Sunday, 6 October 2013

Twonk...


Warning: Bob Geldof speaks at the One Young World summit at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

I've never given a penny to Live Aid, because charity begins at home, doesn't it?

I've never understood why anyone believes the twaddle this guy spouts, and his rages and rants, together with his ridiculous offspring making fools of themselves seems to make normal people switch off and go and do some gardening, or perhaps the washing up.

Fading 'pop stars', love to think they're righteous, because they swear on television.

Nice.

14 comments:

lilith said...

This idiot and Bono are the absolute pits. Live Aid and its spin offs have made them very rich and full of themselves. He probably believes in catastrophic man made global warming too...

Scrobs... said...

Awful people aren't they, just strutting around, saying they're God's gift to humanity, and all because they both sang crap a few years ago, and some idiots paid them money to do it..

A K Haart said...

They learned to play an audience and seem to think it's real life.

Thud said...

A very minor popstar who rode the bandwagon for all it was worth.

Michael said...

I don't remember liking any of his songs, AK, but perhaps I was a little too old!

They certainly contained little musical skill from what I can remember.

Michael said...

Absolutely, Thud, noisy, obstreperous and in with a rather unpleasant way of life, which must have had some strange influences on much younger children.

My girls thought he was rubbish!

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"Young World" does it say on that podium?

So what is that wrinkled old geezer doing up there?

Who is he anyway?

Anonymous said...

Oh no they don't! He is passionate about saving (millions of) lives and has been successful in doing so. Your youngest daughter thinks he's wonderful for that alone, actually :)

Anonymous said...

Sir Bob is certainly not rubbish - he is inspirational and has campaigned tirelessly to make a difference both to those suffering in third world countries and here at home in the UK. Without him there'd be no Comic Relief or Sport Relief - he's changed the face of charitable giving in this country. I agree with my sis - he's wonderful.

Anonymous said...

He influenced 'younger people' into thinking about the 'real lives' of starving people in other countries. It's evidently made us youngens thoughtful and compassionate towards people who can't even feed their babies. Thank god I don't think like any of you! It has made some of us younger people proactive about contributing to such charity 'spin offs' and helping to make someone who is in pain feel more comfortable. How can this be a bad thing? Just because you don't like an old pop star because he swears on telly (as opposed to at the telly like the rest of us?) Perhaps the people who prefer to bury their heads in that warm, safe sand, should keep their small-minded, negative thoughts away from blogs like this.

Scrobs... said...

He may well have done that, Anons, but that still doesn't warrant the current hype and extravagance of all the newer shows and performances, the glittering conventions and the over-blown publicity, which still doesn't mean that anything is actually solved, although of course, some of the victims of the treacherous countries hoarding the funds will benefit in the short term. Broadcasting programmes are having a field day with these expensive shows, often at the expense of other television budgets, which is probably why I never watch much these days!

Once a government of whatever colour has the oxygen of anyone noisy, be they a 'treasure' actor or a grumpy old pop star, their tax coffers are enlarged by the public of any age, who dip into their pockets and provide funds to offset/divert the taxes which the said gummint can waste elsewhere, like on power subsidies, or HST, or a few 'justified' weapons.

I can say though, that when me and Mrs S think that there is a real need, we give to The Salvation Army, because they are a great organisation which shuns all this bubbly hype, with compassionate workers on the spot day and night, and you hardly ever see them - unless you're really in trouble!

rvi said...

Hallo Mr Scrobs, Life is beginning slowly to get back to some form of normality.... :-{

So I just dropped by on this fine sunny morning in the boondocks to see if you are still around. I see you have been creating a few waves! Tut tut!

These 'younguns' as one of them describes him/herself are really just victims of the Labour education system and cannot see further than the end of their noses. If they really do believe that the odd fiver they contribute makes the slightest difference to world 'poverty' then they need to have their bumps felt. Suggest you point them to the various charity annual reports - especially the accounts sections - so they can discover just how much the bigwigs in these so called charitable organisations are helping themselves to from the little people's contributions and just exactly how much from a pound coin actually goes towards the aim of the organisation rather than redecorating their palatial HQs.. Might help them to see a chink of daylight about the whole charity/poverty racket - and then work out for themselves just how much is siphoned off by local officials/war lords. Billions have been spent in Africa over the years and very little has changed since I first went there in the 1960s to improve the lot of the average village peasant. The real development these days is coming from the Chinese who are actually doing useful things like building roads and railways (while at the same time robbing the continent blind of its natural resources; but let's not go there!).

I have had dealings with quite a few such organizations in a previous incarnation and one of the things that really impressed me was the humble bearded and sandalled field workers driving around in the latest German or Japanese 4x4s with all the aerials and bells and whistles attached. New ones seemed to be de rigeuer for each new 'project' and the impoverished locals were really impressed when these convoys drove into their villages. The cost of just one of these vehicles would probably have paid for half a dozen or more new clean water wells to be drilled. But hey, it's only (other people's) money, innit?

The only charity that ever gets any contribution from us is the RNLI - the lifeboats.

Rant over, and now it is time for my coffee and biscuits.

Scrobs... said...

Aah, Reevers, it's good to see you back again, and I hope all is beginning to ease off for you now!

I've sometimes wondered wht Africa, with such stunning scenery and climate, can't become the destination of choice for a thriving tourist trade. The corruption probably gets in the way every time, so that is probably a non-starter, but looking at seedy Spanish places and other package deals, I'm afraid I'll probably always choose to stay at home, and do the gardening!

We're on a deal where African money almost certainly figures, and while due diligence is happening, it almost certainly comes from somewhere, where a high street bank isn't actually represented...

Exciting times, and as long as the lawyers say 'OK', then fine by us!

rvi said...

Thanks Scrobs.

Best of luck with your deal - but if you can, make sure you get your cash up front! And as for high street banks, well, they are past masters at money laundering so somebody in one or other of them has a sticky finger in the pie somewhere. Just be careful.