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If Bono shows up I know where I'm going to put my carbon boot print!
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Member Name: thedevilinme
Festivals / Fairs / Events
Advantages: Free music
Disadvantages: BBC bias towards MMGW
As Bloc Party where saving the world at Wembley, Americas elite artists flown into New York on Concorde and British acts the other way, it was left to the great Spinal Tap to expose this hypocrisy for what it was by suggesting:” hello Wimbledon, don’t exhale’ for the next year”! The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were the first act with any energy on stage, also saw the event for what it was and stormed off with a couple of swear words that were less than complimentary on the current atmosphere in the Wembley ionosphere, polluted with all sorts of noxious substances back stage no doubt, the ‘Chilies’ off-setting their carbon footprint by planting a couple of fields of the good stuff in Afghanistan no doubt. What made me really chuckle was Genesis opening proceedings with the song. ‘Turn it on…turn it on again’...lol.
Just as the Church has shares in arms companies many of the ‘artists’ will also have shares in heavily polluting companies. Some of the artists actually performed in Scotland for the Party in the Park series on the same day, yet another carbon foot print of hypocrisy. If Bono had shown up I know where I would want to put my carbon foot print!
I think the good thing about this concert, compared to the woeful Diana event, was most people involved were not ‘on message’ and saw it for what it was, a live outdoor summer gig with some good acts to help Al Gore get elected, not some sort of revelatory event that will get people to save the world by not being the consumer freaks this gig was encouraging them to be. How cool if the crowd on mass promised not to buy any music CDs of the bands that showed up for one whole year to save the worlds resources. The little known Bloc Party must have been laughing when they got booked for this one. Cachinggggg! I suppose the supreme irony here is extra resources and materials will be needed to make those increasing CD prints in the sweat shops of China and Vietnam. If these guys and girls did a Botham style walk from John O`Groats to Lands End, experiencing all manner of weather without their PA`s and luxuries, then I would be impressed.
These gigs are all about white middle class guilt and away for them to ‘put back’ by not actually putting back anything. How could one forget the crowd that turned up at Hyde Park for Live8 to help starving Africa, as white as the Alaskan snow, all avoiding certain London Boroughs to get to the Park. Post 911 Britain couldn’t be more racially polarized than we are now. Of the 8 million pounds raised for the Pakistan earthquakes in the UK in 2004 only one million came from the 85% Caucasian population here. Let’s not pretend multiracial Britain is pulling for each other through these gigs guys.
The Diana show didn’t work on so many levels. Firstly the audience were as white and female as the first lifeboat boat off the Titanic, all those black and Asian kids Diana cradled in her arms during her’ charity years’ nowhere to be seen. Ungrateful sods!
But of course our ethnic minorities are far too cool for staid gigs like this and the crowd was essentially middle aged women of a certain sentimentality and menopause who lost their patron saint. A bit like our big sisters, the only men their being gay or designated drivers.
The crowd seem to be like the women that go to classical music concerts in the park hoping to meet a wealthy guys, or it was those Christians who have a constant smurk on their face, waiting for the rapture, usually seen doing silent peace protests in your high street. Hands up who isn’t looking forward to the day when all Christians are sucked up into heaven and leaving us all down here alone.lol.
Although the original Live Aid was a great show, Bob’s political naivety and ego essentially prolonged the Civil War in Ethiopia by another seven years, the military Marxist government that was backed by the Russians in the Cold War, enticing the people north with the promise of Midges grain, which, as soon as the boats of staple food arrived in the port, where then being sold onto Russia and turned around and sent to Moscow. Bob did save lives, as a good Catholic should do, but it was never about changing the world, just appeasing consumers and pop stars guilt from burning all that C02, even back then, buying vinyl and believing in our musical hero’s for divine guidance. I was never quite sure how the Flock of Seagulls could lead me to the light.
The tsunami was the big charity gig that never was, the images enough (and the hoards of dead British and European tourists on the beach) to have the west digging deep. And for all those that did do without ever contemplating waving a banner around with ‘I love Elton’ on it in some super stadium, your money is safe and not being used to fund a civil war. 62% of the billions raised for the tsunami disaster is nice and snug in the world’s biggest charity bank vaults, some three years after the wave devastated South East Asia. The Red Cross alone has one billion dollars unspent. Yep! Only 38% has been doled out, a lot of that on new shiny four wheel drives and staff, the plight of the still homeless people of Ache particularly embarrassing.
The images of the15ft wave that flushed 50,000 Muslim down the pan that energized the world to help these people with hard cash wasn’t as immediate, it seems, for the charities on the ground, only 10% of the houses being replaced, even though the money is there and much more. Believe it or not but the charities are quietly allowing the hotel chains to build on top of the flattened fishing villages we all chipped in to rebuild. Because most people’s documents of right of ownership to their properties were also washed away the governments are refusing rebuilds. If you knew that was going to happen would you have still given? A British Red Cross spokesman responded by saying:” It’s not as easy as just going in and putting up house”. Well yes it is guys and that’s why we gave money.
If you want to annoy a high street ‘chugger’ (charity tugger) then ask him why they haven’t spent the tsunami money yet and is that paying your £7.50 per hour wages? In the Red Cross defense, be it trivial, a number of governments who promised money and logistical support at the time have yet to pay up.
How cool would it be to have ‘Al-Qiueda Aid’, put there case for Shari Law Britain (which I presume includes increased benefits) and their war in Iraq anger. I’m sure the crowd will be suitably dressed and ‘Burkha Metal’ the way forward. Once they twig Sharia law won’t actually generate any capital and so a money driven society that can produce surplus for social security benefits, free housing and the NHS, we can move forward.
So remember the message guys. Cut your emissions now so our pop stars can have more Learjet miles to their pounds. How dare you aspire to their lifestyles you ignorant masses! Vote Bono/Gore for the Whitehouse!
Summary: No more hypocritical concerts please.