Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Billy Bragg

....dropped into the Occupy Bristol camp. How could we not go along?

 I met John Terry in the reference library, and when he'd finished his photocopying (another big poem in the pipeline) we went over to the camp and dismantled their workbench vice. As you do. I'd been tinkering with a dodgy wind generator on Saturday, and the vice was broken. Can't have that.

So we learned a lot about how a vice works, and enjoyed the music from round the corner. And were finished (well, it ended up less broken than it had been) in time to enjoy the last couple of numbers: "Waiting For The Great Leap Forward", with lyrics brought bang up to date

...and finishing with an unaccompanied singing of the Internationale. I joined in as best I could. "Dum de dum de dum....Freedom is merely privilege extended unless enjoyed by one and all. So come brothers and sisters, for the struggle carries on...." And clenched my fist with the best of them.

Very cheerful making. Thanks, Billy.

Pig the dog got her photo taken with another famous person. To think, only last week it was Prince Charles! (Prefer this one though....)


  1. I am trying to imagine any of the X-Factor pop stars turning up in the cold with a guitar to perform. I am envious of you for seeing Billy in that way.

    The only time I dismantled a vice, I scared myself. It had some kind of spring arrangement which was near impossible to reassemble.

  2. Wonderful - BB record sales must soar every time the Tories get in

  3. It all happens in Bristol.

    Pig the dog should have a blog.

  4. Yes,

    Pig the dog
    Should have a blog
    Then we might read and view
    How - canine ace -
    He aimed a trace
    At Billy Bragg's left shoe

  5. Just like the 'eighties, eh?

    It's deja vu all over again... ;-)