The haughty and lovely Latvian Alina Lebedeva is my new hero. While Prince Charles was in the Latvian capital of Riga working a crowd of children, our friend Alina reached out and whacked him in the face with a flower. As police dragged her away, she proclaimed, “I’m protesting against Latvia joining Nato and I’m against the war in Afghanistan - Britain is the enemy.” Britpop is on Alina’s side, though; at the MTV Europe awards, Damon Albarn showed up in a CND t-shirt, telling viewers, “You have a voice. Use it,” or something similarly trite, but, you know, inspiring and daring or whatever. Incidentally, in a better world (like Chom), anyone who claimed to actually like Blur would carry the burden of having to back that up with proof of a good Blur song. And I’ve never heard Gorillaz, but one has to wonder about anything with a name like that. I think that the ‘z’ is short for ‘irony,’ which will soon be illegal.
In other news, George W. Bush is weird: “We have our marching orders. My fellow Americans, Let’s roll,” he reportedly said at a speech to workers in Atlanta. Let’s roll? Maybe “Yippie ki-yay, motherfucker!” next time?
And because I’ve been busily combing the world wide web for news, I’ve neglected to do my stupid Java homework. But who cares, I already have an A. I wonder if that’s a peculiarly American attitude? No, I’m just tired.
Chris adds I didn’t do my Java homework either. Well, I did, but it wasn’t up to my usual standard of excellence and I was tired so I didn’t turn it in. It was a difficult assignment, the real challenge being understanding what the hell the assignment actually was, since the directions were I think written by a brain damaged four year old.
Also: a good Blur song is To The End (French version) from disc 2 of the Parklife single. It’s a duet with Laetitia Sadier of Tediouslab.
Jacob updates: Prince Charles is urging for leniency for Alina, who, according to her English teacher is “very clever” but “not hard-working” and “believes in communism, unfortunately.”
Another update: Free Alina! Actually, her case hasn’t gone to trial yet. Thank you to Sean Mason for the link.
You’re so vicious!