23 December 2008


I was just listening to "Do They Know It's Chrsitmas" by Band Aid, and after a mere 28 years I was struck by the lyric: And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime.

Of course there won't. Not merely because the continent is mostly desert, but because it just turned summer. It would be like lamenting no snow for Independence Day.

Otherwise, I really do like the song. The great misfortune is that it begat USA for Africa and "We Are the World." P.J. O'Rourke wrote a hilarious piece on this orgasm of self-righteousness a while back. I hope to find the piece and update this post later. He decribes the performers as having "that self-satisfied look of toddlers on a pot."

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