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April 08, 2005

Stevie Smith

So all this immersion (over immersion, come to that) in science has made me miss the arts something chronic… I probably should've gone to University somewhere in Scotland so that I could study a variety of stuff.

One of the things I enjoyed most about English Lit A-Level was the poetry bits. I found it quite intriguing and liked analysing all the metaphors and ironies and reading between the lines…it was much like song lyrics, minus the instrumental backing :)

Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith, was one of my favourite ones that we studied at school, here it is. If you'd like to know more about the author, check out the Stevie Smith website

Not Waving but Drowning
Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.


As the time approaches when I should've been making my way to Birmingham, I am bemoaning mroe and more my dad's ability to chuck stuff of mine away.

What annoys me more, is that he's only bothered when things that are missing are his, at which point he has me and my mum look everywhere at least three times before stopping his moaning. However, if me and my mum lose anything, he just sits on his arse denying all knowledge.

This wouldn't matter so much, if the things that he has misplaced on our behalf, weren't worth approximatley £40.


Just as I was posting a comment on Carter's blog…it got taken offline! I don't get why, all he did was incite debate, he didn't attack particular people, but some people took offence. That's day to day life, people disagree, the whole WORLD isn't beige, just because you stand on a particular side of the fence doesn't make you objectionable, it's the people that choose to object that make you objectionable: that's debate, that's argument, that's what makes the world go round.

Music of late

Well firstly I've been loving the Doves album, though having said that I didn't much like it on first listen, but it's one of those things you warm to. Something that still bugs me though is that the piano in Black and White Town is completely replicated on various other songs on the album. In fact I'm meant to be seeing the Doves this evening, but I seem to have misplaced the tickets, by which I mean, my dad probably chucked the envelope in the bin and a) can't remember b) can remember, but doesn't want to say.

So what the fuss?
This is a new song by Stevie Wonder feat. Q Tip and Prince and I believe various others. I've only caught this once but it sounds awesome! Then again I am a Stevie Wonder fan, favourite being Superstition . Anyway, yes, try and have a listen!

I like the way you move
I could probably look and find out, but I really love this song at the moment. I can't remember whether I heard it on the radio or out and about somewhere but it's good.

Franz Ferdinand vs ???
When at Ramshackle a good few weeks ago, I was intrigued when a remix of Jacqueline and something else I didn't recognise came on. About a week later I read about it in the NME and it said exactly what it was…I then promptly forgot and now can't remember which copy of the NME it was in. If anyone knows what the remix is, enlighten me, it was sooooo good.

So there has been much controversy of whether the new Oasis single is any cop or not. Having tried to listen to the first play (but accidentally oversleeping, accidentally turning the radio off and having my ears full of shampoo for the first three plays), the first time I actually managed to get a listen of this song was on the first play of the video that accompanies it a few nights ago. I don't QUITE get the concept fo the video but I'm still pondering about that. The lyrics, however, are understandable and very intriguing and the song seems to be a return to absolute classic Oasis, but just a bit cleaner round the edges.

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