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Bernie Sanders Can't Talk to Kids, but Boy, Can He Talk

First: a short subject. What's more fun than watching gifted young people play piano? Watching gifted young people play piano with cats. This cat is lovin' it.

The cat's name is Haburu. He isn't deaf. He is not a fan of the glissando.

Now, on to politics.

We give you Bernard Sanders (b.1941), the avuncular firebrand socialist US senator. Bernie appears to be determined to emulate his hero Eugene V Debs (about Debs here: A87835116 ) by running for president as many times as possible. Everybody loves Bernie, even if they wouldn't vote for him. He's as popular as the current occupant of the White House isn't.

Bernie is adorable. You cannot get too much of Bernie, unless you're a five-year-old. And thereby hangs a tale, as they say.

Recently, a Vermont cable-access station unearthed hours and hours of 'Bernie Speaks', a low-budget public affairs programme produced by Burlington, Vermont's then-mayor Bernie Sanders in 1981. His intro music was 'We Shall Overcome'. The title cards were hand-lettered in magic marker.

Bernie had had practice at this: before entering politics, he used to produce educational filmstrips for schools on topics such as...wait for it...Eugene V Debs. Yes, we've got that one. Prepare to yawn, even if you like Eugene V Debs (which I do). You will also laugh. Try the first few minutes, though the whole 29 will make you agree with the high schooler who probably thought, 'That's a half-hour of my life I won't get back.'

Okay, back to Bernie's cable show, which wasn't like 'Wayne's World' at all. It was more surreal than that. For instance, who else would stage a fundraiser at a poetry slam? Here's Bernie reading Dylan Thomas' 'Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night'. (No, Bernie, we don't believe you ever will.) I've cued it up for you. [Brits? You know how you feel about John Bercow saying things in parliament? We feel that way about Bernie's voice. It's mesmering.]

Media commentators and political pundits are poring over the hours of Bernie material. They are getting what they deserve. At 46, Bernie Sanders was exactly what he is at 77: earnest, definite, and determined to champion fairness, universal health care and free education for all. More power to him.

But as Trevor Noah points out, Bernie does not know how to talk to five-year-olds. There's a clip of Bernie addressing a kindergarten class on the importance of education. Now, you and I know how to do this.

'Kids, why do we go to school?' 'To learn.' 'That's right!' [Ignoring Tommy in the back, who yelled, 'To hit Jimmy with the dodge ball at recess!'] Task accomplished.

Bernie: 'Do you kids feel that it is important to go to school, get an education, and learn to read?' [Wrong approach.]

Tommy: 'Nah. I don't want to read.' [Told you.]

Bernie: 'I think you're dumb.'

Hilarity ensues, especially when he starts quizzing them on tobacco and cocaine use. One of the kids says, 'I don't smoke. I'm only five.' It's a good thing five-year-olds can't vote.

If you want more of this free entertainment, go on Youtube and type in 'Bernie Sanders cable show'.

UK, you are not free from the Sanders family: Bernie's older brother and nephew are both in the Green Party over there. Here's a Larry Sanders UK clip.

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Sunday Music

Sunday's the day for spiritual music, right? Here's some.

I was just telling FWR how much I'm loving the discovery of Rhiannon Giddens' magical voice. Then I stumbled across this song. It's...well, just hear it.

'We Could Fly' by Rhiannon Giddens

Less lyrical. I played this for the postlude over at the church to celebrate the fact that I no longer fall off the (now lowered) organ bench. There are definitely no more rodents in the organ pipes.

'Rondino on G' by Carson Cooman

And finally, the piece de resistance. An extremely spiritual dance by hearing-impaired dancers.

'Thousand-Hand Boddhisatva'

I hope you feel uplifted now.

smiley - dragon

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Pause for Mental Refreshment

We all need grounding in this world. The swirl of events is far too chaotic for our tenuous hold on sanity, otherwise.

Fortunately, there is the internet.

Youtube helps, a lot. Actually, Youtube helps us maintain our mental balance far better than the medications available on the market. All the psychiatrists in the world can't restore harmony to the US government. But I defy you to resist the zen of this video.

Maru and an aluminium pie pan. That says it all.

This is philosophy. This is wisdom. This is, you will pardon the expression, dead-pan humour.

Twitter, too, knows our needs. Today appears to be dog show-off day. I append a few links.

First, we have the puppies on the treadmill.

Next, there's the exuberant dog sliding down a public bannister.

Finally - I couldn't resist - there's Lola in her new spring outfit.

These mental health moments are brought to you courtesy of the h2g2 Post and our beloved internet. Go in peace. smiley - peacedovesmiley - rainbow

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The Birthday Gift from ...

Last week, I received a very unusual birthday gift: a ukulele. (My sister, the one who sends me all the 1920s sheet music.) There will be no ukulele videos until my fingertips stop hurting and I learn to change chords properly.

In the meantime, I wondered: what is there to play on this instrument, besides George Formby 'hits' (trust me, no American has ever heard of George Formby) and authentic Hawaiian numbers such as 'I'm Gonna Go Back to My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawaii'?

Youtube, as always, was helpful. Noticing my interest in ukulele tutorials (there's a great beginner series by a very patient young Brit), the Tube presented me with this gem of a musical offering.

FWR, you WANT to see this. It's better than Heavy Leslie. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is rockin' it hard.

Things to work toward. Now, if only I can get those callouses on my fingertips...

smiley - dragon

PS There's a tutorial series by a Hawaiian gentleman. He insists on pronouncing the name of the instrument correctly. It's 'oo-kulele', not 'you-kulele', so there.

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