats?

Such odd thoughts come to Dr No as news emerges that the Land of the Baskervilles is soon to decide on who should run Children’s Services in Devon. There are two front runners: neither is NHS; both are for-profit. One is Branson’s Virgin, the other SerCo – the ‘Service Company’.

It seems likely the virgin will tramp the servant. The grotesque irony of Virgin, a company defined by hot air condoms, running Children’s Services might also give Dr No a migraine, were he to get them. But he doesn’t; so he recalled All Along the Watchtower, and added it to his NHS-Scott Island Disc collection:

“There must be some way out of here” said the joker to the thief,
“There's too much confusion, I can’t get no relief.
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.”

“No reason to get excited," the thief he kindly spoke,
“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
But you and I, we’ve been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.”

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

5 comments:

Police with machine guns on the streets yesterday to face down NHS protestors. Has jolted me out of purdah.

http://www.latentexistence.me.uk/heavy-handed-police-threaten-nhs-protest/

Julie, are you really surprised that an un stewarded rally in the heart of whitehall near the foreign office and a large number of embassies draws some of the diplomatic protection squads interest, with their routine arms at a time of raised terrorist risk because of recent incidents in afghanistan?

British police are almost the only ones in the world who police demonstrations without firearms. If you read inspector gadgets blog you will see the police are not unsympathetic, while we nhs workers have our budgets frozen they are having real cuts.

Boots

"Julie, are you really surprised that an un stewarded rally in the heart of whitehall near the foreign office and a large number of embassies draws some of the diplomatic protection squads interest, with their routine arms at a time of raised terrorist risk because of recent incidents in afghanistan?"

Yes. We have protests at Westminster and other government buildings all the time and they do not appear. Why were they there yesterday?

Boots - Dr No has heard of the 'tooled up bored cops' routine elsewhere. Apparently they drive round roundabouts waiting for something to happen. One supposes this is what passes for consensual policing these days. To Dr No, there are difficult similarities to Brown Shirt thinking. By the far too few accounts there are, this was a peaceful rally.

Just as worrying to Dr No is the media blackout. He wrote this earlier, but - to give the BBC a chance - he waited until after News at Ten before posting. The blackout continues, so he posted.

Julie - very good question - one Dr No too has been asking...

My Black Cat, being a conspiracy theorist, has maintained for some time that guns would soon appear in the streets of the UK to control dissenters. She is now saying "I told you so."

On the other hand maybe London has become very twitchy because of the riots. Perhaps London's judgement has become so impaired that they suspect when NHS workers congregate there is a terrorist among them. Perhaps London remembers a problem at a Scottish airport. More likely though, London is becoming increasingly twitchy over the Olympics, and armed men will be lurking in the background or going round roundabouts more and more until the games are over. I suspect a media blackout will be enforced when guns appear. Unfortunately a media blackout is impossible in the era of cameras on mobile phones and iPad's resulting in the instant and graphic reporting of events on social media. It would be better if these events were reported formally otherwise there is a danger of exacerbating the conspiracy theories that My Black Cat is avidly following.


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