He ends with some denials. ‘I’ve never ever
called a person bitch. It’s not my lingo
(I just read out letters). And I’ve never
likewise called her liar. It’s a thing, though,
the way she promises no tax forever,
she says East Timor, then Malaysia. Ringo
changed his tune less often. Fuel watch!
Liar’s an awful word, but she’s a botch.
‘I didn’t say that women are destroying
the joint – I know it’s on the tape like that,
but I meant just some women. It’s annoying:
I defend them, fund them, I go in to bat
for women ‘cos they don’t waste time enjoying
red wine and cigars at lunch. My hat
is tipped to tough ones who excel in arts.
I don’t despise their gender, just some parts.
‘I’m here to face the music, clear the air
in person, not on paper. Them that flogs
their products on my show will see I’m fair.
I thank you all for coming. Go the Dogs!’
Go, not so little poem, to Lord knows where,
but first to readers’ eyes by way of blogs.
It’s Jones who speaks in almost every line:
The words that do not please are surely mine.
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- Vienna Blood, Season 1 (Steve Thompson 2019) 18 January 2021Based on books by Frank Tallis, this is a stock odd-couple crime series, with the extra twist that it''s set in eary 20th century Viena, so Freud, Mahler, and other luminaries appear in walk-on moments.
- Kenny (Clayton Jacobson 2006) 17 January 2021Shane Jacobson is Kenny in this mockumentary about a man who looks after temporary toilets at big events. It's a wonderful film, and it's taken me all this time to see it. Not least of the pleasures is that it feels like a family affair: Shane Jacobson wrote it with is brother, who directs it, and their father plays their film father, Shane's […]
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- Age of Adaline (Lee Toland Krieger 2015) 16 January 2021Silly, and surprisingly moving story about how terrible it is to be forever young! Ellen Burstyn and Harrison Ford in secondary roles lift it out of the shallows.
- Bridget Jones's Diary (Sharon Maguire 2001) 16 January 2021Apart from a trans joke that might be seen as sailing too close to the wind , this has aged vey well. All thee principals are perfect. I just read that the director, Sharon Maguire, is a good friend of Helen Fielding, who wrote the Bridget Jones books and has a writing credit for the movie. It shows.
- Vienna Blood, Season 1 (Steve Thompson 2019) 18 January 2021
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