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My Life is Going On – La Casa de Papel

 

It is an age since I have shared music.

But actually this time I am sharing it with a TV recommendation, which is unusual for me.

If you have not been watching La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) then you are missing what I believe is one of the best thriller series for ages. For me, it is one of the best I have seen in my life. It has absolutely everything. It is a compelling drama, exciting, intelligent, emotional, unpredictable, fun, sexy, anti-establishment and completely addictive. It is directed by the talented Alex Pina. I have just started on what I believe is the final series (Series Four). I dread reaching the end.

Do give it a go if it sounds like your kind of thing. Watch it from the first series – you can’t dive in later on. It is on Netflix. But please watch it in the original Spanish (lovely language) with subtitles, not overdubbed. There is nothing worse, or more stupid, than overdubbing.

Back to the music. It was composed by Manel Santisteban, and the words were written by Cecilia Krull. I don’t know if it is a great piece of music or not.

But I now find it as addictive as the series.

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This blog post © the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Music and video from the Netflix series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist)

 

My Life Is Going On

If I’m stayin’ with you, if I’m choosing wrong
I don’t care at all
If I’m losing now, but I’m winning late
That’s all I want
I don’t care at all
I am lost
I don’t care at all
I am lost
Now we need some space, ’cause I feel for you
And I wanna change
Growing up alone, it seems so short
I can’t explain
Whatever happens in the future, trust in destiny
Don’t try to make anything else even when you feel
I don’t care at all
I am lost
I don’t care at all
Lost my time, my life, it’s going on
I will be so strong, looking for a new version of myself
‘Cause now all I want is to be a part of my new world
Whatever happens in the future, trust in destiny
Don’t try to make anything else even when you feel
I don’t care at all
I am lost
I don’t care at all
I am lost
Why not have it all?
I am lost
Lost my time, my life it’s going on
 
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Posted by on June 15, 2020 in Music, Poetry, Uncategorized

 

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Dinner Party conversation

 

I do not eat meat and have not done so for thirty years.

I am not evangelical about it. Other people’s diets are their own affair. And whilst the damage to the planet through meat consumption is deeply disturbing, my own consumption of fish and seafood generally does not provide me with any moral high ground on that score.

But one recurring dinner party conversation I have had over the years with those who like to eat meat has always puzzled me. It goes like this:

Other : (upon deducing that I don’t eat meat) So you don’t eat meat?

Self : No.

Other : That just means red meat, or white meat too?

Self : I eat no meat at all.

Other : But you eat fish?

Self : I love to eat fish. All seafood in fact. Except sea-living mammals.

Other : Some might consider fish to be meat. But anyway, you used to meat once upon a time?

Self : Yes. Lots of it. Anything with a pulse. 

Other : So why did you stop?

At this point I explain that it was for a number of reasons, all and none of which are the primary reason – heath and family history, ethics, environment, animal welfare, etc.

Other : OK (nodding, and then a pause). But you still eat fish.

Self : Yes

Other : You have to admit that is pretty arbitrary

Self : What is?

Other : Well, eating fish and not eating meat. How do you make that distinction?

Self : Between warm-blooded and cold-blooded, I suppose.

Other : Ha! That is really arbitrary.

Self : (smiling) No more than your eating choices when it comes to living creatures.

Other : What do you mean?

Self : You eat cow, and pig, and sheep and chicken I suppose.

Other : Indeed

Self : Duck, rabbit …

Other : Not so keen on rabbit, but its fine.

Self : Horse?

Other : (Looks askance) No

Self : Donkey?

Other : People don’t eat those

Self : I am sure they do somewhere. What about dog, or cat, or squirrel, or rat, or elephant, or giraffe or lion or kangaroo or ostrich, whale or dolphin or …. monkey or ….

Other : Now you are being stupid.

Self : (Shrugs). You rather aggressively suggested my line on what living creatures I eat and do not eat is arbitrary, and I would be the first to concede it has failings from numerous points of view. Vegetarians and vegans would certainly raise questions. The bottom line is I that I don’t eat mammals. The truth is I personally don’t care what you eat, or why.
But when it comes to drawing arbitrary lines. I think you draw them a lot more untidily than I do.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Written a year ago. Though a regular conversation over time.

Art by Luke Martineau

 

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Comments Glitch

There is currently a problem with my WordPress account where comments are not showing and/or I am not seeing them.

It is actually more complicated than that, but deadly dull.

This has been a public service announcement for the few who might be vaguely interested.

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Posted by on April 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Beliefs

 

I am sometimes asked, usually by those who cannot understand my devout atheism, what I believe in.

There is an inference that, if I do not believe in a god, specifically the one they believe in, then I cannot be a good man. They argue that without a code then I am somehow morally bankrupt.

Here then, is my code. It is by no means original, but it is simple. It can be summed up in just six words

They are :

Diversity
Tolerance
Inclusion
Equality
Human Kindness

I did think about writing here and explaining the nature, the relevance, the importance of each element – in isolation and holistically. But that would be preaching – something to which I have a great aversion.

Except to say that I personally feel these beliefs are core to a family, a community, a country, a world living in harmony. I live and breathe by them.

And I have yet to find a mainstream religion or a political manifesto which truly embraces all five of them.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

It disappoints and depresses me that, in the four years since writing this, the leadership and politics of ALL major countries have shifted further (in some cases dramatically) towards positions directly opposed to the above principles. And religion … well … best left unsaid.

Photo by Schlegel Doyle

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2020 in politics, Still Life, Uncategorized

 

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Beneath my skin

 

You have touched me

without touching me.

You have made me

feel you

beneath my skin.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by William Oxer

 

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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I will

 

I will undress you

slowly

with my words.

 

I will guide your hands

irresistibly

with my voice.

 

I will arch your back

beautifully

with my control.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

I wrote this couple of years ago. I will …

Art by Francesca Strino

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Greater danger?

 

Is your beauty

more dangerous

to me

than my words

are to you,

and will we

ever know

for sure?

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by William Oxer

 

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Geometry

 

Your curves

your contours

your angles

your lines

your form

your figure

your shape.

 

I adore

your sublime

geometry.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by William Oxer

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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You can’t argue with stupid

 

You can’t have a rational argument with stupid people when it comes to Brexit or the General Election.

Or with racists.

Half the country voted to leave the European Union in 2016. For most of them, it is still the overriding issue in deciding who to vote for in this coming election. That is despite every single financial forecast (including official Government figures) showing that the country will be much worse off leaving the European Union. Indeed the country will be much poorer for at least a generation. The poorest in our society will suffer the most.

Brexit supporters talk of ‘taking back control’ but have no idea which EU laws have been passed that apparently controlled us. In reality, these ‘EU’ laws have mainly given rights and protections to (British) workers and consumers. But what Brexiteers really mean about ‘taking back control’ is that they don’t want immigration and they don’t like ‘foreigners’.  And yet without immigration, we will simply not have enough people to fill jobs across many sectors, particularly health and social care, but also the hospitality industry and farming. The pinch is already being felt. It will get much worse, believe me.

And of course, to get their beloved Brexit, many Brexiteers will vote Tory.

The same Tory party that started their term in office ten years ago by cutting tax for the wealthy and for business and have since gone on to wreck the National Health Service, welfare and social care, education, the police force, the justice system, the parole system – indeed – there is no part of British life that they have not, through incompetence, greed, corruption, idleness, or sheer ugly political dogma, damaged. The fabric of our society has been ripped apart.

Tories will claim it has been because of the need for austerity, yet the deficit is as big as ever and the country is very close to recession once more. We are now a much poorer country in every respect. The human cost in suffering has been unacceptable. The rise of food banks, homelessness, gang violence amongst the young, and the removal of support for those with serious mental and physical disabilities are all the result of Tory cuts. The Tory refusal to invest directly in schools, hospitals and affordable housing when interest rates have been at an all-time low is beyond belief. Meanwhile the rich in the UK have become richer and richer.

Yet Brexiteers and surprisingly some people who have lost the most and have the most to lose from another Tory government will still vote for Boris Johnston. An old Etonian from a privileged background who as no affinity whatsoever with the working woman or man. A compulsive liar, racist, fraud, and misogynist who has been fired twice for dishonesty. A man who has no grasp of detail, no vision, no decency. A man who bumbles through every interview and question with a string of moronic cliches. A man who will do anything to win power. Including promising a programme of expenditure that a Tory party would never ever usually promise. And which he knows they will never deliver. But however large these promised sums are, they cannot repair the damage that has been done to Britain and its communities over the last ten years.

But Boris doesn’t care. He simply wants power. He who leads a Tory party that has strands of pure fascism in its manifesto. A party that will bring this country to its knees. A party that will make the huge rift in our society even deeper.

Brexiteers will vote for Boris mainly because he has promised them their xenophobic, ill-informed, racist Brexit. They will vote for him because the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express, The Telegraph and the Times (owned by people who pay little tax in the UK and have their own money-making agendas for wanting to see Britain out of Europe – and they hate the Labour Party) have told them to do so. They will vote for him because there are significant amounts of money and lies being poured into advertising and manipulation on social media by faceless organisations or governments who also have their own agendas in supporting Brexit – as they did with the Referendum itself.

They will vote for him because they are stupid. Or racist. Or both.

There is no rational argument that can address that.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Photo © Matt Cardy/Getty Images

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2019 in politics, Uncategorized

 

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Choose

 

I send a kiss

across the miles

for you to choose

where it lands,

for you to feel

my lips

my breath

my desire

my longing

my lust

upon your gorgeous skin.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Not a newly written post, but you can choose.

Art by Ryan Swallow

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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