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So the 9th of November 2018 marked the final time I expect to see Slayer live.
I’ve seen Slayer a good deal of times, though the last time they toured (2015) they played the Manchester Apollo and a baulked at paying £50+ to see them, despite the venue being me favourite place for live music.
Give it exactly 3 years and stick them in the larger venue and them retiring (hmm, I’m not convinced) and the £50+ is something I’ll happily part with.
The last time I saw Slayer live was at Sonisphere in 2014. It also remains the last music festival I attended. Seeing Slayer without Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013, caused tears for me and my brother, not something you’d associated with Slayer but emotion got the better of us. The departure of drummer Dave Lombardo more or less sealed me not wishing to see them again for, as much as I respect Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph, without the original guitarist and drummer you are only getting 50% Slayer.
Plus, thanks to neck surgery, it is still very not seeing frontman Tom Araya head-banging like a madman.
Having watched a 7-song set by Anthrax and left feeling a bit empty that they weren’t the main support and that their set wasn’t longer I went to look at the merchandise. Cue myself and my mates sounding like old-time curmudgeons as we berated not only the stuff for sale but also the price.
Some years ago I saw, at the Manchester Apollo, “Priest Fest” – Judas Priest supported by Megadeth and Testament.
It was an excellent concert but for all the fine songs and performances on display the one thing that stuck in my head was the 60-minute countdown timer I could see during Megadeth’s set.
Flick back to 2018 Slayer and they just blasted out songs, as usual, little crowd interaction, no encore just straight played through for nearly 90 minutes and then pissed off stage.
It was again an excellent show but it just seemed a bit deflating. Too structured, too professional.
That is gigs in general these days, money really is the bottom line these days now the market has fallen out of record sales and it shows in a lot of the more recent gigs I’ve been too.
Plus £5.20 for Fosters…fuck off.
I doubt they’ll be a year from now on that I don’t even watch live music but either I am officially getting old or it really is just too polished these days.
Maybe I should stick to pub cover bands.
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Loads of PR from this gimmick.
Loads of PR from this gimmick and the sad desperate career of the original moaner.
Loads of PR from this gimmick and good to see the spirit of Mary Whitehouse never left us.
I’ve written about this nonsense before. The cult of intersectionality.
People will moan about identity issue that really don’t affect anyone. Those being complained at will capitulate and then the next line will be drawn, ready to be stomped all over in the name of a very authoritarian equality.
It will all lead to everyone who worships at its alter to eat themselves but they’ll do plenty of damage before hand.
It is a very sad state of affairs that I’ve touched on numerous times within the beer world and in general
But these stories keep cropping up…
You do wonder when women how have/are transitioning to men will be applying and be winning things in male category sports.
But in the name of authoritarian equality…
And then everyone is a victim and everyone is a criminal.
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I’ve written about Count Dankula and his court trial before. The trial itself became a lightning rod on twitter with the schism between what is and isn’t free speech becoming as blurred as the lines between common sense and hysteria as well as the old left/right political paradigm.
One of Dankula’s biggest detractors, going so far as to call him Cunt Dankula was Graham Linehan, writer of the glorious Father Ted (with Arthur Matthews) and contributor to Brass Eye and The Day Today (again, with Arthur Matthews).
Such was the shock that greeted Linehan’s response to the Dankula case; because there is a very stable Venn diagram whereby people are entertained by both artists works, that some speculated that Arthur Matthews was the one that wrote everything and Linehan was just the ego that sold it all.
To be fair there were quite a few comedians who not only didn’t speak up in defence of Dankula and comedy as a whole but did actively berate his actions but Linehan was the most vocal, such was his need to show his allegiance to the left, the progressives and generally anyone who thinks jokes are dangerous and should be censored and those that don’t agree are Nazis, fascists or the “alt-right.”
Linehan towed this line, while at the same time giving short shrift to a trans activist whom he was engaged in a war of words with.
His main infraction, apart from apparent doxxing by both parties, was referring to the now she as the former’s he persona.
A complaint was made to West Yorkshire police. The same West Yorkshire Police that fail to investigate’ nearly half of reported offences.
Anyway in the end, Linehan was given a warning for expressing an opinion.
He twitter account is currently locked.
The (no pun intended) rainbow of intersectionality that accompanies equal rights, women’s rights, transgender rights and all manner of everything in between is confusing. If you just read the defence employed by Linehan in the Guardian link above the language is just as confusing, it is almost as if it was by design that these things were that opaque that offence is bound to be taken by anyone at some point.
It is quite simple to change your opinion of the right of free speech for all but sometimes people are so far down a rabbit hole it is hard to see how far from the light you actually gone.
And in this day and age of likes, followers and retweets, sometimes people will sell out their own beliefs just to tell those that hang on their every word, what they think they want to hear.
In the end, if you are willing to deny someone the right to an opinion and the right to voice that opinion simply because you disagree with it, then expect your very same rights to be curtailed in the very same way and no manner of flag waving for any “side” will save you.
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I was going to write this post a few months back, based on the news of Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell donating her £2.3 million award for a science prize to
…fund women, under-represented ethnic minority and refugee students to become physics researchers.
In fact this blog has been half way in the making ever since 2014 when #shirtstorm kicked off and Dr Matt Taylor was forced to apologise for some clothing he wore that offended the new puritans among us.
Clothing made by a female friend of his, clothing you can view here
It irritated me as a scientist (by education and trade). Granted my science background is chemistry because I’ll never understand physics (I’m not clever enough and I hate maths) and I really should have gone further with biology instead but you make your choices based on your first influences and even though my grandma wanted to go to Uni to do physics (the family couldn’t afford it), it was my AC/DC-loving chemistry teacher that suckered me into that particular branch of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths*) subjects.
As I went through all levels of education and the into employment within the (chemical) science field one thing that was apparent, not that it mattered or was something to even be cared about, was that there was a pretty good mix of men and women around me. Yes, there was also a fair representation, per capita at least, of ethnic minorities too but this piece is more about gender balance as I’ve experienced it.
You could argue that; apart from my maleness and straightness, coming from a poor/working-class, single-parent household I had certain disadvantages in getting any further. Possibly more so back when I was trying, now it is just used for political gain and to flood universities with people who really shouldn’t and don’t need to be there given the amount of shit and pointless degrees there are out there these days, but then again university education is now a business, but I digress.
Back then, none of this mattered…
What made the difference is that I
And most importantly of all…
Which leads us to Cern scientist Alessandro Strumia being suspended after comments he made relating to sexism in physics.
I’m not a fan of identity politics. I’m not a fan of victim mentality. What we have here is a failure to communicate and a certain level of chicken-and-egg nonsense.
The only thing I have to contribute to this typical modern day shit storm is that no amount of money will change either the gender or racial balance of people in science.
People go into science….
….because they want to go into science.
You have to have aptitude and intelligence and drive and a love for the subject, the same as any vocation and as with anything, the cream will rise.
Are there prejudice people in science? Well as a reflection of society it would be the case that the probability is high.
But science is as science does and it doesn’t matter who does it. It just is.
Science is just there; waiting to be discovered, or proved, or even disproved and the waters really need to stop being muddied by identity politics co-opted by people with really shit and pointless degrees and nothing of value to give back to society themselves.
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*Maths, not math, of all the Americanisms I read and hear, that is the one I’m most annoyed by.
Let us get this out of the way first. Being raised with family friends who were miners I was brought up (there are stickers in my mum’s loft still) to not have anything to do with the Murdoch press. To that end I’ve remained true. No money of mine has ever paid for The Sun, The Times, the former News of the World or any printed press.
Then again, I’ve have had Sky once, for a few months (though of course I also watch it in the pub, and being a fan of rugby league, his money is much needed) and I regularly watch films from 20th Century Fox.
Damn, boycotting is difficult when it means missing good stuff, just look at all the satellite dishes in Liverpool, but they don’t buy The Sun so that is definately #JFT96
But I have drank their beer and been to the bars.
In fact in London over this August bank holiday I was indeed in a Brewdog bar and I did visit a Craft Beer Co. establishment too.
I also happened to have paid for a drink that would equate to £18 a pint.
So it amused me that a quick read of the tiny microcosm that is beer twitter (still not 100% weaned off prodding that infected tooth) that both Brewdog and The Sun (and Craft Beer Co and the price of beer) were making the rounds of the self-important and self-anointed.
I do wonder if any Equity Punks have cashed in, or if they really are under some illusion that they can inform better marketing from the business they bought into.
I mean that is the trend these days isn’t it, BDS, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions? Vote with your feet and your wallet. Disagree with something, overtly offended by something, then they don’t get your cash. Simple. Just ignore it. It will go away.
It must be hard when you’ve created the monster yourself and then it starts to devour its own. It is a small facet of the current behemoth that is liberal thinking in this day and age. Intersectionalism all round.
Those same people who scream that satire (not that they actually understand the concept) should only punch up and not down; but when it comes to the Sun and especially their readers, they are fair game, the stupid, racist Brexit voting, easily duped sheep.
Oh and Wetherspoons drinkers are scum too
Everyone is a target, just don’t think you’re any better than anyone else just because of what you drink, where you drink and what you can afford.
That is called snobbery and it isn’t, ever, a good look.
Long live the schism.
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And although he is quite easy to ignore on a personal level, his random food campaigns which have such a high influence on government policy, can not be ignored.
The holier than thou one does like to pillor (pillar) the poor with his constant attacking of their choices of food and drink and then the subsequent legislation handed down by government the only way it knows, put taxes on it to nudge people off it.
It is social engineering and its most base; carried out, enforced and cheered on by the snobby elite.
But just because I don’t like the guy doesn’t mean I shouldn’t defend him from even more spurious attacks.
Jamie is currently under tweet attack for cultural appropriation
Rice is the problem. Microwave rice. Microwave Jamaican Jerk rice to be precise.
Launching this attack was Dawn Butler. Heiress to the throne of Diane Abbott, David Lammy without the penis (yes, I assume her gender to be female).
White people can’t do Jamaican dishes. Behind the scenes of every Pizza Hut and Dominoes there are hordes of Italians slaving away. Yep, even in those kebab houses the pizza’s are only cooked by Italians, the kebabs by the Turks and the burgers are only prepared by Germans, specifically from Hamburg.
Though we can walk this back and away from slurs of racism and just make it about the ingredients.
Gate open. Horse bolted. And is now being prepared for consumption by someone who is hopefully French. Or South American. Or whatever.
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