Sunset Vigil

Sunset Vigil
– by Staff Sergeant Andrew McFarlane

The news is spread far and wide
Another comrade has sadly died
A sunset vigil upon the sand
As a soldier leaves this foreign land

We stand alone, and yet as one
In the fading light of a setting sun
We’ve all gathered to say goodbye
To our fallen comrade who’s set to fly

The eulogy’s read about their life
Sometimes with words from pals or wife
We all know when the CO’s done
What kind of soldier they’d become

The padre then calls us all to pray
The bugler has Last Post to play
The cannon roars and belches flame
We will recall, with pride, their name

A minute’s silence stood in place
As tears roll down the hardest face
Deafening silence fills the air
With each of us in personal prayer

Reveille sounds and the parade is done
The hero remembered, forgotten by none
They leave to start the journey back
In a coffin draped in the Union Jack

Spotify – you corruptable fascist bully-boys!

Now, let me start by saying that I’m a fan of Spotify – it lets me listen to music that I’m not interested in buying (I didn’t download it, I didn’t breach anyone’s copyright). Like radio, but I’m in charge (haha! – take that, Moyles, you gibbering TWUNT).

I haven’t used it (the Spotify “it”, that is) in a couple of weeks, but all of a sudden I’m being played an advert for (from? what’s most correct here? anyone?) British Gas. And, Mr Spall – you’re a fucking sellout too, whilst we’re on the subject (but that may be cause for a separate rant, at another time – perhaps in ten minutes time, unless my tea’s ready by then!).

Where was I? Oh yes… I was a fan of Spotify – right up until I was FORCED to listen to said advert! Here’s my point, as succinct as I can manage with a large Black Russian in me (oh god, did that really come out like that?!) –

Hasn’t the ‘net worked out that, as we’re ALREADY PAYING for ‘net access, we don’t want to PAY AGAIN…?? We channel hop when the commercials play on the TV (or go get another beer, or “something less boring instead” for those that can remember that far back!), so what makes you think we want to put up with internet adverts (after all, that’s what Firefox plug-ins are for)? Their answer? Subscribe to the “premium” service (premium? what are you adding in order to call it that?) for £10 a month – barely less than the TV licence – and I get a shit load more channels than … er, ONE, for that.

Nope – I’m done – they can get bent.