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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Following the Mozziah Day 134 Thursday 26th January 2012


The MorrisseysWorld website has published essays that were originally submitted by followers back in September, just before I discovered it. The essays are on the subject of, "Why I love Morrissey in 250 words", and they are very good. MW had hinted some time ago that they would be published, and had even told us that there was one by somebody called 'Russ'. I can't find one with the name 'Russ' attached to it, but there is one from our old friend 'Bucktoothedboy'! Each poem is followed by a photograph of either a red or white rose, until the very end of the piece, where there is a.....BLUE ROSE. In my blog of last Wednesday, the 18th, I asked for a 'sign' from The Mozziah, to show that he agreed with the idea of us forming 'Blue Rose'. This photograph is the sign I asked for, and it also represents the essay that I and the others didn't write, a blue rose says it all.
   In the world of Twitterdilly, I have been blocked by 'Banjaxer'! I can now add him to a fairly long list of people who have blocked me on this 'following' journey. Banjaxer has never particularly liked me, and to be honest, there are quite a lot of people on 'that' list too, but his reason for blocking me is extremely lame. He has stopped following me on  a couple of occasions before, usually when I prick his socialist conscience about supporting Mancapitalist City, but this time he has taken the step to block me because I tweeted that I liked Gary Glitter songs. I have had this debate with various people a number of times in recent years, and also did a radio phone in about it, which then resulted in us playing Gary Glitter records. I would guess that we were one of the very few radio stations to play these songs in recent years, but there was a method in our madness, which I will try to explain. Firstly, just because a member of a band has been convicted of an offence, and in Gary Glitter's case, a quite hideous offence, you cannot change history, or the fact that you like particular songs. Gary Glitter's actions do not change the fact that as a seven year old, I bought 'Leader of the Gang' and 'I Love You Love Me', and they, along with 'Rock and Roll' and 'Oh Yes, You're Beautiful', remain some of the most cherished songs from my early years. I cannot change that! Had it been the bass player in the Glitter Band who had committed those offences, and not the lead singer, the records would still be played on radio to this day, and nobody would give it a second thought. Was co-writer Mike Leander to blame for Gary Glitter's offences?, of course not, and yet he (or actually his family as he passed away a few years ago) is made to suffer by the actions of another person. If a member of The Smiths had committed such crimes, would 'Banjaxer' stop listening to their songs and pretend he had never liked them? No! As a journalist, he should be able to balance these things up, I fear he has fallen into the trap that many of The G*ardian & eNMEy journalists have fallen into with The Mozziah, they react to little snippits without looking at the whole picture. Is 'National Front Disco' a racist song?, of course not, are the Glitter Band and Mike Leander child molesters? No! The second part of the debate on the issue of 'offending' musicians and liking their songs, is best illustrated by the name's; Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, but there are countless others I could list. Michael Jackson is reported to have paid 22 million dollars to Jordan Chandler, the thirteen year old boy he denied having a relationship with, to stop the matter going to court, and yet the majority of radio stations continued to play his songs, and if you like the song 'Billie Jean', then can you 'stop' liking it because of the suspicion that surrounded Jackson's private life? You may try and convince yourself you don't like the song because you don't like the singer, but it is false, you still like 'the song'.  Elvis Presley started going out with Pricilla when she was just fourteen, Jerry Lee Lewis married his thirteen year old cousin. The list goes on, you may not like what they do, but can it stop you liking 'Hound Dog' or 'Great Balls of Fire'? I think I've made my point. I shall wait to see if Banjaxer apologises, although I expect it will be a long wait. And talking about journalists getting things wrong, it would appear that poor old Mike Joyce has been stitched up by Dave Simpson of The G*ardian. I can't remember if I've crossed swords with Simpson before or not, let me just go and see if I'm blocked by him *goes off to twitter* No, I'm not, I'll have to put that right at some stage, anyway, somebody called '@dmk21' wrote on twitter, "Read about @AndyRourke64 & @mikejoycedrums on their first gig with The Smiths" and linked to Dave Simpson's G*ardian feature. Mike Joyce then tweeted, "Don't bother it's dreadful. I think they lost the original transcript tape and just made it up from (incorrect) memory." Dave Simpson obviously picked up on this tweet and wrote to Joyce saying, "Baffled by yr gripe Mike. It's all from transcript & what's not to like? Obviosly have to edit from over 70 mins!!" Of course, me being me, I couldn't resist and I tweeted, "Look everybody, Joyce & The G*ardian bloke are having an argument! Sue him Mike, sue him!" Joyce then copied me in on his replies to Simpson about what was wrong with the article, but if I'm honest, I can't be bothered to retype them here, and they didn't make a lot of sense anyway! The original 'The Smiths' bass player, Dale Hibbert, had already complained to The G*ardian that the article was inaccurate and they had printed his version of events as a footnote to the piece. In the end, I just sent Joyce and Simpson another tweet saying, "It's horrible when people tell lies Mike, just horrible. G*ardian, NME, Weeks, so the list goes on. Bastards eh?"  I wonder why Joyce keeps replying to me when I wind him up? My gut feeling is that he 'knows', or at least he thinks he knows, that MorrissysWorld is real, and I am his link to The Mozziah. Perhaps time will tell, ready to say sorry yet Mike? No? Get your kit off then, it's lawn time!
   There is another blogger in 'The Arms', which means there is now plenty of reading material scattered over the tables. Obviously the main blog is , written by The Mozziah himself. The next blog magazine in the pub, is the one I found prior to finding MW, , which for the record, I have always presumed was also written by The Mozziah, as a tool for pointing people to MW, although now I am not so convinced he does write it, but then again, who knows? The next blog to come along relating to MW was from '@EcubyanMusings', formerly known as 'EcubyanSoapBox' or as I call him, 'EcubyanTeaChest', , although this blog is not really 'just' about the MW story, but it does mention Twitterdilly, so it's in the pub. A few days ago, I found old 'Willoughby', just wandering around aimlessly in twitterland, and I threw her a life raft, which helped her float to the safety haven of our island, and The Twitterdilly Arms. Willoughby's blogsite is , an interesting and amusing read. So now to the newest blog, yesterday, I came across a blogsite by '@girlafraid29' under the title of , which so far is only two days old, and is mainly about my old mate 'Russ', you know, Rustle Brind? I had no clue as to the author of the 'girlafraid29' blog, until I got a tweet from '@girlafraid29' saying, "Happy New Year to you too ; )". I hadn't wished 'girlafraid' a happy new year, so the 'too' bit & the winking face to her tweet, struck me as odd, until I remembered that I had tweeted an old 'untweeting' & 'dormant' twit friend, '@jo_beth_s', a 'Happy new year' message the previous day. So it would appear that 'Jo' is back in twit land under the new (or is it old) guise of, '@girlafraid29', and she is also now blogging. I always presumed she doubted the whole MW thing, but it would appear she does still believe, or does she? Is she about to reveal in her blog that it has indeed been Rustle behind MW all along? Have I got it completely wrong? I look forward to her next installment.
  Finally, The Mozziah has not only been busy publishing the 250 word essays on the MW blogsite, but he has also been tweeting, including the very exciting news that the old satirical articles are to be republished soon. Yipeeeeeeee! Sorry about that, but I can't wait to read the 'Bans Committee Meeting Minutes' again, it is 'the' funniest thing I have read in years. MW's tweeting also included a late night Q&A session, which had '@Babydub77' asking, "Who would be your top 5 dinner guests, dead or alive?" MW replied, "Top 5 dinner guests: Lizycat, Ecubyan Musings, Rats Back, Oscar Wilde, James Dean. No Smiths t-shirt, no entry." I would say I'm flattered, but if truth be known, I think he probably picked a few of those five at random, I mean, what would Dean have had to say for himself over dinner?, it would be just pout and preen. Now, where's that 'Shoplifters of the World' T-shirt gone? *Goes off singing* "Learn to love me, assemble the ways, now today, tomorrow and always."


  1. Sorry Rat, I don't know Gary Glitter music, but I know his crime and that's, for me, enough for don't listening to his music. Yes a beautiful song is always a beautiful song, but knowing the crime of the author or the singer I could see it in another perspective!I love Morrissey and the Smiths for the music and the lyrics, but probably, because they were and they are positive people to! Yes, you could say that Joyce was'nt always so positive, yes but not a paedophil like G. Glitter! Artists are always idiosyncratics people and we love them just for this, but crime is another question! Thanks Rat!

  2. The Twitterdilly Arms:
    Playlist - 27 January 2012

    Morrissey: Troubles Loves Me
    Morrissey: Will Never Marry (Dallas)
    The Smiths: Cemetry Gates
    Elvis Presley: If I Can Dream (1968)
    Morrissey: Happy Lovers
    The Smiths: Headmaster Ritual
    David Bowie: Aladdin Sane
    Morrissey: Action Is My Middle Name
    Morrissey: Life Is A Pigsty / How Soon Is Now (Live At The Hollywood Bowl)
    The Smiths: Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
    Eighth Wonder: I'm Not Scared
    Morrissey: It's Not Your Birthday Anymore
    Morrissey: Suedehead
    The Smiths: Stretch Out And Wait
    Howler: Back Of Your Neck
    Happy Martyr: Kiss Me Like You Stole It
    Happy Martyr: Painkillers
    Morrissey: First Of The Gang (Brixton, 2011)
    Happy Martyr: Kiss Me Like You Stole It
    The Smiths: Headmaster Ritual
    Blur: Girls And Boys
    David Bowie: Scream Like A Baby
    David Bowie: Rebel Rebel
    David Bowie: Space Oddity
    Teach-In: Ding-A-Dong
    Lulu: Boom Bang A Bang
    The Clash: London Calling
    Sophia Loren: Bing Bang Bong
    The Four Tops: Loco In Acapulco
    Rocky Sharpe & The Replays: Rama Lama Ding Dong (1978)
    Rita Pavone: Heart
    The Smiths: Reel Around the Fountain
    The Smiths: Well I Wonder
    Corey Hart: Sunglasses At Night
    The Smiths: I Don't Owe You Anything
    Toni Arden: I Can Dream Can't I
    David Bowie: Space Oddity
    West Side Story: Somewhere


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