Monday, 30 June 2014

101st

Didn't realize my last post was my 100th. Was gonna write up some big ass post but have decided to post Ep. 1 & 2 (webisode in street parlance) of YouTube web series Dear Jesus.

My lady Linda Madison put me on (Thanks darling), been watching and not bad at all


"Ehhh!! Just tell him it's his. As long as the men are the same color they can't tell" lolll! no sah!


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So I look back on the stats, see which of my hundred posts made the top 5, garnered the most attention. here goes (yeah, all sex related):

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Garden of Pangea
















Ladies and Gentlemen, rise for the National Anthem of ...

As I watched the Brazil vs. Chile game last night I found an aspect of it absurd.  It was the Brazilian national anthem, how not Brazilian it sounded (to my untrained ears lol).  Coming across Italian sounding, Naples region maybe, the South American climes of Sao Paulo, the Samba of Rio it definitely ain't.



Of all Art forms Music has the advantage of being a complete abstraction. With lyrics or no lyrics, music composition, whatever, it can be anything the composer wants it to be, with or minus some perceived cultural context.  Generally, that is. But National Anthems? Abstraction? :~) I tend to think of military and sporting events, the evocation of patriotism, the fatherland, some past glory in war and battle.

The National Anthem of the republic of Chad anyone?



Montserrat National Anthem came up when I searched "God save the queen". You learn something everyday



And finally the Nigerian National Anthem, incredibly sung by the beautiful Afrobeat artist Tiwa Savage. Very American ey? ;) Still, goose bumps for real ..


Nigerian National Anthem (lyrics)

"Arise, O compatriots, Nigeria's call obey
To serve our fatherland
With love and strength and faith
The labour of our heroes past
Shall never be in vain
To serve with heart and might
One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.

Oh God of creation, direct our noble cause
Guide our leader’s right
Help our youth the truth to know
In love and honesty to grow
And living just and true
Great lofty heights attain
To build a nation where peace and justice shall reign."

Friday, 27 June 2014

Algeria through! Yay!

Big up to my Algerian brothers for making it through to round two!!!


Nail biting affair, had the I and the boys gripped.  And they made it in the end!  Africa is no so under represented lol!


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Nigeria made it to round 2 of World Cup 2014, but ...

.. spare a thought for the bomb blast victims in the capital city of Abuja.  All they wanted to do was wrap up the day and go watch a game of football.


I am completely tired of Muslims (moderate and fundamentalist alike) and their deadly religious ideology - I lump Saudi Arabia and the whole lot.  These Amharic Religions are all pretexts to exploit black people and sell them into slavery.  As usual we black people adopt their shit and take it to the nth degree.  Fcuk em. Rant over.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been designated a terrorist by the US government
Nigeria may end up the sole African representatives in this World Cup (Algeria yet to play) and I really want them to go far.  The Cameroonian defeat to Brazil left a really bitter taste (to think they were once the giants of the continent).  Ghana have acquitted themselves very well but sadly didn't make it through tonight.


And so We must cheer on for round two, Nigeria vs. France.  Quarter finals is very possible.  What better than some Phyno, ey?  One of Nigeria's finest rappers, Phyno been making moves, dropping big tunes and creative videos, indigenous Igbo rapper style.  Holla @ya boi for the translations..




Phyno's Ghost Mode opens with "Otito dili Jesu, Amen". Only in Hip Hop and Rap will an opening line "Praise be to Jesus, Amen" sound so in place.  Crisply absurd and a complete juxtaposition.  Interestingly in Igbo prayers we don't say Jesus but Jesu, as if it is an Igbo Translation instead of the Roman form of the name. Possibly throw back from the early Bibles.

Blogging on a train

Hello blog, hello people.

Been a while, bicycle rides, World Cup 2014, insurgency in Iraq, bombs in Abuja, reflecting on love, lust (ey?) and life. Not been on the trains in a while, quite relaxing sitting back and watching the greenery sweep by, no weaving in and out of London's smog and traffic. Truth be told I am knackered, been non-stop riding for a month+, the old body is feeling it. Should really buy shares in Radox bath salts. Got another race in September, gotta keep on training.

The world cup 2014 has been great, as good as Germany in 2006. A certain festive vibe and some unique drama. Spain viciously dethroned, Luis Suarez ate the entire Italian team, Nigeria took Argentina to the wire, USA as committed as expected, England early exit kinda a surprise. Biggest disappointment has got to be the abject and hopeless display by the Cameroon team, the once beacon of progressive African football. Pele must be ruing his predictions that an African team will win the world cup by Y2K. Another interesting aspect is the number of distinctly African players in the South American teams, not sure if this has always the case, I never really picked up on it in the past.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Welcome To Rio


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0464yj5/welcome-to-rio-2-war

Dedicated Website - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b045h9nn

BBC iPlayer rocks or what? It's documentaries like "Welcome to Rio" that make me not begrudge my TV license.  Quite intensive and You could say Music and War (would make a nice blog title ey?) Excellent documentary about the Favelas of Rio De Janeiro.  Started with Episode 2, War.



Colourful and very insightful, its a microcosm of a world within a world, overlooked by government, thriving on an African life force that precedes the city itself.  What struck me was the same pattern, one that plays out across Western cities, the targeting of young Black Males by the Po-lice.



My tune of the week, "No More" by Lenzman and DRS.  Mellowed out drum and bass and silky thoughtful vocals.  I've been biking it all week, with the sneaky headphone in my left ear, listening to tunes and this one's stood out.  Body is completely knackered at the moment and been having trouble sleeping, possibly related to my battered frame.  Just bought Kalms tablets from Boots, see if the natural remedy helps.

One more week to go and then it's London To Brighton 2014! I'll get over the finish line!

Anyone know of any other good sleep remedies? :-) Yes, I'm asking you!

TGIF