Bloggers use their blogs to share with the world, both in terms of voicing their opinions and also to draw attention to things that they think others should see. Sometimes those things are worthy (i.e. boooooooooring). Sometimes they are cool. I'm going to write a list of stuff I like. All of my posts so far, with the partial exception of the one about not being able to vote, have been cheerful. Don't worry, I'll become driven by hatred and anger in due course. But the sun is out and the weather is blissful today, and I'm thrilled to have this blog, and so I am in a good mood.
Here then, is a list of things I like. Some of them you will certainly have heard of (such as America). Others you may not have. Once I work out how to link to things I'll do this more.By the way, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Again, I need to work out how to set this up automatically. But I want to do it without your replies popping up on screen. For now, I am not motivated to make this a forum for democratic debate. Yeah, I'm bad. Anyway, stuff I like includes:
1. America. Pre 9/11, saying simply that 'I like America' would have seemed crass and fatuous at best, and patronising and maybe even racist at worst. I'm more relaxed about saying it now because bashing the US is so fashionable, and because I very much hope that it will annoy people.
I just spent three months in the States. It was BRILLIANT. Every positive stereotype and pre-conception I had formed was shown to be true in practice. Americans really are friendly. They are friendly and welcoming and interested and interesting in a completely unself-conscious way. They really do love the English accent. They have a love of God, country and community that is unabashed and profoundly comforting. They make fabulous food, and the women are firecrackers.
Of course this is all deeply simplistic. But it's the truth, and the way in which anti Americanism, like anti Semitism, is becoming not only untaboo but positively mainstream makes me want to puke bile till I pass out.
2. George W Bush. A Great Man. Yes really. Yes really, all you middle class lefties I know who thinks Tom's-only-saying-it-to-annoy-or-shock-us-but-he-doesn't-really-think-it-and-if-he-does-really-think-it-he'll-soon-see-sense. I love W. He is a man of immense moral courage, who sees the big picture just like the guy he is the natural successor to, Ronald Reagan.
Reagan was mocked for alleged stupidity too. Reagan was loathed by effete dinner party goers, and held in contempt by the academic elite. Well Reagan saved the world, dickwads, and now W is confronting terrorists. W also understands that it's not only rich people who pay taxes, that if the Left had their way the world would go to hell in a handbasket, and that a belief in God is nothing to be ashamed of. And he isn't a simpleton, you bigoted arses.
3. Richard Littlejohn. Talking of hell in a handbasket, that is a book by the Sun columnist Richard Littlejohn. I haven't, ahem, actually read it, but I love his column. It's clear that he upsets vast swathes of people, which is often a good thing, and he is a shrewder analyst by far than the great majority of opinion writers. Melanie Phillips and Janet Daley, who are stylistically very different to Richard but who also talk sense, deserve honourable mentions. So too does Bruce Anderson, and so does my current boss, but I feel a little inhibited about naming him. Too much like toadying.
4. Peep Show. This is a screamingly funny Channel Four comedy about two bachelors living together in Croydon. It is decadent, outrageous and perceptive. No wonder Ricky Gervais, who deserves all the plaudits that come his way, thinks it's great.
5. Good, White, Christian heterosexuals.
Just kidding. Had you worried there didn't I?
In fact I imagine that some of you will assume that I am not joking, such is the attitude towards the Right. Well, modern conservative philosophy - as espoused by the likes of Hayek - is a direct response to totalitarianism and oppression in all its forms. We're not racist you gimps. We are Right Wing. As opposed to Wrong Wing. Deal with it.
Incidentally, no offence if you ARE White, Christian and heterosexual. Some of my best friends are White, Christian and heterosexual.
6. Football. That's Association Football, or 'soccer' as all you Americans call it. It is every bit as magnificent as its most ardent lovers insist. There should be MORE of it, not less, on terrestrial TV, and men who don't like football are weird. (I don't totally mean the last point, but I don't totally not mean it either.)
7. Weight training. See previous post.
8. Blogging. I can't believe how easy this is. Five minutes and you have a forum to say whatever you want, and people will read it. You don't even have to be HTML literate.
Hey Tony. Yes you, Tony Blair. Piss off! A-whoo! A-WHOO! You can't stop me!
(In fairness to Tony, he probably isn't inclined to want to stop me. This is Britain after all.)
9. Women. Women are great. Not the whiny ones who sap your spirit, talk about pop stars and hair dye and nothing else, object to people watching football, think that men are 'the enemy' and are humourless old battleaxes. Not those ones. But all the others. All the others are great.
10. The Sun. Not the newspaper, although Richard Littlejohn is splendid, as aforementioned. I mean the actual sun. I feel at least twenty percent happier when the Sun has got his hat on. He has today, and all is well.
Phew. This post was pretty angry after all. But there were moments of hope.