The BBC, Saddam and some other things

Before I forget, a belated Happy Christmas and New Year to all my blog readers … yes, all 4 of you! I had a nice quiet time with my parents in Wokingham and also had some time with my brother, sister-in-law and their little bump. Watch out, world – I’m going to be an uncle! Poor poor child … The break involved lots of family games, loads of piano playing (I love my parents piano!), some TV including Howard Goodall’s excellent series “How Music Works”, some games of tennis, a few walks, a visit to Windsor Castle, lots of food, a fair bit of church, time with family, plenty of reading and some of the best nights of sleep for months …

Today it was straight back to work (yay!!!) but by far the most interesting thing happened at lunch time when I was stopped by someone from the BBC outside their Manchester HQ. Unfortunately it wasn’t a job offer but they were a reporter who wanted to know who I wanted to see in the Celebrity Big Brother house (apparently it starts tonight!). I tried to point out that I wasn’t at all interested in Big Brother and that it was an easier question to answer if they didn’t let them out again. She persisted for an answer, I suggested John Prescott for his ability to say stupid things and his mean left hook, which could come in handy if things kicked off. The reporter then asked if I had any advice for a Bollywood actress taking part in the show and I was stumped – it seemed a slightly odd question to ask – not knowing the person, nor anything about the life and experience of a Bollywood actress nor any experience of reality shows, I don’t think I had any valuable advice other than the obvious answer that slipped out – “Be yourself”. It just seemed like a really odd question to ask … Anyway, I’m not sure whether my “interview” will make it to air and if so when or where, but not exactly my most lucid or engaging moments on this planet.

Saturday morning we woke to the news of Saddam Hussein’s execution in Iraq. It was an odd situation as for many years I have been opposed to the death penalty for a variety of reasons, and in general I would say that I still am in most cases. But there was also an overwhelming sense of justice having been done. This was a man who had been directly responsible for a rule of terror that saw many Iraqi citizens brutally tortured and killed, other nations were invaded and the Iraqi President ensured that it was his own people and not his regime that suffered the consequences of UN sanctions. During his trial and even at his execution, he clearly demonstrated that he felt no regret or remorse for his actions. This was a man who wielded extraordinary power and with that comes immense responsibility. Hussein chose to use that power for his own ends, not stopping short of causing immense suffering to the people he was supposed to be governing responsibly.

Of course this raises a question over who the death penalty should apply to if it is to some murderers and not others … I’m not sure where that line should be, but I do believe that the execution of Saddam Hussein was the appropriate punishment for his actions – just as it would have been for Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and many other tyrant rulers. At least Saddam got a trial, which is more than can be said for many of his victims.

On a completely different topic, Since going to see Muse play in Manchester back in November, I seem to have been listening to their 4 albums non-stop – I love it! They are a very interesting group with rock and classical influences – their front man Matt Bellamy is an extremely accomplished pianist. I’ve even been trying to learn some of their songs for myself – proving quite a challenge! I was hoping to start learning some more of Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata over the holiday but somehow it didn’t quite happen. I can play the first few bars – and I know how the next few go, but can’t seem to work them out. I also want to learn the rest of X & Y by Coldplay. I can play “Fix You”, “A Message” and some of the other songs, but I’d like to be able to play the whole thing – it’s such a good album.

In other news … next week I’m doing a talk at church on the subject of Worship – I’ll try to post some thoughts here in the next few days – be interested to see what people think! Also hoping to get some songs recorded this term – I have various contacts with access to recording equipment so watch this space for news of a CD. I’m also hoping to make some progress on the publishing/Open Word music front – I’ll keep you posted … As you can see, lots happening in my world at the moment so please forgive me if it’s a little while before I post again …

Happy reading!


5 Responses to “The BBC, Saddam and some other things”

  1. 1 Phill January 23, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Now you’ve mentioned Muse, I’ll have to check them out. Everyone seems to have been raving about them recently! By the way, are you playing the Coldplay stuff from the official music? I did have a look at the score for X&Y, but I wasn’t that impressed to be honest!

    The Moonlight Sonata isn’t too bad once you get into it. Just takes a little practice.

  2. 2 Joe January 24, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Yep … they are unbelievably good live! The new album is very good but “Origin of Symmetry” and “Absolution” is where it really happens! For the Coldplay songs, I’m just listening to the CD and trying to work it out on the piano. I can send you the chords, if that would make any sense at all …

  3. 3 July 29, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    I really love your blog.. Very nice colors & theme.

    Did you develop this site yourself? Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my very own blog and would like to learn where you got this from or exactly what the theme is named. Kudos!

  4. 4 August 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    At this time I am ready to do my breakfast, once having my breakfast coming yet again to
    read other news.

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