Sunday, 8 May 2016

Gone are the red trousers

We are half-way through the second disc of the first series of 'Breaking Bad'. Everyone says what a wonderful series this is/was, so I thought I ought to watch it. It's ok, I suppose, but it doesn't hold me like I hoped it might - not like 'Deadwood'.

It's the last episode of 'Undercover' tonight as well. Same with that one - I now have to know what eventually happens, but I'm not really that keen on it.

It is good that the so-called 'ethnic minorities' are finally becoming main-stream, but the days are early enough for it to be remarkable, or for people to actually comment on it like I am now.

London now has a Moslem Mayor, and - as of yesterday -  Bristol has a mixed race Mayor. He is part Afro-Caribbean, part English and part Welsh. Marvin Rees is the perfect ethnic combination to be the Mayor of a city like Bristol, it being so close to Wales, in England and built from profits of the African/Carribean slave-trade.

We in Bath recently voted NOT to have an elected Mayor, but last week we voted in a new police commissioner. I've no idea who it is, because I did not see one candidate's election manifesto, or even a leaflet listing the candidates. I heard that there was a list in our newspaper, but nobody really reads it, let alone buys it, and if you look at it online you are hounded by adverts popping up in front of what they laughingly call 'news'.

I heard someone in the pub yesterday who normally spouts bollocks, say that a police commissioner should be an independent, as the police force should be free of politics, as the rest of the forces are supposed to be. Quite true, but difficult in reality.

Now more than almost ever, we need to get away from the 'them and us' mentality in pretty much every area of society. Ironically, it is probably the left-wing loonies who will be the last to adopt the new, inclusive approach, maybe because of the stark disparity between the personal incomes of those at the top and those at the bottom. That gap gets wider every day, but you cannot blame it on any 'ethnic minority' any longer, no matter what the right-wing loonies tell you.

Talking of low incomes, I'm off to do some more work today. Shock horror.

21 comments:

  1. Ah Deadwood....so fucking good.....very Shakespearean in a way......and just so bloody good. Stick with Breaking Bad....it does take a while but once you and it click then it's a hell of a ride......and then after that you can watch 'Better call Saul' which is fabulous.

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    1. Did you feel the need to throw in a few expletives here? I seem to remember 'cocksucker' was the term of endearment in Deadwood.

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  2. I wonder what shape London will be in after Khan's reign as Mayor. I suspect either a huge improvement or a total bloody disaster; I don't think the middle ground will feature.

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    1. I think that the whole point is that he stands more chance of middle-ground than bloody Goldsmith.

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  3. The first season of Breaking Bad is sloooowwwww. Hang in there...it gets so much better!!!! You'll love it.

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  4. The first season of Breaking Bad is sloooowwwww. Hang in there...it gets so much better!!!! You'll love it.

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  5. My point last week about the short lived phenomenon of the post WWII to the turn of the century; the rising tide that lifted all boats. It turned out to be cream only rising to the top. We're all in this together, now. Have a good day.

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    1. Wise words, Grasshopper... I've just finished something!

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  6. Breaking Bad is worth sticking with, but I must say some of the more gruesome scenes made me quite queasy and wondering whether to give up.

    Sorry, no Undercover tonight, it's been elbowed out by the Bafta Awards, ffs.

    "We need to get away from the 'them and us' mentality in pretty much every area of society." Amen to that. Whatever happened to compromise and negotiation?

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    1. Oh yes - I forgot about the fucking BAFTAS. The gruesome bits have been the only humour in it for me, so far - re Breaking Bad.

      Compromise and negotiation only seem to be options after someone has lost these days. I'm thinking truth and reconciliation. That's the only option if the winner doesn't kill every last one of the opposition.

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  7. I was hooked on Breaking Bad after the first show. My favorite all time show. I wondered if people in other countries could relate. Please keep us informed on the progression and what you thought of it. If I could only watch it again for the first time.

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    1. Sorry, I just don't understand why everyone thought it was so good.

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  8. I watched Breaking Bad, all seasons and liked it very very much.

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    1. Maybe I will grow to like it too. Everyone says, 'stick with it, the first few episodes are difficult', but how did they sell the idea to the producers, who like to be convinced by the first few minutes? These people only think money.

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  9. I have never heard of it.

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    1. It's all about Norfolk speed-dealers.

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    2. They know what they are doing then.

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  10. I have never watched the show nor heard of it. I recently bingewatched a show called 'Shameless'. I discovered it when it was already in it's 6th season, so you can imagine how long I was glued to the TV.

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  11. "Bingewatched" should probably have been hyphenated.

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  12. I recently had a short conversation with our ( Cons.) Police Commissioner. ( Herts). He came across as an arrogant sod, and I didn't vote for him several days later. However, he still got back in!!

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