Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Because I have loved life......

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die ( Amelai Burr) and life is easy to love on a sunny day
When the fat cat headline refers to our over- fed felines( again) we know the Summer holidays are well and truly with us and the news is a thin gruel you can just about live on . I’m having a little break from politics and taking gentle meander by the scenic route
How delightful it is that Hitler after a hard day’s genocide would relax , no doubt with a bagel , and listen to Jewish composers (revealed today). Andy Warhol whose retrospective in Edinburgh I would love to see filled his flat with Italian Renaissance work .Hypocrite? No I don’t think so .Architects of the 60s blighted the urban landscape with hideous modernity and lived in delightful Georgian splendour in Surrey but I see Andy Warhol as better than that. He shared the ambition of the masters in a different time like TS Eliot , a modern poet intensely concerned with tradition . Conservatism like art and poetry looks to the past but it does not copy it .

What is the distinctive modern art. Well amongst other things it is the ubiquitous tattoo. I laughed like a drain at the picture of someone who had CHOISE misspelt on his back in large black letters. My father had a tattoo from his days in the army . It said “ La donna e mobile. Femme change souvent” how true ... By the time I saw it ,it had a fascinating weather beaten patina and was cool . They don’t all age so well thought and when I was trying to think of a good subject for a tribal marking of my own there was nothing I felt I could live with. Davina Mcall tells us she is going to get another tattoo at 40 she “already has alien on her bottom “ . If she had “desperate “ on her forehead it might be apposite.

I `m glad I resisted the urge its so final , as if you could sum up everything about yourself in a word of a symbol. The time for that of there is a time is on the gravestone and the one I like the one I saw recently. It was simple and I would be happy to remembered this way

“ He was such fun”

What would be your epitaph?



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37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow, I want to see Warhol's retrospective. If you go newmania, a report please - and keep your eyes skinned for Lou Reed and any other members of the Velvet Underground, my daughter and I are massive fans of theirs - and Warhol's factory.

'Andy it's me, I haven't seen you in a while...

I really miss you
I really miss your mind
I haven't heard ideas like that in such along long time...

I'm sorry that I doubted your good heart
Things always seem to end before they start...'
Lou Reed

Auntie Flo'

Newmania said...

No epitaph Flo ?

Ed said...

I'm not going to do an epitaph, but I have to admit I quite like the brutalist architecture of the 60s and 70s.

Shame the buildings often caused such social problems.

Newmania said...

I quite like the brutalist architecture of the 60s and 70s.


Barbarian ,,...use to look quite good as a backdrop to nihilsit punk bands

Anonymous said...

No epitaph, Flo'?


Go Flo'!
Where Love, Truth, Beauty -and Peace do soar,
beyond fear's rusting, gilded door.

Auntie Flo'

Anonymous said...

Also quite fancy Dylan Thomas's:

She shall have stars at elbow and foot
And death shall have no dominion.

Auntie Flo'

Newmania said...

Brilliant

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

Spike Milligan had a great epitaph: "told you I was sick". Top-notch.

My epitaph? It's got to have a God-botherer slant, and a bit of my personality coming through too.

"She's not dead
She's only sleeping
So why the fuck
are you all weeping?"

Newmania said...

Hallo M... An award winning epitaph ?

Newmania said...

Oh like the Spike quote he was an endearing man

electro-kevin said...

Get me outa this fucking box !

The Hitch said...
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The Hitch said...

Ms Moorgate
wipe the tear from your eye
For though here I lie
All covered in dirt
I have a periscope and can see up your skirt.

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

Hitch - good! then you will be able to see me shitting on your grave.

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Newmania said...

Now that was not what I expected the maid to say next.

I `ll pick my jaw up off the floor any minute . Full of suprises are`nt you

The Hitch said...
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Anonymous said...

My jaw dropped too,n. Blimey, Mermaid. For a God-botherer you certainly move in mysterious ways.

And as for you, Hitch, please keep your schoolboy fantasies to yourself.

Auntie Flo'

Newmania said...

Quite funny though

Jenny! said...

I want to be cremated! Do I still need one of those epitaph things?

Newmania said...

I think so jenny , how about

" She was so hot she was on fire man ! "

Lilith said...

Here lies Lilith. Love was her thing.

Newmania said...

..Here lies Lilith. Love was her thing
If you had the money she`d love you.kerching!

XX

mutleythedog said...

They don't have epitaphs in pet cemeteries... How about

"Hes Gone
So What
next time lets get a cat",,,

CityUnslicker said...

how about

"You were all wrong, I took it all with me"

Newmania said...

Mut..I weep I cry , ..I don`t ( I lie )

CU ...witty polished urbane and sharp .CU`s wit draws blood everytime

( says our critic)

Anonymous said...

How delightful it is that Hitler after a hard day’s genocide would relax , no doubt with a bagel , and listen to Jewish composers (revealed today). (newmania)


No surprise there, since one of the obscene characteristics of humanity's most appalling dictatorships and evil Empires is a great flowering of culture alongside their near satanic brutality. So often that culture would be stolen from, financed at massive human cost to, or generated by, invaded or conquered nations or societies.

The Romans, the Normans, the Ancient Greeks, the British, the Spaniards, The Portuguese, the Germans, the Australians, the Americans and, more recently, the Scots Mafia, to name just a few of these dictatorships...were just part of an endless procession of nations or elitist national groups that lived parasitically off of other nations, enriching not just their treasury but their culture in the process - and forcing a vile, self serving, hegemonic culture on the masses the preyed on .

Of course I'm not drawing any sort of satanic parallel between the Nazis and all of the others, in terms of the modernity of the Nazis unthinkable brutality. Yet there is surely one defining characteristic which all of the above had in common: slave labour. And wasn't it that slave labour and organised theft on the basis of it which gave rise to the great flowering of culture in these nations/ elitist groups?

As most of the ancestors of the English were rural labourers who were themselves as good as slaves, I'm not in any sense suggesting that England - or Britain, if it still exists - should apologise for slavery, indeed, far from it, since very few of us or our ancestors benefited from colonial slavery.

What I am suggesting is that we English need a grass roots rebellion against nulab, our colonial oppressors, one which embodies an awareness of the true extent to which they've massively enriched themselves and impoverished us by parasitically enslaving us.

One problem with the tactics of our parliamentary opposition is surely that seems to be no really joined up, cohesive or consolidated analysis or awareness of this.

To beat nulab's crushing hegemony, don't we need to do as the early Labour did: first analyse it, understand how it operates and the extent to which it enslaves us?

Anonymous said...

In short, we English need a Conservative Marx to theorise a systematic and compelling deconstruction of nulab.

Auntie Flo'

Woops! Sorry, forgot to put my name on the previous post

Newmania said...

the Scots Mafia, to name just a few of these dictatorships...


Ha ha ha , I think that may be over egging the pudding slightly Flo and your style us unmistakebale . I have been thiking about protest beacuse i fear that brown is likely to try and introduce some form of transferable voting to stay permanently in power

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

yeh, well, if people think they can o shock or embarrass me they've got another think coming.

Aunty Flo - I'm Messianic so basically a) Zionist tendencies b) like the OT way of doing things - kicking the ass of philistines.

I'm all for raising up a rebellion. anything that can help me Take Over The World. The Hitch should be worried.

Newmania said...

I won`t be trying Mermaid ..good for you. I think its the picture that leads folk astray...

Anonymous said...

Mermaid, good for you.

Newmania - over egging the pudding? Where?

Auntie Flo'

Mermaid of Moorgate said...

Yeh, I've got the mouth of a filthy old harpie in the body of a chaste God-botherer. Is it any wonder I stalk Paxo?

Jenny! said...

That works...or..."I fucked him so hard I set fire to his dick!"

Ewww, that was a bit much...sorry!

Anonymous said...

Jenny! said...
That works...or..."I f*cked him so hard I set fire to his d*ck!"


No sex, please, without at least a smidgeon of magical wonderment, Jenny, it sets my English teeth on end and Offends my Irish sensibility.

Auntie Flo'

Anonymous said...

Mermaid of Moorgate said...
Yeh, I've got the mouth of a filthy old harpie in the body of a chaste God-botherer. Is it any wonder I stalk Paxo?


I blame Blair and nulab for this.

Auntie Flo'

Old Tarf said...

I made them all happy in the end.
1/2 when I arrived; the other 1/2 now I have left.

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