As mentioned in an earlier post, I took a rain check on participating in the world-changing event that was Live Earth and chose instead to participate in the slightly less than global Festa di Bermondsey over the weekend
Without quite reaching the spectacular heights of some previous years, the event still managed to include enough beer bellies, fighting dogs, discarded children and old men engaged in public frottage to make it the success that it always is.
And, of course, Chas and Dave were there…
Based on a couple of chats I’ve had with people who attended both Live Earth at Wembley and some of the festivities in Bermondsey I get the distinct impression that Chas and Dave were miles better
And the viewing figures for Live Earth seem to bear that out
As a Man Made Global Warming sceptic I should be pleased that the event had such a lukewarm reception
But I’m not
After all, when you find yourself in the same company as a newspaper such as The Daily Mail there's a good chance something isn't entirely right
And the problem is (obviously) this - just because the environmental movement is infested and corrupted by all sorts of unpleasant individuals and vested interests that doesn’t mean environmentalism is not worthwhile and essential. It’s just that environmentalism, just like lots of other well-intentioned isms past and present has become a tool for other less well-intentioned agendas. And there's a nasty risk that scepticism about a particular brand of environmentalism will translate into scepticism about all environmentalism
So where the fuck does everyone go from here? Where are the good guys?
And the best line heard in Chez Stef (a zero car household) on this subject in recent days was delivered by my other 1/2 after I rattled off a list of the cars Madonna owns (Mercedes Maybach, two Range Rovers, an Audi A8 and a Mini Cooper S). As the Mrs put it...
And for anyone who wasn't privileged to catch Dave Edmunds' scorching, Global Warming enhancing, Saturday night set at Southwark Park here's a clip of a slightly younger Dave in action...