Monday, June 30, 2008

Brown Tragic ? He Wishes....


-"I was asked yesterday by Mark Lawson which Shakespearean character David Cameron most resembled. This was in the context of Jonathan Freedland's comments about Gordon Brown having the jealousy of Othello, the ambition of Macbeth and the indecision of Hamlet.” ( Jeremy Hunt )


This blog is not really open for biz due to the demands of new born twins and the commensurate loss of sanity that entails. However while we are twiddling our collective thumbs this is super new game which Shakespearian character is Brown and why. These were my thoughts :

I think I good make a good case for Iago. I was thinking of his off hand loathing of Cassio .Cassio ( Blair ) has a "daily beauty" in him that makes Iago ugly. The inchoate rage of Caliban is obvious just add mobile phones, but I am inclined not to grant the Great Awk tragic status, even of a diabolical kind.
So I choose Dogberry , Bottom or better still Malvolio of 12th Night , a character too ridiculous for evil who is hilariously deluded about his attractions .Do you remember how he wears his yellow garters and leers like a goon having been tricked into believing these to be irresistible to Olivia .Critics have said that Malvolio's treatment borders on cruel and I admit Brown is now so pathetic it is becoming hard to watch… Achilles, whose sulking in his tent and homosexual obsession with his servant, is played for laughs in Troilus and Cressida may have a claim but overall Malvolio still does it for me .
Cameron is tricky... He is like Hamlet in his intelligence and awareness of "show " Hamlet finds truth in a performance ( The Mouse Trap). Let us hope he can find the strength and means to act when the time is right


Thanks to Aunti Flo who found this quote on shadow culture and heritage minister Jeremy Hunt's excellent new blog

12 comments:

Daisy said...

hope all is going well in newmania...you have me at a loss as much of whom you write i am not well informed...

Newmania said...

Think I am with your there Daisy but you also have me at a bit of a loss

Auntie Flo' said...

Hiya Daisy, Hiya Newmania!

Shakespeare is great Daisy, not so different from this, which is based on Shakespeare's play, Romeo and Juliet - except the real thing is about a 100 times better:

A lovestruck romeo sings a streetsus serenade
Laying everybody low with me a lovesong that he made
Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
Says something like you and me babe how about it ?

Juliet says hey its romeo you nearly gimme a heart attack
Hes underneath the window shes singing hey la my boyfriends back
You shouldnt come around here singing up at people like that
Anyway what you gonna do about it ?

Juliet the dice were loaded from the start
And I bet and you exploded in my heart
And I forget the movie song
When you wanna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet ?

Come up on differents streets they both were streets of shame
Both dirty both mean yes and the dream was just the same
And I dreamed your dream for you and your dream is real
How can you look at me as if I was just another one of your deals ?

Where you can fall for chains of silver you can fall for chains of gold
You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold
You promised me everything you promised me think and thin
Now you just says oh romeo yeah you know I used to have a scene with him

Juliet when we made love you used to cry
You said I love you like the stars above Ill love you till I die
Theres a place for us you know the movie song
When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet ?

I cant do the talk like they talk on tv
And I cant do a love song like the way its meant to be
I cant do everything but Id do anything for you
I cant do anything except be in love with you

And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
All do is keep the beat and bad company
All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
Julie Id do the stars with you any time

Juliet when we made love you used to cry
You said I love you like the stars above Ill love you till I die
Theres a place for us you know the movie song
When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet ?

A lovestruck romeo sings a streetsus serenade
Laying everybody low with me a lovesong that he made
Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
Says something like you and me babe how about it ?

Dire Straits

Auntie Flo' said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3n2wXEFeLI

Dire Straits: Juliet for you Daisy

Newmania said...

yeuch , me no likkee Dire Straits

Auntie Flo' said...

Horses for courses, newmania! Rock and roll is an art form too. I saw Dire Straits live in Cambridge and they were brilliant.

#Yoo hoo! Do the walk fo life#

Newmania said...

Saw them in Newcastle doing a jam in a small club. They were good there.

Daisy said...

auntie flo...can always count on you...thank you

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

I think I good make a good case for Iago.

A mystic sentence indeed, Paul.

Newmania said...

OK OK 'I could make a good case for Iago'

Prague said...

Thought this might pique your interest.

Newmania said...

Thanks PT I had been following the story of course and I know the place it happened. It is at times like these that the cheek of Thornberry Abbot (neighbouring) and Kelly below sending their children to Grammar , public School and Public school repectively is especially infuriating .
This was a racially motivated attack in the multicultural heaven they have made and from which they are mighty quick to escape.


Its not thatI dislike or have any view on differing races its that the constant upheaval has made the area cold atomised and full of proxy familes and tribal identity ,


A terrible terrible business that as afather , now of three boys , hardly bears thinking about.

All the best

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