We need to talk about Diane Abbott. Now. (EXPLICIT CONTENT)

Not about music, but important words here. Jack Monroe, spot on as always 😊. Get well soon, Diane!


This is not a recipe. I wrote this as a series of tweets today and readers asked for it as a blog post, so here it is. Our politics may differ, so feel free to skip straight back to the recipes if that’s what you’re here for.


Right one of us political writer people needs to do this and it looks like it’s me. Grab a seat. I wanna talk about Diane.
Diane was first elected as an MP in 1987, the year before I was born. She has been dedicated to serving the British public for longer than I have even been alive. Hold that thought. Understand it.
Diane was the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. She MADE HISTORY. Her father was welder, her mother a nurse. How many working class kids do we have…

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28th May 2017: The Plugz – Hombre Secreto

The Plugz – Hombre Secreto
Language – Spanish
Translation – Secret Agent Man

I’m back! I’ve had a few weeks off rather than a few days. Shit happens, huh? I managed to visit my mum for her (big) birthday and see two of my aunties, one of my cousins and my brother, which was brilliant! Also, my landlord has sold my flat so I’ve been sorting stuff in preparation for our move. Moving is stressful, but it focuses one’s mind on what is important. So, *lots* of stuff is going out! Clothes I no longer wear, fabric I bought but never got round to making anything with, gifts that no longer mean anything – all off to the charity shop / Ebay! 

In a quieter moment we were watching ‘Repo Man’ yesterday, which has an awesome soundtrack, so I have chosen this excellent track by The Plugz today. I shall catch up with the days I’ve missed over the next week or so keep coming back to see what I’ve chosen 😊.

Nothing to do with foreign-language music at all, but I saw ‘Colossal’ the other night – this is the new film by Nacho Vigalondo, and it features Anne Hathaway and…a giant monster. Oh, and a big robot.  If you have seen his film ‘Timecrimes’, you’ll already know that the guy is a genius, and this new film is fantastic! I would suggest you go and see it at your earliest convenience! Nice music too composed by Bear McCreary. 

18th April 2017: Daisy Door – Pop Corn

Daisy Door – Pop Corn
Language – German

One day I would like to have a DJ evening where I just play all the different versions of Popcorn. This version is particularly nice, and I especially like the surprise ending. I think I shall have to investigate Daisy Door further!

FYI, “Bitte bleib bei mir” means ‘Please stay with me’ (I knew the A-Level German would come in useful one day!). There are so many versions of this song with totally different lyrics, it’s an enigma wrapped in a conundrum…

17th April 2017: Batzorig Vaanchig – Morin Khuur

Batzorig Vaanchig – Morin Khuur
Language – Mongolian 
Translation – The Beautiful Steppe

There is so much that is truly awesome about this song. From what I can gather, it seems to be a song filled with pride about being Mongolian, and what a great country it is. The throat singing is fantastic, and I really want to learn more about the history of how that came about as a song form because it is fascinating. The fact that this man is sat on the top of a mountain, with the country, *his* country, stretching out behind him, just adds to the whole event. And the lady watching him…I wonder who she is? 

16th April 2017: Gilberto Gil – Ela

Gilberto Gil – Ela
Language – Brazilian Portuguese
Translation – She

Is there no end to this gentleman’s talent? I adore Gilberto Gil’s music, and the joy and happiness expressed in this love song is infectious! 

From the 1975 album Refazenda.  Lyrics (in Portuguese) here: http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Gilberto_Gil:Ela.  Worth translating, they are simple and so beautiful.

14th April 2017: Mircea Florian – Păsările din palmă

Mircea Florian – Păsările din palmă
Language -Romanian
Translation – Birds in hand (a bird in the hand…?)

Staying with the sitar…

Really informative interview with Mircea Florian here: http://the-attic.net/features/1354/mircea-florian:-i-was-born-at-the-right-time.html, on ‘The Attic’ blog (@theatticmag). 

Wiki entry on Mircea Florian: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mircea_Florian_(musician).  It makes me sad sometimes that there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to properly study musicians like this guy.  Musically pioneering, an artist, politically active, genre-exploding…and he’s still making music today!  Fair play, sir!  Note to self: investigate further!