Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy is joining up with The Duckworth Lewis Method for a cricket concept album. Er, yay? The song on the myspace is quite good, anyway. And in trying to find out more about it I ended up on the HotPress website - wow. I used to read HotPress in the days when I loved pretty much everything on Setanta. The record label, not the football channel, OBVIOUSLY. I have also been watching youtube videos of the Divine Comedy, and squeeing with novawildstar on Twitter about the cuteness of Neil. Feels just like 1997.
I'm staying well out of the latest LJ debacle about racism/ cultural appropriation, though I've read bits of it. (Link archive here). I doubt if anyone's read even half of it, and now half of the posts are deleted/ f-locked, so nobody really knows what's going on. All I can say is that the original (and later) complainers MAY have had a point, but the one thing they have not done in the ensuing clusterfuck is encourage anyone worried about these issues to enter the dialogue. rozk has a couple of eminently sensible posts on the subject, of which a crucial point is the importance of seeing and recognising the difference between negligence and malignity.