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JUST AN OBSERVATION

Just an Observation

This past week has certainly confirmed the fact that the world is in a bit of a mess at the moment and shows no signs of pulling itself together anytime soon.
Things started off badly with disgusting scenes at polling stations in Spain as Catalonians made a bid for independence and met with brutal force from authorities who are generally there to protect people. The scenes were quite horrific to watch and even though the vote was in favour of independence it is regarded as an illegal referendum by the Spanish government. The EU has since upheld this view and the violent altercations that were seen around the world have been dismissed as the authorities using ‘reasonable’ force.
Really?
On what planet exactly does kicking a middle-aged woman down a flight of stairs and dragging her by her hair constitute ‘reasonable force’?
Meanwhile over in Trump Land –every day I hate Donald Trump a little more and every day I wonder how that is even possible but he never fails to deliver- the most ridiculous President in history told the people of Puerto Rico that they should feel blessed at being struck by a natural disaster as its death toll was not as great as one that the US had several years ago. I am not sure when a death count of human lives became a competition but it seems to endear this orange faced buffoon to enough people to keep him in office.
Once again how is this even possible?
Not that over here in the (not so) United Kingdom we have any real right to sneer and snigger as our own political system is also an international joke.
First up we have our own straw-haired buffoon in the unsightly shape of Boris Johnson; the Foreign Secretary who thinks that a war-shattered Libya could become a worthwhile tourist resort in the manner of Dubai as soon as the dead bodies are cleared away. I seriously cannot comprehend how this man holds onto his job and further dismay engulfs me every time I hear a member of his party refer to him as some sort of ‘rock star’ figure.
Again I ask myself, on what planet?
He was however superseded in the idiot stakes as Teresa May took the stage at the Conservative Party Comedy Farce in Manchester this week.
Struggling to talk through a coughing fit- as if her own body was rejecting the bile coming out of her mouth- a member of the audience then handed her a P45. We are supposed to believe somehow that this party is in charge of our national security when they can’t even control the security at their own conference. Then the set behind her began to disassemble itself until it was like the opening credits of a Fawlty Towers episode. It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragically frightening.
This will surely go down as the worst Prime Minister’s speech ever and I doubt that even her smug arrogance can save her from the wolves in her party. With Boris waiting in the wings however I fear that things will get a lot worse long before they ever get better.
If you need something to take you away from all this mayhem then I suggest maybe going to see the new Bladerunner 2049 film out today.
Although it is not exactly a barrel of laughs it does have the bonus of having Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Harrison Ford and Ana de Armas to look at. Any fans of the original film will not be disappointed. Set, like the original, in a near future dystopia it is a master-class in film-making; the music and cinematography are simply stunning and the cast is top-notch.
A full review –with no plot spoilers- can be found here.
To make some sense of a crazy week in world affairs I am heading off to a Grace Jones themed club night at the Wee Red Bar in the Art College- the culmination of a two day symposium of the celebrated Ms. Jones- as at least her form of (un) reality and artifice is one I can actually relate to and stomach!
Maybe Grace can save us all. There but for the God of Grace go I!

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BORIS: WORLD KING

Boris: World King
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Post Brexit this show is probably the most relevant at this year’s Fringe and Tom Crawshaw’s script attempts to capture the ruthless, arrogant, pompous, sexist megalomaniac behind the jovial, blustering buffoon who manages to charm his way into positions of power and then out of the messes he leaves behind him.
David Benson as Boris is superb; although Boris is possibly the biggest gift to any British actor in a long time and the more absurd they make him the more realistic and accurate the portrayal seems to be.
Presented in the form of a TV show the arch media manipulator runs a gamut of clichés from the spinning wheel to the picking attractive females out of the audience to indulge in some sporting activity with him.
Ably assisted by Alice Mc Carthy in a variety of roles –from Johnson’s beleaguered assistant to frustrated wife and many others in-between- the script ever lets up or disappoints. Like the character it portrays the more absurd and surreal the situation the closer to the truth it becomes until the idea of Boris as World King is maybe not such an unlikely proposition after all.
This is a very entertaining show which not only nails its subject but hammers the nails into him like skewers and it shows that the Tory Party is basically a game of Truth or Dare for old Etonians; with the truth part removed obviously!
Boris: World King is a thoroughly entertaining and clever show which captures the man who is at the heart of the nation’s mood at this time, even if he doesn’t hold a place in the nation’s hearts at the present moment. Highly recommended!
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Boris: World King is at Pleasance Dome August 4th-29th at 17.40

JUST AN OBSERVATION

Just an Observation
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Wow! What a week!
Have stayed away from writing about the shock result of last week’s European Referendum as emotions –mine included- were riding so high and was waiting for a bit of clarity after the dust had settled..
Unfortunately this hasn’t been the case, far from it actually, and a full week later things are no nearer to being resolved satisfactorily- which ever way you voted- and the country is in an even worse state of turmoil than ever. In fact I would go as far as to say it is in its worst state of turmoil it has ever been in during my lifetime. Never have divisions been more apparent and never have so many people been as clueless as to which direction we are heading in; unfortunately this applies as much to those who are supposed to be directing us as it does to the general public.
It’s a mess!
It is ridiculous that such a large percentage of the populace waited until after they had voted to find out what the plan was for after a leave vote had been attained. It is beyond shocking that the top two Google searches immediately following the vote were ‘What is the EU?’ and ‘What will happen to the UK if it leaves the EU?’ Surely a bit of research beforehand would have been the sensible thing.
Then again what sense can be made of the whole shambles, including the result?
Since last Friday morning when shock, despair and disbelief set in, matters seem only to have gone from bad to worse with everyone blaming someone else.
Young people blaming old people for ruining their future- the highest age group voting Leave were the over 55’s- when the percentage of young people bothering to actually vote itself was extremely low. I have continuously mentioned an apathy, complacency and a sense of entitlement amongst young people on several occasions and now by not even bothering to vote on their own future they are entitled to lot less than they were just over a week ago. Blaming it on the older generation is unfair and complacent in itself!
Poor people blame the rich people with their private schooling and advantaged lifestyles. Rich people blame the poor people who are uneducated , unable to find jobs and therefore draining the welfare system.
Racists and bigots blame the immigrants while racist related hate crimes are on the rise; it seems as if what was until recently thinly veiled xenophobia has now dropped its veil and is clearly out in the open and viciously exposed.
Meanwhile both the Tory and Labour parties are in disarray and squabbling whilst jousting amongst them selves rather than reassuring a troubled nation which is in need of some guidance.
From where I am standing the person responsible for the whole debacle is David Cameron who needlessly called the referendum in an arrogant attempt to silence the Euro-sceptics in his own party. The whole thing then sensationally backfired and on losing the public’s support he then backtracked and resigned when the result didn’t go his way.
It then didn’t take even the bumbling buffoon that is Boris Johnson too long to work out that as his natural successor-having led the Leave campaign to their result, I stop short of calling it a victory- that he had basically stuffed his own chances at being Prime Minister as he was merely being handed a poisoned chalice.
In fact the whole thing has been like an Old Etonian version of Truth or Dare –with the Truth part omitted obviously- with the country’s future as its stake.
Only Nicola Sturgeon seemed to have had any plan following the shock result and Scotland-along with Northern Ireland- are making plans regarding their own future. Sturgeon is the only leading British politician who has shown any integrity in this debacle and it looks as if another Independence Referendum is now on the cards.
Mind you I feel that we are on a constant loop of referendums, protests and voting these days.
All this turmoil is so distressing when all I want is for life to be Absolutely Fabulous! As if on cue the film of that very name is released today with a vague intention of cheering us up. Initial reviews have been a little guarded in their praise-although more favourable than expected but that is probably down to the prodigious amounts of free ‘Bolly’ being poured down reviewers throats at screenings than anything- but to be honest anything is better than the comedy of errors, or tragedy, that is British politics and politicians at this very moment in time.

JUST AN OBSERVATION

Just An Observation
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With just under two weeks until the EU referendum it would seem there is at the present time no clear winner according to any opinion poll. I actually missed the big debate last night and my Twitter and Facebook both sent mixed messages as to who had actually come out of it the victor although the Remain campaign seemingly had the ethical edge.
It is a sign of the modern times that people such as Boris Johnson and his American counterpart and lookalike Donald Trump – I think their hairpieces have more than a dry cleaner in common- have gone from being joke figures to very serious threats. It would have seemed improbable five years ago that the possibility of Johnson as Prime Minister could ever be a reality, yet here we are with a referendum looming and if the result swings in his favour then it could very possibly secure him that very role.
It goes to prove you should never underestimate the wolf in sheep’s clothing or in Boris’s case the calculated fascist with egocentric ideologies dressed up as buffoon. It is this very buffoonery which I find the most chilling aspect of Johnson as it is misleading in that the jokey caricature masks just how dangerous a man he really is. What is even more concerning is that his façade has taken in a vast section of the public who cannot fathom how such a ‘lovable’ and shambolic character could ever harbour malicious intent. Unfortunately it does!
Like Trump across the pond- another candidate for the most politically powerful role in his country- Johnson has moved very swiftly from sidelined caricature to very dangerous person with consummate ease and it would be farcical if he was allowed to realise his ambitions fully but as disappointment follows disappointment in British politics it is perhaps best to fear the worst and at least be prepared for it.
On a lighter note the Edinburgh International Film Festival rolls into town next week and although I haven’t had a chance yet to have an in-depth look at the programme I have a few interesting films already earmarked for viewing and review so watch out for any must see- or even possibly must avoid- recommendations.
A very definite must see at the moment is the Surreal Encounters exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art. From Dali to Magritte to Duchamp to Mae West Lips as Sofa and Lobster Telephones this very extensive look at this particular tableau of art is probably the most complete this gallery has yet put on. It runs until September 11th so there is no excuse for missing it during its duration.
This weekend is also the Leith Gala day down on the Links and it looks like the weather may actually hold up for it. A definite highlight will definitely be the re-energised Boots For Dancing who are taking to the stage at around 4pm and along with The Shebang gals dancing outdoors in actual and natural daylight may become a viable option.
Last night saw the Peaky Blinders phenomenon reach its series 3 finale climax with a tense ending which paves the way for series 4 opening up a whole new set of possibilities for the now legendary Shelby clan.
I must admit it has been with some trepidation that I have watched the bandwagon surrounding this programme grow as the latest series progressed with new converts announcing their newly acquired devotion on social media as if it is their own personal discovery and achievement. Yes it is exceptional TV but let’s keep things in perspective and think about how many people will actually suit that shaved haircut the male members of the gang sport and also remember that tweed is by and large for landed gentry on their country estates and spinsters of the Miss Marple ilk.
However I suspect we should prepare ourselves for the fact that the streets will soon be crowded out with hipster types sporting this very garb without the cheekbones, eyes, lips or even a tenth of the charisma Cillian Murphy sports. Helen McCrory as Polly Shelby has been this season’s winning icon in the fashion stakes anyway!
And if any of you are considering the Peaky Blinders look as your next fashion statement just remember the tweeds and cloth cap look are very likely what Boris Johnson wears on his country estates. If that doesn’t make you reconsider this as a fashion look then you have been lost in a fashion and style void!

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