Brick Wall

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Today we (loosely) honour those oft-asked questions, such as "When’s David’s DVD coming out?", "Will there be more shows in 2007?" and "Where can I get me a David Gilmour pin badge?"

Go on, humour me. Which ones have cropped up most often in 2006 and which, or who, deserves to win our Am I Talking to a Brick Wall? award?

Is it the Floyd reunion lot? The people who ask questions before looking for answers? The frequent rule-breakers among us? The profiteers? The bootleggers?

Let us know what you think and don’t forget to vote over on the Stuff & Nonsense page for who you feel ought to win our Well, I Never award (and tomorrow our Most Novel Way for David to Save the World (Again) award – so keep those nominations coming in).

Our prestigious Best Shoe award goes to David. Of all the accolades this year, I think this one should rank right up there with the best of them.

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'.

97 thoughts on “Brick Wall”

  1. This award has to go to everyone who has written in about when David is coming to South America. I’ve noticed they don’t even get replies anymore.

    David, when you tour again, (optimism, people) for the love of God, please go to South America.

    That would be an interesting stat . .how many emails requesting David in South America Fed?

    ~Erin

    [I couldn’t say, but there have been many requests for David to visit just about every continent. – Features Editor]

  2. I nominate our South American friends for their many requests to have David save their part of the world in the true spirit of Syd Barrett’s memory with his classy shoes and used plectrums. 😀

    I also have to nominate anyone who chose to enter one of the contests despite the fact that the readily available rules explicitly denied them entry for whatever reason.

    My third and final nomination goes to the folks who are a bit demanding on David’s time, as if he’s there for the sole purpose of entertaining us/bending over backwards to suit our whims/cranking out quality music at the drop of a hat, regardless of the fact he’s a human being with a life outside of all this and not a robot at our beck and call.

    My final and a half nomination is basically the same thing, but geared toward our lovely FEd, who is too kind and generous, far above and beyond what the job dictates.

    Nadolig Llawen, mate.

    Phoenix.

    [Diolch yn fawr. Nadolig Llawen i chi. – Features Editor]

  3. A few bricks …

    Hey David, We love you in Brazil. When are you coming to play for us ?

    Oh and is there a DVD of the freakin’ tour ?

    And (gulp) when will PF tour again – come on David it would be a blast !

    etc etc

  4. One of my favourites has to be, was it Jonathan Parsons? please correct me if I`m wrong with his endless posts requesting David to play `On the turning away`. He did get his way in the end though!

  5. am i talking to a brick wall?:

    You have pretty much covered it all F.E..however..Maybe not the most oft asked, except for perhaps the last one..hmm and maybe the 1st one too…

    -When’s P.U.L.S.E coming out?(and any other P.F.management territory questions)
    -Was that Polly up front taking all those pics?I’ve taken some.Can I send them to you?
    -Who are you Fed?..what’s your true identity?..I’m guessing you to be..

  6. Gosh! There are so many to hate on this list. The “reunion” ones make my brain want to melt outta my ears but I really hate the “why can’t I have a guitar pick” ones too.

  7. This one’s definitely yours, FEd. A years’ worth of repetitive and redundant (heh-heh) questions, demands, requests of an extremely pushy nature, and just plain insanity!

    ‘I think that Pink Floyd owes it to me/us to get back together and tour because ____________ ____________________________ (fill in the blanks with the appropriately lame, obnoxious, or offensive so-called reason).’

    ‘Rules? What rules??’

    ‘What password? Why can’t I have the password? Why do those ‘irregulars’ think they’re so special? I don’t know how to find the password.’

    ‘When is David coming to Brazil?’ (sorry Adriano, not directed at you!)

    Truly FEd, you’ve certainly earned your salary this last year. Some of those extremely long, rambling, somewhat incoherent posts … oh, sorry Geoff, was that you? So many of the same questions or demands over and over which we could breeze by and disregard but you had to read, each and every one. But, man, did they bring out the beast in you, er, I mean the best in you of course. You’ve had some award-winning rants over the last year, FEd, and even if the post wasn’t worth reading, your retorts were!!

    After it’s all said and done, though, don’t you think it’s been quite a long, strange and entertaining trip? I know, easy for me to say. But I truly think that the thoughtful and thought-provoking, interesting and entertaining comments have prevailed, don’t you? If you’ve enjoyed this last year even half as much as the rest of us it’ll take a surgeon to remove the smile from your face!

    I’m going to try like hell to make the next (and last for 2006) chat even though it’ll be 3 a.m. for me. I’ll be the incoherent one muttering in the corner of the Barn begging Geoff for more espresso! Hope to talk to you then.

    Thanks FEd for keeping the Gilmour connesiours world-wide happy and well informed as well as being such a good example with regards to proper use of the English language! Still laughing about stroppy tossers for some reason …

    Peace and love always,
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

    [The chatroom will be open for more than two hours on Friday, so you don’t need to set your alarm for a ridiculous hour. – Features Editor]

  8. I think the “Am I talking to a brick wall award” should go to the “When are Pink Floyd reuniting?”
    How many times we have heard that.

    Also the ” When is David touring again?” These always make me laugh. Fed I have to give you credit for having so much patience.

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca USA

  9. Am I talking to a brick wall should include the people who constantly ask a question when the answer is duly noted by the Fed on the same page,or blog.

  10. who is getting the award about “another brick in the wall”??? can you tell me if there will there be anymore shows in 2007? i also would like to know if a release date has been set for the new dvd yet? can you have David call me? my phone number is… thank you!

    ps sorry for all the questions, but im a BIG fan. : p

  11. “Go on, humour me”

    Are we gettin’ a little pushy there now FE’d?

    Fine! No more Floyd Reunion pleas. No, from now on we shall discuss more important topics…

    Does David have chickens at his farm? Roosters? Surely he has Roosters!?

  12. This award could go to Mr. Brickman, who was asked repetedly to create an ambient atmosphere with subtle effects for the “Take a breath” performance.

  13. I think it has to be the Floyd reunion regiment who would take the award, but even they got the message by the end of May.

    im sure it will start all over again next year as the “Princes Concert” will kicks into gear…will Pink Floyd reform once more?? i can hear it now, can you?

    Im really getting into christmas now, basically panicing as i have forgotten to post some cards to a few friends & ITS LAST POSTING DAY TODAY!!

  14. there are some good ones here already. guessing fed’s identity went on for too long. people who expect something for nothing always bug me, even if it is a 25 cent guitar pick. but frank’s nomination has to be the most annoying one of all for fed.

    [the people who constantly ask a question when the answer is duly noted by the fed on the same page – posted by: frank par at december 19, 2006 06:10am]

    that is an insult and that’s why i nominate the people who are too lazy to look.

  15. I have been waiting for a suitable category to nominate this one – it has to be Jonathan Parsons and his automated ‘On the Turning Away’ request beacon, that went off every day for about four months ! Obviously it then subliminally entered David’s subconsiousness and he couldn’t stop himself from spontaneously playing it in Venice….

    Martin.

  16. Who are you, Fed? I’m Guessing:

    –Dom DeLouise.
    –Tom Cruise, looking for a soap box from which to promote Scientology.
    –David himself (who actually has that much free time).
    –Syd (because Syd spent all those years in seclusion just to pop up here…) (This was prior to his death)

  17. Happy Tuesday,

    We have been extremely lucky this last year or so with all the opportunities given to us so I do have a bit of sympathy for South American fans.

    So brick wall prize, IMHO, is for those who hanker for a Pink Floyd reunion tour.

    Leave them be.

    Pete – Coventry

  18. The “Am I talking to a brick wall ?” award should be won by all those…”muppets” (???…) who so many times tried to guess Fed’s identity, gender or age…

    But, luckily, Fed is “têtu comme une mule”, so, “même aux pieds du mur”, he/she will ever resist…

    Fed “n’en fait qu’à sa tête” (with or without a fake beard), and is of course totally right !

    Michèle

  19. Hello FEd, fellow bloggers,

    My few bricks :

    – The “Will Floyd re-unite ?” people.
    David has been quite clear about this on many occasions.

    – The Brazilian pleas.
    In Flemish we have an expression that translated to English would boil down to “What you do not have, you might get by asking”. But did they have to ask so many times ?

    One that I have not seen, but in my opinion would also make a good candidate is “Can Polly give us a guided tour of the Astoria whilst David is recording his next album ?” Asked with a sheepish look, I think it might just do the trick 😉

    Best regards,
    Ralph

  20. Of course, FEd, we brazilians should pick this prize. But, for particular reasons, I wish to dedicate it to… SUNNYD!

    I mean: Sunny, it´s right there!!! It´s the statue, made of glass, OF A MAN!!!!

    She didn´t get it all. And joyfully told us that she was unwell and she deserved to know it anyway… Almost kept me away from the chat forever.

    Adriano

    PS: Thanks, Phoenix! And Angelo, there are no words to describe John Williams work on Superman! I LOVE IT!!!

  21. there should be an award for the person who made the most ridiculous guess re: fed’s identity.

    david?! polly?! nick mason?! storm thorgerson?!

  22. i meant to add my support to pete from coventry.

    [we have been extremely lucky this last year or so with all the opportunities given to us so i do have a bit of sympathy for south american fans. – posted by: peter at december 19, 2006 11:34am]

    there were probably more requests from north america than south america.

    can you confirm that, fed?

    [I’m not going to, but you’re probably right. – Features Editor]

  23. Am I talking to a brick wall?

    Let’s not foget the “When are you coming to Canada” question oft repeated by someone who lives there… can’t remember the name ;-O

    Hang on though… he is coming to Canada! So does that mean Guy gets an award for not being made of brick?

    And how many of us gave up the evil cigarettes that several of us said we would do?

  24. Er, what’s wrong with talking to brick walls? Isn’t that normal in Europe? Better than talking to trees anyway. Or cows for that matter. I mean have you ever looked deep into a cow’s eyes while trying to talk to it? Now that’s scary.

  25. Hi Fed,

    Brick wall- The Top Nomination has to go to mad jedi. There were many people like this, but mad jedi is their ambassador. Maybe he would have got it if you used a JarJar or Yoda voice.

    The second nomination should go to the PF reunion lot

    The third would be the ‘Why can’t I talk about Roger?’ lot. A few of them understood, but most of them didn’t.

    Have a god day, everyone

    Mike

  26. AMA I A TALKY TO A BLICK WALL…. Wow Fed you sure have got everyone at it today …

    SO AS A PUNISHMENT for you I SHALL PLAY WHO ARE YOU….YES its banal, tedious twaddle but who cares..

    (are you therefore ‘the chosen one’ ? senor Jose Moaninho…HE DID DOA ABIG BAD A DIVE ..WE NO DO SUTCHA THINGS AT MY TEAM …YOU HAD US TOTALLY FOOLED ..Jose Fed !! )

    OR are you ? OH….I REALLY…DONT…Bloomin..CARE mate …

    ps thank david for the plectrum…and Polly for the xmas photos…. AND TELL BRAZIL TO STOP MOANING at least they can play SOCCER PROPERLY …..

    martin d 😉

  27. re NOVEL WAYS FOR DAVID SO SAVE THE WORLD and BUILD A BRICK WALL etc

    Dear World I sincerely apologise to all of Brazil/Argentina/Chile etc….and Mr Maininnho ho ho ho..ref my previous post

    BUT it would seem to ME…that if David Gilmour REALLY wants to save the world…Then perhaps HE should constantly tour South America…..

    and REFORM his old ‘tribute’ band Genisiisisis or Minty Python whatever they were called…….

    After all he’s had at least 2weeks at home with his family and he must be getting awfully bored !

    martin d

  28. I’ll have to say the question that really was a real bother to Fed would be. Is PF getting back together or is it true that P.U.L.S.E is coming out on…?

    I hope to make to the chat room Friday for the last one of the year. Plus what a year it was. I hope you really enjoyed most of it Fed.

    Take Care
    Thomas

  29. Hmmmm…I’m typically the one that ruffles the pleas for coming to Brazil but so many have already mentioned that one. So I won’t.

    How about all the requests for getting David to sign something and send it to them. “O, the DVD is late? Please make up for it by having David sign a copy and send it to me.” etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

    Andrew

  30. What about the “What the hell are we going to talk about until the next CD comes out” award?

  31. Brick Wall Moments:

    “When will the DVD come out?”
    “Will________be included on the DVD?”
    “When is David’s tour coming to _________?” –insert country/city of choice…

    And then there’s,

    “Can I ask David a question?”

    No offense to anyone in particular, because if I weren’t biting my proverbial tounge I’d be asking all the same right now…..

  32. I’ve been working on this acoustic guitar for 16 months called MS Delta and I’ve been collecting the signatures of the best guitarists of all genres on her. I’ve got signatures from BB King, Les Paul, Steve Howe, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, Mark Knopfler, Steve Vai, and 30 others.

    I want to have David sign her someday in person as that’s how I’ve done it all along. It’s a big project.

    Anyone that can put me in touch with someone who can get in contact with David would be much appreciated.

    Phil if you’re reading this, help a DG fan out please.

    [Great timing, I must say. Considering the nature of this blog entry – and the fact that this site is run by David’s management – I really hope you’re being funny. If not, good luck. We obviously can’t fulfil each request that comes in and there have been many, many people who have asked for signed photographs and spare plectrums, or for messages and demo recordings to be passed on etc. I’m afraid that, if we started assisting, we’d be absolutely inundated with follow-ups from opportunists (and, sadly, profiteers) everywhere. So I’m afraid we can’t help. – Features Editor]

  33. HMMMMMMMMMMMM, Bleedin heart artist for trying to wind up an unbreakable happy community.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin on route to a maternity ward)

  34. [What about the “What the hell are we going to talk about until the next CD comes out” award? Matt Parish]

    SPAM

    ~Erin

  35. Yes, my endless requests for On The Turning Away did pay off (even though I doubt it was this that caused David to add it), but it was added too late for the London shows.

  36. I think the brick wall award show go to the people who did not heed the warnings about buying/selling tickets on ebay or other such usurious places.

    [Good point, Mike. – Features Editor]

  37. Hello All,

    I don’t know about you guys but I am so sickened of people asking, when is Mr. Gilmour going to restart the band. I am just a fan and I even cringe when I hear some guy (oddly either in mid twenties – thirties, wearing a tie dyed shirt, and whose Pink Floyd taste usually only ranges on either The Wall, or DSOM.) yell out when is Pink Floyd making another album.

    Perhaps my coments may not win any merit.

    However, I think we should award Mr. Gilmour for most patience, because if it was me, I would be using my trophies to pummle idiot fans who can not sit and just appreciate a good night out.

    Thank you all –

  38. did we miss this one when we were looking for fed’s best put-downs? i can’t believe i missed it. it fits today’s topic so well!!! (night 17/18: san francisco, 17 april, or click my name)

    [But I have one question…………………HOW ABOUT ONE STINKIN GUITAR PICK!!!! If you go to this show, don’t expect to get one. David could care less about the small stuff that satisfies his fans that pay his bills. It was a big disappointment. Even generic drum sticks went out. Guy Pratt tossed out a few picks. And David, NOTHING! How bout paying 1k for some seats and the guy could care less. Why have personalized picks when your not going to give them out? – ryan]

    [How about realising what a greedy, petty little b*stard you sound? You go to a concert for the music, for the experience, not to take home freebies. Grow up. – Features Editor]

    there were some great responses to that one, btw. what a brat! i nominate him. some fool called seeeker then tried to defend ryan and the responses from the irregulars just got better!

    polly: david’s fans are so nice because we won’t let morons like ryan and seeeker get away with unfair remarks like these. we so appreciate what david does for us and get angry when it’s not enough for some. these people deserve to win your award, fed. they deserve all our pointy sticks.

    btw, if you read through the north amercian tour entries, there was a lot more offensive stuff like ryan and seeeker’s comments than any south american requests for david to visit.

  39. Dave-

    You owe me because I’ve been a fan for decades. Kindly reunite The Floyd, Stop the Polar Ice Caps from melting, Sign my guitar and unmask F*Ed…

    That should (un)cover about everything… 🙂

    Matt

  40. Brick wall –

    Reunion talk, Roger talk, there’s your brick wall!

    Rudders – I am one of the few chosen ones who have successfully quit smoking the tobacco. I quit on April 18th, and have been tobacco free since.

    Cheers to all my peers who are also successful, and to those still trying, a hearty “You can do it” from the one and only Rob Schneider.

    [Good for you, George. – Features Editor]

  41. [ Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin on route to a maternity ward) ]

    Hast thou news, dear sir?

    I thought the Emery family were the only bloggers expecting this holiday season.

  42. [Anyone that can put me in touch with someone who can get in contact with David would be much appreciated]

    You are in contact with David…this is his blog and yes he does read it.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂

  43. [I’ve been working on this acoustic guitar for 16 months called MS Delta…]

    Hi FED….PLEASE tell me you set this up..classic…..own up and I will try my best to get you a Kenny Dalglish autograph (honest)

    ps Ive just seen that Liverpool FC are sponsered by a brewery, whilst Barca have UNICEF ..do you think this is in anyway a reflection of how the British are perceived in Europe ??

    season’s greetings
    martin d

    [I wish I could say that I set them all up, Martin. The same thing happened when we were inviting nominations for shameless self-promotion recently. Someone steps right up and tells us about this great young band… You have to applaud the timing. You make an interesting point about football sponsors, but you know it’s probably the best lager in the world. – Features Editor]

  44. this is’nt apropo of the talking to a brick wall but i thought you might like to know (or perhaps not !) i got my replacement dvd this afternoon and it works ! i have dropped the picture and am listening to this heaven as i type . i love that song 🙂

    in all fairness to anthill trading they did make a cloncker of a mistake by sending me out the damaged one at first but then they did remedy the situation without fuss . your copy is now safe fet ed 🙂

    by the way i hope i can make the chat on friday but it just depends on how many deliveries i have on . dad is knocked out with the flu and the roads are so busy here right now you have to get out early or risk sitting for hours in huge traffic jams .

    if i don’t make the chat on friday happy christmas to david polly and family . also to guy , rick , steve , el magnifico , jon and their famlies . finally last but by no means least to all my fellow bloggers and your good self fet ed !

    peace
    Linda

    p.s now that i think of it i agree with victor. ryan and seeker should be nominated for the am i talking to a brick wall award, as well as those who keep asking when the dvd is coming out ! 🙂

    [I’m glad that you got a working copy in time for Christmas, Linda. – Features Editor]

  45. [ Rgds Geoff Duffy (Dublin on route to a maternity ward) ]

    Good luck to you and your family….and similar sentiments to the Emery family

    martin d

  46. if we need to name names, then linda penner didn’t take the hint (anyone going to the gibson?/tonight show with jay leno, 15/16 april) and madjedi was a bit slow with the pre-order (missed out on a dvd?, 30 november).

    but how about this one for the floyd reunion brigade? it even comes with another classic fed comeback! (see dvds up for grabs, 3 december, or click my name)

    [I have a project to convince the 4 of the Pink Floyd to be reunite one more time after Live 8 for a very special international cause. The result of this will be tremendous in the whole world and will change the mentality of many of us. David, do you ever read the blog? If yes, send me an email and I will explain. You will love it in a sec. – gerard]

    [David does read the blog, but doesn’t take an interest in every fan proposal, particularly when they’re of the “Let’s force the members of Pink Floyd to get back together, even though they don’t want to” variety. They tend to get a bit boring after you’ve read a few thousand. – Features Editor]

  47. [The same thing happened when we were inviting nominations for shameless self-promotion recently. Someone steps right up and tells us about this best lager in the world. – Features Editor]

    Hope it works for you Fed !!!

    martin d 😉

    [Love it. – Features Editor]

  48. oh, well…I now I´ll deserve the pointy stick, but anyway…

    sorry, I couldn´t manage to find where Polly did that statement about David´s fans…

    FEd…count until 10…take a breath, take a deep breath now…

    It´s really hot here today…I think my brain is melting…

    shame on me,
    Adriano

    [I think it was one of Guy’s posts… – Features Editor]

  49. The constant reminders to go back and read the rules.

    Everytime there is a competition it seems like we forget how to read.

    Evidence that you are indeed, talking to a brick wall, Fed.

  50. FEd,

    I take the removal of the previous blog comment box as a bucket of water. Let cooler heads prevail.

    Sorry if I hijacked your forum mate…

    Michael

    [No need. Personally, I think it’s an extremely interesting discussion and interesting discussions are always welcome here (please, I beg you). But along with the calls for David to visit South America and to get Pink Floyd back on the road, I have a daily quota and, when it’s filled, it’s filled. I like to try to draw a line underneath a topic when it feels like it’s the right place to stop and move on. I’m not particularly good at doing so, as I’m sure some of you will agree, but I hope I’m gradually improving. I don’t want to be nominated for this Brick Wall award, after all. – Features Editor]

  51. my Am I Talking to a Brick Wall? award? would go to all the pillocks who, upon repeated requested to stop, still popped out their camera phones and took pictures at the shows. i would rather look at Polly’s photos.

    did you like my use of the word pillock?? haha

    [Beautifully put. I’d almost forgotten about all those bloody cameras and mobile ‘phones clicking and flashing and beeping. They must be included in our shortlist. – Features Editor]

  52. For the past 10 years I have often thought that despite all my efforts, that at the end of the day, I have only been simply, BEATING MY HEART AGAINST SOME MAD BUGGERS WALL…

    So simple, so effective, yet at the same time it seems so misunderstood…

    Yes, the question remains… AM I TALKING TO A BRICK WALL???

    Or Maybe, over the the Rainbow (Bridge) I am crazy…

  53. [Hast thou news, dear sir? – Posted by: EchoesBob at December 19, 2006 04:28 PM]

    She was due last thursday Bob castor oil in hand goggles on and oh yeah smelling salts should I faint, I’m still playing the waiting game but it’s nearly thunderbirds are go…………

    Rgds Geoff Daddy ( Dublin )

  54. [Good luck to you and your family….and similar sentiments to the Emery family – Posted by: martin d at December 19, 2006 05:03 PM]

    Thanks Martin fingers crossed, Simon all the best with it too mate.

    Rgds Geoff Duffy ( Dublin )

  55. Adriano,

    I hope this helps spare that brain of yours:

    […You’re not bitching fans or judgemental know alls. As Polly said to me today, “How come David’s bloggers are so nice?” You’ve all played your part in this tour, we’ve talked about you and thought about what you’ve said every day. You’ve made us laugh, think, get annoyed, but most of all, been a direct line from artist to audience… – Guy]

    For the full thing, please click below. You want the ‘Night 25: London’ entry of 31 May.

  56. [No need. Personally, I think it’s an extremely interesting discussion and interesting discussions are always welcome here (please, I beg you). But along with the calls for David to visit South America and to get Pink Floyd back on the road, I have a daily quota and, when it’s filled, it’s filled. I like to try to draw a line underneath a topic when it feels like it’s the right place to stop and move on. I’m not particularly good at doing so, as I’m sure some of you will agree, but I hope I’m gradually improving. I don’t want to be nominated for this Brick Wall award, after all. – Features Editor]

    Personally, I think you do a great job and have a keen insight as to when to draw the line. As you know some topics will spill over to other blog entries. But as the owner/moderator of this blog, you do it right.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    [Thanks very much, mate. – Features Editor]

  57. [No need. Personally, I think it’s an extremely interesting discussion and interesting discussions are always welcome here (please, I beg you). But along with the calls for David to visit South America and to get Pink Floyd back on the road, I have a daily quota and, when it’s filled, it’s filled. I like to try to draw a line underneath a topic when it feels like it’s the right place to stop and move on. I’m not particularly good at doing so, as I’m sure some of you will agree, but I hope I’m gradually improving. I don’t want to be nominated for this Brick Wall award, after all. – Features Editor]

    I thought it was the proper place to draw the line on the subject. It was starting to seem as if we were all going round in circles. Just in different circles.

    Melissa (*_*)

  58. Hello all,

    [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 – HP]

    Totally false statement, but I am able to understand your point HP. But first I must say one thing:

    Comunism or any other cult of personality was or rather still is wrong idea for any country.

    Remember about it, and never trust such a statements, never, maybe with an exception of crude oil kingdom somewhere when of course oil price is high, and all the people there have paradise on earth. In normal circumstances it is a tragedy for all people, but the ruling party members. If you want to know how it looked read “1984” by George Orwell. In fact it did not looked that bad in Poland, but the factor of fear was everywhere.

    Coming back to HP’s statement, I think it was about high hopes, that Economy transition would take a short period of time and at once everyone in Poland would have the same standard of living as was in Western European countries.

    As we all know that Rome cannot be built in a day, so we can assume that also new market economy cannot be built in a month. It takes time and some people have problems with understanding or rather accepting that.

    The other thing is that some people are smarter and could benefit earlier from new conditions, the others are not as flexible and it takes much more time.

    But trust me now is much better, and this dominant opinion is not only mine, too many people died for freedom.

    In December in Poland there are several sad anniversaries. On the 13th in 1981 martial law was inducted, 9 miners were killed in Silesia region, who protested, also in 1970 was uprising in Gdansk. Those crosses near Shipyard (all who were in Gdansk, know what I write about) at which David placed flowers with Lech Walesa and Pawel Adamowicz were to honour those victims.

    But more interesting was the reason why people protested in 1970. Guess why, because government rose price of sugar, for sure, you won’t be able to believe that for such a thing one can be killed. (44 dead over 1000 injured, tanks on the streets, which shot normal people on the street). It is not a joke.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody,
    Tomasz

  59. [I like to try to draw a line underneath a topic when it feels like it’s the right place to stop and move on. I’m not particularly good at doing so, as I’m sure some of you will agree, but I hope I’m gradually improving. I don’t want to be nominated for this Brick Wall award, after all. – Features Editor]

    Without you having said that, I have gotten the impression that you have consciously done just that. And a fine job it’s been too.

  60. Mmmmm… isnt it sir.. just the best sir ???

    Anyway Fed..ive just been to Amazon and ordered my Arnold…and guess what ?

    its already been reviewed…someone seems to think its worth 5 stars WHICH I THOUGHT WAS QUITE REFRESHING !!

    ..I think its almost worth a few seconds of your precious time to peruse it….note i did say almost ?

    shamelessly ‘foot in mouth time ‘ and not promoting anything but seasonal joy..

    martin d

  61. [I thought it was the proper place to draw the line on the subject. It was starting to seem as if we were all going round in circles. Just in different circles. – Melissa]

    Perhaps those concentric circles of the International Olympic Committee symbol are more than meets the eye?

  62. Sorry FED for posting here but was refused to submit in earlier blog entry which for sure would be far better in sense of context.

    [No problem, mate. It’s my fault for closing the topic so suddenly. – Features Editor]

  63. Back again FEd, sorry but I couldn’t resist!

    [did we miss this one when we were looking for fed’s best put-downs? i can’t believe i missed it. it fits today’s topic so well!!! (night 17/18: san francisco, 17 april, or click my name) – Victor]

    Reading this I realized that since I’d been on-the-road (more correctly, in the air) between Oakland and LA, I’d missed some really good stuff! After seeing this quote I had to ‘travel back in time’ blawg-wise and got side-tracked reading all of the posts from April 17 and 18.

    There were some other very quotable posts and retorts but it would take up way too much room I’m afraid.

    Geoff, are you with-child man? Do tell, inquiring minds want to know??

    Peace and love,
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  64. What about “Ten Beer Joe” sitting next to or in front of you and gets up every 15 minutes to pee during David’s concert because his prostate has grown in conjunction with his ignorance of concert etiquette?

  65. For the record, here are a few answers to some of our most common questions:

    Q. “When’s the live DVD coming out?”
    A. Early next year.

    Q. “Can I have a…?”
    A. No, you can’t.

    Q. “When are Pink Floyd reuniting?”
    A. Your guess is as good as mine.

    Q. “When’s the next Pink Floyd album/tour?”
    A. There are no plans for any incarnation of Pink Floyd to record or tour.

    Q. “Is there going to be an ‘On An Island’ music book?”
    A. It’s already available.

    Q. “Does David visit the blog?”
    A. Yes, he does.

    Q. “Does David visit the chatroom?”
    A. No, he doesn’t.

    Q. “Can I ask David a question?”
    A. You can, but please don’t expect an answer.

    Q. “Are there going to be more shows in 2007?”
    A. No. If this changes, however, we’ll let you know.

    Q. “Why can’t I have a guitar pick, dude?”
    A. Because you’re obviously a greedy little brat and we’d hate to encourage you.

    Q. “Where’s the Steve DiStanislao Q&A?”
    A. We’re saving it for next year.

    Q. “What’s the chatroom password?”
    A. Find it for yourself and then please keep it to yourself.

  66. Thank you, FEd. just read it.

    One more thing: I bought a book about Floyd last night, think it´s called The Making of The Dark Side of the Moon…not sure what´s it´s english title…

    I did that mainly because it´s really dificult to find any material about Floyd (and David) in portuguese.

    Now, I wish I didn´t. Hope you don´t either.

    Adriano

  67. [Posted by: Features Editor at December 19, 2006 06:14 PM]

    Some of us were wondering when the ‘Frequently asked Questions’ page would get an update.

    Are these going on there? 🙂 haha

    Melissa(*_*)

  68. [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. – Piergiorgio]

    Piergiorgio, my friend! Do not deny yourself the right to an opinion, please! This issue is so complex, you are right to struggle with it.

    Remember that elder Italians should recall the suffering they endured after World War II. Yet Italy thrives today, no?

    That Italy and others are enduring a wave of immigrants looking to send aid to their loved ones is no surprise. This has been the reality of America for two hundred years.

    Andrew has offered a more contemporary example of that. My ancestors rode a similar wave to American shores in the 1860s through 1880s. The story is the same.

    Think about it.

  69. [Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everybody – Tomasz]

    Tomasz, thank you for your precious insight. And the same to you, mate!

    Michael

  70. [What about “Ten Beer Joe” sitting next to or in front of you and gets up every 15 minutes to pee during David’s concert because his prostate has grown in conjunction with his ignorance of concert etiquette? – Matt Parrish]

    Oy! Here’s hoping our buddy Adriano doesn’t share Joe’s prostate issues….

  71. Am I talking to a brick wall ? award…

    It’s funny when bloggers nominate ridiculous posts, repetitive requests or idiotic questions.

    It’s less funny when they name people personally.

    If ever I read my name here, I probably wouldn’t post anymore…sad for the ones who are concerned…

    Michèle

  72. LOL I love your FAQ’s Fed. Great Job.

    But I think the Linda Penner posts take the cake.

    [if we need to name names, then linda penner didn’t take the hint (anyone going to the gibson?/tonight show with jay leno, 15/16 april)]

    Great Job Victor, but she had many posts previous to that and they were always hella long. Does my memory serve right Fed?

    Also thanks Fed for the prize I got it today. I am very pleased with it. You guys are just too kind.

    Renee B.
    Fontana, Ca USA

    [You certainly are right and thanks for letting us know about your prize. – Features Editor]

  73. Hi Fed,

    There are alot of great posts today. I would like to second the Brick Wall nomination for the cell phone picture takers.

    MS Delta- to borrow a phrase from the great Bill Engvall, ‘Here’s your Sign.’

    George Gipe, congrats on the smoke-free life!! It’s good news. I’ve been smoke free for over 2 years. It does get easier.

    Shawn Madden- I agree 100% with what you are saying about the 20-something Floyd ‘fans’. I am one, but not the tye dye type.

    Goodday all,
    Mike

  74. I cannot resist getting involved in this topic, even though I usually do manage to fight the urge.

    Although obviously said in jest, I shall use this as an opportunity to say what has bothered me the most about the blog, which I read daily and enjoy very much indeed. I feel it is therapy for many!

    My first nomination goes to those who want to be very silly and selective a lot of the time, who got away with it for a while, then pouted about the harsh rules and still make snide remarks about the wicked Features Editor. How very immature.

    My second nomination goes to those who still cannot put their comments in the correct place. This happens daily.

    My third and final nomination would be anyone who has done something they knew fully well to be in some way ‘wrong’ and then complained about it when they had to face the consequences of their greedy actions. An example already given above is those who purchased tickets to the Royal Albert Hall concerts from unofficial sources in spite of very clear advice to the contrary and then expected to be helped.

    Those who complained so much about Anthill when they didn’t have to buy from Anthill in the first place also amazed me.

    For heaven’s sake, I find it exasperating to see adults who are incapable of following simple rules, of taking responsibility for their actions or of making logical decisions and I really do not know how the Features Editor manages to stay sane in the face of so much absurdity!

    The famed put-downs are always thoroughly deserved, I feel, but I also feel they are the least one could do to relieve the tension of dealing with some quite unreasonable, unteachable people.

  75. Hey Fed, I’m guessing that you are:

    –President Bush, spying on us via this site
    –Lief Garrett, trying to find out why nobody likes his music
    –Leonardo DaVinci, secretly continuing the dark con of man via this blog

    Is this getting old yet? I’ll keep trying until I get it right.

  76. My favourites are the people who kept using flash at gigs, and the ones who ask me “Do you get on with Rick?”

    Merry Xmas all
    xx
    Guy

  77. [Q. “Can I have a…?” A. No, you can’t. – Posted by: Features Editor at December 19, 2006 06:14 PM]

    Why CAN’T I have a pony for Christmas, FEd?!?

    Meanie. 😀

    The Silly Phoenix.

  78. Will there be a poll for best rainy day blog?

    Andrew

    [Perhaps. I’d like the last poll of the year to be one that you lot suggested. – Features Editor]

  79. Just a relatively quick response to those that replied to my post.

    Michael, I willingly replied to your hyperbole and gave you my reply. I think you have totally misinterpreted my comments. What I said about Poland and the Poles isn’t a secret – not remotely. It wasn’t a debate. It’s a very commonly held opinion shared by the greater majority. Piergiorgio, I think that your post summed up that feeling rather well; It’s much the same opinion that I have experienced time and time again. Those views aren’t exclusively held by the Polish.

    I never stated that I was a supporter of the communist system, I never said that I was a proponent of any of the current systems. I think I have stated my opinions quite clearly about that in previous messages. You seem to have taken offence to the fact that I conveyed something that most Pols actually feel. Have you forgotten your countries history and origin?

    Becky, what you are quoting me on was intended to be interpreted within the greater context of my message. The type of person that dedicates themselves to the public service isn’t gender specific these days – in theory. Major gains have been achieved over the years. Not all of them for the better – Thatcher for one.

    Sociopaths aren’t gender exclusive; however, I would agree that statistically there would be a slightly higher ratio of males to female fitting this profile.

    I also agree with your statement about females taking charge of the top jobs; shifting the public perceived power to the female side; I wouldn’t have the slightest objection to that. I’m sure that these cards will be played out on in the media over the next decade. I doubt that the military complex would be as accommodating as I am. I wonder how many women are Weapons Engineers?

    Angelo, well said. I’m not sure I agree with the interpretation, and the reality for everyday people doesn’t correspond with the ideology. You should investigate Totalitarianism and the police state.

    Melissa, I doubt very much that the people in North Korea would agree with you. You sound like the Nightly News. It’s not Communism that’s causing the starvation; it’s international sanctions driven by a certain country that’s Causing irreparable damage – both physically and mentally – to the North Korean people.

    Just another source of funding for the military complex and a thorn in the side of the power class; I’m sure the power class will ultimately win. Who could blame North Koreans for wanting rid of a divisive power that they refuse to play ball with. Just ask Cuba. Despite the best attempts of a immensely powerful nation to undermine and destroy them, for reasons not much more than saving face and spreading it’s own warped ideology. Some of the CIA’s plans – and attempts – to murder Fidel speaks volumes.

    Despite these facts, Cuba has one of the lowest poverty and crime rates, and the highest level and quality of education, social welfare and medical treatment available to it’s people – for free – in the world; and that’s all achieved with meagre resources and under the constant pressure of psychological warfare being waged against them. The people are genuinely happy. How many countries can lay claim to that? Could you imagine what could have been achieved without the interference?

    Just the facts. Take a look around my friends – everything that generations of working people have paid for with sweat and blood is being sold out from under you. Conditions that generations of workers – and their families – suffered for and gained – bit by back breaking bit – through starvation and hardship are being dissolved and discarded with the stoke of a businessman’s pen.

    For the good of the few. You then pay the private company an increased price for something you used to own and pay for at near cost. Electricity, gas, water, sewage, garbage, transport; land air and sea etc. The entire premise for selling these public assets was allegedly for the good of all – to increase competition; thus reducing the cost fro the consumer — what an insult.

    Essential services required for daily living shouldn’t be used to generate a profit for the few at the expense of all. Ask yourself; why does it occur? Who really benefits?

    Everything around you has a dollar value attached to it. Even your DNA – your genes. The fascists aren’t kicking in your doors and shooting people in the streets these days; they are using psychological constructs that are reinforced by constant repetition in popular mediums such as television the internet, print media etc.

    The governments are the tools of the power class who see the population as units – commodities. What is the difference between government and commerce management? We are a commodity – something to be managed for profit. It’s only going to get worse.

    The power class has created an illusion that government is a legitimate representation of the people who elect them. This is only a part of the illusion that is perpetuated by the planets power/ruling class. Democracy isn’t fascism? Tim, I don’t agree with you there, mate. I’m offended that you would suggest that I would be one of the humans lining people up against the war to get shot. I wouldn’t be one of those getting shot, either.

    James, have you got any idea how counterproductive coffee growing is to the environment and the long term sustainability of the people dependent on it? Do you know how many litters of water and tons of fertilizer it takes to produce 1 KG of coffee beans? I think you would be very surprised with that figure.

    Tomasz, are we talking about the same Poland I visited a little while back? Poland was nothing like 1984 during the Communist period. It’s more like 1984 with colour and shopping malls these days. Dominated by ex-military people engaged in mafia like factions. Like most of the world these days – survival is for the most cunning.

    Just for the record: I’m not a Scientologist or a supporter of any religion or political party etc.

    Thanks again for allowing this communication to take place, Features Editor, David, Polly and anyone else connected with the production of this wonderful site.

    Sincerely,
    Hysteron-proteron

    [It’s always a pleasure, but that was a relatively quick response? – Features Editor]

  80. I had to take this out of the “best shoe” category (however, how shoes could provoke such conversation is a mystery) but what Andrew said below really provoked a warm reaction in me.

    [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 Russian friend said Russia has always been super-rich and super-poor and reckons it started during Ghengis Khan’s time too. She also told me how one was held back from “doing well”.

    [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.]

    Okay, I don’t have Russian parents. I was just a British kid who was raised and educated in America and came back over here in my late teens.

    But what you say about “choice” etc etc, Andrew, is what I believe in that whole heartedly coupled with individuality. I was once told a story about Communism and it went something like this: there were 19 squares on the paper and one circle; the squares took up arms and killed the circle because it was different. Those kind of stories stick, especially since I was raised on stories like Jonathan Livingstone Seagull which praised individually and encouraged on to “do well”.

    Anyway, I will get off my soapbox for now, but I must admit, that feels better.

    Regards.

    Julie

  81. [My favourites are the people who kept using flash at gigs, and the ones who ask me “Do you get on with Rick?” Merry Xmas all xx Guy — Posted by: Guy Pratt at December 19, 2006 08:05 PM]

    I, like you FEd, had put the memory of the flashing phones out of my mind. Guy (and the rest of the musicians) must have a very clear recollection of how annoying that was — and the Rick compatibility question, too, was a bit strange. Guy should have posted that he couldn’t stand Rick just for a laugh … that would have gotten the rumor-mill spinning out of control!

    One last (I promise) comment of a Brazilian nature. I’d like to give my own version of ‘Am I Talking to a Brick Wall??’ award to the three Brazilian women (as in from Brazil, specifically for the Kodak gig) who sat directly behind me and sang every single song from start to finish and at the top of their lungs (and damn, did they have some lungs!) no matter how many people glared/yelled at, or pleaded with them to stop. Some people actually relocated themselves out of frustration.

    It’s interesting, this Brazilian element … they seem to be much more ah, let’s say passionate about their opinions. Adriano, being from Brazil, does this seem to be the case or is it just the rest of us not understanding the culture? You are now appointed Cultural Attache from Brazil, unfortunately a non-salaried position!

    Always nice to hear from Guy … I guess that goes without saying, but I just had to anyway. FEd, am I getting on your nerves yet? I don’t know what’s wrong with me today. It must be residual effects of jonesing through the power outage last week. Sorry.

    Peace,
    Gabrielle
    Washington State

  82. 12 beer blake from nash-a-vegas here…what -is -a -happening?

    melissa, look what our little ‘communication’ started. i believe that communism/democracy post was written directly to me…wasnt going to touch that one with a ten foot ‘pole’…get it?

    and by the way…my comments about the password were TOTALLY tongue and cheek. fed even highlighted where to go EXACTLY and i was too lazy. i think we have covered that sufficiently now! (i was called d#$%head, and all sorts of names…hell fed even let me in and i still didnt have it)

    and i always like to add a little official info about a question the other day…that strat with 0001 isnt the first made…it was the first with a serial # however, (and obviously). there are some even older ones…just a little info…

    Now the important stuff…can i have a D.G pick now? or a signature on my arse or somewhere? (that ms delta person is a buffoon! and that person wanting dg to email him about his earth-shattering ideas…’yeah dave (and he would call him dave), we’ll do lunch and save the world!” idiots)

  83. Chickens or Roosters? We will never find out. There is that friendly looking Welsh shepherd who will keep us on the right side of the fence.

  84. Hey F’Ed, I know who you are:

    –Elton John
    –Brittney Spears (as though she had that kind of wit and intelligence)
    –Michael Jackson

    Yes, I’m making fun of anyone who tries to figure out who you are. You’re the F’Ed, and that’s all we really need to know. Anyone thinks otherwise, you might as well explain it to a brick wall.

  85. Oops!! Am I considered one of these bricks??!! For most Novel Way for David to Save the World (Again) – I did suggest to put out a new Pink Floyd CD using the “past” Pink Floyd unreleased songs. Regretably, I mis-read the word Novel for Nobel, and of course, my suggestion had already been implemented in the past. What can I say, I am Chinese and I do get confused at times.

    Any updates regarding the auction of the eyeballs? Thanks Crisis and David Gilmour, for your generosity, I hope the auction will do well.

  86. Hi all..and NOW that the fog has lifted ..the nominations rain down : […]

    HURRAH HURRAH fed …thats called festive cheer…THIS is mere FESTIVE FUN….censor it if you wish ..MY ALLTIME LIVERPOOL FC 11.

    RAY CLEMENCE, PHIL NEILL, ALAN KENNEDY, GRAHAM (OUCH !!) SOUNESS, ALAN HANSEN, STEVIE GERRARD, MARK LAWRENSON, STEVIE HEIGHWAY, KENNY DALGLISH , IAN RUSH, JOHN BARNES.

    MANAGER: BOB ‘THE god ‘PAISLEY

    AMEN and ive left a few gaps…WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE ????

    eei adioo who scored the goal !!
    martin d

    [I can’t fault your team, Martin. I’d want Jan Molby in there, though. In his pomp, he was pure quality. A young Robbie Fowler. Steve Nicol’s versatility would come in handy. John Toshack, of course. Kevin Keegan (with or without the sideburns). Beardsley, Barnes and Aldridge always played beautifully together. – Features Editor]

  87. [It’s always a pleasure, but that was a relatively quick response? – Features Editor]

    Esgusodwch fi es-gis-od-ooch-vee.

    Sincerely,
    Hysteron proteron

  88. I would like to nominate Hysteron Proteron for the “Talking to a Brick Wall” award…

  89. Martin d,

    good team but crazy hands Grobellar, Peter Thompson and world cup winner Roger Hunt should surly feature.

    Pete – Coventry

  90. [I doubt that the military complex would be as accommodating as I am. I wonder how many women are Weapons Engineers? – HP]

    You are quite obviously a horses ass. Being an engineer myself, the dearth of women in the field begins at the universities. They simply do not enroll. You demonize Weapons Engineers? I asure you the whole bloody lot of them are simply happy to have a job to support their families. Blame the politicians who allocate the funding, you fool.

    [Despite these facts, Cuba has one of the lowest poverty and crime rates, and the highest level and quality of education, social welfare and medical treatment available to it’s people – for free – in the world; and that’s all achieved with meagre resources and under the constant pressure of psychological warfare being waged against them. The people are genuinely happy. How many countries can lay claim to that? Could you imagine what could have been achieved without the interference? – HP]

    Perhaps in all of your worldly travels you should visit Miami, Florida. There you will find the largest population of Cubans outside of Cuba who can share their experiences of Fidel. Many of them having relatives who died trying to flee Castro’s “lowest poverty and crime rates”. The public record shows some people donning scuba fins and a few jugs of water to attempt swimming the shark infested waters of the Florida Straits on an inner tube. What desparation drives a man to perform such a foolhardy act, HP? Did they tire of living in Fidel’s Nirvana? Your ignorance speaks volumes.

    I don’t condone or agree with my governments handling of Cuba over the years. But to blow happy smoke up our asses that Cuba is a nation of contented serfs is absolute rubbish.

  91. Ciao,

    excuse me folks. I don’t pretend to teach education to anybody but….I don’t think that calling someone who has an opinion an “horses ass”, or telling that “his ignorance speaks volumes” is the best way to lead a constructive and friendly discussion.

    I think that Democracy,at first, is the ability to accept even the opinions of people who are opposite to our. Without insulting. HP opinions can be not widely accepted but they were expressed without much anger, without insults and were expressed clearly well. Probably he is a bit “superior” when speaks like a teacher from a desk, but come one, everybody HP, Michael…let’s cool down.

    Exchanging opinions should make us think, not close in our predetermined visions. Obviously I will have my opinion forever and you will do the same. So common sense should take us to listen to add a new experience. And I think that a european opinion to an american should sound interesting. As I consider interesting an american opinion/fact about something I don’t know. the whole sense of this sentence is:let’s learn to be fair.

    To Michael one thing. Telling me that people from cuba escapes from there is not a good argument. So it means that if americans don’t escape from U.S.A death penalty is good? Since we are talking about personal VIEWS and not of science (I am an engineer) we have no real proof. There are americans who run away from U.S.A to Europe and tell they feel better here for various reasons. Does this is an argument to tell that Europe is better? Maybe at a personal level.

    Piergiorgio

  92. Michael in New Jersey, I really have no idea what you’re talking about – not sure you do either.

    You have harassed me from the time my comments were posted – choosing to fixate on a single point and proceeding to manipulate it to suit your attack.

    I’m sure I could write a thousand books about the endless amount of crime and suffering created by Capitalism/Democracy/Fascism/Communism etc. I respect your right to revel in the fruits of Pseudo Fascism/Capitalism. Go back and read all my messages.

    You aren’t interested in intelligent debate – you are only interested in reinforcing the illusions of a corrupt system – just another mindless follower blindly supporting death and destruction. Just another garden variety fool trying to hijack a conversation with political nonsense and thuggery. Don’t pretend that you were trying to engage in mature debate. You wanted a fight.

    Go read some books, get off that chair you spend so much time talking on and, go out in the real world. You might learn something from people capable of expressing a broader ranger of opinions than those conveyed by the media. People that actually question and research the information relayed to them by the media. Maybe you would learn that there are other types of people that can engage in conversation without resorting to childish insults and intimidating behaviour.

    This conversation is over from my point of view – it should have ended when you first engaged in insults and rude, intimidating behaviour. It says a lot about you. I won’t engage in any further banter with a childish brat.

    Next time you see one of my messages; simply skim past it and got to the next post. I’ve wasted enough of time trying to engaging in dialogue with you already. No Hatfield-McCoy feud from me.

    Hysteron proteron

    [This matter is now closed. Thanks very much. – Features Editor]

  93. *********ANNOUNCEMENT*********

    The ‘Am I Talking to a Brick Wall?’ award goes to all those monotonous people who, no matter what, keep banging on about Pink Floyd reuniting and boring everyone around them to tears with their warped (selfish) reasoning.

    They can also have our ‘Flogging a Dead Horse’ and ‘Give It A Rest, For God’s Sake’ awards.

    Thanks to all who voted.

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