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I’m still standing

October 25, 2013

Today is going to be a funny sort of day. I shall be leaving the company I have worked for after the best part of three decades. But….

…you’ll be pleased to know that I am not going to do the End of an Era* post, or the Brave New World** one. Instead, with some surprise that I would find Elton John to have the right thing to say at this point, I’m going for I’m Still Standing. Check out the video to this one, by the way, for costumes which once, in my innocence, I would have just thought were fancy dress.

(I have always liked Elton John. He is an enormously gifted composer and musician, and although his voice is not what it was it has worn better than some – Elvis Costello, for instance. I still don’t understand where the album name Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy came from or what it means, but here’s the title track for you. Some rockers don’t age – and as if to prove it here is Johnny Marr’s The Messenger, with a big thank you to the nice lady over at Snig’s Kitchen for that one.)

You’ll have noted, I hope, how inordinately clever this is – the idea of survival combined with that of being vertical after the end-of-work drinks that are going to happen in a few hours. Libiamo, as the drinking song – Brindisi – from Verdi’s La Traviata has it,

hopefully avoiding the hangover mentioned in the first line of The Stranglers’ Out of my Mind. Not their best song, but it’s always made me laugh since first hearing it blasted out in the Virgin Megastore in Oxford street (those were the days). Of course, one way to avoid the hangover is to end up in the Dubliner’s worst nightmare A Pub with no Beer.

So this has been just a quick one, assuring you that, though mountains may fall and valleys be filled in, sss and the shadowy figure of Mrs sss will still be here. The Show Must Go On.

* Oliver Boyd and the Remembralls – one of a depressingly large number (ie more than 0) of Wrock (wizard rock) bands whose names and music are inspired by Harry Potter.

** David Essex, taken from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds album. I note that album was re-made not so long ago. I’m not sure why – unless it’s to try and convey invasion by the Martians with better special effects; something like Dr Who upgrading the Daleks’ exterminating weapon, which now seems to be a sort of annihilating x-ray but started out as one of those grabbers in the fairground machines which I have never succeeded in operating to obtain a cheap soft toy that I don’t want anyway.


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  1. Hello Simon,

    Of course you’re still standing. Better than you ever did!

    Good luck in whatever you choose to do next. You’ll be great at it, as you well know.

    So, you picked The Messenger, title track from Johnny Marr’s album. It’s a great track. My personal favourite is New Town Velocity, but there are a few gems on that album (European Me, Right Thing Right to name just 2). So true, he’s hardly aged. He’ll be 50 on Halloween, but doesn’t look it.

    The Stranglers are a strange band, aren’t they? Infused with the punk ethic, yet capable of rare delicacy like Golden Brown and Always The Sun.

    Music is a wonderful thing. It’s all emotion.

    Well done on another great post!

    Warm regards

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