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  • Springsteen fan since?
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    See Gender. Apparently I think about it every two minutes. Sounds about right.

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  1. Whatever. I just meant that mixing popular culture with government / state events always looks a bit naff to me. Same as when people have their favourite song played at their funeral. Distracts from the gravity of the event. It's just..well..naff.
  2. I liked the Ga Ga version of the National Anthem. Can't be bothered with the full show. I imagine a lot of songs with their original meanings forgotten shoehorned into an event they really bear little relevance to and the whole thing turning into a shallow celebration of celebrity culture. I prefer the way we do it in the UK.
  3. I just watched the BBC streaming series on the Rise of the Nazis. Followed up with a BBC documentary on the fall of Berlin in 1945. Fascinating and scary. Demonstrates the tragic consequences when people unleash populist forces they ultimately can't control and what happens when too many people are all too willing to believe their percieved problems and misfortunes are due to the 'other'. I'd advise Americans to watch these documentaries if they are able to access the BBC.
  4. Never watched an episode of this. The British Monarch has a defined constitional role but in the modern age the rest of them retire from any real jobs (usually military service) relatively young and appear to struggle throughout the rest of their lives to have any real point beyond a form of glorified celebrity status. As such they're not the most exciting subject for a drama series which can in any case only be based on supposition at best and at worst blatant fake history. It's one thing Mel Gibson doing this with Anglophobic trash like Braveheart and The Patriot but doing it to people who
  5. Just more proof the man's an idiot. His last gig in Sheffield was notorious for his famous rudeness. Anyway, personally I'd be surprised if live gigs took off again until at least till late summer.
  6. Boring. This is just a variation of the kind of interviews I've seen or heard Springsteen giving since 1978. Sure the topics can change - this time around it's the band - but it's pretty much a fixed set on repeat - growing up, Band, Mom, Dad, Vietnam etc ; growing up, Band, Mom, Dad, Vietnam etc; growing up, Band, Mom, Dad, Vietnam etc. My toes curled at that bit from the documentary. As a buttoned up Brit that kind of talks frightens me. Pretty sure he gave much the same interview to Stephen Colbert a few weeks back - though in that interview I did enjoy hearing his choice of fa
  7. An orchestral version of the Nebraska album might liven that dud of a recording up a bit although the full band live versions work fine for me. Othwerwise, no. It would be a pointless embellishment.
  8. I took Jertucky's response to mean that if he goes into more detail it's crossing a line re. board policy on political discussions and the thread will probably be pulled.
  9. Absolutely. British politics has shown it's perfectly possible to repeatedly screw people over and con them while retaining impeccable charm, manners and politeness.
  10. From this side of the pond it looked like the other fellow wasn't particularly up to the job either. He's treated the office like a reality show these past 4 years and primarily a means of winding up people he doesn't like or don't like him.
  11. Odd system you have over there. In the UK we wouldn't know how many actual votes have been cast and counted until they've all actually been counted. Yet in the US you have this running tally of the count.
  12. ...until I get total confirmation that 'Mongrel Trees' is not a politically incorrect term.
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