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The Weekend Waits – Jockey Full of Bourbon

This is a real treat.

In 1986 Tom Waits starred in the independent black and white movie Down By Law directed by Jim Jarmusch. It also stars John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. The footage here shows some of the unusual architecture of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou with Jockey Full of Bourbon providing the soundtrack.

Edna Million in a drop dead suit
Dutch Pink on a downtown train
Two-dollar pistol but the gun won’t shoot
I’m in the corner on the pouring rain
Sixteen men on a dead man’s chest
And I’ve been drinking from a broken cup
Two pairs of pants and a mohair vest
I’m full of bourbon, I can’t stand up

Hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, children are alone
Hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children are alone

Schiffer broke a bottle on Morgan’s head
And I’m stepping on the devil’s tail
Across the stripes of a full moon’s head
And through the bars of a Cuban jail
Bloody fingers on a purple knife
Flamingo drinking from a cocktail glass
I’m on the lawn with someone else’s wife
Admire the view from up on top of the mast

Hey little bird, fly away home
House is on fire, children are alone
Hey little bird, fly away home
House is on fire, your children are alone

I said hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children are alone
Hey little bird, fly away home
House is on fire, your children are alone

Yellow sheets on a Hong Kong bed
Stazybo horn and a Slingerland ride
“To the carnival” is what she said
A hundred dollars makes it dark inside
Edna Million in a drop dead suit
Dutch Pink on a downtown train
Two-dollar pistol but the gun won’t shoot
I’m in the corner on the pouring rain

Hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children are alone
Hey little bird, fly away home
Your house is on fire, your children are alone

Know What I Mean Harry?

I wrote a short piece about climate change recently. I can only do this from a punters’ eye view. Science was not one of my strongest subjects and therefore I am not qualified to offer anything other than some gut feelings on the subject. My conclusion, based on what I’ve read and with a reasonable knowledge of how politicians react to situations, was that there probably was climate change and that it would no doubt be seized upon and exaggerated primarily for the purposes of revenue raising.

Most of the articles on the subject in the popular press are alarmist one way or the other. A cold snap of winter weather doesn’t prove or disprove anything any more than an unusually hot summer. Weather trends over decades, centuries even millennia have to be closely examined. I pointed out that some scientists in recent memory were in fact warning of a mini ice age based on such data.

Darrell Ince is a bright spark. He is a Professor of computing at the Open University and wrote a fascinating article in yesterday’s Guardian. He points out that many climate scientists refuse to release (details of) the computer programmes on which their findings are based.
Professor Ince writes:

“One of the spinoffs from the emails and documents that were leaked from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia is the light that was shone on the role of program code in climate research. There is a particularly revealing set of “README” documents that were produced by a programmer at UEA apparently known as “Harry”. The documents indicate someone struggling with undocumented, baroque code and missing data – this, in something which forms part of one of the three major climate databases used by researchers throughout the world.

Many climate scientists have refused to publish their computer programs. I suggest is that this is both unscientific behaviour and, equally importantly, ignores a major problem: that scientific software has got a poor reputation for error.”

He points out that such programmes are based on millions of lines of code and that if there is an error in just one it can invalidate a programme and therefore the research arising from it.

The full Guardian article is here
and I think we may well hear more about it.

Sine Die Devine

I was so naive yesterday in assuming that any MPs charged with ripping the absolute pish out of the expenses system falling victim to an unfortunate misunderstanding over their expenses claims would be at least try to give the impression of being contrite and co-operative over their shenanigans.

It seems that the four honourable members are going to try to invoke parliamentary privilege to try and escape scot free. One of them is Jim Devine, the Labour member for Livingston (Robin Cook’s old seat) who is accused of dummying up invoices totalling over eight grand for cleaning and stationery. Then there was the small matter of his imaginary friend the electrician with the non existent address and VAT number.

He has already been de-selected by his local party branch.

Devine is reportedly “devastated” at the turn of events “Other people have paid money back. If there’s a problem, and I don’t think there is one, why wasn’t I given the opportunity to pay it back?” he says

Maybe because their receipts were genuine?

Anyway now it looks as if Jim is hoping he can get the charges “shelved” under a 1689 law.

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