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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Day 517 - No More Iron

This is my first blog entry for a week, as the MorrisseysWorld blog (MorrisseysWorld.blogspot.com) has still not returned, and Our Mozzer (@MorrisseysWorld) is still absent from twitter. I (@TheRatsBack) too have stayed out of The Twitterdilly Arms (The MorrisseysWorlders name for twitter), as without Our Mozzer, or his sidekick Broken (@BrokenReturns), there seems little point in being there. Many others have also stayed away. It would appear that The Blue Rose Society are resting.


THE TWITTERDILLY ARMS - "I DON'T DO THAT MUCH TALKING THESE DAYS"


In the past week; David Bowie's petulance has irritated Morrissey, more Moz concert dates have been cancelled as Morrissey's bleedin' ulcer continues to bleed and his abnormal food pipe cells continue to be abnormal in the form of '(Alan) Bennett's Asparagus', Boy George has declared on National TV that he is a Morrissey fan, Britain is in a state of horror as they eat horses by mistake, Johnny 'Muttley' Marr continues to talk about The Smiths and prepares himself to accept YET ANOTHER NME award for 'Not Being Morrissey', and the BIGGEST news of the week.... Waddington's are getting rid of the Monopoly 'Iron'! Here is a breakdown.... That Was The Week That Was:


Day 511 - Weds Feb 6th. Boy George appeared on a BBC 4 tv show called 'Danny Baker's Greatest Album Showdown', in which Baker, BG, David Hepworth and Grace Dent chose their three favourite albums. Although it was actually Dent who chose a Smiths album, and not Boy George, BG showed his love for Morrissey by quoting lyrics from 'Last Night I Dreamt' and 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'. BG also said, "I'm a HUGE Morrissey fan," before then going on to discuss Morrissey's lyrics by saying, "It's SO genius, it's so clever." The programme itself was ruined by Baker making it all about him and talking FAR too much.



BOY GEORGE - "I'M A HUGE MORRISSEY FAN"


The biggest news of Wednesday was a True-To-You statement regarding David Bowie. I love the way Morrissey has used the word 'ordered', which makes Bowie sound like a militant dictator. Here is the statement:


Bowie refusal


6 February 2013
Bowie refusal
David Bowie has ordered EMI UK not to run the proposed artwork for Morrissey's April 8th issue of the re-mastered The Last of the Famous International Playboys single and CD. The sleeve featured a previously unseen private photograph of Bowie and Morrissey taken by Linder Sterling in New York in 1992. Although Bowie has no legal rights to the photograph, most of his back catalogue is presently licensed to EMI.


I have to confess, that unlike many Morrissey fans, and unlike Morrissey himself, I have never been a particularly big Bowie fan. I saw him play live in 2004, but I left after a dozen songs, as I was bored rigid. I have never either bought OR listened to a Bowie album, but then again, he wasn't 'mine', I was born too late to fall in love with David Bowie at his peak, ie 1972. Bowie belonged to those who were thirteen or fourteen in 1972, I was born at the very end of 1965, so when I was fourteen, I fell in love with Adam Ant and NOT David Bowie. Adam Ant meant EVERYTHING to me, in the same way that Bowie would have meant EVERYTHING to a thirteen year old Morrissey, which is why everything that has happened in recent years, including this latest issue over the photo, MUST hurt Morrissey. They say NEVER meet your heroes, let alone befriend them, go on tour with them, and duet with them!



MORRISSEY AND BOWIE DUETTING

Both David Bowie and Adam Ant have never really been able to 'better' their 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'Dandy Highwayman' peaks of 1972/73 and 1980/81 respectively, where as Morrissey has continued to write better and better songs. Many people still harp on about The Smiths, but for me, 'You Are The Quarry' is a better album than ANY of The Smiths albums, whilst 'Life Is A Pigsty' is as good as any other song Morrissey has ever written, and both 'Quarry' and 'Pigsty' are from the last ten years, NOT forty years ago like 'Ziggy Stardust.'

When David Bowie performed 'Dancing in the Street' with Mick Jagger in 1985, it proved that he was just a brand, and no longer a serious artist.


THE SOUND OF 1972 - BEFORE MY TIME

 Morrissey's TTY statement proves that EMI are obviously scared stiff of upsetting Bowie, and Bowie is proving that Morrissey was RIGHT to walk out on that 1995 tour, because Bowie obviously believes he is more important than Morrissey, which he is NOT. History will one day prove that although Bowie's 'Ziggy' was inventive, Morrissey's lyrical genius is WAY beyond Bowie's, WAY beyond. Unfortunately, none of us will be around to witness the realisation of the masses, but luckily, some of us are living 'through it.'

MEAT IS MURDER - I LIVED THROUGH IT, AND THEREFORE IT'S 'MINE'


It must be strange for Morrissey, because although the likes of Bowie, Bolan, Nico, Johansen, Ferry, Mael & Mael etc were all heroes to him, NONE of them can hold a candle to his genius, which I expect he's probably worked out for himself by now, which in itself, must feel kind of weird. Morrissey will also be VERY aware that every single one of those heroes of his saw a decline in the quality of their output, which is something Morrissey will NEVER want to do, and he is right to think like that. If your next album isn't as good as the previous one, then DON'T release it. The one thing Bowie HAS got right, is that he has waited ten years to release a new album, and I have NO doubt that his new album will be a Number 1, just because his fans have had to wait.

It's a shame that Bowie feels the need to try and show some sort of seniority over Morrissey by refusing to let his photo be used, but it is my guess that he is jealous. Morrissey NEVER had a 'Dancing In The Street' moment, and Bowie knows it.



Day 512 - Thurs Feb 7th. Johnny Marr continues to talk about The Smiths in every interview, which is not surprising as he has an album coming out in a couple of weeks. Interestingly, Morrissey always refuses to talk about The Smiths in his emailed interviews. I predict that Marr's album will enter the UK chart at Number 4, on the back of him having been in The Smiths, it will then drop quickly out of the chart. I may be wrong, and perhaps the album is much better than the two songs I have heard, but if 'Upstarts' is anything to go by, Marr is nowhere near his Smiths peak, but then again, how could he be without the lyrical genius of Morrissey? 'Upstarts' vs 'Black Cloud' or 'Scandinavia'? No contest. (Upstarts, for anybody who is interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivF0D5hWaBw) I make NO apologies for being cruel to JM, I am just being honest in my opinion. The Smiths was only ever about Morrissey for me, which is why a reunion would mean nothing.

DAY 513 - Fri Feb 8th. Waddingtons announce that they are to replace the iron in their Monopoly game with a cat! WHY? I am ALWAYS the iron! It won't effect me, because I will continue to use my old Monopoly set!

ANY OLD IRON?


DAY 514 - Sat Feb 9th. I awoke to the following TTY statement:



Press release


8 February 2013
As the doctor has ordered MORRISSEY to rest for two additional weeks, the upcoming Texas engagements in El Paso (2/12), Austin (2/13), Pharr (2/15), Beaumont (2/16), and Dallas (2/18) will need to be rescheduled. MORRISSEY is currently undergoing treatment for a bleeding ulcer and Barrett's esophagus. These shows are in the process of being rescheduled immediately and all patrons are encouraged to hold on to their tickets as the new dates will be announced shortly. MORRISSEY thanks everyone concerned for their well wishes and looks forward to getting back on the road. The tour will resume as scheduled in Denver at Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre on Feb 21.



The first thing to strike me was that 'Doctors Orders' had been replaced by "the doctor has ordered", so there are NO bingo references going on this week! Poor old Moz must really be suffering with that bleedin' ulcer, but hopefully he will return to the stage on the 21st.

Day 515 - Sun Feb 10th. Rain all day. Come armageddon, come.

DAY 516 - Mon Feb 11th. The NME announce that they are to give Johnny Marr yet ANOTHER award, despite the fact that he really, really hasn't done ANYTHING relevant since 1987. They are using Johnny Marr to get back at Morrissey, and Marr is either too blind to see it, or just doesn't care. Marr knows full well that Morrissey was having to take the NME to court, but shrugging your shoulders and saying 'it's not my battle' doesn't wash. If Johnny Marr is a 'Godlike Genius', then Morrissey is, er, The Mozziah!

Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the Twitterdilly Arms 'Houston Gate'.


TWITTERDILLY ARMS CHART - SPECIAL TOP 20 COVERS EDITION (AS VOTED FOR BY THE 'DELUDED DOZEN':

1. MOON RIVER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPzwOWEeFr4
(MORRISSEY LIVE VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiM3oJsLxJY)
(AUDREY HEPBURN VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9J1OcKd_Dqw)


2. THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cr5JgUjOhq8
(MORRISSY LIVE VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBd7QOp3Bws)
(THE JAM VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPk6O8D_niY)

3. REDONDO BEACH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfi1o0vT23I
(PATTI SMITH VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9f4C4iZ9o8)
(PATTI SMITH DEMO VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaENP1A1EL0)

4. TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs1E9Y6ijzk
(FRANKIE VALLI VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpLM20jtf0A)
(SHIRLEY BASSEY VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rjy6I7v13w)

5. NO ONE CAN HOLD A CANDLE TO YOU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_iqHAykd2A
(RAYMONDE VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgEYEp4zriU)

6. INTERLUDE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkfjWl4zA1o
(TIMI YURO VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jcvl5RZYEs)

7. A SONG FROM UNDER THE FLOORBOARDS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rbbowLw7-A
(MAGAZINE VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBfh8682eLE)

8. COSMIC DANCER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCcMXBOF8gs
(MARC BOLAN VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlimsLXEkAc)

9. NOTHING RHYMED: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5_t_M_Msa8
(GILBERT O'SULLIVAN VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtoefxZGR6U)

10. SATELLITE OF LOVE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaCXpAAAvpo
(LOU REED VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgXE2fVvzlg)

11. EAST WEST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k65N-cQ5jA
(HERMAN'S HERMITS VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY_AVmwiZNM)

12. (MARIE'S THE NAME) HIS LATEST FLAME: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvSGYZ4IAYo
(ELVIS PRESLEY VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ91R6xlH-Y)

13. MY INSATIABLE ONE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJPWo_bDVkc
(SUEDE VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItWqXrVPB3E)

14. SUBWAY TRAIN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfdaxhZM7uI
(NEW YORK DOLLS VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU8THJuEEiw)

15. DRIVE-IN SATURDAY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8WapGTthUA
(DAVID BOWIE VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDcyJ9fhVcg)

16. HUMAN BEING: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBrGPAvBsLg
(NEW YORK DOLLS VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFqycWeWSOA)

17. SKIN STORM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBQVZtP_qvc
(BRADFORD VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsfvkQaZSOY)

18. WHAT'S THE WORLD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2qMZQQMHqU
(JAMES VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcSPUkOMOC4)

19. YOU SAY YOU DON'T LOVE ME: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEnc3LVo3L4
(BUZZCOCKS VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_1lqPjmsII)

20. TRASH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGPXHqvMqNM
(NEW YORK DOLLS VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JkOk25TsbU)

BUBBLING UNDER:
STREET LIFE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHj72RpOKe4
(ROXY MUSIC VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arct2SuLcZs)


MOON OVER KENTUCKY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzRUoQJ-XUY
(SPARKS VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnqzRyOLwM4)


WORK IS A FOUR LETTER WORD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l04rIfMfLcA
(CILLA BLACK VERSION: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJQWxFv_8_g)


28 comments:

  1. I agree with your comments about Bowie and Marr. I was never a Bowie fan (born a bit too late, like you) and, although I have the utmost respect for Johnny, I don't find his new songs particularly riveting. I also agree that Morrissey outshines all of his heroes - it's no small feat to continually grow as an artist and still be on top of your game after 30 plus years, which some don't seem to appreciate. He is the only pop artist who has ever managed to capture my complete devotion, not to mention still holding me transfixed after 29 years! I hope that he is resting well and is well on his way to a full recovery.

    The one thing I don't agree with you about is the Monopoly piece - cats trump irons any day. It's probably no surprise that I think this is a change for the better :) Thanks for the covers chart - it was loads of fun and quite interesting.

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    1. I so agree with you Heather! To be on top of your game and never to have sold out! One of the few people I almost love and certainly respect as much is Tracey Thorn (one half of Everything but the Girl). She never sold out which is one of the reasons EbtG won't be re-uniting any time soon. She mentions Moz lyrics in her new autobiography "Bedsit Disco Queen": "I went on to make a career out of being a songwriter. As Morrissey would say, these things take time."

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    2. Just realised that Tracey Thorn has dedicated a whole chapter to Morrissey called "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" (nice play on words!)

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  2. I totally agree Rat. people go on about the Smiths (and
    I *love* them) it's just when I see people in a Smiths shirt,
    I think why isn't it a Morrissey shirt ... why aren't you going
    to see his gigs. HE IS BETTER THAN EVER - why are
    you holding onto the past ... I want to tell them while
    shaking my first. forget about hearing Smiths songs
    (reformed/or by Moz) there are still so many moz
    songs I want to hear. I'm determined to hear ANGEL.

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  3. If Marr is godlike Morrissey is the Mozziah - that's proof then!

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  4. I'll surely come back and read this blog and comments tomorrow again, but for now I'd like to thank you, Rat. I realise that even if you could not always explain MorrisseysWorld as it is 'exactly', you'd somehow explain it in a way that 'made sense' to me. Today was the best example ever. Believe me, I truly appreciate it.

    - Regi

    Viva Morrissey!
    Viva The Blue Rose Society!

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  5. Dearest Rat, thank you kindly for the blog as I was becoming desperately bored with myself. I do believe there is such a thing as "thinking too much". That's what did Hamlet in, his own mind.
    A few comments:
    I adore DB's tunes and thats about it.
    I admire JM's guitar playing circa '82-'87 and thats about it.
    I've never played a game of Monopoly from start to finish but One can see that due to the internet and hipsters cats popularity has risen lately sorry about your iorn still playable I'm sure.
    I'm happy to see all three of my cover picks in the top 3 of todays chart!
    READER THANKS AUTHOR
    -JJ

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  6. Another wonderful blog, enjoyed the countdown, glad my 3 made it and I discovered covers I'd never heard before. Agree with you about JM, I know of him because he was with Morrissey and the Smiths, but a god like genius reward? For doing little for last 25 years? You'd think they'd award it to someone who'd for years has been actively making an impact on the music scene, but then Banana Joe just won the big prize at Westminster Dog Show in New York, he's an affenpinscher and I know as much about that breed as I do about JM, but at least with the dog he's at the start of his career. I'm sure for JM much of it has to do with his new CD and making a comeback. Still wishing good health to Morrissey, and hope he's back on his feet soon #BlueRoseSociety.

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  7. My 3 made the ..top 20!! Good chart on covers, both for those following on twitter and others who dip a toe into the blog.

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  8. Dear Rat, thank you for the chart and for this very clever post! I understand perfectly what you thinking about Bowie, but my mind about him is different from your. I'm a little bit younger than you and I got no memory about 1972, but a little bit later I can remember me playing with my cousin Roberto, (the only responsable of my insanity) and constantly talking about UFO...it was 1976/77 and my cousin took me at cinema to seeing "The man who fell to earth", so I discovered David Bowie and truly felt in love with him! The older of my cousins ( I got a lot of cousins cause my dad got five brothers)had Bowie's disc and so I discovered Bowie as musician. Of course, no one else of my other friends listened to that music, so I becamed a kind of extraterrester, but later, in 1982 at secondary school, teachers suggeted to see "Christiane F." the real story of a teen age girl drug addicted and so all my friend appreciated Bowie's music. Later in 1984 Bowie was at the top of his popularity in Italy with songs like Let's Dance and the awful Dancing in the street, but at that time I discovered another hero, always by my cousin Robert ( at that time he was in adoration of James Dean...). Sorry for this long silly story about my insanity, I'm still a fan of Bowie, but expecially for his movie interpretations as The Hunger, The Linguini Incident or Basquiat. Anyway I think Morrissey intentionally caused all this situation, because he is the best communicator in the world! Quite possible the picture does'nt exist! He's a genius! His producer Tony Visconti is very busy with the forthcoming Bowie's Tour and what he could do for giving publicity to his realease? Rumors, litigations, contrversy! Coul you imagine the Thin White Duke arguing to Visconti:"What kind of fucking bloody pic your friend want to put on his silly disc?" and Visconti:" I do'nt know Sir, he is ill, he was hospitalized, I lost his mobile's number, maybe I could ask to his mum..." Suggestion for a parody piece...Ciao Rat!

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    1. My first single that I ever bought with my own money was Bowie and Queen's 'Under pressure'. Amazing that you saw Christiane F. - one of the best soundtracks ever! Had big influence on me as a 12-year-old! I remember borrowing my mum's high heels to get into the cinema as it had a 16-certificate!

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  9. i liked bowie years ago, also like, "i am a DJ".. but poor moz was never going to get the green light for using a photo after his infamous slaying of bowie in that tv documentary.. of course EMI could have said F***Y** to bowie, but the toys would have been out of the pram and bowie would have left EMI, so for them best to back down.. anyway, broken if you are reading, COME BACK

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  10. Thank you as always Rats for blogging about recent events.

    I am sorry that I missed your ' covers ' countdown yesterday and I forgot
    to advise you that I would be absent from Twit, my apologies.
    It was a very interesting chart.

    All is grey and a little boring without the Mozziah's presence.
    Therefore I am going to take time out until Our Moz is back again
    and returned to full health.
    I really hope that this will be soon, for his sake.

    Please Mr M get well soon, we hate to think of you being poorly.

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  11. Good old Rat :-)
    Thank you for the blog
    How do I miss reading them.

    I shall return from my break next week.

    Hope all is well with all

    The ring is safe

    viva la Blue Rose

    cheers

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  12. A quick hello from under the floorboards. Really enjoyed this special edition of the charts.

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    1. So glad to see that you are still around Mme and I hope that you are well.
      All is quiet in the land of Moz at this time.

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    2. why hello mme, you too are missed around here xx

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  13. I can only repeat Heather’s words, when she says that Morrissey is the only pop artist to capture her complete devotion. It’s the same for me. Morrissey is a genius – musically or otherwise.

    To me, particularly, Bowie has no relevance apart from being a small part of Morrissey’s history. One day he may bitterly regret being so stupid about this picture issue. Time will tell.

    I never played monopoly, so I don’t even know what you are talking about to be honest. But having four cats I know that they will always rule, no matter what. They rule with elegance.

    I liked Boy Gorge being mentioned on your blog. I follow him on twitter and it’s great fun.

    The charts were a real treat and very educational. Thank you once again, Rat.

    Above all I hope Morrissey is well. That’s what really counts.

    - Regi

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    1. that was the most truthful & beautiful thing I've heard in a longtime...
      That doesnt exist in this world...But to see someone say this has left me teared up.
      Thank you for posting this...
      I'll remember to protect & be gentle to those who are weaker than me & fight against those who are stronger than me...
      Always.

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  15. In case anyone hasn't seen this :

    On Tuesday night, a friend of mine saw Morrissey at a Mexican restaurant in WeHo where he works as a busboy.
    Mozzer had chips and guacamole a diet coke. Nothing else. He was there with Liam and Arturo and Damon. My friend was bold and just went up to Morrissey and said what a big fan he was. He asked Morrissey to sign a napkin, which he did
    He even asked him what he thought of the Grammy's. Mozz, true to form, just laughed and said "They were absolute rubbish!" :-)

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    1. Dear Lizzy, I know you are a true fan and a fine person, so I'm sure you posted this news just because you were very thrilled to knowing Morrissey in good form, but we must be careful with this kind of news because they do'nt reporting evidences and offering a lot of speculation and nasty comments as you could read in the famous site that usually I avoid...Many tweets reporting Morrissey in L.A. doing shopping and something else, but, strangly, no one pic...Personally I do'nt know where he could be, but surely he's busy with doctors and not drinking coke, for sure! Take care dear Lizzy, Manc said that L.A. show is confirmed and I belive it! Hoping for catching you on twitter, ciao!
      P.S. Very good excursus by SmallBoy...love it and Happy to see Madame still with us! Kiss!

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    2. Caterita,
      I did consider carefully before posting the information
      about the Mozziah. It was in the public domain and seemed
      to be an authentic sighting.
      I thought that it would put people's minds at rest to know that
      Moz is out and about.
      I try not to criticise others actions here or on Twitter,
      as I believe that they are made with the best of intentions.
      It goes without saying that we all wish Moz back to full health
      as soon as possible.

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  16. Happy Valentine's Day everyone !!

    Who, being loved, is poor? ~ Oscar Wilde

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  17. Hello dear Rat,
    Hope all is well w/ you.
    And aswell to all Blue Rose... hope you're all doing good.
    Wonderful to hear that the ring is w/ Angela(Vulgar1MKELA) its in our parts of town!
    Can't wait to see Our Mozzer here in S.D & L.A...
    I just wish him the best of health & that he take's care of himself so he can be up & well ready to take over!! & that he's enjoying himself in L.A...take all the time u need Moz! Well its quite late, so goodnight to all...take care

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  18. rattt, r3ading urr blog makess me HahHahshahaha Hahahahhaa. I never liked david bowie eithrr. it's cool to be reading this stuff..... . cuz sumtimes i dont know what to believe.

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