Execrable is a brilliant word, many years ago when I was obliged against my better judgement to attend St. Mirin’s Academy Paisley, we had a teacher who loved to throw words at us and this was one of his favourites, “ Kelly you’re efforts at trying to understand this subject are execrable, write that word down 50 times” I’m sure you get the picture. The Academy in those days was best described as a kind of jail with educational opportunities.
The word sprang to mind tonight when I was watching the end of the Olympics, the Chinese end of it was as expected fantastic, we, Great Britain had an 8 minute slot to sell the next games in London and as a result we now have 4 years to persuade the world that the musical interlude we provided will not happen again, as my old teacher would have said that was “execrable”
Wrinkly rocker Jimmy Page and some girl unknown to me came out of the roof of a London route master bus and waded into some unknown piece of high powered tuneless garbage, the appalled hosts looked quite alarmed.
I fancy that those who were mumbling to each other were discussing the possibility of some kind of interference causing the screeching, others struggled to maintain their famous inscrutability, noises are quite rightly already being made about not trying to compete with the Chinese spectacle and if this was anything to go by we had better not.
Perhaps some kind of diplomatic apology would be in order, a promise perhaps to start our games by setting fire to the perpetrator Jimmy Page and using him to fire up the torch, that would be a step ahead of the rest of the world, brilliantly innovative and sure to be applauded universally by everyone who witnessed our embarrassment today. My mate, musician Davie Spiers’s dad (a pianist) used to say about one of his and our favourite musicians Django Rheinhart, when comparing him to today’s rock stars, that he could make better music than them while falling downstairs drunk with his guitar wearing boxing gloves and tonight he was right, 4 years to repair the damage, let’s hope.