Deep Purple – Machine Head – Album (1972)
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As you are all aware I used to play the triangle in the Band. The Band in question was, to give it the correct title The Band of HM Royal Marines.
As a percussionist the triangle was one of many percussion instruments I was obliged to master and later as an Instructor at the Royal Marines School of Music I ensured this instrument was not neglected. Whilst we enjoyed the insight that the resident Percussion Professor could bring to this instrument I was also keen to take students in my charge to a Masterclass on the triangle during their intensive training delivered by colleagues in the orchestral field.
Whilst I’ve no doubt the majority of you have already seen the numerous YouTube videos regarding the triangle and playing techniques I have been tasked to enlighten those of you that have not.
Wikipedia: The triangle is an idiophone type of musical instrument in the percussion family. It is a bar of metal, usually steel but sometimes other metals like beryllium copper, bent into a triangle shape. The instrument is usually held by a loop of some form of thread or wire at the top curve. It was first made around the 16th century.
Slouching in his leather office chair, Seumas Milne’s mind began to meander into a melancholic mood. It had been a dark week for the Labour Party.
Everything that Jeremy had worked tirelessly towards for decades was unravelling. Nobody was talking about socialism. Nobody was talking about wealth redistribution. Nobody was even talking about David Cameron’s beastly offshore tax arrangements. It was all about Livingstone, and that Blairite fascist John Mann. The creation of a communist utopia seemed a million miles away.
All because of one word – antisemitism. Was there nothing good and pure, he mused to himself, that the Jews could not find a way of destroying?
He could just quit. Go back to writing fantasy fiction about imposing a Stalinist dictatorship via the pages of The Guardian. Life was so much simpler in those days, he thought. That new lady editor seemed even more dedicated to the cause than Rusbridger. He might move into management, get in on that Cayman Islands slush fund. Retire, move to Tuscany. It sounded like bliss.
Following the successful and highly productive visit of Barak O’Bama to the UK it is with great pleasure that the makeup of the council of Western Europia can be announced.
Barak, due to his Kenyan/Irish background and his availability for gainful employment from September 2016 will take up the post of Council member without portfolio for the Western region. It is expected that he will work extremely closely with Anthony Blair to continue to uphold the values of Peace and Freedom so beloved of the pair in their respective times in government.
Before announcing the other members it was felt that mention should be made of some of those persons who have been nominated and/or considered for seats on the Western council but didn’t, for one reason or another, make the final 15.
Several nominations were received for Gordon Brown to have the Regional finance brief but it was considered that, given the fact that he had already saved the World from financial ruin and taking into account the amount of time he spends either deeply sedated or wearing a straightjacket, the job just wouldn’t be big enough for a political colossus of his standing.
There’s been a longstanding belief entrenched in society that doctors and nurses are above reproach and must never be criticised or questioned. Of course, that sort of unthinking attitude is what fosters the culture that allowed serial killer doctor Harold Shipman to go undetected for so long and allowed the atrocities at Mid Staffs to be covered up.
And now once again sections of the commentariat are painting junior doctors as heroes and heroines fighting against an evil baby eating Tory government that wants to put poor people into gas chambers. If you look at the detail of the NHS reforms proposed by Jeremy Hunt, there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. Everyone who hasn’t got a political point to score agrees the reforms will make for a safer, more efficient NHS. Junior doctors are already well paid. Under the reforms their salaries will go even higher, and most of them can look forward to lucrative careers and a fat pension, all paid for out of the public purse.
So why the strikes? Very simple. Labour backed unions are deliberately waging a war against the government and they’re doing it by putting lives at risk. The junior doctors are just doing their unions’ bidding. What is disgraceful and unforgivable is that they’re going against the most basic tenet of the medical profession: First do no harm. It is indicative of how low Labour has sunk under the ghastly Jeremy Corbyn and his band of deranged communist mates that they’re willing to put ordinary people’s lives at risk with these outrageous strikes.
After church this morning I decided to canvass several of the folk who were loitering near the door. I asked about Obama and his so called ‘intervention’. Now, the area where I live is one of the strongest Tory Constituencies in the country and I know that all of those I spoke to were Tory voters. I was heartened to discover that all were Brexiters, and several went further by saying that they had come to see DC as a fool of the highest order. Furthermore, Obama’s intervention was no such thing; it was an impertinence and an intrusion.
We are not stupid.
I have to take issue with those who have been posting downbeat comments and who appear to be disheartened by what has taken place over this past week. To each one I say that if you are feeling demoralised, then you are feeling precisely how Cameron wants you to feel. Project Fear is more complex than shouting “Boo!”. There is a concerted campaign to scare the electorate but also to undermine its confidence and to push it towards the notion that all is lost. It is not. The Battle for Britain has hardly even begun and those who feel that we might as well throw in the towel have already been duped by the psychological warfare that is emanating from Downing Street and its environs.