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"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Thursday, April 21, 2005

there's no place like home

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figure 27.6. the pope has liturgical shoes, it seems

I've been rather enjoying including a whole mixture of subjects into one entry, so here's another assorted bag.

I seem to have joined the goth/metal-esc fraternity recently, discovering the music of two bands that have mightily impressed me. System of a down are twiddley and baroque, with lots of righteous sloganeering about current affairs that would make Rage against the machine seem like sophisticated philosophers. But they have a brilliant sense of rhythm and bags of energy, so we like them. Nine inch nails is a guy who rotates various collaborators into very sensitive, if grumbling and angsty, music. Some might know him as the writer of Hurt, the song St. Johnny Cash so made his own that some people thought it was his work.

I've withheld much comment about Benedict XVI thus far, not least because it's likely you'll find me ranting a fair few times in the years to come. I am very disappointed by the choice, as this is a figure so closely linked with the retrogressive and (I would argue) ungodly policies of anti-contraception, anti-female priesthood, stunted ecumenicalism, and authoritarian centralisation. There's a fine discussion here, that raises some interesting implications about the next few years - for Catholics and the rest of us.

Oh, and I've now found the anonymous commenter who appeared here. I had almost worked it out by the time, but it's a very nice revelation to be confirmed. I can think of few more pleasant and all-round wonderful people to have said what they did and think that. So thanks to you, it's definately made my week.

11 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

i too found myself in a state of disappointment about his popeness. Hopefully he will be out in his popemobile fighting crime with altarboy (TM)... (if you didn't get that you have to watch more eddie izzard)

You know you have to dye your hair black now and get 10 piercings. its the law if youwant to listen to metal.

2:56 PM  
Blogger ash said...

and leathers with lots of silver attachements.

says me who likes a fair bit o metal and dresses really rather randomly

3:18 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Let's send the Pope some Izzard DVDs! See what he thinks... ;)

Pope Benny 16
The Vatican
Rome
Italy

Andy

7:03 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

hmm. leather with metal attachments?

sounds strangely like a gimp suit. is there something about the his popeness we don't know apart from the whole transvestitism?

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11:24 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

I don't suppose the new pontif is going to be all that fond of Eddie - or most modern comedy for that matter!

Piercings? Leather? You can count me out, then, on such superficial aspects :p

11:24 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

(For those wondering about the deletions, Sarah posted that comment multiple times so I was just trying to save space by taking them out)

Anything's possible, of course. Though somehow I suspect that Darth Sidious (as I shall now be referring to him from time to time) regards any form of pleasure - even if acheived by odd means - as somehow decadent and corrupt.

11:28 AM  
Blogger mary said...

the new pope is a bit sith like. and has denounced rock music previously (which i'm hoping he forgets to do now he's infallible). impressive metal tastes! :-D i like a bit of metallica, but too much scares me. slipknot are just fun to listen to to try and decipher the lyrics. if you got a hoop piercing through your nose you could use it string buckets through, and other useful gardeny things...on second thoughts, that might be a bit sore. :-P

12:53 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

It doesn't have the ring of practicality about it (no pun intended), and could get painful after a while. Nice thought, though, combinging fashion and gardening.

Metallica seem a bit stodgy for my tastes, but I rather like Slipknot - if only for thier masks, use of numbers for names, and total lack of tunes. Oh yes, and the utterly ridiculous stage act that the lead singer has of keeping a dead crow in a jar, and sniffing it to make him projectile vomit over the audience. It's funny what people enjoy doing...

4:25 PM  

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