Phil Spector Found Guilty of Murder!

Phil Spector has been found guilty of murder by a Los Angeles court late yesterday (Monday 13th April) for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles mansion house in February 2003. This is the sort of headline that rocks the world of the media, because a leading figure in the music industry has smashed the goody goody image that it has been trying to portray.

As a musician myself, I had a lot of respect for Spector as he was responsible for a hell of a lot of great music over the past several decades and that is an achievement that few can claim. But like so many other music figures in the past, he has let down his fans with behaviour bordering on the psychotic.

We all remember the antics of many musicians, singers, artists and other public figures who had been given the enormous privilege of stardom and then abused it. Many have wound up in early graves because of their actions. Great names had left us through their own abuse of their bodies through alcohol and drugs such as Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones (Rolling Stones), “Mama” Cass Elliot (Mamas & Papas), Keith Moon (The Who), Curt Cobaine (), Michael Hutchens (INXS), Bon Scott (AC/DC), the list goes on.

Others have fallen from grace for other offenses, such as the infamous child molester, Gary Glitter, while others have been arrested on lesser charges often allegedly prompted by acquiring adverse publicity for the sake of furthering their careers such as Ozzy Osbourne for pissing on the Alomo, biting the head off a live bat and drunkenly attacking his wife, Sharon.

But few have sunken to such depths of arrogance and belief in their own superiority as to commit murder and think they can get away with it. Phil Spector got caught and at last a U.S. court has had the bollocks to convict a high profile media figure for a crime that any average person on the street would be banged up for in a heartbeat.

Let’s not even talk about O.J. Simpson…

So there is the reason for a return to my blog to post something and also to direct attention to another blog I blatantly started for the purpose of exploring this particular case in more detail, which can be found at Phil Spector Guilty of Murder

Terry Didcott

SpanAir Plane Crash in Madrid

Being resident in Spain and relatively close to Madrid (only six hours drive away) I thought I should say something here. After my post Writing in the Heat, now my attention is turned to tragedy.

The Spanish news has been all over this crash on the several national TV station news programs and fingers are starting to be pointed.

I know quite a lot about how airlines work having a partner who works for one of them. SpanAir recently laid off over a thousand workers to cut costs (still further) and some of those that were sacked were aircraft engineers. That meant the engineers they kept on are overworked and probably still underpaid so its no wonder planes take off that are possibly not fit to fly. I’m not saying that was definitely the case in this instance, but it does make you wonder.

That plane went technical (meaning repairs had to be carried out before the plane could take off) and the company made all the passengers stay on the aircraft while those repairs were carried out. This in itself is highly dangerous for obvious reasons. Want to know the worst thing I just heard?

Many of the passengers begged to be let off the plane while those repairs were being carried out – which I believe is their right. They were refused because any further delay would have cost the airline more money. Of course some smarmy company PR man will gloss over all that and find some barely believable reason to justify that action. How would you feel if you knew a relative or loved one was on that plane begging to be let off and told they had to stay put and suffer the consequences. Well they suffered the ultimate consequence, didn’t they? All to save some damn money.

Well its now cost SpanAir a whole lot more than just money.

Just now we heard more of the survivors have died from their burns leaving just 6 alive.

The world is going economy crazy. When big companies started cutting staff in the 1980s to cut their costs (read grow their profits) the trend was set. Now when a company like an airline who has the lives of their passengers in their hands cuts costs by reducing still further its already thinly stretched workforce they are playing Russian roulette with the lives of those passengers, as well as the staff aboard those aircraft.

For all those people who wouldn’t fly with a budget airline for various reasons of their own, their fears have been vindicated in this tragedy. Let’s face it, you get what you pay for in this world and when you want to fly on the cheap, you may regret it.

Those 140+ passengers on the SpanAir flight out of Madrid yesterday did not live to regret anything. The company will likely come out of this unscathed by withholding the truth until its been forgotten about, as I have heard it said that the exact cause of this crash may not become known for up to two years. Doesn’t that just make you wonder what the hell the investigators are going to take two years to figure out?

It beggars belief.

Terry Didcott