That’s Entertainment!

July 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm (Uncategorized)

One of the comic strips in the Globe and Mail is Betty. It’s an average strip with moments of insight about family dynamics. However, the last week or so has been quite compelling. Betty’s wealthy, superficial friend Alex has been appointed to high office in the firm Betty works for. It falls to Alex to tell Betty that she hasn’t been fired, but rather the position she holds will no longer exist in three months. She is then escorted from the building by security. How can I hurt this company more than management is doing she wonders.

For some reason it reminded me of the Jam’s 1980 song.

A police car and a screaming siren –
A pneumatic drill and ripped up concrete –
A baby wailing and stray dog howling –
The screech of brakes and lamp lights blinking –
that’s entertainment.

A smash of glass and the rumble of boots –
An electric train and a ripped up ‘phone booth –
Paint splattered walls and the cry of a tomcat –
Lights going out and a kick in the balls –

that’s entertainment.

Days of speed and slow time Mondays –
Pissing down with rain on a boring Wednesday –
Watching the news and not eating your tea –
A freezing cold flat and damp on the walls –

that’s entertainment.

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a cool warm morning –
Opening the windows and breathing in petrol –
An amateur band rehearsing in a nearby yard –
Watching the telly and thinking about your holidays –

that’s entertainment.
Waking up from bad dreams and smoking cigarettes –
Cuddling a warm girl and smelling stale perfume –
A hot summers’ day and sticky black tarmac –
Feeding ducks in the park and wishing you were faraway –

that’s entertainment.

Two lovers kissing amongst the scream of midnight –
Two lovers missing the tranquility of solitude –
Getting a cab and travelling on buses –
Reading the graffiti about slashed seat affairs –

that’s entertainment.



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