Monday, July 17, 2006

Drugs and TV

I have been compulsively eating snacks. I call them snacks cos I have no idea what they are really called... Nor what they are made from... Rice? Corn? Shrimp? I bought a bag as big as a pillow for 2000 won (aka 2 bux) and have eaten my way through most of it this weekend. Luke tells me Koreans call them 'drugs' cos they are so addictive. I get it.

And while eating them, tonight I watched a documentary festival on TV. Though sometimes I lucked out with the dubbed Korean, I watched 2 British docos that had subtitles so I didn't have to invent the narrative. They were both brilliant. The first was 'Songbirds' - a musical set inside a women's prison outside of London. It was heartbreaking. Women inmates told their stories about their crimes, lives, masturbation, abuse... This was interspersed with choreographed songs... Think 'Dancer in the Dark'. Intense.
The next doco was about Soviet humour, it was called 'Hammer and Tickle' and it was just so funny, giving a potted history of the rise and fall of communism as it went, and the evolution of anti-Soviet jokes. Excellent.
Hammer and Tickle featured The Scorpions and I think everyone benefits from a review of 'Winds of Change'::

I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
An August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change

The world closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers?
The future's in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
In the wind of change


mskp said...

i follow them as one...

and down to donkey kong...

Anonymous said...

hey....i just wanna point out that me and my mates call them "drugs" not everyone....

kitpixwhatever said...

oh but everybody should call them drugs - coz they are!!!!

fantastically, often stale, multi-coloured, hollowed-out drugs...its the perfect term :) luke and his friends should patent the phrase!!

and i did get a johnny dose, but not with a pirate swagger...with scissors as hands but it satisfied just as well...

misty L said...

I love The Scorpions.

Steve Chatelier said...

I was doing some reading up on K`Stan just a couple of days ago and saw a Gorky Park on the map and found myself singing the scorpions all day...including that whistling bit...although I was whistling - not singing - that bit.

Bonnie Conquest said...

Luke, JD, whatever - now everyone WILL call them drugs.. heh heh.

I like how all the Scorpions fans have rushed outta the closet - Misty, I'm not surprised to see you front of the line.

jethan said...

i almost got stung by a scorpion once. i never really liked donkey kong much. it was too much trying to save that dumb princess from the giant ape. time for a milkshake!