Mostly, if my posts attract comments, they are from names I “know”. My Graham Greene quote yesterday attracted quite a cryptic comment, with an obviously religious flavour, from somebody I had never even encountered before. I don’t know whether the quote upset this blogger but I thought about it overnight, and it prompted this little ditty today:

A strange encounter the other day,
A comment on a post, not sure what to say,
A quote by the author Graham Grene,
A nice, short quote on a religious theme.

Greene compared heresy to freedom of thought,
From such a wordsmith, a quotation well-wrought.
Ah yes, said the comment, God gives us free will,
A clear implication, designed to instill.

Not sure how to answer, I simply said Hi.
Thanks for your comment, I’m glad you stopped by.
But I thought to mysewlf that it’s all well and good,
As long as they know other trees in the wood.

For respect cuts ways, let us not misconstrue,
If you want my respect, you’ll respect my view too.
My will is my own, it’s straightforward and easy,
No gods and no masters, hope you don’t feel uneasy.

A Brief Interlude

I almost posted this guy the other day when the word of the day was lampoon. I loved this clip because Shirley Bassey just gives up trying to keep a straight face.

This is Freddie Starr – I don’t know if he ever went international so I’ll give a little backstory. In the early 1960s he was the (straight) lead singer of a Merseybeat group The Midnighters. Out of te same stable as the Beatles, The Midnighters toured the same Hamburg clubs and released three singles, but none of them charted.

By the late 1960s, Starr had reinvented himself as a comedy singer, and in my youth (80s) he appeared regularly of TV variety shows. One of his specialities was Adolf Hitler in Wellies. He only died a year ago. That he could get Shirley Bassey to make a fool of herself with him shows how highly he was regarded. Lastly, what a voice she has.

And here he is what happened when he met Muhammad Ali:

Fandango’s One Word Challenge (10 September 2020)

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), obnoxious.


Last week I had comments such as “haunting” and “ethereal”, so I thought I’d share another song which ticks those boxes.

This was oreiginally a hit for UK band Tears for Fears in 1983, but a guy called Gary Jules recorded this version, years later. This version was a hit in the UK – I’ve still got the CD single – so you’ll probably know it too. It also featured in the movie Donnie Darko. Excellent movie, excellent song.

and the original: