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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- Shadow Kingdon (Alma Har'el 2021) 25 July 2021A weirdly lit, weirdly shot, weirdly constructed showcase for Bob Dylan doing some weird revisionist versions of some mostly-early songs. Not a pleasant experience, more like a deliberately alienating one.
- ABC iView: The Story of Film: An Odyssey (Mark Cousins 2011) 23 July 2021This 15 part documentary series looks fabulous. Interesting tidbit from the second episode: the early Hollywood industry was woman dominated – most of the scripts were written by women. Only when it came to be seen as a huge money-maker did the men with money move in and take charge. The perspective is global, deliberately not US-centric.
- An American Pickle (Brandon Trost 2020) 20 July 2021Though written and directed by other people, this is a Seth Rogan project. He plays Herschel Greenbaum, a Polish-Jew immigrant to the US who falls into a pickle vat in 1919 to emerge unchanged in 2019. He also plays Ben Greenbaum, Herschel's app-developing great grandson. It's a comedy that has one or two laughs, and plunges unconvincingly into que […]
- ABC & iView: Innocent, Season 2 (Matthew Arlidge & Chris Lang 2021) 19 July 2021This isn't a continuation of the first series, but a brand new story of a woman who has been definitively found not guilty of a murder she was convicted for years earlier. As in the first series, the protagonist seeks to rebuild her life in a community that still sees her as criminal while the hunt for the actual murderer goes on. Katherine Kelly as the […]
- The Good Fight, Season 5 (Michelle King, Robert King, Phil Alden Robinson 2021) 18 July 2021Strangely offbeat as before, this season starts with a 'Previously' episode that covers, not the preceding seasons, but the year 2000. The first couple of episode are taken up with farewelling some main characters, changing the status of others, and introducing a couple of new ones. The big question is: can the show keep up its off-kilter feel when […]
- Shadow Kingdon (Alma Har'el 2021) 25 July 2021
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