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Making Musical History

Regardless of whether you are a fan of the Rolling Stones or not, (and I am) you have to admit that last Saturday’s performance at Glastonbury 2013 was musical history in the making.

Ok, so it’s just another ageing rock band trying to earn a few more bucks.

Nope, I disagree. They’ve made enough money down the years to be able to retire, and live on the royalties. They’re like the Warren Buffet of the musical world. They keep playing their game because they thoroughly enjoy what they do, it’s in their blood.

They’ve been together over fifty years. That’s impressive in itself. Many marriages don’t last that long. The Beatles didn’t stick together more than a decade.

They still have ‘it’ too. They still play well, and sing well, and present themselves well.

I’d like to say here’s to the next fifty, but somehow I think most of us will be pushing up the daises by then, not least the Rolling Stones themselves.

The Snowden Thing

What do I think of Snowden?

I suppose the bottom line is that I do not know enough about his actions to make a value judgement on the issue.

I’m not sure that the guy is a spy in the usual sense of the word though, as, the way I understand it, he’s mostly been telling the world what the US (and other) Governments have been doing with regard to people’s private data, rather than passing secret information to some enemy.

Two thoughts though.

1. I am not surprised at ANY of his revelations. I suspect that most Governments have been spying on their citizens since time began. The electronic data trail we leave behind us, and the tools available to examine this trail, has simply made it easier for anyone to spy on us.

2. I don’t, for one minute, believe any of the US or UK politicians or intelligence service leaders that protest loudly that they are tightly regulated by the judiciary, and that they abide by those regulations. I believe that the intelligence services simply go and get whatever information they want when they want it. Period.

Bored? I Don’t Have Time For That!

Bored? I really don’t understand that. While I will accept that some of the things one has to do in life can be real darn tedious, I can’t ever say that I’m bored.

On the contrary, I find that twenty four hours in a day simply isn’t enough.

I need to sleep, eat and work. That can take anything up to 20 hours in a day, which doesn’t leave much time for anything else. When I have a day off, I never seem to find the time to do all the things that I want to do – catching up on overdue tasks and chores; more pleasurable things such as reading a new book, listening to music, watching a movie, having a meal out (or a meal in), a couple of hours in the pub, putting the world to rights over a couple of pints.

I can’t do nothing at all – that I WOULD find boring, but I’ve always got something to do!