Posted by: Bruce | February 28, 2018

Should Subaru do do do?

‘Walk on the Wild Side’ is a song I like, by Lou Reed, 1972. It’s on the radio often.

The tune is catchy with lyrics of a difference and one particular line that wasn’t censored. I listen for that line each time it plays, wonder why it’s allowed and how many kids pick up on it. A school run in the family car provides a captive audience for ears of all ages.

Well Subaru Australia are using the doo do doo’s from this track to flog their cars except the doo’s are just a ‘Do’. However, I wonder if this is a deliberate drive into edgy territory by Subaru, knowing consumers will likely associate the Do’s with the rest of the song?

Subaru Australia M/D Nick Senior said ”we want to attract more younger people, particularly females and younger Australian families to Subaru, and those families with one or two young kids”……

and, ” ‘Do’ is a simple, yet incredibly strong and powerful verb, the ultimate commitment from which the Subaru family can’t hide”. (Sounds a little odd really on top of the other advertising drivel of warm and fuzzies to sell cars).

Well, I think I’ll use Do as an auxiliary verb in some interrogative sentences;

  • Do Subaru ‘doo do doo’ wonder if young and old match lyrics to tunes?
  • Do Subaru ‘doo do doo’ consider that this tune/song blends with their brand?
  • Do Subaru ‘doo do doo’ present this as their Subaru family song?

Finally, as I checked my email this a.m., an ad flicked upon my vision to the right. Happenstance, from Subaru. It read…. Do  The excitement machine WRX (with an image). There are one or two transitive verb examples given by Merriam-Webster that might cover this use of Do. A close one relates to sex – ” I’d do him”. Struth. A bit on the wild side?

A link for reference and a link for interest;

Word for today:     Subaru – What you Do?

More to come:   same blog time, same blog channel


Posted by: Bruce | February 17, 2018

Soul Deep – The Box Tops 1969

A good year.


Word for today:   Seems like almost yesterday.

More to come:   same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | February 15, 2018

Barnaby Joyce – another media crucifixion.

The swinging voterOn-line or telly, it’s hard to miss a reference to Barnaby Joyce and his tattered, re-arranged personal life. As Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the National Party, he is not exactly a low profile politician.

His broken marriage has provided a wonderful feeding frenzy for the media and the ‘holier than thou’ types.

An ordinary person can just say  ‘mind your own business’. Not a politician though. There’s gold in them thar headlines. And the media, if criticised, would likely claim they are just being helpful by hanging out his dirty washing for him.

It’s not like this sort of thing hasn’t happened before. Husbands AND wives dump their spouses for another, every day. That doesn’t make it right of course, or help the families. But this exposé of private lives can only make it worse.

Calls for Barnaby Joyce to resign just add to the media drama. If he has broken rules or laws then he is accountable. His and his family’s personal life should remain just that; personal. There would be a lot of people out of work if a job resignation followed a marriage breakdown.

Maybe it’s the ‘tall poppy syndrone’ and Barnaby Joyce is a good candidate. I don’t know. I do know that I wouldn’t like my family as front page news for sales and drama queens.

This is not journalism. More and more I wonder how much pressure an individual can absorb, how relentless is the media in finding the limits ….

Cyber-bullying is what comes to mind. I moved to dismiss that thought but found I couldn’t. The very media, that splash headlines about a person (usually young) who has been cyber-bullied on Facebook, are themselves cyber-bullies.

A link or two for light reading…

Last night and this morning, after more Joyce headlines, I found myself humming two tunes; one included the lyrics Under Pressure and the other included the lyrics Crucify Him, Crucify Him. No religious slant here, just a reference to mob rule.

Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie and…

The 2nd,

Trial before Pilate from Jesus Christ Superstar

Words for today:     Pressure – implode or explode


More to come:    same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | January 26, 2018

Istanbul Independence Day 1987 – the Blue Mosque

For something different, a few specific photos from Istanbul 1987. Click on any pic for enlarged low resolution images and better viewing.

I previously wrote of my short visit here… Istanbul, Independence Day, Soft porn and holding hands.

Word for today:    Mosque – a place of worship

More to come;    same blog time, same blog channel

Posted by: Bruce | January 23, 2018

The Hollies – Magic Woman Touch

As I made a coffee this morning I was humming …

Word for today:     Magic – charms, spells and rituals

More to come:    same blog time, same blog channel

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A casting couch for the Australian Entertainment Industry.

A casting couch of the entertainment industry usually sits quietly in a reception area. It’s dark side however, is not restricted by walls. It travels and functions in various guises. As a hotel bed, a grope in the dark, an assault, as fear or dominance to name a few; it’s a versatile weapon seemingly used with impunity.

Innocent until proven guilty.

So, over the last week, Craig McLachlan, actor/entertainer, is headlining over sexual harassment/assault allegations by fellow cast and crew and….


Don Burke OAM, tv entertainer/ personality is also in the news from 2016 for sexual harassment/assault allegations.

The more I read, the more I think these two home grown personalities will be wondering what happened to their life as they knew it. The fan has only just begun to spin. Surely Rolf Harris (ex-CBE) and Robert Hughes of Hey Dad are still fresh in everyone’s memory? The arrogance, the narcissism, the….just incredible.

I wonder whether those in charge, of producing shows featuring Burke and Mc Lachlan, had any idea of the alleged sexual harassment/assault taking place under their proverbial noses? How could they not?

Stars of shows are just that; a star. Some bright, some dim. It doesn’t make them a good person though. Star power is a weapon in the wrong hands, those that are legends, at least in their own minds. They take what they want. The employers fall into line: the show must go on, the money must go on. Don’t need bad publicity.

But the publicity is worse when serious problems are ignored. The evil of the Hey Dad experience hasn’t educated the entertainment industry.

If Burke and Mc Lachlan are found guilty of these allegations, then heads should roll within the industry. There should be jail time for those who knowingly ignore obligations of both civil and industrial law. Employers are legally accountable.

Alea iacta est (Latin) – the die is cast.

Hey Dad cast shunned, Robert Hughes jailed

Word for today;        Narcissism –  extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type.

More to come;     same blog time, same blog channel

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