Thursday, 26 January 2012

Soundtrack Of My Life #0004



Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf

The R Word

My attention this afternoon was drawn to something which occurred on Twitter involving a member of the UK Parliament. Every story I’ve read on the issue and the subsequent rebuttal discussed the matter of offence. Before discussing that, these are the tweets in question (I didn’t screen cap these – it is taken from Sky News).



Now, that could be considered quite a silly thing to do considering Tom Watson is an MP (and I believe a member of the Shadow Cabinet). But what I see is someone having a bit of harmless fun at their boss’s expense. It is the sort of thing I’m sure most people would consider doing if they could get away with it. This has been blown all out of proportion though because of her choice of words. Because the tweet contained the word “rape”, people are outraged. Just to be clear, she used the term “twit-rape” which is an accepted 21st century colloquial term associated with social media of all forms and is in no way offensive. So much so that a new word has been formed when such action takes place on Facebook – it is called frape. These words are not offensive. They are widely used by people who have been “fraped” or “twit-raped” and due to the context they are used in, are not offensive.

What I am trying to work out is who is offended at the mere use of the word “rape”, regardless of context. I recall the current Newcastle boss, former TV pundit Alan Pardew using the word when describing a particularly nasty looking football challenge – “he absolutely raped him”. People were very offended over this use of the word rape but again, it is all about context. I wasn’t offended by his use of the word rape, much like I am not offended by the use of the word “twit-rape” or “frape” – context is so important in these situations. Furthermore, to anyone that is offended, may I remind you that you are allowed to be offended just as much as someone is allowed to be offensive? What gives you the right to think just because you are offended that your opinion somehow means more? It doesn’t. Neither this situation today, nor the Pardew situation I referenced glorifies rape, nor does it make rape seem like less of a hideous crime. I think it is safe to say that no-one needs reminding how horrific the crime is. The word in itself is being used to apply to different situations and different contexts. I feel like I am repeating myself by labouring this point about context but it is important to me. People get so offended by the use of certain words without paying attention to the context in which they are used and it really annoys me.

While I understand and accept the need for Tom Watson to apologise for this whole mess, I respect him more for his rebuttal to the needless over-reaction to this tweet by the media. I am somewhat distressed that, if you believe his side of events, that The Times and The Sun were after more information on the intern in question. Things like that really make me despair about the state of media in this country. He says very clearly that she is young and made a mistake – that should be the end of it. My final thought on this is that she did nothing wrong considering the context, and if you are offended by the use of the word rape, regardless of the context, then you need to seek help.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Soundtrack Of My Life #0003

Thinking of Festivals

When a festival I am going to announces bands, I get excited about the upcoming announcement. I always want to know who the latest names to be confirmed are, regardless of who they are. I’ll make my mind up after. The latest announcement is from the Download festival where before this announcement; I was planning to go to the festival for the Saturday only. Now, the booker announced on twitter that 14 bands were due to be announced including all the main stage sub headliners. This was big news for me as it would probably be the deciding factor for me if I was going for the day or going for the whole weekend. Anyway, following the announcement, this is what the line-up looks like.



Now that is certainly interesting. I will talk band by band and then talk about what it means to me in terms of attendance.

Anthrax – Quality band for Download to announce and if memory serves they haven’t played Download for a long time (hey, the internet helped me learn things – it was 2005). For me though, I’m not overly fussed about seeing them for a while as I have seen them at the last two Sonisphere’s (watch them get announced for Wacken now and watch me say how awesome the announcement is!) As it transpires, they are on the Sunday at Download.

August Burns Red – They don’t do a great deal for me but I would probably watch them in absence of anything else on that I wanted to see.

Biffy Clyro – The slap in the face to Sonisphere – having one of their 2011 headliners sub-headline to another one of their 2011 headliners - excellent booking though. Putting them under Metallica makes the most sense considering the headliners I think although I am seeing a lot of people that think it is an odd choice. I think it will work and if nothing else and they don’t draw a big crowd, I’ll be able to get near the front for Metallica – how self serving of me!

Chase and Status – Now this is the booking which has really split the opinions of the Download Festival’s faithful pundits. For me, the band don’t do a whole lot so as a booking, I’m not fussed. However, I cannot deny their size as a band. They played Warriors Dance festival with Prodigy and have played a number of high profile slots at UK festivals. Addressing the two main questions about their booking – are they big enough to sub-headline and are they the right booking for Download? The simple answer to both is yes. I don’t know what size rooms they would sell out on a UK tour, but I’d wager they would sell out decent sized rooms (2k+), possibly bigger. If they can do that, then they are suitable sub-headline material (I base this on The Darkness, who did a big UK tour in 2k+ rooms after sub-headlining Download 2011). I also think they are a suitable band to play Download. If anyone from the “Download is a metal festival” brigade reads this then they will disagree with me but here’s the thing – Download isn’t a metal festival. Furthermore, with Prodigy headlining (again, a good decision by Mr Copping), then they are a perfectly suitable choice to sub-headline. They aren’t for me, but that doesn’t impact my view on the fact this is a good booking for Download.

Devildriver – A strong booking for Download as far as I am concerned. They have played a fair bit (06 twice, 07 and 09 I think). I really like this band and was gutted when they pulled out of Wacken 2011. I remain gutted as they are playing the Sunday at Download and as of this writing, have not been confirmed for Wacken.

Devin Townsend Project – First appearance for Devin at Download since he played in 2006 with Strapping Young Lad and I think this is a quality booking. He is headlining the 3rd stage on the Friday so that’ll be a packed tent without doubt.

Lamb of God
– Amazing announcement. They tend to rotate between UK festivals (09 Soni, 2010 DL recently) so this isn’t a shocking booking as such. Again, like Devildriver they are playing the Sunday and as of this writing are not playing Wacken. If I may say so....humph!

Little Angels - ....who? All I’ve got on that one really.

Machine Head – A cracking booking for Download and if memory serves, this is their first appearance since 2007 (when I saw them completely own the main stage). They are much higher on the bill now as they are 3rd from top on the main stage...on the Friday. I would have thought either putting them with LoG and Devildriver or having them headline 2nd stage on the Friday while Prodigy are on would have made more sense but ah well. A good announcement but one I am not bothered about missing at Download as I will see them perform a longer set at Wacken.

Soundgarden – People have been going ape shit over this announcement. It is the 2nd big reformation happening in the UK at Download (after Black Sabbath). I’m not a fan of them though and am not bothered about seeing them. They bore me truth be told.

Tenacious D – What a booking! They were superb sub-headlining to Metallica at Reading 2008 and I think they will be just as good, if not better at Download 2012.

Trivium – They were one of the best bands I saw at Wacken and indeed over last year’s summer so if they can replicate a set just as good as that Wacken one, then I look forward to seeing them again.

Ugly Kid Joe – I don’t know much by this band but a quick research tells me they are pretty good. I believe they are also a reformed band but I don’t know for sure. They are playing the Sunday so meh!

You Me At Six – Their biggest festival spot ever as they are headlining the second stage while Metallica play. So it goes without saying I won’t be seeing them.

So that is the Download announcement in a nutshell (the size of a house). All in all it is a very mixed bag for me in terms of bands playing and taking up major spots. What the announcement did confirm for me is that I will not be getting a weekend ticket. A festival needs more than 3 good headliners (unless one of them is NIN – take note Sonisphere). The sub-headliners need to be of good calibre as well and for my tastes, Download doesn’t have 3 good sub-headliners this year, and they have 1. I am going to go on the Saturday, where based on information from the booker, Andy Copping’s twitter account, it appears we have this confirmed for main stage – Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Tenacious D, Trivium. What a day that’ll be. Well played Download for a cracking Saturday.

I just said about NIN for Sonisphere. It is usually Sonisphere who lead the way in terms of announcements for their festival. However in an odd move this year, they are yet to announce anyone. I am writing this part of the blog on Friday 20th January and I have seen that there is due to be an announcement of sorts before Wednesday as Kerrang are due to talk about it in their new magazine. This blog will be posted before that announcement but expect another post shortly to discuss what has been announced and whether or not I will be going to my 4th Sonisphere, in some form or another.

One festival though which has made a great deal of announcements is Wacken. They announced acts almost every day in December and have announced a handful since. As we’re talking about it, let’s have a look what has been confirmed for the 23rd instalment of the festival yes?

Amaranthe – Female fronted gothic/power metal band by the sounds of things. Well, I am in favour of this! Definitely want to watch them.

Broilers – German punk band who seem quite good. There is very little material on the Spotify, and it’s not the best quality anyway. Could be worth a watch

Chthonic – Announced today for Wacken. They are one of those bands I’ve wanted to see for a little while but never actively tried. They played Download when I went last year and I went and watched something else. They also supported Turisas when their latest UK tour came nearby and I didn’t go. They sound pretty good though and baring a major clash, I will be watching them.

Circle II Circle – You know, I was convinced I wrote about these but can’t find it so oh well. Anyway, they seem like a decent band although they are covering an album released by the lead singer’s old band, Savatage. I don’t fully understand why but it will be worth seeing.

Crimes of Passion – I’ve got nothing, sorry.

D.A.D – They seem like a lot of fun from what I’ve heard and actually quite decent. All I have read is people being negative about it though. I will watch and make my mind up for myself.

Darkest Hour – They seem quite similar in some respects to Heaven Shall Burn which is by no means a bad thing. Quite like what I’ve heard of them so as far as I am concerned – good booking.

Dead By April – They are fairly similar to BFMV in some respects which is by no means a bad thing. If there is no clash then I shall definitely have to try and check these guys out.

Decapitated – These guys where the main reason why I wanted to go to Damnation festival in 2011. I didn’t go and just a few days before they pulled out. I will watch these I think.

Delain – Caught some of their set at Sonisphere 2010 (and just noticed actually on my blog, the photo of Delain is the thumbnail for my Soni 2010 review) and really liked it. I will see all their set this time and I imagine I will love it.

Dirty Rotten Imbeciles – They are a punk band with very short songs. Those short songs aren’t doing a lot for me so I don’t imagine I’ll go out of my way to see them.

Dodheimsgard – They only had one song on Spotify when I first listened to them and I liked it. They now have their 2011 album in full on there and my word, it is really good. They may have to be watched. Black Metal meets Industrial/Dance music – a mix which shouldn’t work but does.

Electric Wizard – I’m told they are Britain’s finest sludge/stoner rock band. I personally don’t like them, so won’t be watching them.

Eisenherz – They are a German hard rock band who have some industrial elements from what I’ve heard but not a great deal (I’m not going to say they are a Rammstein rip off cause that would be a lie). I like them though.

Eschenbach – I’ve got nothing on these.

Gehenna – Ah, back to the standard when it comes to black metal. I must admit some of their stuff is ok so I might be tempted to see them if there isn’t a clash

Ghost Brigade – They are very similar to Paradise Lost and Opeth as far as I am concerned. Taking this into account, I will be watching them I imagine.

Graveyard
– IT has to be said, I am stumped. I see music on Spotify on albums which are not attributed to the Graveyard that are playing Wacken. With that in mind, I have nothing, I think.

In Flames – I missed them at Sonisphere 2011 in favour of some comedy I believe. Because of that, I will likely check them out although I find it so hard to get into their stuff. Ach

Insomnium – See Ghost Brigade – very similar.

Kamelot – Without doubt, one of the better bands from Wacken 2008 so their announcement was met with joy. I have since learned that the vocalist had to retire for health reasons. I hope they hire someone just as good for the job.

Kylesa – They seem reasonable. A band who fall definitely into the category of “if there is no clash, then why not” I feel.

Leningrad Cowboys – They seem alright. They appear to be a joke band that took on a life of their own. Their cover of My Sharona is acceptable.

Manticora – A little bit of thrash and a lot of power metal equals a good band. They will probably be on a little stage somewhere but they are definitely worth watching I think.

Nasum – Nothing wrong with a little bit of grindcore!

Oomph! – Oh man! The band I discovered by accident at Rock Am Ring 08 are finally playing where I can see them again. They were great at RaR and I fully intend to watch again!

Overkill – The final band to be announced today that I have to talk about and what a band they are. Saw most of their set in London (I want to say it was at a Hellfire Festival) and they were quite good. I reckon seeing them at Wacken will top that gig as they have a new album out since then. They are a very good thrash band with some slight Maiden-esque moments.

Red Fang – Now this is stoner rock that I can get behind. I quite like this band.

Riotgod – They are a very catchy band who I hope to be able to watch while there.

Sacred Reich – I almost jumped around with joy when these got announced. I first considered going to Graspop in 2008 and Sacred Reich were there (I think it was 08) and I remember looking them up and loving them. I’ve wanted to see them ever since and finally the chance is here.

Sanctuary – A bit of thrash and a lot of power metal again. The vocalist gets slightly annoying on record at times but that aside they are good band and again, they are one I will try to see.

Saor Patrol – A rock band that utilises the bagpipes – as a Scot, I am completely in favour of this.

Saxon – If you’ve been to quite a lot of Wacken festivals, I could see why you might be annoyed with this booking. I however have only been to two previously and Saxon have been at neither so I think this is a superb announcement. I haven’t seen them since Sonisphere in 2009 (I think) so I am really pleased to get to see them again. They are also supporting Judas Priest in London which is very good news.

Schandmaul – Very similar in style to Subway To Sally which is by no means a bad thing. Might catch them if there is no clash.

Suicide Silence – I can’t claim to be much of a fan of these. They give me serious Job For A Cowboy vibes.

Sylosis – Another band who I’ve been meaning to see live and yet somehow have always managed to miss. Hopefully this time around I will see them!

Testament – Superb announcement. I will definitely be seeing these; they are a great live band.

The Black Dahlia Murder – I do not like this band. Let’s move on.

The BossHoss – A country and western covers band? Oh why not this’ll be a big ole stack of fun!

Unearth – Sat outside the tent for them at Download 2007 and only caught the end of their set at Wacken 08 so I will endeavour to see them this time around.

Vogelfrey – They have some awesome riffs. I really like what I hear with them. They for sure fall into the “if there’s not a clash” list but they are good.

Volbeat – Oh wait I already talked about Volbeat. Ah fuck it; I am still so happy they are playing!

Warbringer – Another great announcement. They have supported Evile a couple of times and I have always missed the tours which they supported on. I really like what I’ve heard from them and hope to catch them.

Warrior Soul – Another very good band. I really like what I’ve heard of theirs on Spotify and will do all I can to see them.

Wolli & Die Band Des Jahres – I got nothing on these.

So all in all, 2012 is another great line-up from Wacken, which isn’t even complete yet. I am hoping for Devildriver and Exodus as they were scheduled for last year’s festival but pulled out. I am also hoping for some Lamb of God and Korpiklaani. The line-up already has some fantastic acts though and choosing between some of them is going to be a tough call. I think what is actually quite helpful about this line-up is there are very few massive hitters in it that will be seen regardless. I would say at the moment the bands that definitely won’t be missed are Amon Amarth, Delain, Dimmu Borgir, Kamelot, Machine Head, Ministry, Oomph!, Sacred Reich, Saxon, Scorpions, Sick Of It All, Testament and Volbeat are the ones I definitely don’t want to miss (if any of those clash with each other, I’ll be a very sad boy). But as long as that lot don’t clash with each other, and the gaps can all be filled with some great music, Wacken 2012 is shaping up to be another excellent jaunt to Germany. Roll on August!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Cover-Ups and Cancer Bats

This is the first post of 2012 and I will start it off much like I did the first post of 2011 and give a customary new year’s greeting. I hope anyone that opted to celebrate the changing of the year had a good time doing so. I did what I did last time around with the addition of a Jim Jefferies DVD – all in all it was a nice relaxed evening. I opted not to set any fixed new year’s resolutions as I feel that is just setting me up for a fall. There a number of things I would like to achieve and little by little but I’m not setting resolutions to do them. The overall aim is to be in a better life place by the end of the year. There are a number of ways that can be achieved which is good. At the beginning of last year, I was introduced to the 365 project (1 photo for every day of the week) and dropped the ball with it and thought “maybe next year” – well that time is now and I’m not doing it. Oh well.

Almost every post to this blog is about live music as of late and that will be something which no doubt will continue. The only live music discussion for this post will be about Cancer Bats and their planned UK Tour of London. Traditionally, when a band plays a gig, they play one show in the evening. Every now and then, a band will do a matinee show and do a gig early in the afternoon as well as one in the evening (one such example that springs to mind is Fozzy in 2010 on FA Cup Final day). It has to be said though that this is a rare occurrence. I heard mumblings about a Cancer Bats tour and hoped that a date nearby me would happen. I saw them in 2009 at the Wedgewood Rooms and they were superb. The mumblings then changed from UK tour to London residency. Now, I thought that was a shame but going to London is do-able. When I heard this rumour, I assumed they might do a number of evening shows over the space of a week/fortnight in one venue. About a week before this announcement, a gig in the little venue upstairs at The Garage got put on sale and taken down quite quickly. What got announced I think caught everyone by surprise...



They are going to play 6 shows in one day?! That is unbelievable - 6 gigs in 5 really small venues. I mentioned the upstairs room of the Garage – that holds 125 people. That is just smaller than the Joiners in Southampton (which I am struggling to comprehend). I booked tickets for the Garage gig, as well as the ones taking place at The Old Blue Last (11.30am – 100 capacity) and the Notting Hill Arts Club (2.30pm – 220 capacity). Seeing a band like this in an intimate venue is a chance which should not be missed. The fact that I will be seeing them in very intimate surroundings 3 times on that day, well that’s just awesome! The travelling in between the gigs won’t be too much fun, but I’m sure if the band can do it, I’ll cope somehow.

Right, subject change! Over the Christmas period, I went to Twickenham to watch the LV Big Game, which was Harlequins v Saracens. I didn’t realise this was being treated as a Harlequins home game, but looking back on it now, it makes sense as they play their home games at the Twickenham Stoop. Anyway, there were 82000 people there for what was going to be a superb game between these two rival teams. Quins were undefeated in the Aviva Premiership all season and only had one team left to beat in order to have beaten every team this season and that was Saracens. On this occasion they did not get the job done. They were clearly 2nd best in the first half, and didn’t quite do enough in the 2nd to overturn the Saracens dominance. The return game is taking place at Wembley Stadium in March and due to an early bird ticket offer, I have a fantastic seat for the game which cost me £19. If the return game is even a patch on the first contest, then me, and everyone else going to Wembley will be in for a really good day. At Twickenham, they had X Factor finalists, a Queen Tribute band and an opera singer for the pre match/half time entertainment. I saw the opera singer. I was not interested in the slightest in the X Factor stuff and the Queen Tribute band were on before the X Factor girls, so I ended up missing them. It is slightly more high profile for the Wembley match as it is McFly. I’m not a fan of theirs but I can guarantee it will be 69.7x better than the X Factor tripe! The return game is on the 31st March. In between now and then, I will be going to 5 Bath games at The Rec. The next one is a week on Saturday against Glasgow. I’m fairly certain that we are out of Europe this season but I am hoping for a strong showing regardless. After that, it is Northampton Saints in the LV Cup. On Xmas Eve, Bath got torn apart by Northampton at their ground so I am nervous about this one, but a win should see us into the semi finals of the LV Cup which would be excellent. After that it is Newcastle Falcons, Gloucester and Worcester Warriors. With any luck, I will see Bath win at least twice, but hopefully more. Winning all 5 would be very nice indeed! Including the Aviva Premiership final, I will be at 7 more games of rugby before the season ends and that is good news.

To close this blog off, I just wanted to share some thoughts about the Pope and what he said on Monday in a New Year address. Now, before I start talking about it, I should remind y’all that I am an atheist so my point of view will be biased. However, I am not a Dawkings atheist who believes that all religious people are stupid. People have every right to practice religion and believe in God, as much as I have the right to not believe, Thinking about it earlier when trying to find the right words to put down on this post, I still am of the same view that to me, the idea of a greater power/creator is preposterous. I know it isn’t for some people but I am giving you my view. If I were to be a Christian though, there is no way I could be Catholic. Not only is it fact that the Church tried to protect some of their priests and cover up child molestation and sex abuse, but the current Pope went to Africa and said that condoms are causing the spread of AIDS. Those things alone would really cause me to question my faith. It occurs to me that anyone with common sense could apply the message of the Bible, and even of your own strand of Christianity to 21st century society. So with one example I just used, maybe the Catholic Church gets behind the idea that condom use isn’t evil. Yes, it may lead to intercourse which is not for procreation means, but it would certainly help curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in areas where the people believe every word that comes from the Pope’s mouth is the truth. Anyway, this post isn’t about Catholics and condom usage. The Pope gave a new year’s address. The following is a series of quotes from the Reuters article on this address.

Pope Benedict said Monday that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined "the future of humanity itself." The pope made some of his strongest comments against gay marriage in a new year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican in which he touched on some economic and social issues facing the world today.
He told diplomats from nearly 180 countries that the education of children needed proper "settings" and that "pride of place goes to the family, based on the marriage of a man and a woman."
"This is not a simple social convention, but rather the fundamental cell of every society. Consequently, policies which undermine the family threaten human dignity and the future of humanity itself," he said.
The Roman Catholic Church, which has some 1.3 billion members worldwide, teaches that while homosexual tendencies are not sinful, homosexual acts are, and that children should grow up in a traditional family with a mother and a father.


From a strictly scientific sense (which I will guess that the Pope wasn’t thinking of) and say that if everyone suddenly went gay and wanted to get married – then the future of humanity would be in doubt. I somehow feel that is unlikely though. Given the current state of the world, I would estimate that there are more heterosexual people than homosexual. Considering that what I just said is probably fact, how is gay marriage threatening human dignity and the future of humanity itself? Let’s stick with the science theme. I think it is a fair statement to say that most homosexual couples are not going to reproduce. Some may try to reproduce via test-tube babies, surrogate mothers etc but I would guess that if a homosexual couple wishes to raise a child, they will more than likely adopt. There is no fact behind that guesswork; it is pure assumption to lead to my next point. Homosexual people aren’t likely to reproduce anyway – so what does it matter if they are married or not? And if they are married and they reproduce or not, how is this threatening human dignity and the future of humanity itself? The point he is making doesn’t make a great deal of sense. In the 21st century (in most Western countries at least) – homosexual couples can reproduce so how is humanity threatened? How is humanity threatened by two people wanting to express their love for one another, regardless of sex?

The Pope talked about the traditional family being a man, a woman and child/children. This cannot be argued because that is the traditional image of the family. That doesn’t mean that every family is traditional. It also doesn’t mean that just because a family isn’t traditional, they are somehow worse than any other family. I feel that a loving family environment is more important to a child’s development into adulthood than whether there is a man and a woman present. If the man and the woman don’t love each other but are together for the sake of the child; that is not healthy. Here is a hypothetical scenario.
• Family A – Man, Woman, Child. The man and the woman constantly argue as they don’t love/like each other anymore but are together for the sake of the child.
• Family B – Homosexual Couple, Child. The child is raised in a loving family home.
I think anyone would agree that for the benefit of the hypothetical child in question that Family B is the better option. Unless of course if you are in the Catholic Church. Now, I’m not saying the scenario above is always the case. The point I was making via the scenario was that a homosexual couple have the ability to provide a stable environment for a child, in some cases more than a “traditional” family could. Now, this is where the atheism kicks in as the Catholic Church teaches that while homosexual urges are not sinful, homosexual acts are. Well, I disagree that anything really is “sinful”. There are things that are wrong, and homosexuality is not one of those things.

But let’s focus on this teaching for one second. Homosexual thoughts are ok, but homosexual acts are not. Now, I hate to go down the route which is usually exploited for comedy, but I’m going to. How many cases of sex abuse involving under age boys have been reported against Catholic Priests? How many cases of sex abuse involving under age boys have the Catholic Church actively tried to cover up? The sheer fact the head of the Church can publicly say two homosexuals in love wanting to be married is a threat to human dignity and the future of humanity while actively covering up sex abuse by his own priests blows my mind. How about before attacking someone else’s way of life, you sort your own out yeah? How can you actively preach that two people of the same sex who love each other (or even if they don’t) having sex is sinful, while actively covering up your priests engaging in the same activity WITH UNDER AGE BOYS! It blows my mind it really does.

I didn’t decide to talk about this issue because I am gay and I feel offended. That is not the case. I am saying it because it is 2012, and homophobia like this shouldn’t happen. It saddens me that this message will reach the 1.3 billion people who call themselves Catholics and most of them I imagine will agree with it. The Pope has a unique platform in that he can speak to 1/6th of the world’s population and shape their thought process somewhat. He could make a real difference to the world and instead he uses this platform to peddle outdated hate speech. There are many reasons why I am not religious. Even if I was, I could not believe in a corrupt church that covers up sex abuse and peddles homophobia to the masses that eat up his words.

That is all I have for this post. Happy New Year again, and I hope that even though it is early doors, you are having a good one.