Bah, Humbug.

I'm in a curmudgeonly mood tonight. I've had a bad day at work. Too many stupid people in the world.

I've been rather gloomy of late, reflecting on the decline of what was once the pre-eminent civilisation on this earth. And like others, I sense a profound unease about me. That something is wrong, that something malevolent lurks, and that our wealth, prosperity and comfort is all illusory. In the book of Ecclesiastes there is this comment:

5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: 6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. 7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

Today we had this article in the local paper; it reminded me of that passage. Typical union blackmail and thuggery. I know many professionals who have studied for years who will not be making that kind of money: ever. Scientists, engineers, teachers etc. It appears that in Australia at least, the benefits of an education certainly aren't material. The average "tradie" in Australia is apprenticed at 16 and on his own at 20. There is no educational debt and frequently much of the money they earn is undeclared.

Now it may appear that I'm just have a case of the sour grapes. Personally I couldn't care less how much these people earn. But in a society where this kind of thing happens it becomes a society that corrodes the value of an education. In the short term it really is no big deal but in the long term it kills the society. Taking a bigger picture view of things, across the board, our politicians have created a system of governance which rewards folly and in turn punishes virtue, not just here in Australia but in all of the West.

How did we get this way? The cause of the West's demise is multifactorial, but if I were to try to reduce it to its bare essence it would be as follows:

1)Bad philosophy or in other words the rejection of traditional morality and epistemology.
2)Uncritical Media: The transmission media of bad ideas. Philosphers influence the media which in turn influences the public.
3)Democracy: The granting of the vote to people by virtue of having a pulse. Take a look at this site. Although it mocks the average citizen who shops at Walmart it bears reflecting that each of these citizens (with such evident good judgement) is entitled to same share of political power as the most prudent and virtuous citizen. They vote like they dress. They are the voting block which bad philosophers rely on to bring their political ambitions to fruition. The left hand side of the Bell curve is the Devil's.

Thinking about it really gets a man down. I mean really down. So many stupid people It would appear that the odds of reversing the trend are insurmountable. Yet there is hope.

As Christopher Dawson once said, If we were to put ourselves in Ancient Rome and ask ourselves where the world's next big idea would come from, no one in their right mind would suggest that the next big thing was brewing in the far off province of Palestine. Still that's what happened. Everything was stacked up against the early Christians, and I mean everything.

Still in the end, they kicked arse. they took over Rome and produced the World's greatest civilisation. No one sane sitting in those Ancient Roman forums would have predicted it. I have this strange feeling, and though it is totally without any logical basis at all, that it will soon be time for round two of Christianity vs the world. And based on past performance I've got a pretty good hunch who s going to win.

With that in mind. I'd like to wish all of my small band of readers a Merry Christmas. Notice, I did not say Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings or any other crap. And note as well: Merry Christmas, not Xmas. I don't give a flying fig about the Greek Chi. Peace and Good Will to all men and if you get offended by these sentiments then piss off.

Hogmanay Party - 31st December

Upstairs: Reggae-Soca-Afrozouk

Downstairs: House and tchno with DJs from TOUGH TT

From: 10pm - 4am

Entry: £5 Before midnight

Contact Graham for more details

This Saturday (19th): Zuba Bassbeat Xmas Party

ZUBA Bassbeat Xmas Party featuring Glasgow Gospel Choir, support acts and afrobeat DJs.... £5 entry... 7pm til late..... Email Euan for details

The Ballad of Mable Wong live

The Ballad of Mable Wong from Bean There Done That on Vimeo.

Gig Photos

Photos from last nights' excellent gig at the centre featuring:

Sparkling Shedazz

The Ballad of Mable Wong

Golden Grrls

'Its always just been there' 13.12.09

Thank you to Vivien Opiolka for a great installation last Sunday.

Tweet as a nut

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Projektions Returns

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... Join us for some year end GSC tinsel swinging.... We'll also be showing Hawkwind live at Stone Henge '84!!... Freak out!

Your Great Grandmother wasn't a Ho.

Following up on the previous post and its implication that the First World War was the time when the rot set in with regard to Western Civilisation, the following data from the research of Mr Lewis T Terman seems appropriate.

Sex research existed before Kinsey and while limited in scope, seemed to be more objective and of higher quality than nearly all of it that followed it. One of the few researchers in the field at that time, Lewis P Terman, published a book in 1938, The Psychological Factors in Marital Happiness. This was a wide ranging study looking at what made marriages happy and it involved 792 couples. It is of interest because it was one of the first studies to ask about premarital sex. He found the following rates of premarital sex amongst women in the following cohorts.

Before 1890: 13.6%
1890-1899: 23.6% (This is the generation that reached young adulthood about WW1)
1900-1910: 48%
Post 1910: 66%

Now admittedly most of the women who did have premarital sex did so with their future fiancee, and sleeping around did not really gain societal traction till the 50's, but what really stands out is the change post WW1. Then as in now, it was the lower classes that lost their virginity first, whilst the better educated and higher classes kept chaste till later. Still the big changes seemed to have happened about the time of the First World War. It really was a different world back then.

Volunteers Wanted

Can you spare some time?

....... This weekend is a very busy weekend at the centre. We need all the help we can get to cater for the events. If you could spare some time to help out with the running of this great space please get in touch glasgowsocialcentre[at] or come to tonight's (Monday 7th) meeting at 7pm.

Anyone for Tea?

1914 and all that.

Unlike most people, I don't think the Sixties were a big deal. In my mind the great change in the West occurred with the First World War. In the intellectual sphere everything changed then. Central Europe died, Russia(Communism) was born, Tradition in the arts was put aside and modernity embraced. The rot of Western Civilisation set in.

Now whilst I agree that the Sixties were a period of great change, I always had the impression that it was more a time when the veil came off rather than anything new was dreamed up. People's habits did not change as a result of the Sixties, the habits had changed long before; rather a veneer of respectability covered everything and until the Sixties people still paid lip service to traditional ideals.

The profound changes in the Catholic Church were more probably a reflection on the fact that the faith was in reality for most a socially conditioned habit rather than the result of an active faith, and so when it became socially acceptable to leave, people did. Likewise the great sexual liberation of the Sixties was not so much a liberation as an acknowledgment of what was really going on behind the veneer of domestic respectability.

With that in mind this paper should make for interesting reading. This article is also of some worth.

Interview with FUTURE HISTORY

1. Briefly introduce each member and their role in

the band.

*Dirty Rascal 'The Truth' (real name,Wandile Themba) - one of two

rappers in the FH Fam. Truth brings incredible energy onstage.

*'Makzol' (Mxolisi Mpho Lepele) - Not just a rapper but what we call a

wordsmith. When Mak's on the mic, make certain you listen. He's also a

fully qualified sound engineer & is studying the trumpet.

*Qairo - FH vocalist. A strong musical background ensures that she

brings a melodic contribution rarely heard on the scene. Has intense

stage presence.

*Malcom - FH Pianist/Keyboardist, however an immensely talented

musician (also plays trombone) who manages to pull the music together

& arranges the band's horn section harmonies that have become

signature sounds of FH music.

*Senzo - A master bassist of the FH family, whether double bass or

electric. He drives the band sound & truly adds an element that most

bassist aspires to. Also incredibly strong & accurate on the drums.

*Kgori - A talented drummer who's immensely creative with rhythm &

brings colour to hip-hop played by FH. You could find him sliding tunes

on trombone as well.

*Oscar 'hangova' - If FH is on stage & you hear the most soulful alto

saxophone improves, it's probably Oscar. Has a confident & real melodic

approach to FUTURE HISTORY music. Has an amazingly sharp ear for hot


*Hlubi - Also on alto sax, he's your fast-paced be-bop quick thinking'

musician & brings that variety to the band. He has an amazing ability

to tend to sound like he's singing' on his instrument & on a crazy solo

Hlubi can climax a song & turn it inside out at its crescendo! He can

hold down some ill chords on keys too.

*S'bu - On the tenor sax, he’s the smoothest member of the band. Laid

back with a beautiful tone that rounds off harmonies in FH

arrangements. All while making truly intelligent music seem


*Tumelo 'genius' - The trumpeter in the band. He contributes the

highest notes in most horn harmonies & possesses a personality wrapped

in pure fun. Has explosive energy during performances.

2. Are you each the instruments that you play?

I assume this is a metaphorical question and the answer to that is

never definite. With so many personalities of one family which consists

of multi-instrumentalists who can never be put into a box by

definition of instrument title, it's hard to say. Furthermore, some of

us are engineers, graphic designers & fine artists. However, music is

the only language we audibly understand collectively when we pick up

our instruments to play.

3. Do you think you are part of the ever changing & ever growing Soweto; if so


We definitely think we are although development is never as constant

as we'd love it to be. However, In terms of the sub-cultures & that

some of FH band members belong to the Soweto community, we've observed

a lot of brands, projects & events growing. When we constantly get

invited back to display our work and progress, it motivates us as much

as the next to know that we once performed at perhaps a venue that

wasn't much when it started out & now being proud that they helped

grow us and our crowd as much as we helped grow them and their

following. It's mutual benefit to both brands and that's all positive.

4. Who is your favorite Jazz artist?

That's a difficult question when we consider all legends concerned and

the fact that a band of 10 can’t have one favorite. All FUTURE HISTORY

members are well schooled in jazz so opinions may vary also according

to the chosen instrument/s of the individual. Albeit, some of the names

you might hear us quote are Miles Davis, Charlie Parker,Roy

Hargrove,Bradford Marsallis, Chet Baker,John Coltrane, Thelonious

Monk,Bheki Mseleku,Winston Mankunku and the list goes on forever...

5. Why is hip hop dead if you consider that it

might be?

Oh gosh! There are such mixed emotions on this topic, but each to his/her

own opinion. On one hand, a lot of what's now being dubbed as hip hop

really doesn't belong to hip hop culture (maybe pop), hence why we feel

that's the element that's killing an honest art form. Then again, the

purist says this, while others adapt & conform to change & accept that

this is now the present-day hip hop sound so how is it dead. Maybe it's

simply evolution & as all trends go, it’ll come back full circle, who

knows. Our (FUTURE HISTORY's) approach is simply to do what we do best

& that's being musical. If we wanna rap to mbaqanga, jazz, funk, soul or

maskandi we simply do that coz it's timeless music & we put an edge to

it. If Africa's still mimicking the prescribed style of hip hop from

international influences without embracing who we are musically, then

we might as well attend hip hop's funeral. For now, perhaps it's not

dead...just comatose, waiting for inspiration efana ne FUTURE HISTORY

so. LOL

6. When is the album or EP coming out?

Next year sometime. We’re still recording & since its 2 concurrent

projects, dates are not set yet. Every now and then though, we’ll hand

a free track to our audience at shows so they got something' to


7. Does South Africa have a room for your sound or

do think there is a bigger audience internationally?

There's absolutely a larger audience outside of home no doubt, but we

believe in home audience 1st so that they have something to be proud

of by the time we receive international appreciation. As artists we

all should be internationally known & locally accepted. SA knows music

so let 'em give you that green light that you can represent your

country well out there.

8. What should we look forward to on this coming performance at the TSJS?

Y’all will enjoy so much on our set!

Look forward to your favorite multi dimensional band to bring you an

array of sounds played over rhythmic funk-infused tunes with a jazz

influence. As well as lyrics that constitute what we've pioneered as

Grootman Rap. It's ahead of time yet nostalgic! We're there to shut it


FUTURE HISTORY. "we're legends already made, our tales are already

framed. We're orchestratin' history"

Them Beatles Live at the GSC...

Thanks to Omar for the vid....