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Children In Need

I heard Fred McAulay on Radio Scotland say something this morning that made me think. He said ‘Children in Need is great because everybody buys into it’.

What about you?

Let me say of course it’s great that people donate money and that it finds its way to many good and varied causes which help children (in need).

But…….

Am I the only one who finds the whole thing just a tad nauseating? Just when did charities and charity events become such a brand? Why should the fact that there are so many poor, disadvantaged, disabled, sick and abused children be a cause for an annual festival of chummy celebrity backslapping?

I like to think I give generously to charity and I pick my causes carefully. Heck we even fundraised at our silver wedding recently and thanks to our friends and family we raised a tidy sum for Epilepsy Action instead of a whole lot of presents we didn’t need. We were inspired to do this by BLFP corresponent Robbo who with Mrs Robbo did the same thing at their wedding.

However if  there are children in need on such a scale it should be a matter of governmental concern and priority, especially in the week in which we heard of the short harrowing life of baby P in Harringey.

How about adults maybe not giving Christmas presents to each other this year and donating the money instead to children’s charities?

It won’t happen.

It’s not zany or sexy or indeed a blast.

Once again it will be left to X factor runners up, previous winners of Big Brother, BBC Newsreaders, the cast of the Bill oh! and fucking Terry Wogan to gain yet more public exposure and to let the nation salve its conscience by chipping in a few quid for a night of inane shite on the telly.

Pass the sick bag.

There has to be a better way.

Separated at Birth?

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Pat Rolink

Before we see John Martyn on Monday night, We’re off to see another big man, our good friend Patrick do his stand up comedy routine in Motherwell.

Pat’s on this one at the State Bar in Glasgow. He’s about three minutes in.

John Martyn

Having seen John on his last tour, I was left concluding that it could well have been his last tour. However despite his continually deteriorating health, he’s back at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Monday and Mrs Bigrab and I are all set.

Click Here for a superb video of John and Eddi Reader singing ‘He got all the whisky’ (no embedding for this one)

With this one the viewer will be puzzled whether to laugh or cry. Phil Cunningham’s earnest style is really beyond parody. John has in various stages of his career spoken in broad Scots and almost received pronunciation. Here he does Russ Abbott ‘see you Jimmy’. All the stuff that Cunningham says is I suppose true from one side. However only by reading the John Martyn biog can one realise what a bastard (and complete arse) the man can be that he has a more challenging side to his character (despite his obvious charm and warmth in a social idiom).

He sure makes sweet music though.