Brewer's Droop #229

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So, Sir Bob Geldorf is preparing to release a new Band Aid single 30 years after Do They Know It’s Christmas? first topped the charts. As I understand it, the main recipients were to be the starving children of Ethiopia. As it happens a lot of the money almost certainly went to warlords.

He got extremely angry at BBC reports at the time and said “if that is true then I’ll sue the Ethiopian government and get the money back” – he’s a great rocker but, let’s just say, he’s rather naïve when it comes to African governments (who probably thought that was the funniest thing they’d heard since Idi Amin shot himself in the foot).

As a matter of interest, since Sir Bob did his thing, the population has just about doubled and the major reason it hasn’t grown faster is due to starvation and war. It certainly ain’t pop music.

The new charity track, Band Aid 30, is expected to feature boyband One Direction. Sir Bob, 60, and 61-year-old Scottish musician Midge Ure co-wrote the first Band Aid track in 1984.

I’m sure everyone thinks it’s a charitable and noble gesture to raise funds for hungry people.

But maybe they should all stop for a moment and think about the realities of what they’re doing.

That little boy they used in the promotion with the big eyes and a big tear about to plop onto his cheek – I wonder where he is now? The odds are that he’s dead. And the odds are also that if he didn’t die from malnutrition or disease he was killed while he was shooting an AK47 at some other kid in Africa and got himself shot to pieces in the process. Thanks Band Aid.

Anyway, I expect all the top musicians will join Sir Bob in his cause and millions will be raised to perpetuate the supply of new soldiers and new wives for the warlords on this continent.

I urge you to support their cause if you think the money will save the children. If you have any doubts then maybe not.


Since I seem to be on a bit of a rant about do-gooders then let me share this with you.

I found this lovely piece performed by George Carlin recently (he’s a mad comedian/prophet who, although most of his arguments wouldn’t stand up to too much close scrutiny, does manage to touch a raw nerve and a few funny ones too).

If you read this then don’t take it too seriously (and don’t think these are necessarily my views either).

“We’re so self-important.

“Everybody’s going to save something now.

“Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save those snails.” And the greatest arrogance of all: save the planet.

“Save the planet, we don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. I’m tired of this shit. I’m tired of fucking Earth Day.

“I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists who think the only thing wrong with this country is that there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don’t give a shit about the planet. Not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that some day in the future they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me.

“The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles … hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worldwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages … And we think some plastic bags and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet isn’t going anywhere. WE are!

“We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac.

“The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas.”


It’s finally dawned on me that the ANC are not stupid at all. For reasons best known to themselves they want to destroy the country. You don’t have to look far for evidence: SAA, Post Office, SABC, Eskom all technically bankrupt and now Malusi Gigaba is going to completely screw up the tourism industry:

“THE task team established by Home Affairs Minister Gigaba to investigate the implementation of the new visa regulations was aware of the report on job losses commissioned by the Tourism Business Council of SA, the council said on Monday.

The report conducted by auditors Grant Thornton and leaked to The Times newspaper this week warned that more than 100,000 jobs in the tourism industry could be lost and revenue of R2.4bn as a result of the regulations.

The findings of the probe add fuel to tourism industry fears that the regulations, which came into force on May 26, will cause a sharp drop in tourist numbers. The new rules require visa applications to be made in person at a South African foreign mission and unabridged birth certificates to be produced.”

Gigaba remains “unmoved” according to Business Day.


Meanwhile our own President is scared to go to the Parliament buildings and his number one sycophant is demanding that we show more “respect” for him. Respect? Respect? When he starts behaving like an honest politician and paying back the money he owes then (maybe) after he’s dealt with over 100 fraud charges, he might deserve some “respect”

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Meanwhile, the Christmas edition of the Droop will concentrate on more happy things like how many Christmas trees do you think President Zuma will have to order for Nkandla?
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  1. Your right about the Band Aid thing but very very wrong about the environment. Wake up Chris and smell the trash.

    • You need to read Chris’s preamble to that piece more carefully.

  2. Did you see that EU is now introducing cow-shit tax to save the planet from methane gas from cows. Denmark has it at $8 per cow.
    Way to go: just increase the price of steaks for us with weak Rands touring Europe.
    Go, man Go.

    • Doesn’t surprise me. Next thing is they’ll start taxing bloggers for writing shit (like me).

  3. Reminds me of Einsteins quote: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”

  4. Respect sir.

  5. following recent newspaper headlines that corruption is a western concept, I would like to say so is respect

  6. M.Smidt-Comprehension was obviously NOT your strongpoint at school ? You can still change that. Read the preamble again and you’ll see what Chris actually said.

  7. Well done Chris. Tell it like it is. None of this PC bullshit. I also agree about Band Aid, maybe Sir Bob and his lot should just use one to stick over their mouths!!

  8. Lovely, Chris. Spot on!


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