When you live in a culture you are building a house from the inside. The outsider sees a different view.
The American publisher’s note at the front of TARGET 91:
The movie quotes follow the cartoons.
1. ”I love the smell of napalm in the morning”
Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall), Apocalypse Now (1979). He added ‘It smells like victory.’ Sounds relevant.
2. “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Rick Blaine, Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca (1942).
3. “I’ll be back”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, which was made famous in the 1984 science fiction film The Terminator, a cyborg assassin.
4. “Go ahead, make my day”
Clint Eastwood as “Dirty” Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact, 1983.
5. “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!”
The Wicked Witch of the West to Dorothy and her dog Toto in The Wizard of Oz, 1939.
6. ‘Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.’
Teacher John Keating, played by Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society, 1989.
7. ‘Shaken, not stirred’
James Bond played by Sean Connery, Goldfinger,1964.
8. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Don Corleone played by Marlon Brando, The Godfather, 1972.
9. ‘Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’
Ilsa Lund played by Ingrid Bergman to the piano player, Casablanca, 1942. Humphrey Bogart played nightclub owner, Rick Blaine.
10. ‘Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.’
Elle Woods played by Reese Witherspoon, LEGALLY BLONDE,2001
I’ve heard that some 4-year-olds are stressed. So I made this little fun ebook called SOME THINGS GO SPLONK! to help 4 – 6 year-olds in uncertain times. If you know anyone with young friends, kids or grandkids please send it on to them. It’s free.
Naturally, getting an ebook file that I could upload or email turned into a ‘Some Things Go Splonk’ situation. So here is Some Things Go Splonk by Kerry Cue-compressed as a pdf file. Or you can look at each page one at a time below.
PS: In case of emergency, drink HIBERNATION ALE from Denver, Colorado. They may know how to stop the Beer Virus.
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Edited version of the article I wrote for The Canberra Times FEB 2012
Faster. Faster. Quick. Quick. Click. Do it. We live in a high-speed click-on click-off culture where little time is dedicated to thinking things through and a great deal of time is spent making snap decisions and, as I suspect when flicking through the free to air TV channels mumbling ‘Not that one. Not that one. Nup. Maybe. Nah’, we also dedicate a lot of time to trivial indecision. It seems that we are often faced today with too much choice yet, paradoxically, too little of what we actually want.
Needless to say, romance, love, and commitment are duly processed by the culture into a series of quick click decisions. There is speed dating, sexting, instant text dumping (Iz ova gdby), one-click defriending on Facebook as well as the instant Hook-Up Culture through Tinder. It is a wonder that anyone can actually fit a wedding into such a quick turn-around dating schedule.
The day after Valentine’s Day, however, came as a surprise. I was shocked to discover that media outlets around the world were publishing lists of Breaking Up songs. Is that it? You get one day of romance now and it’s over. I suspect women around the world anticipate that a roses-and-candlelight romance would extend beyond one day. Or should we embrace the brutal reality of high-turnover relationships and call 15th February Bleeding Hearts Day for all the love victims or something more cynical like POTS Day as in Piss Off The Sleazer Day.
Rather than seek out a Breaking Up song, perhaps, jilted lovers could just re-engineer the love songs to fit their status. Here are a few suggestions:
I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton-John
Maybe I mope around here
A little more than I should
We both know I’ve got nowhere else to go
Because you took my credit card
Then jumped into my much-loved car
And drove off in the after-glow.
I loathe you.
I honestly loathe you.
I cried a tear, you watched TV
I was confused, you drank a beer
I sold my soul, so I could pay the rent
When I complained you got all shirty
Somehow you shafted me
You gave me strength to stand alone
To take the world on my own again
You slept in my bed, but you’re a tool
‘Cos then you went and denied all paternity
You shafted me, you shafted me.
Or, perhaps the jilted lover could simply text: Iz ova? 4Q.