The Poor Mouth: Azeri security forces flush out Eurovision traitors:
Hmm now there’s surveillance technology put to good use I don’t think. As for getting irate over who votes for who in the Eurovision, if there is a grain of truth in this story, the Azerbaijan government should find some greater threat to national security like the evil bastards who step on the cracks on pavements.
The crack about cracks in pavements reminds me of when I was banned in Durban, and we used to read A.A. Milne's poem about the bears who were waiting to pounce on those evil bastards who step on cracks in pavements, or who inadvertently enter "any place which constitutes the premises of any organization contemplated in Government Notice No. R2130 of the 28th December, 1962, as amended by Government Notice No. R. 1947 of the 27th November, 1964, and any place which constitutes the premises on which the premises of any such organization are situate."
That meant, for example, that if you entered the ground floor of a building and looked at the list of occupants in the lobby to see if any organisations contemplated in Government Notice No. R2130 of the 28th December, 1962, as amended by Government Notice No. R. 1947 of the 27th November, 1964 had premises in the building, you had already committed an offence. And the bears could be watching.
And speaking of bears, that reminds me of a little song composed by my friend Ed Tonkin (wonder where he is now?), to the tune of The teddy-bears' picnic.
If you go down to the woods today
You're in for a big surprise
For Nusas Congress is there today
And everyone's in disguise
And every tree that ever there was
Has a Special Branch man behind it because
Today's the day that Nusas is having their congress.
(NUSAS was the National Union of South African Students)
But it sounds as though the Azeris have gone one better.