lard

Polls

According to 4 different polls last night quoted on the BBC this morning, support for the various leaders after the debate ranged as follows:

Clegg 37-58%
Cameron 19-31%
Brown 13-32%

I think I'm right in saying the Pollsters also usually cite a margin of error of +/-3% making the maximum spread for Clegg 27%, Cameron 18% and Brown 25%.

So given such wild discrepancies remind me again why we pay any attention to these figures?
lard

eastercon

Still undecided about trying to get there for part or all weekend.
There are people it will be great to see, and interesting conversation but its cost and an uninspiring program are negative factors.
lard

free radical

An acquaintance last night described the music of Thelonious Monk as conservative. As he's a fan of Ornette Coleman etc I quickly put him right. Its about context. What Monk was doing at Minton's in 1941/2 along with Gillespie, Parker and Clarke was far more radical than what Coleman did. So too was what Miles Davis developed with Bill Evans for kind of blue in 59.
On both occasions these guys took jazz a big step onwards or in a different direction whereas what ornette did was just follow a progression that gradually moved away from the mainstream.
Listen to what the bebop leaders did themselves in contrast to their work for the likes of Teddy Wilson, the difference is huge. Then look at free jazz evolving through Rollins, Dolphy, Coltrane etc. There is no equivalent jump. And that is why Thelonious Monk is far more radical and more important historically than Ornette Coleman.

And Brilliant Corners remains the greatest jazz album ever.
lard

in my dream

This one didn't freak me like the other day, but I wonder where it comes from.
Somebody in the dream talked about 'salvador Dali's famous film of Rolf Harris playing golf on Blackpool beach.'
I'm assuming this doesn't really exist.
justice

michael foot.

The greatest british political orator of the post-war years, (only Enoch Powell came close in terms of skill and rhetorical power, odious opinions aside.)
Foot always represented true labour identification with the working classes without ever denying the intellectual strength he so generously shared.
Seeing labour as it is now must have broken his heart, seeing the restoration of William Hazlitt as one of our greatest writers thrilled him. I only hope his other great passion, Plymouth Argyle FC can rise in his memory too.