Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Just a ride....

If you’ve been living under a rock then you might not have heard about the whole Kaka Man City deal that was on the table over the last week or so. £100million a year, for a four year deal… Going at around £500k a week… Which is chump change, for Emilio Escobar. The deal didn’t go through I’ve just heard which is a huge relief, because the repercussions of a deal like this would be unfathomable. What would Ronaldo ask for after this? And Messi? When will this football money craziness all end? Thanks to Kaka and his father and closest advisor, we won’t have to go down that road. But beside that whole issue, which has been documented to death in the media, and something that my little blog would just make redundant, I want to say that instead of the media just running with the story, the British journos, and a lot of them too have really had a think about the absurdness of the astronomical amounts of money that would be poured into a little 26 year old’s pocket and actually pondered where it would be better used. At last, British journalism has a head and a heart. How about feeding starving countries? And curing cancer? What about the credit crunch (something which doesn’t seem to affect the middle eastern moguls)? This all reminded me of a man way before his time.

He died at 32, way too young for a social commentator who did not get to see the world in its current befuddlement. Bill Hicks died in 1992. What do you think Bill Hicks would have said if he had lived to have seen the two terms of George W? 911? The internet integration as a lifestyle? But the current state of affairs like the ones above and the Kaka story reminded me of a clip from one of his shows. Much like the lyrics of Dylan, De La Rocha and words of Kerouac – Bill’s observation of society is unmatched, but who cares “It’s just a ride….”

Take a look: http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUiwTubYu0

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