Best Shoe

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You know I had to do it.

Polly’s seven-part Whose Shoes? contest went down ever-so well, so it would be rude not to honour those fine shoes.

Vote for your favourite today. It’s the one award that everyone in the band desperately wants to win, you know.

I’d also like you to nominate those ideas worthy of our Most Novel Way for David to Save the World (Again) award (and please keep sending in your Well, I Never nominations as well).

Will reuniting with the other members of Pink Floyd feed the hungry? Will playing songs from his first solo album heal the lame? Could David reduce global warming just by signing a few (thousand) autographs and handing them out with a cheery smile at large international airports? Perhaps a long-awaited tour of South America will help doctors find a cure to all of society’s most cruel and unforgiving diseases.

If you have a suggestion for David, please let me know. Damn it, it’s the least he can do.

But don’t forget those shoes.

My thanks to everyone who voted for us in the Weblog Awards. Voting has now closed and, although the winner will be confirmed tomorrow, it looks as though we came second. If that is the case, then congratulations to the winning blog, i guess i’m floating, and all its readers.

Thank you so much for your votes.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

104 thoughts on “Best Shoe”

  1. Most Novel Way for David to Save the World (Again):

    1. Go on a comedy tour with Rog. Proceeds to go to The Home for Wayward Comedians, London branch.
    2. Stump for a Green candidate next election, playing “Green Is the Colour” at every stop.
    3. Sell kisses at the county fair. Proceeds to go towards Save the Pigs and the International Society of Gilmourettes for Peace.

    (Small potatoes in the overall scheme of global problems, I realize. But it’s a start, right David?)

    xo
    Deborah

  2. Heh, heh, heh, I’m reminded of a particular Weird Al song involving shoes for some reason.

    Most novel way David can save the world… I keep coming back to the ‘Randolph Scott’ moment in the movie Blazing Saddles.

    To explain for those who haven’t seen the movie (and who may not want to… the content can be fairly offensive in a satirical way, but that’s what Mel Brooks does best)… there’s a scene where one of the two leads is trying to get a townsful of people to do something and they’re a bit reluctant. Then the lead says, “You’d do it for Randolph Scott.” The townsfolk gasp and reverently whisper, “RANDOLPH SCOTT!” and a chorus sings his name triumphantly, and the townsfolk agree to what the lead is trying to get them to do.

    So, in the DG version of this, you’d have David looking down from a stage at an audience full of world leaders and high-level businessmen, and he’d say, “You’d do it for Syd Barrett.”

    And you can pretty much imagine the rest. Heh.

    Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies all around,
    Phoenix.

    PS. The Well I Never…! moment from me comes thanks to Michele, who totally ruined my incorrect assumption/biased thought that all French people hated it when non-French people tried (and failed) to properly speak or write in French, which made me hesitant in the chatroom to try, for fear of offending.

    Veuillez agréer mes excuses humbles pour une prétention si incorrecte et blessante.

  3. I think we need a recount on the votes. To lose by 74 votes is really sad. I really wanted to see Davids’ web site win. Oh Well we did come in 2nd. But in my heart this web site will always be #1. So thank you David, Polly and The Features Editor (Fed) for making this a great place to come to and enjoy.

    Take Care
    Thomas

  4. If you are opening a can of worms, I suggest David and Polly and the crew come online and say Happy Holidays to all, the world over.

    It won’t save it, but it would make it better nonetheless.

  5. I think that a Pink Floyd Light show would increase global warming…don’t you? How about a signed DVD for individuals that send a sizable contribution to Dave and Pollys charities via the website.

  6. The Most Novel Way for David to Save the World:

    – He could give all his black T-shirts all around the world…They would be enough to dress everybody in the world! (hmm…sorry, not so funny…)

    – or he could sell all his bootlegs from his last tour on eBay, raise much money and give it… (pointy stick, Fed ?)

    – But, in fact, he would better keep doing as he always did, by giving money to charity without any publicity !

    Michèle

  7. Best shoe would have to belong to David. This is David’s site, after all, so that only seems fitting (sorry for the awful pun).

    The best strange idea award, by the way, should go to the shoe contests. I would never have thought of taking those pictures and, if someone had given them to me, I would never have thought of turning them into a contest. That said, it was fun to try placing shoe to musician. I proved terrible at doing so, by the way.

  8. I’ve still finshed watching my dvd!!! Wow! It’s all fantastic…but High Hopes is the best. Oh mates, I love that acoustic solo SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!

    And thanks for the tour book surprise. GREAT!

    Ah! When I arrived to my parents’ house this morning, I go immediatly to look for my dvd…but when I saw the packaging, I though: “Oh my god! I thought I have preordered for a dvd…but it seems a vinyl record and…I HAVE NOT A VINYL RECORDS’ PLAYER!!!”

    Wow! What a panic! Are those jokes to do to a poor fan?!!!!

    At last, do you know, FEd, if Polly will give David some black t-shirts for Christmas? I am just joking, I don’t want to be impolite. Black t-shirt are becaming one of the brand to identify Mr. Girlmour, like the joint of Bob Marley or the strange suits of Elton John!

    L!

  9. Re-unite Pink Floyd for series of live shows, but only in South Amercia for some good cause like Geldof’s make Poverty History. Film the shows and do a DVD for the rest of the world, again all for charity. I forgot some of David’s older solo works.

    I got it, for the encore do a couple of older Gilmour tunes and a couple of Water’s tunes. Yeah that would work, because if people in power would listen to the words these guys create, we could get this ship going in the right direction.

    Have a good Holiday everybody.

    George

  10. I have to vote for Mr Guy “I don’t need no lace control” Pratt with his very Rock ‘n’ Roll Converse shoes. They look quite comfortable too!

  11. Well FEd, I’ve cast the very important vote — but I’m feeling torn. I looked back to each and every shoe photo (Polly, why didn’t you shoot yours as well?) and it was a toss up for first place.

    David’s were very stylish and classy but not pretentious, Guy’s were relaxed to the point of unconciousness and funky, Jon’s mocs looked extremely comfy, Phil’s looked like they should belong to you FEd (pointy-stick design), Rick, Steve and Dick are a tie with similarly comfortable and sensible design. A tough choice …

    I’ll have to get back to you later with my ‘Most Novel Way for David to Save the World (Again)’ idea as it will require a great deal of deep thought, this being such a huge and meaningful contribution to humanity and all. Not to mention that later on I’ll have some inspiration from the very clever, witty and articulate Irregulars out there (you know who you are). In other words, I can plagarize.

    Actually, I was going to suggest a sort of ‘body snatcher’ scenario whereby David, along with his most trusted co-horts and advisors, could ‘take over’ the minds/bodies of various countries’ governing officials thereby saving the planet and it’s inhabitants from the destruction and suffering that is a result of having those (dick)heads of state making decisions based on ignorance, greed, so-called faith (the deaf, dumb and blind kind), and downright meanness. And if that doesn’t do it for you, just think about the parties and the rockin’ new house band!!

    I’d also like to mention to my friends out there that, should I become ‘disappeared’, please send someone to Gitmo to try to find me, okay??

    Sorry for the run on FEd. See what happens when your drug-of-choice (dg.com) is withheld for a few days?

    Peace,
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  12. How could Steve be in third place with his shoes at this point? We all know that El Magnifico has the snazziest shoes.

    My prediction is that that David or Guy will win and not because of the shoes.

    Andrew

  13. I like Davids shoes, he wears the same kind of shoes as I normally do 😉

    I think a charity Album with other great Artists and giving some of the profits to an organization like UNICEF (that had the 60th Anniversary shortly) would help a little bit.

  14. Nice to see you getting a year’s worth of rubbish out of your system with some suitably humerous sarcasm.

    I think David’s best efforts to combat Global Whining has to be you, Fed.

  15. BEST SHOE:

    Has to be the only allstar we have conversed with in the Chatroom our bass guru Guy and his tattered retro yet somewhat swanky converse allstars circa 1825?

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  16. Second Place is also very good FEd, am sure that David Polly and all the bloggers will also share that point of view.

    Saving the world is always a good thing to do, from poverty to diseases and using the power of music or just meeting the people who are in those needs.

    I go often on tour and produce a film documentary that I give to the adequate charity so that they can show their members and it can help them rais funds to divert where it is most needed.

    Last one was in support to ayoung Kenyan Doctor who started with the creation of an orphanage and has opened now a clinic, a hospital, and several food growing programs that feeds most if not all the children of a whole western region of His Country Kenya.

    More are in the pipeline and i wll keep you informed if you wish me to.

    All the best and if am not back before, Have the Best Christmas with all my very best Wishes to the Whole Entire Team.

    Emmanuel

  17. Fed, stay away from that keyboard on a Sunday afternoon. It’s pathetic.

    You are not drunk are you?

    [Not drunk, just feeling very smug for some strange reason. – Features Editor]

  18. I did , over the year, keep thinking that David could ease a lot of mental anguish by playing Brazil at least once, though they would prefer four or five times, a year for the next millenium.

    DAVID,PLEASE PLAY BRAZIL,WE LOVE YOU IN BRAZIL ad infinitum.

  19. Hi Fed,

    Thanks for not giving me the Foot in Mouth award, although i think Polly & David would see the funny side, as i do now, i am also still horrified that i may have caused offence to someone i admire.

    regards
    Graham

    [No offence was caused, Graham. – Features Editor]

  20. [Will reuniting with the other members of Pink Floyd feed the hungry?]

    YES!!!!!!! you make me hope… anyway of course it would. if the money made from the tour was donated to help the hungry by providing not just food but education and materials for them to farm and provide for themselves…. Im sure Pink Floyd (with OR without a certain bass player… for the record i would much rather see Guy Pratt play) it would sell out worldwide for 3 years… i would love to take my daughter to see them, and im sure so would Billions more…

    come on David…be like Mcdonalds, Serve Billions of us and make us all happy! (you could raise money for the hungry while your at it! and we really dont care if its a “wet” tour or not!)

  21. [Could David reduce global warming just by signing a few (thousand) autographs and handing them out with a cheery smile at large international airports?]

    one more thing… if this is done, please use Hemp paper, as it would save alot of trees!

    maybe release some of them soundboards hes got locked away (insert me dancing here!)
    He could sell them on the site and make alot more money that way (probably millions) and its more realistic!

  22. I think David could use his up coming Signature Stratocaster to bring attention to his, and many other people’s, environmental concerns. Perhaps it could use only certified timbers, non-toxic metal plating and an environmentally friendly painted finish. It would not only bring attention to these issues but would also make David’s guitar genuinely different from all of the other Stratocasters Fender produce. It’s not going to change the world but it might give the guitar playing community a prod in the right direction.

  23. Happy Monday,

    Well Fed, week after week you have delivered. You know what, you nailed it. You have made this website your own. You will make a career out of it.

    And it will all start all over again in 6 months.

    Pete – Coventry

    [I’m not sure I like the sound of that, Pete. – Features Editor]

  24. Gudday Fed and all…ref THE MOST NOVEL WAY FOR DAVID TO SAVE THE WORLD AGAIN :

    1 .DECLARE HIMSELF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND BAN ALL ‘SILLINESS’ and ‘FUNNY BUSINESS ‘ OF ALL KINDS

    2. IF NUMBER ONE (1) IS IGNORED THEN DECLARE HIMSELF AS ‘HARRY POTTER ‘ AND TURN ALL NON-COMPLIANTS INTO CHOCOLATE CAKES …..which can be airlifted to the needy AND…the plain GREEDY around the known universe….

    ps HARRY ( DAVID ! ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE *** RESURRECT Prof. DUMBLEDORE…..and I promise NO ONE WILL EVER SAY THE WORDS !!! PINK PLOYD REFORMING ? EVER AGAIN……Scouts Honour

    martin d

  25. Reuniting with Pink Floyd and playing South America go without saying. On a smaller scale how about issuing every concert goer with an authentic used plectrum.

    What a great idea to have a ‘Best Shoe’ vote. It brightened up my Monday. (Okay, I know I’m sad…)

  26. RE : ‘MOST NOVEL WAY FOR DAVID TO SAVE THE WORLD AGAIN’

    MAKE A FILM WITH TOM CRUISE AND CALL IT ‘WAR OF THE WORLDS’…….

    DEAR DAVID…THIS IS NOT AS UNLIKELY AS YOU MIGHT THINK COZ ME AND TOM ARE BIG BUDDIES…PLUS I CAN ASK MY MATE STEVIE ( THATS SPIELBERG TO EVERYONE ELSE !! )TO DIRECT ..OK ??

    Shame about the ‘SILVER ‘ medal in the BLOG awards F*ed…..I HOPE IT WONT SPOIL YOUR XMAS ??

    martin d

    [I think I can live with it, Martin. – Features Editor]

  27. about saving the world…couple years ago:

    Late night. David awakes in his farm and look at his side to check if Polly is sleeping. He´s having this nightmares for a while now…Silently, he goes down stairs and leaves through the kitchen´s back door, into the barn.

    He opens the wooden doors and turn the lights on. At his right lies a giant inflatable pig – wizened. At his left two giant heads facing one another stand in a corner. And in his front, hanging on the ceiling a dusty rounded screen is a quiet testemony of long gone days…

    David bends and open a small trap door on the ground, revealing a ladder that goes into the darkness. He climbs it down, picking a lamp to light his way ahead.

    When he reaches the ground, he gropes a small cabinet, looking inside it´s drawers. He finds a small crystal, prism shaped. Right in front of him lies a structure like a hive, formed by similar crystals. He insert the one in his hand into a hole in the hive…

    The whole room is lighten, as the ethereal image of his long gone father floats above his head:

    – Father, I know it´s been a long while since the last time I´ve asked you, but I need your help…
    People ask me all kinds of things, all time! I can hear their voices inside my head begging for help. The poor, the lost, the hungry, the greens, brazilians begging me to go there…I can´t help them all time. What can I do?

    – My son – says the head – you are Jon-El (ouch!) a son of Krypton. When me and your mother decided to send you to the planet called Earth we knew that it´s yellow sun would give you great powers. You will be able to play an instrument earthers are very found of, specially the younger ones – the guitar. You will play it with such talent and in a manner that has never been done before. Your gifts will inspire people and touch their lifes in a way that you would never expect. And also, as your body may age, your voice you get better through the years and along with your guitar playing, will be the best gift you will give to mankind. So, do not blame yourself and do not fear.

    – Well, thanks father! I needed…

    – Just two more things son…

    – Yes?

    – Through the years you will find a man, a son of earth, who plays an instrument, very similar to yours, but with a different sound and purpose. In the beggining, both of you will get along well and you´ll acomplish together something that will be remembered for ages. Millions of people will reverence you as gods, so beware of that and of this fellow too, because in time, he will reveal that his only human after all and full of angry and resentment. But forgive him, my son. As I said, he´s only human (he really can write good stuff though!)

    – Ok, dad, it´s a little late for that, but anyways, thanks!

    – One last thing son. Your mother made this stupid purple and yellow suit for you and left it under the seat on the ship. Please, don´t wear it, never! It´s too embarassing…

  28. I’m still coming up with a masterplan on how David can save the world. In the mean time I’ve heard Arnold Layne twice on radio 2 today which has brightened up my little world no end!

  29. Ciao,

    best shoe??? Listen folks….I am italian and..you know how obsessed with style italians are. We especially take care of shoes. We like nice italian shoes, among the best in the world (too nationalistic? come on it’s true!!). So..despite the “band” members are rich..the shoes..errr, ..gosh I have to say they are horrible. Horrible!!! No one here would wear those crap shoes. It is easier to find the worst pair than the best one. But I have a winner. Yes. Probably the reason is that he is the richest one. But the most decent shoes are those of Mr. Gilmour. That’s it.

    Ciao a tutti.

    Shoe= scarpa
    Shoes= scarpe 🙂

  30. re NOVEL WAYS FOR DAVID TO SAVE THE WORLD AGAIN

    * INVENT A DECENT TIME MACHINE pdq

    * then go back in time and STOP.. EINSTEIN blabbing on about all that E=MC squared rubbish before its too late !!! pdq my lad now get to it !!!!

    ps PUT a spell on Heisenberg…he’s too clever !!

    martin d

  31. Don’t think David is that good and no individual can save the world. If indeed some of it can be saved. We have to accept that in some instances conditions are against us !

    eg. Some parts of Africa are just not sustainable and it is too hot to hold any water if indeed it rains. No water and too much heat means non arable land etc. Therefore people cannot support themselves and pumping money in is not the answer.

    Therefore i suggest a concert to raise funds to move all the Africans living in these acute conditions to Poland and Lithuania. There must be plenty of empty houses as they are all moving here ! Note there’s not enough water in the South East of England for us and it pisses down every other day at the moment ! What chance have the equator people got !!!

    Tongue in cheek but there is some method in the madness !

    On a serious note how about David and his followers doing an accoustic concert tour on foot ! The bloggers could relay the kit. Charge punters and donate funds to Davids Crisis or whatever ! FED, you can carry the Base Drum ! I’ll carry davids picks. David could perform On an Island on an island. Say the Isle of Wight or somewhere !!!

    Talking about picks i have recieved my excellend DVD with a complimentary tour programme for being late ! Wish i’d known i could have saved myself a tenner but never mind. I notice David has the most wonderfull picks with his name on them. Are they available to Joe Public ???

  32. Melissa, most Poles would rather have Communism back; Solidarity and Democracy has done more harm than good in Poland. I suppose it depends on whether you think people OR property/possessions/power, are more important.

    What’s the difference between Democracy – as it stands – and Fascism? That feeling is by no means exclusive to Poland. I’m sure the system will try and change that opinion with re-education and time.

    Features Editor:

    I’m not defending those that called for – demanded – a Floyd reunion. Anyone that contests David’s – and the others – decision/right for not doing so isn’t a supporter of their art and human emotion in general. Just replying to your comment with what I perceive as the obvious.

    “Will reuniting with the other members of Pink Floyd feed the hungry? (The money generated would go a long way to achieving that end. HP)

    Will playing songs from his first solo album heal the lame? (In general, no. Trying wouldn’t hurt. HP.)

    Could David reduce global warming just by signing a few (thousand) autographs and handing them out with a cheery smile at large international airports? (That would be contributing to the problem. Human flight isn’t a good thing for the environment either. HP.)

    Perhaps a long-awaited tour of South America will help doctors find a cure to all of society’s most cruel and unforgiving diseases. (The money generated would make a considerable impact towards researching disease in general. HP)”

    The reality is that the results would probably be akin to a drop of tea in a factory full of teacups. I guess you would have to get the opinion of Sir Bob Geldof about all this first.

    That’s not the plan. I’m afraid that anyone trying to change things – David and Polly included – would be confronting a system that would do everything in it’s power to stop and or minimise any real impact generated; remember Live 8?? They have too much to lose. The ruling class are well aware of the problems that face our planet; no reductions or meaningful progress has been made to this date. That rainforest is still there, right? Remember that campaign? Ikea, making lemons into lemonade.

    We are all prisoners to a system that is self-destructive. However, that propensity for self-destruction is a fundamental part of human nature. – part of our purpose for being. We are capable of great beauty and terrible destruction. We love to hate and we hate to love. We are our own gods.

    The big wheel will turn and the system will continue on it’s inevitable course – with us pedalling. The gross result of our civilisation will be good-for-naught, but that’s not the end. We are as important as any other element in the infinity of space. We are a part of the endless cycle that is space. Nothing is wasted. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed.

    Have David and Polly been taking flack about their public stance on the environment? It wouldn’t surprise me. Just for the record, I wasn’t having a dig at David and Polly with ANY of my comments — I’m sure you all realise that. I hope that wasn’t the perception generated.

    More power to David, Polly and anyone else that tries to make the planet a better place for everyone and everything that shares it. The power class can’t stop us all from dreaming of a better reality – some of those dreams may well become reality. The human paradox. lol

    Best Wishes and Happy Holidays to everyone. I hope you all share and enjoy some extra-good times with family/friends – good times! We should all do it as often as possible – without the dedication to a fanciful character exploited by the system.

    P.S. My pick for the “Whose Shoes Award” would have to be David. I like lustreless black leather shoes/boots – look good with almost anything.

    Sincerely,
    Hysteron proteron

  33. [I’m not sure I like the sound of that, Pete. – Features Editor]

    Fed,

    Last night ITV 2 gave out a number for the 2007 auditions. We could enter as a double act. Are you up for it ? Are you ready for fame and fortune ?

    Pete – Coventry

    [Now you’re talking! – Features Editor]

  34. david’s running away with the shoe poll. get it? 😉

    guy’s hot on his heels, though.

    ok, i’ll stop now.

  35. Save the world? Have David, with or without Pink Floyd, team up with Neil Young, and bash world leaders until they break, and are forced to comply. You could have afternoon Neil concerts, followed by evening David/Floyd shows, or something like that. A DVD to follow and of course all proceeds go to charity.

    I’ll stop dreaming now, but if it were my world I’d make it happen.

    David’s shoes look awfully comfie. (that is what it’s all about isn’t it?)

  36. Hmmm, best shoe picture? Whilst Phil’s shoes are very smart indeed, I would have to go for Guy’s as they look the most comftiest. I like Guy’s well worn “sneakers” look the best.

    As for a novel way for David to save the planet, well, it is not novel but I think that David should have “Out of the Blue” played over and over and over again in every feasible format, i.e. radio, television etc etc.

    The most notable lyrics from the aforementioned song are: “over and over we call. No-one hears. And further and further and further we fall…so hold back the fire, ’cause this much is true, when all said and done the ending will come, from out of the blue.” And Mother Nature will take it back.

    Regards

    Julie

  37. At some point these posts became derailed..?

    I agree with what Piergiorgio said but would add I’ll always fit into Timberlands myself.

  38. [Best Wishes and Happy Holidays to everyone.– Hysteron proteron at December 18, 2006 02:50 PM]

    You too, HP.

    Sincerely,
    Angelo Ortiz
    Still doing good deeds….

  39. Not sure about David saving the world but if he is a good defender he could save CCFC. (imagine ripping yarns and Barnsworth Utd ??) 5-0, five bloody nil.

    Pete – Coventry

  40. [Most Novel Way for David to Save the World]

    The serious bit…Maybe David could start a petition on this web site to get the worst offenders of global warming to do something now before its too late.

    and now the silly bit…deliver it by hand to the G8 summit dressed as Superman.

    I like Dick’s comfy looking shoes and have a similar pair.

  41. [Melissa, most Poles would rather have Communism back; Solidarity and Democracy has done more harm than good in Poland. I suppose it depends on whether you think people OR property/possessions/power, are more important. What’s the difference between Democracy – as it stands – and Fascism? That feeling is by no means exclusive to Poland. I’m sure the system will try and change that opinion with re-education and time. – Posted by: Hysteron proteron at December 18, 2006 02:50 PM]

    I understand what you are saying, but I don’t think I am qualified to comment or discuss your point, with my limited knowledge of the situation.

    Maybe one or more of our polish friends could share their feelings on the subject.

    Melissa (*_*)

  42. i like jon’s shoes best.

    i would also like to second george maciver: [nice to see you getting a year’s worth of rubbish out of your system with some suitably humerous sarcasm.]

    i hope the people sending in suggestions realise that you’re being sarcastic. some people seem to be taking this seriously.

    my three suggestions:

    1. tour brazil
    2. tour chile
    3. tour argentina

  43. Hi Fed,

    Guy’s shoes get my vote. The others were great, but Guy shows the bassist in him with those shoes.

    Novel way for David to Save the World… Wave his Magic Wand over everything and make it better? He can do that, right? He’s a God, isn’t he?

    [Will reuniting with the other members of Pink Floyd feed the hungry?] – No, it will make people starve, ‘cuz they’d have to give up buying groceries to afford those tickets 😛

    [If you have a suggestion for David, please let us know. Damn it, it’s the least he can do.]

    Fed, has it been a rough weekend? Have you encountered some people who are a little too demanding?

    Have a good day all,
    Mike

    [I actually think last weekend was the first demand-free weekend of 2006, Mike. – Features Editor]

  44. I think since I’ve seen David 5 times this year and bought ten copies of on an Island and got all the Tshirts I should receive something from David. I think he should hand write a personlised thank you to me and no one else stating how I deserve this and how he is humbled to have me as a fan.

    Maybe he could provide me with a show in Dublin on the date of my choice and play his entire back catalogue it’s the least I deserve.

    I wont say thank you for I thank nobody.

    Rgds The Cast of Selfish Clown posters 2006

    Sarcasm can be so uplifting.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    p.s if David could cook me a meal and get Ian Rush to serve it to my table that would be swell.

    [You’ll have a glass of milk with that meal, I should hope. – Features Editor]

  45. *********ANNOUNCEMENT*********

    The proud winner of our Best Shoe award is… Mr David Gilmour.

    A statement will follow shortly.

    Or maybe not.

    Thanks to all who voted, anyway. I’m sure that David will be very pleased to add this most prestigious of awards to his ever-growing collection of platinum and gold discs, his lifetime achievement award and all the other things he’s won this year.

  46. Adriano, you must be feeling better . . . that was very funny!

    I think David should move over to the states and just make music for a few years. Try and remind lots of Americans what real music is. God knows many people here need it.

    Yes, it’s kind of selfish . .ok, it’s not quite saving the world, but it will certainly make it a better place, and it’s the best I could do on a Monday morning.

    ~Erin

  47. [You’ll have a glass of milk with that meal, I should hope. – Features Editor]

    Milk , Milk, …… Moet served on a virgins backside is what I deserve ha ha ha .

    Sorry I could not resist talking a stab at the we want more brigade 2006

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    [But it’s what Ian Rush drinks… – Features Editor]

  48. Fed,

    I couldn’t help but notice you said that this week’s chat is the last one of the year . . .

    I think I can speak on behalf of all of us west coasters (US) when I say “Ah Man!”

    I know you are a busy man and it is a busy time of year, (but it never hurts to ask right?) any chance of you doing another chat before the new year at a later time in your day, so we’ll be awake?

    Thanks Fed (either way, for all you do)

    ~Erin

    [Not this year, sorry. Friday’s is definitely the last for 2006. – Features Editor]

  49. Hi FEd,

    I received my ‘Live and In Session’ DVD last friday! Thank You very much. Grazie tante.

    Carlo

    [I’m so glad to hear it, Carlo. Thank you for your patience. I know you had to wait much longer than any of us would have liked. I hope it was worth waiting for. – Features Editor]

  50. [But it’s what Ian Rush drinks… – Features Editor]

    EEEEEEEEEEEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXactly. God that brings back memories.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

    [I knew you’d remember the advert. – Features Editor]

  51. [Melissa, most Poles would rather have Communism back; Solidarity and Democracy has done more harm than good in Poland. I suppose it depends on whether you think people OR property/possessions/power, are more important. What’s the difference between Democracy – as it stands – and Fascism? That feeling is by no means exclusive to Poland. I’m sure the system will try and change that opinion with re-education and time.- Hysteron Proteron]

    HP,

    Do you consider yourself the mouthpiece of the Polish people? I could be really hacked off by this but you seem to thrive on antagonistic negativism.

    The truth is there is no perfection in governance. But you seem to miss that the motivation of modern democracy was born of the premise that all men are created equal. All human beings have inaliable rights under God, and as such are permitted Free Will.

    The idea that most Poles would want to give up their Freedom and live under the bleak shadow of communism is preposterous. To be spoon fed their own cultural identity and given no hope for their future?

    As your name suggests, you are a logical fallacy…

  52. [Posted by: Michael in New Jersey at December 18, 2006 05:03 PM]

    Yea, what he said.

    Melissa(*_~)

  53. Thank you very much Erin! I´m feeling great indeed!

    FEd,what amazes me here more than anything is that some people are taking this seriously!
    I mean, I thought that sarcasm and irony were easy to be spotted in your post…but not!

    Sometimes I think it´s easier to forget all about it and have a drink. Thank god you are the FEd. You should be canonized indeed.

  54. [The proud winner of our Best Shoe award is… Mr David Gilmour.]

    Applause.

    Speech! Speech!

    Andrew

  55. [Yea, what he said. – Melissa(*_~)]

    See Elly Mae? That third grade edumacation really paid off, huh? That’ll learn ‘im….

  56. Dunno if the world is worth saving but I’ll be having a stab at it this coming year. I suspect I’ll become one of the most despised men on the planet for my efforts though, but I can live with that.

  57. [P.S. My pick for the “Whose Shoes Award” would have to be David. I like lustreless black leather shoes/boots – look good with almost anything. – Hysteron proteron]

    Well I Never.. would have guessed that HP would post a sartorial opinion. Oh, wait, wrong blog entry.

  58. Congrats to David for winning the Best Shoes Award.

    As for David saving the world….I think a concert in Brazil. How will that save the world? Who knows maybe they will stop badgering for a concert. Lol.

    Well to everyone have a great Monday.

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca USA

  59. Happy Monday!

    I just got back in town (I’ve been gone since Thursday). Will catch up on THE BLOG when I get home tonight.

  60. Just read this at the Weblogs forum:

    “I Must Be Floating had 66 votes from one IP address removed. All of the votes occured on one day. The results are now final.”

  61. We could combine some of the suggestions by reviving an international Fly a Pig Day, pig wearing the winning shoes from today’s blog, David’s pig flies over South America.

    Sorry, I multitask for a living 🙂

  62. [Posted by: Michael in New Jersey at December 18, 2006 05:03 PM]

    Quick reply. Nothing I have said here is preposterous. I don’t speak for all Pols, but I know what I have discuussed with people – of all generations – living in Poland, and abroad. You would be hard pressed to find an average person who thinks life is so much better now than before. They would rather socialism over a fascist/democracy.

    I don’t know why I’m bothering to reply. Who could thrive on being antagonistic or negative – what a silly comment. You sound like you’re spouting off some good old Cold War rhetoric. USA rhetoric in general. The reality of the situation doesn’t support your assertions. The reds were never under your beds.

    You should be more concerned with the way your fascist government is leading you as a nation. They certainly don’t subscribe to your views that “all men are created equal. All human beings have inaliable rights under God, and as such are permitted Free Will.”. They may preach it, but they don’t practice it. What does “inaliable rights under God” even mean?

    The right to surrender free will and be a slave to the corporation? The right to maintain world control with the premise of violence?

    I guess the Muslims are the new reds. Why is it that more money gets spent on weapons than anything else on the planet? No shortage of money for death. Cant have the defence contractors running at half speed, can we.

    You should ask Angelo about the problems he deals with on a never ending basis. There is no need for poverty — it’s all driven by greed. And when you’re done with that, go and have a talk with some Polish people that would like to discuss their views with you – if you’re so interested.

    As your name suggest, you’re from New Jersey, so I’ll take your belligerent tone with a large grain of salt. I also suggest that you look up the full definition of hysteron proteron.

    [The proud winner of our Best Shoe award is… Mr David Gilmour.]

    Congratulations, David. I’m sure this award will take pride of place in your wardrobe.

    Hysteron proteron

  63. [Melissa, most Poles would rather have Communism back; Solidarity and Democracy has done more harm than good in Poland. I suppose it depends on whether you think people OR property/possessions/power, are more important. What’s the difference between Democracy – as it stands – and Fascism? That feeling is by no means exclusive to Poland. I’m sure the system will try and change that opinion with re-education and time.- Hysteron Proteron]

    My best friend and my daughter’s Godmother is Russian and she said Communism was rubbish. She hated living under the Soviet system and she hopes Russia never turns back to it.

    I don’t want to get too policital here myself, but I have studied a tiny bit of politics and what I understand of Communism/Socialism, I don’t like too much. But then…everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

    Regards.

    Julie

  64. ADRIANO.

    Your posts are now officially tagged with the ‘put the drinks down before reading this’ marker. I’ve only got one laptop left, and I can’t be ruining it by spitting my drinks all over it. 🙂

    Good one, mate. Glad to hear the sense of humor didn’t go the way of the stone.

  65. [re NOVEL WAYS FOR DAVID TO SAVE THE WORLD AGAIN

    * INVENT A DECENT TIME MACHINE pdq – Posted by: martin d at December 18, 2006 01:43 PM]

    Or just he could just drive on over to Cardiff and, er, /borrow/ the Doctor’s TARDIS from BBC Wales. (David was friends with Douglas Adams, who used to write for/script edit Who back in the 70s, so it’s /almost/ like the 6 degrees of separation…)

    Or maybe he can borrow something niftykeen from those chaps at Torchwood. They’re not using it… 😀

    (Yes, the world is all about Dr. Who to me… Dr. Who and David Gilmour… sad, I know… heh)

    Phoenix.

  66. Hi again, Fed

    Congrats on the Second Place finish. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, that’s for sure. Congrats to the winning site, and all who voted in the poll. It was good fun.

    I see our old friend HP has decided to voice his debate- rousing opinion. Let’s just let the Poles speak for themselves. Our community has a fair number of Poles who can give us the most accurate sentiment, so let them do the talking for now.

    [I actually think last weekend was the first demand-free weekend of 2006, Mike. – Features Editor]

    If that’s the case, why not leave sleeping dogs lie? Oh yeah.. it wouldn’t be like you to do that.

    Take it easy, all.

    Mike

  67. Boy, that shoe thing went quick, I know David won, but it’s all about the Prada’s.

    Novel ways for David to save the world. . .Hmmm. . .I guess to start he might as well launch the Messiah World Tour to Cure Everything (sponsored by Roofers everywhere). The tour’s main goals would be to eradicate homelessness, poverty, and disease. Of course he’ll have to get Roger back in Pink Floyd. David and Roger will then write, record, and publish a new album with all new material, and it will be so profound, that music, as we know it, will never be considered the same again.

    This art will be so powerful that it will bring divided people, communities, and nations together. It will eradicate global nuclear weapons proliferation, cool the world’s Ocean’s, save all species close to extinction, bring the world’s religions closer and would even get FEd to listen to Radiohead. Well, maybe not that last one, but it would do everything else. Just Imagine.

    Either that or he should consider a life of baking cookies. Lots of people like cookies.

  68. – Merci, Phoenix, mais tant de préjugés dans ce monde, n’est-ce-pas ?…

    – I think, I hope David would laugh loudly if he read all your “advices” !

    Let him live, please, and enjoy his life!…

    Michèle

  69. Well well, I already spent a weekend with my Gilmour Goodies!

    A nice, big, litho that I will frame soon (do you have any advice Fed, for that? should it go under a glass or just in the flesh? glued to a base or stiched?), the full-packed DVD and…… surprise!
    a free of charge tour book! oh my! thanks to anyone that put the money for it! (i like to think that it was David who said: “give this hungry kids something to eat! now!”, but maybe i´m being too dreamy).

    Well, the DVD is nice, though I think that that RAH footage will need some work before it gets the official release; Astronomy Domine is astonishing, and the AOL sessions are more than worth keeping for years to come.

    Thanks to everyone!
    happy 2007

    (Magnifico, I like your shoes!)

  70. How about using all those shoes to stamp out hunger? (No pun intended) Didn’t they auction off the bands shoes from the momentary lapse of reason tour for a worthy cause? My God that seems so long ago now but I think memory serves me right.

    (-:Tomi Sue:-)

  71. Hi Everyone!!

    I must say how disappointed I am that OUR blog did not win. 2nd is good; but it isn’t 1st.
    (although this site is FIRST to all of us 🙂

    Now.. “The Most Novel Way For David To Save The World”…..

    I have a perfect idea for raising LOTS of money and having LOTS of fun in the process! Mr. Gilmour can charter a commercial cruise ship.

    Passengers will only be David Gilmour fans, and they will pay a PREMIUM to go on this cruise, which will include Mr. Gilmour performing on several nights. All monies to go to CRISIS or whichever organisation Mr. Gilmour chooses.

    Hopefully us bloggers will get first shot at the tickets, and let’s go for a 7 or 10 night cruise!
    Maybe around Greece??? Just a thought…. but I’d also like to request my table for dining be with the Irregulars & FEd. Or will FEd STILL not reveal him/herself??? Even on a cruise with
    Mr. G himself?? Or maybe Mr. G will tell us who FEd is!! Either way, it will be lots of fun getting to know everyone better and even meeting new friends that we haven’t encountered yet.

    On the nights that Mr. Gilmour does not perform, we can hear his recorded music, or maybe he can ask some of his musician friends to come along!!! Fun, huh??

    *** Happy Holidays everyone! ***

  72. Adriano…….loved your post…wonderful imagination.

    Congratulations, David, on another platinum record for the beautiful ‘On An Island’. Here’s to many more. (I’m hoping you win the Grammy for ‘Castlerizion’)

    Have a great evening all.

    jan

  73. As crunch time nears
    I think on a hunch
    We as a bunch
    Should much thank David
    Perhaps take him out to lunch
    For a wonderful year
    Thank you David and Polly
    It’s been a punch!

    Happy celebrations to you and yours!

    And also to you F.E..and your workmates..and the band..to all the support people.. and last but not least..to all fellow bloggers!

    No doubt about it!..David would best serve us by turning all our water into wine..I hear he can you know.

  74. David saving the world? A wonderful idea! Maybe he and Polly are already on track to help save it with their focus on climate change. I’d say just ramp it up a bunch and maybe form some coalition of Artists for Environmental Sanity or something? (Ha ha, AES is part of the Latin word for summer or heat, aestas.)

    Cheers,
    Becky

    PS–HP said: “…that propensity for self-destruction is a fundamental part of human nature.” I hate to go all sexist on everyone but most destruction, self-directed or otherwise, seems to be more of a male trait than a female one. (Not meaning to cast aspersions on the guys.) Maybe women should run things for a while.

    Right. I’ll get me coat.

  75. hmmm

    A novel way to save the world –

    Perform the wall in all it’s glory just one last time in front of a prestigious list of the world’s leaders (in their own golden circle, nice and close) and bring it all down on the lot of them.

    Then auction off all the bricks for a variety of worthy causes and run for President / Prime Minister, sweeping in on a tide of popular gratitude and change the National anthem to “Smile”

    Or something along those lines …

  76. Belated welcome back to Piergiorgio

    I have to agree, I think the shoes in general were a load of cobblers.

    (where’s Matt the punmeister when we need him ?)

  77. Hysteron proteron

    Nice to see you spouting forth matey in your normal interesting fashion.

    But democracy the same as fascism. Nah, sorry, try again.

    I think in a fascist state you’d either be up against the wall or lining people up against the wall. I’m not sure which, but I’m glad I’m not living there.

    Keep up the good work though…

  78. MY BEST SHOE VOTE GOES TO: GUY for Uniqueness

    Most Novel Way for David to Save the World: Coffee Science: Human Beings & Coffee Beans

    Land a UFO on every corner <> worldwide…

    UFO (Pronounced ‘U-fo’)
    Unique Futuristic Oasis

    The mission of the UFO is to create the ultimate “Pink Floyd” café/planetarium experience, ran as a non-profit 501(c)(3) venue first located in Folsom, CA. All profits from the café and events at the café will be distributed to public charities dedicated to ending extreme poverty, increasing understanding between cultures, promoting world peace and generally improving the quality of life for beings.

    The UFO purpose is to raise money, educate, inspire and make a positive difference in the world. UFO can be a powerful network and platform for accurate information and to educate the public on important World issues. The UFO will raise funds for charitable causes by providing the best coffee, beer, wine, food and events.

    The sale of fresh roasted coffee is a natural way to raise funds for charities. Coffee is enjoyed by the majority of adults in the world and is the largest traded commodity in the world after oil. Coffee is the fuel of the working man. A working man that has the power to choose a symbol for each new day that is quintessentially right for all. Coffee is also a commodity grown in areas of the world that are less privileged and frequently subject to extreme poverty. By educating consumers about the culture and origins of the coffee they are drinking, the UFO will be able to expand the public’s understanding of the world itself and allow the local working man to vote daily with their dollars to help stop the madness…

    Ultimately, the UFO will develop purchasing agreements directly with the highest choice coffee bean farmers, using the money from the sale of coffee to directly benefit the populations in the impoverish regions from which coffee came. Make a world of difference and have a good time doing it…

    Best Wishes and Perhaps More to Come…
    ~Alien Bean

  79. I know climate change, hunger and aids are all important and must be addressed.

    But what is the scariest word your could ever hear? Cancer.

  80. [I hate to go all sexist on everyone but most destruction, self-directed or otherwise, seems to be more of a male trait than a female one. (Not meaning to cast aspersions on the guys.) Maybe women should run things for a while. Right. I’ll get me coat. – Posted by: Becky in Atlanta at December 18, 2006 11:26 PM]

    ROTFLMAO!!!!! Keep your coat on Becky, you have an excellent point! I was raised my two women, so I’d have absolutely no problem with that…..when do we start?

    Adriano, that was one of the more enjoyable posts I’ve read in a long time. I kept hearing John Williams’ “Superman: Main Theme” in my head the whole time…..

    Aaaah…..that takes the edge off a bit. Thanks guys!

  81. THE BLOG is definitely contagious (is this the right word to use it here) – I am so addicted to THE BLOG that now it is 3:04 a.m. in Miami, I am still up reading and trying to catch up. My husband has warned me about THE BLOG despite he enjoys reading it too.

    I know it is too late to nominate, yet, I do like to share my comments on BEST FOOT-IN-MOUTH MOMENT: When J. Kerry (US President Candidate of last term) delivered his speech at one of the Universities; he told the students “to study hard or they’ll be sent to Iraq”.

    WELL I NEVER knew:

    – David Gilmour owns the first ever made Fender Stratocaster. I hope my source is correct.
    – From Yorkie that “coming back to life” was writing for/about/to Polly. What about “High Hopes”, David dedicated this spcific song to Polly in “DAVID GILMOUR IN CONCERT – LIVE”. Is there any significance of this song?

    BEST SHOE – no doubt that will go to David Gilmour.

    MOST NOVEL WAY FOR DAVID TO SAVE THE WORLD:

    – to continue doing what he and Polly has been doing with CRISIS, EMERGENCY, etc.

    I heard about the many unreleased songs that were written for THE DIVISON BELL – perhaps put those songs together and release a new PINK FLOYD cd. Donate all monies from the sales to charities of their choice. Didn’t they do something like this after their performance at Live 8?

    Got to get some sleep…

  82. Thanks for your comment, Angelo! I was not meaning to diss any of our “fellers” around here.

    Now, on to the new blog page to see what’s up….

    Becky

  83. My very last comment to Hysteron proteron.

    I think we should poll some of the people in North Korea. Let’s ask them how much they like communism.

    Let’s find out if they like seeing their family and friends being starved and brain washed everyday. How many have resorted to cannibalism to stay alive.

    Oh, we can also ask them how it feels to be dragged from their homes in the middle of the night and imprisoned for voicing an opinion.

    I wonder if they could tell us how great communism has treated them. I guess it does no good to wonder , since we will never know the magnitude of suffering these people have had to live with since they are allowed, no communication with the outside world.

    If you had to guess, how many would you say, were able to attend David’s concerts this past year? Do you think many of them purchased OAI?

    Melissa(*_*)

  84. Ciao,

    first things first. Thanks Tim to welcome me back 🙂

    Then let’s try to compose the differences here. there is (frankly quite silly) debate about whether communism is better than Democracy. First of all these are just words. There is not one form of democracy, no one form or communism, so I would speak of Freedom and dictatorship. This difference is working better.

    I cannot speak for polish people but (and I speak to the americans here) I am european and I have travelled around the continent a bit. Also in former communist countries. the point is much more simple and less phylosophical than it seems. Well, human beings have FIRST to satisfy the basic needs (a house, food and…sex hahaha..hem..sorry 😉 THEN they can use the brain for superior activities. You all agree about that. speaking with a lot of people from Russia , poland, hungary, czech republic….they say that the LIVING standard was better.

    Try to understand. when there was communism the standard of life was low, no freedom but everyone had a job and a house and food. Now they have all the freedom they want (not all the countries in the same way) to tell what they want…but the capitalist system has divided these states in super-rich and super poor. People who had a house and a job and food now is dying in cold. Can u understand this? So people doesn’t want communism back, but they remember it as the last system that was giving a guarantee of a standard of life.

    Now I would prefer to eat than to die under a bridge singing “communism is shit”. You get the real point? So the question now is: what western countries have offered as an alternative to that system? an extreme capitalism unrespectful of human needs. and poverty caused the increase of all kind of criminality, mafia, etc. etc.

    Read my post about iraq , I wrote yesterday. The point in iraq is the same. What are we giving to iraq? Freedom? excuse me but who does care!?!?!? people are dying!!! before they were LIVING!!!

    Western countries helped communism to fall because of OUR needs, not THEIR needs. It is hypocrite now to tell the opposite. And communism fell because of it is own nature as well.

    sorry if I was long but wanted to give my perspective. It is really worst now than before in east europe. would like to know a polish opinion, or russian …..

    Piergiorgio

  85. Hysteron Proteron,

    You are obviously an intelligent person. You have presented rather detailed account of all that dooms us as a species. Time and again you state quite eloquently of the pointlessness of human beings trying to change the world.

    I still ascertain that you only present problems and offer no solutions. In my opinion, that presents a balance of negativity. The world needs its naysayers and there is a place you in it. At least there is in my democratic society that allows for freedom of speech.

    As I stated, there is no perfection in governance, including self-governance. My nations leaders have presently and at other times lost sight of the ideals set forth by the American Declaration of Independence. A document embraced subsequently by French Revolutionaries as depicted so beautifully in Roger Waters Ca Ira.

    While you are mired in the gravity of your hopelessness, I choose to be enlightened and live in hope of my silly American ideals of Freedom.

    Americans have always embraced the value of individuals. You may scoff at our capitalist nature, but the combination of individual spirit and thought coupled with the power of investment has brought forth many positives. In fact the idea of the “internet” was conceived by American university students and has evolved to where you and I can share such a discourse as this. I am not saying this to thump my chest, but to suggest that some good can come from a free and open society.

    This suffering of Poles during their transition from totalitarinism to democracy will not be easy. It should take generations.

    Freedom isn’t free. Someone has to pay for it.

    As for Angelo, I would love to speak to him on these issues. However, I do not think it would enlighten me any more then sharing the last 20 years with my wife who has similarly been serving the indigent, terminally ill, mentally ill, and untold thousands who do get left behind in America. She shared with me the other day that she asked a 12 year old student why his pants were ill-fitting and lacking a button or a proper belt. He confessed to her that his mother is a crack addict. Put that in your Christmas stocking.

    She, like Angelo, doesn’t spout futility in the face of problems. She gets off her ass and does something about it. Every day.

    As I said Mr. Proteron, you have a place in my world. And I respectfully choose to disagree with your opinions.

    Sincererly,
    Michael Orzek
    A Polish-American from New Jersey

  86. [I actually think last weekend was the first demand-free weekend of 2006, Mike. – Features Editor]

    …’tis the season of giving isn’t it?

  87. Democracy vs Fascism:

    Fascism (the dictionary definition) is “a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”

    The problem with “Democracy” is not how it looks on paper, but how it is implemented in practice. Looking only at the U.S. two party system, the manner in which they vie for and consolidate power, the influence of corporate/special interests in government and media, and the paranoia and policies post 9/11, you can draw a heck of a lot of parallels to fascism.

    My take on it is that our Democracy(ies) have been hijacked and reshaped over about 100-150 years into a Neo-Feudalistic one with Fascist traits and undercurrents, all of course with the window dressing of “Modern Democracy”.

    Most of us don’t realise it, but when you pick it apart, put it under the microscope and take a step back, then compare what you find to the Constitutional Convention Debates of Philadelphia in 1787, you feel a moment of enlightenment….

  88. [Most of us don’t realise it, but when you pick it apart, put it under the microscope and take a step back, then compare what you find to the Constitutional Convention Debates of Philadelphia in 1787, you feel a moment of enlightenment…. – Angelo Ortiz]

    Angelo, thank you for that…

  89. [Now I would prefer to eat than to die under a bridge singing “communism is shit”. You get the real point? So the question now is: what western countries have offered as an alternative to that system? an extreme capitalism unrespectful of human needs. and poverty caused the increase of all kind of criminality, mafia, etc. etc. Read my post about iraq , I wrote yesterday. The point in iraq is the same. What are we giving to iraq? Freedom? excuse me but who does care!?!?!? people are dying!!! before they were LIVING!!! – Piergiorgio]

    Piergiorgio,

    I am sensitive to your comments about basic needs. It is absolutely expected that people should feel this way. Again, Freedom isn’t free. The pain is expected. It would take time for any nation to evolve a system of self governance. If people really believed their countries would look like like those in Western Europe overnight, they have been lied to.

    As for Iraq. The notion that we went there to give Iraqi’s Freedom is absolute BULLSHIT! A ruse by the Bush Administration after we discovered no WMD. People have short memories, don’t they! Especially Americans. W and his neoconservative cronies used the excuse of 911 to “finish the job” of the prior Bush administration. At least the elder Bush understood the underlying reasons for leaving Saddam in power….

    Michael

  90. Piergiorgio,

    I am Russian-American. My parents immigrated to the U.S. but before that they did live under a communist regime in Russia. Communism is shit. Technically there is a super-rich and super-poor under that system just like in a democratic system. But you are also oppressed and have no opportunity. And mind you many people did die fighting communism – ever hear of the Russian Revolution???

    My parents did escape from it but not for themselves – for their children. Now I get to work my ass off and use my money anyway I want to. And it is my choice as to how hard I want to work. I can stay in my corporate job and make a damn good living or if I want to work in a burger joint and flip burgers that’s my choice as well.

    I have to agree with Melissa. Why not try living in North Korea for awhile. Don’t just travel there but live there for a few years. Then tell us how wonderful it is.

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion and my choice is to disagree with it.

    Andrew

  91. Michael,

    this debate is obviously pointless if we have to compare the principles: democracy, freedom etc. etc. is the choice. But we are in a real world with real problems.

    Only recently I did understand what the fall of communism meant for many people: a fall into poverty (among the others). An example? Russia: average…duration of life (sorry, I lack proper words) is fallen after communism!! there is more AIDS!! more alchoolism!! More criminality. Thus we must ask ourselves if ACTUALLY they gained something.

    I spoke with some russians and it is strange to find 20 years old people which want communism back….Each country should have the form of government they can handle at that time. It is ridiculous to make a cut and paste of capitalism everywhere. the world ain’t that easy to me. Try to put capitalism in russia and what do you have? what you have now: a semi dictatorship, capitalist…..Russia ain’t Italy. Democracy in Italy gave everyone something.

    It is true that you don’t get things overnight. But you must admit that they embraced Capitalism overnight, and we all europeans see the consequences. In ukraina and Romania a salary is 100 euros a month. Only renting a flat is the same money (or more)….Italy is full of people the escaped from their countries and send money to the families. there is a new poverty there.

    Piergiorgio

  92. Again (sorry) about that topic.

    I do not pretend to have an opinion. I was just trying to show you what I thought recently. the situation is so complex, and difficult that really I am confused myself. I just will continue to gather information and to think.

    ciao.

  93. I shall give a full and comprehensive answer to this discourse in due course (but not in this blog) hehhhehheh

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