Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ukulele Panic Buying

Nothing to do with anything, but I was cheered by this story in today's Guardian newspaper.  Loudon Wainwright sang that those 'four strings of nylon/Always put a smile on/My face', and reckoned that if we could only get all world leaders playing the ukulele this would be a major step on the road to world peace (I recall that Tony Blair was subsequently photographed playing one but I'm not sure whether this is a tactic he's deploying in the Middle East).  Anyway, children taking up the ukulele must be an unalloyed good thing.  Except for the worrying news that it's led to a national ukulele shortage...


1. Peter said...

Ah, if only someone could get George Bush and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad together and put ukuleles in their hands ...
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2. Michael Walters said...

Well, I'm sure Mr Blair is your man...

3. Peter said...

Blair, with that toothy, slap-worthy grin, looks like the type of fatuous youth who stereotypically played a ukulele in the old days. But these are new times, new ukes for New Labor.

Actually, the ukulele has such goofy associations that I'm mildly surprised no one has tried to give it a new name, the way prunes will sometimes be marketed under the supposedly more appetizing name "dried plums."
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

4. Michael Walters said...

I'm not sure how much currency the name of George Formby has outside the UK - toothy, gormless-acting comedian and player of the ukulele (or, more accurately, banjolele) who was a massive star of British films in the 1930s and 1940s. It suddenly occurs to me, reading your comments, that he and Tony Blair have an uncanny resemblance. Can't see our new Prime Minister toting a uke, though.

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