Criticism should especially apply to the Arctic Monkeys – whose members have sheltered up to £1.1m in the Channel Islands – as they’ve long traded on their image as a band of the people, with Turner cast as a working-class hero, a snotty, sharp-minded northern kid in the mould of the young Lennon, cutting through the bullshit and telling it like it is. They could do with a reminder of just how much they owe to the state they’re so reluctant to fund. Singer Alex Turner may have ascended to the elite, dating models and living the high life, but taxation paid for the hospital where he was born, the school where he was educated and the schools which paid his (teacher) parents’ wages, the street lamps that lit his way home from rehearsals, and the benefits that sustained his bandmates when they were out of work.
[…] The temptation to snarkily quote lyrics has proven irresistible: “What a scummy man/ Just give him half a chance, I bet he’ll rob you if he can.” That song, of course, was a bleak piece of social realism about prostitution on the streets of Sheffield, a city in which the band exhibit a great deal of civic pride: they introduce themselves on stage as “The Arctic Monkeys, from High Green, Sheffield”, and the area telephone prefix 0114 is printed on Matt Helders’ drumhead. If they really cared about their hometown, they could always consider what that £1m could do for a city in which the number of people using food banks has almost doubled in the last 12 months, instead of leaving it to gather dust in Jersey.
everyone’s having their mid-life crises at like 19
Supernatural: Dean Winchester + Color
As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a God. I don’t think there is a God, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a God. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different God, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are.
Kenneth Koch, ”In Love with You”
"Isn’t this history, and aren’t we a couple of ruins?"
17th century astronomical moon phase chart.
I can see no way, I can see no way.
And all of the ghouls come out to play.
And every demon wants his pound of flesh,
But I like to keep some things to myself.
I like to keep my issues drawn;
It’s always darkest before the dawn.
Florence + The Machine, Shake It Out
Don’t make yourself comfortable, Jawn
It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist. - Laverne Cox