"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Mick - Free Bus Pass and a Pension

It's frightening that West Side Story is 50 years old. Lord Patel was a spotty teenager who had regular access to the Opera House in Manchester in September 1958 and saw the premiere. Note this first showing was in Manchester NOT London .. we also got to see the memorable first night of TWANG !! at the Palace Theatre. A disastrous Lionel Bart musical with Anthony Newley, said to have been based on the story of Robin Hood. It lasted a seemingly interminable 3 hours.

Brought up on wholesome diet of Oklahoma! and Gilbert & Sullivan light operas, the effect of this bastardized story of the Montagus and Capulets was stunning., especially the transformation scene when the female chorus sing America!

Gee Officer Krupke!, was a revelation.

Lord Patel at the time had a Saturday job re-arranging sheet music at White & Swales . This was a tiny music shop in Grafton Street, Altrincham. The partners were pianist Noel White ex chairman and director of Altrincham FC, Liverpool FC one of the architects of the the Premier League and now Chairman of the powerful FA International Committee. Peter Swales was very fond of the odd drink or two and was, at his peak Chairman of Manchester City he died in 1996 aged 64.

This was the THE place to be on Saturday afternoons to riffle through the boxes of 78's and listen in to the booths, ogle the girls and act cool. They expanded into white goods and TV's with multiple shops throughout the NW and sold out to Curry's for millions.

Lord Patel seized the opportunity to write down the words from the sheet music and learn them, principally to shock teachers ...

Gee, Officer Krupke,
We're down on our knees,
'Cause no one wants a fellow with a social disease.
Gee, Officer Krupke,
What are we to do?
Gee, Officer Krupke,
Krup you!

The last line of which became our secret oath which mystified our guardians. We were also singing Rock around the Clock , Hound Dog and Good Golly Miss Molly !! .. as no doubt Sir Mick Jagger did at Dartford Grammar School. He is 65 today.


paul said...

Notice from BPI
Reproducing copyrighted material with a pencil and paper is a clear violation of intellectual property law.
We urge the government to crack down on these so called 'pencils and paper' which are in fact tools of international drug dealing and terrorism.

ziz said...

The Intellectual Property Committee sat down and discussed this for some considereable time.

Lord Patel was oncerned about Copyright so here we acknowledge it
Music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
© 1956, 1957 Amberson Holdings LLC and Stephen Sondheim. Copyright renewed.
Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, Publisher.
Complete official lyrics available here

What Toni Fabuloso and Lolla Palooza said we'll leave until another time.

All proceeds from using the lyrics without identifying the Copyright owner will be donated to the men who stand all day under the CCTV camera selling crack cocaine in the Butts, Rochdale.

The young hoodies on BMX bikes, acting as couriers will no doubt receive their share of proceeds, in the usual way.

Just a raise some more dosh for the deserving drug dealers ..

My father is a bastard,
My ma's an S.O.B.
My grandpa's always plastered,
My grandma pushes tea.
My sister wears a mustache,
My brother wears a dress.
Goodness gracious, that's why I'm a mess!

Was, 50 years ago a portal to a world unknown ..

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish