Parody song about British Blairites


This satiric music video from Britain is about the right-wing Blairite MPs in the British Labour party.

The lyrics are:

Plp – “Marxists”

16 September 2016

Marxists, Trotskyists, entryists
Raised on a diet of lefty bullshit
Oh, you might not encounter
May not have even heard of them
But there are millions of them, trust me

Marxists, Trotskyists, entryists
They swell our membership but we can’t risk it
‘Cause they just want to kick us out
Our centrist values they will flout
They’re just a bunch of louts, I tell you

Brothers, sisters, can’t you see
That Labour under Jeremy
Faces electoral defeat
They think that they’ve got us beat
But they’re no match for the true elite
Ahaha

We’re staging a coup, we’re staging it now
We’re leaving the shadow cabinet
Just refuse to cooperate, yeah
We want your votes, we want your love
We want the things we feel are owed us
We won’t use morals, we won’t use virtues
We’ll use the one thing we’ve got more of: electability

Check our manifesto!
More powers for the likes of Monsanto
‘Cause what’s the point of leadership
If you won’t wave through TTIP
Or swingeing cuts to PIPs?
Oh really

No, this wasn’t meant to be
How did he end up on the ballot, NEC?
This loony lefty firebrand
Is now set in stone like Ed Miliband‘s election pledges

We’re staging a coup, we’re staging it now
We’re leaving the shadow cabinet
Just refuse to cooperate, yeah
We want your votes, we want your love
We want the things we feel are owed us
We won’t use bombs – er, except on Syria
We’ll use the one thing we’ve got more of: electability
And credibility

British Prime Minister Theresa May, satiric song


This 16 September 2016 video is a satiric song on British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May.

The song is a parody of the song ‘Alright‘ (lyrics here) by British band Supergrass.

The lyrics are:

Snoopergrass – “Far Right

I’m not young, I’m not green
But I’m basically your new queen
Say goodbye to your rights
‘Cause I’m far right

I’ll repatriate migrants
And those claiming asylum

Last one out, hit the lights!
I’m far right

I’m not like you, of that you can be sure
Obviously you’re a pleb
Now ensnared in my web

But I’m not young, I am May
Got my hair nice and grey
Flog the NHS, think I might
‘Cause I’m far right

I’ll watch you at all times
Just in case of thought crimes
I’ll be numb to your plight
‘Cause I’m far right

I’ll take Boris as foreign secretary
Should be good for a wheeze
When he insults the Chinese

But I’m not young, I’m not green
I’ll spend loads on machines
You’re all in for a fright
‘Cause I’m far right

I’m not like you, of that you can be sure
Obviously you’re a pleb
Now ensnared in my web

But I’m not young, I am May
Got my hair nice and grey
Flog the NHS, think I might
‘Cause I’m far right

Freddie Mercury gets asteroid named after him


This video says about itself:

Brian May announces Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury 04/09/2016

This video announcement was first shown at the Freddie Mercury 70th Birthday Party in Montreux, Switzerland, Sunday 4 September 2016.

In announcing Asteroid 17473 Freddie Mercury, Brian May said:

“I’m happy to be able to announce that the International Astronomical Union‘s Minor Planet Center has today designated Asteroid 17473, discovered 1991, in Freddie’s name, timed to honour his 70th birthday. Henceforth this object will be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury. Published in the September 4th announcements of the Minor Planet Center, operating out of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, this announcement is to recognise Freddie’s outstanding influence in the world.

From Science News:

Rock star Freddie Mercury now has his own space rock

The late musician is the most recent celebrity to have an asteroid named after him

By Christopher Crockett

5:49pm, September 9, 2016

Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer for the band Queen, once sang: “I’m a shooting star leaping through the sky.” Turning lyrics into reality, the rock legend now has a hunk of space rock named after him. The International Astronomical Union has renamed asteroid 1991 FM3 as (17473) Freddiemercury. Bandmate Brian May, who has a Ph.D. in astrophysics and his own eponymous asteroid, announced the change online September 4, one day before what would have been Mercury’s 70th birthday. The asteroid was discovered in 1991, the same year that Mercury died.

The asteroid named after Mercury (no relation to the planet) sits in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and the 3.4-kilometer-wide rock loops around the sun once every 3.69 years. Mercury joins a long list of celebrity musicians to be immortalized with a small piece of the solar system, including Louie Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and all of the Beatles (John, Paul, George and Ringo).

Modern classical music in medieval Dutch church


Choir in Hooglandse Kerk, 10 September 2016

This photo shows the Leids Kamerkoor choir performing in the Hooglandse Kerk, St. Pancras church in Leiden, the Netherlands. Like all photos in this blog post, this is a cellphone photo.

We heard the choir there on 10 September 2016, Heritage Day.

Hooglandse kerk windows, 10 September 2016

The church was built in the late middle ages. It is in Gothic style, as one can see from the tall windows.

Buildings through Hooglandse kerk windows, 10 September 2016

Through the windows, one can see the buildings around the church; many of them ancient as well.

Tombstone, 10 September 2016

On the church floor, many tombstones, from, eg, the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Some of them still legible; some so worn that they are now illegible; some in which a few letters are still legible, like on the left of this photo. The window reflects on the church floor in this photo.

Light through windows, 10 September 2016

Beautiful late summer light through the windows.

The Leids Kamerkoor choir on this 10 September sang twentieth and twenty-first century classical music, from, eg, Dutch and Canadian composers.

In this 2015 video from a concert in Tampere, Finland, the Leids Kamerkoor sang nineteenth century music: “Die Nachtigall” (The Nightingale), by Mendelssohn.

Trump, Clinton in Frank Sinatra parody song


This is a 9 September 2016 parody music video from Britain about United States presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It is based on ‘Something stupid‘, best known as sung by Frank and Nancy Sinatra.

The lyrics are:

HC: I know I’ve had controversies both domestic and overseas, but that’s in the past
DT: I know I said some stuff that at the time was off-the-cuff, but my support has amassed
HC: Eventually we’ll have a 1v1 debate and an election will ensue
DT: But then I’ll go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like, “I will build a wall between our country and Mexico…”

HC: I can see it in your eyes that you got wise to all my lies, but I will take you down
DT: Well, you’re in for a shock ’cause people love it when I mock you and I play the clown

DT: I practise every day to find some clever lines to say so I can have the best words
HC: But you and I both know your rhetoric is truly sick and that your hair is absurd
DT: The time is right, your bullshit fills my head, my face turns red and my language blue
HC: But then I’ll go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like, “I remember arriving in Bosnia under sniper fire…”

DT: And then I’ll go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like, “Donald J Trump is calling for an immediate ban on all Muslims entering the United States…”

HC: And then I’ll go and spoil it all by saying something stupid like…

Clinton steps up appeals to Republicans, military: here.

Trump could get away with repeating his lie about being a staunch opponent of the Iraq War. That scenario played out 48 hours later when Lauer didn’t fact-check Trump’s false Iraq claim, along with failing to point out that the Republican nominee supported the 2011 U.S. intervention in Libya: here.

Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Smith, British Labour parody songs


This 7 September 2016 parody music video from Britain is called UB4Corbyn – “Red Red Line”. It is inspired by British reggae band UB40 endorsing Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership election. The melody is from the UB40 song Red Red Wine. It says about itself:

Red, red line – defend workers’ rights
Let’s not forget that we still need them so
Red, red line – environmental protections
We’re not doing all we can
Down with Monsanto! Down with Monsanto!

Life’s not fine for the ninety-nine per cent
Finances in the red
That’s just wrong, so let’s find
A solution that’s Labour-led

Red, red line – I’m not stepping down
Work with me while the Tories are tearing apart their own blue heart

Life’s not fine for the ninety-nine per cent
Public services are a mess
No surprise when they’re privatised
So let’s reclaim our NHS

Red, red line – education
We need class sizes under thirty
In every school
That would be cool
Oh, and scrap Trident

We were right to vote for Corbyn before and we will be right to do it again, writes CHELLEY RYAN: here.

This 4 September 2016 parody music video from Britain says about itself:

The Owen Smiths – “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish

My rally was silent
There was nothing, no one, nothing around for miles
I doused my leadership campaign
With a host of spurious claims

I started something, I pitched myself as a radical
When I’m really not so radical
Hair brushed and parted
Clinical me, clinical me, clinical me
I started something and no one’s buying it

I grabbed the bull by the horns
Uh, turns out I was a stalking horse
And I spannered my leadership campaign
When I abstained on the welfare bill

I started something, I pitched myself as a radical
When I’m really not so radical
Hair brushed and parted
Cynical me, cynical me, cynical me
I started something and no one’s buying it

This 4 September 2016 parody music video from Britain says about itself:

The Owen Smiths – “Soft-Leftists of the World Unite”

Learn to love me, I’m a regular bloke
Even if at times I misspoke
Did I mention I’m a radical?
But not so radical that you couldn’t be aspirational

Soft-leftists of the world, unite and take over!
Soft-leftists of the world, let’s take over, over Labour, move it centre

Learn to love me, I’m a regular guy
I’m the man, I’ll tell you for why
I’m a radical, but not too radical
Take my word for it, you cannot win anything with Corbyn

Soft-leftists of the world, unite and take over!
Soft-leftists of the world, let’s take over, over Labour, move it centre

I’m not New Labour or Blairite, my credentials are airtight
Shadow cabinet crashes down, a week is a long time in politics
Try living in the real world, we must be corporate shills
But before I began, I was beaten before I even began

Soft-leftists of the world, unite and take over!
Soft-leftists of the world, let’s take over, over Labour, move it back to the centre

Danish government punishes old lady for helping refugee baby


This video says about itself:

Danish human rights campaigner found guilty of smuggling

11 March 2016

* Couple’s lawyer says no money changed hands
* Family of six were driven from a Danish ferry terminal to a bridge crossing leading to Sweden
* Couple has two weeks to appeal

A court in Denmark has fined a prominent children’s rights campaigner for giving a family of Syrian migrants a ride across the country to Sweden.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad:

She helped stranded refugees and was fined 3,350 euros

Several hundred Danes were given thousands of euros fines because they helped stranded refugees. Lise Ramslog for example, a year ago she helped refugees with a newborn baby to Malmö and was punished for it.

Eppo König

September 5, 2016

On the day Lise Ramslog (70) became a people smuggler, she actually only wanted to go to an ATM. It was Monday, September 7th, 2015, a year ago, when the first wave of refugees reached Denmark.

In her little red Skoda she rode in the afternoon to the bank in Rødbyhavn, a southern port town. “Then I saw a lot of exhausted people sitting and lying along the highway,” says the Danish woman. “Not a pretty sight.”

Around 300 refugees, mostly Syrians and Iraqis, had arrived through Germany by train and ferry in Denmark. Police had halted rail traffic. In the heat then men, women and children walked on the E47 highway to the Swedish city Malmö, almost 200 kilometers away. From some crossovers xenophobes spat on them.

First Ramslog turned her car around. “I did not want to see those people. I thought, I’m going to the woods … But on the way I saw a resident talk to refugees, two couples and a young boy. They pointed to my car and said Sweden, Sweden! They showed me their railway tickets from Hamburg to Malmö. I had better bring them to the station in Maribo, I thought. That was not so far.”

She tells her story in the office of Lisbeth Zornig in Copenhagen. Zornig was children’s ombudswoman in Denmark from 2010 to 2012 and is half of a well-known detective thriller author couple with her husband, former journalist Mikael Lindholm. Like Lise Ramslog she also that September day helped hiking refugees. Both were convicted this year to a fine. This month is the appeal of Zornig and Lindholm. To nearly 160 Danes the same happened last year. This year their number is in the hundreds, appears from media reports. …

The refugee crisis came two months after the appointment of a new Liberal minority government with tacit support of the radical right-wing Danish People’s Party (DF). Strict asylum laws, translated into Arabic published in Lebanese newspapers, refugees had to be put off. Family reunification for asylum seekers is impossible in the first year, they said. The police may confiscate money and [jewelry] property as a contribution to shelter. …

In Denmark you can get up to two years in prison, or a fine, if you deliberately help ‘aliens’ across the border, transport or host them. Danes who do that are legally traffickers. In the Netherlands it is also against the law, but only if it is “for profit” or for money.

“If you offer a stranger a cup of coffee at home in Denmark or allow him or her to sit on the carrier of your bicycle, that’s criminal,” says Mikael Lindholm. Zornig: “They criminalize decency.”

Lise Ramslog does not know how the men and women in her car were called and where they came from. They did not speak each other’s language. Through the rearview mirror they smiled at each other. “They laughed when I laughed. I could see that they were afraid.” She gave them some lemonade and biscuits.

A baby under her dress

“From the back seat I heard strange noises. I looked and saw that one of the women hid something under her clothes: a newborn baby! Then I decided to bring them all the way to Copenhagen. Yes, and there I saw again signs with Sweden on them – to Malmö you just cross a toll bridge. So I just drove on.”

She is used to make mileage. Ramslog is a former professional driver, transporting flowers.

The toll was nearly 130 euros – she had just enough money in her pocket. There was no passport control. “Thank you, thank you, they kept saying when we were over the border. And, money, money. I was not sure whether they wanted money or wanted to give me money. But I said ‘No, thanks’ and gave the boy my glass brooch: a four-leaf clover. I had received it from my sister, because my daughter had died the previous year. They wanted to return the brooch, but I said, he’s still young. I hope he has more luck in life than me.”

On her way back Ramslog came across a police cordon. “I saw large white buses with refugees in them. How nice, I thought. They have arranged buses so that all those people do not have to walk. But they did not go to where they wanted to, they were deported to the ferry to Germany.”

At half past eleven at night she was finally back in her remote home in Nakskov. “My husband was worried and had called friends. I had not brought a phone. I was barefoot all the time. That’s the way I like walking in the woods.”

The next day, her husband said: “You realize you’re a smuggler? So they say on TV about people who help refugees.” Ramslog could not believe it. She put her story on Facebook. They drove back to the bank and met radio and TV journalists. “I told them what had happened. It really popped out. And that was in the news.”

Sometime later a policeman called. “You know why I call?, he said. I said it probably will not be for my speeding ticket. He asked me to make a statement. I do not know what will happen, he said. Maybe you will be prosecuted. ”

She began to worry only when she received a summons and was advised to find a lawyer. “You know what that cost? My husband and I live on 940 euros per month. I just told the judge the story myself. When the decision came, I almost fell off my chair. A fine of 3,350 euros! Since I am retired, they were so “nice” to halve the amount. They did not hang me, but just chopped my hand off.”

I do not regret it

The couple Zornig and Lindholm was fined 6,000 euros together for smuggling. Zornig that September day was also near Rødbyhavn for lecturing. They took to their beach house six refugees. Her husband later in Copenhagen put them on the train to Sweden. She was also filmed by journalists and put a photo of the group on Twitter. “Refugees Pit Stop”, she wrote.

“When people saw that, many more drove to the south with food, drinks and diapers,” says Zornig. “The police can only prosecute people who themselves told to have helped refugees, like us. And people against whom complaints were made by people who were angry about the helping. I am being sued by more than ten people, even by people from Norway and Iceland. We know their names, but we do not know them.”

Acquittal for the same offense

Last month something interesting happened. Two cohabiting women were acquitted for the same offense: a councilor of Aarhus city and a candidate for parliament. They allowed two refugees to stay overnight and bought tickets for them for the ferry to Norway. The court was not certain that they helped “aliens” “intentionally”.

Lindholm: “So it goes then with two politicians. My faith in our legal system has been considerably eroded. … A man who has got a 670 euro fine when he spat on refugees last year. And we get a 6000 euro fine? What example do we give that way?

Things turned out well with the penalty for Ramslog. The Danish jazz musician Benjamin Koppel started a crowd-fund action for Zornig and Lindholm. In a short time he raised nearly 22,000 euros. That also paid Ramslog’s fine. But they still can not tell the story without tears. “I have no regrets and I’m not angry. I just can not understand and do not accept that I’m convicted of something I do not consider to be criminal.” …

If Ramslog goes to the shops, she always passes a refugee center. “There is no bus. If people want to buy something, they have to walk five kilometers. But if I drive along, they know they can get a ride. They are very grateful. I simply will keep doing it. And that is not illegal, because those people have papers.”

This is a jazz music video by Marie Carmen Koppel & Benjamin Koppel – Cause It Reminds Me Of You.