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By extremely tedious HuSer (Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:06:38 AM EST) (all tags)
That live 8 crap puts me in a rogerborgish mood. Thank god you are here, so I can share this with you. Yes, YOU there, bored at work, thinking about porn, motorbikes, Linux or whether garlic has rated you one or not.

To recap: Bob Geldof, a washed out pop star from the 1980s, has organized a series of concerts in which he will be joined by other washed out pop stars, including Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd [Pink! Fucking!! Floyd!!!], Madonna and so on. Mr Geldof himself is going from TV chat show to TV chat show, cementing his position as a rent-a-quote for anything famine or Africa related. A bit like what Malcom McLaren used to be for 'music innovation', and just as irritating. Whatever the outcome, Mr Geldof has managed to get back into the slimelights, and is currently presenting a program on the BBc. About Africa, of course. None of the fat bastards who live a life of luxury stars invited to perform are actually Africans.

Meanwhile in Edinburgh, it is hoped that the buzz surrounding Live 8 can help Tony Blair, the man whose mere hint of a smile can immediately make millions scream 'Bullshit!', acting as Robin to Dubya's Batman, with his current PR exercise to 'clean up' the image of the US (and UK) after the conquest of Iraq. The trick is simple: cancel the debts of nations who had given up any attempts at paying their debt to the First World anyway, and make the whole world concentrate on how merciful Dubya can be. Repeat it often enough, and people will soon forget about the debacle in Vietnam Iraq, an illegal war of conquest the US still not able to win.

Now it appears that Mr Geldof is upset about tickets being exchanged on ebay for large amounts. Which just shows what a daft pillock he is - what was he expecting?

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Yes, I'm bored by Evil Cloaked User (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:09:54 AM EST
But what I'm actually thinking about is the fact that my hard drive will fill up halfway through the rather huge torrent I'm currently downloading. So there.

Well, what are you waiting for? by extremely tedious HuSer (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:27:40 AM EST
Go and write a diary about it, you lazy sod!

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Calm down. by Evil Cloaked User (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:37:36 AM EST
It's on its way!

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That reminds me, I forgot to talk about Ubuntu by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:12:42 AM EST
in my latest missive! Ah well, always leave them wanting more.



Now Michael Jackson is completely innocent by jump the ladder (4.00 / 4) #3 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:13:39 AM EST
They should invite him to Live8 as an authentic, black face :).

Black face? by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #16 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:51:20 AM EST
You haven't seen a picture of him lately, have you?
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Ok by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #19 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:02:00 AM EST
Mistake, authentic old white woman :)

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Ebay by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:20:55 AM EST
That is what bewildered me the most: what the fuck is so morally repugnant about selling these tickets on Ebay?  It makes no difference to the number of people dying in Africa (and GOD KNOWS everything we do should be geared to be as patronising to the people of that nation as possible) or to the charities in question.  In fact, people texting for tickets who didn't want to go would (albeit trivially) increase the revenue.

All hail Geldof, the fucking Messiah.


I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

s/nation/continent/ [nt] by gazbo (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:22:01 AM EST

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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Exactly by extremely tedious HuSer (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:35:26 AM EST
this is one of those times I would REALLY love
(1) to do Jeremy Paxman's job
(2) be interviewing Bob Geldof

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I don't know by yicky yacky (4.00 / 4) #5 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:20:56 AM EST

My thoughts on Bob Geldof went more along the lines of, "And why the fuck is he having to do it? Where are the multi-millionaire pop-star scum of today when their big mouths could be of use? Why haven't Radiohead, or Coldplay (or any other vociferous muso do-nothings), or any of the Jiggy-jiggy R&B stars (with their "African" pride) stepped up to bat? No; clearly what's called for is a washed-up old punk whose best moment was twenty years ago. Shame on our generation."

I don't particularly blame him personally.

Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
I suppose their record company marketing people by extremely tedious HuSer (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:33:22 AM EST
have a say in it.

"We can't have your young and hip image compromised by associating with those old farts."

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Yeah by The Fool (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:37:38 AM EST
It's not hip to care about starving people. But if some other rapper disrespects your music, you gotta off him.

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That's not the point by yicky yacky (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:41:34 AM EST

Why are the old farts even necessary?

And another thing, while I'm on this misguided roll:

Last 'Live Aid' made, what? 50 million? And we have adverts with Cameron Diaz, Kylie, Hollywood stars ad infinitum; Richard Curtis spends the last episode of 'Vicar Of Dibley'[*] bashing us over the head with Africa; the whole country goes pig-mental for weeks to raise less bloody money than would be raised if these omni-present mega-rich celebs gave one year's earnings to the cause. Why do we have to do it? We've given you all our fucking cash - if you care so much, you fucking cough up.

Completely irrational, I know, but it felt good ...

[*] - I had to watch it; it wasn't by choice .

Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
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the old farts aren't necessary by martingale (2.00 / 0) #20 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 05:54:02 PM EST
They're just in it to be back in the limelight for a "cause", because when it's a "cause", you can't be embarrassed if you pull smaller crowds than you used to. However, the organizers probably figure that the old fart demographics have more discretionary funds available than the current crop of screaming teenage fans.

Cynical, moi? Perish the thought.
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Quite. by extremely tedious HuSer (2.00 / 0) #21 Wed Jun 22, 2005 at 12:17:12 AM EST
A couple of 40ish friends of mine from Italy in good jobs and with disposable income asked me if I could get them tickets for Live 8 here as they fancied watching Pink Floyd live. Incidentally, I've been trying to get them to visit london for years, but they never would. Old farts.

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quick MLP by TPD (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:25:24 AM EST

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
Fellow organiser Midge Ure by extremely tedious HuSer (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:30:57 AM EST

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A big round of applause to Hulver by extremely tedious HuSer (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:36:57 AM EST
or whoever submitted the patch by which new comments to a story are automatically listed under 'new replies'.

Long overdue, and very nice.

TPD by hulver (4.00 / 1) #18 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 07:01:00 AM EST
Suggested it, I coded it.

It is a good idea.
Cheese is not a hat. - clock

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Geldof by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 06:53:35 AM EST
Pretty much a hasbeen before the first Live Aid.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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