The Lonely Londoner

Retrospective review: Natives: race and class in the ruins of empire (2019) – by Akala

 

Virtue! a fig! ‘tis in ourselves that we are thus, or thus..

– Othello

You labelled me – I’ll label you!

So I dub thee “unforgiven”

– Metallica

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There is a particular scene in Mario Puzo’s The Godfather where the Don instructs his son, Michael, telling him:

“There are men in this world,” he said, “who go about demanding to be killed. You must have noticed them. They quarrel in gambling games, they jump out of their automobiles in a rage if someone so much as scratches their fender, they humiliate and bully people whose capabilities they do not know…”

The Don continues, explaining to Michael how he made a loyal weapon out of the brutal baby-burner Luca Brasi. An interesting thing about that passage, aside from its obvious truth about the stupidity of many, is that Puzo cannot use the expression ‘road rage’ because – in the early 1970s when the novel came on the scene – the expression hadn’t been invented. However the behaviour which later became known as ‘road rage’ was and is a real phenomenon of human behaviour.

Not all expressions minted to describe human behaviour describe something new. Sometimes the expression is new while the behaviour it describes is old. ‘Binge-drinking’ is an example. ‘Binge-drinking’ means ‘getting drunk’ – a behaviour almost as old as the human race, and is a sub-set of ‘anti-social behaviour’. But if one gives an old problem a new name, then – as if by magic – there is a new ‘problem’ for mouthpieces of ‘authority’ to complain about, while demanding new legal powers from the government of the day. Continue reading

Brainwashed by Rock and Crap

A mate messaged my last saying I should watch what was on Channel Four at 9pm. I turned off the snuff porn and went to have a look. It was a programme called The School that tried to end Racism – or something. I switched it off after about ten minutes or so.

Two ‘academics’ put stars under two random chairs and asked the kids to see if they were sat on a starred chair. Those who were got a present of headphones.

Some kids said it would be better for everyone to get a present or no-one. The academics, hiding in another room watching on monitors, smiled, saying (in effect) ‘bless them, they haven’t a clue about the wider world’ – or something like that. I can’t remember because my eyes were rolling into the back of my head. Continue reading

Whatever happened to the Man of Mass Murder?

Retrospective Review:

Joker, (2019) director Todd Phillips

I was in my mid-teens when I realised the Joker character was a murderous maniac. Until then I had only the Batman television series to go on. There were two Batman-comic stories which stood out when I was a mid-teen. The first, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke, is always cited as a ‘classic’ work or a ‘seminal’ work by reviewers. It is certainly a disturbing work. The Joker, wanting to turn Commissioner Gordon mad, calls at the home of Gordon’s daughter, Barbara. As she opens the door she is shot in the stomach: the bullet severs her spine leaving her paralysed. Joker then strips her naked and takes photographs of her. He uses huge blow-ups of these pictures as part of a depraved ‘ghost-train’ ride he forces Gordon to experience. The second story is A Death in the Family: an odd story (Batman and Robin go to Ethiopia) collected as a graphic novel, in which Joker uses a crowbar to convince Robin’s face and skull into a new shape. This was so obviously not ‘kids’ stuff’ that the television series seemed to hardly feature the same characters.

Jack Nicholson’s turn as Joker in Batman pitches the character exactly halfway between Cesare Romero’s television version and Alan Moore’s sadistic lunatic. Tim Burton’s movie contains the kind of ‘dark humour’ that would be used by Quentin Tarantino in Reservoir Dogs (Mr Blonde talking into a severed ear) and Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire (Lestat dancing about with a corpse.) Although we never see Nicholson’s Joker do anything properly sadistic on-screen we do know that he does something unpleasant to Jerry Hall’s face. This is at least a nod to the character’s real personality. Continue reading

Politicians Endless War with Hagia Sophia!

🌐 Hagia Sophia is like a booty in political wars, at this point Hagia Sophia becomes a way to get votes, but those who often talk about the conquest of Istanbul in 1453 forget the Ottomans’ treatment on other beliefs, which were appreciated by Non-Muslims.

🌐 The Turks have a centuries-old culture of openness and tolerance but instead of the culture, today’s politicians mention a history that even scholars don’t know.

🌐 Hagia Sophia witnesses the humanity of our ancestors, the Christians who built it 1500 years ago, and the Muslims who take care of it for more than 500 years.

🌐 As a museum Hagia Sophia is a place, attracts people from all over the world who appreciate the greatest monument of the common heritage.

🌐 Byzantine and Ottoman citizens loved Constantinople or Istanbul much, because many languages were spoken, ideas, cultures were exchanged and a unique rich culture was born from this interaction, this emotion represents the best in Hagia Sophia.

🌐 Also Hagia Sophia is a symbol of humanity’s skills and abilities.

🌐 Converting Hagia Sophia into mosque is to be closing the tolerance window while it is necessary to open it fully.

🌐 In today’s complex world, we have to go a long way to learn to respect each other instead of closing the window.

🌐 There are also some people who propose; Hagia Sophia should service as a mosque on Fridays, church on Sundays to meet East and West civilizations!

🌐 In fact, Eastern and Western civilizations do not only consist of Islam and Christianity, Judaism, Eastern and African beliefs, all civilizations can meet only in today’s Hagia Sophia, secular Hagia Sophia.

🌐 Let’s put Christianity aside, in Islam except Fridays, Prayer is the obligatory to perform five times each day and the second Pillar of Islam.

🌐 Friday Muslim Hagia Sophia, Sunday Christian Hagia Sophia and rest of the week secular Hagia Sophia? NO

🌐 Surely, Hagia Sophia carries different meanings for the Christians and Muslims, but Hagia Sophia is neither Church nor Mosque.

🌐 Hagia Sophia is monument of the World, temple of the whole humanity not just of Christians and Muslims.

🌐 Hagia Sophia’s one of beautiful mosaic is Archangel Gabriel’s mosaic, Archangel Gabriel holds a globe, which is literally world with spiritual and universal meanings, holding globe is also being absolute ruler of the world, judge of the world.

🌐 From this point of view, Globe is the origin of the word “Globalism or Globalisation”, in other word, dominating the world, in this respect for centuries, Hagia Sophia is the symbol and dream of the power to rule the globe.

🌐 Ataturk found the best way out in 1934 that’s secularisation as a museum, Ataturk also neutralized Hagia Sophia in order to save the monument from political and religious contestations.

🌐 I’m grateful to Ataturk, politicians can’t understand his broad perspective on Hagia Sophia.

🌐 Ataturk once said; “He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.”

#DontTouchHagiaSophia#DontTouchHagiSophiaMuseum#HagiaSophia

Celebrities showing their true identities..

I managed to shake myself awake while reading about the latest ‘celebrity’ to walk bare-foot to the church of Black, flogging theselves for their ‘offensive’ crime of ‘blacking-up’.

The first one I read was Leigh Francis (I think that’s it’s name) who selfie-sobbed into the camera while apologising for playing black celebrities in an apparently amusing way, years ago.

Then came the writers of Little Britain who were next to have episodes removed (or did they selfie-sob as well?) for portraying black characters in an amusing way, years ago.

The pattern is easy to read: once one does it, the next will follow, to avoid accusations of being complicit by their violent silence.

I’m wondering when Lenny Henry wil put himself on Twitter – or anywhere else – and selfie-sob about the ‘offence’ and the ‘hurt’ he caused when he made his one (and I think only) Hollywood movie.

How dare he keep silent about this?

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Justice for George not Guaranteed

I had no idea until today that many in this country went outside to ‘take the knee’ last night in order to show they knelt in solidarity with George Floyd. I admit to being dismayed by the pictures of them with their hastily crayoned BLM pictures and slogans, posing for the camera which just happened to be there.

I cannot be the only person in the country who sees this mass insanity for what it really is. One might argue, yes, it’s well-meaning but pointless. In fact one could argue it’s not genuinely well-meaning at all. Indeed, one could argue it’s actually harmful.

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Fear and Faith are the ‘New Normal’

In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
A little ere the mightiest Julius fell,
The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead
Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets.

– Hamlet

(Please note: There is an obvious distinction which many should keep in mind. It is the difference between being fooled and being a fool. One should always be able to discriminate accordingly.)

Sometimes nationwide political issues have the unintended consequence of revealing the state of the public mind. Often, what one sees when the mask as been removed, is less than pleasant.

Consider the ‘brexit’ vote. It would be quite natural to ask why those who, after the result they wanted failed to come in, demanded, immediately after the people had voted, a ‘people’s’ vote.

What was their original ‘remain’ vote in the referendum meant to represent? It certainly wasn’t their belief in the democratic process and principle. Continue reading