The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Collect 'Em All #11

Michael Bentine
(#33 of 48 in Merrysweets' Telegum TV Stars series)
"Son of a Peruvian research scientist, he was educated at Eton and destined to follow his father's profession, but decided to take up show business as his career. Was 6 years with B.B.C during which he created 'The Bumblies' for children and took part in the Goon Show. Appeared on I.T.V. in 'Yes, it's the Cathode Ray Tube.'"

1 comment :

Nicholas Parsons said...

He was unbearable! Have you seen "The Sandwich Board Man"?...His inane giggling drove me up the wall