Posted tagged ‘bart simpson’

Chopped Liver – Stranger Than Kindness

May 20, 2011

I write a regular (some would say “irregular”) blog about my liver transplant. It’s main subject matter is all things related to me and my liver. I did it to keep a document of my life on the liver transplant waiting list, through my operation and beyond as I recover.

I get stats on WordPress to inform me, among other things, which search terms have been used as a mode of entry into my blog.

So why are the 4 most common search terms on my liver blog the following?:-

Do you know what the answer is, Bart?

“Slip on ice”
“Charlie Chaplin eating his shoe”

I actually do know the answer to this. I stumbled upon it way back when I posted a blog about Bart Simpson and included a picture of young Bart Simpson. Bart Simpson subsequently, and for a short time, became my most popular inbound link. But he lacked longevity.

Oh yes, he is not, it seems, as popular over a long period of time, as suppositories, yamakas (a term I have never used in my blog, curiously), a man slipping on ice or even Charlie Chaplin eating his shoe.

Bart? Must try harder. See Me.


Chopped Liver – If You Got Ears You Gotta Listen

December 18, 2010

For some, today will be a day you will always remember where you were when you heard the news. Don van Vliet a.k.a. Captain Beefheart died today after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

So who was he?

He was a musician, singer, songwriter so far ahead of his time, his time never came.

He started making music around 1965 and even his early structured songs came with an experimental twist – take the awesome Autumn’s Child or Electricity from his first album, Safe as Milk. And this was at a time when the supposedly ground-breaking Beatles were still singing about wanting to hold your hand!

The albums got stranger and stranger – less apparently structured – and certainly more barrier-breaking – up until around 1968 when his seminal Trout Mask Replica double album was released.

This is the day - to dig out your copy of Trout Mask

Never before – and possibly since – has an album caused such a stir. One listen was never enough. 10 listens were not enough. This was a body of work that demanded your time and careful attention before you realised just how accomplished it really is.

Following a brief period of more conventional work in the 70’s in an effort to raise funds to supplement his painting, the Captian withdrew from public life as his illness began to take hold. Fans have been feeding off scraps of sightings – somehow PJ Harvey managed to penetrate the sanctom and became a close friend – an influence that can clearly be spotted in her own work.

Another big fan is Matt Groening – creator of The Simpsons. I don’t know quite what Homer Simpson would have made of Trout Mask, but I’m sure Bart Simpson will grow to love it. Anyhow, it provides me with another reason to talk about The Simpsons. (Apologies for flagrant abuse).

I said to my 6yr old boy, Weedy, that today is a bit sad as Captain Beefheart died. “Oh well”, he said, “at least you can still listen to the music! I’d be sad if the Ting Tings died but I’d still listen to them.”

And he’s right. Forever, the Captain may be gone – but people will continue to discover the music of Trout Mask Replica and began their own voyage of illumination. That is his legacy.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.

Chopped Liver – Beat On The Bart

November 25, 2010

I guess you’re all eager to know how successful my little testlet was yesterday.

To recap – I wrote a post about The Ashes Test series – and included many references to The Ashes and related topics in an effort to boost my awareness in Cyberworld at a time when millions of people are potentially searching t’internet for similar phrases.

And the results? A massive increase in people stumbling upon my blog by way of searching for … Bart Simpson.

Beat on the Bart ... with a baseball bat

I do have a post from a couple of weeks ago that referenced Bart Simpson – but the number of people of finding my blog through a search at that time simply pales into insignificance compared to what went on yesterday.

So much so that I had to check the team sheets to see if Bart Simpson was actually opening the batting for England – let’s face it, he couldn’t have done any worse than Andrew Strauss, eh what?

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.

Chopped Liver – Lose This Skin

November 14, 2010

We went to a Chanukkah Bazaar today at the local synagogue – How Bizarre is that???

How Bizarre?

How Bizarre, How Bizarre. Why did I not call this blogpost How Bizarre?

Well anyway, it’s nice to show support, get Weedy a few little nik naks, and generally show my face.

And that is the point of this post. It’s the showing of my face.

You see, we met a couple… well, I say a couple, when we last met them they were a couple, but now they are a family of four – including a 6 year-old son called Daniel. Obviously not the same name as my son – who, as everyone knows, is Weedy.

So, B is chatting to the hubby and I am chatting to the wifey – and just as she is saying to me – “So How are you all?”, hubby is also asking B “So, How are you all?”

And just as I am saying – we’re all fine thanks and how are you? B is saying, well David needs a liver transplant.

My cover blown, I confirm same to my audience, and she replies – you know, I used to be a nurse and the moment I saw you I could see it from your skin – I could see that you are jaundiced.

Jaundiced... moi?

I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised – after all, I am jaundiced – hey, I need a liver transplant – of course I am jaundiced – and of course it would show up in my skin – for those who know what to look for I guess. But, y’know, I had thought it just showed up in my eyes. I had started mastering the art of talking to people without engaging in eye contact so they wouldn’t see my yellow eyes – but it was all in vain – it’s written all over my skin.

Now there… are 3…. steps to… carry a donor card – ooh, wap wap!
Just follow steps 1, 2 and 3.