Wednesday, June 21

This just in: 'N. Korea’s heir apparent follows Eric Clapton tour '

(Yes. I know this post's not about Israel, Jews, Palestine, Kassams, settlers, etc, etc. But, in the classic words of "Keef" Richards: "I know it's only 1, 4, 5 - but I like it.")

As I often tell colleagues, interviewers, family and friends - often about local news - but this is the exception that proves the rule: "news reality has parody absolutely beat cold."

from Drudge:
N. Korea’s heir apparent follows Eric Clapton on tour in Germany

"North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-Chol, toured Germany earlier this month to see concerts by rock star Eric Clapton."

Obviously, of course, the the real question is which version of Layla he holds with... slow,
or "the real thing."

(Personally? Yours truly is listening to the "real thing" at volume ten as I write this post... gawd, that Bobby Whitlock piano coda, like cooling waves breaking on the beach at sunset with the snare drum snapping on the shore, after the white heat dual guitar solo between Eric's stinging licks through the overdriven Fender amp and r
ip yer' heart out lyrics over George Harrison's Patty Boyd, as Dwayne Allman's Coricidin bottle slide passion slinks in via "glassed" Marshall 4/10's; meanwhile drummer Jim Gordon's bangin' em' like fireworks to save his life, as bassist Carl Radle holds the hurricane together. Modern incandescent musical poetry, incarnate... "like a fool, I fell in love with you - turned my whole world upside down..." N'est pas?)

Man, I liked writing that.

And here I was, thinking I was being "edgy" and "out there" with this post about parody and Abbagav.

Talking Israel on London's 'TalkSport' Radio (Podcast)

London's talkSPORT Radio 1089/1053 am and digital radio has an overnight radio show similar to Israel Radio's Nightbirds, or Conversations with Listeners Overseas, with the ahh, accent on - you guessed it - sports. Umm, not exactly my strong point.

In this case,
however, talkSPORT presenter Ian Collins' informally-formatted program engages in chats with journalists worldwide, covering their beats, as well as the lighter side of news and events from a local perspective.

So, no goals and sports stats (thankfully) on this, our premier two-way (at the ongodly hour of 0200 - got to do something about that...), but light, easy conversation with Ian & Co. at their London studio. Great fun, all in all, and we hit on a few current topics, as well as why a visit to Eilat can actually be a spiritual experience...

Looking forward to talking with them again soon; maybe we can trade notes on London-based Israeli Orthodox supermodel Havi Mond. Over to you, Ian.


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