Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ooh we, that gal's the gal for me

"Real love on a sunny day is a crow on a telephone pole with something to say
And you feel like someone has just walked on your grave

That's real love. That's real love" 
Nomeansno - "Real Love"

I'm not too sure I actually know what the quote means but it sounds pretty good I reckon. Felice would probably disagree, based on the fact that it's Nomeansno, so instead here's a quote from Bruce:

Some need gold and some need diamond rings
Or a drug to take away the pain that living brings
A promise of a better world to come
When whatever here is done
I don't need that sky of blue
All I know's since I found you, I'm happy when I'm in your arms"
 
Bruce Springsteen - "Happy"

Its been 10 years now since Felice and I got together. That's nearly one third of my life spent living with another person. Its crazy to think about sometimes. But when I think about it I don't see anything changing, we are best friends and are as "in love" as ever. 

Sure "love" is actually an evolutionary biological process where chemicals are released in your brain to give certain feelings, promote bonding and ensure survival of the species, but that doesn't mean that people "in love" will stay together. There's a bit more to it than that. Compatibility requires close friendship, understanding, shared beliefs, knowledge and interests. Everyone grows and changes with age and I guess some people grow together and some grow apart. In that sense we are lucky to have shared such common philosophies and ethics that even though the particular interests we have sometimes differ, the values underpinning our interests are the same.

So this is just a quick word to say thanks for the last ten years and I look forward to spending many more years together. I love you Felice.

To all those who haven't been lucky enough to stumble in to love yet, I hope it comes your way soon. 
To all those who have been in love, I hope it comes your way again.
And for all those people who try to stand in the way of people in love: Homophobes, warmongers, religious zealots, racist idealogues and anyone else who has ever done anything to try and stop people being happy together - Fuck you. Love will prevail.

this is the first day of my life
I’m glad I didn’t die before I met you
But now I don’t care I could go anywhere with you
And I’d probably be happy
Bright Eyes - "First Day of My Life"

Friday, January 20, 2012

Colonialism is the new black (maybe that should read white)

I caught sight of what appears to be the latest trend on a short walk from Tory street to Courtenay Place the other day.

First up was this interesting ad from Bulmers cider:



Colonialism....what a strange thing to promote I thought to myself. The "ruffled feathers" are of course hundreds of years of murder, theft of land, forced assimilation and other goodies. "Unashamedly" this should be celebrated apparently. Oh well just a one off I thought. Just another unethical company trying to capture its market audience (in this case middle class white people).

Next thing I know I'm walking past the Bangalore Polo Club. This is a restaurant pretending to be a Polo club as would have existed in 19th century British ruled India. You can experience all the majesty of the British Empire while dining on classic Indian inspired dishes like Beer Battered Fish and Chips, the fish "caught by the Brigadier's boot boy early this morning". In case you're in any doubt as to the theme of the restaurant, the website contains images like this: