Thursday, 25 June 2009

Michael Jackson
The life of an era

In life if you live long enough, you get to experience a fair number of those "where were you when...." moments. Well today is one of those days.

Michael Jackson, king of pop, greatest artist of all time allegedly fell into a coma and died tonight of a suspected heart attack. Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine told reporters: "My brother, the legendary King of Pop, passed away on Thursday June 25 at 2.26pm

I am very familiar with the concept of death but as you may have read from me before - no matter how many times I meet it - confronted by the face and finality of death, I'm confounded. It goes without saying that Michael Jackson has touched billions of lives - mine included - as a young child my first taste of performance was dancing on stage to Black or White at a talent show with my friend. His music, moved us, brought us together and challenged us to be better, to love more and to give more and despite his controversial past; through his music, he championed a vision of a brighter future for us all. When I got home at 3:00 am, EVERY mainstream station was playing rolling tributes to the man that transcended race, religion and culture.

I saw this one MJ fan, defiantly paying tribute.

The life and death of Michael Jackson is going to be undoubtedly one of the most influential, potent and monumental stories ever told in human history. I'm a shocked, sad and unsettled by the thought of him no longer being with us, but I am infinitely grateful and thankful for the gift he shared.

Michael Jackson
August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Let us remember the love, the warmth and the joy he brought us.

There is only one.....Michael Jackson.

Without him, there would be a very, very different me.

*UPDATE* - June 25th 2010

Recorded this a year a go today. #RIP


~//~Do more than you've ever done and more than you've ever dared to do before~\\~

- Mr. Devo

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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Funny, odd and generally a pleasant few weeks

I recently reduced my working hours quite drastically to give myself some breathing space. It's funny how much more of the world you see and how much smaller it looks when you take a step back or pause - if only for a moment - to lift your head and glance around. Going on in the world around me:

Last week a teenage boy who lives in my building tried to kill himself by jumping 25ft. to the ground below after having an argument with his younger brother. I've been saying for months there is something not right about the young people in this building; a few weeks prior to that, there was a group of kids - none older than 11 - stoning and prodding the dead body of a pigeon and a month or so before that as i was walking into the building a couple of teenage boy's were teaching a group of under tens to ask girl's for "head"; I really do wonder sometimes. When Michael Jackson sang "we are the world" holding hands with 100s of little angels; he was in the company of an increasing minority. Rant over.

In other views, In keeping with my habit of sharing pictures of random things that have caught my eye lately:
Bus anyone?

Commuters enjoy the RMT Underground strike.

Wonderful store names

These gems! The names of these stores tickle me every time I pass them, I wonder what they sell?

One slow morning, I decided to leave a gummy bear in a glass of water for a couple of hours and look, he grew!!!

And finally...Road works?

After Thames Water announced profits of hundreds of millions whilst simultaneously announcing up to 17% increases in charges to pay for continued "Improvements to Victorian pipelines", I thought I'd share the quality of their work.

Happy Tuesday!

- Mr. Devo

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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The "United Kingdom"
Tube Strikes, Traffic Jams, Packed Buses.

If you’re in London over the next couple of days you may happen to notice the effects of a certain 48 hour tube strike. Sharp rises in traffic, heavily packed buses and an increase in beleaguered commuters are but few of the symptoms you may experience.
On my way to work today I noticed an almost unprecedented number of cars on the road, a rare site since the introduction of the Congestion Charge; and we all scoffed that it would never work!
Even through my blocked nose I could smell a lot more pollution/petrol in the air, I really didn’t realise how bad things were before the C-Charge came in.

So it seems in response to the threat of being stranded in London, commuters have decided to pay a little extra to be in the comfort of their own vehicles and take the responsibility of getting to work and back into their own hands.

Naturally the general public are feeling anger towards the Tube Drivers who’ve decided to “take action” against their bosses, but it’s hard to direct frustration at either party in a situation that is so divided. The Tube staff are contesting contractual issues, and the Bosses are reneging on issues that they had the tube staff sign to in those contracts; so I’m avoiding blame at a time when the rest of the world seems to be handing it out in buckets.

Right now many of us are suffering, and the only thing that we as a country seem to do these days is the one thing that is perpetuating this downward spiral further into economic gloom. When we don’t get “our way” we get protective, we get selfish and most disastrously, we forget that the spirit of pulling together is what made this nation Great Britain.

So Underground staff, tube Bosses, backsliding Politicians, Big Brother contestants and the rest of us; (In the words of the late, great James Brown) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, pull together instead of continuing to choose selfish/protectionist actions that inevitably pull us all apart.

“Your country needs you!”

- Mr. Devo

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