Saturday, 2 August 2008

Ian Dury, Noddy, CSA and Olympics




I suppose I had better start explanations with Noddy. There may be readers with so sheltered an upbringing in some remote corner of the world as to have been untouched by the dead hand of Enid Blyton, She was a prolific children's author over several decades and a gruesome old bat in real life (free legal advice - you can't defame the dead). One of her most ubiquitous and annoying creations was Noddy, a wooden toy who lived - unimaginatively enough - in Toytown. He drove a taxi, was big mates with some sort of gnome called Big Ears and was constantly in various low level trouble with the local constabulary in the form of PC Plod. That's about all you need to know.


I'm not sure how well-known Ian Dury is in foreign climes - it's not just that he was very English - it's more specific than that, he was very London. He led a rock and roll band, Ian Dury and the Blockheads but he was far from just a rock and roller. His lyrics are unique for their wit, verve, whimsy and imagination. He was a one off and one of those people you will never read a bad word about from anyone who met him. He suffered from the effects of childhood polio and managed to get his song - Spasticus Autisticus - written for the International Year of Disabled Persons banned by the BBC despite his credentials in this area. The above clip, Fuck Off Noddy, is one of his little pieces of whimsy and delicious revenge on behalf of anyone who had their childhood blighted by suchlike twee rubbish. Dury died in 1998 after struggling with one of those horrendous cancers that just recur all over the place.


Changing subject, I read that 20% of claims by women to the Child Support Agency for - well obviously - child support, are made against men who turn out not to be the father. I merely raise an eyebrow.


Changing subject again, not many days before the Beijing Olympics,does anyone acually give a stuff about the Olympics as a sporting event? Pretty much all coverage so far has (rightly) been about Tibet, broken promises as regards human rights and non-censorship of websites, the polluted state of the Beijing air and social cleansing of the occupiers of unprepossessing looking homes or business premises around the Olympic stadium. Usually the Olympics is simply an overblown nationalistic crap sport feeding frenzy (I except the athletics, which is okay, from the crap sport category) but this time around the story isn't the sports at all - it's the Chinese regime. They must be spitting nails. Serves them right...


Back to Ian Dury and a song from him in rock and roll mode - Sweet Gene Vincent. Bear with it for the ballady one and a half minute intro. It's worth the wait. If unfamiliar with him, have a little rummage about on YouTube for such gems as There Ain't Half Been Some Clever Bastards (whimsy) and Plaistow Patricia (famous - or perhaps infamous - for its opening barrage of very rude words indeed).

12 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

Ian Dury hit the high point of his fame over here with "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" and "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll". Back around 1979-80, I think.

Not much after that.

never mind the bollix said...

Ian Dury was indeed very 'London'. He was also superb, fantastic and very clever. I spent my adolescent years listening to Ian Dury and the Blockheads and still have his records kicking about somewhere. One of lifes 'proper geezers'.

JoJo said...

Yes, b.e. earl is right; I was going to say the same thing. But I had no idea that he passed away 10 years ago. I never heard. That's too bad.

Sounds like Enid Blyton had a bit too much ergot mold in her rye bread.

We refuse to watch the Olympics. There's a woman from my town here in WA who is going for the gold in weight lifting, but I won't even watch for her sake. I am appalled at the Chinese government. I am appalled at the pollution. My husband, Brian, hosts an internet radio show on Blog Talk Radio and tomorrow afternoon he'll be interviewing a woman who is running the www.iwontwatchtheolympics.com site. To me, these olympics are a joke and it makes me sick.

Ron Knee said...

My claim to fame: I used to live just dahn the frog from his place at Camden.

Charon QC said...

It is 5.00 am on Sunday morning. I am still sipping Rioja... from a glass rfather than necking it straight from the bottle.

It was good to read this post. Now.... it may be time for morpheus.

I am, by the way, holding a one man boycott of the Olympics - but have just posted about Jaws... who is back....

If you would like to send some money to Tony Blair - he is in beijing, courtesy of MySpaece to receive your adulation. He will, I am sure, take Amex, Visa, Mastercard and maestro. he may even have one of those yellow machines used in PP agencies / newsagents and allow you to pay through that. Paypal may also be an option...and, I have no doubt, used fivers will also be very much appreciated. I gather that one of his houses is in London - near Marble Arch

elizabeth said...

Noddy brings out a rage in my. Don't know why...

Ron Knee said...

Noddy brings me out in spots.


Thats why I don't shag him anymore.

white rabbit said...

Very sensible, Ronald. Very sensible...

Renegade Eye said...

I never knew Noddy. You probably don't know Howdy Doody and Buffalo Bob.

With the world economy so intertwined, all that can be done to China is snip at it. Even Dalai Lama is not going to really fight.

Julie said...

I hate to say this but I liked Noddy until I was seven. :-(

Don said...

Hello,

May I suggest a link related to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games?

Our site:

URL: http://www.2008chinaolympics.com
Title: Beijing Olympics

Please let me know if you want a link back.
Many thanks for your reply.

Best Regards,

Don
chinaolympics8@gmail.com

Ron Knee said...

Hello Don

May I suggest a link to the Tiananmen Square human rights violations?

Best regards
Ron knee